Monday, December 18, 2017


Things and stuff!

Other than flu symptoms, I'm still going at it with the cards and watercolors.  Slowly building my stash and discovering my favorites! And journals! I've just learned, thanks to this video, how to glue bind to make journals, so I can make my own paint swatch and technique books for reference.

Sketchbooks   Check her out, she's pretty knowledgeable!

Now, back to my favs....

Other than the Misfit, another great instructor I've found is here: The Mind of Watercolor.   He has some great basic techniques which I plan to put into practice for my books, once my glue comes in. Another fun and informative channel is Jay Lee.

Watercolor Favs!

My Amazon wish list is getting quite long with some of the things I'm finding I simply can't live without.  To that, my favorite brands are emerging, such as:

THE paper. The stuff I originally had was like pressed toilet paper, and about all it was good for. This stuff is lovely!
Only the cold pressed and 130# and greater.

Watercolor in liquid. 

And inks to match!

Really lovely tube watercolors. I find I don't like pan colors so much.
Grumbacher brushes. 

All this is coming together to define my style I think, both in painting in general and the cards themselves.  My cards, I think, will settle more into the watercolor and acrylic painted cards with the embellishments from the dies, stamps, and embossed pieces. My next major addition will be a light box, which I find are coming in more compact and inexpensive LED versions now, thank goodness! UPDATE: Got this for Christmas!

Another thing I will be getting (back) into, and something I did as a youngster way back when, is lino block printing.  That was a lot of fun and can really add to my card making style. So many things, and stuff (as Direwolf says!).

And, adding to my card making things, my next piece of equipment will probably be the stamp platform.  I find the newer type stamps that are clear to be so much cleaner and easier to use than the old rubber stamps.

Plus paper quilling...

And speaking of things... my mother shared this on my FB page and wow... if only!

Until next time!