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The most useless art supply? Yes or no?

The most useless art supply? Yes or no?

Sometimes an art supply comes along that might be all kinds of fun – but is it useful? Is there a way to show art made with it? I think I might have found one that’s truly not helpful – blacklight ink!

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This may be one of those cases were I “buy art things so you don’t have to.” Or maybe I give you ideas that you’ll go do? Who knows! I’d love to know if you think of some great uses for blacklight glow in the dark ink!

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I ended up with two contemporary themed pieces; art gets me through the tough times, and this is one particularly hard time following the murder of George Floyd. I’ve been thinking and praying about justice, and thinking of one of Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s favorite verses:

But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream!

Amos 5:24

First piece was on white paper – and I was a little surprised that it showed up at all, but it did well! It was a lot easier to see what I was drawing on white. My theme was that river from Amos – with fishies.

The second piece, actually created first (last week), was one I was looking for an animal to draw that would work by just drawing the highlights – so I decided on a black panther. It wasn’t until afterward that I discovered that the animal represents justice (and who knows who it is that comes up with this stuff? I’m not sure a predator cat worries too much about only eating food that deserves it, lol.) But it seemed appropriate nonetheless.

Neither of these pieces are ones I can do anything with, unless if I were to have a blacklight room. Which I don’t. I’m not really sure what this ink would be used for aside from passing secret notes – the person receiving it would have to 1) have a blacklight and 2) know there’s a secret message! Can you think of any ways this would be a useful art supply? Let me know, I’m blank!

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New class: Watercolor animals for Bible Journaling

New class: Watercolor animals for Bible Journaling

A week ago I launched this new fun class on my Bible Journaling channel…but I wanted to be sure to get word out to blogland and my main YouTube channel too! See the preview of Watercolor Animals for Bible Journaling here:

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While you might be able to learn to paint animals on watercolor paper from this – the class only teaches on Bible paper. If anyone decides to try these on watercolor paper, please do let me know – so I can tell people if you found it helpful on non-Bible-paper!

Comparing Copic Greys

Comparing Copic Greys

There are four different Copic greys – what the heck is the difference? Do I need them all? The short and blessedly happy answer: no!

NOTE: Copic is NOT stopping making refill inks. They had planned a spring launch of new bottles for reinkers, and of course then Covid happened. Don’t panic….although please note that the new bottles appear to be about half the size, for the same price.

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On page 2 in the Copic Hex chart (the colored version that comes with the blank pdf)….you may or may not be able to see the visual color differences well, but hopefully in this video you’ll get a clear enough view to make your decisions on what’s needed.

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This dust bunny has all four greys in it….and if you just look at the image quickly, the body looks to be about the same basic grey.

The toners and neutrals are pretty close if you arent analyzing it closely.

In the second card, you can visually see the coolness of the bunny compared to the warmth of the bed.

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Flower Power 2020 Class: the backstory

It’s finnnnnally here……Flower Power 2020!! This is a brand new class that I hope everyone will love….and I hope it inspires you to not only make beautiful things but to make someone else’s day! Watch the promo video and check out the little backstory below.

This class is for two good causes: supporting Ellen Hutson’s small business by using her beautiful flower stamps, and raising money for World Central Kitchen too! You can get this class FREE if you buy either one of the listed stamp sets on the website here, or FREE if you guy $75 worth of anything from Ellen….or you can choose to pay $10 for the class in addition to shopping, so you can help feed hungry people through World Central Kitchen!

Go visit class HERE!

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A few weeks back, while the end of the StayHomeStaySafe orders looked soooo far away, I was trying to figure out a way I could help do something to assist someone else with my classes website. Not many of us have excess money, so it was going to need to be something special!

One cause I’ve fundraised for before – and give to monthly myself – is World Central Kitchen. So I wanted that to be a beneficiary somehow.

I also was heartbroken for my friend Ellen Hutson, who had to close her business temporarily under governor’s orders. I don’t know much about retail but man do I know it’s a bad time right now! Ellen was able to go in by herself to try to fill orders, but got so backed up as just one person….she’d pack up a ton of orders and was still staring at stacks of more! I wanted to do something to help her get back up and going once she was able to reopen…..and I came up with an idea.

I approached some of my friends from Ellen’s design team, and got takers right away – everyone wanted to help out! We met on Zoom and giggled and planned….what a great time it was to just be together; this was the first Zoom for several of them!

We spent some time putting together our lesson videos and taking our pics, and I spent more time assembling the class and getting everything set up. We were delighted to hear Ellen was open again, and had staff in to help catch up on orders again! Last weekend she had a big sale, so we waited til today once they were caught up from those…..so let’s all inundate her with more orders for this class!

Go visit class HERE!

Layering Copic and Pencil on Dark Papers

Layering Copic and Pencil on Dark Papers

I love trying out different mediums on different papers – and today it’s dark, rich, colored papers! I layered pencil, then Copic marker, than more pencil.

I don’t have brand names for these papers; a few years back I cut up a bunch of papers into card front size and I’m still working through that stack, so I have no idea what it is – but you don’t want anything with a gloss or sheen to it. Heavier papers tend to work better too. Try out colors on scraps so you know what to expect!

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The colors used for the two cards….the G24 was the last color added to the tulip greens.

Hydrangeas in Bloom is a pretty little stamp! The lines are quite delicate and thin, which is what inspired this card design; it was so thin I thought I could get color variance mixing it with white pen.

Tulips, by Waffle Flower, is a Mother’s Day set but can definitely be used year round – there are other sentiments for the women in your life!

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