Sneak Peek From My Christmas Craft Haul

A pile of craft goodness!

Hello! I hope you are find at least one thing that brings you joy today. Today I wanted to share a photo of a pile of some of the crafty goodness that I gifted myself with for Christmas. Every year, I pick a few things off my wish list and buy them for Christmas. As they arrive, I place them in a bag and won’t open them until after Christmas. This year I focused on some tools and loads of coloring products. Over the next few weeks I will open them and show you how I plan to use them.

A better look at some of the items I bought.

I picked out coloring (pencil and watercolor) items, some stuff for my bullet journaling and a really cool tool that I can’t wait to show you. I like to try different brands as well as different grade crafting supplies to see what I enjoy using.

I am always inspired to create when I see swatches of color mediums. Next week I will share some swatching of some of the new paints I purchased. I will be trying some new brushes that I bought last year and use them on some new cotton watercolor paper. So come back next week to have a look.

In the meantime, have a lovely weekend and I hope you find something fun to create!

Craft Corner: Exploring New Mediums

Hello, friends! Today I wanted to share my latest adventure – watercolor pencils. As you know, I enjoy using my Copic markers to create art. But lately I have been craving new techniques and craft mediums to combine with my Copic creations.

I went to Michael’s and picked up a Strathmore watercolor pad and a few new watercolor brushes to use with my watercolor pencils. First, I played around with blending two colors and discovering the different effects from the amount of pressure I apply when laying down my color with the pencils.

The watercolor pads were on sale but if you know me, I try not to waste anything. So out of two sheets, I was able to cut out the following:

I  cut pieces sized for use in cardmaking and being an avid reader, I was pretty sure that I saw potential bookmark sizes with a small strip to test colors on so no waste.

Next, I picked out a pretty stamp and used my trusted MISTI for proper placement of my stamp. The MISTI is another one of the best investments I have made over the years. I do need to re-order another magnet because somehow I mysteriously lost one.

After I stamped them all up, I let them sit a bit to ensure they were dry while I selected color combos and tested them on the little excess strip.

It was fun to watch the colors as they moved across the paper. It is such a different experience then when I use my Copics. I have a lot to learn but I think the watercolor pencils are a nice entry into the watercolor medium.

I can’t wait to place these on some cards and I am definitely keeping at least one bookmark for myself.

I like both color combinations. I have so much to learn but I will continue to keep playing around with this medium to see what I can create. Thanks for taking a peek into my Craft Corner.

Happy crafting!



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