Here's the Darkness part: A few days ago my computer went all ZERO DARK THIRTY. The big, gorgeous monitor looked back at me and said: "Nope. Not today, Sister" and the whole thing just went black. I have other technology. I do. But I found myself not checking my email. Not posting via I-Pad, which is as much fun as sticking pins into your eyes. I just leaned back into my books and art-ing and stayed busy but tech-less. So family and friends may wonder if I've finally decided to move to Denmark or just kicked up my RUDE-O-Meter by 100 degrees. Not true.....here I izzzzz.
Ready for the COLOR???!!!!
The thing above is a genius invention first patented in 1902. Seriously. Yeah, I'm always on the cutting edge, right??!......so this booklet contains sheets of watercolor saturated paper. Pop this baby in your pocket with an aqua brush (to the uninitiated, a paintbrush with water in the handle so you don't need a brush AND a little water jar) and a sketchbook and you're ready to go! A very enthusiastic and lovely salesperson at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder CO hooked me by doing an off-the-cuff demo. "I'll TAKE it!" I barked so loud that she took a step back. Come to find out that this method has been around for years and is used by illustrators and, listen to this: for tinting slides and movie film !!! It's smart to read the instructional copy that hasn't been re-written since 1902 (thank God)......with lines like THIS:
"First, outline in your mind the color effects desired,-if working on an original picture,-if a copy, study well the original painting before starting, then go at the work boldly, as a lack of decision usually ends in faliure....."
isn't THAT the truth?
You can snip pieces of the pages if you need an even smaller scrap to run around with. I found referencing the colors a little tricky, so I devised my own method of labeling each page. As with EVERYthing I try, it's an enthusiastic mess, getting more polished as I go, but hey, it's just for me I'm used to wonky and somewhat sloppy versions of ....everything.
So you can buy this thing on Amazon, but it's way cheaper at Two Hands Paperie. I don't know if they'll mail to you but I'm guessing they will. Don't quote me. Okay, you can, they won't know who you're talking about anyway. Here's the BIG sexy set.
I'm hoping to make a small, bad video about the book my friend has exploded on the scene. Stay tuned.