Holiday Bustle, and SHOWS!

Its crunch time kids, less than 20 days to Christmas, am I ready for this? Not in the slightest!

A recap of November! Sales have been steady and crazy at i like you- (yay!). We had our annual holiday ornament show, and I made yarn ball ornaments for your knitty friends, and yarn kitties. OMG the cutest cat faces ever. Each one is special in its own way, and the faces… I mean purrsonality. Seriously, one of the funnest gifts I have ever made. I got to send one out to Colorado and one to Michigan through my etsy! My mission for tomorrow, make all the yarn kitties…. all of them! Army of Yarn Kitties!!!

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I have two shows this week. Art and Soul is Dec. 11th 4-9pm (6-9pm Adults only for opening party) I am planning on bringing my wheel for some demo time.
Dec. 12th 4-9pm Also bringing wheel, dependent on customer traffic on demo time.
Dec. 13th 12-5pm

I will have my gear there all three days but will only be able to attend the first two, B will be covering my booth on Saturday (12/13) since I had previously committed to another show at CoExhibitions from 10-6. If you are in town, please stop by one or both of them, I will have different items at both since I will be having 2 booths simultaneously, and the artists I get to sell with are really fabulous at both locations, I dont know which one I am more excited for! I am trying to keep it all together, I need sleep but I want to keep making all the fun things!

I still have no idea what I would like for Christmas, I keep asking B, hoping he will get me to think about something I would really really like, but I am kinda at a loss. I have been blessed this year with a whole new attitude, a new job that I love, a new creative side, I have no real needs. So this year’s Christmas will be just icing on the cake. 2015 is going to be even more amazing than 2014. AMAZINGER. yes, I said it.

xo

A Sprained Ankle, A Wedding, A Party, and a Mini-Moon

Well! What a crazy few weeks I have had. First let me confirm the rumors. Yes I got married. Woo! Those last couple weeks were kinda hard to keep under wraps, and under control, but I did it. Some people were surprised, and lots were very happy for us.
We’ll start this journey on the Monday before the wedding. Had to go get sa couple last minute wedding things all taken care of, and then a quick swoop down to Afternoon Printing to pick up our Hoop Twin Cities swag. We got tanks and track jackets and they look amazing. Afternoon Printing did such a nice job and worked so patiently with me to get exactly what we wanted, I had to give them a shout out. Thanks guys! Tuesday arrives, I close at the store, and B swoops me up to get to hoops with a little time to spare. We get to Lake Calhoun, have such a great turnout of hoopers, and everyone starts going thru the box of goodies. Which means, perfect time for some open air hooping. Since we have had some crazy wicked rainy weather, I have been stuck to the confines of my basement, unable to get some wide open hoop time. I jump right into the new combo I have been working on, which involves arm fold/wraps and jumping. Its a pretty sweet move, and I have been always super scared about jumping ever since I fell down the Metrodome stairs in my youth. Pretty traumatic. Nailing that move, over and over, and craaaack. Hoop goes flying, and I fall to the ground. NO nonononono. People ran to check out my hoop, the noise was so loud, they thought I broke my hoop. I wished that was the case. Are you kidding me? 2 days before my wedding? On our way to the hospital we go.

Hours later, oh yes, I also should let you know, I had to work on Wednesday, we find out that, yes, indeed, it is a sprain. How am I supposed to fit my fat foot in my super cute shoes? Wait, no, that means I have to start my jumping journey all over again. I cant hoop? Oh the sadness.

Our Friday wedding turned out lovely. the weather man was very off on all his predictions all week, and hoped he was off on this one too, I dont think I would be able to deal with a sprained ankle and a soaking wedding dress.

We started the morning off going to the farmers market to pick up flowers. I didnt really have anything in mind, I didnt know what kind of flowers they would be carrying, so I was open to awesomeness. Luckily I had borrowed a wheelchair for our 10 minute outing, I dont think that crutching around would have been good for anyone, and everyone kept telling me, “Stay off your foot”. We found some beautiful flowers, spent $60, and I got to feel like Miss America holding them all. Pretty awesome if you ask me. Got home and started to decorate. 20140705-121850-44330403.jpg

During my hair appointment, it started to rain. Man. Any rain at home? Nope! Woo! In the clear! Now time to get home and have a wedding. 🙂

Our photographer was Bethany from Aqua Fox Photography. She is amazing and who took our engagement photos. I am realizing not many people got to see those since we kept everything so quiet. Im a quiet girl sometimes. Sorry, it happens. I’ll post some of those later, they truly are beautiful.

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Awesome quick wedding, great weather, and PIZZA! All weddings should have pizza.

I said I was going to be that girl who got food on her wedding. Did not happen. I also was going to wear my beautiful shoes all night as well. Did not happen. We got a couple shots with them on. A 3 hour ordeal felt more like 20 mins, and I feel like I forgot some things, but oh well. It was never going to be perfect, just small, just fun.

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These are all items I made for the wedding, earrings, knotted pearl necklace, bracelet, and head piece.

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A little mini moon was next on the list. I didn’t want to call it a honeymoon, since I want to go somewhere warm in the cold months. 🙂 We went up to the Duluth area for a couple days. Perfect weather, still dealing with my sprain, and oh my god, the mosquitos. I guess it was good I was confined to not walking on it unless necessary because those skeeters were terrible. I am still dealing with the bites. On the plus I got lots of art in. I spun up two skeins (which I probably shouldnt since my wheel is double treadle) and drew a bunch.

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Last but not least, is the scarf project I am working on. Its working up so nicely, soon I will have the decision of Mine, Gift, or Sell. This is currently being worked on in Malabrigo Rastita. I am also dreaming of how my yarn would look with it. Yummy.

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Came home to happy kitties and a flowering yard, and birds! Oh the birds! I might have to learn about birding more to list all the birds we have been seeing this year. Its amazing. I type this as I look over to see a Blue Jay getting some snacks. My phone got weird with its camera a couple months back, so I have been limited on my photo capabilities, but I got a new one, and Im sure I will be posting all the beauties soon. I am on the mend. Fighting my ankle all the way. I will heal, hopefully sooner than later. Im not enjoying missing out on everything.

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Thanks for reading ! I know it was a long one!

A hula hoop challenge, springtime goodies and a SALE!

Hi all!

Hope everyone’s spring is coming along nicely. We have had some bouts here and there of good ol Mother Nature not being able to decide what she wants to do, but on those nice days, you better believe I am outside in my yard tending to my plants and playing with my hula hoops!

Been spinning up some beautiful fibers recently (I treated myself to some “instant stashes”) and bought some of Beesybee and Edgewood Garden Studios’ fiber. I love both of them and they treat me so well.

Hot Springs After washing Alpaca/ Silk blend

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Another thing I have been heavily involved with has been my stress reliever, my hula hoops. I joined a group on facebook called the Hoopign Game. The game goes like this, you make a post saying, “I’m IN!” and a random person picks a song for you to make a video to. You have 48 hours to complete it, and it has been SO ADDICTING!!!! I’ve made a handful of videos already and it is encouraging me to tape more of my practice. I can see what I want to work on, and know my progress better! If anyone is interested in my videos please check out my YouTube channel. Hooping Game Its been really fun and I look forward to new challenges.

I just got thru a string of demos. Inktense, Derwent Mania and Acrylic Mediums! Exciting, exhausting, I love teaching people. I was lucky enough to have a lively group that was responsive to my style, had great questions, and we all clicked very well. Those groups make my job so much easier, and fun! I am taking some demo time off in May, but will be back for another Inktense in June. Look for it the first week.

Again I want to thank you for taking the time to read my adventures, I have lots of things going on, work, personal, business, and other. It has been difficult to find time to write about my happenings. I have many things ready to go in the fire, I might need another stove…. be prepared, things are going to get awesomer.

 

I should make a quick note and say I am having a little sale at my ETSY shop! “IHEARTMOM” gets 15% off anything in my shop! (YES, that includes yarn this time!!!) That special will go until May 4th- so tell your friends!

 

xoxo

christine

A brief hiatus, and new ventures!

Hello all! It has sure been a interesting Winter. I realize I haven’t been very good with keeping up with my blog, and I promise I will be doing better. So, if you don’t mind… A little recap of whats been going on.

In January, I received the unfortunate news that the awesome gallery I had my stuff at was closing. The economy stinks, and the sales weren’t there at that location to keep it going. I was surely bummed, something I feel hinders my sales pitch now, saying, “No, I don’t have my stuff anywhere right now…” So a happy Spring goal of mine is to find another shop to carry my wears. Are you interested? 😉

February was a swift and crazy month. Many of you don’t know all my hobbies and talents. (I am giving into my dislike for the word talent, and am going to go with it for once. Most people do not do what I do, and I have skills, and owning all of them is a talent. ) Not only do I make jewelry, draw, paint, and fire dance, I also am an avid hula hooper. Yes, hula hooping. And cats. There are always cats around. (3 currently in a pile on my lap as I type…) Anyways, yes I hula hoop. Its amazing and fun, and creative, and the group I belong to, Hoop Twin Cities, invited one of my most favorite- est hoopers to do a one day class with us, all the way from Oakland, CA, Tiana Zoumer.

First and foremost. youtube this chick. She is amazing, and will blow your mind. Not only was she encouraging and fun to have in class, she was positive, and enlightening and beautiful outside her hoop as well. We had dinners, and laughs, and talked hoops. Total geek out weekend. Our class on Saturday was extremely fun with about 20 beautifully skilled hoopers taking a 3 hour intensive on punctuation and body rolls. Afterward, the majority of us went out for drinks, and food. 15 girls, 2 tables, one very patient waiter, and we are all twittering about this move , that move, how we fell in love with hooping, hoop mamas, and what kinda music we get our jam on to. Its not much of a secret, but my jams are typically pop music, nsync, bsb…, its embarrassing, but you know the beats, you know the words, and because the songs are ridiculous, you can have tons of fun. (my hoop jams are fairly different to my normal hangout music, so its fun to see what people respond to. I respond to that… ) The evening ended at one of the hooper’s houses, with a lyra on her porch, and hoopers in the living room dancing with a solo mini. An enlightening evening for sure, and discovering I need more of it in my life. We also had a afternoon jam that Sunday, reminding us that even though we are tired, we still want more. I was a sponge that weekend.

February also brought some very cold days to the Minnesota folk, and a couple dumpings of snow. Yes, talking of the weather is small talk, but in Minnesota it isn’t. Here, it is life, and we have to share our experiences to find oneness in another. A way to alleviate the pain of this harsh, cruel winter. We all are hopeful of a quick spring, some more than others. To my disappointment, February brought little by way of fulfilling creativity. Don’t get me wrong, I had moments of creative bursting energy, but it wasn’t as continuous as it normally flows. March will be better.

A recap of February:

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I tried my hand at core-spun.

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I celebrated a meeting.

 

 

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I started painting Silk Scarves (soon to be in the shop), and had another rockin Derwent Inktense demo.

 

 

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Hula hooped at the halftime show for the roller derby.

 

 

 

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Met this lady. (Its TIANA!!!)

 

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Hoop Twin Cities Co-Organizers!

 

 

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Class picture!

 

 

 

May your March rock more than February. I’m looking forward to mine (its my birthday month!)

xo

 

 

 

Oh tes. And, I made a hoop video for all to see! Its not great, but its great on progress!!! <3

New year, new possibilities!

Wow, January is sure flying by! I have been a bit more quiet as of late, I can’t keep up with it all. Work, friends, home projects. My work life is still continuing busy. I like being busy, if you arent busy, you get bored. I finalized a demo schedule for my staff to work on and I have 2 (yes 2!) demos in February. Inktense IS on that schedule, so get excited. I sure am! I think for March I will be doing some more on Acrylics again, getting back to my roots. Either way, I am pumped for teaching!

The home is ever changing, got new carpet in the office, where I am writing this note, and downstairs in the basement. I haven’t spent much time downstairs since the flooding in June, it was pretty sad and in disarray. Now, I have new carpet, and shelving. And decorating… oh the decorating! Next will be paint!

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Like all new things they take time, so I am trying to be patient. Because patience makes awesome.

Oh yes, speaking of new!!! I bought my computer! I am now typing on Jazz, my new iMac. For those of you who do not know, Jazz is a type of apple… 🙂 I can be clever every now and then.

 

 

Having a real Saturday off and not having to do anything really confuses my body. I want to sleep all day and stay up til weird hours doing nothing like reading about celebrities. Yup, I can be that person. I was determined to get some etsy work done. I was pleasantly surprised that my new computer has a nice photo editing software, and was mildly easy to manipulate and size. Then comes the descriptions…  I so far have 7 posts completed. I will call that one a WIN.

Check out some of the pretties I posted today!

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1 Fancy Jasper Bracelet

2 Swarovski and Pearl Bracelet

3 Swarovski Bracelet

4 Spessartite Bracelet

5 Spiral Bracelet

6 Aventurine Necklace

7 Garnet Bracelet

 

 

I am still plugging along on my bobble stitch scarf, its getting long!!! I am regretting not weaving in the ends as I change colors, for a couple reasons, one, it looks messy, people see it as I work on it and go, “ooh whats that?” and then see it and kinda step away in horror. 2) finishing the piece will be that much harder because when I am done, I am done. Taking the extra time to frame something or put a coat of varnish on (something I ALWAYS do by the way) I hate it, well, no I should revise that statement, I do not take enjoyment in doing it. It feels very chore-y and annoying. Maybe I can work on that.

Anyways, keeping on! Thanks for reading

xoxo

New Year, New You, New Projects from Kaleidoscope Kitty

First, let me start this post off with a Happy New Year! May your past be behind you, your future be bright, and 2014 bring much splendor to your life!

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season. As much as I love the holidays, it wore me out a bit more than usual. I kept busy with my normal projects, but the combo of the weather (crappy) and retail, and holiday stressors got me a bit down. It happens, its over, I am done with it. Instead of worrying about those things, I am throwing myself into new projects.
1) I started a lovely tunisian stitch cowl done in Malabrigo Rasta. It is so thick, I can only do a couple rows at a time, or my hands start cramping up. Its real attention getter on the bus though, since its not a stitch normally seen, I catch people all the time hovering over and trying to take a peek. Its ok! You can ask. 🙂

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2) My neck gets cold at work… In enters the new neckwarmer (yarn by Freia, I love this stuff)

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3) The Bobble Stitch. I have always been fascinated by intricate stitches. Since my learning was off books and not by a family member, there is always a different gap in learning. I am envious of thosse who can freeform crochet at the drop of a hat, and often wonder why my mind wont take me there. One of my conclusions is that I dont know enough “weird” stitches. The bobble, popcorn, bullion, stuff like that. It also could be that my mind doesnt think on that level, but I am not giving up on learning yet. SO last year I learned tunisian. It is not the kind of stitch you can really throw into a freeform project (or so I think) and 2 days before new year I decided I could learn one more.
This scarf has a couple delicious handdyed yarns to it. One is Madelinetosh, another is Sonoma, and the third is Ella Rae. The Ella Ray is a tiny bit larger of a yarn and where it might bother me in other projects, I am enjoying the extra textures quite a bit right now.

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4) Super Secret Spinning Wheel Project. I have been holding onto this lovely Alpaca roving for many months, waiting for the right time to start playing with it. My holiday gifts are done and I have decided that January is time for me. I have 1lb 7oz of Cria fiber (cria means baby) to work on spinning. I started it the other night. Its so soft, its hard to describe spinning with it. Maybe like spinning little wispy clouds. Yes! wispy clouds. Anyway it is beautiful and I cant wait to continue sharing this journey of fiber.

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December 22 had a lovely booth- I realized now I haven’t shared it. My booth is ever changing, sometimes dependent on the venue, sometimes on the product I am bringing. My show at BE Coterie had a bit of it all and I look forward to coming back and vending my wares again.

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Christmas brought me a very artsy holiday. I received the 72 count set of Inktense Blocks- Which will expand my demonstrating capabilities even more. I got one whole pound of roving for me to work on dying. It is superwash and has silk and silver in it. GORGEOUS. A gift card to my favorite yarn shop went very fast on Sunday, and I got the full set of the symfonie hooks that I like so much. Art holidays are the best aren’t they?

My New Years Eve was spent having delicious filet mignons and watching 200 Cigarettes. It is my New Years tradition, I have to watch it every year. Its my favorite. So if anyone wants a quick synopsis, they smoke a lot of cigarettes on NYE 1981, a whole lot of awesome people are in it, and they swear, more than I remember. The music is good. Its just a cute movie.

I don’t make resolutions. I make mini goals and demolish them. Every year I have to learn something new. Every year I want to be more successful with Kaleidoscope Kitty and my art. This year I made great strides in getting my brand more well known. I started my little blog, which I am enjoying very much, and is getting better and better with each bit of info I am learning about WordPress (prepare for big things, my friends) . I made my first international sale with my yarn. I shipped yarns from Utah to Maryland. Jewelry from California to Pennsylvania. Overall, I feel that is a good year. I dream of a day I can see people walking down the street wearing my designs, or a show where I can sell out an entire basket of OOAK yarns. Workshops that people clamor for (workshops are coming btw). I know I am meant for art and it is meant for me, I am still working on getting there.

Look out 2014- this is going to be a big one! <3

I’d love to hear some of your thoughts on resolutions, do you make them, how often they are kept. What crazy projects you are up to fresh into the new year. <3
xoxo

Holiday Deals from Kaleidoscope Kitty!

Happy Saturday! I am starting my holiday deals a bit earlier this year!
On my etsy shop– enter “GIFTGIVING” at checkout to receive 20% off!

Note this discount does not apply to my handspun yarn. The time that it takes for me to spin, ply, set, and tag is more a labor of love than a major money maker. (I spend at least 4 hours with each skein, many on the upwards of 6-8 hours. If we do the math, how much I sell my yarn for, and minus the roving cost, my wage can sometimes be as low as $2- $3/ hour)
Due to those circumstances, I am doing a different offer for all handspun yarn purchases! At checkout, in notes to buyer- enter “holidaylove” and I will send you a special thank you- a pair of Sterling Silver and stone earrings (normally $15-20) for free. My way of thanking you for buying my handspun and your support.

Please let me know if you need help with etsy- I am happy to help!

On a side note, I am trying to figure out a day I can host an open house for my local buyers, but my retail schedule is proving to be a challenge. Until then, if you would like a private visit, please let me know.

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NaNoBloMo Day one- ish and a recipe!

Ok, so its November. Happy November. I had an unfortunately lame halloween but on the good side…we still don’t have snow. So that is a happy moment. Ben is getting busy for a November challenge for writing music and I am super excited for him to work on his goal He is very goal oriented, and when he has one, he always seems to succeed at it. Me, I get close, real close but many times I get distracted by other things. (That “I have A.D.D joke – ooh shiny!” was truly written about me.) But I will try this one. Apparently not only is it a music writers month, but also a national writers month as well. Along with those, I was also notified it was a blogging month. One blog a day for November. Can I do this? I think I can. Since I didn’t know about it until now, I don’t want to fully disqualify myself from it so I will make 2 blogs on two different days to cover from me starting on November 3rd. Maybe a few followers will help. I found one of my blogs was reblogged on Tumblr and I got super excited! People do read these things!

A quick recap. On Friday, I worked, and made some cards with some nice ladies, we pushed past our comfortability zone and I had them try some new techniques and played a bit. I felt everyone enjoyed their card making experiences. I went with a Dia de Los Muertos theme- I don’t know how much people give cards for that celebration, but I liked what I worked on.

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Saturday I had off but came into work for a demo on Inktense. It went great! I had at least 20 people watch, and learn and remind me I am doing what I am meant to do. I just have to figure out how to do it. A gentleman was turning 77 next week and he told me I have inspired him to do art. THAT is WHAT I WANT TO HEAR! I welled up from his praise- I want people to be inspired. The demo taught me a few things as well that the internet world is lacking… A proper demo of the amazingness of these pencils. In the near future, once I am done with my trunk show, and possibly my other holiday gifts, I want to sit down with Imovie, and start making time-lapse paintings of how amazing inktense can be. Two hours can be really intense to sit and work and chat thru the whole time but a video would be so amazing. So that is another goal of mine.
Ran home for crocktoberfest- what a fun night! delicious foods, friends and games. We tried Ladies and Gentleman for the first time. It was a fun game and I think with the right crowd it would be really fun, but the startup is slow and the rules feel long. so only about half of the table as into that one, we will play it again and it will be amazing. We got to make my favorite crockpot sandwich stuff Sweet chili Chicken!
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Sweet Chili Chicken

1 1/2 frozen chicken Breasts
1 bottle of Franks Red Hot – Sweet Chili Sauce
1 dry packet of Hidden Valley Ranch

Put the frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot, cover with sweet chili sauce. Cook on Low for 6 hours. Pull out the chicken, shred with two forks, put back in crockpot. Add dry Ranch packet and cook for another hour or so. This can cook for longer, but the sauce will reduce more, and could potentially burn on the sides.

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Serve on toasted buns- I prefer Kaiser Rolls and some shredded cheese. The extra ranch or buffalo sauce is optional depending on your tastes.

Another variation- the pinterest recipe we originally pulled it from had Franks Hot Sauce instead of the Sweet Chili. As someone who doesn’t care for the hot part, this was far too hot for my tastes. And I also felt it was more hot than flavorful, and the sweet chili is perfect. Bit please try your own and see what works best for you.

Oh yes, and I am one who does not like leftovers, I LOVE THESE AS LEFTOVERS. I call this a win! Its SOOOOOO GOOD!
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I did do some super productive things this weekend though that made me feel pretty good.
I woke up with a crazy idea to move furniture around, to help organize my spinning area. It can get a bit out of sorts and I need as much organization in it as possible. I woke up, dwelled on it all day, came home and BAM! Took care of it myself, no shopping trip to ikea or target for me! Yeah! Hind sight would tell me to measure first. I just lucked out enough with it fitting in the closet perfectly.

I nailed another shopping day out of the park. Last week I figured I would have to go to 4 different stores to get what I wanted. I got everything in one store. Today was the same. Found exactly what I was looking for, it fit, I felt amazing in it. Ring me up lady, I am outta here! Next is shoe shopping!

After the first of the year I also will be working on a new facet of my shop. Bridal fascinators. I just like fascinators in general, and I am thinking, put a pretty russian tulle with some handspun handmade flowers, and a little bling? OOOH that just sounds delicious.

Until next time!
xo

A moment of drawing for a change of pace

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As I have wrote about my demonstrating skills in the past, I thought I should share some of my pieces I like to work on.

I am a HUGE fan of Inktense pencils by Derwent. I have been working with them now for over 7 years. And have been demoing their awesomeness for over 6. They are a colored pencil, much like watercolor watercolor pencils, but instead it has an ink core, which makes them permanent once wet and dried! For someone who is interested in drawing, but wants a nice pop of color this is a great place to go. Watercolorists enjoy them due to their travelability (I paint while I fly, and super easy to use in cars or hiking). There are no other pencils I know of that do what these pencils do. So please try them! AND for you fabric gods and goddesses out there… YOU CAN USE THEM ON FABRIC! Has your mind been blown yet? Because mine was when I heard that!

*On a side note, when you get them, please make sure to get my favorite three colors, Sienna Gold, Dark Aquamarine, and Green Aquamarine, you will not regret it and they are also not in the 12 or 24 set of colors. Sienna Gold DOES come in the 36 but the two essential aquamarines are not.

When I found these at the art store I was working at, My interest was piqued. Color, watercolor painting AND permanence? I had to have them. At that time they were only making them in a 12 and 24, so I bought the 24, but once they started making the 36 and 72, I had to buy all of them individually. Sad. (hint on these guys, you will most likely love them, so taking the plunge and buying the whole set is highly recommended.) Every now and then it is OK to be a little reckless and impulsive. Now is one of those times. And another suggestion, they just make fantastic pencils, highly recommended in general.

These pencils are so amazing, and have changed my life and artwork immensely. I feel it is only right to finally start selling some of the pieces I create during my demos. Get my stuff out there more, and let other people enjoy what I enjoy at home. Im sure they get lonely in my portfolio.

And on a side note. If Derwent ever sees my little blog and would like me to work for them as an artist for the US, demoing and whatnot, the answer is YES. Contact me. Oh my god CONTACT ME! (yeah its a dream of mine to be an artist for Derwent, I only own like everything they make.)

Ok, now to pictures!!!

 

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And very shortly to ETSY!!!