Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sister Friends show up on Catrina ATCs

Catrina ATCs
Do you recognize these girls in face paint?

Catrina face painting in progress
Much to say
and
I don't know where to begin.
So, first I guess I shall share that I am going to Mexico next month which should explain why all of a sudden I'm painting Catrina faces.
I need many for an ATC trade with other artist.
New paint palette
But mostly I wanted to share with you;
My new paint palette.
What led to it.
and
Although early for a full-on review...

I'm sharing some of what I know so far.

First, what led me to a new palette?

Well, if you have taken one of my online classes,
you know that I use a very tiny homemade palette.
Which is for the purpose of getting the view of the palette in the video instruction. I feel it is helpful for the student.

Second, while I haven't painted much this year, I started painting much larger canvases and on a humongo easel.
and
still using that tiny homemade palette.
It was time to get loose with paint.

I realized that I was still in the pre-retirement mode when I had only short time periods to paint and didn't want to lay out a palette and let the paint go to waste.
 
I needed to make some changes and get out of the pre-retirement mode!
That's when I happen to see this post about her paint palette.
In her video, Gillian Lee Smith, told about using a Masterson Sta-wet palette.

I decided, it was time I should give it a try. 
After all, I was painting huge and needed huge quantities of paint out. 
Hahaha
Except for my big journal page (previous post) the "big" paintings I am doing are these 2.5 inch X 3.5 inch little ATCs.

Here's what I know so far about the palette:

  • Trying to mix the three pools of dark, medium, and light values in the middle was very awkward for me. The palette sides seemed to be in the way and I kept getting my hand and arm into the paint already laid out around the edges. A different palette knife will fix that (I think).

  • I may have left the sponge and acrylic film palette too wet. As you can see, the paint looks and is very runny.

  • When I needed a color that wasn't out, I found myself reaching for my tiny homemade palette. Maybe I need two of these.

  • I didn't do a good job of laying out the paint around the edges. I'm sure I will do better the next time. 

  • Only once when unexpected company from Oklahoma showed up did I walk off and leave the top off. When discovered, several hours later I put the top on and it seems to be just fine and juicy.

  • I'm sitting at my desk with the palette and little ATCs. However, I'm trying to think how I will situate me, my humongo easel and new filled palette when I start on a large canvas. 

  • Yes, indeed I think my paint will last a long time and I won't be wasting dried up paint.

  • And I think the bonus is, I am more inclined to sit down and paint knowing the paint is right there waiting for me. 
LOVE THAT!

9 comments:

  1. These are wonderful! So colourful and lovely! Enjoy your time in Mexico! :)

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  2. thank you for this review, sharon! i've been thinking about this palette a lot, and wanting to know more about it.

    xoxo

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    1. I think you would like it if you do a lot of acrylic painting. The lid to this one is also set up for watercolor but I already have a large watercolor palette. The cost was very reasonable too. I think you would enjoy it. Thanks

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  3. love what you are doing on these Sharon! I have been using the small Masterson Sta-wet palette for a couple of years and love it!

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    1. Renee, I'm already realizing that I need more room for those paints that I don't use all the time but would like to put out. So I may get a smaller one too after I use this one a while. Actually, I didn't realize there was a smaller one until another friend mentioned it. Thanks

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  4. Loving the Catrina faces. I am guessing you printed out the Sister faces - how do you do that on paper that will take paint? Maybe I need to learn more about my printer.

    Which part of Mexico are you visiting? We went every year for awhile but haven't been in ages. Have fun wherever it is.

    Darla

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  6. I just got one of those myself! I don't use a whole lot of paint but I hated to see it all dryed up and wasted. Usually I'll use leftover paint on something like an ATC or Chunky base.

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