It’s been a while since I did any updates on my watercolour painting kit so thought that my current state of being itinerant and temporarily separated from my painting materials might be a good opportunity. (And I did warn you that there may be some ‘filler’ material while I’m itinerant!)
A short while ago I dusted off my Ken Bromley Perfect Paper stretcher. I first purchased one of these years ago but had found it a bit of a faff. Well, how this worm has turned! I’ve more recently found that the benefits of painting on stretched paper far outweighed the level of faff! So much so in fact that I’m now the proud/mildly compulsive owner of four quarter sheet stretchers and one half sheet stretcher.
Once I’d overcome the faff of stretching the paper, I became a bit frustrated that if I finished one painting, I had to stretch another piece of paper and wait for it to dry before I could embark on another. By having a few of them, it means I can have a couple of paintings on the go, as well as having paper stretched ready and waiting.
All of this coincided nicely with another small investment I made some time ago in a Manfrotto pixi mini tripod (pre-loved of course!) in the vague hope that I might start to do a few more videos. Along with another attachment, the tripod makes a stable grip for filming with your phone. I used this for all of the filming that I did for my Frazer Price Palette video:
What I didn’t realise at the time is what a great little tripod this makes for quarter and even half sheet boards once you’ve added on a Ken Bromley tripod adaptor to the boards. As at home I paint standing up, this tripod is a nice height for putting on a tabletop or kitchen work surface etc. They’re nicely adjustable so you can tilt and secure the board at a wide range of angles depending on what you require or prefer.
Here’s a quick selection of images that I hope go some way to showing off how well suited to the task this is:
Most of the boards that I have been paired with the Ken Bromley tripod adaptor but, if you have the inclination, a drill, an 8mm drill bit and a very wide flat head screwdriver, you can save yourself quite a bit of money by purchasing a small ¼ inch to 3/8 screw adaptor. You can find these sold both individually or in packs for only a few pounds – which is quite a saving on single Ken Bromley adaptor. All you do is drill out the pre-drilled hole in the board with your 8mm drill bit and then carefully screw in the adaptor. Here’s what it looks like when it’s done:
A couple of sketches
I didn’t want anyone to think that I was spending my time resting on my laurels, so here are few recent sketches.
I still need to do more of these, but what’s great is that I really enjoy doing them and I actually feel like I’m gradually developing something that’s distinctively ‘me’ with this way of working.
Sadly, even though I should be back home soon, I fear that my watercolour painting activities are still going to be limited. I’m going to have to swap my usual brushes for some more traditional painting and decorating brushes as I have an entire flat’s worth of skirting boards that I need to paint once the new floor is finished!