Saturday, April 30, 2022

Spritz on the Fritz


At left is one of many portable perfume atomizers I've tried. It doesn't work nearly
as well as the spritzer at right, which I'd been using for 5 years and needed to be replaced.

Let’s say some painters were about to be rescued from Gilligan’s Island, but the Skipper just ordered them to make the choice between leaving behind either their paints or their brushes. Which do you think they would choose? I think most painters would opt to lose the paints but hang onto their brushes. Most paints are easily replaceable, but high-quality brushes are pricey, and most likely the painter has spent quite a bit of time, trial and error acquiring their favorites. To replace their idiosyncratic set would be expensive and possibly time-consuming.

As much as I talk about my beloved colored pencils and rarely mention non-consumable tools, if the Skipper presented a similar dilemma to me, I would make the choice in a heartbeat: Give up my pricey but easily replaced Caran d’Ache Museum Aquarelles and hang onto my precious water spritzer! Having the right spritzer bottle is even more important to me than the waterbrush. I’ve tried lots and lots of travel-size perfume atomizers and other refillable spritzers, and none of them puts out the fine, consistent, accurately aimed mist of the one that has become essential to my sketching practice.

I’ve been using the same spritzer bottle for five years now. Unfortunately, the nozzle has developed a leak that is getting worse, so although it still spritzes, it also creates large drips that inevitably seem to land in the most undesirable spots on my sketches. Purchased at Target, the bottle originally contained hand sanitizer from The Honest Company. When the drip first developed, I started looking all over for it, even online, but I couldn’t seem to find it. (In retrospect, I wonder if this was related to searching during the height of the COVID hand sanitizer-hoarding period.)

A good spritzer, like the one that used to contain The Honest Company's  hand sanitizer at right,
makes a fine, even spray that results in an easy-to-control misting. The perfume atomizer gives
off a larger, unpredictable stream, which results in the wet puddle at left.

As the drip got worse, I searched again more recently, and this time,
I easily found it! I grabbed three, including one that was in a bottle with “a new look.” (That made me suspicious, but it didn’t hurt to give it a try.) The ”new” one was not an improvement, and I’m happy that the original bottle is the same and still the best.

The moral of the story: If you find a tool you would not give up, even when the Skipper gives you a dilemma, always go back and buy three more. (And now that I know that The Honest Company’s hand sanitizer can be found easily again for a few bucks, I’m keeping my pencils and will hand the Skipper my spritzer.)


  1. I've been waiting for this post! Why didn't I try searching for this long agao? I know you have posted pictures. Of course, my local Target is out of stock, and Amazon required me to buy 20 bottles! Fortunately, I found I can order directly from Honest. I am waiting with bated breath! (Yeah, I'm WAY too much of an art tool geek;-) Anne

    1. I ordered directly from Honest also. Glad you were able to grab one! I hope it works out for you! To start, hold the spritzer about a foot away from your sketchbook, then move closer if needed.

    2. I'm glad I'm not the only one who "buys three more." I have back ups of my back ups for stuff I use regularly and a lot of stuff I no longer use :-)

  2. It is so annoying when you can't find the exact replacement you need. I am having that problem with my brushes that are wearing out. I have some of the original brushes that I bought when I first started doing watercolors. After all these many, many years they have worn down to the point where some of them need to be replaced...but they don't make them at all any more!!! I've bought so many replacements that people have recommended and am never happy with any of them. Spritzers are so different from each other. I remember testing quite a few in order to find one that sprayed small enough drops. It was not an easy task, and I should have bought several.

    1. I can imagine how frustrating that must be if you've tried many other brushes and none are the same as your old ones! Good luck with your search -- good tools are important!


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