I took the day off yesterday! I didn't paint. I didn't write a blog post. It was a much needed break. Today I painted for about 20 minutes and got an early start on tomorrow's very last Fursday painting. It felt good to just paint, knowing it didn't need to be done today and I didn't need to share it. And then I spent some time making plans for next year's year of creative habits. I'm SO ready for the change.
This is kind of an out-of-the-blue post, my first "hacking" post. It's one of those things that's so simple, I wonder if everyone already knows/does it. I started doing about midway this year and it's my favorite palette. When I ran out, I tried to go back to my old palette and I hated it. I couldn't. So I set it up again, took some pictures, and I'm sharing it with you.
I bought this 9x12 paper palette pad from Michaels for $3.99, regularly $7.99. You know they always have coupons, right? I work small usually 6x6 inches. Even when I work large, I work for a short period of time. Also gouache dries pretty fast. So I'm saying I don't need a 9x12 palette, it's too big. Also I like having a fresh start everyday. I'm a neat freak, what can I say?
I noticed that this pad of palette paper has the sticky stuff (the stuff that holds the pages into a pad) on both the top and bottom. I took my exacto and a ruler and I cut it in half. It still works as a pad because there's sticky stuff across the bottom too. This time I decided that I could probably use even less so I cut it again, making fourths. The cover is not part of the sticky stuff on the bottom so that came off, but the pages are still stuck together.
Now I have four pads of palette paper, 40 sheets on each pad. They are a much more manageable size for me, 4.5x6 inches. I don't feel as wasteful tearing off a page each day now. So let me know...what's your favorite palette set up? Is this something you'd try or is too wasteful?