Working in watercolors - beginning with top photo
- A collection of paint samples serves as color references.
- I don't need a large variety of watercolors because I mix my own colors. As mentioned on Twitter, I have a tendency to leave the caps off watercolor paints - a habit I developed when painting in oils. Of course, watercolors dry much quicker, so....I need to be more conscientious while working.
- I own four 2-inch bright synthetic bristle brushes for additive painting and a variety of wood handle foam brushes for subtractive painting.
- I use Arches cold press watercolor paper in natural white, 140 lb, 22 x 30 inches, which I tear into fourths.
- PRO Artist tape holds the paper in place. I tear longer strips to make a 6 x 6 inch border in which to paint.
- A cart bought for my (now former) Florida studio serves as a watercolor station. Admittedly, I could use a much longer space in which to paint. The encaustic table is large but it's used solely for that purpose. Additionally, I prefer to work in both media simultaneously, when possible.
- The squeeze bottle is for water; I initially purchased and used it for chef work, and it somehow survived all these years.
- By using freezer paper as a mixing palette, clean-up is a cinch.