Saturday, February 22, 2014

Best Day EVER!

Yes, the sun is out and the snow is gone (for now) and it's the first day of the year that really feels like spring!

But that's not the only thing marking today as so monumentally awesome. 

Let me preface this story by admitting that I am a person of very modest means.  I moved to Virginia in November with a few hundred dollars saved up, no job prospects, and no plan.  Over the past several months, I've played music on the street, taught art classes to Girl Scouts, sold commissioned artwork, and just barely managed to scrape by.

It's not that I haven't been looking for actual work.  I've applied to work at day cares and delis, at grease businesses and elderly care homes, and even posted babysitting ads on craigslist.  No dice.

So maybe the universe is trying to tell me that's not my path.

I so want to be able to do art for a living.  I haven't got many supplies to work with, and they're certainly not the highest quality, but I make do with the inexpensive, eclectic mix that's available to me.  I've been thinking for a while now that I could do such better work with REAL, quality supplies.  And that's partly been my motivation for seeking gainful employment at some "real job."

I would daydream a lot about how great it would be when I could afford to buy all the art supplies I wanted.  New pencils, sketchbooks, nice canvas, paints and quality brushes, ink and paper.  I saw it all in my mind's eye so clearly!  Money wasn't an issue, and it all came so easily.

The universe responded.

Not by giving me the money I needed to afford shiny new art supplies.  But by presenting me with quality supplies that were affordable.

This morning I drove down to Front Royal where an entire art studio was being cleaned out, and all items being sold for just A DOLLAR.

The last time I scored such an incredible $1 deal was back in December when I found an awesome vintage chair at the Re-Store in Purcerville.

I'm so thankful right now.  Paper, canvas, sketchbooks, so many pencils and fountain pens and nibs and ink and it's all pretty amazing!

I even documented my haul.  The box below and its entire contents were sold to me for $1.

The slides (which are of French Impressionist paintings), bottles of ink, set of brushes and pencils were all purchased for an additional dollar each.  I also brought home canvases, pads of watercolor paper, nice drawing paper, a big sketchbook, and a box of neon acrylic paints (not sure what I'll use those for).  I spent $24 total.

Thank You!!!

I'm ready to get to work :-)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Free Paper Cut Template!

I dunno about the rest of you, but birthday season is coming up for me.  

Which also means: It's card-making time!

As you may recall, a few months back I decided to dabble in paper cutting.

After a brief hiatus, I am back at work with blade in hand!

Today I thought I'd share this cute template with you so you can give it a whirl for yourself.

Print the image out at whatever size you want and on whatever color paper you prefer, and cut out the design.

For a professional tutorial by lovely paper cutting artist Elsa Mora, visit all about paper cutting dot com

Like she says, its advisable to start with the smallest details first, and work your way outward.  I'd also recommend using a tiny pair of scissors over a blade for the lettering.

Once finished, the paper cut may be adhered to the front of a blank card.  And voilĂ !  Handmade sweetness sure to brighten someone's special day.

I'd love to see photos of any finished products!  

If you give it a try, be sure to share on twitter and mention me @missliamendez so I don't miss it :-)