Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Peerless Watercolors: Organization


Today I wanted to share a tip about how I store and use my Peerless Watercolors.

The watercolors come embedded on fabric paper and ready to use. You just touch your waterbrush to the surface and paint activates and is ready-to-use. There are two sizes:

  • the original package has 15 colors on approx. 2 3/4" x 6 1/2" pieces.
  • the bonus package has 40 additional colors on approx. 2 1/4" x 2 1/2" pieces.
I have two storage methods. I put the full package in a portable set of page protectors sleeves. The picture below shows an option like this, from ScrapRack, called the Divine Nine. The pockets are 4x4 and 4x6 in size.
The pages come in a 10-pack - which will accommodate every one of the available colors, with room to grow.

You can put them into a 12" x 12" binder, or simply attach the pages to a keyring and fold it up, in half, width-wise. Super portable!  I have a slightly different page configuration which is no longer available - but the Divine Nine works just as well.

I painted a little swatch of each color on a small label and attached it to the inside of the pocket.

A great feature of these protectors is that each pocket has a flap to hold in the sheets and keep wet paint from transferring to other colors. It also keeps them from getting dusty. I just lift up the flap, touch my waterbrush to the sheet and let the flap close back onto the swatch. It doesn't waste a drop.

But now that they are out of their original packaging, you may be wondering, how do I know which color is which? I made a standard address mailing label sheet with the paint names on it so that I can list the colors I use in a project. And I'm sharing it with you! Click here to download the PDF file. It is formatted for a 3 column x 10 row (30 per sheet) mailing label.
Now perhaps you caught that the long pockets are about 1/2" too short for the long pieces in the Original pack? That's where my second storage method comes into play - the even-more-portable palette! I cut of the 2 3/4" x 1/2" pieces and attach them to the front page(s) of my sketch book with removable tape.

So now that I've shared how they are organized, I'll share a watercolored stamp image - the P009 Sunflower Centers stamp image. I stamped the image onto hot press watercolor paper using Stazon Midi in Cloudy Sky (gray) ink and colored away using Peerless Watercolors and a waterbrush. The colors are so vibrant!
How do your organize your Peerless Watercolors?

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