Saturday, January 24, 2009

Moleskine Loves Schmincke

Did you know that a Schmincke watercolor set opens up to the same size as a Moleskine watercolor book?


That means you can set up the paint kit on the facing page, next to where you need it.


You can clamp it to your Moley with a spring clip. The water cup is taped to the Schmicke so it doesn’t tip over and dump all over your work. Wrap some extra tape around your water cup, because tape always comes in handy.


With the rag in one hand and the brush in the other, you’ve got everything you need within reach. It will serve you if you’re leaning on a paddock rail, crowded into in an Irish pub, or perched a mountaintop.


Here’s the painting of Gibraltar next to the real thing.
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Previous GJ post on light sketching supplies: link.

23 comments:

Glendon Mellow said...

Sweet!

Never noticed that...

Josephine said...

Perfect, and simply reverse for us lefties.

jeff f said...

Great idea, I have a small W&N watercolor box that fits as well.
Of course being left handed I will use the other side.

Thanks! Wonderful sketch as well James.

Erik Bongers said...

Wonderfull sketch indeed.

But the tape on the water cup, it's only on one side?
Doesn't it still flip over (on the knee)?

Erik Bongers said...

Hmmm, it's "tip over" apparently.
A native speaker not I am:)

Sheila said...

Wow....the best ideas are born from necessity. Thanks for always being so generous and sharing. Also love that Google link from yesterday's post.

Michael said...

Erik,

If you also tape it on the other quarter edge (that would be 12:00 and 3:00 using a clock, as the 3:00 position is what is shown in the image) it will not tip over.

That is an amazing watercolor sketch James.

Delwyn said...

Your watercolour is beautiful, thankyou for showing us.

df said...

wow. nice painting!

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Great tip James.

I might just have to go and get a watercolour Moleskine now. My Schminke tin keeps begging to be be taken out as it's been sadly neglected since I took up coloured pencils.

Erik Bongers said...

Thanks Michael. Yes, that would solve the problem.

Michael said...

...I thought about this then forgot to correct myself. Following the orientation of the painting the tape position shown is actually 12:00 and the other would be 9:00.

:)

Carole Baker said...

Thank you so much for this idea! I've been trying for years to try to figure out how to hold everything with one hand and never thought of those clips. You can see what I just did with a smaller palette here: http://watercolorpostcards.blogspot.com/2009/01/three-more-days.html
Something else I've done is glue velcro to the bottom of a little water cup and the other piece to my palette

Nathan Fowkes said...

Dang it, now I have to go out and buy yet another watercolor kit.

FutureCap said...

I was curiouse as to the brush your using, is it a travel brush?

James Gurney said...

Future Cap, yes, that's the little folding two-piece brush that comes with the watercolor set. You can get these things separately, too, as "travel brushes."

Carol, loved your setup.

Erik and Michael, yes, that tape is only on the 12:00 position, which holds it as long as you tilt it toward yourself.

caynazzo said...

I'd like to try this setup but can't tell if that's a full or half pan paint set.

James Gurney said...

Caynazzo, it's a half pan set, which is big enough for a watercolor book. Even with that few colors I took some out (and stuck in a full pan of white, which I don't use much).

A. Riabovitchev said...

Really Beautiful!:o)

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