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2017/08/09

WIP: Water Col-O-Ring testing

A bit of a play with some watercolors yesterday evening. Oh and if you are curious about the tin, it's a DIY watercolor palette I made of which you can see a video in my stories ­čśŐ #watercolorstudy #watercolors #clovesandhoney #cupofroses #stamplorat
A few weeks ago I received a set of amazing shimmering watercolors I purchased from Cloves and Honey and finally got around playing with them. The Cup of Roses is a stamp I have received from my challenge winnings from STAMPlorations a few months ago and used an embossing resist technique to test the water colors. They are so vibrant and wonderful! The paper I used here is Van Gogh cold pressed 25% cotton water color paper which I purchased at TOWI in Leiden. Such a wonderful local art supply store I frequent and they have hidden gems! I also bought a bunch of old stock Schmincke water colors which I integrated in the palette above. 
I was pleasantly surprised how the paper held up! Minimum buckling/warping, great flow of water and workable time is great as well! By the way, that tin is a DIY watercolor palette. And the tin was given away with a female hygine product! I think I am making so much better use of it now ;) I filled it with different brand watercolors. This size can fit 20 half pans to fill up the tin or 16 half pan and your travel water brush. THIS FITS IN YOUR BACK POCKET OR A SMALL PURSE! I'm trying to find a minimalist way of traveling with art supplies but still with enough colors on hand for our up coming vacation and I think I have found it :)  Super excited to bring it with me on vacay!

The SS Regina is ready to Brave The Storm. This was a mixed media test on the Col-O-Ring ink testing book made by @wellapptdesk to see how the paper holds up to different media. It does excellently. See my IG stories for more on this. You can utilize this
Also another paper test I was looking forward to, is this Col-O-Ring by Ana  from the Well Appointed Desk. Initially this booklet is made to use for your ink tests, mainly for fountain pen ink swabs to see how the properties of each ink behave. There are all sorts of great reviews out there and I esp. love this video from my friend Azizah (Gourmet Pens) which shows you how you can make ink swabs and how to use this little booklet for that. Because I have stocked up on Maruman Word Cards when they announced the discontinuation, I thought I could test and try different things with this beautiful hand cut and letter pressed booklet. So I did a watercolor and mixed media test over on my Instagram stories, showed the work in progress of the above little mixed media piece, which I called the 'SS Regina braving the storm'. Made the little boat from vintage postage stamps and I loved that the word Regina was used to indicate our queen back then. The paper holds up to mixed media quite well, I was very impressed to see! So you can try this booklet for different things also, little water color or Mixed Media work and even embroidery (I have used some black embroidery thread between the sails and the paper doesn't rip what I poked it with an embroidery needle!) 

I absolutely LOVED playing around and testing these new products and am happy to support these small business owners whom are providing stellar quality products! 
I'm also happy that the Col-O-Ring is now also accessibly available in the EU at Fontoplumo and thanks again Frank for providing this booklet for review :) 

Sharing these desk shots over at Julia's Stamping Ground for WOYWW#427 - have a look and see more shared desk stories and maybe even share your own work in progress/desk shot to fellow deskers :) Missed you gals and I'll be over for a visit shortly!

Thank you for stopping by and have an awesome day!


27 comments:

  1. Oooh, so many beautiful things! I'm still plucking up courage to try watercolours... they scare me...
    Happy WOYWW!
    Claire no. 2

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  2. Definitely a far better purpose for the tin. i like that you can swap out different watercolour pans or keep your water brush in there too. Great for travelling light. Happy WOYWW Sarah #25

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  3. sounds like you are having great fun! Helen #1

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  4. Very yummie watercolors and a great way to costumize a palette . lovely idea to have it in this tin! Happy week to you my artsy friend!
    oxo Susi

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  5. Really pretty shimmering colors! Hope you enjoy your vacation! - and
    Happy WOYWW!
    Rose of Rose’s Art Garden #8

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  6. Beautiful art work those flowers are fabulous... now your tin will go on vacation with you... wonderful idea... Happy WOYWW......Thank you so much for your comment on my blog regarding Google ..it was very kind of you to help... Have a happy creative week ahead... May #17

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  8. Lots of fun here today and great results too. Thanks for the visit to mine and happy woyww, Angela x13x

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  9. I'm in love with that tin of paints - gorgeous colours!! And that little mixed media piece is fab, I love all the colours and elements involved, so cute :-)
    Hugs LLJ 6 xxx

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  10. Love the little tin and your upcycling of it, great idea. Thanks for the visit BJ#9

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  11. Do you live in or near Amsterdam then? What a fascinating city - and the two days did not touch a dot of it. Pity it rained on the second day like it did. The museums and galleries had massive queues as we had not built into our itinerary for the weather. Still I got to see some of the cute shops I wanted to.
    Spent the third day in Harlaam as recommended by a lady at the hotel. Loved it.
    Well, you certainly have some lovely experiments there - love the boat you did - now must look up where I can get that paper or something similar.
    Keep supporting the small shops.
    Hugs and thanks for visiting me, Neet 3

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    1. Hi Neet, glad to hear you had a great time in my country! I was born and raised in Amsterdam and work there so know the city very well :) Curious which shops you went to! Haarlem is quite nice too! Thanks for the lovely comment and have a great week! xo Cheetarah

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  12. Lovely watercolours! When I took art (eons ago) we were taught to tape our paper onto a wooden board with paper tape, wetting the entire page, then letting it dry, we then did our painting on that, and it never buckled or warped! Love yur experiments - keep it up! Thanks for sharing, Lindart #30

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    1. Hi Linda, yes, it's called sizing the paper which is always advised to do when you are using water colors, but I am too lazy to do that all the time, LOL! This was just a quick test to try the paper and paints :) Thanks for the lovely comment and have a great week! xo Cheetarah

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  13. Wow, brilliant use for the tin...have seen a couple lurking in my daughter's bedroom actually, what an inspired idea! will make the travelling much asker. And have you considered the Koi water Rushes? Might save you a teeny space for something else!

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    1. Hi Julia! Well I would confiscate those tins from your daughter right away, LOL :D Yes, the KOI travel water brush is a great fit for the tin :) Thanks for the lovely comment and have a great week! xo Cheetarah

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  14. This week I start visiting last weeks WOYWW
    before I make my own post for this week.

    Beautiful watercolouring!
    The hardest medium to work with in my opinion.

    Have a nice day!
    Sussie

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