I wiped the last one because it would have made my wall of shame look like great art. Rather than scare anyone, I will post some quick tips and ideas instead.
On my regular visits to Wetcanvas, I have been awaiting a post by lotusguy about a story stick.
Well HERE it is. This could be so handy when doing master copies. You could also use this for sketches and any kind of reproductive work.
Here are some other tips.
- Crystal Light comes in these wonderful little plastic cups that are the perfect size to put over oil paint on a palette. I just rub some oil around the rim and create a fairly decent seal. Each container has 6 of them. If you like Crystal light, its a double bonus.
- I keep my palette knife that I mix paint with on a string and either hang it on the knob of my easel or tuck the end of it in the pocket in my pants. It makes it easy to find and the string is great for sight size measuring.
- I always have a few bamboo skewers handy in my painting and drawing supplies. They are great for lots of uses. Using a single at arms length, I use them to measure and compare distances. Using two at arms length, I find angles. If you put a small covering of kneaded eraser over the tip, you can get into some pretty tight spots. They are great for making straight lines with paint or pencil. Now that I have the story stick idea, I may even use them for that on the smaller paintings.
- Viva Paper towels feel like cotton cloth. The family gets generic. My art gets Viva. Its great for smearing charcoal and paint. It really absorbs well and can take a pretty good beating.
- I use a foam floor mat in front of my easel to stand on when I paint. It is easy to wipe off and most of all, it really cushions my feet.