My Favorite Things

Greetings Painters! Here are two of my favorite things sitting in my studio today:

Tube Wringer

Tube Wringer

Tube Wringer

My first favorite thing is my Tube Wringer, from Gill Mechanical Company (Eugene, Oregon, USA). I bought it on a whim during an art store mini shopping binge….one of those “you work hard, you deserve it…” guilty pleasures I knew I could live without. I never anticipated falling in love with this great little tool! I have saved its cost many times over by tubing from large quantities and also getting the last of expensive paints out of their tubes. It is much better than its cheaper cousins.

Black Nitrile Gloves

Black Nitrile Gloves

Black Nitrile Gloves

The second thing I’d like to share is something I get a lot of interest in…my GLOVES! When tests found high levels of arsenic in my blood several years ago, I decided I had better start wearing gloves when I paint. It took a while to get accustomed to them. Latex and heavier choices were uncomfortable, and the blue and white options available looked kind of silly. Then, two years ago I saw that my hairdresser was wearing cute black nitrile ones, and she has been my black market supplier ever since! I buy 10 boxes at a time.

Happy Painting!

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