2/16/2017

I made a card that I used a lot of different techniques on and in the end, I added more and had to back out of some of them.  I used watercolors and Distress inks and really liked the effects of Ken Olivers liquid metallic  in gold when added to the center of flowers.  It was a lot of fun and I think I’ll be playing with more of the colors I bought in my last haul.

I also made a watercolor paper block that Lindsay had made a few months ago for painting with watercolors when she’s outdoors.  I thought it would be a great way for me to use watercolor paper that is basically the size of a postcard and not have to tape it down as the paper is adhered to a cardboard backing with hot glue.  I know you’ll be glad to know that I didn’t permanently damage anything with the hot glue and tried my new mini glue gun from A C Moore.  This was the first time I used it, and I didn’t realize that the little feet on the front don’t bend backward so they are out of the way.  I had a problem with gluing and having the feet get in the way of the project.   Don’t you hate it when that happens?

I also got a set of watercolors today from Amazon.  I have a set from Koi that are a small travel set.  This is one of the main reasons I started my YouTube channel.  The Koi set are fun paints, but small, and close together.  I can’t stop myself from getting one color paint smeared into the next pan, thereby contaminating the other color.  It’s not such a big deal with most colors, but white and light colors are a problem.  Most people would not have any problem with this, but when your hands and wrists don’t work like other people, these things become setbacks.   I’ve been really watching what other YouTube crafters are using for watercolors and I found a set that (right now) is perfect.  They are the set of Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Colors, 36-Color Set and I bought them from Amazon for less than $32.  Here are the reasons I bought them.  First they are full pans of color so they are larger than most sets of paints.  Second, I saw Kristina Werner use them as well as Lindsay recommended them to me, and lastly, you can remove the colors out of the packaging and use each individual color in its housing and not have the rest of the set in front of you.  It makes it so I can use the colors and not have to worry about contaminating colors and the pans are large enough, I shouldn’t have any problems navigating my brush through the palette.  I’m really looking forward to using these and will definitely do a review of them.

I got some negative feedback today on my “which watercolor pencil is best for you” video.  The person didn’t like the way I spoke and thought I “waffled.”  I explained that this channel is structured for persons with physical limitations.  The only reason I am bringing this up is that apparently from now on, when I do any type of product reviews, I need to preface them with the reason for the channel.  I don’t think people understand that there is a huge difference in the way people with physical limitations use crafting tools vs. others and that’s important to note.  After all, it is the main reason I started the YouTube channel.  If there had been another YouTuber with hand/wrist problems, I could have saved the money on the Koi watercolors, as I would have bought the new set in the first place.  Information like the research I’ve done to find this set is invaluable to people like me, but someone like my commenter would never understand why.

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