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The Sky Is Always Changing

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Looking up and out, and a special artist feature!  
A square thumbnail of moody skies and light clouds with a title and colors used marked below, surrounded by a palette and sketching supplies.

Moody sky sketch: one in a series of three!

Dear Art Toolkit,

Whenever I step outside, I remind myself to take a deep breath and look up at the sky. Observing the clouds reminds me of the bigger world and patterns around us. I love to imagine the colors I’d use to paint constantly changing shapes and colors of the sky, from subtle greys to shades of blue. This week, we are sharing a special demonstration and year-long project to inspire you to observe and paint the skies, no matter the weather.

A Series of Skies Demonstration

We’re excited to share our latest video and blog post, “A Series of Skies,” where I demonstrate how to capture clear skies, sunset or sunrise skies, and moody skies with watercolor! Paint along and explore vibrant mixes of yellow and pink, dramatic greys from brown and blue mixes, and a beautiful range of blues.

A square thumbnail of a sunset and purple clouds with a title and colors used marked below.  guna'l«fi-/fvw"’ : HM»7&”"" /0("-1: b Gurnvvre #

For this demonstration, we built a special Pocket Palette, filled with watercolors (complete list on the blog) for painting skies and inspired by artist Brooke Morales’ palette that she made for her 365 Skies project in 2023, which you can learn more about below.

Skies Pocket Palette

We configured a unique palette for this demo with three Standard Pans for three distinct blues and six Mini Pans to hold our warm and bonus colors. Customize a palette for any occasion using our four pan sizes designed for paint and three sizes of Mixing Pans

 Cobalt Teal Blye Bleu Sarcelle de Copalt Wt Blanoriy Turquesa azul de cobaig Verde AZZUT di Cabaltg e 5mi/5 fl. oz. 982 Yellow Medium : “ne de Hansa Moyen Hansagelb, mittel .:.—:HHC Hansa medio lio Hansa Medio ‘»"\TERCOLORS 21N} 0] HUPISISHH 7 ANIS/N 2" Uitramarine Blue Bleu Outremer Ultramarinblay Azul Ultrama, Blu Oltermare DANIEL S EXTRA FINE. Qinacridone RoSe 0se de Quinacridone Quinacridon Rosa Rosado quinacridona Rosa Vivo Quinacrigone FXYBA FIN - WATERCOLORg AR e S Cerulean Blue, B h,r°m|Um kU Cérulgen Chrome AZConnmau A Bl ul certleo, cromo U Ceruleo di Cromo DANIEL SMITH W FINE™ EXTRA F Indanthrone 3lue Bleu d'Indanthrene Azul de \ndanthrone DANIEL SMITH ™ Raw Sienna Terre de Sienne Naturel® % Siena, natur Siena, natura| Terra di Siena Natyrale DANIEL SMITH EXTRA FINE™ WATERCOLORS 15 mli/.5 fl. oz. r0e oW Burnt Umbef Terre d'Ombre BrU% Umbra, gebran®! Ambar, tostad® Terra d'Ombra Bruci DANIEL SMIT! EXTRA FINE' WATERCOLORS 15 mi/51l. oz.

If you’re interested in building your own little palette for painting skies, here is a list of the Daniel Smith paints we used, most of which can be found on our website. We invite you to have fun with this idea and make it your own!

A grid of 3x3 swatches showing blues browns, a pink and yellow paints.

Paints by Daniel Smith

Cobalt Teal Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Indanthrone Blue
Hansa Yellow Medium
Quinacridone Rose
Cerulean Blue Chromium
Raw Sienna
Burnt Umber
• Lavender

Artist Feature: Brooke Morales

On the subject of skies, we’re excited to introduce an artist with an ambitious, year-long project that inspired us to play with sketching different skies!

Brooke Morales is a designer and writer who uses nature journaling and urban sketching to notice the worlds within the world around her. Brooke began painting windowscapes, or as they are also called, skyscapitos or mini skyscapes, in late October of 2022. She enjoyed the process so much that she decided to commit to painting a windowscape each morning throughout the entire year of 2023.

A person holds up a small easle with an open palette clipped to it and a sketchbook in front with a painting of a grassland and distant mountains. i e Wl ASPEN GL RESERVE Juy 13 WALKER, cA off Hwy %19 5:70PM laron . Avenve Tl ot \ ) 85° Tl
JuL 02, %%08M, #1°, 3W, M. CLEAR (10+) Jvu 04, 3:30am 61° 3wm, (Lear Jut 08, $:30am, 58°, 3w, CLEAR
 MAR 14, %:30nm, 547, 20 5€, M. Riv, MY, 3:30aM, 51° W, Cieak %3 M. Nov 17, 3:50aM, 50° 2NW, 957- 0C DEC 16, 3:30AM, 36, 2NW, LT FOG
An open sketchbook with notes and sketches of a farm and greenery.

That’s 365 days of skies! Every morning at 7:30 am, Brooke would paint the viewable portion of the southern sky from her drawing desk and record weather data. Painting windowscapes helped her observe nature more intentionally and notice patterns over time, even on days when she couldn’t venture out. Read “365 Skies Project” on our blog.

Brooke believes inspiration is everywhere and has made sketching a part of her daily life by centering her process around portability and spontaneity so that she can capture moments to see them better in the present and remember them better in the future. To keep up with Brooke’s projects, follow her on Instagram and over on her blog, Life Noticed, where she writes about mindset, creativity, art, and journaling.

Skies Prompt

We invite you to take out your Art Toolkit and find a window in your home, at school, or at your place of work and have fun sketching the view of the sky over a period of time. Whether you try it for a couple of days, a whole week, or carry on for a more extended period, allow yourself to connect to and be surprised by the colors and patterns in the skies.

An open toolkit, sketchbook, and paint-filled palette, shoing a grid of sketches of skies.

As always, we appreciate your support, enthusiasm, and inspiring ideas. Please keep in touch, and we’d love to hear your news! We always enjoy connecting on Instagram and Facebook, too.

Best wishes,

Maria & the Art Toolkit Team

Art Toolkit

1003 Water Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368

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Looking up and out, and a special artist feature!   A square thumbnail of moody skies and light clouds with a title and colors used marked below, surrounded by a palette and sketching supplies. MOODY SKY SKETCH: ONE IN A SERIES OF THREE! Art Toolkit ADVENTURE ART SUPPLY Dear Art Toolkit, Whenever I step outside, I remind myself to take a deep breath and look up at the sky. Observing the clouds reminds me of the bigger world and patterns around us. I love to imagine the colors I’d use to paint constantly changing shapes and colors of the sky, from subtle greys to shades of blue. This week, we are sharing a special demonstration and year-long project to inspire you to observe and paint the skies, no matter the weather. A SERIES OF SKIES DEMONSTRATION We’re excited to share our latest video and blog post, “A Series of Skies,” where I demonstrate how to capture clear skies, sunset or sunrise skies, and moody skies with watercolor! Paint along and explore vibrant mixes of yellow and pink, dramatic greys from brown and blue mixes, and a beautiful range of blues. A square thumbnail of a sunset and purple clouds with a title and colors used marked below. guna'l«fi-/fvw"’ : HM»7&”"" /0("-1: b Gurnvvre # For this demonstration, we built a special Pocket Palette, filled with watercolors (complete list on the blog) for painting skies and inspired by artist Brooke Morales’ palette that she made for her 365 Skies project in 2023, which you can learn more about below. Watch the Demo SKIES POCKET PALETTE We configured a unique palette for this demo with three Standard Pans for three distinct blues and six Mini Pans to hold our warm and bonus colors. Customize a palette for any occasion using our four pan sizes designed for paint and three sizes of Mixing Pans!  Cobalt Teal Blye Bleu Sarcelle de Copalt Wt Blanoriy Turquesa azul de cobaig Verde AZZUT di Cabaltg e 5mi/5 fl. oz. 982 Yellow Medium : “ne de Hansa Moyen Hansagelb, mittel .:.—:HHC Hansa medio lio Hansa Medio ‘»"\TERCOLORS 21N} 0] HUPISISHH 7 ANIS/N 2" Uitramarine Blue Bleu Outremer Ultramarinblay Azul Ultrama, Blu Oltermare DANIEL S EXTRA FINE. Qinacridone RoSe 0se de Quinacridone Quinacridon Rosa Rosado quinacridona Rosa Vivo Quinacrigone FXYBA FIN - WATERCOLORg AR e S Cerulean Blue, B h,r°m|Um kU Cérulgen Chrome AZConnmau A Bl ul certleo, cromo U Ceruleo di Cromo DANIEL SMITH W FINE™ EXTRA F Indanthrone 3lue Bleu d'Indanthrene Azul de \ndanthrone DANIEL SMITH ™ Raw Sienna Terre de Sienne Naturel® % Siena, natur Siena, natura| Terra di Siena Natyrale DANIEL SMITH EXTRA FINE™ WATERCOLORS 15 mli/.5 fl. oz. r0e oW Burnt Umbef Terre d'Ombre BrU% Umbra, gebran®! Ambar, tostad® Terra d'Ombra Bruci DANIEL SMIT! EXTRA FINE' WATERCOLORS 15 mi/51l. oz. If you’re interested in building your own little palette for painting skies, here is a list of the Daniel Smith paints we used, most of which can be found on our website. We invite you to have fun with this idea and make it your own! A grid of 3x3 swatches showing blues browns, a pink and yellow paints. Paints by Daniel Smith • Cobalt Teal Blue • Ultramarine Blue • Indanthrone Blue • Hansa Yellow Medium • Quinacridone Rose • Cerulean Blue Chromium • Raw Sienna • Burnt Umber • Lavender ARTIST FEATURE: BROOKE MORALES On the subject of skies, we’re excited to introduce an artist with an ambitious, year-long project that inspired us to play with sketching different skies! Brooke Morales is a designer and writer who uses nature journaling and urban sketching to notice the worlds within the world around her. Brooke began painting windowscapes, or as they are also called, skyscapitos or mini skyscapes, in late October of 2022. She enjoyed the process so much that she decided to commit to painting a windowscape each morning throughout the entire year of 2023. A person holds up a small easle with an open palette clipped to it and a sketchbook in front with a painting of a grassland and distant mountains. i e Wl ASPEN GL RESERVE Juy 13 WALKER, cA off Hwy %19 5:70PM laron . Avenve Tl ot \ ) 85° Tl JuL 02, %%08M, #1°, 3W, M. CLEAR (10+) Jvu 04, 3:30am 61° 3wm, (Lear Jut 08, $:30am, 58°, 3w, CLEAR MAR 14, %:30nm, 547, 20 5€, M. Riv, MY, 3:30aM, 51° W, Cieak %3 M. Nov 17, 3:50aM, 50° 2NW, 957- 0C DEC 16, 3:30AM, 36, 2NW, LT FOG An open sketchbook with notes and sketches of a farm and greenery. That’s 365 days of skies! Every morning at 7:30 am, Brooke would paint the viewable portion of the southern sky from her drawing desk and record weather data. Painting windowscapes helped her observe nature more intentionally and notice patterns over time, even on days when she couldn’t venture out. Read “365 Skies Project” on our blog. Brooke believes inspiration is everywhere and has made sketching a part of her daily life by centering her process around portability and spontaneity so that she can capture moments to see them better in the present and remember them better in the future. To keep up with Brooke’s projects, follow her on Instagram and over on her blog, Life Noticed, where she writes about mindset, creativity, art, and journaling. SKIES PROMPT We invite you to take out your Art Toolkit and find a window in your home, at school, or at your place of work and have fun sketching the view of the sky over a period of time. Whether you try it for a couple of days, a whole week, or carry on for a more extended period, allow yourself to connect to and be surprised by the colors and patterns in the skies. An open toolkit, sketchbook, and paint-filled palette, shoing a grid of sketches of skies. As always, we appreciate your support, enthusiasm, and inspiring ideas. Please keep in touch, and we’d love to hear your news! We always enjoy connecting on Instagram and Facebook, too. Best wishes, Maria & the Art Toolkit Team instagram youtube facebook ART TOOLKIT 1003 Water Street Port Townsend, WA 98368
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