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  1. I finished the hat! I'm pretty pleased that it came out an appropriate size and not weirdly big or tiny since I had to adjust the stitch count by a lot due to using a much lighter weight yarn. I still have some qualms over the wonkiness of the yarn, though. Oh, and I didn't even have to finish spinning more yarn! I finished with 2 grams of yarn to spare. I'm now working on a squishy cowl that's working up pretty quickly and might do a couple more if all goes well.
  2. @Kuchylm Darth Vader lotion heads sound fabulous!
  3. Last year I didn't do any handmade gifts. The year before, I'd made a batch of blank books, and because I chronically underestimate how long things will take, it was a little stressful getting everything done. So last year I figured I'd take it easy on myself and not make anything. This year, in a rare burst of temporal awareness 😄 I realized in early September that if I wanted to make anything, I'd best get on with it. I've been doing a lot of knitting, which feels great because I had kind of lost my knitting mojo for a long time. So far I've finished a sweater for my grandson, a hat for my housemate (I love that hat pattern so much!) and a bunch of dishcloths as stocking-stuffer type gifts. (I totally believe that it's worth learning to knit just to be able to make dishcloths.) Right now I'm about halfway through a hat for my stepdaughter. A couple of years ago, she was eyeing a hat that looked a lot like this at a fiber festival, and I've been wanting to make her one ever since. I need to do some more spinning to get this done because I definitely don't have half a hat's worth of yarn left. (This is the only handspun thing, so no spinning pressure for anything else.) I have a half-full bobbin spun, and I think another half-full bobbin will make enough yarn to finish it. I'm feeling slightly insecure about it because this yarn is really nowhere near as even as I remembered it being, but I think it'll be okay once it's washed and the stitches relax a bit. Here's what I have so far (well, actually I have a couple more ridges knit now):
  4. There are tons of public domain books available online that can be used as sources for collage imagery. Here are a few: Kunstformen der Nature (Art Forms in Nature by Ernst Haeckel): The illustrations are amazing in this one: https://archive.org/details/KunstformenderN00Haec/page/n229 Standardized Plant Names (great for background texture): https://archive.org/details/standardizedplan00amer/page/150 Atlanta Fugiens (medieval alchemical text): https://archive.org/details/atalantafugiensh00maie/page/n8 Microscopia Restaurata (18th century, text and illustrations describing all manner of things as viewed under a microscope): https://archive.org/details/micrographiarest00hook/page/n81 All of these are marked as public domain or are so old as to be clearly public domain with no restrictions mentioned. Sometimes the scans on archive.org will have a Creative Commons license detailing what you can and can't do with it. (Like the only scan I've been able to find of Therese de Dillmont's Encyclopedia of Needlework, which stipulates no derivative works, sadly.)
  5. Okay, the club is set up -- woohoo! It's right here: I edited and re-uploaded the supplies list about 5 billion times because I found a ton of errors that I didn't notice until I posted it 😄
  6. Art Journal Project – Supply List Since the list got crazy long (mostly due to me pontificating about paper 😄) I'm attaching a PDF copy of it to this post. Nothing from this list is mandatory apart from paper and a few things to make a mess with on the paper. You don’t need to get artist-quality paints, expensive archival-quality paper, etc. This is more about creativity and expression than making artwork that will last throughout the centuries. It’s easy to get bogged down in uncertainty over what kind of materials to use or to feel like you can’t do this if you don’t have the right kind of paper, good quality paints, and so on. This can end up making you feel like you can’t make art because you don’t have a ton of money to spend on materials to get started. And on the other side of the coin, having the expensive materials can make the blank page even more intimidating because you don’t want to waste your good paper. The most important thing is to start where you are with materials you can afford. Media Paint: acrylic craft paint is fine, you don't need to get the fancy stuff Gesso: Helpful if using thinner paper. Also useful if you're using acrylic paint on watercolor paper – helps keep the paper from absorbing a ton of paint. I have never bought nice artist-grade gesso – I use the cheap Artist's Loft gesso that Michael's sells. In a pinch, a thick-ish white acrylic paint would get the job done. Pens (micron, Sharpie, gel pens) Water-soluble media of some kind: Watercolor pencils or Inktense pencils, watercolor paint, Neocolor II (water-soluble wax pastels), water-soluble graphite pencil: One or two colors of any of the water-soluble pencils can be fun for experimentation without spending much. Ink (India, sumi or acrylic ink): I use this for mark-making in general (with a paintbrush or toothpick) and sometimes with a dip pen for drawing on top of acrylic paint/medium. (Note for anyone with respiratory issues: Some brands of sumi ink have fragrance added.) Spray ink can be fun to play with. Stamp pads (Ranger's Archival Ink is one brand that's reasonably waterproof. My favorite ink pads are Stazon, which are a solvent-based ink that will work on pretty much any surface. The smell of the Stazon pads bothers some people. It doesn't irritate my asthma, which sort of surprised me the first time I used it since strong/fumey smells tends to make me wheeze.) Gluing Stuff to Other Stuff Glue stick (cheaper, easier, makes the pages buckle less than matte medium or gel medium) Fluid matte medium or soft gel medium (matte, not gloss – the gloss kind tends to make pages stick to each other more) Has better stickingness than glue sticks but is less convenient. If I'm gluing down thin, translucent papers I'll go with fluid or gel medium because it helps the background of the paper disappear against the page somewhat. Tools Paintbrushes: I mostly use cheap nylon brushes like these: https://www.michaels.com/necessities-white-synthetic-flat-round-brushes-artist-loft/10335746.html Glue brush: you don’t want to use the same brushes for glue that you use for paint. My glue brushes are a few scraggly old paintbrushes that got too ratty to paint with and some cheap 99-cent brushes from the hardware store. (I tend to use my glue brushes if I’m putting gesso on the page since gesso tends to gunk up the brushes no matter how well I try to clean them) Jar for water/rinsing brushes Craft knife (#11 Xacto blade if you want to be able to cut paper or stencil film with a fair amount of detail, or a box knife for craft foam. For the thinner sticky-back craft foam scissors work, too.) Stencil film or thin clear plastic (page protectors can work for this) if you want to cut stencils For foam stamps: Sticky back craft foam Thicker (non-sticky) craft foam (or cardboard, but foam holds up to washing better) as a backing for the sticky foam Mark-making tools – anything that looks like it might make interesting markings with paint/ink: Paint bottles/tubes (makes grungy rings when stamping paint/ink) Cardboard ring from a roll of masking tape Rubber shelf liner/grippy can opener thingies Plastic canvas Bubble wrap Tulle Punchinella (sequin waste) –or– paper/cardstock punched with holes (not as reusable, but can incorporate the paper stencil into your work afterward) Magic stamps (heat-moldable foam stamps – fun but requires a heat gun) Cosmetic sponges and/or chunks of regular household sponges Used gift cards/expired credit cards or similar bits of plastic (for scraping paint around and/or smoothing down collaged paper) I save those infuriating plastic-coated ads that the cable companies keep mailing me to use as mixing palettes. Monoprinting Gel printing plate: Gel Press and GelliArts make them in various sizes. You can also make one out of gelatin for cheap (I haven't tried either of these recipes personally): DIY gelatin plate: https://artfulparent.com/gelatin-printmaking-for-kids/ A more permanent version: https://lyndaheines.blog/2014/08/17/homemade-permanent-gelatin-plate/ Brayer for rolling out paint (I have a cheap one I use with the gel plate so that I don't have to be fussy about cleaning paint off it right away. Dried paint on the brayer will give it texture eventually but I don't find this a problem with the gel plate the way it could be doing relief prints.) One or two pieces of glass or plexiglass (the glass from a couple of cheap photo frames works well – the ones I have are 5"x7" I think, smaller is fine) For monoprinting from a glass plate, you just need one piece, but there's a fun technique you can do with two that makes a really cool-looking print. Mark-making tools for monoprinting: Anything that can make marks in paint, such as: Plastic fork Plastic comb String Bits of corrugated cardboard Bubble wrap Pencil eraser Rubber shelf liner/jar grippers Tulle Foam stamps (I don't like using my hand-carved rubber stamps with paint because they're really hard to clean up, but YMMV – there's no reason why you can't use rubber stamps) Journal For your journal, pretty much anything will do for starters. There are bound journals you can buy with nice paper meant for wet media. It's best to find something that opens reasonably flat and stays that way without a ton of coaxing. A spiral bound sketchbook that's meant to take water-based media can be a reasonable compromise if you don't want to have to do much to prep your paper but need to keep the cost down. Bound journals with the same type of paper are usually more expensive. I like being able to make a two-page spread without a spiral in the middle, but that's the only real drawback to spiral-bound sketchbooks. You can use a cheap composition book and make the pages a little sturdier by either gluing pairs of pages together (with glue sticks or gel medium – this can make the paper a bit wrinkly) or by putting a layer of gesso on the pages. (Or both.) A lot of people like Moleskine notebooks for art journaling. The paper in those is pretty thin, too, so gesso and/or gluing sheets together will make it sturdier. Books with a bound spine and thin paper that isn't intended for for wet media can get a little iffy. You'll be making the pages thicker by adding paint, by collaging layers onto the pages, and so on, which can eventually overwhelm the spine. If you want to use paper that’s intended for mixed media, there’s a lot available. Typically this paper isn’t super heavy, so it does buckle somewhat once it gets wet – it's not going to stay perfectly smooth. But once you work on the other side of the same page some of the buckling will reverse itself. And you can always slap a layer of gesso on it first to make it sturdier if you need to. The Canson Mix Media spiral-bound sketchbooks come in a bunch of useful sizes and have paper that's a decent compromise between cheap and sturdy enough for wet media, especially the slightly heavier artist series ones. Their artist series mixed media sketchbooks are 138 lb/224 gsm (grams per square meter, which is the measurement system used pretty much everywhere except the US), and the cheaper Mix Media XL ones are 90 lb/160 gsm weight. There’s plenty of other good paper available – this brand is just what I have the most experience with for mixed media paper specifically. A couple of links for reference: Canson Mix Media artist series: https://www.dickblick.com/products/canson-mix-media-artbooks/ (138 lb/224 gsm, spiral bound) Canson Mix Media XL: https://www.dickblick.com/products/canson-xl-mix-media-pads/ (98 lb/ 160 gsm, spiral bound, cheaper but buckles more than the artist series) Strathmore hardbound mixed media journal: https://www.dickblick.com/products/strathmore-400-series-hardbound-toned-mixed-media-artist-journal/ (90 lb/190gsm) - I haven’t used this one but wanted to include a link to a bound rather than spiral journal. (Edit: I pasted in the wrong link originally - the one above has gray paper. This one has white paper: https://www.dickblick.com/products/strathmore-hardbound-500-series-mixed-media-art-journal/ ) You can see that the paper weights seem wonky if you compare the numbers between the paper at Canson and Strathmore links above. Strathmore is saying their 90lb paper is 190 gsm (grams per square meter), and Canson is saying their 98 lb paper is 160 gsm, so what's up with that? Traditionally, drawing paper and printmaking paper had different weighting systems. There’s an explanation here: https://www.strathmoreartist.com/faq-full/paper-weight-what-does-it-mean.html if you’re curious. If you don’t want to have to wrap your brain around wacky paper measurement systems, use the gsm weight for comparison – it'll be consistent from one type of paper to another. Watercolor paper is also a good option. My first journal was 90lb watercolor paper. The journals I'm using currently are ones I bound myself because I'm a nerd. One of my current ones has 130lb/300 gsm watercolor paper, and the other has cotton rag paper that's meant for printing out resumes. If you want reasonably heavy paper but want to keep costs down, you could pick up a pad of watercolor paper, fold sheets in half and nest them together, and use pamphlet stitch to make smaller journals. (Pamphlet stitch instructions can be found here: https://www.loc.gov/preservation/resources/educational/bookarts/pamphlet.pdf ) Other Paper (for collage/monoprinting) Other types of paper that might be useful/fun for collage and/or monoprinting: Sewing pattern tissue (thrift stores often have a bin full of old patterns for cheap in the craft section – for this purpose it doesn’t really matter if the pieces are cut out) Deli paper (AKA interfolded dry waxed paper): nice for monoprinting, collages well. Once it's adhered to your journal the white parts more or less disappear. I got mine at Costco, in the restaurant supply section. I think you can find it on Amazon as well. Usually sold in a box of 500 sheets -- I'm only about halfway through a box I bought two years ago. Pages from old books (I have a couple of old dictionaries I've been tearing pages out of) Printouts of pages from public domain books found online. Inkjet printings will work as long as the paper doesn’t get wet. Otherwise, print on a laser printer/photocopier if you don't want the ink to smear. I especially love this this book of plant names found on archive.org: https://archive.org/details/standardizedplan00amer ) Any paper bits that look interesting – I save bits of packaging, wrapping paper, etc. I've been known to buy paper napkins in fun patterns from Ikea for collage. You don’t have to have special paper to do monoprinting – printer paper is just fine. Don’t stress out about whether your paper is acid-free/archival/whatever! Art Journal Supply List.pdf
  7. Early January it is then! I'm really excited about this. I've been putting together a materials list and ended up going on and on and on about paper. I need to edit/reorganize that so it's more coherent. I'm thinking I'll set up the club either this weekend or over the course of next week and add the materials list so folks have time to get together whatever they need/want to use. There won't be a big long list of Stuff You Must Buy, and I'm trying to include as many suggestions as possible for DIY tools to keep costs down for anyone who wants to try this but doesn't have a ton of art supplies. And I think I have things figured out to be able to set up the camera to shoot video over my desk, so I should be able to do some demo videos along the way.
  8. Yay! I wasn't sure if anyone would be interested. @Kim Werker The clubs thing sounds perfect - I'll check it out this weekend and see how it works. Anyone have any thoughts on timing? I figure after the holidays would be best, but is early January too busy for folks?
  9. I had this idea that it might be fun to do a journal project as a group, so I figured I'd post to see if there was any interest in doing this. Starting in January, maybe? I was thinking I could put together a basic supply list (using diy tools as much as possible to keep the cost down) and a few weekly prompts. If I can figure out a way to set my camera up over my desk I might be able to do a short technique video for each week. (I finally got my camera replaced by Canon - yay! The package was stolen after they sent it back from a warranty repair during the summer, and they kindly sent me a new one since Fedex didn't think it was their problem.) I'm not an expert at any of this stuff, but reading through the art journal thread it seemed that it might be a good way to get started for anyone who's wanting to try it and feeling stuck.
  10. I've been all about the knitting lately. I made a sweater for my grandson and finally finished my Central Park hoodie after three years. Some fingerless gloves snuck in there as well because my hands were cold 😄 and I made a hat for my roommate for Christmas. I love this hat pattern (Blue Poppy Hat by Valentina Cosciani) and definitely want to make one for myself later on after I finish the Christmas knitting. I typically don't do a lot of knitting for Christmas gifts, but I figured since I was in a big knitting mood I might as well. I've been churning out dishcloths as stocking stuffers, and I'm planning a Wurm hat for my stepdaughter in some Targhee handspun. A couple of years ago we were at a fiber festival where she was eyeing a hat that looked a lot like Wurm, and I've been meaning to make one for her ever since. I finally wound a ball of the yarn I'm planning to use and am hoping to manage a gauge swatch today. (I need to spin some more yarn as well - I have one bobbin full and just need one more, I think, and then to ply it.) This is about 2 months' worth of FOs. I've somehow managed to finish more knitting projects this year than any other year since 2010 according to my Ravelry notebook. I haven't gotten a lot else done with my spare time! But I seem to have snapped out of the funk I was in all summer and I'm so happy to be making things again. The CPH could have been two or three inches longer, but on the whole I'm really happy with it. This is my first finished adult-sized sweater. I learned so much about seaming doing this!
  11. @Sandi Wiseheart I'm feeling better today, thank you! I feel less stuck now. A lot of the time I can manage to keep my hands busy even when I'm having a hard time coping with things, which helps a lot. But in recent months that's been a little harder to do. These small mending projects are helpful for me as well. It's small and self-contained and doesn't require a lot of sustained effort. And if it works out it feels great to have that piece of clothing back!
  12. @Sandi Wiseheart Those pajamas are awesome! 😍 I've been in a major slump recently, which has led to a lack of making anything and also a lot of isolating myself. I managed to talk myself into doing something smallish -- I knew it would make me feel better to have done something but was having trouble getting moving. So anyway, I finally patched the shorts that split up the inside seam. I don't know how well the repair will wear given the overall condition of the material, but I think it'll make it through another summer. I think I'm going to do the other side as well. That seam isn't totally trashed but isn't looking so great either. I'm wearing them now, and they're super comfy -- the patch isn't making them bunchy or uncomfortable despite it being pretty big, about 5"x3" to reinforce the whole area of weaker fabric. I went for a matching thread color due to not wanting to draw the eye to my inner thighs 😀 But now I really want to try a fun visible mend with the same technique. The stitching isn't super neat, but the repair feels pretty strong.
  13. @Nectaryne Those are so cool! I've never tried making envelopes before, but that looks very tempting. I've also wanted to try making some popup cards. I recently impulse-bought a book about building popups -- it has all these punch out pieces that demonstrate how to make various kinds of structures. And if I do that, they'd need fancy custom envelopes, right?
  14. Lately I've been too busy sweltering in the heat and being out of my non-air-conditioned apartment as much as possible to do anything useful. (Heat index of 108F/42C this weekend! Last night it never got below 80F, so it didn't even really cool down overnight despite having window fans in every room. The heat is supposed to break overnight, for which I will be very grateful.) Anyway. So I haven't made any more progress after sewing on the button. My mending list looks like this right now: replace the elastic hanging strap in the dress with the polka dots re-do the stitching that keeps me from accidentally flashing people in the wrap dress fix the hem on a beloved skirt whose hem as started raveling a bit. It has a teeny-tiny hem to start with. I think I can roll it, stitch it, and then use a bit of fray check on the back to make sure the frayed bits don't get worse. If I roll the hem under enough to catch all the frayed parts, I think it'll look really weird. (When it gets to the point of no return, I want to take it apart and take a pattern from it.) mend the cutoff shorts from a previous post. One pair ripped vertically right beside the inner seam -- apparently they were in worse shape than I realized. Luckily I'm lazy and hadn't thrown out the legs yet despite them being too trashed to do much with, so I have a piece of the original denim to mend it. There's a big enough piece in okay shape to patch them with. I want to do this kind of mend with them. I think that will probably hold up the best -- and these are currently my comfiest pair of shorts. ETA - I just bought a copy of the book mentioned in the blog post I linked to (Mending Matters by Katrina Rodabaugh. It looks really useful!
  15. Yep, that's it exactly! I always sew the button on too tight if I don't use a spacer. It makes getting started a little more awkward -- which contributed to my sewing it on in the wrong spot on the first try. But it makes for a much better final result for me.
  16. Yesterday I got nothing of any actual usefulness done. It was brutally hot in the house -- no AC, and there's only one window large enough to accommodate the tiniest window AC unit available because I have these ridiculous old windows that open side to side -- and I felt like I'd been beaten with a stick on account of I fell when getting out of bed this morning. The dog was lying next to the bed, which I didn't notice until I very nearly stepped on her, and in my attempt to not hurt her and her attempt to get out of the way, I ended up falling and taking out the laundry hamper with me. I felt really banged up yesterday but am pretty much better now apart from a nasty bruise on my arm. Anyway. Today is cooler, and I'm feeling better, and the button is on its way to being back on the shorts. I sewed it on once already but it was too low, so I had to rip and start over. I think it's placed correctly this time. (I'm having major camera sadness - my good camera is packed up to go for a warranty repair, and my phone camera is not so good.) And I even worked in some time listen to/take notes on a podcast that I tried all week to find time to listen to that had exactly some info I needed to put together a bit of reference material for a work-related thing. Edit: And it's done!
  17. Yay bonus kitties! I wish my two got along more like that -- I only ever catch them snuggling in the winter. Once caught, Boo will edge away and pretend that he was *not* snuggling with Vladimir. (To be fair, Vladi can be kind of a jerk to him at times.) One of the nice things about ADHD is that I can at times get so hyperfocused on something that the essential meaninglessness of the task doesn't bother me at all. But once I snap out of that, it's hard to get back there again. I try to remind myself that the work will be worth it because otherwise I'd either abandon the project or finish it in a half-assed manner and have a twinge of dissatisfaction with it every time I see it. (The hyperfocus trait is not always a good thing -- it can lead to my spending an inordinate amount of time futzing with the layout of a training handout so that it looks inviting and pretty rather than, say, getting the content finished and polished first so I don't end up scrambling at the last minute. But it's very good at keeping me going once I get into that mental zone while I'm working on a project.) An ex of mine told me this story once about something that happened with a mutual friend when they were still teenagers. A group of them had been hanging out in a park at night (it's pretty safe to assume that some kind of intoxicating substances were involved) and she was sitting on the ground and kept saying "ouch" every so often. He asked her what was wrong, and she said there was a plant that hurt when she touched it. When he asked her why she kept touching it, she said, "Because it feels good when it stops." That is sometimes how I get myself through the part where a project feels like a meaningless slog -- I know it'll feel great when it's done, even though in the moment it's causing me to question why ever wanted to start in the first place. Not a perfect system, since sometimes I fail to talk myself into it and end up setting the project aside for ages, but it works some of the time, at least.
  18. I thought I was deluding myself about the shorts -- I'm glad to hear I wasn't! @Sandi Wiseheart It is oddly and profoundly satisfying to do the top side of the ripping. It makes the rest of the process way less disheartening. I have a minor update miracle: I found the long-missing shorts button just now. On my desk. How weird is that? It's clearly a sign that I need to get on with this. (Tomorrow. It's late and I should be in bed already getting extra sleep to try to fight off a cold.)
  19. @Sandi Wiseheart Part of what kept/keeps me from playing around with watercolor as much as I'd like to is my conviction that I'm totally unable to paint. This past week or two I've used them more than in the past year total, I think. A few years ago I spent a bit of time practicing with them, but I let myself get in the habit of only getting them out when I wanted a background wash. I am definitely not very good with them at this point, but hopefully that will improve with practice! Here's what I've done over the past week or so. Only the last of these was done out in the open -- the others were done from photos I've taken recently. That last one was really hard -- I had difficulties with perspective and the relative sizes of the building and the trees, and I badly misplaced the horizon line. My hand was more shaky than usual, too, which didn't help. My hand is a little messed up due to various injuries, and I probably had pre-tired it by holding the dog's leash in that hand -- I'd stopped to do a little sketching in the middle of walking Rosie this morning. Stuff I'd like to add to my portable watercolor kit soon: A water brush that doesn't leak (or a pocket brush/cut-off regular brush and a very lightweight water container) and something to put between the pages in the sketchbook so still-damp paint doesn't get blotches on the opposite page like what happened this morning after I closed it and crammed it back into the bag. Toward the end Rosie had started baying at a couple of dogs in a nearby yard (they had reportedly insulted her grievously) and I was trying to get moving pretty quickly so as not to annoy everyone in the neighborhood with the full-on Hound Voice. (I eventually managed to get Google to disclose that my unidentified tree bits in the first one are immature seed pods from a tulip magnolia. I found them on the sidewalk last week and brought them home to draw them.)
  20. I need to sew a button on my favorite shorts. And replace a broken clear elastic hanging strap in one of my dresses. I have supplies for both but have been having an inordinate amount of difficulty working my way around to actually doing this. A different dress needs a tiny bit of sewing as well. It's a wrap dress (sort of, more a mock wrap thing - the only overlap is in the bodice), and I put a few tiny stitches in it when I first got it to make sure it wraps in a spot that won't give anyone too much of an eyeful at work. But I bought new bras, which are apparently more supportive than my old ones, and suddenly that dress is cleavage city. Probably doesn't count, but I "fixed" two pairs of old jeans yesterday by cutting the legs off at the spot where the thigh seams were already too worn out to salvage. Yay new shorts!
  21. I am terrible about mending things. I don't know why I resist it so much -- when I finally knuckle down and do it, it feels awesome to have Fixed Stuff. But my favorite shorts (hiking shorts with many pockets) have been missing the button for over a year, and I just wear a belt with them instead to keep them closed.
  22. @Miriam Felton Those look wonderful! My little travel watercolor kit is assembled, and I took it out with me yesterday. I went up to Berlin, Ohio with my husband to go to Zinck's (fabric store with incredibly good prices and tons of fabric.) We stopped in Millersburg (edit - I thought that was Millersburg but no, it was actually Berlin). and poked around in all the little touristy shops for a while, then spent some time sketching while my husband went into an antique store. It was definitely challenging, and I had to keep reminding myself that it's okay to be terrible at this, and that I won't get better without practice. I haven't used watercolor much for quite a while other than as a background wash to draw over, and I tend to draw slowly, so a quick sketch in a very busy area was tough. Many liberties were taken to simplify the sketch -- there were zillions of people and cars and horses with buggies going by. All I had was a medium-ish waterbrush -- I need to pack a small one as well next time.
  23. I have some empty half pans coming in the mail and an empty Altoids tin waiting to be filled up with watercolors. (It says here you can fit 14 of them in an Altoids tin -- woohoo!) Now I just need to get over the awkwardness of sketching out in public. In some ways it would possibly less intimidating to wander in public with no pants on 😂 but hopefully the awkwardness will wear off quickly once I've actually done it.
  24. daisywreath

    Art Journals?

    @Miriam Felton @Corrie Thank you both!
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