A blog dedicated to my journey exploring the creative world, mainly through art journals. This is a very new endeavor, as I've spent most of my life thinking I wasn't creative at all. This is still something I struggle with, but I hope I will be able to look back upon the beginning as a jumping point off in my life. I also hope I can inspire other people who do not think they are creative to find their muse and CREATE!
A few of my favorite things...
I have been thinking about posting my very favorite art supplies, but have hesitated because I am SO new in this field. I just started doing this a few months ago in Julie Prichard's Layer Love class. But, through trial and error and a LOT of reading on various blogs and in books, I definitely have found a few items that I know I love, and probably will always use.
I could go on and on all day about these paints. They are artist grade paints, but have a lower viscosity, and therefore spread beautifully on my watercolor pages. They are expensive little devils, but I have bought a few colors at a time to try and work up my collection of colors. I also have tried Liquitex Basic Acrylics (Well, I still have them)...and they are decent. They are student-grade, so they have less pigment in them than artist-grade, and they don't spread as easily as the fluids. I bought a bunch on sale, so I am using them until they are gone. They do the trick, but I prefer the Golden's MUCH better.
These make me giddy with excitement. First of all, who doesn't like crayons?! Secondly, they come in a zillion colors. Thirdly, they are water-soluble. (The II's, not the I's) Therefore, you can scribble anywhere you'd like with these bad boys, add some water, and BOOM...just like paint. So great. The only thing to keep in mind is that you can't write over them with pens, and if you get it wet, it will re-activate the crayon. Minor details. I love them.
These also make me giddy with excitement. Ok, all of these do, because I love colors, and now I have so many various ways to apply that color! These water-based pens are being discontinued (oh no!!). So, search and grab them while you can because these are opaque, vibrant, permanent and can write over pretty much anything.
These are my main items I use in almost every journal entry I do. I also have hand-crafted some rubber stamps, and soon will teach myself to make my own stencils. Those will be for another day!