In all object making, that aspect which relates to it's conceptual interpretation is art, that which relates the object to an intended purpose is design, and the quality of it's execution is craft.
Needing a somewhat organized way to store my Copic markers and being unable to stomach the prices on what Copic offers for storage I was forced toward a little ingenuity. I started with my trusty ramen noodle box (Maruchan 12 pack) just covering it with various papers. I covered it inside and out which was probably unnecessary since you can't really see the inside once it's filled with markers. I put partitions inside to make six square slots. I found that didn't really hold my markers in an upright enough position so I started saving toilet paper rolls. That made it perfect. Three or four toilet paper rolls inside each partition and my markers are stored just the way I like them. It's really handy to have your Rs and RVs and Ys and YGs, etc. grouped together. I actually use my Copic color chart to choose a color then go to my markers to find the corresponding letter/number combo so it's extremely helpful for mine to be grouped together properly.
I've rescheduled my Copic Marker class at Paper Crown in Oklahoma City to Saturday, September 17 in hopes that the heat will have toned down a bit. I also plan to have a new vintage wallpaper pack listed tonight or tomorrow. I will update the blog when it's listed. Here are a few pictures of the Copic storage.
Love the swag stamp on old paper (Postmodern Design - Spandril)
I love making these journals. It involves a few different crafts so it's pretty satisfying. Embroidery, ribbonwork and bookmaking. All fun. I like the idea of covering the spine so you don't see the stitched in pages. Kinda looks like a regular book.
The above blue/red/pink wallpaper is from Holly's beautiful collection.
This next journal is one of my favoriate color combos. It always takes my breath away.
The first journal is sold but this aqua/chartreuse one is in my etsy shop.
I have a few things to include in this post. First is an original oil painting I did a while back. It was pretty tedious but I really like how it came out. I'm offering it for sale to U.S. buyers. Just use the Paypal Buy it Now button below the photo. The painting is 9x12 and the outside dimensions of the frame are just over 13x16. It's signed (on back), framed and ready to hang. The shipping will be $10.00 Priority mail.
9x12 oil on masonite - $50 USD plus $10 shipping (U.S. buyers only please)
Next is a Copic Marker Techniques class I will be teaching at Paper Crown in Oklahoma City. I'll be showing everything I know about Copic Markers. They really are such a wonderful artist's tool. Here are some samples of the coloring pages I've made for the class. Each person will receive several of my hand drawn coloring pages to color however they like. I will also show how the markers work with rubber stamps as well as other unusual ways you can use them. The class is Saturday, August 6th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. You can sign up by phone by calling (405) 848-2389.
I've slashed the prices on everything in my etsy shop. I have 3 beautiful millinery listings that are priced extremely cheap. Also have 320+ pieces of Swarovski flatbacks and vintage cabs for $20.00 and last but not least my LAST 5 VINTAGE WALLPAPER MEGA PACKS ARE LISTED FOR $10.00 EACH. That's 28 pieces for TEN DOLLARS!!!! I also have one more Inchie Kit and one more Prescription Transfer Case Kit.
I've really been working diligently to get my art/craft room completely cleaned out.....as most of you know by my continued destashing over the past 6 months. It has only been over the past few weeks that I have begun really see the progress. Not quite but almost everyting I own has a place. I can easily access all items and easily put them away when I'm finished. Such a nice feeling and so helpful in keeping one's focus. I did an inchie class project last year which turned out quite cute so I thought I would make up kits for the last 6 vintage frames I have. You might remember the project.
If you're interested, you can find the kits here. I'm also down to one SCRAP PACK. I honestly think I've unearthed all my scraps at this point. It will probably be awhile before I have more scrap packs.
The next thing I have stacks and stacks of are magazines. I just cannot bring myself to throw them to recycling. I always think I'm going to make collages out of the the inspiring pages. I rarely ever get around to that so I thought I would see if I could upcycle (I think that's the right word) them in some way. I've been making journals and handmade pattern papers. It is so dang rewarding. Here are a couple of journal snippits. I'll have more to show soon.
You can't believe how sturdy these pages are and how cool they look. Lots of fun but I'm afraid I will still have to send tons of magazines to the recycle bin:)
In making some major changes to my art and craft room I found another stash of vintage wallpaper scraps. I forced myself to sit for an afternoon and make them into $10 scrap packs. I'm using 1st class mail so for $12.50 you can have a wonderful assortment of vintage wallpaper scraps. I also found two Swarovski flatback and cabochan assortments. Over 160 pieces for $15.00. You can find it all in my etsy shop:)
I've put together an all new vintage wallpaper pack. The papers in this assortment are different from the papers in my most recent pack so if you bought one of those, and you buy one of these, you will have almost 60 different patterns.
I've also added some lovely millinery pieces to my etsy shop.
I will be back soon to talk about Paper Crown's Glitter Market last Saturday but, for now, I'm just popping in to let you know of a few things I have listed on etsy and ebay. I also want to let everyone know that I am once again teaching at Paper Crown. My first class will be a Copic Marker technique class. I'm working on it this week and should be announcing the particulars sometime next week.
I have a limited supply of some really sweet vintage and antique paper packs. I sold lots of them at the Glitter Market and only have four left. I also have a few cool vintage ribbon-button-Swarovski sew-on packs. You can find those listed here.
Also note that I am down to ONE Vintage Wallpaper Pack and THREE Vintage Flocked packs.
You can go here to see the listings for two beautiful millinery sample boards. I haven't resized the photos (not necessary on ebay) so I won't include them in this post. You can click the link see:)