March 1, 2011

Tuesday Tip of the Day - Dot the Top

Wow folks I can't believe an entire week has gone by since my last post over here!  I also apologize for not getting the feature faux up last Friday, between work, school, family and simply living my week just whizzed by in the blink of an eye!

Which of course means we've got another fun tip of the day to explore today.

I thought it might be fun, after reading this morning about Mary's organizational tirade (nice work girl!) to talk a little bit about how I organize my own items.  Specifically in my case all those paints and tints that come in smaller tubes and bottles.

A couple weekends ago my husband and I happeded to be at Michaels while they were having a 50% off sale on a specific brand of acrylic craft paint.  Okay, in all fairness I was at Michaels for the sale, he was only there as he offered to help carry heavy stuff (thanks babe!).  And its a good thing he was, with that 50% off sale plus the fact that I was literally at the bottom of almost every single bottle of acrylic paint in my small storage box, I knew it was time to restock.

When doing sample boards, murals, and other things I need to dry quickly I tend to use it for a couple reasons:
  • It is far less expensive than buying even those small pots of latex paint
  • It is still a water based product
  • I sets up great on my Mighty Boards
  • The variety of colors can't be beat
And that was where I found the problem when I got home, how in the heck was I going to be able to tell which was which once inside the adorable box I picked up to store them all?

Of course first and foremost, since I'm totally OCD with my organization I had to line them all up in rainbow order...

Then as I started using them I had the fantastic idea to take a little dot of the paint color and touch the top of the cover with it...

Now when I access the box and need, say, a tan, I know just where to look to find it!  Plus as months go on I'll know which paints get the most use and which (if any) don't ever get opened.  That way I'll know what my own trends are in design and paint!


Judi FitzPatrick said...

great idea, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Great tip! I can't believe I never thought of that. Thanks for sharing! And also, thanks for the shoutout :)