Cool Found Treasures


As I unpack boxes I keep coming across stuff I haven’t used for years or stuff I forgot I had.  I haven’t painted since shortly after Connor was born (2001), so discovering anything even remotely painting-oriented is like having a new toy. I’ve decided to blog about the more interesting items that I have — sort of a product review.

Masterson Rinse Well

Masterson Rinse Well

The Masterson Rinse Well has to be one of the neatest items I’ve come across.  It works on the same principle that those auto-filling pet bowls do. The 20 oz bottle is filled with water and placed upside down in the holder on the reservoir. Water flows down and fills the reservoir. After you clean your brush in the reservoir well, you push a button on the top and the old water drains down into the dirty water bowl. The well then refills from the fresh water bottle. There are holes in the top for holding extra brushes and you can purchase an extra water bottle, too. The Rinse Well can be used with all water-based paints. Fantastic “must have” for plein aire painting!

Masterson Art Products has it listed for $17.95, but you can find it on other on line art supply sites for $13-15.


Mirage Beads


Mirage Beads

I saw these at Rings ‘N Things a few years ago while I was looking to restock my large-hole labradorite beads and totally passed them over. I mean, how retro can you get? Mood beads? Meh. Oh, I had a mood ring way back when — everyone did — but the fad was short-lived and we all knew the color changes were based on body temperature and not because you were really in a particular mood. Boring!

Then I thought, “Wait, how would they look on a rhythm bead set? Would they show different colors based on the part of the horse they lay against? Or would all the colors be different? How well would they go with other glass and metal and gemstone beads?” Hrm! The beads are rather pricey at 50¢ each, which tranlsates into about $90 (180 beads) for an average length necklace. Unless someone ordered a custom bead set,  there was no way I could justify an entire set, so I bought a string of 20 beads. They are still sitting here, waiting to be strung on a bead set and tested. Soon!