This nifty little paint set was given to me by the mother of a close friend who brought it back from Japan. She told me it was same type of paint set used by the artists who worked on the landscaping of the movie "Up"(amazing film!!) when they were scouting locations and getting inspirations. I could easily see why it would be the perfect painter's road companion- it was tiny, compact, convenient and genius!
I remember having art palettes in primary school which came with dry paint pots and a cheap brush. You'd get a cup of water and get paint by rehydrating the pots. This usually created a water-colour effect, although this was not always by choice.. some paints were so poorly made with thin pigments that you'd be lucky to get any colour out at all.
The clincher in this Japanese design skips the need for an open cup of water by integrating the water into the brush like a cartridge. As a result you have a brilliantly portable, non-messy and on-the-go paint kit. Well, not that I'm going to be hiking up mountains or anything like that, but the set suits my busy student lifestyle well.
I wanted to share the cards I made for Mother's Day (I would have made more but mid-semester exams were upon me) and I will be posting tutorials soon on how to make these cards (simple brush patterns for flowers and leaves) and how a round-edge paper cutter is probably the best investment of your craft life EVER.
To my mum: I'll get you real flowers next time, these are the best I can do from here in Sydney. Thank you for life, guidance, support and love. You're the best, love you!