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Update the Quest -- Pens & Markers

Started by Susan Jane Ankeney in Pens, Markers, Pencils. Last reply by Michelle Oyer 1 hour ago. 13 Replies

There are always new pens and markers coming out on the market, so maybe it's time to revisit this topic. What are you loving now? Please include a link or screen capture -- artists are visual people after all.Continue

Painful downsizing

Started by Susan Jane Ankeney in Everything Else. Last reply by Kathy on Thursday. 1 Reply

Another give away! Derwent Inktense Blocks. I don't know. They just didn't thrill me. I prefer watercolor crayons with the paper wrappers. Set of 36. Most not used at all. I can mail this week otherwise they get donated along with a ton of other art supplies. I'm going from one 10x10 bedroom and one 10x15 studio to a combined 10x15. Painful. PM me here and give me your address.Continue

UPS

Started by Lynn E Ruiz in Everything Else. Last reply by Susan Jane Ankeney on Monday. 3 Replies

I am like Pavlov's Dogs...I see a UPS man, and I start getting excited, and salivating! When I get notifications on my phone that my paintbrushes, or molekine, or paints have been delivered to my house, and I just start WAGGING my tail!!!! I just got one now....and I am so excited! Its disgusting, but I don't care...because I LOVE creating ART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yippee!!!!Can you guess…Continue

Sealing Ink Jet Prints

Started by Kathy in Everything Else. Last reply by Kathy Aug 27. 6 Replies

I have used Krylon acrylic sealer over ink jet photos before and has worked very well.  No drip marks no splotching.  My questions are (1) Would a layer or two of matte medium over the sealer (once completely dry) be compatible and, if so (2) would one coat of the spray sealer be enough so that brushing on matte medium would not smear the ink jet.  I was hoping it would work so as to not have to spray several layers of the sealer.Thanks!Continue

I have a silly Question...

Started by Lynn E Ruiz in Journals and all Things Paper. Last reply by ComfortableShoes Aug 19. 9 Replies

I started using the moleskine for my mixed media. I put masking tape in the crease so the media doesnt seep to the rest of the book. Then, I gesso, not too thick. I finish my spread, and its all good. But, then...after a few days to a week, I open to that page, and there is inevitably a spot or two where the media kind of...cracks ,or separates....I am not heavy handed with the paint or other mediums, but this always happens, and it makes me feel deflated about the piece. Especially when it is…Continue

Spray Acrylics...

Started by Lynn E Ruiz in All Things Paint. Last reply by Kathy Aug 12. 15 Replies

Ok, so...I have absolutely NO ONE that can share my enthusiasm about being so excited when I find new art products, etc. I have been making my own acrylic sprays , and they work....but they are continually either clogging, or spraying streams in opposite directions (funny, but not)!!! So, I bought a few DecoArt spray acrylics....O....M.....G....!!! I am in love with them! The "turquoise" is darker than I thought, but my new "favorite" ! It is GORGEOUS!!!! Anyway, I am at work right now. All I…Continue

I've heard good things

Started by Michelle Louden in Introductions. Last reply by Michelle Louden Aug 11. 22 Replies

I started art journaling about a month ago as a way to focus my thoughts for songwriting.  I'm not really an artist so much as I really just like to lose myself in an activity where I don't have to think about anything at all. I have an abuse history, so sarcasm anger, hopelessness and sadness often come out on the pages. I don't really aim to make stuff that's beautiful (not yet anyway), I'm bad at drawing and I don't know how to paint. I enjoy making stuff that's silly, absurd or twisted. My…Continue

Trying something new.

Started by Amaranth in Introductions. Last reply by Susan Jane Ankeney Aug 8. 4 Replies

Hi all! I've been doing something crafty for the last 8 years, but only went arty about 1.5 years ago. I mainly use Copic markers but have just bought a Pocket Watercolour Moleskine and am about to try some watercolour art journaling. If all else fails, I might make a blending journal especially for my marker art. I hope to learn lots of cool stuff here and maybe try some different techniques! Continue

Like minds

Started by Melina Grey in Introductions. Last reply by Susan Jane Ankeney Aug 2. 15 Replies

Hello. I'm glad to be accepted into this forum specifically about art journaling. My main reason for coming here is because I have no friends or family or work colleagues who have any clue about art journaling and I'm tired of feeling like a freak show amidst all the 'normals'. Wanted to find like minded creatives who understood my passion for a, time alone b, drawing stuff c, putting thoughts on to paper and d, the joy of watching lines and shapes evolve and fill with meaning.Best wishes to…Continue

What are you working on right now?

Started by Susan Jane Ankeney in Everything Else. Last reply by Susan Jane Ankeney Jul 18. 5 Replies

What projects are you working on in your journals? Share with us! Whether its a type of journal, new technique or medium, or anything else. Post pictures if you want. This might be a place to announce your next project and get some encouragement. The creative process can be lonely for some of us, so here's an opportunity to talk about your artwork.Continue

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Michelle Oyer replied to Susan Jane Ankeney's discussion Update the Quest -- Pens & Markers
"omg I would love love love to take those off of your hands!! How much would you like for them? Email me at michelleoyer81@gmail.com please!!"
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Kathy replied to Susan Jane Ankeney's discussion Painful downsizing
"That does sound painful.  Best of luck with it all. "
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"Copic's mailed today -- going to a new home on the other side of the continent! Hope you enjoy them!!!"
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Painful downsizing

Another give away! Derwent Inktense Blocks. I don't know. They just didn't thrill me. I prefer watercolor crayons with the paper wrappers. Set of 36. Most not used at all. I can mail this week otherwise they get donated along with a ton of other art supplies. I'm going from one 10x10 bedroom and one 10x15 studio to a combined 10x15. Painful. PM me here and give me your address.See More
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