Today a lot of exciting things happened! Mostly just fun packages int he mail and baking tins clay filled Altoid ( Actually, I used Newman’s Own, I prefer their mints and company and they have fantastic tins! I will also use Vermint tins once i get around to making more. ) tins but these small things can actually be the best little bits of the day, can’t they?
Sometimes just DOING the things you plan and talk about is so damn rewarding, and I am really trying to do more of it. This can be hard. We have access to so much information, endless Pinterest planning, boundless DIY possibilities and it really can be overwhelming. But, for many reasons I’m trying to follow through, especially when it comes to being creative, repurposing and using my hands. This salve is next so stay tuned in August ( and hold me to it!!)
Alright, I have pigments and tins and relocated mints laying all over the house so I am going to make this short. But basically, I received an amazing gift, the large black and white photograph shows a beautiful vintage tin of unused watercolors a friend found for me at an amazing price this week (espresso cup for scale!!) I’d been looking for a student grade one to tuck in my purse and travel with in case i didn’t want to always have my mama tin on my ( a worthwhile but large investment earlier this Summer).
I love the set but as you can see it is not conducive to carry ons or coffee shop painting sessions so I decide to look up travel tins. It turns out they are a rather expensive. Not crazy, I guess, but this little gem will set you back around 40$ and you don’t get to pick your palette.
And the Cotman version or professional grade can be upwards of 100$. At least at the store I went to. Plus, it’s nice to customize and scavenge about for unique and beautiful old boxes they add so much character to the set.
Now I know I did say student grade and I do know Crayola makes an American made set that is easy on almost any budget. But, the plastic people, it kills me. It is in and around so many things now and I just can’t get excited about it.
I googled travel cases and found so many beautiful paint cakes stuffed into an amazing spectrum of tins that I decided to do my own.
I wish I was someone who saved receipts and did the math on these things and I just might for this little project because it could be a nice go to birthday/holiday/just-because-i-love-you gift for friends and family to have in my back pocket ( literally! hehe) so I will try and track the cost and figure it out ( Is this blog finally going to force me to leaner excel? Who am I becoming?!)
I am highly motivated by a 40% off sale happening down the street from Khazana on beautiful French Watercolor tubes by Sennelier. I KNOW I’m a sucker for French things but look at this video and tell me you aren’t enchanted. Also, see previous post Re: Paint school in France and overwhelming nostalgia.
I do promise here and now to buy a set of Crayolas and try them out. I’ll report back. For now I’ll try my hand at tiny French palettes. here are my first steps and I’ll post more as I choose colors ( significant when you are only including 8 to 12)
In the mean time, check out the photos above and the link in caption they’re are so many cool people out there doing creative things and detailing them in a much more precise way than I often do!
I really liked this post because it has great photos and a nice flow. I didn’t do a lot of the steps but I do like the idea of including a small gradient card for each tin.
Which do you like? Squares or circles? How would you arrange your palette?
Last photo for the night but i just love this old tin from Cairo!