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Post by Psalmbook on Sat Dec 11, 2010 9:15 am

I came home from a gig with a complete disaster! I was face painting at my church's parent's night out(an event I'm super involved in & always paint for). I put my kit away in my van when I was done, went back in & helped watch kids. Then my daughter lost her purse... yada, yada, yada. I didn't get home till 11pm. I opened my kit to find my 5 gallon bucket of water had spilled in my kit. My paints sat in water for hours! Yes, I did cry at how much paint was washed away. This said, I'm done with my 5 gallon buckets. What do you carry water in? Is there a better plan? I want my kit to remain self contained & have the water in the fatmax & the only place it'll fit is the bottom. This is also the only place my paints fit(I store my laptops upright in the base).
My paints have sat under the heat vent for the night & are still a little soggy. Hope they're good by 2:00 & my next gig.
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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by facefantasy on Sat Dec 11, 2010 9:24 am

I am so sorry to hear about your spill. I must not carry as much water as you. I carry 2 or 3 bottles (depending on the event) in my fat max, they are empty juice bottles that fit perfectly in the bottom. They have lids that fit tightly and have never leaked.
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Post by Fabtastic on Sat Dec 11, 2010 9:41 am

I carry fresh water in a large empty juice jug. I think it holds a gallon, it has a plastic handle at the top and a screw-on lid. It had apple juice in it and I bought it specifically because it was so large and had the handle (the juice was good though!) Very Happy. It looks something like this:


I could put it inside the bottom of my fatmax but I don't, I just carry it in my other hand inside the empty bucket that I dump the dirty water into. The dirty water I always empty before I leave the event (so far there has always been a sink or toilet available to me to dump into, or I just pour it on the ground under a bush at the park).

Sorry to hear about your paints, that would be devastating! Crying or Very sad
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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by Geekophile on Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:30 am

I use a juice jug too! It seems like they're made out of thicker plastic than a water jug, so I'm not worried about it getting punctured. And the lids aren't dinky they thread on pretty tight. Sorry, I don't know how it would fit in a fatmax, but it's prefect to carry in my little waste bucket. I'm a little curious about why you carry 5 gallons of water with you. Do you use that much? I've only ever made it to the bottom of my juice jug once. But by the time I had to re-fill I needed a break anyway!
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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by Kristal on Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:05 am

Oh Linda, I'm so sorry about the mess! Hopefully they dry out okay.

My dirty water/sponge bucket is a red curry powder container - square base but the lid twists on - and holds...just under a gallon? Anyway, depending on the gig, I'll fill it with 12 seconds (Razz) worth of water - enough to fill my brush basin halfway, and leave enough water to soak dirty sponges. At the end of the gig I dump the dirty brush water in there, too.

It goes in the bottom of my rolling kit. I have found the bottom wet for some reason (I think I just don't wipe the sides off before putting it in, lol), but nothing a couple of sheets of paper towel underneath doesn't fix.

I used to also carry two regular (500ml) water bottles as well, but recently started only taking one of those with me as a back up, seeing as I never used more than the red container's worth of water anyway.
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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by facefantasy on Sat Dec 11, 2010 12:36 pm

Yep the Motts juice bottle are what I use too!!! Perfect for water!
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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by Annette on Sat Dec 11, 2010 12:38 pm

Hi Linda,

I can place two gallons of water in the bottom of my fat max along with two pallets of paints. I use a one gallon ice cream container for my dirty sponges.

On the way to a gig, I place one of the gallons of water inside the ice cream bucket seen as it has some give without breaking. I place the lid to the bucket along the side of one of my pallets. During a gig, I place the ice cream bucket under my table and toss my dirty sponges in there with a little bit of Ivory soap and some water. As I change out my water, I dump it in my bucket.

I have recently just been bringing one gallon of water with me. I only go through more than that if I do a large all day gig.

The bottom of my max has a piece of styrofoam in the bottom. It helps items from being punctured by the bolts holding on my "L" brackets and it probably would absorb some moisture if anything spilled. It is just sitting on the bottom and is easily changed out.


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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by TheGildedCat on Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:55 pm

Linda, I'm sorry about your paint, that must have been so very frustrating to deal with.

I bring water in one quart mason jar, a smaller mason jar becomes my brush holder and an even smaller one holds my glitter. They seal VERY tightly and should they stop sealing so tightly, I can easily replace the lid. The backup water is in a screw-lid tupperware-type jar that I can play football with before it leaks.
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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by barbb919 on Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:42 pm

im sorry to hear about that...
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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by AngieAnders on Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:57 pm

Ohhh, so terrible! Well at least it was water and not something sticky...

I use only a spray bottle, so I carry an extra 12oz bottle of water in my cart, and that's it.
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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by Perry Noia on Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:25 pm

I use a juice container as well but it only holds 2 litres of water (about 8 cups)... not really sure how much a gallon is though to compare. It is tall and skinny so it only takes a little corner of the bottom of my fatmax... I've never run out of water at a gig using it though.

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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by Guest on Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:37 pm

I use the gallon jugs from cranberry juice for my clean water. My dirty water is in the gallon ice cream buckets with lids. And I usually dump out the excess water for transport when at all possible.

I am sorry you has such a horrible spill!! My experience wasn't as bad... I'd put my dirty water/sponge bucket in the truck of the loaner Echo I was driving (was in the middle of trading my one RAV4 for a new one and they gave me the loaner while I was waiting for my new car to arrive). Then I went from that gig to the theatre to work.

When I got home about 8 hours later (it was closing night and we had a party after the show) I left the kit in the car. Next morning I went to unpack only to find chocolate ice cream all over the trunk... scratch

The plastic bucket full of dirty water and sponges froze overnight (did I mention it was the middle of winter?) and the bucket had cracked open - there was enough alcohol and soap (I dump all my liquids in the bucket when I pack up) to keep it from freezing solid but it was like thick ice cream and the same colour! Luckily hard enough to scoop out of the trunk!

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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by ChangingFaceDesigns on Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:34 am

I hope everything worked together for good and your paints are dry and workable once again. I use a spray bottle and a 1.5 liter bottle of water. I don't let my dirty sponges sit in water, I toss them in a separate bag and wash when I get home
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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by Guest on Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:37 am

Ah... but if you let your dirty sponges sit in water then don't stain!!! It is actually neat to work with - I just have the two buckets on the table, clean in one, dirty in the other one... put the lids on both when I'm done and I'm ready to go.

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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by CATZ on Sun Dec 12, 2010 1:10 am

Ewww! Sorry to hear about your experience Linda, but Shannon, your experience was just gross! tongue I've only had a bit of water from my 'spritzer' leak occasionally.

I put my laptop cases on top of my 'ice-tube' tray at the bottom so if I did have a major leak, I guess they'd be spared. I carry a 4 litre jug of water (basically 1 gallon). I have my clean sponges in an ice cream bucket and wrap up the dirty ones in a plastic bag to store in the bucket for the ride home. The plastic container on the left is for throwing the dirty sponges in after a single use. The white containter is my water bucket. You can also see extra grocery bags stuffed in there for dirty wipes and wrapping dirty sponges in. I don't go through a lot of water because I use a spritzer to activate my paints.



Do you guys 'add' anything to your water? Someone locally mentioned the other day they added bleach and that they would get 'tested' sometimes. I thought we didn't have to worry about that here in BC! As a parent with a child with sensitive skin, I don't like the idea of bleach in the water...
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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by Perry Noia on Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:28 am

I NEVER add anything to my water. The paint manufacturers tell you not to. Let's put it this way.... watered down alcohol won't be strong enough to do anything, any amount of bleach would be horrid to get in their eyes, and any other kinds of soap would also not likely do anything at that concentration except irritate skin and eyes.
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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by Linda Adams on Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:31 am


5 gallons?....wow that's alot of water! and OMG..I'm so sorry to hear about you paint. I'd have cried too! Crying or Very sad

My Kit looks like Magna's. Although it depends on what kind of gig I'm going to whether I take my water or not. I use a spritzer bottle so I don't need that much water anyway. So I use a 24 oz Aquafina bottle. For festivals I bring 2 gallons in juice bottles with tops.
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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by pixieface on Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:39 am

Oh Psalm - I so teared up when I read your post - I would have been devastated. There's so much money and sweat, blood and tears invested in kits - I can see that even though mine is small yet it took weeks of scraping to get it. I so hope your paints dried out in time for your gig and that in the end you didn't lose too much.

I found a neat water container for small events where you can break to refill if needed - a left over coffee jug from Krispee Kream donuts. They have them for taking to the office. It looks like it's maybe half a gallon - and when you tear off the cardboard around it it has a nice handle and no branding. It's a good stiff plastic (or appears so) and the top is great - it has a nifty little spout that pops up so pouring is neater than trying to chug a lug out of a milk jug. And it is a bit square so nice and stable. It even looks so nice I could see leaving it out on the table.
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Post by squiggle on Sun Dec 12, 2010 2:06 pm

I use a 64oz plastic container from Walmart that has a top like a sports drink so it could be using for drinking. It is clear with a nice handle and doesn't take up a lot of room in my kit Smile I think it cost me all of $3.
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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by Psalmbook on Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:00 pm

Oops! Very weird, not a 5 gallon bucket. It's an ice cream 1 gallon bucket Very Happy
Mis-type. Embarassed
The paints did dry out in time for my gig, but the wells in them are much bigger Sad
Thanks all. I think I'm going to start using the juice containers & just have a bucket for dumping(and it will never have water in it & go back in my kit again... lesson learned!).
LOL! Shannon, paint flavored/colored ice cream with old dirty sponges in it... I'm thinking it's a flavor that's not gonna become too popular!
I store my laptops just like Magna does, so it was only the lower paints(most my metallics) that got soaked.
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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by Linda Adams on Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:10 pm

HAHAHAHA!~
I was wondering how you'd fit a 5 gallon container into the ole FatMAX!!!
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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by Psalmbook on Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:36 pm

I'll just fill the bottom of the fatmax with paint & water. I figure I can dunk the kids in & let them come out rainbow colored... 30 seconds a kid! Razz
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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by fluttersby on Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:41 pm

Some of them might just love that nice abstract look.
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Post by Sam I Am on Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:00 pm

Poor Psalm, Im glad your paints are workable again.
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Re: How to Carry Your Water?

Post by pixieface on Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:15 pm

Psalmbook wrote:I'll just fill the bottom of the fatmax with paint & water. I figure I can dunk the kids in & let them come out rainbow colored... 30 seconds a kid! Razz

Absolutely rolling on the floor!
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