Prepping Watercolor Paper

These are the beginnings of backgrounds for an swap I’m participating in. Each member is to make 25 pages based on the theme of “winter” for the swap. I decided for my pages I would use watercolor paper (140#) and do a wash technique on the very bottom layer. Then work my way forward with stamps and paints and images.

What I didn’t do was to pull out my art techniques book and read up on watercolor before I started! But, I’ve been known to just jump in and see what happens.

What I learned was that it’s probably best to read first. If I had, I would have “stretched” these dry pages before I did the wash, and according to the book, they would not have then curled. Stretching, apparently, is done by taping the dry watercolor paper to a solid surface. Then brushing it with plain water to soak it, and allowing it to dry while still taped. Which should then maintain a flat surface as you apply further layers of watercolors.

Live and learn, and who knows, maybe they’ll still flatten out?

Shopping day!

Today was a shopping day, we were out of dog food, it couldn’t be put off any longer.

I’ve been waiting to receive the April/May issue of Quilting Arts for some time now. It was originally sent on time for subscriptions, and then resent by customer service. When I hadn’t received the resend in 2 weeks, they resent again. I still haven’t received my issue in the mail so I’m thinking it’s a postal problem? But in the meantime I decided to just go purchase this issue to have it. That meant a trip to either Huntersville, or Hickory. I chose Hickory since I hadn’t been there in a while. Barnes & Noble held it for me until I got there and it was well worth the drive to purchase it.

Of course, while I was in Hickory, I had to go to the Lee’s Sewing Center and look around. Besides, I needed needles and bobbin thread for this piece:

It’s only approx 16″ square, and when I drew out this butterfly pattern, I didn’t realize how small all the details would be in fabric. So, my plan is to thread paint the details in, thus the bobbin thread. And as I haven’t decided whether to put in the greenery in paint or sheers, I also grabbed some very small needles in case I chose to work in sheers.

Then it was a trip to A.C. Moore, another store we don’t have here locally. Although I went in to purchase a 2B graphite pencil (I’ve almost used mine totally up!) I had to browse. I’ve been wanting a portable watercolor something for quite a while now. I’ve got tubes of wc, but they aren’t really for just carrying around, even though they’re in a nice box. And I’ve got wc pencils, but it’s not quite the same as direct painting.
Today when I was out shopping, I found this:

Inside are 12 half pans of basic colors from Winsor & Newton with the cutest little brush, it unfolds and looks like then when open:

Folded up it measures only 2-1/2 inches by 5 inches!!!! The perfect size to stick in a tote or my purse with a wc sketchbook and carry with me!  I’d really like to rip these open right now and see what they mix like, but unfortunately, duty calls.  I have to go feed the dogs!