Saturday, May 12, 2018

Play with your art supplies

I found these really cool vintage art chalks and a watercolor set while
at the Brimfield Antique Flea Markets.  

The chalk is labeled lecturers' chalk crayons.  Barely used in the original box and luscious colors, you better believe I'm using them.  

Gorgeous colors reeled me in but how to use these chalks and not have them rub off?  

A simple wash of water over top and the chalk adheres a lot better to paper and I can always use a fixative if needed.  

lecturers' chalk crayons

The watercolors set came in this cool tin and again was barely used, swoon!    When swatching and making this color wheel I discovered wonderful and deeply pigmented paints.  

I'm fairly new to watercolor painting but these colors make me so happy!  


color wheel and swatches 

Have you ever used vintage art supplies?  

Playing with new/old supplies is a great way to enjoy and learn about their uses and properties.  

I like making color wheels as it gets me mixing custom colors more often.  

Go ahead and play with your supplies, it's lots of fun!


Friday, May 11, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018

Around Here-February Edition

Winter is the perfect time for puppy snuggles :)

And making art here in this funky Ikea chair.

Every sunny afternoon the sun casts sparkling spots all around the studio.

Bare trees against a blue sky, my current skylight view.

Working the exercises in this book.  I'll share more in my next post.

While Dad's desk has stuff on it, happily it's actually project ideas in process.  I love working in the different areas in my studio.  Feeling very fortunate and grateful lately.  

Typed a bit on Aunt Ruth's Olympia typewriter.  Great addition to this art tag.

Got my first Passport and planning some 2018 travel.

Cooking more from scratch foods.  This pizza was so delicious.  

Hope you enjoyed your time here.  


Monday, February 5, 2018

How to make cut flowers last

Hey all, with Valentine's Day coming soon, figured I'd pass along some tips for making cut flowers last.

This bouquet cost $4.99 from the grocery store, it's colorful and cheery and makes me smile.  And I can keep it looking lovely and new(for at least 2 weeks) by doing a few simple things.


grocery store bouquet

1. mix up the flower food(packet of white powder) with lukewarm water in a clean container with cover.

flower food

2. Trim all stems at least 1 inch and at an angle. 

3. Remove all leaves from cut end up about 6 inches.

            trimmed stems

4. Arrange the flowers in a vase and pour in 2 to 3 inches of flower food.  Don't fill it up, it's not necessary and it keeps the stems from getting slimy. 

5.  Be sure to watch water level in the vase, pull flowers out and if there's stuff in the bottom like this picture shows.  Rinse it out, trim another 1 to 2 inches off the stems and pour in 2 to 3 inches food.   

time to clean out vase

6.  Repeat the above steps and they will last a long time. 

7.  Enjoy!

macro shot

Remember that pretty vase of flowers isn't glued to the table, pick it up and move it around throughout the day(s).  It'll bring a cheery glow to dreary Winter days.  Peace  

Monday, January 29, 2018

this old desk

There is a beauty to old things or perhaps it's the familiarity with associated memories that brings a comfort level that is hard to explain.  

This desk was a gift from my father, a very talented woodworker and all around good guy.  It was my 17th birthday present and I am so grateful.  It's often buried beneath piles of papers and art supplies.  But I'm working on that. 

clean desktop

My intention this year is to keep it clutter free and actually use it.  Write with that vintage typewriter and make some stuff while sitting there with my sweet memories.

contact paper

Clearing out the drawers seemed like a good first step.  Wonder what Dad would think of this contact paper in the drawers?   I like them this way. 

Dad's mug

Surrounding myself with things from people I love is a great way to make a simple desk magical and maybe that magic will repel all the detritus that often finds its way here.  One can only hope.  Peace