Downsizing (part 2)…

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A couple of years ago I blogged about downsizing my sketching kit to make it easier to carry around in my bag.  Click here to see the original post.

I mentioned at the time that my new paint box weighed an awful lot more than I had expected.  I fully intended to create a more lightweight version and I did… I just didn’t expect it would take me two years to get around to it!

I came across a little mint tin that seemed the perfect size.

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Let’s just take a moment to compare it to my current paintbox.

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So I had a think about how I was going to create the paint wells this time and after a bit of pondering inspiration struck.  Sugru.

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If you haven’t heard of Sugru before then click here to visit their website.  I was introduced to it by a friend, who also gave me the two sachets you see in that photograph (thanks Josh!).  I mixed the two packs together and then created little wells for the paint.

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The Sugru takes 24 hours to cure, so while I was waiting for that to set I painted the inside of the lid with enamel paint to make a mixing palette.

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Then it was just a matter of squeezing some watercolour paint in, and voila!

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It’s tiny, and wonderfully light, and I love it.  My entire sketching kit has shrunk quite a bit over the past few years as I’ve also switched to using a smaller sketchbook.

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Will I make myself another paintbox?  Quite probably, and I still intend to make one using an eyeshadow palette at some point but there’s no rush.  For now this one is the perfect size for carrying in my pocket, and it’s ready just in time to be used on my holiday!

Sunday Sketchblog #116

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Street Art #29

A somewhat poignant piece of street art for you today.  This memorial can be found near Neville Close/Peel Precinct, NW6.

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Sunday Sketchblog #115

I’m trying to learn Italian, and as part of that I thought it might be a fun way to help encourage me to practice painting (plus if I take the time to paint something I’m hoping it will help the word sink in!).  So I’ve started painting a little vocabulary guide…

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Street Art #28

Some more offerings from Portobello Road, which you can only see when these shops are closed as this artwork is on their shutters.  The first one is on Portobello Art & Stationers (No.286 Portobello Road), and the second is just across the road on No.293.  Both pieces are by iCON.

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Wednesday WIP

Still working on the Tunisian crochet blanket in my spare time and I’m about half way through so I thought I might as well start sewing the squares together to help keep me motivated.


The dog doesn’t seem as enthusiastic as me!

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