Tag Archives: Art Supplies

Trip to the LIBRARY!

We have this great thing in Boise called the Library!…. please note the name is actually LIBRARY! it is in fact as far as I know the only city or state building in the country where an exclamation point is part of the actual name… I love that.

One of my favorite parts of the Library! is that I can buy old magazines for $.10, and used library paperback and children’s books for $.25 and hardbound books for $.50 in a place called “under the stairs” (they have a huge flight of stairs just inside the front door.) They also have a real bookstore where they sell newer donated books that have never been on the shelves and newer magazines for a little more (between $1 and $3 for magazines and $1 and $8 for books) I also saw some old vintage magazines that i will check out next time I am there.
I was on my way to the Goth Coffee and Game meet up I host on Thursdays at a local downtown coffee place (I also host a Wednesday Alternative Artist/Crafters meet-up there as well.. it is a blast since I would probably be there anyway) so i didn’t have long to shop but I did grab 11 cheap $.10 magazines, one $.50 hardback book to use for an altered book and a $1.50 newer paperback that looked good. I also found a 2002 copy of Sommerset Studio ($.10) but I am afraid I left it at the coffee shop, I will call in the morning to find out.
One thing they have in Dawson’s coffee shop is a very large wooden dinner table that seats 8 easily and 10 with some effort and is great for art… I carry a couple large sheets of plasticized Freezer/deli paper in my Art Supply bag to cover the table if I do anything wet but the staff there is very mellow about us doing art there. I did some more pages in my WLS Art Journal I am making and had fun watching my friends play Apples to Apples.
I plan to hit the LIBRARY! again next week or so and take a better look at what they have for sale and hope to find my Sommerset Studio magazine tomorrow.

NOTE:: found my magazine in the Bag of Games I take to coffee each week

First attempt with thinning oil pastels

I have been doing my Art Journaling Every Day work, a lot of it by prepping an old art journal I did for Anatomy/life drawing in university in 1990.  I took out some pages and reglued them in with matte medium so they would have both double strength pages and clean backing pages since the original markers ran through the cheap old pages.  I then Gessoed all the blank pages and I am in the process of covering some of the others with matte medium to protect the original sketches and leave them workable.

I am following the Strathmore Art Journaling Series (next purchase a Strathmore Watercolor Art journal or mixed media journal) and one of the suggestions she had was using Oil pastels with an odorless thinner.  I have oil pastels, a 36 set and a 25 set nearly untouched because I dont like the choppy look of them but I decided to give it a try since I would be carrying it in the Art Bag Of Holding known as my Backpack.  I had a 20% off coupon at Fred Meyer and theyhad odorless mineral spirits for $5 in a nice little bottle with a secure cap so I got it ($4)

Izzie (Alex’s sister) and I went to the coffee shop and I did some artwork Friday afternoon and the only watercolor paper I had with me was for my 8x8in loose leaf journal and it had been prepped with a watercolor wash already.  I used a tissue I had in my bag and laid out a large piece of plasticized freezer/butcher paper to protect their table and started just messing around with the page.

I seldom draw faces but I wanted to give ti a try so this is what I eventually came up with:

My 1st attempt at using oil pastels with thinner

Sadly the photo is from my phone and not too great, I will scan it eventually after I seal it with fixative and give it time to dry completely.  This fills both my Art Journal Every Day goal and my 8×8 Art Journal Weekly goal where I am going to do a page in my 8×8 journal as well as any of my random journal work.

Izzie was so impressed by how it came out I gave her my old 25 piece Pentel oil pastel set (which as I said looked like new since I had not used much of it).  Even though they are older they just need the tops rubbed off a bit to be good and usable.  I kept the 36 piece Pro-Art set and I intend to invest in a much better set soon as well as another book of watercolor paper, though I would like to find one smoother paper

Went a little crazy buying Markers for Art Journaling

I bought a bunch of markers over the last few days since Joann’s had 40% off scrapbooking supplies and markers

WOW I did not realize I got 62 markers.. I spent about $40

I got:

Sakura Gelly Roll Gold Shadow Pens, 5-Pack

Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Bold Meteor Pens 6-Pack, Silver/Marine/Copper/Pink/Green/Blue

Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic Medium Point Pen Set, 10-Pack

BIC Mark-It Color Collection Permanent Marker, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 36 Markers

Sakura Gelly White Gel Pen: Roll Medium Point White, Pack of 3 as well as a 3 pack that has Black, gold and silver markers

New mini Journal for 2011

I just bought an 80 sheet (160 page)  4×6 in hard bound wirebound journal, and I am gluing pages together for more strength right now and then I will start decorating the covers, outside and inside

Cover of mini journal

Art Journaling Daily and two new sketchbooks

Bought two new Co-Mo Sketch books today at Fred Meyer’s for about $4 each. They are 6×6″ and 9×9″ which are odd sizes to find, they are also 80Lbs weight paper which is a bit stronger than most sketch book paper. If they have more on the 1st I will grab a couple more.

I also signed up to try doing a daily art journaling session, even if it is only 10 mins a day.  This is part of the reason I am interested in these twoo sketchbooks since I Journal in a 8″x8″ inch multi-media format I can carry these, work on them and then mount the pages I like in my journal

Art in my Bag

I love doing art in public places, I carry a big backpack full of art supplies and stuff to do Art Journaling and Art Trading Cards as well as other art.  There are times my bag weighs over 20 pounds.

Here are just a few of the supplies I carry in my bag at any one time

This is my blog on my Art journal and other are, especially the stuff i carry in my bag