New Coffee Painting Plans

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Apparently, I forgot my blog post yesterday.  Oops.  Anyway, I’m here to tell you about my new coffee painting plans since what I’m currently doing isn’t working out so well.  I do spray my paintings with a UV archival spray varnish by Golden, which does help, but they still fade.  The coffee lasts longer than the tea.  It’s because the acid in the coffee and tea reacts with the paper.  So I changed my current paintings in my store to $2 and $5.  That way you’re just paying for some of the supplies and shipping.

My next experiment will be using an acrylic binder and acrylic mediums on canvas and see what that does for the fading.  I’ll still continue with the inktense, but I also miss the texture from oil painting.  So maybe I can get it this way.  I probably won’t sell any until I know how the fading issue turns out, but I’ll share the finished photos with you.

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Review On My New Supplies

In case you didn’t see my posts from the other site.  Here’s the post of the review of some supplies I ordered from dickblick.com.
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Ok.  So I finally had some time to play with my new art supplies in between taking care of my cute little one.  The first thing is my FAVOURITE!  I love these little glass jars.  I can pour hot water into them to mix up my paint, and then put a lid on them so nothing spills when I’m not using them.  I had to write on the lids to tell the difference between the coffee though.  Otherwise, they get mixed up when you move them.  Oops.
I already knew I liked the Canson XL watercolor paper because, I was already using it.  The Stanislaus brush set that I got didn’t work out.  Even though it’s advertised for watercolor and acrylic, it’s too stiff for watercolor.  I would consider it more of a craft acrylic brush.  I’ll probably keep them for that, but I’ll need to get different brushes.  These were cheap.  So at least I didn’t spend a lot of money on something that didn’t work out.  This is why I don’t have a painting for you guys.  Even though I had time to mess around a little, the brushes ruined my painting.  Sadness.
The Golden Archival Spray Varnish seems to work out alright.  My only suggestion is to make sure it stays outside for a while, or in a very well ventilated room.  The fumes are not pleasant.  I also tested the Sakura Micron pen on the painting that didn’t work out.  The pen works nicely.  I’ll have to redo the painting thouh.  I think it’ll be easier signing with the pen than how I have been doing it.  Hopefully they’ll be a new painting for you soon!