Sunday, July 16, 2017

fun in a box

 This exciting box arrived yesterday. It was expected.

Usually I open packages right away, but yesterday was a tough day, physically. Instead of thinking my exciting package would turn the day around, it seemed more likely that the difficult day would dull the joy of the package. So I waited til today.

 A week ago I decided to augment my set of Staedtler watercolor pencils. I had to choose a different brand, so that I could order from Open Stock and choose each color individually. I've been very happy with the Staedtlers, so I hope these Faber-Castells work well with them.

 The individual labels peeled off easily, which is very nice. The last time I bought pencils from an art supply store, the labels were not only thoroughly stuck on but also wrapped in tape, right around the entire pencil - talk about overkill. Nothing gets those labels off, and it's a nuisance when trying to sharpen the pencils.

Staedtlers on bottom, Faber-Castells on top.
(And in case an eagle-eyed reader notices it, there is one Caran d'Ache pencil, also. I bought that one last year when I was really craving Payne's Grey.)

Today I began working on an ink drawing with watercolor.
Here's the ink:

And here's the beginning of the watercolor:

If it comes out well, I'll post another picture.

If you've never used watercolor pencils, I encourage you to give them a try. Here's a close-up look:

So. Much. Fun.


  1. Wow... Isn't it funny that I've had exactly that same thought on a few occasions when a package has arrived? I hide it under the bed until the next day :)

    I love seeing your drawings. Your talent astounds me because I can barely draw at all! Keep sharing!

  2. If I ever receive any mail (which isn't often anymore) I always wait for just the right moment to open it so that I can thoroughly enjoy the contents. Have fun with your new pencil set. I have used watercolor pencils before. And actually, recently bought some Stabilo GreenColor pencils that are FSC certified. The colors are muted, almost vintage looking, and they color beautifully. I took colored pencils and markers with me to Dubai so that I could journal but found very little time to do much more than that. As you will see by my next post, I did a whole lot of walking on Friday. :) Have a good week.

  3. So many pretty colors. It's always fun to get a package like that (even when you order it yourself).

  4. Love it..."If it comes out well, I'll post another picture." Your painting looks on its way to very well.
    Watercolor pencils, I'll put them on the August budget.

  5. Such fun in a box! I admit that even if I'm under the weather I can't wait to open it. Even if I'm not up to using the contents for a few days. Glad to see you enjoying these new pencils.

  6. Love the watercolor! I signed up for Blick's emails but have been reluctant to order; it might just start an epidemic LOL

  7. Just my kind of mail. It is good that you were able to enjoy opening it. I have a set of Faber-Castell watercolor pencils which I mostly use with my handlettering. It is fun. Your watercolor looks lovely.

  8. Beautiful! I've never tried watercolor pencils, but I'd love to - must get a few. Your waiting for a better day to open the package made me smile - my husband does the same thing.


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