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September 2013



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Cleaning house--or studio, anyway!

Because I write how-to art books, as well as articles for The Artist's Magazine, Watercolor Magic, and my own free art tips at cathyjohnson.info, I test a lot of art materials so I can write about them for my readers and students.

I've been clearing out the studio, and finally got a start listing unused or lightly tested art supplies on Ebay--probably the BEST bargain are these full pan, virtually untouched Schmincke watercolors! These can run anywhere from $10 to $16 and more PER PAN, and I'm starting them at auction for $22.95 for ALL of them.

See http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&item=350170336557 or just look for item #350170336557

Schmincke watercolors are fantastic, buttery and richly pigmented. They seem to last and last...I bought a big set, and then found a tiny travel set too, so I had duplicate colors. And of course like most of us who paint frequently, I have colors I just have to have that weren't in the sets, so I replaced a few. The ones I took out are what you see here. There are:

2 black
2 sepia
1 dark red
1 cobalt green dark
1 thalo green

I've also tested a variety of colored pencils and watercolor pencils--I've got some of them up, too, mostly only tested (if that!). (Like everyone else, I have my favorite brands--I'm keeping my Prismacolors and my Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils!)

Above is a gorgeous, NEW set of oil-based Faber-Castell colored pencils, though...it's on auction as well, at a huge savings. Look for item #350169883513!

I listed a cute little Rowney watercolor travel set, too, and will be adding a brand new "possum palette," water container, beginners' oil painting set, storage containers and much more--keep checking back!

You can find things under my original eBay ID, katestreasures, check my store at stores.shop.ebay.com/Kates-Treasures
so please, help me make some room in my studio!