Thursday, December 29, 2016

6 Things I Learned in 2016

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// 6 things I learned in 2016

In tradition of my favorites of last year and this year I thought I'd list six things I learned this year. Just like the five things I wrote about last year, it was hard to narrow it down to six things because I have made an effort to continually learn as much as I can. As I reflected on the past year, I realized that learning something simple can have as far reaching effects as learning something large. Every piece you can learn deepends your abilities, strengthen your skills, and pushes you closer to finding you style.

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// 6 things I learned in 2016// dorothy shoes

  1.Keep trying new  techniques after you've learned it one way. 

    I thought that once I learned to draw a figure that would be the end of it. Even with grasping how to draw a basic figure I still have areas that need improvement. In working on them, I didn't find everything I needed the way I was working so I started looking into other techniques. I learned that trying new techniques,  even when it's an area you understand,  can expand your skills. It's comforting to know that there is more than one way to do things and and when a new idea pops up and sketching it isn't working out its a relief to try it again a different way and see that it is possible.

 2. Instagram stories and Snapchat can help you learn to draw

  When I first started using snapchat and then Instagram introduced Instastory it all seemed like too much. Why do we now need videos of people we follow?

  As I started clicking follow and watching the short videos by artists I like, I saw that watching the work can help me improve. Watching their steps to completing their illustration can be put to the test in my practice to see if it works for me. 

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3. Under Sketching

  I've always outlined before I've painted but an undersketch is a little different. It's very loose and has layers. An undersketch starts as lightly and loosely  as you possibly can blocking in shapes and gradually refining them till you are ready to paint. It helps fulfill what Jane Davenport always says "Everything is forgiven in the sketch"

4.. Tracing can be beneficial

   Tracing gets looked down upon as not really drawing but when I am stuck and I pull something up and trace it a few times, I get a feel for what I'm trying to create. I might find lines in a place I hadn't realized or just become more comfortable with the shape. As long as I don't depend on tracing for everything, tracing can be a tool to get over the hump of something in stumped by.

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// 6 things I learned in 2016// apple basket

5. Use Negative Space

Negative space is the area around an object or subject. In black and white images it's easy to see as it sort of forms a silhouette. 

By using negative space you can form more accurate relationships between subjects your are drawing. 

6.Follow Zoe Hong

I learned about Zoe Hong late in the year and I'm so glad I did. Her YouTube channel is like a complete fashion illustration itself and it's all for free. Just looking at the titles of we videos  I knew I wanted to see what she had to say and playing the first one I knew I would be disappointed! 

 Zoe Hong walks us through detailed instructions of multiple aspects of fashion illustration. I know that I am going to gain so much as I work through her videos. I can't wait! 

What have you learned in 2016? 

Monday, December 26, 2016

6 Favorites of 2016

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// 6 Favorites of 2016

Last year, I listed five of my favorite things from the previous year and thought I do that again, except six this time because it's 2016!

1.  Craftsy's Drawing Fashion Flats and Laura Volpintesta's Fashion Freedom 
   The first class I took this year was Craftsy''s "Drawing Fashion Flats" by Laura Volpintesta and it opened my eyes on how to go about sketching garmets. I first posted about it here

I liked the class so much that I couldn't wait to dive into Laura Volpintesta's other class based on the fashion illustration course she teaches at Parson's New School of Design. 

In this class, I learned and loved learning her technique to sketching a figure, draw faces from the front, 3/4 angle, and in profile, how to approach  rendering fabrics, and even how to start designing a fashion line.

   Hobby Lobby carries a basic sketchbook that is 70lb paper and 150 pages of bright, white smooth paper. It is $5.99 regularly and $3.60 when the have sketchbook for 40% off. It is the best value in sketchbooks around and the paper is high quality paper to work your ideas on!

   I don't know what I'd do without the Sharpie white pen. It is a pen filled with white acrylic paint and available in three sizes- extra fine, fine, and large. They are perfect for adding highlights and finishes touches to your paintings.

   This pen has dark black permanent ink like a classic Sharpie but has a significantly finer tip and doesn't smell. I love this pen because it is permanent but it also isn't easily destroyed when I use it over watercolor. 

A lot of times permanent  pen sketches are dulled when watercolor is painted over them. When I use pen to outline on top of the dried watercolor it often wears out the nib within a few uses. I think it's the abrasiveness of the watercolor. The Sharpie pen really stands up to watercolor and I can use it many more times.

   Tombow Dual Brush Pens are water soluble markers with a brush tip and a fine tip to choose from. I really like the brush tip as they glide across the page and create smooth, sweeping lines like I am painting yet I have more control because I have the stability of a pen. 

    I've long talked about my love for Jane Davenport and her classes. Early in fall she posted that she was going to be making a HUGE announcement. She began counting down and hashtagging everything with #janessecret.  I could barely wait and kept wondering what it was, she said it was going to be good but I wondered would it be as exciting to me as it is to her?

Yes!!! #janessecret did not disappoint and just like I counted the days till she revealed her secret, I'm counting the days till her secret comes to completion.  

#janessecret is that she has been working exclusively with Michaels to create an entire Mixed Media Range of art supplies. Starting on JanEuary 1st, 2017 we can not only take her classes to learn her expertise, we can use products she has designed herself!  

What have been your favorites of 2016? 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

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!!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Instagram Roundup

I also post my art on Instagram. Follow me @sprinkleonglitter

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Thanksgiving Pie 

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Warming Up with Hot Chocolate 

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Dressed for a party!

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Monday, December 19, 2016

It's A Wonderful Life

Belle is much more like Ariel than Tinker Bell. Though Belle's passion is reading she loves a good movie too.

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Christmas movies// It's A Wonderful Life

Christmas movies are just another thing that make Christmas traditions. For the past how many years, I can't remember, one of my favorite things leading up to Christmas has been watching nightly Lifetime or Hallmark Christmas movies no matter how corny they are. The cornier they are the funnier they are, it seems. 

I asked Belle to fill us in on some fun movies to watch this season.

     A fun, lighthearted movie about a couple trying to boycott Christmas in a Christmas-crazed neighborhood. 

   A funny  movie about what it's like to have to visit everyone in your family for Christmas. 

   I think you can watch this all year round but it is set with the backdrop of Christmas. It's such a cute movie where an awkward girl pretends to be the fiancĂ© of a guy she has a crush on he's on a comma.

    Just classic. 

  This is a Lifetime movie that I fell in love with the first time I saw it and have looked forward to watching it every year since. I was bummed it wasn't on last year and hoping it's on this year!!  This is a quirky movie of an engaged couple trying to celebrate Christmas with her Christmas family and his Jewish family. 

What are your favorite Christmas movies? 

Monday, December 12, 2016

National Gingerbread House Day

Happy National Gingerbread House Day! Gingerbread Houses are an iconic part of Christmas. They are so cute and dreamy covered in frosting and candy. I confess, I have never made a traditional Gingerbread house. I have made small ones with graham cracker and frosting, equally as fun and much less time consuming

Sprinkle on Glitter Blog// Gingerbread House Day// my favorite Christmas cookies

If you love Gingerbread flavor and don't  feel like making a Gingerbread house you can make Gingerbread cookies. They are just as iconic around Christmas as the houses.  I don't like Gingerbread but I DO like cookies, cookies of all kinds :) 

These are some of my favorite Christmas cookies 

   Soft, chewy, and chocolatey! What more can you ask for? 

   These are like a homemade peanut butter cup! They are little balls of peanut butter dipped in chocolate and kept in the refrigerator. 

 These cookies are fun because they are both cute and tasty. They look cute all rolled up or twisted and it's like eating two cookies in one a chocolate cookie and a sugar cookie. 
   These little nuggets are crispy on the outside and soft and buttery on the inside! Plus, they are fun to push outhe of the little machine. 

   Oreo truffles are the kind of dessert you dream about!! They are crushed oreoes mixed with cream cheese and butter than dipped in chocolate. It sounds simple and it really is but they will blow your mind! 

What are your favorite Christmas cookies? 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Tinker Bell

I asked Tinker Bell for her opinion in Christmas and what some of her favorites are. But you know, she's always so busy and is hard to catch. Fairies are like that, *sigh*  Maybe she'll get back to me another time. 

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Tinker Bell

Monday, December 5, 2016

Artist Stocking Stuffers

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Artist Stocking Stuffers

If you love art and creating things than there isn't anything more exciting than opening a brand new art supply on Christmas morning. Getting new art supplies anytime of the year is like Christmas morning!   Sometimes though, supplies take up a lot of room or  have a lot of little pieces to them. When we only have a few minutes here and there to squeeze in sketching, using and carrying around something large or with a lot of pieces isn't practical and can really deter from the fun of a break from reality to sketch. 

Last year I put together two gift guides one basic and one luxury. This year I put together a simple list of small supplies that can be stocking stuffers and taken in your bag daily as you go! 

   First things first, we need paper to create and there so many small and cute sketchbook in different shapes and sizes to toss in our bags and bring along. 

If you're into fancy covers and bindings Moleskine offers sketchbooks starting at 3 1/2 x5 1/2 or scroll your art supply store sketchbook aisles to find the size for you. 

   Micron pens are filled with archival quality pigma  ink and thought by many professional  artists to be the creme de la creme of permanent pens.   They glide across the paper like velvet and come in multiple sizes and colors.  They are easy to slip in a pocket and pull out whenever you want to use them with your pocket sketchbook. 

  After you lay down a sketch sometimes (or all the time) you want to add color! Markers, colored pencils, and acrylics are  a lot take around and keep track of since each color is an individual piece.  Bring in the Sakura Koi Sketchbox and the problem is solved.

The Koi Sketchbox is a compact postcard sized box with high pigmented watercolors to pull out and brighten up your sketch but watercolors need water and a brush don't they?  Insert...

Well, the Koi set comes out its own waterbrush but you can also find waterbrushes to buy on their own.  They are a paint brush that has a water holder in the handle.  Twist off the brush tip, full the reservoir with water, and screw the top back on.  Then squeeze the brush handle, wetting the tip, and your able to use watercolor on the go!

These are just a few portavle supplies that woild make great stocking stuffers. What would be your artist stocking stuffer? 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas, Christmas Time is Here!

Christmas music is loved because it's so happy and magical. It's hopeful, often corny, and gets stuck in your head. Even people who say they don't like Christmas music, I think, would miss it if we had a holiday season without it. 

 When I was little I couldn't wait to start listening to Christmas music. As soon as I started thinking about Thanksgiving, I started thinking about Christmas music.  Waiting until after Thanksgiving felt like it lasted forever. We only had one tape with Christmas music, it was old and had songs like "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "Merry Christmas, Darling" I think  the tape was from the 80s.  As a teenager '*NSYNC came out with a Christmas CD and I feel like that's all the needs to said.  An 'NSYNC Christmas equals regular 'NSYNC all year round!   

Now, I like all kinds of Christmas music. The most listened to are probably Michael Buble' and Lady Antebellum's Christmas albums because they are in my iPod but any era and genre of Christmas music can be fun.

I decided to ask Princess Ariel to make a list of favorite Christmas songs since she had such a beautiful voice ;)

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Ariel// Christmas Songs

1. Last Christmas  Taylor Swift 

2. On this Winters Night by Lady Antebellum

5. That's Christmas to Me by Pentatonix

6. O Holy Night By Celine Dion

7. Do You Hear What I Hearr by Carrie Underwood

8. O Come All Ye Faithful by Jeremy Camp

9.  Carol of the Bells by Trans-Siberian Orchestra 

10. Heaven Everywhere by Francesca Battistelli

What are your favorite Christmas songs? 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

It's time to put up  your Christmas tree. I've never been one to have a live Christmas tree, that's a lot of work outside, in the cold, and to keep it alive for a month. It's so much easier to pull out of the attic and set it up.   Doesn't the idea always seem so exciting at first but becoming tedious when attempting to put it up and decorate it? Afterwards it's fun to look at but you do have to take it down, or you could be like myGrandma and throw a large sheet over it (she kept her tree in the basement) 

Every year, for Christmas my brother and I got an ornament. Usually something that represented the past year but sometimes it was something random that we had  liked. Going through the old ornaments is probably the most fun part of putting up a Christmas tree for all the memories. 

It's hard to pick what my favorite ornament is, there's something I love about all of them but my Hello Kitty one really makes me happy, I like to use it as a topper. My leopard print glitter shoes and bag are favorites too, 

Do you pick out a live tree and bring it home or have a fake tree you always use?  What is your favorite part of decorating?

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!
The thing I'm most looking forward to this year is watching the remake of Anne of Green Gables on PBS tonight. Thanksgiving is the perfect night to air the remake as Anne of Green Gables  is classic and nostalgic. Anne's imagination is infectious and charming. 

We all have some sort of memory of her from growing up whether we read only Anne of Green Gables or watched the first movie to those who have read every book in the series, avidly watched the Avonlea tv show, owned the Anne of Avonlea on VHS, and dreamed of visiting Prince Edward Island.  

And if you can't get enough of "Ann with an E" she's coming to a new series of Netflix next year! 

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Anne of Green Gables// Happy Thanksgiving

Are you excited for Anne of Green Gables?  What are you thankful for this year?

Monday, November 21, 2016


Who's ready for a new Disney Princess?! Moana is a brave, adventurous girl ready to take on the Pacific Ocean in hopes of finding the story of her own ancestry. 

I think Moana looks really cute and as much  I love the traditional Disney Princesss, I also love that Moana is a new form of princess. She appears to be bold, determined, and take charge in what she wants. It's going to make for an action packed Disney movie and a new perspective for all the girls watching it.

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Who's excited to see Moana?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Caramel Apple

After making a fall bucket list ( part one and two) I couldn't help but paint  a caramel apple. Not the same as eating one but fun  in its own way. 

 Caramel apples speak for themselves, don't they?! They are sweet and  sticky and can have so many things added on top of them. Yet, you can convince yourself you're eating something healthy because theirs fruit in there somewhere under all the good stuff!o
    My favorite caramel apples are gourmet apples. You can make them over a full apple but a little easier to eat is to first slice the apple. 

  - Dip  in caramel, let set
  -  Dip them in melted chocolate,  set
  -  Roll in nuts and drizzle with more chocolate or carmel.

  That's a pretty simplified explanation of the recipe. Find a thorough one here. And for more option check out The Kitchen's recipes

  How do you like your Caramel apples?

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Caramel Apple

You're the apple of my eye!

Monday, November 14, 2016


Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Carolina Herrera// Splattered

This dress is from Carolina Herrera's fall 2016 line. I love the coral color though it isn't traditionally fall, it is a very warm rich color that really pops like so many fall colors do. I also really like how the skirt has color splattered and spread all over it. Watercolor has a mind of its own and it sort reminds of that. It's a wearable canvas :)
  What fall fashion has caught your eye lately?i

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Fall Bucket List pt 2

On Monday I listed some fun things to do in fall and today I could'nt help but add a few more. 

- Jump in a big pile a leaves 
- Go to a football game 
- toast pumpkin seeds 
- visit a haunted house
 - collect leaves and acorns
- watch a "family tradition" movie 
- dress up for Halloween 
- bake pumpkin bread
- make a fall wreath 

Have you done anything on the list this year? 

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Apples

Why not go out on a limb? That's where all the good fruit is! -Mark Twain

Monday, November 7, 2016

Fall Bucket List

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Hayride

Fall seems to be everyone's favorite season, at least that's what most people say, even when Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year!  Why is it? Is it the cooler temperatures, the rich colors changing, everything pumpkin, or going out of your way to step in that crunchy looking leaf! I  don't know,  but here's a list a fun things to add to your fall bucket list to get the most out of the season. 

- bake a pie
-have a smore's campfire
- visit a pumpkin patch
-make leaf art
- pick apples
 - make and eat caramel apples
- go trick-or-treating
- drink hot apple cider
- make fall cookies
- have a photoshoot in a leaf pile
- carve a pumpkin
- navigate a corn maze

My favorite is a smores bon fire but let's be honest, s'mores  are perfect no matter what season it is! What is on your fall bucket list?

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Against All Grain Celebrations

Against All Grain Celebrations
By Danielle Walker

About the book: 
From the two-time New York Times best-selling author of Against All Grainand Meals Made Simple, comes 125 recipes for grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free comfort food dishes for holidays and special occasions. 
When people adopt a new diet for health or personal reasons, they worry most about the parties, holidays, and events with strong food traditions, fearing their fond memories will be lost along with the newly eliminated food groups. After suffering for years with a debilitating autoimmune disease and missing many of these special occasions herself, Danielle Walker has revived the joy that cooking for holidays can bring in Danielle Walker's Against All Grain Celebrations, a collection of recipes and menus for twelve special occasions throughout the year. 
Featuring a variety of birthday cakes, finger foods to serve at a baby or bridal shower, and re-creations of backyard barbecue standards like peach cobbler and corn bread, Danielle includes all of the classics. There’s a full Thanksgiving spread--complete with turkey and stuffing, creamy green bean casserole, and pies--and menus for Christmas dinner; a New Year's Eve cocktail party and Easter brunch are covered, along with suggestions for beverages and cocktails and the all-important desserts. Recipes can be mixed and matched among the various occasions, and many of the dishes are simple enough for everyday cooking. Stunning full-color photographs of every dish make browsing the pages as delightful as cooking the recipes, and beautiful party images provide approachable and creative entertaining ideas. 
Making recipes using unfamiliar ingredients can cause anxiety, and while trying a new menu on a regular weeknight leaves some room for error, the meal simply cannot fail when you have a table full of guests celebrating a special occasion. Danielle has transformed her most cherished family traditions into trustworthy recipes you can feel confident serving, whether you’re hosting a special guest with food allergies, or cooking for a crowd of regular grain-eaters.

My thoughts: 

"Celebrations"is a book full of year-long gluten free, dairy free, and paleo recipes for the all the celebrations we have. . As someone who is gluten free and dairy free I was really excited to get my hands on this book. Everyday eating can be a challenge let alone figuring out what to have for  holidays or parties.

Each chapter is a set of different recipes for the specific celebrations - Birthdays, Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, football games and many more  ranging from breakfast, snacks, dinner, and desserts. 

The pictures were awesome and recipes written out clearly with regular ingredients.  There is an in depth appendix in the back referencing ingredients she frequently uses  as well substitutes for common  gluten filled or dairy containing ingredients. 

You're bound to find more than a few recipes that become new favorites in "Celebrations". Although we can't eat the same thing we can have good food and treats too! 

*i received this  book free for review from Blogging for Books* 

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