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Play Time!

When I was in Pennsylvania, I finally got to check out Artist & Craftsman Supply. This is a wickedly wonderful collection of art materials tucked in every nook and corner of the store. Things I'd only seen in the Blick catalog were there to see and touch and ask about! So while my friend Sheila gabbed with the owners I grabbed a bit of this and that.

I don't know if you can imagine the wonderfulness.

Maybe it's better that I only had 1/2 hour; otherwise I would have over-analyzed what colors to buy. Next trip, I might try some of the handmade papers....

I settled on 2 new #8 rounds, some W&N tubed watercolors {I use half pans now, so I'm curious to see how different these will be}, Faber Castel Pitt Pastel pencils {first I'd heard of these}, a handful of Caran d'Ache Neocolor IIs {they looked so shiny and new}, LYRA aquarelle crayons {new to me} and a few gellyrolls. Can you dig this gellyroll display shot I took with my phone? Looking at my color choices in the LYRA and Neocolors, it looks like I picked the same colors, must be what I'm "drawn" to.

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{DISQUS Update: Although Squarespace is the most super-awesome blogging platform, the interaction with DISQUS is clunky. When I put in the code for the new comment structure (which I ADORE), all of my old comments were no longer visible on the site. I could see them from the comment management thingie, but it was as if there had been no comments in 3 years. Next, comments are managed from the DISQUS site, rather than from SQ, which is OK but different. The absolutely coolest thing was the ability to respond via email and have the response post to the comment section of that blog post. I like the tiered comment boxes - where I could respond to a person directly after their comment and start a potential discussion. So while I love the DISQUS platform, right now it doesn't play super sweet enough with SQ to switch. If SQ adds code to make it work better, I'll switch. Right now I'm pushing for SQ to simply add embedded comments and that will solve things. So I've hand copy-pasted the comments received today into a comment box below. Sorry for the confusion and THANK YOU 100% for being my beta testers. I love Squarespace, these guys + gals rock at customer support and when they release code for new functionality, it works.

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Reader Comments (2)

Iamrushmore (
What fun! Love the pictures. Can't wait to hear more about those Pitt pastel pencils.

Tammy (
I have the new art materials on the table, enticing me to try them, but I have to do a bunch of "life" stuff first!
Stephanie Estrin (
I know the feeling of being in an art supply store. It's like sensory overload, not knowing what to look at first! Sounds like you had a great time. You didn't do too badly for only 30 minutes! Enjoy your new supplies.

Tammy (
Stephanie, I tend to stay away from malls and shopping spots as I do get sensory overload and can't make any decisions. And I...
Michelle (
Tammy, I think you are going to be blown away by the intensity of those tube watercolors. In order to make pan watercolors, pigments need to be sacrificed in favor of binder. And since you've got some artist's grade tube colors there, they'll be more intense than any kids' paint (again as the price goes up so does the amount of pigment to binder ratio). Enjoy! Art store shopping is my number one favorite trip to town!

Tammy (
Michelle, When I first started exploring watercolors and what to buy, I settled on half pans set up in travel kits and although they are W&N still they are pans. I fully expect the color to be unreal. When I started with the pans I didn't realize that there would be a difference - all of my research showed that it was a personal preference rather than a matter of intensity too! So they sit waiting for me, and perhaps I will be investing in an array of colors...
Jan (
What a lovely photograph. Still having fun with the challenge and learning so much from everyone.
10 hours ago

Tammy (
Jan, The oleander is so very... white... that it is interesting to photograph but difficult because of the white too!
Sheila (
Wow, so glad you had a good time! I love using the Caran D'ache neo colour 11 and take them with me when I go away. That gelly roll shot is amazing!! It's hard to find any gelly rolls here in the UK - quite took my breath away that shot!! Have lots of fun with your new goodies

Tammy (
Sheila, Thank you! I've not taken neocolors on vacation, but truly that is a fantastic idea! They could be used for drawing and wet with watercolor looks. Thank you!
Hillary K. (
I have just loved this index card challenge. It has given me such a fun and creative activity to do each day. I enjoy watch...

Tammy (
Hillary, I like the idea of seeing our index card trends and topics as time progresses. Glad you like the challenge!
Barbara (
I use Lyra aquarelles a lot. You have options -- #1 color like a Crayon and then wet it, #2 hold the crayon like a palette and apply a wet brush to the pointed end, #3 make a puddle of water on a palette and dab in some pigment from the tip and then paint as usual. I use all three methods depending on the part of the project I'm working on. You'll love these! - Barbara

Tammy (
Barbara, thus is my first response using the new comment system! It sounds like the lyra crayons are like neocolors - I hope ...
Sam Farman
You picked the exact range of colours that I would have picked.And I LOVE the way you photograph your supplies! Could I please have a little whinge here? I have to buy most of my supplies online from overseas.......we only have ONE chain of art stores in Perth and it has a very limited range of incredibly expensive stuff......sniff....I'm so jealous of you! Have fun with your new things, I can't wait to see what you'll do with them!

Tammy (
Sam, please don't be too distraught... It's the first time I've been in a store with that amount of serious artist stuff. I ...

08.14.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

Back from my blogging hiatus, and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but loads of photos filled with luscious, yummy color! I totally understand your reaction to "shopping in person" in a well stocked store. A new Dick Blick opened a few months ago, and I went into "sugar shock" when I walked in and saw all of the supplies in front of me. I honestly didn't know where to begin. My son cracked up . . . . I kept saying, "Oh Wow! Look at THIS!" Enjoy your new treasures! Hugs, Terri xoxo

08.15.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerri Kahrs

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