March Product Pick

The product pick that I have for March is actually a fine art supply that is fairly new to me but it is now one of my favorite supplies to create portraits.  My product pick for March is the Sennelier Oil Pastels.

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These are artist grade oil pastels and they are so buttery and yummy!!!  You can purchase them in several different sets, such as the portrait set, a landscape set, etc.  Or you can purchase them individually, which is what I have done.  Mine are well loved.

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These babies cost approximately $2.50 each at Blick’s or you can purchase sets of them on Blick’s website here.

I love to use these on my portraits as I’ve done in the following photos.

I learned about these lovely oil pastels from Kelly Rae Roberts who used them in her angel painting course, Spirit Wings.  I highly recommend the class!

Have you used the Sennelier Oil Pastels before?  What did you think of them?

Thanks for visiting the blog 🙂

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Product Play with DecoArt Media Sprays

I recently purchased a few DecoArt Media Sprays from my local craft store and thought I would record my play and experimentation with them to share with you.  What really attracted me to the spray was that they are permanent.  I love the idea that I can add other wet media on top of them without having them bleed all over.

Check out the video here.

I hope you enjoy the video and if you have played with the DecoArt Media Sprays, I’d love to hear what you thought about them!

January Product Pick of the Month

My product pick of the month is a simple tool that I seem to use on a regular basis for creating handmade journals, carving stamps, and so many other things.  It is the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Design Ruler.

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It has a grid background to align your ruler perfectly, spaced holes for piercing, a center measuring guide,

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a straight edge for drawing lines,

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and a metal edge for cutting.

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This thing is amazing!  I cannot bind another journal without it!

You can purchase the ruler for $6.99 from Simon Says Stamp:

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You can also find it on Amazon as well as your local hobby and craft retailers.

Have you used the Tim Holtz Design Ruler?  What projects do you like to use it for?  Thanks for stopping by!

November Product Pick

Hey all.  I just have to share one of my favorite products with you today for the Product Pick of the Month.  It is the Faber Castell Pitt Pen.  As you can see, I love collecting these pens, and they come in two different sizes.

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These markers contain archival India Ink.  They are permanent, smudge proof and waterproof once dry.  One of the reasons why I love them is for their awesome smudgability (I think I made that word up) when they are applied over matte or gel medium.  You can see in the below painting of the pumpkin where I used them to add color to the slices of patterns in the pumpkin.  I also used them to do the shading underneath and behind the pumpkin.

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In this painting, I used the markers to color in parts of the owl.

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And finally in this painting, I actually used the markers to color the face, neck and hair of this angel, which I created in the Kelly Rae Roberts “Spirit Wings” online calls (wonderful class and I highly recommend it).

November-2016-MPP-Pitt-Pens-FaceThe large brush Pitt Pens cost approximately $5/marker and the smaller brush tip pens cost approximately $3.50/marker.  You can also find the Pitt Pens in regular pen tip as well as bullet nib; however, I prefer the brush tip.

I hope I have inspired you to give the Pitt Pens a try and if you have any other tips, tricks or great experiences with them, please share!  Thanks for stopping by 🙂

October Product Pick

This months product pick is one of my favorite art supplies…Acrylic Ink.

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The two that I use are Liquitex and Daler-Rowney.  You can purchase 1oz. bottles for approximately $5.00 and both come with droppers.

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You can use the droppers to apply ink directly to your artwork as I have done in these pieces.

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I also love to use my acrylic inks to make my own sprays.

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I simply fill a Ranger Mini Mister approximately 3/4 full of ink with the dropper provided with the ink and that’s it.  If the ink is one of the Pearlescent colors, I fill up the mister approximately 1/2 full with ink and 1/4 with water.  The shimmery colors tend to clog the mister if you don’t add water.  Once this is done, you can spray away!  I used a mask and my acrylic sprays to create this banner.

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You can also use the ink to write or draw with as I did to write this message to myself in my art journal.

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The acrylic inks are water-resistant, quick drying and permanent, which is why I love to use them.  Since the are not reactive to wet media, you can add other media on top or with them without making a muddy mess.

I hope you enjoyed this months product pick and you give acrylic inks a try.  Thanks for stopping by and feel free to share any of your favorite acrylic ink techniques.

September Product Pick

It’s that time again and my product pick for the month of September is Liquitex Modeling Paste.

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As you can see, there is regular modeling paste and light modeling paste.

The Liquitex website describes Modeling Paste as follows:

  • Extra heavy body and very opaque.
  • A marble paste made of marble dust and 100% polymer emulsion.
  • Used to build heavy textures on rigid supports and create three-dimensional forms.
  • Dries to the hardness of stone. It can be sanded or carved when thoroughly dry.
  • Can be handled like clay if the top of the container is removed and some of the water is allowed to slowly evaporate until it reaches a clay-like consistency.
  • Adheres to any non-oily, absorbent surface.
  • Drying too quickly causes mud cracking that is usually cosmetic, not structural.
  • When mixed with acrylic colors will act as a weak tinting white, while increasing thickness and rigidity.
  • Excellent substrate for acrylic paint, oil paint, oil pastel, oil bars, watercolor, graphite or dry pastel.
The Liquitex website describes Light Modeling Paste as:
  • A lightweight, airy, flexible, thick, sculptural gel specifically formulated to be used in thick applications where weight is a factor.
  • Will not exhibit “mud cracking”.
  • Used alone, will dry to a matte opaque white that readily accepts staining if desired.
I use both types of modeling paste in a lot of my artwork.  Mostly on canvases.  Here are a few examples of modeling paste that was tinted with acrylic paint, applied with a spatula through a stencil, and I added some color on top of the dried paste with either pan pastels, paint or Viva products.
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In this example, I applied the modeling paste on to my canvas (wooden panel) and engraved in the wet paste with a pencil.
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You can purchase an 8oz. jar of modeling paste or light modeling paste for under $15.  It can be found at your local craft stores as well as online and at fine art retailers.
I hope you enjoyed this month’s product pick and give modeling paste a try in your artwork.  If you do, I would love to see pictures or posts about your artwork in the comment section of this post.  And as always, thanks for stopping by!  Keep art in your heart 🙂

August Product Pick

I’m back this week with another product pick of the month and the product that I chose is the Stabilo All pencil.

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The Stabilo website describes the All pencil as:

  • The pencil for professional users with special requirements – e.g. in the industrial sector.
  • Colored and graphite pencil for almost all surfaces.
  • Writes brilliantly on glass, plastic, metal.
  • Available in 8 aquarellable colors.
  • Leads made from the highest-quality pigments and finest graphite.
These pencils are water soluble which is the main reason why I think that they are so fantastic.  I use them for all kinds of techniques on all sorts of different materials.  I like to use them in my art journal like I did here in this page.  The dark scallop is where I used the pencil and I activated the pencil with acrylic paint.
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I did the same technique on this journal page.  The pencil was used to draw the hearts.
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On this wood panel, I used the Stabilo All to add depth and shading to the circles around the border.
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These are just a few reasons why I love the Stabilo All pencil.  Have you ever used the Stabilo All pencil and if so, what do you like to do with them?  Thanks for stopping by!

July Product Pick

My product pick for this month isn’t really sold as an art supply…but it should be.  It’s very inexpensive, it is normally used for food and comes in different sizes.  Any idea what it is?

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If you guessed deli paper, you are right!  You can get it in all sorts of sizes at wholesale food stores like GFS and Sam’s Club.  You can also find it on Amazon (of course).  I use two different sizes.  The 8×10 3/4 works great with my 8×10 Gelli Plate and I think this box of 500 that I bought probably a year ago cost approximately $10.

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This box of 15×10 3/4 is great for placing under my journal pages that I’m working on so I don’t get paint and other wet media on to the pages beneath them.  I think this box of 500 cost approximately $15.

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Then I can add to my scraps to later place in my journal.

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I love using the deli paper on the Gelli Plate!  I used strips of Gelli printed deli paper to create this art journal cover.

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And these are Gelli printed eggs.

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I also like to stamp and stencil words and images on to the deli paper so I can re-do it if I goof.  Then I glue it to my journal page or canvas with matte medium when I am happy with it.

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I’m sure that there are a million other ways to use deli paper.  If you know of any, I would love to hear about them!  Thanks for stopping by!

June Product Pick

For my Monthly Product Pick for June, I haven chosen a product that I use often.  The Neocolor II by Caran d’Ache.  These water-soluble crayons have a high pigment concentration and are so vibrant.

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They are softer than colored pencils but denser than normal children’s crayons.  You can smudge them with your fingertip, activate them with water or just layer them on top of one another without wetting them.  These little beauties come in several sets or you can purchase them separately for just under $2 each.  I started with a 10-pack, but you can see that my collection has grown quite larger than just 10 crayons 🙂

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Just to give you an idea of how I use my NeocolorII’s, here are a few samples.  In this picture, which I completed in a workshop from Donna Downey (if you’ve never heard of her, you have to check her out), we used the NeocolorII’s for the background color (not the print that you see in the background), as well as for the flowers.

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I layered my NeocolorII’s on top of acrylic paint to create these little cuties.  The one with the fox on her head is still a work in progress.

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And this journal page, which I completed during Lifebook 2014 with Tamara Laporte, was created by coloring the NeocolorII’s in the background and then activating them with white gesso to create the muted background.

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These are just a few ways that I like to use my NeocolorII’s.  How about you?  Do you use them and if so, what are some of your favorite techniques?  I’d love to hear from you 🙂

May Product Pick of the Month

I recently purchased some Peerless Transparent Watercolors when I went to Adventures in Stamping last month.  I purchased the book of 15, which cost me $14.25, as well as the bonus pack, which contains an additional 40 colors and cost $19.00. The  color is on paper film that you can lift off with a wet brush.

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My goal was to create a book or folder that I could put all of the colors on to take with me on my trip to Florida earlier this month.  After watching several You Tube videos and combining several ideas, I came up with this book, which is, I believe, made out of 400 lb. watercolor paper.  I just cut the colors into small swatches, adhered them with dry adhesive, painted a sample below the swatch and then wrote the name of the color.  I have also placed a piece of acetate in between the pages to keep the wet colors from mixing.  It also works as a color mixing palette.

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I used my watercolors on the airplane, at the dinner table, and any other time that I could take the chance to use them.

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I’ve noticed that the colors are so vibrant and blend so well.  So far, I’m very happy with them and can’t wait to play with them again!

Have you ever used Peerless Watercolors and if so, what do you think of them?

Hope to hear from you and thanks for stopping by 🙂