About Artistic Isle
I was born to make paint. From the time I was 6 years old I knew I loved art supplies. At a young age I was fascinated by watercolor and those awesome children’s paint watercolor books. I loved organizing my crayons, I took extra special care of my markers. My art supplies lasted for years because I took great care of them. In high school I had all the coolest and newest pens for note taking. I still cant resist an AWESOME pen, marker or writing utensil. For nearly 10 years though the pilot Precise V5 rt is still my favorite. Nothing writes smoother than this beauty. For the last 5 years my most favorite brush pen is the kuretake zig clean color real brush. It moves better than most brushes and creates a variety of lines with just one tool. Karin, and ecoline are excellent for when I want to create larger letters or watercolor with a pen on the go. Which is truly fascinating.
The clean up is a breeze! And OH MY! The color possibilities! The way watercolors, blend, move layer and react to other media is so fun! The possibilities truly are endless with watercolor.
Where I began:
When I started creating my recipe and doing research for organic preservatives I wanted to be unique. I wanted to make sure I did not use any chemicals.
Through the process I began to realize, I love this. I truly enjoy creating. Knowing I did each step by hand. How much love and joy go into each drop of paint in the pans. How fulfilling it is to know someone will create more joy through art with this.
Where it starts:
The art of handcrafted watercolor begins with a glass muller and a glass slab.
At Artistic Isle each color is mixed until smooth on a glass slab for a minimum of 2-3 hours. From there our colors slow dry or cure till they are hard and ready to ship. This takes several days and sometimes weeks.
Our unique recipe is professional grade and comparable to Daniel Smith and Holbein. Professional grade watercolors are lightfast (meaning they do not fade over time), and paints will activate quickly with the slightest amount of water. We use the highest quality pigments available and use only USDA organic materials. We do not use cadmium pigments due to hazardous chemicals.
We do not use any fillers, chalk or otherwise to dilute our paints. Just pure pigment.
Our recipe has been tested over many long hours, it is not a duplication of anything found in a book or online.
Each order is packed by me, (Lindsey) by hand. With lots of love, care and of course extra love. My husband Daniel is amazing at individually packaging sets and individual colors. He is the genius behind how we glue on magnets. Daniel will be creating new wooden palettes for our shop later this year.
I hope to be adding my own handcrafted palettes to the mix later this year as well.
What makes artistic isle unique?
The extra care taken for each package, the calligraphy, the hand written notes, the treats.
Our humble beginning began in Maui Hawaii at Kihei 4th Friday’s October 2015 selling my art, hand painted canvas bags and organic lip balm. Daniel would help me load and unload at this event. Then I moved to the swap meet in Kahului each Saturday selling large paintings.
Over time the business changed and grew as I changed and grew.
While living on Maui, I met two artists that made their own paint from raw earth and other materials. This intrigued me and I began my journey toward paint making. We made a big move in November 2016 that took us to the Savannah, Georgia area. During my pregnancy I did more research and painted my heart out in watercolor. It was not until December 2017 when the first batches of handcrafted watercolor were sold.
The rest is history.
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