This year at the Fair I wanted to use real brushes with water, not water brushes, when painting.
Since I stand when I sketch it meant I had to have a way to put all my supplies and journal on one work surface. Dick and I made up a prototype “travel table” using plastic corrugated board and a monopod. I’ll have more to say about this stand which I used for three nine-hour days to test it during the Fair, when we start making the final version.
In the meantime I wanted to show you the simple brush holder I created so that my travel brushes could be right at hand, and in no danger of falling in the various waste materials on the barn floors at the Fair.
I have been working on live streaming and so today I made a live stream of the instructions on how to make this holder. If you go to this link you’ll be able to watch the short video on my process.
There are still some bugs to work out with my live streaming set up. There are some lighting issues and I have to remember to send different views and cameras to the live stream so you don’t just have a view of me talking. I also shouldn’t talk while I make the transitions because it seems that does something to the audio.
Something that didn’t happen today was comments. My husband couldn’t see how to leave one so I’m not sure if that was working or not. I hope that going forward I can work that bug out. Of course it will be great if I can also work out scheduling and let you know in advance!
In the meantime I hope that you find this short video helpful.
I have to say that it was so much fun to have real brushes to work with at this Fair instead of the Niji or Pentel Waterbrushes. There’s just a different flow you can get with the paint.
The biggest benefit of the portable work surface was that I was able to stand for 9 hours each of the three days I attended, sketch, and return home with absolutely no aches or pains. This is because when assembled the table is lightweight and easy to hold (even over your head when moving through crowds). And because I had some place for my journal and my palette etc. to all rest I didn’t have to hold everything tight to my body, putting stress on my shoulders. I walked taller and felt great.
We are definitely going forward with the final version as soon as we can.