To Alex -

To Alex...who is far away in person, but never far from my heart. I miss you. Enjoy these snippets of everyday family life here in the states.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Whip it up!

I'm working on a post about my word for this year, but I'm struggling with what to say and how I want to say it. Part of my plan for classes this year includes art. Art sort of scares me and I'm not really good at it, although that could be from lack of experience, however my intent isn't to be good, but to learn how to work with different media. I've already taken a pottery class, loved it, and I recently enrolled in a watercolor class to learn how to use the paint. I'm already pretty good at slopping paint around on the page, but I just know there's a way to make the paint do something intentional and that's what I'm trying to learn. But you know what's really cool thing about taking a class and needing supplies for that class? Ha! You get to sew something to hold your supplies, and though I'm not good at art, I'm damn good at sewing. Wouldn't you know that I would need a case to hold my brushes....
Too easy! The fabric was an upholstery sample I picked up at a thrift store for .50 and the seam binding was in a big box of sewing supplies given to me after a friend's mother passed away. Sewwww (pun intended), I'm pretty sure I can't beat the cost for one sweet Roll-up Brush Holder. It really was easy. I sewed seam binding on one of the shorter edges, folded the edge up 4 inches and sewed dividers anywhere between 2" and 3/4" apart to hold brushes and such. Then it was only a matter of adding a tie and finishing the other 3 raw edges with more seam binding. Voila!

I'm positive this case will make me a better painter.


  1. I like that you say your "intent isn't to be good, but to learn how to work with different media."

    If you understand how something works, then it's so much easier to use that thing in a useful/productive/beautiful way. I believe you are very wise.

    I hope your classes go well, but I do have to say that your brush case proves that you are already very good at art. :-)

  2. would you consider making and selling a marker case like this? Instead of for brushes, it would hold markers. Laurent needs a case for transporting markers, his birthday is coming up and a cloth case is on his wish list.

    can you e-mail me (if you have time) r

    renee at tougas dot net.