Thursday, April 27, 2017

Over The Rainbow




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As if I haven't posted enough about Jane Davenport  this year already, she has a new class that I had to take and talk about. Almost every week with a new lesson I thought "wow, Jane has really brought it this time!"

"Over the Rainbow" takes us through one of Jane's favorite books and movies,  the "Wizard of Oz". I will admit I've never been much of a fan of the Wizard of Oz, those flying monkeys are terrifying but I love Janes teaching style and her dedication to new techniques in each class. 

While exploring each character, Jane has woven in new skills that she never had before. This course goes over oiled charcoal, perspective drawing, and face profile drawing! All of them are advanced techniques but Jane breaks them down into approachable steps that with practice can be accomplished.

"Over the Rainbow" also used a number of the products from Jane's new mixed media line at Michaels.

This class isn't a beginner class, well if you want to it is, there's no fear in trying anything. If you love Jane Davenport or the Wizard of Oz, you'll love the class!

Have you taken any classes this year? 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sketchworthy Reads-Gal Meets Glam

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// sketch worthy reads- Gal Meets glam

Gal Meets Glam is a fashion blog run by Julia Engel. She describes her blog as "a source for inspiration that covers everything from fashion and beauty to home and travel. "



Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// sketch worthy reads- Gal Meets glam




Julia started Gal Meets Glam when she was a junior in college and wanted to start "something" without knowing what something ones. One a whim, she signed up for blogger and soon spent all her free time learning how to perfect the art of blogging and she really has.



I like Gal Meets Glam because she has a very gentle and feminine aesthetic is everything she posts. 


Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// sketch worthy reads- Gal Meets glam

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty has been a favorite of mine since I was a baby! How could it not be?! She's so cute and friendly. 


Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Hello Kitty

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter

Happy Easter!!

Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!"  Luke 24:5b-6a, NIV

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Easter

Thursday, April 13, 2017

My Go- To Illustration Tools






I love trying new supplies, yet there's a few essentials I'll always turn to. I'm not too caught up in brand or price, good art supplies can come from anywhere but  there are some supplies that stand out amongst the others time and again. 

Sketchbook/ Watercolor Sketchbook


  My favorite sketchbook for practicing is the Masters Touch brand at Hobby Lobby. It has 150 pages of 70lb paper that is smooth and bright white. It's easy to draw on and it really is the best deal that I have found.  
Since the Masters Touch Sketchbook is 60lb it is not sturdy enough to hold up go watercolor. I haven't come across my favorite watercolor paper brand yet but a few good ones are Strathmore, Jane Davenport Mixed Media, or Artists Loft.

Pencils

  When I practice I normally use colored pencil because it doesn't smudge.  Prismacolor makes a few types of very good colored pencils and Jane Davenport has Magic Wands. 
  
 When I sketch for a painting I use etasable pencils, either a basic no. 2 pencil or col-erase by prismacolor.

Ink

  Before I paint, I outline my sketches and. The most important part of that is having a waterproof pen. Regular ball point pens will run when water is applied over them so you must look for something labeled "permanent". 

  I like the Micron pens and Sharpie Stylo Pens. Microns lay down velvety and Sharpie Stylos are the most durable pen I have found. 

Watercolor


  Watercolor is not hard to find, you can pick them up at any store and it's great to start out with. As you become more experienced you see that quality can vary a lot among watercolor. It is also a very personal thing, one might think one brand is perfect and another person doesn't.  

 The watercolors I use most often are the Koi Sketchbox and Jane Davenport's Mixed Media Brights and Neutrals.  

What are your go-to supplies

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Jane Davenport Mixed Media Brights Watercolor Review

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I found a unicorn!!! The day I found out Michaels had one Jane Davenort Mixed Media Brights Palette in stock was one of the most exciting days.  I already had the neutrals palette and was kicking myself for not scooping up  the brights at the time.

I opened them up and started swatching. Like the neutrals they are creamy and rich. It doesn't take much to pick up a good amount of color on the brush and just as the name says, they are bright. They dry just about as  bright and vibrant as they are when you first use them, most watercolors dry lighter than when you are painting with them.

The JDMM brights set is made up of cool colors and they are all really  pretty. It contains your three cool primaries but the other colors are fun, unique colors with names that are equally as fun (like 70s eye shadow and kiss kiss).  Since the colors are more specialized I don't think the brights are meant to be your main watercolor set. Combining it with the neutrals can make a nice palette but not one of traditional colors.


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I use my Koi Sketchbox set most and I think they have more basic, everyday colors than Jane's set. The two sets are close in quality and complement each other well.  The koi set doesn't have strong pinks and purples where JDMM has many and they are very. Similar in blues and greens, the koi set has basic blues and Jane has turquoise shades.

The colors in Jane's brights and neutrals match most of the colors in the Magic Wands set, so it's perfect for adding finishing details.

Have you tried any of the Jane Davenport Mixed Media products? What did you think of them? Jane created a FREE mixed media class to lean about her products and techniques you can sign up for here.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

April Showers


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It's the rainy season and not only is it a pain but it also takes its toll on your clothes, hair, and accessories. So what are the best things to have to help you face a rainy day? 

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- rain coat
  Rain coats don't have to be boxy or ugly. 


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- rain boots
   Rain boots are cute in fall or spring as is but they're cute and functional when it's raining! 
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- umbrella
 Pop open a bubble umbrella and go singing in the rain.
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- waterproof phone cover
   Protect your phone from downpours. 
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- bag cover
 And all your treasures
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- hairband or hair tie
 Don't mess or frizz your hair 

What are your rainy day essentials?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Vera Bradley Pencil Tin



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Vera Bradley isnt the first the name that comes to mind when thinking of art supplies but they do carry a super cute pencil tin. Since,  we always need things to keep our  pens, pencils, and knick knacks in, why not make them pretty too! 

The pencil tin is a sturdy, hinged tin in a Vera Bradley pattern. It contains ten number two pencils  in the pattern you choose and a sharpner.   

It's sleek and slim so easy to toss in your bag with your other travel supplies. 

How do you like to store your pens and pencils? 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jane Davenport Mixed Media Butterfly Effect Book

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There were a few things in the JDMM line that when I saw them I didn't know what to do with them or why I would want them? Thankfully, Jane has made videos explaining each of her products AND she created a free mixed media course using them HERE.

Watching the videos I ended of thinking all the ideas were really cool even if they weren't something I would use very much and those products that didn't make any sense turned out to make a lot of sense! 

The most interesting one was the butterfly effect book and when I learned what the butterfly book was for I found myself really wanting one.

At first I just saw a patterned canvas cover with elastic. What would I do with that.

The first aha came when I learned why it's called the butterfly book- because it's most often flipped open like a butterfly flapping its wings. Clever! 

The butterfly effect book is a small canvas book you can carry around with you, designed with elastics or threads down the middle so that you add papers or whatever you like as you go on your way.   You can add notebooks, loose papers, collage papers, you don't even have to add paper you can mini folders, stickers, clips, anything you can attach in it. 

It is designed after a midori or planner book in Jane's favorite size of a travelers notebook 4.9" x 8.7"

The butterfly effect book leaves itself open to any possibility you can dream up and I have a special idea of how to use mine, I'll tell you all about soon :)

Have you tried a butterfly effect book or travelers notebook? What were you thoughts on it? 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Beauty and the Beast


Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Beauty and the Beast// yellow dress




 I can't wait for the live action Beauty and the Beast to come out. Two years ago, when Cinderella came out, I was most excited to see the costumes, they were dazzling.  But Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney movie when I was little. I loved Belle, her personality, voice, and passion for reading. The previews make it look a bit dark but I think this is going to be a captivating movie. 

Are your excited for beauty  and the beast? Who was your favorite disney princess growing up? 

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Beauty and the Beast// blue dress

Monday, March 13, 2017

Jane Davenport Mixed Media Paint Over Pens

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Jane Davenport Paint over Pens are a collection of five pens filled with a fast drying acrylic paint. They look exactly like a marker or a pen but they contain acrylic paint. There are various types of paint pens on the market but what makes the JDMM Paint Over Pens unique is that there is no shaking the pen with each use and no pressing down to release color.  At first you have to give the pen a little shake to but then you are good to go. 

When dried they are matte, opaque, archival, and waterproof. Sounds pretty good, right?  

The set contains five colors beach (flesh tone), mermaid (blue), starfish (pink) and unicorn (white). There's two unicorn pens, a small tip & broad tip. 


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I opened them up and started trying them out. The color is vibrant and lays down smoothly. It doesn't smell and takes only a few minutes to dry. Once dried it equally as pigmented as they are when they are wet and it is matte, so you can draw on top of if you want. 

The unicorn pens are a very soft white more for subtle highlights. If you want a stark white  highlight you're better off going with the Sharpie White Paint Pen. 

The only thing I wish for these pens would be for them to come in more colors, I think that would be a lot of fun.

Jane Davenport has a free mixed media class showing how to use her products HERE

Have you tried the JDMM Paint Over Pens? What did you think of them? 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Happy Birthday Barbie!


 It's Barbies birthday today! She made her debut at the International Toy Fair in New York City on March 9, 1959. That makes her 58 years old! She's looking good for her age :)

I think every girl has had and loved at least one Barbie. The one I remember wanting the most is Super Star Barbie and Super Star Ken. I wanted for one of my birthdays and I wanted it so badly that it felt like its be torture if I didn't get it. She had sparkly stars in her eyes, why wouldn't I have wanted her?!?!  

I was trying to find a picture of what she looked like and the first thing I found was superstar Barbie 1976. Um, no! How could that be? I had to dig further to find the superstar Barbie I adored was actually a remake in the early 90s from the 1970s *gasp* I still love her anyways. 
I think this may be the one I had to have, the stars in her eyes and Ken's shiny silver suit seems to strike memories! Stars Everywhere!! 
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x2LioJ16oGk

What was your favorite Barbie?

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Happy Birthday Barbie

Monday, March 6, 2017

Treat Yourself

"Facials are workout for your skin" 

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Treat Yourself


Going to spa sounds so relaxing and dreamy but it can be expensive and impractical but thar doesn't me we can't pamper ourselves at home!  

These are some natural recipes we can do ourselves to relax and get glowing skin!

1. Oatmeal exfoliating face mask-

This mask is so simple yet it really refreshes your skin.  This says to rub it into your skin but you can also use less water to make it into a paste and let it sit as a mask. 

2. Bath Bomb
  
Drop this little ball in a warm bath to soften and moisturize skin while soaking.

3. Brown Sugar Body Scrub
  
   After soaking, use this scrub to slough off dry skin and help it to absorb moisturizer better.

4. Hot oil hair treatment
   Moisturize your hair with hot oil. 

5. Manicure & Pedicure

   Steps to a perfect manicure & pedicure 

Do you like to do spa treatments at home? What are your favorite ones? 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Jane Davenport Mixed Media Collection- Colored Pencils






After I tried Jane Davenport's neutral watercolors, I flipped open the tin of her colored pencils. she calls them Magic Wands, not colored pencils!   

  The Magic Wands are a twenty four set of rainbow colors. A lot of colored pencils are very hard and have little color when they are used but Jane's Magic Wands are soft like Prismacolor colored pencils yet they are strong enough to  hold a sharp point, unlike Prismacolor pencils which break easily.  

There are a couple pencils suited to skintones, more pinks and purples, and niche colors like turquoise.  The unique colors make for fun choices. 

Using the magic wands there wasn't much wax buildup and it felt smooth to the touch afterwards.

They don't immediately lay down a lot of pigment.  I had to go over the swatches at least  twice for the colors to look strong.  It was a small disappointment at first. On Jane's website she has videos showing the use of all her product and a free mixed media classdemonstrating her products. In the Magic Wands video she says they are meant to lay color down lightly so you can layer colors or combine them with other products (to create mixed media)!

Have you tried the JDMM magic wands? What did you think of them? 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Love Your Pet Day



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Today is an awesome day. It's a stop whatever kind of blog post you had planned for today kind of day - because its "love your pet" day!! 

For most of my life if you told me that I would like a dog, live with a dog, and *gasp* love a dog, I would've laughed at you! I didn't like dogs but then this sweet and stubborn little 5lb puppy came into my life, layed under the counter ledge, expressed every emotion through her eyes, and over time  began to grow on me. By  getting to know her, I began to accept dogs as whole but it's hard to imagine than anyone can compare to my puppy-girl.
Sprinkle on Glitter Blog// Love your dog  day// westie popcorn



In her 12 years she has been by my side and with me through a lot of ups and downs. When I'm sick she checks up on me, when I have surgery she tensely watches over and protects me, when she gets groomed she sticks her nose in the air and gets mad at me, and is terrible at playing fetch. She really just wants to be another human.

She's my forever puppy and supposed to live forever.  Love you dogs today and everyday!!

Do you have a pet? What do you love about them? 



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Winter Getaway!




Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// winter getaway

It's the middle of the winter and everything is gray and dreary. Sometimes you want to get away, if you can in person you can in your mind and daydream a vacation. 

Here's some places you could go.

San Diego
   Southern California has a pretty even climate so it's nice all year round, they don't have seasons! 

Florida Keys
   Always warm, lots of fishing and the beach! 

Hawaii
  Does Hawaii need much of an explanation? It's lush and green and like paradise. 

Some people seem to like winter, snow, and winter sports. If that's you thing winter is the perfect time to getaway.
   Vermont 
   Colorado 
   Utah
   I lumped them altogether because they all snowy and there's snowboarding and  skiing. Isn't that what winter trips are about? If that's not your thing, hot chocolate and cute boots in a ski lodge works! 

If you could go anywhere, where would you go?