Friday, October 11, 2013

Dick Blick is Nirvana

I just got back from my trip to Portland so there is not much to share for this Paint Party Friday. I do have new paints though, and I am having a blast with them.

When I was in Portland I was fortunate to be able to go to the Blick Art Supplies store.  When I walked into the very large store I could feel heart palpitations, it was like nirvana.  I had to catch my breath. Aisle after aisle of art supplies, it was like walking into a catalog. I didn't know where to look first, so I began with what I remembered I had placed on my wish list.  I order most of my art supplies from Dick Blick so this was just like heaven.  To be able to pick up colors and look at them was such a treat. I usually am relying on color samples and you never know how true they are.  They did not have everything like the catalog does but oh there was plenty to tempt me.  I came home with these new fluorescent paints.  I just love the bold colors.

I played with the colors on this page.  They are very transparent and fun to work with. I used some Daler Rowney acrylic ink for the drips. That is so fun to use.  All you need is a little dropper full and a spray bottle and all sorts of shapes begin to appear.  This page was really all about play and exploration.

This is the cover of one of my 16 page journals.  I covered it with a gelli print.  The raven was drawn on old book page in charcoal and then glued down.  He looked pretty light so I added black gelatos on top and then a wet paintbrush.  I may add more to this cover later.

This is a work in process, in the same journal.  Just leftover paint from my palette made the background.  I have started the first layers of the face. Then I had an appointment so I needed to quit working on it till later. It feels great to be making some art again.

Head on over to Paint Party Friday's blog to see what others have been doing.  Its always a treat.


  1. Oh I want those colors!!! Gorgeous! Love your crow and the WIP is wonderful...Playing is wonderful especially with fluorescents!

    Hugs Giggles

  2. terrific pieces and loving your new colours, continue having fun with your art.
    Happy PPF, Annette x

  3. the fluorescent colors!! HPPF!

  4. nice variety of projects. I especially LOVE those neon Golden paints and what you have done with them!

  5. I always call the Dick Blick "the Mother Ship"! I haven't been to ours (about half hour or so away) for a while. Prices for DB are better thru the website....and yes being in the store is definitely sensory overload - in a good way.

  6. I love the play with all the new stuff. Blick store, it would feel like heaven. . .cannot imagine being that close. These are great projects, I like them all. What can you do with the gal, I can't wait. Blessings, Janet PPF

  7. I'm trying to figure out why I've never gone to Dick Blick, other than knowing I would spend way too much money. I must go there soon! Your pieces are all so fun. That raven is fantastic!


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