#470


I have some great news! This week, I sold my first ever piece of art! It was a commission for a friend, and she was more than generous in her offer for my skills. I can’t show you the piece I sold, but I will show you what I bought.

My partner and I always agreed that any money I earn doing art should be invested into art supplies, and I certainly lived up to that. In hopes of future commissions, I bought a large pack of artist quality pencils, which will assist in furthering my art skills.

I put off buying expensive supplies, as I wanted to be sufficient enough to feel I’ve earned them. Selling the piece of art was my first set of proof to myself that I earned a level up in my supplies. I am still getting used to the high pigment and easy blending of the pencils, but it is certainly a nice change.

Along with the pencils, I recieved a free mandala colouring book. I usually wouldn’t use high quality pencils for colouring, but this book has thick, textured drawing paper, which was ideal to try my new pencils on while I was thinking of things to draw.

I also picked up some Canson drawing paper, for special pieces of art I want to do, a colourless blending stick, to go with the pencils, a potluck paper pack, two needle felting kits, and a grass growing kit for my cats. 

This journey towards being an artist that sells art been exciting, scary, happy and exhausting, but I am eager to keep going, even if I take it slowly. Art is my passion, I’m going to do it regardless of whether it takes me places.

I art, therefore, I am.

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#182

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Shopping day. I’m supposed to be saving for a new phone with a better camera, so I can blog better. I still spent a bit on on craft supplies.
Today I found card bases, in a paper pad style layout, but they are scored and patterned already. There’s 24 in a pack, called stack of cards, by cre8tiv.
I got some white card bases because I was running out as well as some cheap card stock.
I picked up some sequins to make more embellishments. There was rolls of honeycomb ribbon for really cheap, so I got four of them. That is the ribbon that looks like sequins have been punched out of.
Since getting my sewing machine, I couldn’t find my dressmaking pins, so I got a small pack, because knowing my luck, I’ll find all the others now. I got some small sewing needles while I was there.
I’ve been having fun covering kids money banks with all types of glittery things, so I got another one, which I’ll cover in blue sequins that I found in my stash.
In the cake section we saw tools that would work well for clay and embossing paper, but they were so expensive. We ended up finding the exact same thing in another shop for less than a tenth of the price.
I found some bezels, which I had been looking for, which would be nice to decorate and fill with resin.
My feet hurt. I should start shopping online 😛

Day #157

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Shopping day, Yay! Had a short time but a fun time out. At the craft store I bought some floating charms, a chocolate mould, a silicone baking mould and a Wilton fondant mold, all for crafting purposes. I got some more white card stock, some geisha doll fabric and a cheap magazine with next to nothing good but nice patterns and colours for cutting out. I got two magazines, one on digital painting and sculpture, and a card making magazine which I got for the cute Christmas ‘me to you’ stamps and paper. I then got some beautiful turquoise glitter paint, which is the bottom right picture. The picture looks more green than it is, since it looks like green glitter floating in blue. I also picked up some bottles with fine tips which are perfect for PVA glue, especially because I buy big bottles and use them to refill the little bottles.
In the craft store, we saw scrapbooking paper that was just brown paper with coloured designs, which would be so easy to make, as I have the same stamps as the design. I’ll have to make some presents this year so I can make my own wrapping paper.
I had some fun playing with clay in the fondant mould. It works really well with the polymer clay that I used, and these would look very nice on a box project that I’m working on.
I’m excited to used the ginger bread man moulds as the examples on the packet were so cute, showing a princess and monster. It got my creatives thinking.

Day #150

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Went shopping today…
A local art and craft shop is having a closing down sale. Even though they were over priced, rude at times and so disorganised that you couldn’t find anything, they did sell a lot of things that aren’t stocked in any other shops around me. They had so much variety in a tiny shop as well as a whole wall filled with jars of beads.
Not all the things I bought today were from there. I went to a bunch of cheap variety stores and looked for glitter and screw eyepins. I couldn’t find the screw eyepins that were really small, so I got some regular eyepins and strong glue. I was also looking for a metal hole punch, for punching through bottlecaps. I found one online or I’ll look at the hardware store.
I’ve found that in cheap nail decorating sets, you can get a bunch of tiny confetti, micro marbles, rhinestones or flat back pearls. It’ll be good to use them on the bottle caps.
I have been procrastinating my cleaning by crafting so I shouldn’t be doing anymore for the next couple of days…
Maybe on breaks. 🙂