Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Luck be a lady!

There are so many giveaways happening from CHA... I'm trying my best to win something, but no dice so far.

But maybe some good karma will help - check out this giveaway for a line of holiday papers from Making Memories.

And they are doing more as CHA progresses. So check it out!

This is what I'd rather be doing this morning.

This is what I'd rather be doing this morning.
Originally uploaded by Skulleigh

Here you see the sketchbook that I use for an Art Journal, my zip bag full of pens and various ephemera and supplies, my chain of mini-Sharpies, and my box of watercolor pencils. These live in my purse and go pretty much everywhere I go.

I'm art obsessed lately, to the point where it's hard to concentrate at work because I want to be making art.

Everyday I can't wait to head home and go up into the craft studio. I'd love to find a winning lotto ticket that would let me do it everyday, all day!

And I have big envy right now - the Craft and Hobby Association is having their summer trade show, and I so want to be there! There are a lot of companies blogging and twittering from there, and it's making me jealous!

I'm watching for giveaway contests from there, and entering ones that sound appealing. Wish me luck!

What would you rather be doing today?

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Belle 8x8 Layout
Originally uploaded by Skulleigh

I created a scrapbook page last night, my first 8x8 layout (I usually do 12x12) which I quite liked - it's easy to fill up a single 8x8 page with a single picture. It's scraplifted partly from a layout idea on the Stampology package that the stamp squigglies came from, and the first challenge in the book 52 Scrapbooking Challenges.

Sometime soon I'll post some scans of the art journal I did while a TAM7 - I got some great autographs :) Penn & Teller, Michael Shermer, Phil Plait, and Brian Brushwood among them. I loved handing it to Penn Jillette and hearing him say "Oh wow!" at the drawing I did of their "&" symbol they use. :)

Friday, July 3, 2009

Watercolor Pencils & June Blythe Runway Entry

I've really gotten into using watercolor pencils in my art journal. I now have 3 different brands in various colors, so now I'm getting an idea of what I like in them.

I had Crayola watercolor pencils for awhile, and never really used them that much. I bought a set of Prismacolors, and since it didn't have any flesh shades, I picked up some Faber Castell Aquarelles since that's what I found available as single pencils.

I am really liking the Aquarelles, when you wet them, the pencil strokes really blend away easily, where I don't think the Prismacolors do as well. The Prisma's take a LOT more water to blend - even more than the cheapie kid-aimed Crayolas. I think that as I use up the Prismas, I'll replace the colors with equivalents in the Aquarelles.

Off the topic of pencils, here is my entry for the June Blythe Runway Challenge:

Araminta the Protestor

Everyone got the same two fabrics and had to try and use them evenly. Check out the rest of the entries at the group - there are some AMAZING entries there!