I thought I’d share a few glimpses of the last several days.
The weekend wore Fred out!
Fred was ready for a nap after a busy morning swimming!
I went to an Angels baseball game last Friday night.
Fred didn’t go with me, but he did have a play-date while I was gone.
The Angels played TERRIBLE.
But, my favorite player (Mike Trout) stopped by long enough to say hi and autograph the “free” hat I was given when I arrived.
I was spoiled with front row seats for Friday’s Angels game.
There’s something about men in baseball uniforms ….
Men’s butts look best in baseball pants?
Saturday evening I was invited to a friend’s house.
While I was there, I got the chance to take a look at her photos from a New Zealand trip she took a couple years ago.
It was fun to get caught up with her.
On Sunday, I had family visiting.
In between all of these activities,
I’ve been making a travel palette for my Peerless Watercolors.
It took SO much time and it was a very messy project.
Peerless Watercolors have been around for over a hundred years.
They were originally designed for tinting photographs.
They’re super concentrated colors on dry sheets of paper …
Which makes them ideal for taking on planes/travel.
Peerless Watercolors at work!
I’ve had my Peerless paints for a few months.
I had yet to cut them into smaller pieces so they could be arranged into a palette.
(They don’t arrive sorted by color family so it takes awhile to sort them, label them, cut the sheets into small palette-sized pieces, etc., etc.)
The color of the dry sheets often looks nothing like the activated color so making a palette also involves a lot of experimenting.
And, when you touch the dry sheets, your hands instantly become stained with color.
But, alas ….
Peerless Watercolor Palette – iPhone
My palette is finally ready for use.
I can tuck it a handbag, or between the pages of a book and take it anywhere with me.
I prefer to use a water brush with these type of paints … especially when I travel.
Me, being me, had to make The Peerless Palette Project a lot more work than it needed to be.
I made a corresponding chart with the names of each color.
Blurry iPhone photo —
Colors are listed by corresponding number in the order I organized them on my palette.
I think I’ll be glad I have the color names listed as paint sheets run out and I need to replace them?
(I laminated the list so it doesn’t get ruined by water and/or paint as I use the palette.)
I made my palette on a piece of folded watercolor paper.
I cut small squares of color from each peerless sheet.
The Dura-lar keeps the paints from smearing on to the opposite page, and can also serve as a place to mix colors, etc.
When I was all done, I decided, “Why not make this project a little bit more difficult?”
So, I covered the outside of my palette-booklet with some decorative paper.
I added an information sheet from the paint packaging as my “title.”
And, finally, I covered the entire outside with packaging tape to keep it waterproof.
The outside cover of my Peerless Watercolor Paint Palette.
Let’s be honest, it was a pain in the ass to make the palette.
But, I’m so glad I did.
It will be simple to refill the paints, individually, as I use them.
I can now take the paints anywhere with me.
By covering the exterior with packaging tape, I’ve ensured the entire booklet will hold up for years to come.
It’s just one more step on my never-ending journey of creativity.