Thank you all for you good birthday wishes!
I treated myself to some new art supplies for my birthday.
A set of 12 Letraset Aquamarkers, here, on Dick Blick. These twin tip markers are filled with ink. When you brush over them with water, they bleed. Very nice. Since they are ink (not watercolor) they are permanent when dry so layers can be added without disturbing the dried layer. My only (small) complaint is that I wish the marker tips were gentler on the paper. They beat them up a bit.
Inktense Blocks, here, have been on my list for a while as well. Again: ink not watercolor and they behave just as the Aquamarkers do. If you've used the Inktense Pencils you know! They look like watercolor pencils when you lay them on a dry page but, oh my, when you wet them they explode with really intense color. I suggest using these materials on good watercolor paper.
The stack of colored papers in the upper right corner is awaiting small drawings. Imagine my surprise! Packing for my class at The Ink Pad in NYC this Saturday and discover my business cards have run out. Drat. You can see how I've handled this in the past by reading this post. I scrounged in my drawers and found some watercolor sketches to cut up. Tonight will be fun. I think these personal little drawings are much appreciated and so it goes.