at the art supply store. One of the items on the supply list for Julie's class next week is watercolor paint. It's not a mandatory supply but the idea of using watercolor again just made me happy. I have not painted with watercolor since I was in college, and that was well over 15 years ago. So I picked up this little number:
Cute no? I know the real artists probably use the kind in tubes but I like the idea of not having to open a giant pile of tubes - this looked easy to me (and fun and pretty, too). It's little, only about 6 x 3. The silver brush comes apart like a pen with a cap - very James Bond. I also purchased a watercolor pad. Last night I got to play with the new toys.
What I really wanted to see was if I could paint inside the stamped images with the watercolor and not bleed the inks. I tried a few different kinds of ink and a variety of stamps. Lots of stampers probably already know the answer to this question - but yes, you can paint in the images. Now I want to go through all my stamps and see which ones will work with this technique, and which ones won't.
In the painting/ 'coloring-things-in' mode, I found these in Target yesterday:
Book covers you customize with your own color. Clever, no? I didn't think kids used book covers anymore. (My kids aren't at the school book age yet.) Just realized it's been a very, very long time since I covered a book with a paper cover. We used to use paper bags from the grocery store then embellish them as the year went on with the names of our favorite rock bands and the crush of the month....ok, back to reality. I'm hoping to use these in Julie's class, too. If I don't use them there, I'll re-purpose them into material for another crafty project.
And sort of un-related, but another little thing that is making me happy - I decided to tackle a little organizational project while working on my assignment for The Studio Challenges this week. The Distress Inks were driving me nuts - I could never find the color I was looking for, so I did this (excuse blurry photo):
So, tomorrow, I'll post The Studio challenge that spawned this organization project. Stay tuned!