I noticed a new Hobby Lobby opened near the Pittsburgh
Airport. I gave myself some extra time to stop there on the
day I had to pick my husband up on his return trip from AZ.
I was envisioning walking into a Dick Blick or Cheap Joe's catalog
come to life. Boy was I out of luck!
I would say 25% of the store was art and craft supplies,
the rest was home decor items.
Several of my Winsor & Newton ink bottles are close to being empty.
I have been thinking about buying a new set.
At Hobby Lobby I came across this set off Dr. Ph Martin's
Bombay India Inks. When I got home I noticed that in a few of the
bottles the color pigments had separated from the fluid.
I'm not sure if this is standard or did something happen to
this bunch. I shook the bottles and all but one seems okay.
Then I decided to try them out.
Hated how they flowed, not a nice transparent color, so disappointed.
Back to Winsor & Newton,
Jill + Winsor & Newton, forever and ever!
Next I got out the said, Winsor & Newton Inks..
and they looked like crap too!
Okay, my brushes are a bit ratty...
Then it hits me, I used paper from a mixed media sketchbook.
I should have used watercolor paper or my favorite paper for inks,
Strathmore, Bristol smooth tooth.
The lesson here? The type of paper you use matters.