Current Five Favorite Tools

So I’ve been working on my 365 project for about 2 months. I finally feel like I’m getting in the groove with it. When I sit down to create, I already have a small store of ideas to pull from so I can start creating immediately. Something I have noticed over this time, is I’m reaching for the same tools repeatedly. And sometimes they are tools I don’t use that often. I thought it would be fun to share those with you today! 

 

UHU Stic-

I’ll be honest- I have a love/hate relationship with this thing. It is so hard to open sometimes. At times it seems to stick really well and other times it doesn’t. However, I’m determined to use up my vast collection of supplies for this project before buying anything new. That means using this glue stick as well. What I have noticed, is the more heavily I apply it, the better it works. Who knew? ;) That has been my approach with it and now I’m loving it a bit more than I’m hating it.

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Brayer-

This is another tool that I don’t use that often or at least not how I find myself using it lately. I love this tool for layering paint or with my Gelli Plate. But lately, I’ve been using it to smoosh layers together that have been glued, usually with the UHU stic. I think that is another reason I’m hating that glue stick a little less. To make each card feel hefty enough, I’m gluing a sheet of card stock to back of them. I’m using the glue stick then adhering everything together and giving it a few good rolls before calling it done. None of the cards have started to separate from the backer. 

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Alpha Stamps-

I have a variety of alpha stamps that I love using. So far, my favorite are those little wooden ones you get for about $1 at big box craft stores. They are so easy to use and don’t take up too much space. I have about 6 of them but I find myself using the typewriter one the most. There is something nostalgic about it!

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Golden Fluid and High Flow Acrylics-

I have always used a variety of paints from cheap craft paint to more expensive brands. With these cards, I’m finding myself reaching for the Golden fluid paints the most. They cover quickly and have great color pigmentation! I also love using them for fine detail and line work. The fluorescent pink color has made an appearance on more than one card already.

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Corner Rounder-

This may seem like an odd thing to list as a favorite, but it truly is. The first few cards I made, when I was still feeling my way through the process, I left the corners square. It wasn’t a detail I was giving much thought. Then I decided to round one corner and it seemed to make all the difference! It makes the cards look more finished and polished. The corner rounder I’m using is by Becky Higgins but pretty much any of them will work.

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There are my current favorites (in no particular order). I am positive these will change over the course of this project. As they do, I will be sure to share.

In the meantime, what are your favorite tools and supplies? Just for informational purposes not so I can add to my shopping list.

My new favorite color of paint and some other loves

First of all, I'll start by saying pink has pretty much always been my least favorite color. However, I have fallen in love with neon pink! This little bottle of neon pink paint packs such a punch. (Say that three times fast ha!) I love how when it mixes with other colors it makes them vibrant too. I also love it on it's own. If you've been following my Daily Sketchbook project on Instagram, you have probably noticed how much I've been using it.

 
 

Next to color, I've always loved texture. A couple of months ago, I found these texture tools from Prima. You drag them through wet paint to create patterns. They are so much fun!

 
 

I recently discovered the Art for Your Ear podcast. It's hosted by Danielle Krysa from the Jealous Curator. If you like hearing about artists' lives and their inspiration, then I highly recommend this podcast. Danielle does a great job pulling quirky stories out of the artists. It's light hearted but interesting and I catch myself laughing throughout the episodes. You should check it out.

This isn't too art related, but I love my African Violet! It's blooming right now and has the prettiest purple flowers. It sits on my desk and adds so much life.

 
 

Last but not least, I love the feeling of finishing a bottle of paint. There is something so satisfying about knowing I've painted so much that I used a whole bottle. :) 

What are some things you're loving this week?