Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Truth About "Twinks"

It's no secret that one of my very favorite mediums to use are Twinkling H2O's. I'm always so excited by these spectacular little pots of shimmering watercolors, that every time I get them out (which is often), I'm astounded at the intensity and array of colors. They're so versatile, with more than 200 colors available there's no need to mix them. In fact, this journal page, a quick study of tulips, is done using a very limited palette of only a couple of colors.  I mixed and layered them to create the beautiful shimmering depth in the flowers.  I'll teach you more about this technique in my upcoming workshop for called "Mastering Twinks". It's slotted to run in the new year and details will be announced here and on in the coming weeks.

However, since announcing this workshop, I have received a lot of questions and feedback about how hard Twinks are to get hold of.  I've heard all sorts of rumors about them being discontinued, or that the company who produces them has gone out of business.  Well, let me set the record straight!!! Twinks HAVE NOT been discontinued, in fact, they have recently released 12 new holiday colors to add to their already spectacular line of colors.

I had a conversation with Leslie Ohnstad today, the inventor of Twinkling H2O's. Leslie is as sparkling and vivacious as her gorgeous Twinks, she is a brilliant artist/colorist and is an amazingly generous person. Leslie is thrilled about the new line of Twink colors and was excited to hear about the latest buzz surrounding these paints and my upcoming workshop. 

So, as far as availability of Twinks and where to get them goes, this is what she told me: Leslie sells the entire 200+ library of colors in loose 10 gram pots directly from her Dreaming Color website, along with 24 pc mini-pot sets, which is how I got started with them.  Creative Imaginations sell an assortment of individual large jars, as well as the 6 and 12 pc sets. Joggles sell an assortment of selected colors online only.

If you're new to Twinks and  want to sample some colors but don't know which ones to get, then I suggest you try the kits. If you already have favorites then you can easily purchase individual pots from any of these sites. If you plan on taking my 3-week workshop in the new year, then you'll receive my list of recommended colors that will help get you started. I hope this helps.

Also, thank you to everyone who cast a vote for me in the "The Blog Guidebook" Top Blog of 2011. I am thrilled to be nominated and have been humbled by the support and encouragement I have received. If you haven't had a chance to vote, click on the button on the right, voting for the elimination round closes on Friday.

Thanks for checking in. xx