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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Pastel Clean-up Made Easy...a Tip for Plein air and More!

'Dogwood and Violets'           6x8        pastel     plein air        ©Karen Margulis
 Did you know that Babys 'R' Us has art supplies?  Artists can find things to use for art in just about any store.  I am always on the hunt for things that could make my painting experience easy.  I love going up and down the aisle in Home Depot and now the Dollar Tree looking for things that I can use for art. I found the best little gadget in of all places....the baby store!

I put it to the test today out in my yard. I have two private students here from out of town and one of the things they wanted to do was some plein air painting. We really didn't have to go far between my Cherry tree and azaleas and the neighbor's Dogwoods.  I loved using  my new find. It made clean up easy and convenient.

'Spring Fling'          6x8        pastel        plein air
click here to purchase $45

Here it is in action.....it is a neoprene baby wipe holder with a velcro strap made by Infantino.  It is meant for a baby stroller but it is perfect to attach to a tripod or easel. No more fumbling in a backpack with pastel covered fingers searching for the pack of wipes. No more running out of those small travel size wipes especially on long painting trips.  Just fill it with a soft pack of your favorite wipes. You can throw it in your backpack or bag  or even loop the velcro strap around the backpack straps. It is lightweight,waterproof and made clean up so easy!  Thanks Babys 'R' Us!


Susan Williamson said...

This is genius! Thank you once again for a great Plein air tip that doesn't cost a fortune. These paintings look so fresh and freely painted!

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen ..can you suggest a reasonably priced tripod that when I buy a travel box will be strong enough to support it.
Thanks for all of your wonderful tips and demos . I am striving to change my style , more loose.
I am planning on a plein air set up , if you have any other recommendations I would love to hear about them.

Its All About Creating said...

Thank you for all the great tips. I ordered one for my easel and one for my fisherman husband. Genius.

Karen said...

Thanks everyone! I will be doing a post on my plein air set up in the next week. I am using an Oben travel tripod that holds up to 6 lbs. I'll share more details in the post!!