Monday, December 28, 2015

5 Favorites of 2015

5 favorites of 2015

2015 was an awesome year of art,  especially when it came supplies. Probably because I took "Supplies Me" by Jane Davenport  I loved looking at supplies before but Jane's class gave me the knowledge and confidence to know what supplies I wanted to try the most.

These are my 5 favorite supplies I tried this year.
1.  Neocolor 2 watersoluble Artist Crayons

5 favorites of 2015- neocolor 2

     Crayons may conjure up images of childhood and coloring books but Neocolor 2 crayons aren't childhood crayons. They can be used like a regular crayon but they are so much more.

Neocolor 2's are watersoluble, meaning when water is put over them they melt. The crayons turn into watercolor! And the do so wonderfully.

The colors are vibrant and melt easily with water, looking like watercolor from tube or a pan.

2.Prismacolor Colored Pencils

5 favorites of 2015- prismacolor colored pencils

    I had heard of Prismacolor colored pencils before. They are  basically the pencil of illustrators touted as soft and buttery.

 Basic colored pencils haven't made my soul sing. They all seem hard to sketch with needing to be pressed hard on paper to produce much color. Not far into Supplies Me I realized colored pencils were essential to learning the techniques Jane Davenport uses. She describes them as magic wands and Prismacolor are her favorite.

I decided to give them a try and I haven't been disappointed.
They are soft and buttery, they glide over paper (if its smooth) and are highly pigmented.     Being soft and creamy the lead is more susceptible to breakage than other colored pencils. Thats why its important to treat them with respect and store them securely in their tin or a pencil case, use a good quality sharpner, and be careful not to let them roll off the table while using another pencil.

3. Acrylic Paint

5 favorites of 2015- acrylic paint

    I hadn't been a fan of acrylics in the past mostly because I felt the clean up took time away from painting. Then I tried finger painting, where i put on gloves & dabbed paint from the bottle onto the page. It worked perfectly and the only clean up was and is taking the glove off. Acrylics quickly became a new medium for me.
    There's many types of acrylic paints. Most come as  semi-gloss or matte paint.
Semi-gloss or gloss acrylics dry with a bit of a sheen to them. They work best  as a single medium.
 Matte acrylics dry without the shine or smooth texture. Matte paints are perfect for mixed medium because they are able to take layers of almost any other form of media.

4. Sharpie Waterbased Paint Pen 

5 favorites of 2015- Sharpie Poster Paint Pen

     When I bought the Sharpie White Paint Pen I had no idea how much i would love it.  White is important for adding highlights. It can really bring a piece together and make it pop but not all mediums produce the best white. Watercolor, for example, is translucent and white watercolor doesnt dry white but becomes milky shade of the color underneath.
 The Sharpie Waterbased Paint Pen is a thin, white acrylic paint in an easy to use pen. Write over the area just like you would a pen, let dry for a minute, and there you have a glistening white highlight.

5. Gesso

 5 favorites of 2015- Gesso

     Gesso has long been a mystery to me. Art journalists use it on paper before they use acrylics, thats all I knew. Why do they do that?
  Again, Jane Davenport taught me why. Gesso strengthens paper and prepares it to hold paint. Not all paper is strong enough for the weight of paint and some surfaces like cardboard dont initially take A 
good gesso can fix that and open you up to new substrates.

Did you try any new art supplies in 2015?  What  were your  favorites? I'd love to know!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

Sprinkle On Glitter blog// Merry Christmas

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord." Luke 2:8-11

Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Outfits

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Christmas Outfits// High waisted midi skirt

High waisted midi skirt with simple heels.
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Christmas Outfits// Crimson Sweater// Leather Pants

Basic Crimson sweater and leather pants inspired by Pink Peonies

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Christmas Outfits// tunic and leggings

Cozy tunic with leggings and boots

Monday, December 14, 2015

Holiday Hair

Sprinkle on Glitter Blog// Holiday Hair// Red Ribbon

Wrap your hair up like a present with a simple red bow.
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Holiday  Hair// Retro Waves

 Glamourous side twist is a little retro.
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog // Holiday Hair// half up top knot

Messy, half up top knot.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Artsy Gift Guide, pt 2

Sprinkle on Glitter Blog// artsy gift guide pt 2// collage

Last week I talked about some gift ideas for your artsy friend, there are so many things out there it's hard to narrow them all down. Add in dream supplies and the skies the limit. This week I have a few dreamy, unique, luxurious gifts that are out there.

1. An art retreat
     Online classes are fun but an in person retreat dials it up a hundred times.
Alisa Burke, Jane Davenport, and Jeanne Oliver all host them a few times a year.

2. Wacom Tablet or Isketchnote
artsy gift guide pt 2- Wacom tablet

     Go digital with a Wacom Tablet or Isketchnote

3. Luxury Watercolor
artsy gift guide pt 2- schminke watercolor

   Schminke is known for creating some of the most pigment rich watercolors. Or what earth tones made from crushed rocks?? Greenleaf & Blueberry makes one of a kind individual  half pans.

4. Arches Watercolor Block
Artsy gift guide pt 2- arches watercolor block

   If you're going to use high end watercolor you might as well have paper to match. Arches makes quality watercolor paper in both hot and cold press.

5. A custom illustration
Artsy gift guide pt 2 - custom illustration - Brooke hagel

     You  love drawing but you also have your favorite artists and wouldn't you love a piece of their work created just for you ? Brooke Hagel, Inslee Haynes, Paperfashion,and  Brittany Fuson,  all offer unique custom illustrations.

Have you made a dent in your shopping list yet?

Monday, November 30, 2015

Artsy Gift Guide

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog//Artsy Gift guide 1// collage

 I've scrolled the Internet to find some fun gifts for the artsy person in your life. You know what they love but you don't know what to get them especially since they have a lot of art supplies!! Well, some can never have enough and these are great to add to their collection.

1. A pretty sketchbook or art journal

Sprinkle on Glitter Blog- Artsy gift guide pt 1- art journal- Alisa burke
      A sketchbook is essential to capturing and working out ideas as well as practicing new techniques. You can never have enough and might as well make it pretty!

   One of my favorite artists and teachers,Alisa Burke, sells handmade art journals in her store.

   There's all kinds of  sketchbooks on Etsy from leather to fabric coveted and handbound.
    Moleskine makes journals in all sizes so there's always one to fit your needs.

2. Coloring Book
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog-Artsy Gift Guide pt 1 Coloring Book- Keenan Morrison


     Coloring has become one of the most popular past times this year. It's telaxing, fun, and there's constantly new coloring books popping up on Amazon daily. 

3. Color Wheel
Sprinkle on Glitter Blog- Artsy gift guide pt1-color wheel necklace- Anthropologie

     Never wonder if colors compliment each other again with a color wheel necklaceby Anthropologie.

4. Travel Paintbrushes.
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog- Artsy Gift Guide pt 1- travel paint brushes

     These paintbrushes are retracrable, compact and easy to toss in your bag and take anywhere. Pair them with the Koi Watercolor Box for painting on the go.

5. Drawing Books
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog-Artsy Gift Guide pt 1- Drawing books-Anna Kiper

     Learning never ends,  theres a ton of general drawing books to improve your skills or zone in on a specific category like fashion illustration.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Happy Thanksgiving

"Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul."

What are you thankful for this year?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Outfits

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Thanksgiving Outfits// casual// Jean's and a sweater

For a casual thanksgiving pair jeans with riding boots, a soft sweater and a warm scarf. It's comfy, cozy, and classic.
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Thanksgiving Outfits// fancy// highwaisted skirt and tights

This purple, high waisted skirt paired with black tights and heels is perfect for a fancier dinner.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Low Ponytails

It's fast, sophisticated, and classic. A low ponytail can work on any hair texture or face shape and the variations are endless. What's not to love?

Sprinkle on Glitter Blog// Low Ponytail// pink bow

Brush you hair, gather it at the nape of yout neck and tie with an elastic holder, pretty bow, or barette and you're good to go!
Sprinkle on Gliter Blog// Low Ponytails// Braid with Blue Ribbon

Sprinkle on glitter Blog// Low Ponytails//sideswept

Monday, November 9, 2015

My Favorite Fashion Illustrators

Sprinkle on Glitter Blog// My Favorite Fashion Illistrators/ collage

As I've learned to sketch I've been inspired by so many artists. These are some of  my favorite illustrators.

Sprinkle On Glitter blog// My Favorite Fashion Illustrators// Brooke Hagel

1. Brooke Hagel of Brooklit and BrooklitBride
I've never met her but you could say Brooke Hagel introduced me to fashion illustration. A few years ago, I was browsing etsy and saw one of her prints. While I clicked through her shop and on to her website I couldn't stop thinking, "I want to do that!"

I started researching fashion illustration and bought a book to give it a try. It wasn't long before I realized drawing figures were a lot harder than it looked and I set it all aside. 

A few years after that I took Alisa Burke's "Doodle Delight" and as I became more 
confident in doodling I got the itch to try fashion illustration again and started re-
following Brooke Hagel. I love how her girls are contemporary yet approachable like a girl everyone wants to be friends with.

Sprinkle On Glitter blog//My Favorite Fashion Illustrators// Inslee Haynes

2. Inslee Haynes 
I found Inslee Haynes soon after Brooke Hagel. Her illustrations are so whimsical and daydream- like. They have a sophistication to them and I can't get enough.

Sprinkler On Glitter Blog// My Favorite Fashion Illustrators// Paperfashion

3. Katie Rodgers of Paperfashion 
Paperfashion is the glamorous blog of Katie Rodgers' illustrations. I love her creativity and long to have an ounce of it and was thrilled when she released her online class
She offers three short classes showing a few of her techniques on Skillshare..

Sprinkle on Glitter blog// My Favorite Fashion Illustrators// HNicholsIllustration

I found Holly Nichols on instagram and think her illustrations are a breath of fresh air. Especially since she loves to illustrate Elie Saab, one of my favorite dress designers.
Sprinkle On Glitter blog// My Favorite Fashion Illustrators// Evelyn Henson

5. Evelyn Henson
Not a fashion illustrator but her art is fun and girly. Her mantra is "A Brightly Decorated Life" and her flower prints to city maps live up to it with the pops of color they add to what's around them.

Do you have a favorite illustrator or artist? What about them inspires you?

Monday, November 2, 2015

Shades of Fall

Happy November! You can now follow me on Pinterest

One of my favorite parts of fall is richness of the colors.  Before I knew how to paint watching the leaves change made me wish I could paint with all sparkling yellows golds and rusty reds. Though there's a chill in the air, the colors can wrap you in warmth like a cozy sweater.

Pantone's 2015 colors are:

Fall Colors- Pantone- Rena Klingenberg

Cadmium Orange and Biscay Bay are the ones that pop out to me. They have a tropical autumn quality to them, don't they? Cadmium Orange has a hint of coral in it and Biscay bay is like turquoise water while the sun sets in the Caribbean. 

Gucci's pre-fall 2015 has some great outfits  using Biscay Bay with Patone's color of the year, Marsala. Along with printed dresses filled with Cadmium Orange.


Do you have a favorite of Pantone's colors this season? Do you plan on using them in your art?

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Day 31

Day 31- watercolor- write 31 days

We made it! Day 31 of write 31 days! I hope you like my flowers as much as I liked paintng them!

Friday, October 30, 2015


Pansies-watercolor-write 31 days

I think Pansies are simple, pretty, and perfect for warercolor with the way the colors spread across the petals.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Brights- watercolor- Lilly Pulitzer- write 31 days

This was inspired by Lilly Pulitzer patterns and done in goauche. The pinks and oranges really pop against the green.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015


Ladybug- finger painting- write 31 days

This is inspired by another bouquet I received. I loved the different shades of pink through the different flowers. I call it Ladybug because it came with a pink ribbon that had little ladybugs on it and reminded me how cute ladybugs are sitting on leaves.

Thursday, October 22, 2015