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.)

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

4 thoughts on “Mixed-Media Friday–The Fish-Tackle Pastel Box

  1. Yes, those fishing gear cases are great. I have a big used for my train stuff and several in the garage for nuts, bolts, screws, drill bits, washers, etc.

  2. I am horrible in my hoarding of various craft supplies, but yes, various bins and tackle boxes have made organization much easier. And I am facing my first winter in Michigan, am from the West Coast, so am in need of indoor projects. I won a basket of colorful, cut batik fabric squares for quilting. I really need to figure out what I can do to make some beautiful things from the material. At least the items are stacked beautifully in an attractive basket in the meantime.

  3. Good reminder to me to work on my own clutter. What a good solution for your Neos by using the tackle box. I bet you feel freer in your mind; I know that I do when I clean up some cluttered pile of stuff or drawers.