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on: March 31, 2013, 05:40:07 PM
Those of us who have painted on and off for a while will have encountered stubborn caps that refuse to come off the tubes of used paint. ::)
To avoid becoming like us, when you get new tubes, run around the thread with a tiny amount of vaseline. It stops the caps sticking and therefore stops you twisting and breaking the tube when you can't open it!  :)

Paints are like friends, it takes time to get to know them well. Some will mix well, some won't! If you end up with mud, paint a field.

Water brushes are, I have discovered, brilliant for when you want to make a test page of paint samples direct from the tube. Just dip the very tip of the brush into the tube and you can do a test swatch of graduated colour automatically. Just squeeze and wipe the brush to clean it before going on to the next one, no palette or water bucket needed.

A white ice cube tray is good for mixing colours if you get the nice deep ones.

Make up a travel kit. Put it in a box, small shoulder bag or a drawstring bag and keep it in the car/top box/saddle bag/cycle bag..
A small pad of paper
A pocket paint set or three tubes of paint (RGB orCMY) and a white saucer to mix on.
A set of 3 water brushes
Small squeezy bottle for water ( I found a clear one meant for ketchup)
Pencil and eraser if you use them.
Packet of tissues.
Bag for rubbish.

Try and pick a painting spot where you can sit down on a wall or bench. It's easier than lugging a camping stool around.



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Reply #1 on: April 01, 2013, 04:51:34 AM
Thanks, Sandra, good to know. I know I'm "one of the few" who have even put a pair of tiny pliars on a few caps!!
Great kit idea. I'm lucky, cuz I just put everything in my walker basket and away I go.
Thanks, again.

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Reply #2 on: April 01, 2013, 05:51:32 PM
Great tips-thanks Sandra!  I use plastic wrap under my least I try and remember to do that.  ;)

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