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Post by Winger1200 on Wed May 12, 2010 1:22 pm

Magic wrote:I really wantone of those ice cube things - where did you get it?
It is an Ice Tube Tray, I got both of mine at Walmart and 'tis the season to get them now ; )

Best brush organizer goin! I have my brushes arranged according to size when I go to gigs and put the brushes back in the color on the front of my tray for easy retrival as my brushes are color dedicated for no 'coffee water'. One tray I have to repaint the colors on front (using acrylics) & one has the colors on the front row.

I leave the brushes in the tray that fits down into a box cut to size one inch above the tallest brush to protect them for easy setup/take down. The paints slip into a super thin scrapbook paper holder (walmart $5.), sponges into a decorative box and the tiny stamps, poofers, etc go into a box, my wipes, water & spray bottles go into the tip jar or available space on the side of the tote and I'm ready to go ; )

Hope this helps,
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Post by grinmpt on Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:50 pm

I got my ice cube tubes at WalMart too. Picked up 2 for less than $10-. Tried it for the first time this weekend & loved it!

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Post by JBax on Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:53 pm

I still haven't seen them in my town at the WalMart... but I like my home-made one anyway.
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Post by Tilly - Formerly Punky on Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:14 pm

contrachapado wrote:Punky--I like the toothbrush holder idea.

Thanks! Those were dollar store investments as well! (I LOVE that store! LOL) Very Happy
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Re: How to I get more organized?

Post by Guest on Sat Jun 12, 2010 12:27 pm

velcro, velcro velcro!!

I velcro just about everything to either my lap top, or a cuting board from the dollar store. and, try to put everything back in it's place once you use it.

i admit that i'm a messy painter! but, velcro really helps me stay organized!

i also use the fat max...and, two laptops placed on the open lid makes a table

this is from risa's site

http://www.colorfulfaceart.phanfare.com/2240259#imageID=33766592

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Re: How to I get more organized?

Post by Psalmbook on Sat Jun 12, 2010 5:52 pm

Rebecca,
I love my fatmax.
FABAIC had someone that velcroed their artycakes to the underside of a dollar frisbee. Two fit in the center & the rest went around in a circle.
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Re: How to I get more organized?

Post by Lady Jayde on Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:04 pm

I'm a magnet fan myself. I have my paints affixed with little neodymium magnets that allow them to be 'attached' to the inside of my foldover case without falling out. I use magnets to keep my glitter bottles fixed onto of the spinning mini-lazy suzan I use. I'm a clean as you go person because I don't like messiness and I take a few extra minutes to make sure that when I pack up I do so neatly.
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Post by Campbell's Creations on Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:20 pm

Wonderful ideas! I can't wait to use them Smile
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Re: How to I get more organized?

Post by Rosenberg-Cox on Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:46 pm

Does anyone know where to get a laptop face paint case without a logo or brand name on it?
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Re: How to I get more organized?

Post by Psalmbook on Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:52 pm

I use a scrapbooking paper holder from walmart & love it. Everything is velcroed in. It's the clear one in the picture.
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Post by Rosenberg-Cox on Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:58 pm

Linda - how deep it the clear scrapbook paper case? I saw some at Michaels but it was too deep (about 1 1/2).

AND... wicked quick reply!
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Re: How to I get more organized?

Post by Psalmbook on Sat Aug 14, 2010 5:19 pm

It is deep enough to Velcro paradise to both sides if you leave the lids off. Whitney does this w/o a problem & can still close her case. It is not a strong, sturdy case like the laptop from paradise, but it's a lot less expensive & fits way more paints.
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Re: How to I get more organized?

Post by grinmpt on Sat Aug 14, 2010 5:23 pm

I broke down & bought the FatMax a couple weeks ago & now that I've used it for a couple gigs LOVE IT!!! Eliminates the need for a table, yet I still have a few challenges. Not sure how you get 2 palettes on the top, I can only fit one. Looks like you have some sort of extension off the top. I feel like it's a little obnoxiously big, but I can fit virtually EVERYTHING I need in it & get going. My hubby puts it in the car for me, a little heavy, but I'm able to deal with it in/out at the gig. Not that big a deal. Much rather make 1 trip to the car & be able to close up in virtually 2 minutes as opposed to the 10 minutes it was taking me before. (Oh yeah, I got a palette for my paints too! Man, that's absolutely wonderful - closed in 10 seconds as opposed to screwing the tops on each one of my paints before!!) I fought it for quite awhile now, but it was $80 well worth spending + the palette which a friend gave me as a gift!

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Re: How to I get more organized?

Post by PatB on Sun Aug 15, 2010 6:53 am

I LOVE my Ice Tubes to keep my brushes organized Exclamation They still carry them at REI: www.rei.com/search?query=ice+tube&button.x=0&button.y=0
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Re: How to I get more organized?

Post by Psalmbook on Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:49 am

I have a paradise laptop that I lay over the top of the fatmax(over the open hole area), then the scarpbook paper holder lays over the lid(it does extend past the fatmax a bit). I put the little caddy w/ the handle over the bottom bin(it rests nicely there) & hide my purse under it.
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Re: How to I get more organized?

Post by grinmpt on Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:02 pm

I get it now...that's terrific! I didn't think of putting the handle piece below, that's a great idea & gives me more working space there & up above. Thanks so much for sharing, the pic really offers more ideas for me. All that's left now is to add some velcro! Thanks again Psalmbook!

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Re: How to I get more organized?

Post by Psalmbook on Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:05 pm

Your welcome!
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Re: How to I get more organized?

Post by Amanda on Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:37 pm

I'm pretty new at this... pretty much got into the biz this past April, so I'm constantly trying new ways to set up... after last weekend of trying yet another extra accessory at a gig I think I've determined that less really is more!

I carry pretty much all my painting supplies in a Crop In Style NaNavigator Rolling Tote... it's big enough to hold everything pictured here, plus my folders with random papers and small books in a flat front pocket, and side pockets hold things like my keys, extra paint pots, business cards, sunscreen, etc. It cost me $65 with a 40% off coupon at Joanns. The white wire shelf I got at a dollar store (I think it's supposed to be for dishes) the legs fold up and it fits perfectly in my rolling tote. The plastic container with all my paints came from a craft store by the scrapbooking products. This also fits perfectly in the tote. I have more sponges, but I only put out what I think I'll need for the event... no sense keeping a heaping pile out if I'm only going to use 10.

Then I have one large tote bag that holds a plastic bucket for dirty water (mine is a bazooka bubble gum bucket I got at Walmart for about $5, plus it was filled with gum... bonus!), my table top sign/business card holder, a collapsible "laundry hamper" that I use for trash (looks like a duck and cost me $1.50 at Target), 1 gallon water jug, a table cloth, & tip jar. I also have some signs and my directors chair that have to be carried separately (although I'm devising a way to add a backpack feature to the chair so I can just carry it on my back!) All in all I think I've found what works... I usually put paper towels down in front of my containers so that way I don't get paint from sponges or brushes all over the table and then just throw it away at the end. I'm not very happy with my brush holder, so I'm trying some different options there. The nice thing is when it's apart it doesn't take up much room in my tote.

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Re: How to I get more organized?

Post by Lady Jayde on Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:13 pm

Hi Amanda!
It's good to see you here!

As for me and my kit...we're magnets and separate cases all the way. That way I can cater my kit to the event without having to bring everything out. Church event, I just take one kit of all Snaz with a good liner black/white and some mini blends. It's a snap to swap out paints and it deters the curious ones who like to pick up your paints when they discover that there's effort invovled in picking up a pot of paint.
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Re: How to I get more organized?

Post by Sweet Loretta on Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:20 pm

Ditto - take out - put it back.
Everything has a place. Even if it isn't an exact place - I can't hassle with putting my brush in a holder - I don't have time at 2-4 min faces to find the round hole in the holder! But my brush are always laid in the same area on my stand.

Most painters take way too much product with them when they paint. Especially newer painters - scale down. Try three glitters instead of 12 - really a great iridescent is all you need. Use less and add in products as you gain speed, confidence and organization.
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Re: How to I get more organized?

Post by squiggle on Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:42 pm

I agree Loretta... I used to take tons of glitter with me but now I just have a poof bottle of white holographic and use it for everything. It's fantastic and takes up so much less room!
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Re: How to I get more organized?

Post by Psalmbook on Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:07 pm

LOL! I know I take a lot, but I do use all the paints. I have some I use on little kids, some I use just for older kids, adults & teens & powders for icky sticky events & fidgety kids. I love playing! I do only use 1 glitter, the white holographic & see no reason to use others.
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Re: How to I get more organized?

Post by barbb919 on Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:51 pm

you can go to menards and get a large tool box on wheels. or a fat max... I bought the large tool box at menards for 50.00. it has 3 drawers, one bottom part that pulls out.. i put my sponges table cloths, and flyers.. ice cube tray... the one from wall mart...all go in the bottom part.. the top lid opens up and in there i put my photo book, business cards glitter.mirrors etc.. these tool boxes help out.. and make it easy to transport your supplies
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