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Around Here: May 2022

Hey friends!  I'm a day late and a dollar short, as they say.  But here's the round-up for May 2022:

What's happening at home?

Our house is being painted!  Yay!

The painter thinks we're crazy with our colors -- purple and yellow.  But, it's a Victorian house and I think it can take a little bit of crazy.  

What's on your desk right now? everything a possible answer?

Here's a quick run down of the more interesting items on my desk:

  • Stencils: The one you can see is from the February 2022 release. But there are new stencils coming and I've been working on some videos about them!
  • Rolodex: I have been swatching all of my paints and mediums in a rolodex and I love this new system.  Instead of a million color charts spread across my sketchbooks, I have an easy centralized location for everything.  Yay!
  • MISTI: I've been using the MISTI stamp platform to create the packaging for earrings I'm planning to sell at the Watertown Arts Market this Summer.
  • Library Book: I take books out from my local library all the time.  If I love them, I buy them. If I don't, I feel glad that I got to experience them at absolutely no cost to me.  This week I have "Mark Making Through the Seasons" in my studio.
  • Wood Mounted Stamps: Even with hundreds of hand carved stamps, I still keep a collection of some treasured wood mounted stamps.  Most of them are alphabets or basic patterns.  But I love them and use them.
  • Acrylic Paint: My friend, Jenn, is selling her house and downsizing dramatically.  So she gave me all of her old acrylic paints.  Thank you, Jenn!  I've been swatching them and now I need to put them away.
  • Bullet Journal: I. Can't. Live. Without. My. Bullet. Journal.  There, I said it.  It's my other brain.  It's always near at hand.
  • Phone Mount for Recording Videos: I use an Arkon Pro Phone Mount and I have for years.  It's a great overhead camera mount.  I like it so much that I have two!

Your most recent Pin on Pinterest?

I actually have an entire pinterest board dedicated to pottery and this Jonathan Adler vase was too cool not to note.

Just when I think I've seen all the possible vases in the world, someone comes up with something totally new.  The human brain is amazing. 

A recommendation?

For the past few months, in response to lots of questions, I have been demo-ing different techniques for using Inktense Blocks during the Member Livestreams.

From printmaking to drawing, these highly pigmented blocks of color are easy to use and permanent on both paper and fabric.  They're also ideal for travel since you can use them almost like pan watercolors.  But, again, they're permanent once mixed with water.  They're magical.  Two thumbs up!

So, that's the scoop on life around here at the moment.  If you're a Monthly Member, the May personal and studio vlogs are up in the classroom. 

What's the difference between a personal vlog and a studio vlog? 

  • Personal vlogs have a lot of daily life stuff (lots of my son) and a bit of random art content.  They're pretty much like the old weekly vlogs you can still see on my YouTube channel. All Members have access to personal vlogs.  
  • Studio vlogs are art focused on a single art project or art-related topic.  Past studio vlogs include: behind-the-scenes of putting together an online class, a studio tour, a peek into my sketchbook, a look at a day in the studio, etc.  Maker Members & Super Learner Members have access to the studio vlogs.

Basically, if you like these "Around Here" posts, the vlogs are this content, but more of it, and in a video format.

Thanks for stopping by! 


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