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Greenleaf & Blueberry®  Handmade Materials & Supplies for the Traveling Artist • Artisanal Watercolors Made By Hand in the Colorado Rocky Mountains © G & B 2011-2018

Fuchsite (pronounced like fuchsia, but this is green, not pink!). Natural, genuine, transformed into watercolor paint through colourman’s alchemy, and panned up in a tiny seashell.
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Like many other natural pigments, the paint may be a surprise to those familiar with the solid geologic specimen.
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For a rock or mineral to be usable in an aqueous medium, the particle sizes must be quite small - oil paints and acrylics can accommodate larger particle sizes much more easily than watercolor (though we enjoy gently pushing those boundaries).
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When a rock or mineral is broken down some of its visual characteristics will change - the extent of change and reasons for it depend on the rock or mineral.
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Fuchsite is a type of mica, which accounts for its beautiful iridescent quality. However, this quality is one that is lost in the process of being transformed into pigment and paint. Only the lovely, delicate green color remains.
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Fuchsite as a watercolor paint has a personality all it’s own. It is shy and elusive, and requires patience to build up that subtle sea green in layers. It has a limited value range and very weak tinting strength. Something of a novelty, but no less beautiful for its reticence.
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I have felt for a long time that this color belonged in a seashell. I feel like I am painting with sea glass when I dip my brush into it.
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I’m enjoying sending this first round of Fuchsite Shells out to new owners this week. Hope you all have a wonderful time getting to know this unique color! 💚🐚✨
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New Blog post all about watercolor brush basics (link in bio to read).
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There are just SO many options out there when it comes to brushes. Selecting the right ones for your work can seem a little daunting, if not improbable!
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I’ve been collecting brushes for years now, and researching as I go. Finally decided to write down the basics in hopes of creating a useful guide.
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In the post I cover natural vs. synthetic, different component variables like size and shape, go over quality, and share a list of my favorite manufacturers.
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Like I often say, brushes are like magic wands - the right one for you is what’s best, and therein lies the magic ✨
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Curious to know which are your favorites and why! .
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For the first time, Metallics in Full Pans. Available this weekend ✨
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Formulated for the modern Calligrapher, and well-suited for the artist who wants to lace their painting with a little magic.
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These Full Pans will be available individually and magnetized so they can click into your existing palette.
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Supplies will be limited this first round, but know there are more curing and on the way.
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The time, date, and details about when exactly these colors, the new Seashell Set (see yesterday’s post!), and everything else will be live in the Shop will be announced exclusively in our August Newsletter, hitting inboxes this afternoon! (Link in bio to subscribe.) .
You can read more about our Metallic colors on our website. Just go to ‘Handmade Watercolors’ > ‘Limited Edition Colors’.
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Introducing the Seashell Set. Available this weekend ✨
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This little palette features 9 colors in natural seashells, enclosed in a travel tin, and accompanied by a hand-painted color chart.
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Colors included:
Azurite
Vivianite
Lapis Lazuli
Fuchsite
Malachite
Celadonite
Pipestone
Yellow Ochre
Graphite
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We will also have these colors available in shells individually, many of them for the very first time!
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Time, date, and further details about this Shop Update will be announced exclusively in the August Newsletter, going out tomorrow! (Subscribe through the link in bio.) 💌
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The art equivalent to running a marathon: the Color Mixing Chart. Only for the most determined, curious, or geeky.
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I nearly pulled an all-nighter when I was painting this one a few years ago. I reference it all the time as a color guide and to let me know what my palette is capable of.
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For example: If you have a palette of 12, you actually have the ability to use 78 different colors if you mix! And that doesn’t even touch three-color combinations! 🤯🤓
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Color charts are fun to make yourself, but don’t waste your time by doing the work twice by accident! I often see rectangular color charts out there which means you’ve mixed each color two times 😬, but more power to you if you’ve got a reason! 💗
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This chart is available for download in our shop. Link in bio if you want to take the plunge!
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Also, just a reminder, the August Newsletter is going out this week. It is the ONLY place we will announce the time, date, and details of our upcoming Individual Pan Shop Update! Subscribe to stay in the loop 💌✨
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Trying to find some peace amidst the frenzy to prepare for parenthood. There is so much work to do both at home and in the studio. We’ve turned things upside down to set them to rights.
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I rearranged my studio space too. Aiming for efficiency, simplicity, space for a wee one to be while I work, and quiet inspiration.
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💥Our August Newsletter will go out in just a couple days. Trying to squeeze in one last Shop Update with Individual Pans and Limited Edition colors before our little girl arrives. Time & Date details will be shared exclusively in the Newsletter. Subscribe through link in bio. My IG communications may be a little touch and go for a bit now, so I’ll rely on the Newsletter to stay in touch! 💥
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Art spaces can easily become cluttered with supplies you believe to be useful but haven’t touched yet, that you plan to use one day, or that you used in the past. These objects can create pressure and distraction.
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However, keeping objects or supplies in sight that inspire or “spark joy” as @mariekondo would say, can be important. The rest can get stored.
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Pictured here is one little nook of my studio and a few little items that both inspire and give me joy.
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(Yes, that is a vintage @blackwing you see there! Couldn’t believe my eyes when it turned up in my folk’s basement 🤩.)
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My studio has provided a place of calm lately while I contemplated such conundrums the newly learned fact that no modern car seat can safely fit in our old truck... 😳🙄🤔.
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Putting together palettes in preparation for re-stocking the Shop tonight. (Details through link in bio).
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This is my current palette. It’s always a battle to fit all of my favorites into a tin this size. Sometimes it’s a decision between convenience and color that may be beautiful but perhaps less useful. Like Brown Ochre vs. Malachite. You can see which won out this time. 😂
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Tonight’s Shop Update will have a slew of Travel Palettes - including the Calligraphy Set again ✨. The new Shell listings won’t quite be ready yet. They’ll be available the next time we re-stock Individual colors. August Newsletter containing all those details will be out soon - subscribe through the link in the bio to get the scoop.
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All of the Travel Palettes we offer are pictured and described with color lists under the ‘Travel Palettes’ tab on our website, which we just re-did recently 😄
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Who is ready for a new butterfly? Working on that AND re-stocking the Shop tomorrow evening. New Travel Palettes going live at 7pm Mountain Time. Preview at 6. Link in bio.
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These butterfly Paintable Projects take for-ev-er to put together. BUT. I have a new one in the works for you. Actually, there are about three in various stages of completion right now. Not sure which will get released yet, but this picture will give you a little snapshot of one piece of the process.
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Anyone recognize this butterfly??
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Keep an eye on our Stories for some behind-the-scenes sneak peeks of this project and our Palette prep for tomorrow evening ✨.
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At last! This has been in the works for a while now - but these new stickers are finally ready for release!
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We have a new Monarch Butterfly Sticker and a Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, both available for the first time in the Shop right now - link in bio. (And, yes, Mail Order Request Cards are included with these purchases - hit the website for more info on those!)
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These are the same butterflies featured in our Paintable Projects. These designs are the finished result of each project.
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In case you have no idea what I’m talking about: Paintable Projects are digital project tutorials that include a drawing to be printed on watercolor paper, step-by-step instructions, supply list, glossary, warm-up exercises, and more. In essence, you get to skip the drawing stage (I’ve done that for you) and just focus on enjoying creating a watercolor painting.
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I was motivated to turn these into stickers because: 1) I just love these images, and 2) The world could use more pleasant bumper stickers! Am I right?!
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Fresh from the Paint Studio. New colors in natural seashells.
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Shown here:
Lapis Lazuli
Malachite
Pipestone
Vivianite
Azurite
Graphite
Yellow Ochre
Fuchsite
Celadonite
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More on the way...
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These will be available soon! More info in our next Newsletter. You can subscribe through our website.
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I admit it’s going to be tough for me to part with these! Feels like a handful of magic - and it kind of is 🎨✨
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A portrait of my current palette, a project and brief history outlined in the latest blog post! Link in bio.
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This is an exercise I enjoy returning to time and again. It’s a great way to document a particular favorite color collection, an interesting prism through which to catch a glimpse of yourself from a different angle, and an enjoyable project if you’re struggling with feeling creatively stuck.
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Those were ALL reasons for me this round. I’m feeling pretty creatively drained - though no surprise! My mind is so distracted while my body is working on its most creative project ever - a tiny little human. (36 weeks! ☺️😬) I’m celebrating simple things - like favorite colors, the process of painting and losing myself in the dance of brushstrokes and the spread of pigment across paper.
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It occurred to me that this exercise might be fun or useful to some of you, so I put together a post all about it.
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Curious to see your results too! Share with #GandBpaintedpalette .
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Also, can you tell from the painting which colors I’ve been using? 🤗🎨
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Full Pans of a few of our newer Limited Edition colors - at last.
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Also: Shop Re-Stock scheduled for this weekend. Sunday at 11am Mountain Time in our Paint Shop (link in bio). Preview at 10!
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I don’t think I’ll have the listings for these new Full Pans ready for this weekend, but we’ll have a variety of different Travel Palettes up for grabs.
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I’ll have more info about Limited Edition Full Pans in our next Newsletter.
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I just love the way these look all lined up - the Lapis almost doesn’t look real.
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Colors from left to right:
Azurite
Red Earth
Lapis Lazuli
Grey Ochre
Mayan Blue # 3
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This picture is also a study in how the appearance of colors can be dramatically affected by their proximity to other colors. For example, Mayan Blue # 3 looks much more green than it usually does next to Grey Ochre. Red Earth seems a little more plummy sandwiched between the two blues. And Lapis will always steal the show from other blues - even a stunner like Azurite.
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I love that something as apparently straightforward as color is in reality so subjective. It is effected by light, source, other colors, context, expectations, language, and even culture.
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