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When your graphite has become a stub

You know how it is, you keep sharpening your pencils and they end up as a little itty bitty stub - what do you usually do - Yes, you give up and throw them away.  Well, hang on and check this out.

SAVE those plastic covers that come with brand new brushes...most people chuck them,

Don't, 
as
you
 need to save them,
they are useful...





(some of you will have seen this clip already on
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 ~HOPE THIS IS OF HELP AND USEFUL FOR YOU~





Comments

robin cox walsh said…
Great idea! Thanks!
Judy said…
Really clever! Do they always fit the pencil?
I have a collection of various sizes Judy, so usually I can fit them. Also, for some reason, when I run a pencil down that much, I often have two or three that are like that at the same time. Think I have 'favourite pencils' so they get used a lot.
My goodness haven´t thought about this before! Thank´s for the useful tip. :)
You are very welcome Catharina, I thought this was something that folks may find useful at some time.

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Oh my...didn't realise it's been so long since I last added any posts here!!!

So, just in case anyone still stops by
here's something about one of my favourite sketchbooks
the
CONCERTINA
I have bought the last couple of sketchbooks via Amazon, 
although Seawhite of Brighton
have their own website (I've actually visited their shop, they have loads of stuff there)
The concertina sketchbooks have good quality paper the take watercolour well.
When you have completed one side,
you simple turn it around and go the other way.
Now, there's an interesting thing.  When you turn the book and go back filling a new side, you aren't painting on the Back of the previous drawings....the pages in the sketchbook are Double sided, which helps prevent any marker pens bleeding through your previous drawing (marker pens tend to do that sometimes, so be aware).


Here's the book opened out



A useful tip, when you start using your book
1.   Mark it on the front with a small symbol
otherwise, each time you go to use it, you will be turning it around and around trying to f…

WHAT!

It appears that I haven't added a useful blogpost here since October and it's now December.  The time seems to fly by me and I have trouble keeping up.  Although it does mean that I have been very busy painting and having holidays and that's good.    Well anyway, I'm here now, so that's got to be a good thing hasn't it?


Here's some guidance notes as to how I went about  this recent painting



I painted this watercolour which measures 12" x 9".  Firstly, let me say that this is on Rough Fabriano Artistico 140lb paper.  It handles the wet-into-wet and is such a lovely technique don't you think!

Wetting the paper firstly with clear water and then, having already mixed my sky wash (French Ultramarine Blue) I dropped the paint into the dampened paper...ahhhh Bliss.  I worked my way down the sheet in a similar fashion, doing only the background ~ waited until it had all COMPLETELY DRIED before I painted William, with a mix of French Ultramarine Blue+…