Mixed-Media Friday–The Fish-Tackle Pastel Box

Neocolor II wax pastels, India ink, graphite, gesso. 9×12.

Happy Friday!

I have admittedly done very little art this year as I’ve tried to adapt to starting up my own editing business and figuring how how many or few jobs to accept…and worrying about the months when there are no jobs to do.

What I have been doing is trying to better organize my art supplies as a first step in reorganizing my creative workspace. I’m a bit of a hoarder where they are concerned, so they have gradually spread out to take up most of a room and have gotten mixed up and unsorted. We can’t have that!

First up have been my wax pastels, in particular the Neocolor II line by a Swiss company, Caran d’Ache. These are probably my all-time favorite art supply because they’re so versatile and not messy. They go on like a regular crayon, but add water to them and–voila–you have very richly pigmented water-reactive pastel paint.

Neo2s, as I call them, don’t take up a lot of space, but they are fragile. Think of all the Crayolas you broke as a child, and then imagine they cost about $3 per little bitty crayon. I don’t like breaking my Neo2s!

My answer? A plastic tackle box I originally bought to organize beads in when I was going through a jewelry-making phase. It has a big open area on top where I keep fleshtones and, in a ziplock bag, yellows. Below are four slide-out containers that I have organized by colors. It keeps them organized, keeps them from breaking in storage, and doesn’t take up much space. Win-win! (And yes, you probably do see a few broken ones.)