Forget December 25th, Santa dropped down my chimney last week — at least it feels that way! I ordered a Schmincke travel paint tin from Blick Art Materials (none of my local art stores, including Blick, carry Schmincke products) and expected to wait 2 months for its arrival. Sigh. Within a few weeks I got an email saying my order had been shipped. The anticipation began to build and I was soon feeling like a 5-year-old on Christmas Eve listening to the radio report about where Kris Kringle had last been sited.
When the package arrived I ripped it open. There it was — a small black tin — along with a bag of 12 half pans. What is it about something small like this tin, or a lidded ceramic dish or carved wooden box, that is immediately so endearing? I had already read about this useful tin and yet, when I received mine, it was as if I knew nothing about it or its use. At each step of opening the tin, my delight grew. By the time I had filled the 12 half pans with paints I was practically giddy. Click on an image for a larger view.
The 4-part tin is very smartly designed. The lid has deep bowls for mixing the colors; the inner flap covers the paint pans without touching the paints.
The section holding the half pans of paint lifts out of the tin, making it easier to fill the pans. I launched right into filling the pans from my tubes of paints.
The tin also comes with a small chart to record the names of each of the paints. It fits neatly on top of the section which covers the paint pans. Schmincke really thought this completely through.
And here is my travel bag all ready to grab and go:
I’ve packed a few postcards recently made from junk mail, a pad of virgin watercolor postcards, pencil, pen, eraser, Niji waterbrush, a spray bottle and the paint tin — and there is ample room to tuck in a sketch book. All I need are a few postcard stamps and I’m ready for come what may.
And here’s the first sketch completed using the paint tin.
This eucalyptus is a very different species from the trees near my home. I found this tree near Sulphur Creek Nature Center when I attended their Flight to Freedom event recently. The volunteers at this organization rehabilitate wild creatures and release them back to the wild whenever possible. The night I was there a barn owl was released. It was quite exciting and satisfying to see this majestic bird fly away! If you have such an organization nearby, I hope you are supporting it.
This post has been shared with Off the Wall Friday.