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I took the day off on Monday to go to Hobby Lobby (once I discovered it’s been open during quarantine!) and I’ve never spent so much money at an art store before. It felt really good (which says something about me—I‘m such a consumer!).


Hobby Lobby is a dream. There is so much to look at and so many directions you can go! I was seriously considering trying out polymer clay, but I refrained (really, I don't have TIME for all the hobbies!).


Here's an overview of my haul:

Err, I'm not sure how it ended up so disorganized! Clearly I could've utilized the space in that cart better :)


If you'd like the nitty gritty, here's the full list!


"Wearable Art"

  1. Canvas zipper pouches

  2. Canvas backpack (not pictured)

  3. Canvas tote bag

  4. Plain t-shirt

  5. Baby onesies

  6. They named these "creepers"...I DO NOT like that name!

Random Goods

  1. Nesting side tables with paint stroke design (see picture of cart above)

  2. My sister persuaded me to get these for our living room--it's coming together nicely!

  3. Wood dowels

  4. using them for my art shelf.

  5. Scrub brush (see photo below--love that sage green!)

  6. Spray paint

  7. used for a bathroom mirror (hunter green!)


Art Materials

  1. 8x10, 2x4 canvas/panels

  2. For oil painting experiments.

  3. 8x10, 11x14, 14x18 watercolor canvas panels

  4. I just discovered these--I hope they work well for hanging up on the wall. I'll let you know what I think!

  5. Fabric paint brushes

  6. These brushes are sturdier than watercolor and can handle thicker paint better.

  7. Detail brush set

  8. Multi-purpose brush set

  9. Odorless paint thinner (thanks Kari for the recommendation!)

  10. Fabric paint

  11. I picked out some spring colors for my up-and-coming hand-painted accessories.


Ahhh I'm feeling so inspired (and kinda overwhelmed with possibilities)! I've already painted on a few zipper pouches and LOVE the results. I'm going to put the finished products in Rusty Glamour, and hopefully Etsy.


One thing for sure--people have been crafting so much during the quarantine! See, there are some silver linings to our current situation :)


Hang in there!

Caroline

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Hello there! I'm back after a long break. Moving, pandemics, and LOTS of custom paintings have kept me away. (Side note: living in the country is so peaceful.) Not that I'm complaining--life has simultaneously slowed down and sped up and I'm trying to take it in stride!


Now on to the fun part: oil painting.


I finally got the courage to try this intimidating medium (round two!). I've always wondered why I never got to try it out in school--sure we used oil pastels but those can't compare! It's like saying watercolor pencils are the same thing as watercolor paint.


My only thought on the lack of oil painting in school--strong chemicals. Turpentine and oil paint smell bad. I've been using them out-of-doors and good thing! It wouldn't be a good idea to fill my room with that odor.


Last time I used oil paint was almost THREE years ago. Here was the result:

I struggled with this tiny thing! Also, why didn't I paint a color as the background? Well, I didn't know what paint thinner was, apparently. Or patience for that matter--there are now some smears on the painting that were NOT intentional. I do like the texture of this though!


I'm a big fan of Janet Hill's oil paintings. She's my #1 inspiration because she combines illustration & oil paint so well and it's not fussy at all. I'm thinking I might have to order a print from her Etsy shop.


More inspiration:

My view is amazing! I sat in this li'l gazebo at my house and listened to the pouring rain and it was such an idyllic moment.

Also here are the strawberry plants growing out back--they look so healthy & I can't wait to eat the fresh berries.


This blog post is going down a gardening tangent--something else I'm super excited about. I'll have to share more later on the projects I've got going on :)


Hope you're hanging in there! I've been trying to avoid the news and spend time outside each day. It helps my mental health quite a bit.


Take care!

Caroline

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Hello there!


I thought it might be helpful & interesting to you art folks to know what kind of art supplies I use. Over the years I've tried quite a few brands of art supplies and these are the ones I'm currently loving. Most of the links here are to my Amazon recommendation list.


Watercolor

St. Petersburg White Nights Watercolor

I debated for a whole YEAR before purchasing this paint set. When I seen how rich the watercolors were I was impressed. They also have 36 colors in this set and it comes with a swatch card--this is something I really appreciated! The quality and amount of paint you get is phenomenal for the price.


Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Set

I used this set for three years before upgrading to the SPWN set. They are good to start out with, especially if you're wanting pans of paint instead of tubes (personal preference--I like pans since there is less set-up/clean up). I remember feeling so professional when I bought the set; before I'd been using tube paint (probably Reeves) and it was an upgrade :) The pigments aren't quite as rich as the SPWN but they're a good starting place.


Gouache

Winsor & Newton Gouache

Gouache (pronounced "gwash) is a medium that combines the best of watercolor and acrylic (in my opinion!). It can be used like watercolor to layer light to dark and can also be re-moistened. I love that it can also be used like acrylic to add lighter details to dark backgrounds. The W&N variety is so creamy and smooth--I'd recommend any artist to give it a try! I've also tried the Holbein brand, which is good.


Watercolor Paper

Hot Press Watercolor Paper

I didn't know hot press paper existed until learning about it from Inslee Fariss or Katie Rodgers (Paper Fashion). The SMOOTH paper is amazing for illustrators. Since I scan and edit a lot of my paintings with Photoshop I like getting a clean scan without any texture. Regular watercolor paper, which has visible grooves, can't achieve that effect as well as hot press paper. I use Fabriano Hot Press Paper, which is a decent quality. It isn't 100% cotton, so that may affect the way it behaves, but the price on Amazon is too good to pass up. If you're wanting top-of-the-line hot press paper, Arches is the way to go.


Cold Press Watercolor Paper

I'm not picky about cold press paper since it's not something I use regularly. Canson watercolor pads work well and are available at most Walmart stores for a fair price.


Paint Brushes

I've heard other artists say "invest in high quality paint before brushes", which I 100% agree with. I've used student-quality brushes for a long time and still enjoy them. Expensive brushes can be worrisome if you forget to clean them regularly--which is something I'm guilty of :) I'm currently using brushes from the Master's Touch brand at Hobby Lobby.


If you do a lot of painting on the go, do yourself a favor and purchase some Pentel Aquash Brushes.


Pencils

I use traditional & mechanical pencils for sketching. Mechanical pencils (PaperMate and Pentel) are great for small details and precise work (and no sharpening!). I like traditional pencils with a softer lead (4B-6B) for loose sketching. Basically any store sells pencils. Don't be picky; just start sketching, please :)


Pens

Micron pens by Sakura are my personal favorite. They are bleed-resistant and are great for drawing tiny details. I've found they are available in most craft stores, which is helpful if your ink runs out (which it will if you use these daily!).


Erasers

Kneaded rubber erasers are great for erasing small areas since you can mold it into a different shape. ArtGum erasers work well for erasing big areas; they're heavy duty and can remove dark marks as well.


Misc Supplies

Blotting towels

Nothing fancy here! I use old dish towels for blotting my brushes and cleaning up spills (oops!). Bonus: paint stains on the towels make cool designs.


Water Cup

I love these two cups I got from Target in the dollar section--cute polka dots! They look a bit sad now but they work just fine :) Make sure to try keep a "dirty" and "clean" cup--you won't have to change your water so often.


Mister

Wetting your watercolor paints before you begin painting helps save your brushes from wear & tear. I'm using an old face mist bottle from TJ Maxx.


Syringe

Same concept as the mister--pre-wets your paint and keeps your palette damp.


Brush Cleaner

"The Masters" brush cleaner is wonderful for cleaning brushes that are paint filled & stained. This li'l jar has lasted me for three plus years!


Magic eraser


This is the most random item on the list! If you make a mistake (like a BIG mistake) and you're at your wits end, try using a magic eraser on that area before tossing the painting out! Simply dampen the magic eraser and use it to blot away paint layers. It will take away some of the paint and give you a second chance--thanks random YouTube video I found when I was desperate for a solution :)


Hope this helps anyone who is feeling a bit lost and overwhelmed with the many art products out there! Let me know of your recommendations in the comments :)




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