Monday, May 24, 2010

Tip: Watercolor Tube Storage Solution

My sister hipped me to this awesome tip, so I thought I would share it with everyone on the blogosphere.  Where and how do you store your tubes of watercolor paint?  I just store mine in a quart-sized Ziplock bag...

But, Staples (you know--the guys with the "Easy" button...) sells a plastic box with a snap closure that's intended to store 3" x 5" index cards.  However, It holds watercolor tubes perfectly!  The index-card-storage boxes come in a translucent white (shown above) and also colors.  Cost: about $1.50 USD.  I haven't been able to find them on their website, but they are available in stores.

This little plastic box offers a rigid storage solution that's perfect for traveling with your tubes of paint, helping to prevent crushed tubes and consequent messes.  Let me know if this tip works out for you!


jgr said...

Thank you for the GREAT tip! I am going on vacation soon and I'm going to try it.

SEEKER said...

Thanks for this helpful idea.

Brian said...
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Brian said...

Hey, Does your sister have any tips or resources she could share with us about those super sketchbooks she made for you? We are doing something like that in a few weeks over on the Meetup and I've gotta do a crash study on the details from somewhere.

Steve Penberthy said...

jgr: Thanks! Let me know how it worked out on your vacation! Thanks for the comment!

SEEKER: You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by.

Brian: I'll check with her. She's taught some bookbinding classes in the past; maybe she has some handouts or something. I'll be in touch soon.

A Brush with Color said...

Great idea--sounds like another thing I "need" now. Love it.

bigsis said...

Hi, I'm Steve's sister Nancy. This is for Brian who asked about making handbound sketchbooks. For Steve's sketchbooks, I used the directions in the book by Sue Doggett: Bookworks: Books, Memory and Photo Albums, Journals and Diaries Made by Hand (1998), which was reissued in 2008 as The Bookbinding Handbook. Her directions are step by step and very thorough.

Brian said...

Hey Nancy,

Thanks. I'll look into that book. We winged-it sort of and watched some great YouTube Videos, but I'm trying to sharpen up my technique and tools. I'm very happy with the sketchbook that came out of our Meetup event

Definitely gives me more satisfaction than the store-bought books.

Thanks for the comments!