I went out on a limb yesterday and asked one of our buyers at work if she had any brush samples she'd be willing to part with. I mentioned that I might dabble with painting a bit and would buy some if she didn't have any samples. She was very generous and took the time to put together a little kit of stuff for me - way more than I expected (I didn't really expect anything). I now have a white metal mixing palette, a canvas, some canvas boards and a very nice set of brushes. The brushes are very welcome because I essentially had one or two small brushes to work with as I was recently painting Manga Deny. The mixing palette is cool too, as before I was using one of those small plastic 6 circle well things - no room to mix/experiment!