Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Saving Paint Caps


I know I'm not alone in not always taking the time to properly recap their paint tubes. Who has the time when we're painting?! 

Every once in a while this happens and I'm reminded to slow down a bit...

I've been saving my old paint caps. I've already saved pen and marker caps for years (when you've taught as many classes as I have, you learn quick! I wish I had as many paint caps as I do marker and pen caps!) 

As far as paint caps go, I use paint tubes that have been put through the wringer (well worth your money!!) I squeeze and use a long, thin painting knife to get the last of the paint out. 

Then, I let the caps dry out, peel off any excess paint, repaint the outside of the cap with the new color and it's good as new.

If your paint cap ever separates completely and you can't get the bottom part off, you can carefully slice or cut it. (Just go slow and pay very careful attention.)
Adios, old paint cap!

(I did scrape out the excess paint from the broken cap and I used it to paint a page.) I also had to use an awl or sharp needle to get rid of the dried acrylic that was stuck to the tube so it would properly close.
Good as new! Now to remember before I'm in a rush to close the next paint tube or jar.

Monday, September 28, 2020


Supplies used:

Journal I made from hardcover book and
100 lb Accent Opaque cardstock 

size 13 1/4 x 20" opened

Acrylics: Holbein, Sennelier, Utrecht and Golden

Stabilo All in One water soluble pencil black and blue 

Painting knife 


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Current Painting Tools

I've been asked recently what my current favorite painting tools are.

Today's list:
Paint brushes
Colour shapers 
Catalyst tool 01 Mini
Palette knives 
Paint scrapers

Not shown: 
My hands using barrier cream or gloves... (and not using paints with cadmium, chromium, cobalt and the like as they contain heavy metals and once they get into your body, they can't get out. Remember acrylics are NOT tested for painting with your hands or getting paint on your skin! Be aware of what you are using and how you use it!)
Paper towels

What are some of yours?

Monday, September 21, 2020

1 August - 15 September 2020

New Work began 1 August through 15th of September 2020

Supplies used: 

Journal I made from 100 lb Accent Opaque card stock and Art Alternative MDF panels for the covers size 10 x 16" opened 

Acrylics: Holbein, Sennelier, Utrecht and Golden 

Stabilo All in One water soluble pencils in various colors

Palette knife 


During that time I read and watched:

Arshile Gorky The Plow and the Song A Life in Letters and Documents

Ardent Nature Gorky Landscapes

Gorky: The Implications of Symbols

Gorky: A Retrospective of Drawings

Gorky: A Retrospective

The Art in Painting by Albert C. Barnes

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz

Why no collage? For various reasons. Everything from, I've been wanting to go back to my roots (paint alone on paper) to I couldn't find any images (collage or painted ones) that adequately expressed how many of us are feeling right now.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020



I'm not hiding under a rock. It's weird not traveling, not teaching or doing any of the things that you've done for more than twenty years. I haven't disappeared. I'm just dipping my toes into something familiar but approaching it in a new way. I'll have more to share very soon. In the meantime, I hope that you are well.