Yesterday, I found myself in the vicinity of a Blick Art Supply with time to kill and no kids in tow. O Happy Day. I went down every aisle at a leisurely pace. Such a luxury to just drink in all the goodies. Encaustic paints and clay and papers and brushes of every type and shape. Is there anything more wonderful than the potential of new art supplies?
I bought an etching needle, which I'd been meaning to buy since the printmaking class I took at Arrowmont. Now I can make dry points or defend myself with the same versatile implement. Etch this evildoers!
By far the most exciting thing I discovered was the a la carte Caran d'Ache display. (If you are a history buff, hope to be a contestant on Jeopardy or just want to add to your already overflowing font of useless knowledge cut and paste this URL in your browser - this thing refuses to be hot linked, maybe we weren't supposed to know http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caran_d'Ache)
I have the set of 30 Neocolor II which is divine, but can one ever have too many CdAs? I think not! These wonderful, delicious sticks of joy aren't cheese or chocolate, but they are Swiss-made and good enough to eat.
Debbi introduced me to the wonderful world that is water soluble crayon? It was not living, merely existing, really.
Accept no imitations. I tried to go cheap. It ain't worth it. Go Swiss or go home.