Getting ready for a holiday

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We are going to go to Tenerife for a few days with the hopes of getting a bit of winter sun and warmth. I’ve never been to the Canaries before, so  looking forward to it. I’ve bought myself a new sketchbook to take. It is one of teh “Hand Book” sketchbooks, made in Kansas I think, and they really are amongst the best. I have a fetish for sketch books and have just about every type, Leather bound Indian ones with slightly dubious paper, leather Italian ones, which are not great for watercolour, Moleskin watercolour books, which are really pretty good, and thick Cornellisen ones, with top class thick watercolour paper, but they are really quite bulky to carry around. Not sure they make them any more. I have also tried A4 sized books, but again, they are too big to just always have with you. I’ve baptised this one with a sketch map of Tenerife to get me familiar with the island to some extent.

I usually use an enamelled metal watercolour box, but I found that they are rusitng a bit , and the rust is discolouring the paints. I have dug out this old plastic one from the bottom of a drawer and it is hard to fault. Very light and the spaces for the paints are slightly larger than in a metal tine, which means the paints don’t get mixed quite so easily. I will take this and a couple of water brushes and that should do me.

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