This weekend we finally got some Spring here in Colorado. Saturday was lovely, I had a photo shoot with some old friends and Sunday was the most peaceful afternoon I have had in a long time. I left the door open and I painted and made things and listened to music for hours while a perfect breeze cooled me down.
I have been painting quite a bit lately. Watercolor and calligraphy are a couple of my loves and sadly they haven't much attention in the last couple of years. It is funny to put something down for a while and then pick it back up. There are some fundamentals that will always be there, but for me it is always kind frustrating to find it hard to do things that used to be second nature. Practice makes perfect! I am already seeing progress and it is very rewarding.
So with all the painting I have been doing I have found myself wishing I had a paint brush holder more than a few times. I used to have this beautiful japanese ceramic one, but that has been long lost. I decided I would try to make one myself and here it is.
The whole process took me about an hour. First I used this clay and molded it into a sort of half oval shape. Once that looked good I took my most used pen and brushes to pinch crevices into the top of the shape. After that I took a little bit of water to soften the surface of the whole thing. For this brand of clay you are supposed to bake it for 30 minutes at 230 degrees and then let cool. I am a little impatient so I only let it cool for about 5 minutes. I am sure you could let it cool overnight. I threw a coat of mint craft paint on it before using a sharpie to make a pretty design. I plan to put a coat of mod podge on it as well to make sure everything lasts longer.
I used the brush holder last night and I love having somewhere to pause or switch brushes with. Do you paint or do lettering? Have you ever used anything like this?