I was cruising the Internet as usual looking for fun links to share (I know I’m supposed to be Laboring today!) and found a hilarious post over on Craft Critique (one of my favorite review sites). Found out about a journaling book I’d never heard of before but apparently is out there everywhere. Just goes to show that hanging out in used bookstores, libraries and thrift stores as I do won’t keep you up on the latest publishing craze. Turns out Keri also has another book that after reading some of the sample pages on Amazon.com has me intrigued. Way less money than seeing a shrink that’s for sure :D!
So if you are looking for a Labor Day laugh or just want to try out a little creative destruction on your own using whatever materials and book you have to hand check out this post on Craft Critique for ideas and a fun review. Leave a comment and you might even win your own copy. Of course just so you know how tough the odds are I’m planning on winning it myself!
And if you scroll on down to their previous post you’ll find some great reviews of coloring and journaling implements that you’ll want to use to Wreck a Journal of any kind or any other creative endeavor for that matter. The reviewers at Craft Critique always give you their honest opinion and they are all crafters just like us and not paid by the companies or products under review.
In reviewing their reviews in this post I was thrilled to see that Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Watercolor Pencils were tops in their estimation! Always lovely to have someone else agree with my own personal opinions! And of course if you would like to try out your own personal sample test and need the product I”m only an email away for placing an order or go to the SU order site (link in my sidebar) and select me as your demonstrator. The crayons and the pencils are among my favorite toys (er…tools) and I’m sure you will love them too. I’m planning a post or two in the future to show the possibilities so stay tuned.
Here’s what SU says about the Crayons:
Now you can watercolor in Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive colors! Plus, you can use the neutral pack for shading and adding dimension. Try coloring directly onto your stamp, misting lightly with water, and stamping onto your paper. You will get an instant watercolor image! You can also take the pigment directly off the crayon with your Aqua Painter to color a stamped image. artist-quality, highly-pigmented crayons.
■ Water soluble and easy to blend, allowing for an unlimited range of shades
■ Coordinate with Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive colors
■ Available in color family assortments and a neutral pack (each pack sold separately)
■ Contains 12 crayons per package
■ Can also be used without water to color images
And my favorite trick? Using Stazon to stamp large open images, I create coloring books for my littlest relatives (okay, for myself too sometimes – hee, hee, hee) then for the littlest guys I color across the images with the crayons – not filling them in but placing dots of color here and there. Then when my munchkins visit I hand them the book and a paint brush or aqua painter and they add water to the page! Amazement shortly follows as the colors come to life and can be moved about the page or mixed together!
Here’s a tip from SU:
After stamping a design, color the desired area with the pencils, then paint with water or a blender pen and watch the colors come to life! For more vibrant color and shading, color your artwork again while the paper is wet.
You can also make a palette on scratch paper by scribbling a section for each color. Pick up the color from the scratch paper with an Aqua Painter or blender pen.
For easy opening, squeeze the two back corners of the tin; the lid will pop open.
Another nice note about the pencils is that they are acid free and so perfect for coloring images in scrapbooks and other archival quality creations.
Oh and one last thing if you are into giveaways and blog candy there are a few out there today:
Craft Critique – Basic Gray paper here.
Mary Fish on her blog is giving away Lovely Letters Alphabet Stamp Set from SU and a few other goodies to celebrate her Million hits (don’t you just love it when someone throws a party and gives away gifts :D)
Hope your Holiday weekend has been a fun one.
Hugs and blessings – Jean
PS: On a literary note I’ve discovered that WordPress’s dictionary not only can’t handle worlds like blog or Google but large syllable words are also “apparently” a problem as well. Can’t recognize journaling either. Very funny to me that a medium that relies on words can’t find most of them! But then my version of Word doesn’t recognize contractions like can’t either! 😀
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