There is nothing I love more than going into an art store and being allowed to go a little nuts in there. Which is basically what I did today at Michael’s. It started with my just needing a few things: tracing paper, mixed media paper, a new sketchbook. Then it all went down hill from there as it so often does.
Here is my haul – or the fun stuff anyway:
Look at my new sketchbook!! Isn’t it just gorgeous? I usually like the black spiral bound sketchbooks, but I saw this and it was just so beautiful plus it was on sale and much cheaper than my usual sketchbooks. Except now I don’t want to do anything in here because it’s so beautiful
I also wanted to play around with some new markers for my bullet journal and decided to pick up a pack of this. I love that it has such a large variety of colours and it doesn’t bleed through my moleskin! Yay!
As you can see, they’re dual tipped which are always super handy and there is virtually no shadow at all, which is so perfect. Some of my other markers were bleeding through. I am very excited to introduce these to my bullet journal.
I also got a basic set of the Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens. I love how well they wrote and how it made the fading gradient on its own. I didn’t have to do anything. But I love the look and feel of them as I wrote with them.
The final marker set of markers I got was the Artist’s Loft Watercolour Dual Tip Markers. I tried to play around with it using my brand new watercolour pen and with the Tombow Blender Pen. The Artist’s Loft did not blend very well as you can see. It was pretty disappointing, so these ones I will be returning. I was, however, pleasantly surprised with how well the Tombows worked with the watercolour pen. It worked even better than with the blending pen.
The other thing I got that I was really excited about were the gelatos. I’ve heard so many things about them and seen so many projects and I had been meaning to get a pack to play with. These are the Faber Castell metallic gelatos. I was so excited to play with these, except I didn’t really know how!! So a quick search said I could blend with my fingers, as you can see in the blue. It is supposedly better if I use gesso on the page first, so I’ll need to pick some up. The other way to use it is like watercolour, which I did with the green and then I tried to mix the purple and the gold together. You can also stamp with them, but I don’t have any stamps, so I’ll save that for a different day. They are so pretty and so easy to work with, I can’t wait to further explore and play with these some more!
The other things I got were a few Copic markers and self hardening clay to play with, so I can’t wait to break those out. I have to learn how to use those Copic markers first! But I have a few things that I have in mind, so I’ll see how that goes.
It was a very productive shopping spree and I am so excited to play with everything and to start creating!