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What’s inside September Red’s Art Cart?

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Given how long I have been in the Art industry, it still surprises me that there are still art materials out there that I have never come across. I hope this is the case for some of you as well! Alcohol Inks is one of those products. I had heard of them of course but have never really seen what they are used for etc. Wow, so glad I was brave enough to give them a go because I absolutely love them!

They are the main product in the September Red’s Art Cart along with another product I have heard of, watched being used but never really had a go myself, which is YUPO paper. To say this months cart is filled with unbelievable goodliness is an understatement. Mrs Red has definitely delivered this month!

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Let’s take a look at what is inside and what you might want to add as well. Let’s start with the Jacquard Pinata alcohol inks. Every cart received 3 colours and the great thing about these inks is that even though you may think the colours may not go well together, once down on the surface the subtle blends are beautiful.

I have chosen to go with the YUPO paper, mainly because it is the most suitable for the purpose of the art cart. However, alcohol inks can be applied to glass, metal, vellum stock, fabric, clayboard and ceramic. Drawing paper isn’t very effective, with colour becoming very flat and not a lot of spread.

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YUPO paper is a synthetic paper, meaning it is tree-free. It is waterproof and tearproof. The down side to YUPO paper though is that our natural oils in our fingers will damage the surface of the paper so when handling YUPO you need to either wear a latex or cotton glove or simple use a piece of paper towel and grip it between your fingers.

The Liquitex Paint Marker pen is the finest in the Liquitex range, with a chisel tip so you can perform a stroke which is thin or thick. These pens are waterproof and also like the alcohol inks, can be applied to all kinds of surfaces, including canvas. They work really well over the top of all paints as well. The colour I chose to use in the artwork was fairly light, going on top of darker inks, so the nib did end up a little dirty but nothing a quick scribble on scrap paper can’t fix.

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And who is a Pigma Micron fan out there? Mrs Red most definitely is and really really wishes this new pen in the range was around when I had my art shop, running all the kids art classes and trying to find a good working black pen that didn’t have its nib broken by heavy little hands. The new Pigma Micron has a plastic nib (0.4) and is referred to as PN. It has the one weight but comes in 8 different slightly unusual colours. The ink and quality are undeniably the same as the rest of the range.

And what are you going to spread your alcohol ink around the YUPO paper with? I nice economical style brush. Nothing fancy about this brush but that is exactly what I wanted. All it is doing is helping spread the ink. You just have to be careful of fly away bristles.

When you purchase an Art Cart, they come with one Artist Trading Card (ATC). The intention is to experiment on the little card and either pass it on to family or friend, or you can post them back to Mrs Red and I put them in other carts and someone will receive a little artwork by a complete stranger. It’s the little things that makes us smile J

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All stock in this month’s Art Cart can be purchased through the Mrs Red’s art shop which is www.mrsredsartshop.com

As always, make sure you check out the YouTube video’s below to see an explanation of how to use the alcohol inks and YUPO paper and to watch the feather artwork come together. If you would like to subscribe to the Art Carts, then please follow the links on this website. Mrs Red was holding an online art class every month where the Art Cart subscribers could come together, however the times never suit everybody plus some people just want to be left alone, so now, when you subscribe, you are given the opportunity to hook up, one on one, with Mrs Red for a private art class for 30 minutes. This way, Mrs Red can get to know the Art Carter’s and what type of art they are into etc.

 

Red’s Art Cart is perfect for hobby artists, people who live in rural areas, artists who need that push to just get moving on something and is a great way to hold accountability for your monthly creative time. You will also use products that you would not normally purchase, and some Carts contain samples of products that normally have to be purchased in larger amounts. The feeling you get from sitting down and having a dabble is such a wonderful and healthy way to spend your down time. Give it a go!

Finally, if you have purchased this cart, please show us your artworks via Instagram or the Facebook page which is mentioned on your information card inside your cart. This way we all get to see your beautiful artworks.

Happy creating everyone!
Mrs Red
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What’s inside APRIL Red’s Art Cart?

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The theme to the April Red’s Art Cart is not really obvious until you know what it is. I have themed the Cart to be all Japanese products and the combination worked really well together. And although my example art work always features what is inside each months Cart, you can do whatever you like with your new exciting art supplies.

By now, everyone has heard about Zentangles. And if you haven’t, which rock have you been living under!!! They have been around for the best part of the last decade now and in my own brief description, a Zentangle is a pattern with structure and repetitiveness. Doodling can often be confused with Zentangling however doodling is all about just letting the pen take you where it wants and doesn’t have to create a pattern. I am definitely a ‘doodler’ although it was a lot of fun creating the artwork example for this Art Cart.

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Sakura has put together three different Zentangle packs and the one in this month’s Art Cart is called the Renaissance set because of its earthy tones. Included in the set is a sepia and a black 01 Pigma Micron pen (Mrs Red’s favourite drawing pens), a graphite pencil, a white chalky pencil and two tortillions. Also included is 5 mini tiles, a soft recycled paper, which too be honest, the chalky white pencil and the tortillions did not like at all. They were too hard for the papers soft grain. So that is what is included in just the Zentangle set. Then we also included 2 x SAI watercolour brush pens. These markers are not as common as say the Tombow Dual Brush pen however I wanted to give another brand the limelight. I might have to do a separate blog post and ‘compare the pair’ between the Tombow and Sai brush pens. Stay tuned for that. Each Cart received one Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze pen. These pens are cool as! They are like a gel pen, but the ink is thick, and it will dry raised and glossy. There are not a whole lot of colours in the range however they are more of a ‘highlight’ kind of pen so it’s nice to only have a few colours to choose from. And lastly, a Sakura Foam eraser. Again, another Mrs Red fav, mainly because they are very soft, require no pushing and the foam rolls into a little worm as you use it, meaning little mess!

Zentangle

As always, make sure you check out the YouTube video’s below to see the Zentangle being created and if you want to subscribe to the Art Carts then please follow the links on this website. PLUS, Mrs Red now holds two webinars per month where the Art Cart subscribers can come together for an art class, show their work, discuss materials, ask questions and get advice on their work, all in the comfort of their own creative space at home!

The contents of each month’s Cart are a big secret that only my art suppliers and myself know about. For you, it cuts out the decisions of what art materials to buy, finding the time to buy them and to explore products you would never select yourself. It is also a way of ‘just getting started’! There is never anything wrong with having too many art supplies!

Finally, if you have purchased this cart, please show us your artworks via Instagram or the Facebook page which is mentioned on your information card inside your cart. This way we all get to see your beautiful artworks.

Happy Zentangling everyone!

Mrs Red
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What’s inside MARCH Red’s Art Cart?

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The best part about receiving this monthly art subscription is that you never know what is going to be inside. It’s like having a birthday every month of the year! The Cart is always stocked with professional art supplies, from all over the world and although the art example piece has always been done by myself, that will not always be the case.

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March theme is around coloured pencils and the Derwent Colour Collection is the perfect way to sample different ranges from the Derwent brand. All the Art Carter’s received the tin of 12 pencils which includes 5 Coloursoft, 4 Studio, 1 Metallic, 1 Blender and 1 Burnisher pencil. But what I love the most about this tin of pencils is that it is a go anywhere kind of pack. There is an adequate colour range so very handy for travelling.

Also included is a Koi Aqua brush and the reason for including the aqua brush, apart from just being very handy to have, is that the metallic pencil is also a watercolour pencil! I have used every pencil in the tin for the drawing of the Koi fish.

Koi Fish

There is a Cretacolor coloured pencil sharpener which although feels different to use, it is designed to not allow too much of the coloured graphite to be exposed, which was hard to get used to. And finally, everyone received one of the 7 sample books from the Fabriano Boutique Paper Range. These are pocket size books with one of the 7 different grades of paper.

As always, make sure you check out the YouTube video’s below to see the Koi fish drawing taking place and if you want to subscribe to the Art Carts then please follow the links on this website. The contents of each month’s cart is a big secret that only my suppliers and myself know about. For you, it cuts out the decisions of what art materials to buy, finding the time to buy them and to explore products you would never select yourself. There is never anything wrong with having too many art supplies!

Finally, if you have purchased this cart, please please please show us your artworks via Instagram or the Facebook page which is mentioned on your information card inside your cart. This way we all get to see your beautiful artworks.

Happy drawing everyone!

Mrs Red
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