Wednesday, July 25, 2007


I made a tiny paintbox from an empty mint tin, filling it with some kind of lightweight clay to create pockets for different colors, and then filling them with paint squeezed from my favorite watercolors. I carry it with a little plastic wrap between the paint and the lid, so that it doesn't leak in my purse. The lid has a few shallow areas for mixing colors. With a pad of post-card sized watercolor paper (DON'T try to use sketch paper for watercolors; it is just not heavy enough) and a Niji waterbrush, I'm set to watercolor anywhere. -- Rachel

(Here are three portable brushes: an ordinary paintbrush where the bristle section screws into the hollow handle; a Niji waterbrush; and a two-ended Pentel brush preloaded with black ink.)