Friday, February 10, 2012

Journaling The Garden Week 6

The stark, monochromatic palette of Winter is
one of my very favorite qualities of this season.
I read a quote once that described Winter as a
unique opportunity for extraordinary creativity
because of the absence of color.

The quiet lull outdoors affords chances to repackage
the poetry of nature, concentrating all efforts inside
with colorful glass vases scattered about the house,
each one carefully cradling a ruddy bulb eager to
burst forth with a grand bit of majesty.

The new journal page is currently a work in
progress that is bright and colorful... an ode
to my indoor eden.

Also, this week I am excited to share
information about a favorite product.
In the past, I have always used a
styrofoam plate as my paint palette.
This is not the most environmentally
friendly option, nor does it extend the
life of acrylic paints beyond a day,
perhaps two.

I have never been a big fan of Stay-Wet
palette options, until I found the 8.5"x7"x1"
Masterson Sta-Wet Palette
. I made the
switch to this product 6 months ago, and
have been pleased with its performance.
I can keep an active acrylic palette for up
to one week. It is also the perfect size.

*TIP: The product comes with a sponge
that sits in the bottom of a tray. In
contrast to the directions given for
preparing your palette, I like to wet
the sponge and wring out almost all
of the water. If you leave the water in
the sponge, it causes your paints to be
very runny.


Diana Trout {} said...

These paintings are just luscious, Tracie.

Jeannie said...

Tracie, you take my breath away. Your paintings are gorgeous. You really have captured the beauty of the amaryllis and the narcissus. Wow!!!

Melly Testa said...

I have been using a porcelain palette, sponges cut to fit each well and saran wrap. I like the porcelain as it washes clean! I have been wondering about the masterson palette.

Tammy Gilley said...

Loving this series, Tracie! So fab. xo