Whatever isn't used will wind up in the studio as underpaint as I build up layers. I always finish the paintings with good quality acrylics, usually Golden, but as I work larger these days, it takes an awful lot of paint to create my idea of a proper surface... hence, Oops!
I think I'll gather my w/c supplies and take them all to the lake. There's something about my main studio that sez 'same ole, same ole' demanding that I actually work on REAL paintings, suitable for gallery inventory. Well, shoot me now! It's summer, I want to play... REAL paintings will just have to wait! I've given thought to eventually taking my oils down there as well... but let me see if I can actually make myself set aside time to sketch and dabble with paint.
Yes... go pack up the watercolors... every last tube and scrap of paper! Ummm... maybe I'll see if I have all the parts to my dismantled old drafting table... it used to be a key piece of furniture in my small studio there.
I understand this creative list by Hugh MacLeod might become a book. Includes a 31 point list of tips, cool enough, followed by an expanded list that's just plain good reading. I think he pretty much covers everything you need to know about the tending to the creative side of life.