Monday, September 26, 2011

New Pens! Review

Oooooo, how I love new art supplies!  I ordered these from Jet Pens, which is a U.S. company that stocks all the weird Japanese pens.    They have great customer service, too!  I got....

 ..these Sakura Aqualip pens, which are a very nice gel pen, like Sakura Glaze but narrower width.   Loving them so far!

...these Pentel Slicci pens - very disappointing.  They are supposed to be gel pens, but they write more like ball-points, with that "scritchy" feel on the paper.  The .3mm ones were the middle width, but I wish I got the widest - they write very, very narrow, so it will take forever to color something in.

....and these faaaaaabulous atyou Spica glitter pens, "set A".  If I had only one fun pen to use, it would be these.   I got "set B" about a year ago, and despite using them constantly, they are still going like champs.   It's amazing how glittery they are, but it's a very fine sparkle, so it's kinda subtle.  The light catches it here and there.

I had to grab a journal and check out the new pens, and compare them to my old ones...

....the scanner doesn't do the Spica pens justice, they are lovely in real life.   The Souffle's are nice for writing on dark paper, but I don't really dig the matte look of them - I tend to go over them with a gel or Spica marker.

If you're not a marker slut like me and had only one pen to buy, I'd definitely recommend a Sakura Gelly Roll set.   They write like a dream with a smooth, shiny glazed ink;  they last forever; and they will show up well over dark and light shades.  If you like a bit of bling, the Spica have the same benefits plus sparkle.

Have You Gluebooked?

Just did these for the Green Paper vintage gluebook swap.  I haven't glue-booked in a while, so it was fun to do - it's not my usual as there's not paint, no ink, etc.

I made eight - they only varied in the birds.    The quote is "Music is the poetry of the air".

If you've never checked out vintage gluebooking, you have to go see the Green Paper site - Lena has some lovely ones here as well.   I'm really looking forward to getting a book back, and seeing what others have done!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Scary Watercolors

I've done some messing around with watercolors the last few months - they intimidate me, for no good reason.   I'm not very picky about how things turn out - I tend to love whatever happens.   But still, I cower before them a little - crazy, huh?

I started with testing out all my favorite black pens for water-resistance....

Then made some samples of my watercolor supplies....

I did some of Alisa Burke's watercolor journal class, but life got busy somewhere in the middle and I didn't get too much of it done.    (No reflection on the class, she is a warm and interesting online teacher.)

My journal entries are okay, they really don't scan well though.....somehow the scanner just sucks all the delicacy and color out of watercolors.   If anyone knows how to adjust my scanner so they look right, leave a comment!

The background behind the flower is a lovely light blue, and it doesn't get picked up by the scanner at all.....

Oh well - at least they look nice in person!   

Anyway, don't be a scaredy-cat like me and get all nervous around watercolors - break them out and start playing!   They didn't bite at all  =)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Twinkling H2O's

The patient and talented Eva Dobilis taught a great class at Treasured Memories (our local scrapbook store) last week-end, exploring the absolutely gorgeous properties of Twinkling H2O's.

These are kind of watercolor versions of Tattered Angels - they are dry, but full of color and shimmer - you just spritz with water to play with them.    Eva was a great teacher, and each tag explored something different in working with the paints - very cool and educational!!  Plus, of course, I got a cute tag book out of it.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Art of Summer

Ahhh, I really enjoyed that last bit of summer; I hope you did too!  I did quite a bit of art, but didn't take the time to post it- I'll make up for it now that the back-to-school rush has subsided.

Here's today's art - a slightly tardy Summer Postcard swap for Lena Andrews.   If you're thinking of jumping into swaps, she always has one going, and makes it very easy.

How lovely is she?!  I've been working on my photoshop skills, so I used the swap to practice my layers - there was something like 12 in there.   The art is from Studio Tangie, and I feel a bit of a cheat not drawing and coloring it in myself.   But on the other hand, I supported a fellow artist by buying her png files, and the composition is all me.   It's hard to see on the scan, but I used Tsukneko shimmer spritz to give it a gorgeous ethereal sparkle, and Stickles on the blue dots for more bling.
(as always, click to enlarge)
The back is just a quick bit of Word and an old postcard graphic, pasted to the front because I worried that the cardstock alone was too floppy for the USPS machines.

I did a little quick mail art on the envelope for Lena.... only takes a couple of minutes, and I'm sure it's more fun for Lena to receive it decorated than a boring old manilla envelope.

Leave a comment if you receive this ~ it's so interesting to see where swaps land!