Field Trip to an Art Store + Smudge Sticks

Somehow in the course of my life I have lost more erasers than I thought possible. Once again I found myself sans my hard eraser, and my kneaded eraser had become seriously nasty over the vestiges of time (and pencil trimmings). How terrible. I had to go to the art store. Woe is me.

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In all seriousness, though, going to art stores is my happy place. It’s my shoe shopping, it’s my dress trying on. It’s freaking delicious.

So of course I bought on-sale brushes, a new notebook, fresh fancy ink to try, and oh yeah also erasers.

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I also bought a smudge stick.

Crazy as it is, I’ve never really used a smudge stick before. They’ve been around, and I sort of understand their point, but smudge sticks are not a tool I keep in my box. So I figured it was time to give it a solid try by doodling out some concept sketches for a short story I wrote and using the smudge stick very sparingly to give it that ‘field notes’ look I was going for.

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I’m still not sure how I feel about the thing. But more tools in my box is never a bad thing!

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Capricon 36! Wherein I Showed Art

Well this is slightly after-the-fact, but I went to Capricon 36 (a lovely little convention down in Chicago) and took part in my first-ever art show!

Since I’m late in the game reporting these fun times, I won’t go into too much detail. But it was a great experience and full of great people I’m delighted at having met and learned from. I got to meet Karen Ann Hollingsworth (http://www.wrenditions.com/) who is just delightful, and my friend Sam ran the art show, and although she was running around being All Important, she also showed art herself (https://www.etsy.com/shop/SamHainPress).

In sum: lovely humans, lovely art, lovely time.

(From now on I’ll talk about art shows BEFORE they happen, not after. ;P)

Here’s what my stuff looked like!

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I also sold prints!

You may notice those items that look a bit like cards. A bit like cards that you can buy… 😉 More on that very (very!) soon. Stay tuned!