Today I’m taking you to Mildred’s Coffeehouse with this little doodlewash done in my little Moleskine! It’s a popular coffee place in the Kansas City Crossroads district. And yes, it’s actually that bright and orange! I love this place, and it’s very close to work and home so it’s a great place to meet for a spot of coffee.
For this doodlewash I used my new palette of M. Graham paints! I bought the deluxe set of 10. Turns out I had some credit card points sitting there, and what better way to spend them than on art supplies (okay, they were meant for plane tickets, but since we’re not going anywhere lately, I put them to good use!). And I love these paints!!
M. Graham paints are less expensive than other professional watercolors, but have a ton more pigment in them. This means you can get everything from solid saturated colors to light washes, all while using much less paint. So in the end, they’re actually one of the best and the least expensive professional watercolors you can buy!
And even better, they use honey as their primary binding medium which means the paints don’t harden as quickly in or out of the tubes. Since I’m standing by my little paint tin that’s not airtight like the larger ones, this is fantastic for me! And the colors are both rich and smooth and frankly a sheer joy to use!
Am I gushing?! Yes! I feel like I’ve found the paint I’ve been dreaming of and that’s not an overstatement. Plus they’re committed to green manufacturing with 100% solvent-free paint, they use renewable energy, and they have a third of the product waste of the industry average. In my book, that all adds up to, yes please!! Ok…sorry for the commercial…I’m not being paid for this…but they are so cool!!
Where was I? Oh yes! Mildred’s Coffeehouse…apparently I had too much caffeine! They are family-owned and were established in 1994. I should note also that they serve wonderful baked goods, breakfast and sandwiches. And I love them too, so they seemed like a good candidate to break in my new paint.
I love this area of the city, and it keeps growing and changing each month with new businesses popping up all over the place. But I’ll leave you now, as my coffee buzz is wearing off and well… I really need to doodlewash something with this new paint!
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