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What a fun guy Mark Lipinski is! I had a great time being a guest on his radio talk show this past Wednesday. If you missed the show you can catch it here. The whole show revolved around finding time to be creative-right up my alley:-)

On the note of finding time to be creative, I’m still sketching every day in my journal. I’ve also been seeing a lot more sketches on Facebook lately which is really fun! It’s a great exercise even if your first love is painting or some other art form. Sketching requires only simple tools and can be done anywhere and best of all there is no drying time! I filled my 8×10 Moleskine journal and I’ve moved into a 9×12 Strathmore Visual Journal-100lb drawing paper. Strathmore has been so nice to provide me with plenty of journals to work in. I really love working in a larger format. The paper is so nice too!

This sketch I started last night in bed, but fell asleep before I finished. I’m going to work on it in a bit. I’ve been trying to leave my blending stump alone and just use the pencils. This is just the first layer of 2H lead. Working with pencil is much different from Conte Crayon, but I really enjoy working with these simple mediums. It’s a great break from the onslaught of paint, paper and more in my studio. I also use these sketches in multiple ways by scanning them and using them in other projects. Gotta make the most of our art!

If you haven’t signed up for my free online workshop with Strathmore Artist Papers, there’s still time. We have over 13,000 participants in this event! So much fun and they are a chatty group, so click the image above if you want to find out more.

On a bit of a down note I’ll finish up this post. I tried the Sharpie Liquid Pencils and as much as I tried to like them ( I so love the idea of them!) I really can’t recommend them. I bought four of them  and all but one really skipped and didn’t lay down smoothly at all. The one feature that I’d read about them that most motivated me to buy them was that they became ‘permanent’ after 24 hours. Well the word ‘permanent’ was used loosely. They don’t, they just don’t erase as well after 24 hours. They didn’t work well in my Moleskine journal and as you can see up above, they ‘erased’ when I went over the writing in her hair with water soluble graphite. I was disappointed in them and actually so was my 9 year old who brought his back to me and said he’d rather use a regular pencil. So there you have my opinion, if you have had luck with them I’d love to hear about it! Let’s see what you all think and maybe we can find a good use for this new product!

4 responses

  1. I’m so bummed about the Sharpie pencils! Being kind of a sharpie devotee (albeit an unfaithful one — I just kind of love pens in general), I was chuffed to pick some up and try them out, ESPECIALLY for the permanent aspect.

    Hrmf.

    Maybe they’ll get better as time goes on? First draft product, blah blah blah? ::crosses fingers::

  2. Beautiful work, Pam, and I have enjoyed your posts I have read. I also took a peek at your Etsy shop. Nice work! And congratulations on your book. I have started your workshop on Strathmore and in the third video you mentioned a “recipe” for the paint in the bingo dauber bottles. However I was unable to find that resource on you site. Where can I find it. It would be great to have a resource tab on your site where you list things like that! 🙂 Thank you, Pam.
    ~Janis

  3. I gave myself the Sharpie Liquid Pencils in my stocking this year (I’ve learned as a mother that I am responsible for my own stocking stuffers, and you wouldn’t believe how good Santa is to me since I figured that out!), and I too was deeply disappointed. They are practically useless for even the most basic tasks, and I am astonished that they ever made it to market.

    Beautiful sketches–you are inspiring as always!

All comments are read and greatly appreciated!

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