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Re: Supplies while sketching/journaling - version 2

Clever re-purposing. Looks like a nice kit.
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Very cool bag and supplies in it. I've got one of those little tiny 8 color tins with tube watercolors replacing the kid watercolors it came with.

Today I indulged in a new pocket set, never mind that I have four or five of them already. I'd never tried Sennelier fine art watercolors but like the Sennelier pastels, so went for the 8 color mini kit on sale. Pleasantly surprised by several things about it.

1. The top of the tin actually has a clear window to see the contents, unfortunately that means it's not a mixing lid. But it's sort of cool anyway and I might use it as a mixing lid regardless.

2. The little brush included has a minute tiny handle but a very fine long point like a rigger, so should be very good for linear work and details. I'll use a waterbrush when I want anything bigger.

3. The color range. The only red is French Vermilion, which looked like a very orange cast red - your basic Vermilion. However, it's closer to a mid-red than I thought. Close enough that when I mixed it with both the Cinereous Blue and the French Ultramarine, I got decent violets - more like Quinacridone Coral than a real Vermilion color. That was the happiest surprise. I thought I'd have to sacrifice one of the other colors to pop in a cooler red Crimson with it, but no. It will work as the only red in the set. Very satisfied with the yellow as a basic yellow. Happy the dark is Payne's Grey which I always use. Mildly surprised at Pthalo Green Yellow Cast (very yellow cast, more like the Permanent Green Light or other spring greens) along with Sap Green... until I thought of street sketching and unmixed colors in pen and watercolor. A brighter yellower green with a darker more muted sap green, two blues one of them distinctly light-value and a little greener (more like Cerulean than Pthalo) and the other my old friend French Ultramarine, and a Burnt Umber... then pictured street scene with red accents, outdoor landscape with maybe a cardinal or some flowers... yeah. This works as a pocket palette.

Very happy with it overall and it's also a good small size, convenient and handy.

Heh and the colors aren't the same as other pocket sets so not completely silly when I wind up tossing several into the art bag on my way out. That gets weird. But changing them up does tend to inspire me.
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Re: Supplies while sketching/journaling - version 2

I found these little bottles at a craft store and they are perfect for refilling water brushes.

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What's that bottom green pen? I haven't seen that one before.
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It's a Yasutomo Niji (a.k.a. Kuretake).

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It's a Yasutomo Niji (a.k.a. Kuretake).

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Yes, it says Kuretake on the brush and it is my absolute favourite
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I'll have to try the Kuretake ones. I love the Niji and some others, brush pens have become a staple for me. I have so many Niji ones it's ridiculous. Cool bottles for refilling them too. That would be awesome.

I finally got a photo of my latest acquisition. Goulet newsletter's been entertaining for years, they sell fountain pens and calligraphy supplies and did an irresistible holiday special. Fancy $65 pen for $35 and throw in free Monteverde ink. So I went ahead and splurged, not being broke since I'd Xmas shopped early this year. The pen was actually a rich cool red instead of, inevitably, clear, lime green or pink. A lot of times the sale pens aren't in colors I like. Or they are but it turns out that model is a thousand dollars. I have expensive tastes.

When I got it, I was thrilled at the size of the ink bottle, thought it'd be one of those little samples. But it's a great big lovely heavy at the bottom ink bottle and the Monteverde Horizon Blue is a great color. The pen was awesome. The pen felt good in my hand, nice solid width, and the medium point was finer than I expected. They were out of the Fine point in the model on sale in the cranberry color.



Here's the kitten that got into the photo with the pen, all by herself:

Gemini is now about 8 or 9 months old, a noodle of a teenager, not quite adult cat size and definitely kittenish in attitude, except the part where she's an old soul with absolute regal dignity. She had to pose with the elegant pen, since she is so regal and elegant.

So far it's working out well as a sketching pen. I don't often write longhand, so fountain pens are a drawing thing. The Monteverde ink does dry waterproof, so I may have other sketches with blue lines and watercolor sometime. It's fun. And Goulet's newsletter is wicked, it keeps sneaking into my inbox with deals like that. I may even try a Lamy Safari someday, the one all of my friends here really like.
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I can't believe I don't have a photo of my mini palette. These are awesome. They're from Adventurous Artist on Etsy. So I'm going to get a photo of one of the two I bought now and describe it. Slightly pricy at $25 but it was worth it, so worth it.

I think Margaret Mackie, the shop owner, invented these. She adapts business card holders, 2" x 4" by adding shallow magnetic palette pans and a white mixing area to the inside. They're thin, only 1/4" thick. They could rubber band to a stack of ACEO/ATC blanks. She does them in different colors and also has packs of extra palette pans available so you can rearrange what's in the tin before going out. My blue one came with some extras so I could decide whether to use the 1" square ones, the 1" x 2" big one (often that's an additional mixing area) or all little ones for up to 14 colors in it. She also has double sided ones that are set up different with those little palette pans on both sides for more colors in the kit.

Either way, this is nearly as tiny as the Richeson 8 color tin and has more colors, also the shallow little pans seem to hold a lot of paint. Nearly as much as a half pan of watercolor, I think, and that's the smallest - think of a half pan that's half height and double length.

I have two of them, one silver loaded with tube gouache that was discounted for some reason (and didn't have spare pans with it), and one blue one that I paid full price for and loaded with QoR watercolors. The mixing area does clean up well. The case stays closed in my pocket and the pans are excellent.

So I massively recommend her mini watercolor palettes. It's a good permanent investment if you like having very small kit and with extra pans you can adjust your chosen colors to the season or location easily.


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I love this thing. Will probably pick up a couple more of them over time to stuff them in various pockets and bags where I want really portable kit. I've always liked metal palettes vs. plastic ones and this is literally pocket sized. Very very handy with small sketchbooks and journals. Could velcro to the cover of a hard bound journal or rubber band to a pocket Moleskine easily.
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Re: Supplies while sketching/journaling - version 2

All of you folks earlier on the thread who like the Lamy pens, yes, I've finally got one. I got a Lamy All-Star on sale with an extra fine nib and just drew with it, love it to pieces. The one on sale was in a color I liked, "Pacific" a rich green leaning blue - so I may have to get some peacock blue ink to go in it. My current blue ink is more violet leaning but also named Pacific. Go fig.

Oh yeah and the Monteverde ink has this mysterious "ITF Technology" in its making that reduces clogging. This works. I had the Conklin Duragraph capped and unused for over a week and it didn't clog or skip, no problems. It skipped a little when it was empty but that is not the same thing, more a reminder to refill it. But it amazed me that it lasted to the refill without the point getting stuck when I don't write or draw with it every day.
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