Monday, June 28, 2010
We didn't have rain. But it was a great cloud watching day all day.
I went to get out the metallic acrylic paints and ran across these Dr. Martin liquid watercolors that I bought on sale at Hobby Lobby around 3-4 years ago.
I had always wondered about them, having seen them in art catalogs over the years. Well, I discovered I would never buy them. I knew they were a bit "old" when I got them on sale. They didn't slosh in the bottles like they were a thin liquid, but I figured I could thin them out, right? Put them away and forgot about them. Well, they were like paste and they wouldn't thin out decently. Even the two that were thinner to begin with remained thick.
I thought I'd be able to work with them regardless. Well, they didn't really even behave like proper watercolors. I soaked the paper and tried to drop and dab on the paint--it wouldn't even spread in the water--except for the green which did move about some (so I used more of that). They just kind of sat wherever you dropped them. I've had acrylics that work better with water than these. Not impressed.
I sprayed--doused--the whole thing with water and what you see above was the most the paint would move--period. I didn't like it at all, so I thought I'd maybe try the saran wrap and see if that could force it to move around a bit. I am not expecting much. And will think of these as more like acrylics--crummy acrylics--in future. (If they don't end up in the trash!)
I'm puzzled by this product, to be honest. Watercolors can be dry as a bone (they even sell them in dry pans for goodness sakes!) and you can use them with no problem. Why would these go bad? You should be able to reconstitute them with water if they have thickened over time. Makes no sense. So--buyer beware.
Anyways, we had some very dark clouds pass thru during the day--quite ominous looking...
...but no rain. Dramatic. Beautiful!
I washed clothes. Was a quiet day. Slept a little better last night. Maybe see about the metallic acrylic paints today? When I do just a little a day--pace myself--that works best and I can keep at it longer over time. :)
Sunny day. Not as hot--mid 70s. Nice! Nice!
Have a good one!! :):)
"If a nightingale sings with her breast against a thorn, why not we?"
Susan Gilbert Dickinson to Emily Dickinson in 1861