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Have Paint, will Travel!


Hello! Becky here today & I am pooped! I am in the middle of helping my husband's family with my mother-in-law's estate sale (she passed away last month). We are spending our days sorting through 50+ years worth of stuff & getting ready for a big garage sale this weekend. It's tiring, a bit overwhelming & a big eye-opener! (Don't collect too much stuff, because your kids & family will be the ones to go through it all in the end! Get rid of it now!!! Just sayin'! LOL!) 

I knew that if I had ANY downtime that I would want to do something creative to renew my soul!

What better way than to play with watercolors? As many of you know, I am usually an acrylic paint girl, but unless you know what colors you want to play with, it's kinda hard to travel with acrylics! But, I recently ordered some goodies from Altered Pages & along with it, Jean sent this great little Faber Castell Watercolor kit to play with! It's all self-contained: 5 watercolored pencils, a sharpener, 4 pre-printed flower mini-canvas boards & DIRECTIONS - JUST add water! (Yes, it came with directions on how to blend & color in the cute little canvases!) I only had time for one tonight, but hope to do the rest soon! I followed the blending techniques in the little book & then added some pen to it.
I have tried watercolor pencils before & I have to say, I HATED them! BUT, these pencils are so nice & blend so well when wet that I am actually looking forward to working with them some more! (I also ordered a water brush & was really bummed when we were driving & I realized I forgot to pack it! But this would be the perfect project for it! Next time for sure!)

Don't forget to check out the other tools available on the site that are perfect for traveling with...

Thanks for stopping by today!
Cheers!

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