Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Art Journaling Frida

So glad to hear that y’all are receptive to my supply/product reviews. I’ve always enjoyed doing them so look forward to some more coming up in the future.

Nothing big to report today. Just stopping in to say Hi and thought I’d share today’s art journal page.

I have long had a love affair with Frida Khalo and this isn’t my first art journal page that features her. She is my art crush, for sure.

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Like I said, nothing big…just your average ordinary Tuesday.

I hope yours has been a good one.

Peace & Love,
Barb

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Review: Pilot Frixion Erasable Markers

I’ve been on a self-imposed hiatus from buying any art supplies for a while. Last week I decided I needed a little treat so I bought a set of the Pilot Frixion Erasable Markers.

Even though I haven’t done any Supply Saturday posts in forever, I thought I’d give y’all a rundown on them.

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First off, the colors in this set are beautiful. The set includes colors you don’t usually see in small sets like this, such as two shades of pink and a beautiful lime green.

On the downside of color, the black and brown both lay down color that is quite washed out, in my opinion. Streaky (is that a word) is another thing that isn’t so great but it only happens when using these markers to color in larger areas; if just using them to write or doodle, the color lays down fine.

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These are the colors included (although the light blue looks kinda turquoise here, it does look much better and is very much a light blue in person.) I put down a scribble of each color and wrote the color name in that color…duh. lol

Now let me tell you about the erasability (I made this word up, I’m sure of it!) of these markers.

Amazingly, they do erase. How well they erase depends on what type of paper you’re working on. The sampling I have here is on a piece of white cardstock that is somewhat absorbent and I ran the special eraser (each marker has an eraser tip on one end) down through the middle of the scribbled areas. As you can see, a good amount of the ink did disappear with just a few swipes of the eraser.

However, if you’re working on watercolor paper, it is almost impossible to get the colors to erase. But, alternatively, on a glossy or semi-gloss cardstock, it comes off extremely easy.

As for using them in my art journal, I can see using them when I’m on gesso, light acrylic paint, paper or collage, or in my planner/journal which I don’t layer the way I do in my regular art journals. I’ve tried using them over acrylic paint and, as long as it’s not super shiny, they go on fine. I do hate that they take a bit to dry but I guess that’s the price for having them be erasable.

All in all, I will use these until they run out, I’m sure, but there are markers out there that are the same price range that I would get a whole lot more use out of so I can see myself buying these again.

What do you think? Would these be a good addition to your art supply stash? I would love for you to let me hear what you think.

Now, back to my piddlings.

Peace & Love,
Barb

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Finding Your Passion

“The longer you wait for the future, the shorter it will be.”
~Loesje

The new planner I’m using to document 2015 had that quote as the weekly quote this week. Sometimes things boil down to such very simple ideals that I often overlook them. That is one of them.

I am horrible about saying or thinking things like “As soon as ______ happens, I’ll get ______ done.” Do you do that? I can’t be the only one. Geez, how much of my living have I put off until life becomes perfect? I mean, just yesterday I was in my 20’s with two small children and had so much life in front of me, it was easy to put things off until later.

But now? I will turn *gulp* 50 this year which means that 30 years of my life has flown by and I still find myself putting things off until my life situation improves.What is up with that? Anyone know how to break this crazy mindset?

Ugh!

Ok. Enough of that drivel…just what is on my mind.

Let’s talk art journaling/planner stuff for a minute. I think it was Trece who asked what planner I am using to document my year; it came from either Wal-Mart or Target (Wally World, I’m pretty sure) and it’s made by a company called MintGreen. Cheapo at less than $10 but I like it because it gives me bigger sections for each day.

I showed y’all the process of prepping a week and, after daily journaling/documenting, this picture shows just how last week finished out:01bcaa812f67f2e61da889097b331b9f9ef2ef709c

Here is where this week is starting from, fully prepped with paint, etc.: 012090b76f4d8209f7163cb57dc1f2e01f834833a7

I like documenting my days and have actually used my planner from last year to look up events or something and having that to turn back to has been cool. 01a989b92e4ce608d707eaa823276e8a86a60c5135But that doesn’t mean that I’m not playing in my regular art journal, oh no…that baby is still getting plenty of play on the pages.

I was playing around with color and layering on this page…and I’ve found, at least for me, if I can just get my brain out of the mix and just enjoy playing, I like how things turn out so much more.

When I wonder what my real passion in life is (and yes, I am still finding myself at almost 50), I realize that my passion is that which I do between the covers of my art journals.

Seriously.

Pushing paint around with my brush (or with my fingers,) doodling, stamping, journaling, lettering, gluing, etc. are where my heart feels full and my soul feels at home. I love my art journals and they are truly my passion. It’s taken me a few years to figure this out because, once again, sometimes I don’t see those simple answers right in front of me.

Have you found your passion?

Peace & Love,
Barb

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Quick Smile for the Day

You all know how I fight depression every single day of my life, that's no secret. One weapon in my arsenal to try and lift the dark fog that depression causes is, don't laugh, watching YouTube videos. There are some funny videos out there and laughter is such a good thing. We all need more laughter, don't you think.

This may be the funniest I've come across in ages. Give it a watch and tell me if you found it as funny and cute as I do.



See? Hilarious, huh? I love it!

On another note, I want to send out a quick thanks to Patricia, my very first customer in my new shop! (And no, Patricia, shipping is not a typo...pens ship quite inexpensively.) Thank you so much. 

If you haven't checked it out, I hope you'll take a quick look and tell me what you think. The link is in my tabs up there...Craft Therapy Goods. 

Now, back to my Saturday chores.

Peace & Love,
Barb

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Planning & Setting Up Shop

Hi y’all! *waving*

Thought I dropped off the planet, didn’t ya? Nah, I’ve just been as busy as a one-armed paper hanger over here…no offense to any one-armed paper hangers intended. lol

Seriously, between our internet going haywire for a few days (and I just can’t blog from my phone…I’m not that coordinated) and doing lots of research on how to set up my own store, there just hasn’t been time to think. Finally I can see some light at the end of the tunnel.

I’ve been working on getting my new shop set up and it’s finally semi-live…see the link up there in my tabs? Yeah, there’s the portal.

I say semi-live because I only have a few items listed as of right now, just some overstock art supplies so far. Within the next couple of weeks, as I get better acquainted with how to list things, grasp the learning curve, and know better how the entire process works, I will be adding original artwork, hand-screened original t-shirts, and other handmade items and more of my favorite supplies. I’m also going to add an art journaling kit that I’m putting together that has everything you need to sit down and art journal your heart out, and more.

Whew!, this has been tiring but also fun. I like that it’s more of an extension of Craft Therapy instead of having to send customers to Etsy or somewhere else.

Quick favor and I’ll hush about it (for now)…please take a sec and check it out then tell me, honestly, what you think? What kind of items would you like to see me listing that you would purchase? Is there interest in hand carved stamps? Digital collage sheets?

Just some thoughts I’m throwing around and could really use y’all’s input.

*zipping my lips regarding the store, I swear* hee!

In other news…I’m sure y’all know that last year I did the Documented Life Project, right? Well, I decided to go my own way this year and just play it by ear. I wanted to share a little of the planner/journal I’m working with for 2015…

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This is what a weekly spread looks like untouched.

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Then I changed my mind and decided to use some art papers to cover and thicken the pages.

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I decided to frame the pages with some washi.

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And here is the same week (this week) after adding the days of the week, date numbers and 3 days of journaling.

So that’s what my planner/journal looks like this year…at least for now. I may paint some pages and even leave some plain white and just doodle, journal, etc. on them. Like I said, I’m playing it by ear this year.

This is in addition to my regular art journaling. Just a way to keep up with my days.

Are you doing any kind of planner this year?

Don’t forget to leave me your thoughts and ideas about my little shop, please. Take care and I’ll be back soon!

Peace & Love,
Barb

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