A Few of My Favorite Things in 2019!

I must admit that as a crafter of over 3 decades it is challenging to find new products that blow me away. My 2019 list of My Favorite Things are not all new things to the craft industry. The items I have listed are currently my “go to” things this year. Most are new, but not all and there is one that might surprise you! Here is the direct links to each item. To see them up close, in action and more information please check out the video I created for you!

The List!

Rinse Well The most go to thing on my desk to clean my brushes!

Ultra Mod Podge This is a multi-purpose medium! It is a glue, sealer and can be used to paint pour. I like it because I can use it as traditional Mod Podge and get no brush stroke marks.

Dina Wakley Media Journal The paper in this little journal is amazing! It is super absorbent with wonderful texture and thickness.

Make Art Station I think it is the magnets that set this apart for me. They don’t pinch!

Simon Hurley Stamps Not only are these super cute, but they also can work with other sets in his line.

Archival Mini Ink Pads The best waterproof ink pads around and in the perfect size for my over crowded craft room (my real estate in my studio is super valuable!)

Dome Ink Blenders Not only do they leave no harsh lines I like them better than blender brushes. They are cheap and can be used with a multitude of handles.

Catherine Pooler Mini Ink Pads Once again the size is what gets me! Take the best colored ink around and put them in an easy to store container. You will want the refills for these!

Etchall Stencil Spray I like this better than the trending Pixi spray because I can actually find it and it’s not sold out. I have been using this for years!

Tri-Blend Markers I appreciate that this solves all my shading questions in one marker! No longer trying to match and buy three markers. Tri Blends take the guess work out of it.

I hope you enjoyed this year’s list! Now, I want to know…what are your favorites for 2019? Tell me in the comments!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Using Scribble Sticks and Watercolor Pencils

If you did not see my three minute video on how to use Rita Barakat stencils, please find it here:

This is the follow up of coloring in my girl! I took a ton of pictures of each step that are self explanatory. This is the stencil I used on the video and what she looked like after I connected all the lines:

 I used these to color in her face:

 I added several shades and I colored in her eyes with Scribble Sticks:

 I used a wet paint brush to smooth out the texture. I traced around her face with a darker color:

 I filled in her eyebrows with one of the darker pencils. I used the black pencil to give her eyelashes (I love a lot of eyelashes!):

 I used scribble sticks to fill in her lips by tracing around the edges and pulling the color into her lips with a wet paint brush.

 I colored in the stars:

 Now it got fun! The hair! I absolutely love to create hair! I used scribble sticks and a wet paint brush to color.

 I finished her with a little bit of glitter streaks in her hair and white dots on the purple strand:

I can not draw, but this stencil made it super easy! I can’t wait to create more in my art journal with Rita Barakat Stencils! 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!