Finally, Someone who gets the Good Stuff into the Country

Happy Sunday, Arts and Crafties.

 

You know how I’m always on the lookout for things that are hard to find in SA.

You know the frustration.

You’ve just watched an epic youtube vid where an equally epic (and let’s say American) youtuber has reviewed a new product and you just have to have it because the effects it can create are, well… epic.

With anticipation you head for Google and type the product in with the obligatory za or South Africa at the end. Holding your breath as Google lets you know where in SA you can buy it.

What do you get…

Nothing

Or The stupid site (not mentioning a name) that charges six to ten time what the product costs and somehow manages to stay up and running

Don’t worry Arfties (lookit I made ANOTHER new word)

I’ve found a site in South Africa that is pretty awesome with getting the things you struggle to find here.

Everything from Crafting and Paper Crafting to Art supplies.

The site stocks practically (if not) all the polyform clays and things like Prismacolor color pencils (I prefer polychromos but other prefer Prismacolor)

So If you want something and you know google is going to probably draw a fat blank, go directly to

http://www.stencil-art.co.za/

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See the co.za???? Can you hear the choirs of angels singing, Arfties?

I’ve been keeping this splendid secret for a while now and I can tell you I shop there at least every other month.

Just this last month they had 50% off on all their polyform clay.

Muwhahahaha, I got a lot of clay.

 

Enough messing around. If you are looking for great service, comparable prices and a wide range of hard to find items Stencil art is the place to go.

 

And no I’m not being paid for this post. Everything I’m saying is my own opinion.

Have a arfty Sunday.

Genevieve

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Rust Remover

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a serious interest in art.

Art as in – drawing, painting, and most visual arts.

However, lately my love for the scratch of a pencil on drawing paper is rekindling.

There is only one problem with that.

All my years of learning and practice have gotten a fine patina of rust from lack of use.

So to the de-rusting (I don’t think that’s a word) we go.

 

I was—in my teens and early twenties—predominantly a graphite and acrylic artist. Those are the mediums I know well.

But what sparked my current interest is Lisa of Lachri fine art and her color pencil drawings.
(I always have to remind myself to say color pencils because we call them pencil crayons.)

This reawakening of interest has been a slow process so I’ve started collecting new tools for my trade.

Color pencils, acrylics, airbrushing supplies and lately (listen carefully and you’ll hear a choir of angels) copic markers.

I also got some sketch books. And in this post I’ll show you the results of starting to sand off all that rust.

This was my first drawing in my Canson XL Mix Media (the link is to the place I bought it, no I’m not affiliated with them.

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This was done using a mixture color pencils and copic marker.

 

My next sketchbook is a moleskine so I wanted to do something with the solid black cover. I found (a long time ago) an image of a werewolf I loved. So I contacted the artist on dA and asked his permission to recreate the werewolf on my sketchbook cover.

This was done using acrylic paint.

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The original piece was line art by TheHand on dA.

So it looks like the rust is coming off, but its a long process. Its taking me ten times as long to get anything done. Hopefully that will improve with time. (haha)

That Awkward Feeling When…

Hi Everyone,

 

Lately I’ve been very much into fine arts again. When I say lately you have to understand, as a child my first love was reading, my second was art.

But for many years I focused more on other crafts and projects, but now I find myself starting to collect supplies and wanting to draw and paint.

 

 

For the past few years I’ve slowly collected everything I need to do airbrushing and although I’ve tried a few color backgrounds I haven’t actually done anything that could be called “painting” with the airbrush.

My new project which is an underwater scene with a dolphin needed me to create a new background.

One of the last things I got was my duel action airbrush and a 50L air compressor.

It’s not one of those little cute art ones, because they are seriously overpriced, but rather the type of compressor that you’d find in a workshop. A work horse– something that costs half what an art compressor will cost (just because its targeted at artists) and last five times as long. That means its LOUD.

 

I have admit, I’m a chicken when it comes to anything “under pressure” I won’t even use the pressure cooker, (they scare me) and when my compressor switches on and off it scares the living crap out of me.

One time during today’s painting session I was filling my airbrush with paint as it switched on…

My face is covered in blue paint. *raises an eyebrow* Yes I’m jumpy with the thing.

My tattered nerves aside, it really works well.

 

But now we get to that awkward feeling. Yes. That awkward feeling when you are trying to work in a new medium and you realize you SUCK at it!

Its times like these when having learned patience comes in handy.

Because I know I suck at airbrushing

But I also know I won’t continue to suck at airbrushing. As I practice using the medium I will get better. I know I can’t get worse.

These are the first layers of the painting

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(ps: The Dolphin and bottom part are covered in frisket so it will be solid white once I peel the frisket off. )

And though I was originally going to do the dolphin and the coral in pencil colors I think I’m going to try and airbrush them as well. (the more I practice…)

I’m okay with making mistakes, I’ll learn from them and I’m determined to learn how to do this.

But tonight I plan on attacking my youtube app on my tablet and finding videos on.

-how to unclog your airbrush

-how to clean your airbrush

-Airbrushing 101.

 

Wish me luck!

 

 

 

 

Tips and Tricks Wednesday:Clean work

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Be sure – before starting any project that you have washed your hands. Especially with clay.

Especially with white clay:

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So wash your hands.

A good way to get off the extra oils is to use some hand sanitizer, it works well between colors if you’ve gotten them into your skin.

A good way to avoid getting color into you skin is to use hand lotion after you’ve washed your hands.

 

Tips and Tricks Wednesday: Reference³

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From the very start of learning to draw, my art teachers insisted, no, demanded that I use reference. “Your mind has a set image of something and that is not how it really looks”

They are right. So I’m going to hop on that illustrious  bandwagon and say…

Reference Reference Reference

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You  can’t have enough of it. When I was sculpting my baroque doll I went on google and searched baroque dresses. I had about a dozen images that I printed out and pasted into my reference book, then I worked looking at all of them to create the finished doll.

When you are sculpting or drawing or doing anything that you want to have a realistic look. The best thing to do is going and find as much reference as you can and then pay attention to it.

See how point A fits to point B.

Not how you THINK point A fits to point B

Tips and Tricks Wednesday:Chalks and such

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There are many mediums you can use on polymer clay, the most common being soft pastels.

I’m not very fond of them because for me they seem to be to hard.

I prefer to use make up. And before you say eye shadow is all glittery, I’ll say you can get matt make up.

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I got this pallet from Dischem the other day, its bright beautiful colors in a matt finish that is gorgeous. Way better than pastels. The pallet only cost about R80 I got it for nothing because I used my rewards points.

Score all the way.

So keep an eye out for things that you can use with your clay and other crafts. You never know when you might find something in the most unusual of places.

Tips and Tricks Wednesday: Clean as you work

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I’ve heard many crafters complain that their studio is a mess. That they can’t find anything or they are embarrassed by the chaos.

There is a simple solution to this, one I use every time I craft. It boils down to one saying

“Everything has a home”

or like my dad used to teach me “Elke ding het sy plek.” Its an Afrikaans saying that boils down to the same thing.

When you are done using something, put it back where it belongs. Throw little bits of paper and junk in the bin as you work. Don’t leave it on your work space.

As you finish one part of your project, put away the tools you used for that part.

You’ll find when you are finished you have very little to clean up and your work space and craft room will stay organized.