I grabbed several of my favorites off the several walls of stamps I have displayed on shelves (I don't like keeping them in drawers because I want to see them, love them and be inspired to use them) and I proceeded to stamp a two page collage with my beloved, highly prized stamps. Kudos to all those wonderful stamp manufacturers who through the years have indulged my love for stamps: Hero Arts, Stampington, Judi-Kins, Stampers Anonymous, Cat's Life Press, Magenta, Michelle Ward, Amuse, Paper Bag Studios, Acey Ducey, B-Line Designs, Invoke Arts and dozens more and some that are no longer around. So if you have trouble with your sketchbook page....grab a stamp and see what happens.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
For my birthday in November I got a boxed set of very nice 'faux sable" paint brushes which came with a set of small acrylic paints in tubes and a few other items like pencils, a stylus and eraser. Since the paints were not of superior quality I just played with all the colors one day, on some copy paper and used them up to get dispose of them.
Look, I know that sounds funny but often the manufacturers just throw in a set of paints to make it look fuller and then the color palette they use can't even mix up a decent spectrum of colors. But if they were Golden, Liquitex or some other fine brand I would have kept them. But as I look at this side where the paints were stored I saw potential for storing other paints and supplies. So, I did what any artistic crafter would do, I altered the box to my needs.
I removed the plastic tray that held the paints and lined the inside of that side of the box with fabric. I do adore black houndstooth. Then I added some strips of foam core to run along the inside edges and sit low enough to allow a piece of matte board to rest on top to form a lid. I cut it just snug enough to make it stay in place and cut a notch along the side for easy removing of the lid.
Now, I have the perfect travel case for my set of fine brushes and I can add my own supplies as needed and of course some stamps to take along.
I think it turned out to be rather clever, if I do say so myself. Now, I am quite ready to take this nifty little art case some place fabulous this new year.