Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers Review

Hi everyone! So many of you may have heard of Jane Davenport and her amazing new mixed media collection. I love new art supplies and when I heard about this collection, I knew that I had to try a few of the products. Two of the products that I immediately purchased was the abstract 6x9 journal and the DIY face stamp set. I really wanted to get the neutral watercolor petite palette and the brights watercolor petite palette. Unfortunately, my local Michaels does not carry the Jane Davenport line and the two other closest stores have not had the watercolor sets in stock. I kept debating whether or not to purchase the mermaid markers mainly because it's rare if I use aqua brushes and I primarily use watercolor brushes. However, I ended up purchasing them since I couldn't find the watercolor palettes...and I'm glad that I did.



The Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers set comes with 12 pre-filled bright watercolors in aqua brushes. The colors are extremely vibrant and once the watercolors are gone, you can reuse the water brushes. The names of the colors are so adorable. The mermaid markers came with some simple instructions to follow before you use them. I do have some tips and notes that you may want to use if you decide to purchase your own mermaid markers.
  • Don't squeeze the brush too hard or else a lot of ink may come out.
  • Less is more...the colors are incredibly vibrant.
  • The colors may fade if they are exposed to sunlight.
  • Make sure to store the markers upright in order to avoid any leakage.
    • Make sure to check your markers before as well. Unfortunately one of my markers keeps leaking even though I store all of them upright. I also made sure that everything was screwed all the way and correctly. However, after contacting American Crafts, I was told that they would be sending me a few replacements.
  • You may notice that some of the markers are not filled all the way to the top. Apparently the markers are supposed to be filled at least above the U in the word "PUSH" (it's on the watercolor (aqua) brush barrel).  A couple of my markers were not filled above the U and American Crafts will be sending a few replacements. 
  • If you live near a Michaels, I definitely recommend that you use a coupon on this product. The markers cost $39.99, but I was able to use a 50% (maybe a 60% off) coupon.
Below are some projects that I made using the Mermaid Markers.


To make this painting, I put some different colors on some plastic wrapping. Then I sprayed the colors with a spray bottle and then put the plastic wrapping on the paper. I pressed down and then carefully lifted the wrapping off the paper. I let the watercolor/ink dry and really loved how it turned out.

I used the same technique for this painting as well, but I added the DIY stamp set and then used my Sharpie fine point pen to draw the hair.


For this painting, I put the watercolor in a palette and then used a watercolor brush to add the color onto my page.

Overall, I definitely recommend the Mermaid Markers and am so glad that I decided to purchase them. Here's to hoping that there will be refills for the markers.

Have you tried the new Mermaid Markers? Do you plan to purchase anything in the collection?

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Currently List

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Currently List.


Watching: I am so glad that Prison Break is back. I can't wait to see what happens on the next episode.

Reading: I really love this book of poems. Rupi Kaur's poetry is fantastic. I definitely recommend that everyone reads her book.

Listening: Kendrick Lamar's newest song is stuck in my head. I really like the beat to the song.

Making: I'm still making cards for my 100 Day Project, but I also have to make some birthday cards and a card for Mother's Day.

Feeling: I was able to get some extra sleep so I am feeling awake and energized.

Planning: My son has a project to make for school and we decided to make 30-50 greeting cards. He will obviously do most of the work (I will probably help with stamping and cutting any papers), but he is so excited to make some cards.

Loving: I really love rainy days. I love the fresh, earthy scent that is left behind after it rains.

What are you currently up to?

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Links I'm Loving


I have read a lot of interesting articles and decided to save a few links so that I could share them with all of you. I think I may start sharing some links once a month. 
  • I really love this Sketchbook series on Anne's blog. Sarah Van Der Linden was featured this month and I think her sketches, drawings, and writings are so cool. 
  • This technique looks really cool. I love that you can use it in your art journals or even use it in collages. I'll have to give it a try one day.
  • This technique was also really cool. I never thought to make mosaics in my art journal or projects, but after watching James' video on how to make a couple of mosaics, I definitely plan to try it. 
  • I really think that everyone should read this. Kate is an artist who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and began to draw her hallucinations as a way to cope. 
Do you have any links that you are loving? Please feel free to share.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Christina for their weekly link up.



1. Spending time with my family

2. Willy's Mexicana Grill

3. Making cards

4. Working in my watercolor notebook

5. Project ideas

6. Barnes and Noble

7. Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pint Slices

8. Smoothie

9. New notebook

10. The weather

What made you happy this week?

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

My 100 Day Project



Happy Thursday! On April 4, 2017, the 100 Day Project started. The challenge will run until July 12, 2017. The 100 Day Project is a project/challenge where you pick something that you want to do for 100 days. Last year, I decided to join the challenge and decided to make art for 100 days. Unfortunately, I did not complete the challenge. I did make art like cards, paintings, art journal pages, etc., but I did not make art every single day. Even though I did not complete the challenge last year, I did learn a lot and came up with a list of ways to actually complete the challenge.

Pick something specific

One of the main things that I know caused me to fail to complete the challenge was not picking something specific. There are so many different things that you can make. There were days where I just couldn't decide what to make or what supplies to use. This year, I decided to pick something specific to make. I am going to make 100 handmade greeting cards for my 100 Day Project.

Time

I didn't set a time limit for creating my art. For instance, it would have been useful if I had decided to set at least 5-10 minutes everyday to create art. Everyday I will set an alarm for 5 minutes so that I can create my card. I think 5 minutes is plenty of time to make a card. However, if I go over 5 minutes then it will still be ok. I also plan to set a few alarms throughout the day so that I will be reminded that I have to make card. This will be useful because some days I am very busy in the morning and some days I am busy in the afternoon.

Supplies

Since my challenge last year was to create art everyday, I noticed that I had a lot of different supplies that I could use. For instance, I have watercolors, acrylics, markers, kits, Project Life cards, etc. that can be used to make art. I felt a bit overwhelmed with all of the supplies and having so many different supplies made it harder for me to choose what I wanted to make each day. You would think that having a lot of different supplies would be helpful, but it really was hard for me to choose what to make. This year I am going to use my Freckled Fawn kits to make my cards. As I have said before, I am a subscriber to Freckled Fawn and still have a ton of the previous kits. Not only am I challenging myself to make a card everyday, but I am also challenging myself to use my kits.

Be sure to follow my 100 Day Project on Instagram: Emily's 100 Days of Cards

Are you participating in the 100 Day Project? If you are please feel free to share what you plan to do?

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Things We Lost In The Fire--Blogging for Books Review

Hello! Today I am so excited to share my review of Things We Lost In The Fire by Mariana Enriquez.  When I heard about this book, I knew I just had to read it. I am a big fan of short stories especially horror stories. The twelve stories in this collection are not like classic horror stories which I loved.


This collection of Argentinian horror stories were amazing! Some of the stories were a bit creepy while a few were a bit strange. Just a quick heads up...there were even some that were dark and gory. I loved that Mariana Enriquez added some supernatural horror in some of the stories while a couple of the other stories seemed to be more psychological horror. I really enjoyed every single story. A few of my favorite stories are "The Dirty Kid", "Adela's House",  "No Flesh over Our Bones", and "Under the Black Water".

In The Dirty Kid, a woman lives in her family's old home in a dangerous neighborhood. The woman ends up believing that a child that she knows has been murdered. There are some supernatural elements and violence in this story.

Adela's House is about a brother and sister who become friends with a girl named Adela. One day they decide to go explore an abandoned house.

No Flesh Over Our Bones is about a woman who becomes obsessed with a skull.

Under the Black Water is about a District Attorney who is investigating two police officers who allegedly murdered two teenage boys. 

I highly recommend this book to everyone. If you love short stories, horror stories, etc. then I think you will enjoy this book.

Have you read Things We Lost In the Fire? If so, what are your thoughts?

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I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Currently List

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Currently List.



Watching: I just finished watching the current episode of Grey's Anatomy. That episode was so good. I can't wait to see the next one.

Reading: Frida Kahlo is one of my favorite artists. This isn't a typical diary where she documented what she did that everyday. Her diary is filled with sketches, letters, notes, and other writings.

Listening: This song has been stuck in my head.

Making: I have been editing a few blog posts and made a card for my 100 Day Project. I have also been making layouts.

Feeling: I didn't sleep well and kept waking up. I really need a nap.

Planning: There are so many projects that I need to finish, but I also have several projects that I want to start. I'm going to make a plan and come up with a few deadlines for my current projects.

Loving: Quiet mornings are the best. Everything just seems so peaceful and I was able to get a lot of stuff done early.

What are you currently up to?

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