Ice cream versus my review of the Winsor and Newton Watercolor Bijou Box

Ice cream versus my review of the Winsor and Newton Watercolor Bijou Box

An ice cream and my watercolors are companion today for lunch.
After a short lunch break I needed to go out for a walk. While walking I’m thinking that I have still my Winsor and Newton Jewel (Bijou) Box with me and I didn’t use it. Bad.

I don’t want any monkey to stop my sketching, but hey, today I need a serious relief for my eyes. Sleeping is perfect, but in the mean time I cannot. The view of the sea is quite enough.

Opening my faithful daily bag, where believe me or not now I hold 4 kinds of sketchbooks and notebooks. Here a peek into my bag just dropped on the table.
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You can clearly see my daily work agenda, a Rhodia, and then a pocket leather travel cover made by me. The other two notebooks and notebook cover are in the shadow.

So I start dismantling my Sketching Kit Mark III that from today is officially Travel Sketching Kit Mark IV. I love to give names to things… I think there is some (crazy) creativity.

For the sake of accuracy, yes, I did another leather travel sketchbook cover that can hold up to A6 sketchbooks. Now it’s holding three hand-made 150g sketchbooks.
Slightly larger and higher but I can hold really everything and a lot. Blue is one of my favorite color, so I did it in that way. 🙂
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So, after dismantling the biiiig package there is a brand new watercolor box. Look, all the color pans are still wrapped.

I like my lemon ice cream with liquorice holder. I feel like a baby today.
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So, what I have to do now? Do I have to let melt the ice cream and unwrap the watercolors? Or to eat that fresh lemon ice cream delaying the subtle pleasure of unwrapping some good watercolors?

This is the visual reply.
ice cream and watercolors

I just didn’t care about the ice cream. I went for the watercolors. Of course!

Did you have any doubt? Me no. This is a brand new Winsor and Newton Bijou Box and still untouched. And I like to use it badly! As you can see in the picture I unwrapped the pans so badly that some paper still sticks on the (melting… my goodness) surface of the colors. No problem, a quick sketch will wipe off that fuzzy things.
The vision is wonderful isn’t it?
The box sports 8 fantastic watercolors in two rows, if the pans are held horizontally. But if you set the pans vertically you can have 5 colors for each row. Plus the wonderful central row can hold 4 more colors if you toss the tiny brush.
In conclusion this small package can carry from 8 to 14 watercolors half pan.

What else?
It’s an enameled box and it’s a fantastic pleasure for the eyes and to touch. I now pack inside only 8 colors but knowing that I can eventually pack more and that exciting indeed.

If you want to read serious review (not like mine) about this Winsor and Newton Watercolors Bijou Box go to Parka Blog.

Time is running. And I need to go back in the office.
Well I have some ideas for the next coming leather projects. I have some needs and I think a good leather cover or a leather case can help me. I cannot tell more for now.
So just to not forget what I’m thinking about now I just sketch and note some ideas. Maybe they are already old ideas, maybe they are some taken ideas. they are my ideas and I love to write and to sketch. Is it an excuse to pop out my fountain pen and my paper? Yes it is… 🙂
Here it is the page before I was writing. You know I’d like to have secrets inside the notebooks, between the protective wings of my leather cover.

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I’m a visual person, I know. I don’t know if this is called sketching or drawing or taking visual notes. Don’t want to label it. But I like it.

As I like to have my faithful art weapons with me: my Lamy fountain pens, my watercolors, my waterbrushes and a pinch of madness.


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