I’m stalling on starting my next painting because I ordered a drawing tool from Amazon (more on that later), and I’m waiting for it to arrive so I can use it. It’s somewhere between here and Salt Lake City at the moment — we obsessive types really like online tracking. It’s the packages that we don’t need in hurry that arrive with surprising speed. Seriously…I order toothpaste and it’s here in flash. The fun stuff takes forever.
While I wait for my package, I’ve been adding extra layers of gesso to the canvas, and I’ve been making myself some nifty new palettes out of leftover building materials from our past home renovations. So instead of canvas and paint, my art supplies of the day were scraps of white wall panel, a leftover sheet of window glass, Sparkle™ glass cleaner, and white duct tape. Instead of brushes and palette knives, my tools were an ultra-fine Sharpie® marker, a power saw and a glass cutter.
Except for slightly sharp corners (I should have sandpapered before taping), I am very happy with the results. I’ve got two small ones I can hold while painting, and one really big one that can sit on the table next to my easel with my rinse bucket.
Credit goes to Robin Sealark’s YouTube video for the idea. I’m SO glad to finally have that big piece of glass out of my garage. It’s been eight years since somebody (not me) bought a piece of glass the size of the hole, and not the window frame. I tried to unload during three or four garage sales, but no takers. Maybe my guardian angel hid it from garage sale shoppers because the Lord knew I would need it for making palettes.
I’m also glad to have learned how to use a glass cutter. A new skill is always a good thing. I don’t recall where I got that tool, it was probably among the junk that was in the house when we bought it. I’m extra glad I didn’t sell that in the garage sale.