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?