Sunday, April 13, 2008

Adding a Bit of Color to My Moleskine

Friday night was a quiet night at home that inspired me to get out my new watercolor set. After I set up my tray table, plugged in my trusty red Ipod into the stereo, and started the latest audiobook on my playlist, I was ready to use my half pan set. And I have to say it was quite relaxing to paint while listening to The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff. (I'll write more about this book after I finish it, but I'm really enjoying this read.)

First, I made a palette on paper of the colors in my set -- just to test them out, so to speak. I didn't take any pictures of the color tests and mixes, but I do have pictures of my Watercolor Moleskine sketch after adding some color. The picture below shows my tray table full of space, but I made it work.

I had fun mixing the colors for the flower buds and was impressed at how the colors on the packet of seeds turned out. Below is a larger picture of the outcome.

And that was my Friday night. On Saturday my mom had the day off and we did a bit of shopping at the craft stores. And today, I still had the bargain bug and went to Office Max & Office Depot.
Here are some of my finds yesterday and today:
  • A 12 color set of Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils for 40% off. This will be a great starter set for me to begin with.

  • My other really great find was a mini set of 48 Crayola Colored Pencils for a whole $2.60!! It even came in a cool plastic carrying case with a mini pencil sharpener. Can't get a better deal than that!

  • Fleur-de-lis doodads! I've loved fleur-de-lis for years and suddenly you can find them everywhere. I'm starting to look for dangles to decorate my journals and to decorate other projects.
The weekend is great for bargain shopping and now garage sales will begin! To all those who spent their weekend like I did, I hope you also found some great bargains!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend before Monday begins!


Jenny said...

Nice work! I have the same set, and it's great. If you need an additional mixing area, liberate a white plate from the kitchen. New art supplies are always fun.

Knitting Painter Woman said...

I like my set, too... and always forget to use the "under carriage" for more mixing... and rarely clean up the pallette.. which means eventually everything seems sort of the same colors. Oh well.

soulcomfort said...

Really nice job! Isn't the sketching fun and liberating?! Your new WN set looks wonderful and have fun with your new toys, too. :)

Lyz said...

You garage sale, TOO? You must the artistic half of me. Lovely, by the way.

My husband won't let me listen to audiobooks in the car cause he thinks I'd get too involved and drive off the road.

seesue said...

Such a delightful entry. I love your sketchbook and that you're having so much fun with your new toys.

Heather Robinson said...

What a delight to have found you! I love your detailing and is so inspiring to me! Thanks for leaving a lovely comment on my blog.

Jenifleur-de-lis said...

Hi Heather! Aw...thanks for the kind words! I also love your blog -- it is very inspiring to me as well! My plan is to get into doing some collage art and mixed media art as well! :)