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As mentioned previously, I was ready for more professional-quality markers. So I went to Jerry’s Artarama, which is an artist’s date unto itself, and after a pleasant browse around settled on a set of 24 Concept markers, plus a couple of extra colors. The orange in the set is a bit pallid, so next time I’ll get a brighter orange, too. One thing I like about these markers is that you can buy them individually as you use them up or to supplement colors. Because they’re alcohol markers they do show through on both Bristol board and poster board, so I’m having to glue a postcard back onto them. I also made a color key because the names aren’t very helpful–“pale pink” is warm and “light pink” is cool.
I still use the Crayolas, and I let my granddaughter try to the new ones, carefully, with supervision (“remember, they’re permanent, and please don’t squish the tips). When she was finished she carefully arranged them all in color order.
When she was here last week I asked her to paint something that could be used for a card. She did a watercolor monoprint, which she sent to her mommy.
Here’s what else I’ve done in the past couple of weeks. Having a blast with the summer collages. Might have enough images for one more. I’m also trying to come up with an idea for a library mail art exhibit in Kansas. I love books, libraries and mail art!
My granddaughter is spending every other week with us during summer vacation. We do lots of fun art and cooking projects and spend afternoons at the pool, but I don’t do much of my own art.
In the previous few weeks I got a good bit done and I’ve had fun experimenting with different media and formats, including more water color and my first collage piece–appropriately (for me) named “Life’s a Beach.”
Later this week I’m going shopping for better quality markers. I’m ready to move beyond Crayola Supertips! (Although I do like them best of the general market products, including Michael’s own brand.)
Here’s what I’ve finished in the past few weeks. Some of them have not been mailed, so if you’d like an original piece of Jillybeans art, send your mailing address to email@example.com.