The problem was storage – I’ve long since run out of desktop real estate, so I needed something handy but portable. The ends of the pencils are color-coded which makes them ideal for horizontal storage, but this would never work for vertical storage as I would never store any pencil tip down. Also, as some of the color coding is dark, it’s hard to tell the colors apart when they’re all grouped together. Dividing them up by the eight color families seemed the best solution. So I haunted the dollar stores looking for slim, tall-ish square glass containers. I came up empty.
Then I remembered that canned asparagus comes in narrow, tall cans and so my problem was solved! These are narrow enough to take up minimal space, yet with plenty of room for future colors to be added (let’s have some more yellows and oranges, please!).
Lastly, I diecut colored butterflies to cover the seam from the scalloped strip and add some lighthearted whimsy. Then I happened upon the perfect-sized wooden box which I gessoed in black, painted with black acrylic, and then stenciled on some butterflies on all four sides with molding paste. The whole arrangement is lightweight and very easy to take from its nearby home and set it on my desk for some serious fun with colored-pencil-watercoloring!
Inks: Gelly Roll Clear Star
Dies/Punches: Memory Box Butterflies Isabella, Pippi, Spellbinders
Standard Circles, Sizzix Decorative Strip Dots & Scallops
Doo Dads: Dreamweaver stencil Oriental Butterfly, Felt (used on the
inside bottom of the cans), American Traditional
3-D Molding Paste