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!!!

A RAW artist:

Once upon a time, I had an art show… an art show in April. “Why April sounds like a lovely month to have an art show, get all gussied up and shmooze with people all night” Ha, you have clearly not met me. I am notorious for crummy weather on show days. The mega snow storm of Dec ’10? Oh you dont remember when we got DUMPED on with 18 inches of fluffy cold stuff? yea, I had an art show. I went to it and it got canceled. YUP awesome. So back to the story… April, ah April… 8 inches of that white stuff, the night of my show. End of April too. What are the chances?!?! Anyways, as a bit of a makeup, since most people weren’t crazy and didn’t fair the questionable weather… We got to do it again. This time I chose August. No snow in August right? YAY it didnt happen. We had decent weather!

As an artist for one of the RAW shows, here’s the deal. its loud, its chaotic, its intense. Its for some people its not for others. Do I think I will get any extra sales or jobs as a result of my showing twice? Unfortunately not. BUT I made some nice sales, and the people who bought the pieces that sold really loved those pieces. And so did I- so for that I feel like it was successful. Obviously everything I make I love, since a bit of me goes into every piece, but I do have my favorites. Those are the pieces I get a little upset over, “why didn’t anyone pick you up and tell you how pretty you are?” or ” you really are my favorite. Maybe I should just take you out of inventory, and you can be a ME present.” hose pieces sold, and it made me happy that I was making others happy.

And a final moment. I was extremely happy with my table. It has grown and evolved from the sad table in the sun selling earrings (pathetic really, I think I only made sales out of pity) to what it is today. I had an iPad rolling thru some of my new and lovely photos of jewelry, yarn, and creations. I utilized displays and height in creative ways. I was very pleased overall. Thought I should share some of these photos from the show and of my booth. And of course I will let people know of th enext show I decide to do. 🙂

xo

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And now, after a bit of a break… a bit of a breather, a fresher look on life, summer and art, and a major plus of a new phone (that can magically post). Thank you technology!

I officially feel that was the longest title ever… Except for that one Fiona Apple album that no one would recite.
So a bunch of things have been happening, and a little bit of nothing too. I am learning and relearning you must back up your files! My hard drive crashed last week, I have lost all my photos and am contemplating spending the mucho bucks to see if they can recover the files. Eek. Where are my photos? Oh man I wish I knew. I’ve been making some really kickin pieces recently for my etsy shop and the gift shop and now I have nothing to show for it. Le sigh.

Spinning is still happening on a regular basis. I just got some alpaca fiber, the cria (baby)’s name is Ethan. I helped shear him last year. And he is oh so soft! AND a double Blue ribbon winner! 🙂    A nice and special project is underway with him!

Ethan and me!

@Rum River Alpacas

 

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I went to Michigan for work… Anyone (not from Michigan) heard of a Michigan left? Oh my god! You have to go north to go south! I drew many diagrams for people to understand. It’s some crazy stuff. Not a fan. For those who would like to know what a Michigan Left is, please click here. I have officially used enough hyperlinks this time. Thanks!

Demos at my work are still successful! Yay! Today I worked on Munny dolls. I made my foomi look like a mermaid! The hair looks awesome btw! I will definitely post some more pictures when it’s competed.

Foomi frontside

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Last week I worked on golden open acrylics. I am a big fan and made a 18×36 painting of a turtle. I apparently really like sea stuff right now. (I think it’s a sign I need to see the ocean soon) I usually crave bagels right before deciding on airfare since I only really eat them at airports.

Golden Open Acrylics 2013

Golden Open Acrylics
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Other than that, it’s been hot and I’ve been neglecting my studio since its so warm. Today finally cooled down so I plan on gettin my hoops out and playing outside tonight!

Hooping with "Jem" xo

 

A discovery this week

I made a major discovery this week. Fringe is a great show to watch while I spin my yarn. I can watch and focus on my fibers twisting and turning into awesomeness. I went thru the entire first season in a week. Yea I have been spinning alot, I know. I just finished up with a skein I am pretty much in love with and bought the other 4oz in the same color way because I enjoyed it so much. Its a lovely mix of browns, aqua, bright acid yellow and pinks. They way they moosh into lovely wonderful yarny goodness I just had to get another, and it has been determined a keeper for my own stash. I just got another shipment, and I really am loving the mix I got, but I keep going back to the same idea… I need to start dyeing my own fiber. This will happen, I know most likely this spring, once I get started on the outdoor space. Just to clear the air, as of the 27th of January, I have no serious intentions of getting my own sheep or alpaca, just in case some of you were worried! 🙂

I have been researching how much to charge for my yarn and once again, I hate pricing my stuff. I always sell far below what I should as far as time, quality and materials are concerned. The main thing is that I am happy creating, but I also need to recoup some of my spending to continue to make lovelies. Thoughts anyone?

I cant wait to post more fun later!

xo

I have new awesomeness to share!

 

Some of you might be wondering what is up with this new love of spinning, I shall explain… I bought a spinning wheel just after Christmas, a lovely Lendrum dt, that I have named Opal (I enjoy naming things). It has always been something I have been interested in, and I finally took the plunge! This is extremely exciting for me, I get to make the yarn that I plan to crochet pieces with now. YAY! A few super new samples I did. The one on the left, is my 6th skein I have ever done. I am getting more consistent with sizing and not over twisting it. I have a mild tendency to still go chunky or skinny every now and then because its fun to have crazy art yarn. Eventually I would like to sell it along with my other work, jewelry, and artwork either on my etsy site, or on a fully functioning me site. Cross your fingers, cuz I sense it will be awesome!

The second picture is actually my second skein, as you can see its a bit kinky, but its mine. I made it, and I am super proud. I really didnt care for the colors in the bag, but man o man, it looks awesome all spun up and in person! I have the weekend off so I plan on utilizing some of my “free time” with working on some new roving I picked up this week at my tunisian crochet class. Yes, I learned something new, and I enjoyed it. It is definitely something different than normal looking crochet, and my hands don’t have the stamina to continue the foreign motion. Im working on it! Practice, and taking breaks here and there are the key!

Skein # 6 has some lovely browns in it! Skein #2

My very first post!

Hello world!

This is my very first post, and a work in progress! I have a vision to make this site about fun art projects, product reviews, cute cats, hula hooping, yummy foodness (because lets face it, who doesn’t need another food blog?) awesome happenings in my life and a little section I like to call “Ask the Geek.” A chance where YOU, the artist can ask questions you just don’t know the answer to. Whether its what kind of glue to use, or what kind of medium to choose for a specific product. I do a ton of art stuff, and my job has to do with art stuff, and well, I am a geek, so I have to try to know it all (and my friends can tell you I know way more than most as far as supplies go). I can give suggestions, tips, and overall Do’s and Don’ts!

Please feel free to follow me on Pinterest, like my Kaleidoscope Kitty facebook page, and check out my etsy site, and most importantly, pass my name around!

On a celebration of a new hello- I should introduce you to a new skein of yarn I am working on. I purchased a spinning wheel right after the holiday season, and I have been spinning up a storm since. This one is my 4th ball I am working on, I feel much more confident in working with this, and am truly enjoying the new art of spinning.

Moods Superwash Yarn

xo