I can’t believe a week has gone by – a very busy week – since I last posted. I have hardly been in my studio in that time, but I do have something helpful to post.
I’m changing subjects a bit today to share something simple that I put together a few weeks ago. This comes more under the subject of a useful and inexpensive project worth sharing. Although I would love to take credit for coming up with the idea, I cannot. I saw this in a YouTube video made by an artist whose style I love, Susan Crouch. The address for that video is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3LExb9l73k. She has other inexpensive materials ideas in that video too. What this consists of is a sheet of foamcore board, duct tape (I used white) and that rubbery shelf paper (also white-I found mine at Target) and takes just minutes to put together. Using white will not distract your eye or color vision if any part of this prop shows while you’re painting. It’s nothing fancy, but it works like a charm as a prop for your watercolor painting board when you want to paint on a slant, is lightweight and easy to use and store! I had nothing to use other than a stack of books and I hate using those because I don’t want to slop water and/or paint on them, plus they tend to be slippery. This seemed like the perfect solution without spending a lot on a commercially-made prop. I love mine!
I contacted Susan Crouch to check on exactly what she used to make hers and she very nicely got right back to me-thank you, Susan! The idea came from a Cheng Khee Chee workshop she attended at Cheap Joe’s in Boone, NC. She used 3/16″ foamcore board and said that she has found it really isn’t necessary to use the rubbery shelf paper on it. I did use it on mine and like that it makes it pretty much completely non-slip, so when I make another, I may continue to use it.
As membership chairman, I made these to give to the newest members of Spokane Watercolor Society. They seemed to be a hit; I hope they love using theirs as much as I do mine!