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Fond-ain’t just for cakes …


Yay !! It’s Friday !! Hope you’re going to be CR8TiV this weekend ! I haven’t posted on here in awhile as I’ve kinda been busy tinkering with these goodies *See the pic above*. My local Jo-Ann’s craft store was having a sale on Martha Stewart molds + my coupons made it a steal. I already have the bake shop mold on the far left but the one on the center and right are the *new* ones I added to my collection. These molds are great not just for clay but they do work for hot glue cabochons/embellishments without ruining the mold. I have made adorable cupcakes using hot glue in the bake shop mold and applied some double sided tape to attach to a Birthday card.

The one on the far right is the Nature’s Starter kit. It comes with air-dry clay, floral wire, floral tape, and some sculpting tools. I have to say I don’t really like the air-dry clay that comes in the kit. It smells like hand sanitizer or alcohol-ish odor and when it fully dries it’s not hard but rather a flexible foam like material. But the clay itself is very very soft like working with marshmallows and feels similar in texture.

If you’re looking for a flexible material then this air-dry clay that comes in the kit should be fine. But if you’re looking for something harder like to make magnets or deco-den I’d suggest using a different air-dry clay like Crayola. I’ve tried using the Fimo Air-Dry clay but that one just takes too long to dry *72  hours*. I think you’re best use for this would be Polymer clay. Crayola dries fast in under 24 hours but it’s very crumbly and fragile. It will chip or crack if you accidentally drop it. It might work great as a cute paperweight but as a magnet or anything it’s a bit too heavy. I found these molds are best when used with Polymer Clay or Hot Glue.

I have also tried playing with Crayola’s model magic stuff. It’s very similar to the air-dry clay that comes in the Martha Stewart starter kit. Once it’s completely dry it also has a flexible Styrofoam-ish texture. Might be great to use only if you’re looking for a flexible end result like if you were to use it for a pin/brooch, hair accessory, etc.

Ok, now on to the next item I’ve been tinkering with. That’s the Wilton Gum Paste Flower Kit *Top pic*. This is meant for Fondant cake decorations but it works fine with Polymer clay too. You can make Faux flower arrangements with the many cookie cutter type pieces that are in the kit. The book that gives you instructions to making each flower is very detailed. One item you will also need to grab along with this item is this …


This is the Wilton Flower Impression mat. You’ll need this to make realistic details on each petal or leaf. It’s not really necessary as you can make the marks by hand with a clay tool but if you’re lazy like me this helps. The circular dots are molds to make the centers of flowers like the center for a Sunflower or Daisy. This kit is really fun and if you’re CR8TiV you can make wonderful Faux flower bouquets for someones Birthday or special occasion. With the help of chalk pastels you can color them to be as realistic as you want !

If you want a little flexible petals use Fimo Soft or the Bend ‘n Bake clay which has a bit of a rubbery flex to it. But this kit is really fun and I can imagine how cute it might be to use the smaller flower cutters with cookie dough and make realistic flower cookies. Give it a try and have fun !! So that’s what I’ve been up to. Also drawing here and there’s evidence of that on my Instagram page *MYTCR8TiV* where I recently did a drawing challenge of drawing a Leopard cub. Hope you have a CR8TiV weekend and remember to B3 B0LD … B3 iNSPiR3D … B3 CR8TiV ~ MYT CR8TiV

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Promarkers .vs. Prismacolor : Marker comparison

prismacolor-marker-single-bHappy Friday !! The wonderful people at Prismacolor sent me a sample of their markers so I can do a comparison for you. Of course the #1 difference between the two markers is Price ! Promarkers are alot more affordable than Prismacolor markers. Equally work beautifully. I’m going to start by writing about Promarkers.

So Promarkers are made by LetraSet and they come in a vast varieties of colors. The best value in my opinion is buying the 12 color Sets. There’s a Set 1 and Set 2. If you purchase both set 1 & 2 you will have 24 colors to work with and Set 2 seems to be the most popular that is often goes OUT OF STOCK quickly.

In the Set 1 are the following colors : Henna ~ Ruby ~ Bright Orange ~ Canary ~ Lime Green ~ Forest Green ~ Sky Blue ~ Indigo Blue ~ Amethyst ~ Rose Pink ~ Cool Gray ~ Black and a Colorless Blender pen.

In Set 2 are the following colors : Walnut ~ Umber ~ Soft Peach ~ Primrose ~ Lemon ~ Artic Blue ~ Cobalt Blue ~ Fuschia Pink ~ Cerise ~ Pale Pink ~ Almond ~ Sun Kissed Pink and a Colorless Blender pen.

Promakers color layout is very smooth and what I mean by color layout is when you color with them you will not see streaking like you would with Crayola markers or Roseart. The only trouble I have had with Promarkers is that they were dried out. My 1st set I bought was the Promarker set 1 and the Indigo Blue marker was dried out. I had to exchange the pack hoping the 2nd one didn’t have any dried out markers. So be sure to check each marker in your packs.

Recently Promarkers had a sale on their 2013 Seasonal 24 color marker set and to my disappointment I found another dried up marker and one that was saturated in ink that it was dripping out the tip. Promarkers were nice enough to send me replacements. Other than the fact that I kept finding dried out markers they color very smoothly and blend well. They do tend to bleed through the paper so be sure that you use a thick paper.

Now with Prismacolor markers they sent me a Carmine Red, Crimson Red, and Tan. The Tan marker had a brush tip and Fine tip. The Carmine Red and Crimson Red has a Chisel tip and Fine tip. The first thing I noticed when I tested these sample markers out was the strong nail polish like smell. I definitely would advise using these markers in a well ventilated room as they are pretty strong smelling markers.

The color layout was flawless similar to the Promarkers. I do like the feel of the marker in your hand it feels comfortable to hold where as the Promarker kinda leaves your hands tired after awhile. I can’t really tell you if there’s any BIG differences between the two markers beside price but I think if you have the money I would go with both brands of markers. Colors vary with both brands so colors that Promarkers don’t have Prismacolor probably does and vice versa. Promarkers offer 148 colors to chose from and Prismacolor has 200. I would be satisfied for a very long time if I had 348 colors to chose from.

Overall I think if you can afford them get Prismacolor markers but if you’re on a budget Promarkers are the next best thing. My opinions about the Prismacolor markers is different than the Prismacolor Colored Pencils. I actually like the colored markers just wish I could afford a set. :P

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Paracord “Survival” Bracelet uses …

Snoopy_and_Woodstock_campingIf you read my previous post I was talking about how I am trying out a *new* craft expanding my never ending repertoire of Crafts which was Paracord bracelets. You know you are deeply addicted to a craft project when your hands end up with calluses and you’ve burnt your fingers a few times. :P

I really enjoy making these Paracord bracelets and I intended to … 1.) Learn a *new* craft – 2.) Make some for myself – 3.) Use them as gifts for Birthdays and such. I never imagined the BOOM it would become when my husband goes to work making a Paracord bracelet I made him and end up getting orders from co-workers who also wanted one !!

(ñ~ñ) It felt like I was getting non-stop orders for like a week which was quite fun since making these Paracords are quite simple and making one only takes me about 15-20 minutes. Things are finally starting to settle down and everyone is happy with their Paracord bracelets. One of my co-workers though asked why they’re called Survival bracelets and if I can provide him a list of ways to use them for survival.

I starting writing up a list to include in each Paracord bracelet order. I found 10 ways a Paracord Bracelet can save your Life on a website @ Some of the ways kinda seems dumb to me like the flossing for example. Who would think about flossing when they’re lost in the wilderness ? I tweaked the list a bit adding my own ways.

But before I post up my list. Let me explain to you the different Paracord string numbers. I’m sure if you’re making Paracords  yourself you’ve purchase Paracord strings and wondered what the 325 and 550 meant. Those numbers determine how much weight the Paracord string can stand. I haven’t exactly tested it myself to see if it’s true but apparently 325 means it can withstand 325 lbs. and 550 can withstand 550 lbs.

Each Paracord bracelet depending on the length of it has 8-20′ feet of rope. That’s enough rope to help you hike a small cliff or climb up a tree for a higher view of your surroundings. So with that being said here is the list of the 10 ways a Paracord Bracelet can save your Life with a few of my own ways added in …

  • 1.) Make a Shelter : You can use the Paracord rope to tie branches together to make the frame for a tent and use leaves to fill in the walls.
  • 2.) Go Fishing : The inner threads of a Paracord bracelet can be tied together to make a Fishing net to catch fish and if you have a hook or any metal that can be bent into a hook you can attach it to the Paracord. Bait wise find bugs or dig for worms.
  • 3.) Trap Food : Make a snare trap using a branch and catch any animal that happens to be passing by.
  • 4.) Start a Fire : If you have a lighter the interior of a Paracord bracelet make very good fire starter. But if you don’t have a lighter you can create a bow using the Paracord rope and twirl a stick til friction causes a fire.
  • 5.) Make a Tourniquet : There are many poisonous plants and animals in the wild. If you happen to get bit or hit by one you can wrap a Paracord rope around your arm/leg to make a tourniquet to cut off blood flow.
  • 6.) Mark a Trail : Mark your path by tying a piece of Paracord around a tree so you know how to get back the way you came.
  • 7.) Repair your Backpack/Shoes : If you happen to break your shoe laces while wandering the wilderness … a Paracord bracelet rope can be used as a shoelace replacement and if you rip a hole in your backpack you can sew it back up using the interior threads from the bracelet. *You’ll need a needle but if you have a knife  you can widdle one from a piece of wood*
  • 8.) Protect your belongings : Use your Paracord bracelet rope to string up your personal belongings high up in the trees so that wildlife cannot get to them.
  • 9.) Hang your clothes to dry : Tie your paracord between two trees/branches to create a laundry line to hang your clothes up after washing them in the river or crossing a river or if the weather turns into a down pour.
  • 10.) Climb up high : Depending on the rope strength used in the Paracord bracelet *I use 550* it can hold alot of weight. Use it to help yourself climb up a tree to get a better view of your surroundings or to climb up small cliffs. Might be useful if you are being chased by a wild animal. (¬⌂¬) Except bears as they can climb trees.

So those are the top 10 ways that your Paracord bracelet can save your life. Let us hope that we never have to use them but you feel safe knowing that if you do have one you’ll be okay for the time being. Please, be prepared and safe on all your CR8TiV adventures !!

B3 SAF3, B3 iNSPiR3D, B3 BOLD, B3 CR8TiV ~ MYT CR8TiV.


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Happy 4th of July !!

4th of July 2014Handrawn By : MYT CR8TiV™-2014©

Well, I’m a few hours early but I wanted to post this now as I may not be able to post this tomorrow. Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy 4th of July !! Remember to use your brains when playing with Fireworks and be courteous to others if you’ll be camping at a park to view a Fireworks show. Don’t ruin other peoples 4th of July celebrations as these are memories that we will all cherish for years to come.

Many of you have been asking what I have planned for 4th of July. I think my husband and I are just going to just spend it on the internet. :P I’m not a BIG fan of crowded places especially with my Social Anxiety Disorder that makes being in a very crowded place uncomfortable. We’re currently without a TV so watching a movie at home or fireworks show broadcasts is out. Some of you said what about family gatherings ? Our families are not exactly the gathering type. Everyone pretty much keeps their distance and living their own lives with no interest in really gathering together. We kinda prefer it that way as our families are kinda Drama creators.

We don’t really have a clue where to go that’s special for 4th of July so we’re most likely just going to go down to dinner some place then quietly enjoy our time together at home. I got a large comissioned craft order to fill so I’ll probably busy myself working on that. Other than that just an ordinary day I guess. Hope you all will have a memorable 4th of July with lots of memories made to cherish for years to come. Try and B3 CR8TiV !!

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Being CR8TiV is a endless learning process …

creativityHello ! Hope your weekend is starting off in a positive way. I had to repost this image bcuz it holds so true especially to me at least. I have been CR8TiV since the day I got my hands on a paintbrush or glob of playdoh in kindergarten but after 20+ yrs. of creating and crafting there are alot of mistakes made, learned, and frustrating moments where I hit a snag in a project.

My recent one has to be with paracord bracelets. If you read my previous post I explained that I am currently addicted to making paracord “Survival” bracelets. I made one ofr my husband which he loves wearing and a co-worker requested me to make him one in Black and Camouflage.

I didn’t have any camoflage color so I made a trip to my craft store to get some. My local Jo-Ann’s store was having a sale on paracord items. I bought a BIG 50 pack of buckles to use for my paracords but these buckles were double slotted on one end. (┬ ⌂ ┬) I’ve never used these double slotted ones before so I was a bit unsure how to use them.

This time there were no tutorials on YouTube to teach me how to loop through the double slots. But I did find a photo step by step but I learn better watching a video. So I had to go blind with this one and experiment, make mistakes, learn, and grow ! This expedition of trying to figure out how to loop through the double slots really did push my buttons. There were a few times I did shout in frustration with my husband looked at me like (Ó⌂ò) and suggested I take a break ?

But (ܱÜ) But I was determined to figure this out and wasn’t gonna stop til I got it down. Eventually I did get it which made me feel like Einstein finding the answer to his theory of relativity. I shouted OMG YES !! It scared my dog Leila jump and she scampered away as she was laying next to me as I figured out this double slot.

Finally was able to figure it out but had to stop from completely finishing the bracelet. You know you’re seriously addicted to a craft when you develop injuries in the process. Tugging on the paracord string to ensure it’s tightly woven has given me sorta a blister/callus on my right middle finger. It’s a tad red and sore so guess I gotta give my paracord bracelet addiction a rest to give my poor finger time to heal up.

Umm … for those of you who are also into making Paracord bracelets and have trouble figuring out the measurements for the bracelets I found this really good reference chart **(See Image Below ↓)

Paracord Chart

I don’t follow the Bracelet Spine lengths bcuz general rule is to make your paracord strings of equal length as it’s been to finish and still have plenty of string left than finishing and not having enough string making your bracelet too short. I tried using the 8 ½” inch bracelet with the 21″ inches x 85″ inches and the bracelet didn’t come out to 8 ½” inches. But when I just used the 85″ inches for both colors I was able to make the bracelet the length I wanted and still have some left in case I need it longer.

Give it a try !! It’s quite easy to weave a paracord bracelet. (=~=) Really wish I could make some video tutorials for you guys or at least maybe a photo to photo step by step but I don’t really have a proper craft space to do any type of filming. I promise in the future when my husband and I get a home of our own I’ll start up a whole shabang of interactive tutorials for my CR8TiV Arts. Enjoy your weekend and B3 CR8TiV !!


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Paracord Survival ….


Hey, everyone ! Sorry I haven’t been posting up any Art or anything lately. I’ve been busy with my *new* addiction which is making paracord bracelets. I’ve seen these around and actually bought a couple but never realized just how easy it is to make one. If you can tie your own shoes then this can easily be done and once you learn the basics you can use any type of string from shoelace string to yarn to make one of these.

A fair warning though it takes ALOT of string to make just 1 paracord bracelet. The inner weave doesn’t require alot of string but it’s the outer weave that does. The outer weave string needs to be at least twice the length of the inner weave if not a little more. For example if your inner string is 30″ inches long … you’ll need at least 60″ inches for the outer but give a few more just in case so go with like 68″ inches. You can always cut off the excess.

I started learning paracord from a kit I bought at Walmart for $5. It’s a small plastic container with everything you need to make 6 bracelets but mine apparently was used, returned, and repackaged by Walmart bcuz I had some items missing and was only able to make 3 bracelets with enough string left for maybe 1 more ? Thankfully the nice people at LeisureArts who make the starter kit are nice enough to mail me replacement items to replace the missing pieces.

Again YouTube my favorite teacher has TONS of tutorials on how to make advance bracelet designs. I kinda like the dual colored ones like the ones pictured above. I’m still debating whether to open a Etsy account and sell some of these bracelets on there. (-_-) I just don’t like that Etsy takes a small chunk of your profits. I know it’s only fair bcuz you’re using their site to sell but I kinda like profits going to my pocket as I’m the one who put the work into making the products.

But I guess whatever way I chose someone is going to be taking a small chunk. If I take payments to PayPal they take a chunk to withdrawl any amount out but it’s a small chunk. Anyways I’m wandering away again. So Paracord bracelets are also known as Survival bracelets and not too many people know what the Survival part is about.

Let me share it with you … They are call Survival bracelets bcuz they require a quite amount of length of string to make. I generally make mine using a even length for both inner and outer weave. I made a bracelet for my husband yesterday and I used 90″ inches of string which equals out to 7.5′ feet of string.

Now here’s the survival part of Paracord “Survival” bracelets … If you are ever camping or lost in the wilderness a paracord bracelet can easily be cut and unraveled giving you 7.5′ feet of rope to use in multiple ways from tying branches together to make shelter, If you use a paracord with the number 550 on it that means it will hold 550 lbs. of weight so if you need to climb up a tree to get away from a bear or to get a higher view you can use your paracord rope, and God forbid you get injured and need a torniquet the paracord rope will work. So wherever you can use a rope you can use from your paracord bracelet which is why they call it survival bracelet.

I just find it another relaxing project to keep me busy and occupied during the week. I hope to get back to drawing or clay work again real soon. Just taking a break from all that at the moment. But I am working on some clay gifts for 2 pet grooming businesses. I’ll post WIP *Work In Progress* and completion pics on my Instagram @ MYTCR8TiV.

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\(nDn)/ 50 Facebook Likes !!


Thank you for the 50 likes on my Facebook page @

It is really a wonderful feeling to know that I am slowly but surely growing a fan base for myself and I hope that in the future I can improve my ways of sharing my Artistic talents with you more. Thank you for liking me on Facebook and I hope that you will share with your friends and also share you CR8TiV projects on the page as well.

As my way of Thanks I have planned a 1st giveaway but need your help. Which sounds better to you ?

[] Plan A : Randomly pick a winner from the list of 50 likers who has liked my page to win a custom handrawn artwork by me

[] Plan B : Create a Celebration Artwork and the first three people to comment on it will win a handrawn artwork by me.

Plan B to me sounds more better for you guys bcuz three(3) people get to win instead of just one but what do you guys think ? Comment below and let me know. I’ve decided with each Like milestone I reach the giveaway prize will become more and more EPIC. So the next giveaway will be at 100 likes ! Good Luck and Thank you for liking !!

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Endless CR8TiVity ….

creativity\(n D n)/ Good Morning and Happy Friday ! Hope you’re going to be having a CR8TiV weekend. So CR8TiVity is something that is infinite and endless. Being CR8TiV is a lifelong learning process ! You learn everyday whether it’s trying to learn something *new* or perfecting a skill you already have. The quote I posted above by Mary Lou Cook describes it perfectly !! CR8TiVity is about growing, experimenting, discovering or sculpting who you are as an Artist.

(u_u) I’ve been drawing since the day I could hold a crayon and it’s taken many MANY years before I’ve reached the spot I am today. Even though I have over 20+ yrs. of experience there’s alot I still have to learn. With the help of YouTube, Pinterest, DeviantArt, etc. I’m able to learn *new* techniques or perfect ones that needs improving.

(O_o) June is almost over and we’re half way through the 2014 year. Can you believe it that it’s only 6 months away from 2015 ? How’s those New years resolutions coming along ? LOL Of course I’m not very good at keeping up with resolutions so I bailed on that years ago. I kinda prefer to just live everyday life as it happens without any schedule, plan, to-do list, etc. Just let whatever happen happen and continue on with my everyday life. It’s less stressful in my opinion.

Anyways I wanted to end my 2014 year by doing something challenging and challenge myself while giving back to others through my Art. This is something I personally wanted to do but I thought maybe you guys might enjoy it too. So I’ve always loved Animals ! All sorts of animals from wild to domestic. (=~=”) Not too fond of certain bugs but I like butterflies, ladybugs, etc. Just not things like Spiders and Cockroaches !! (>∩<)

Now for Domestic I ♥ Dogs and Cats !! I have two(2) dogs … Leila who just turned 2 yrs. old and Moose who just turned 8 yrs. old. (n_n) I’m such a proud K9 Mama to know that my widdle Moose that I adopted at 5 months is now an old and happily aging 8 yr. old. Leila who was such a tiny pup is now a BIG lady !! My Mom calls Leila the Black Bear. :P She kinda does resemble one. If you were to mix a Black Bear with a Wolf that’s what my Leila looks like. She’s all Black in color and just a big teddy bear. Hehe …

So my personal sending off 2014 with a challenge idea is to draw different dog breeds. I’ve been trying to draw out different dog breeds. I drew my friends Pomchi “Powder” which sadly got Lost and never been found. I’m currently drawing a Pomeranian … One of my favorite dog breeds and dream pet. My God-Mother was a Pom Breeder and used to have almost 20 Pomeranian living in her garage til she retired. Her final and last Pomeranian passed away at the age of 21. But I used to love helping her raise the Pom puppies and care for them too. I grew up with those puff balls ! (ñ_ñ)

My personal challenge is to draw a different dog breed by the end of 2014. I figured I’d end up stuck with a album of dog breed portraits and I have a pile of finished artwork all over the house. I dunno what to do with them after I’ve finished them. Most of them I do post up on my Facebook page or one of my other Gallery pages like on Flickr, Tumblr, Instagram, etc. But I thought I’d do my first *FREE* Giveaway challenge by drawing your pet dog. Just send me a photo of your dog and I’ll handraw your dog portrait and color it as well. I will email you the finished drawing and mail it to you *FREE* with the additional option of donating a few bucks to have it framed or for more Art Supplies so I can do more art giveaways in the future.

So what do you think ? Does this seem like something you’d like to participate in ? If so just email me at : or message me on Facebook. ( ‘ _ ^) Either way I’m gonna try drawing a different dog breed each week but I thought it’d be an extra challenge if I draw your pet instead. I’ll do cats in the future for those of you who don’t have a dog. (=~=”) I still need improvement on drawing cats. Hehe … *ahem* *clears throat*

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Not all Colored Pencils are the same …


Happy Friday ! I hope you’ll have a CR8TiV weekend !! So I want to say I finally got myself a set of Prismacolor Colored Pencils. My husband won the monthly gift card raffle at his work and picked out a $25 Staples gift card !! So with that plus+ using for the Staples Price Match guarantee I was able to get a 48 color set for like $6 dollars. Once in a lifetime deal, huh ? So soon as I got home I put the Prismacolors to the test as my usual colored pencils were Crayola colored pencils or my years old collection which consisted of Prang, RoseArt, No-Name Brands, and Crayola mixed in.

I have to admit Prismacolors do go down smoothly and completely cover the coloring area without leaving any white patches. Crayola tends to do that unless you press down hard to color darkly and evenly so there are no white patches. But I guess bcuz I’m not used to using such a high-end professional quality coloring pencil set I was kinda (¬~¬) Meh ! About the Prismacolor pencils. I went to grab a Red Prismacolor pencil but my set doesn’t have a Red. There’s a Crimson Red, Carmine Red, Poppy Red … (@~@) I’m just so used to just grabbing the colored pencil called Red – Rojo and not being bombarded by the variety of Red hues. (=_=) Not to mention none of these are the red hue I was lookin for.

I am still grateful that I was even able to get a set of Prismacolor pencils but this 48 set doesn’t really offer a large variety of colors. I have to say that to be honest I was quite disappointed by all the hype that my fellow Art friends gave me about how great Prismacolor pencils were. They are insanely expensive costing you like $200 for a 150 color set. But I think after having this 48 colors Prismacolor set it made me appreciate and realize that my small 50 color Crayola crayon set isn’t as bad of a quality. You have a large array of colors to choose from and they are very affordable not to mention last you YEARS !! I think I’ve had my old set for over 5+ yrs !! Certain colors are down to stumps like Black, Blue, Red … colors I tend to use most often. But I now appreciate them and know having high quality art products isn’t all that you think it’s suppose to be. Sometimes having low-end are just as good as high-end.

Now I want to share a review on another brand of coloring pencils that I decided to give a try. It’s called CraZArt ? I often wondered if they’re RoseArt just under a *new* name but after doing internet research they’re made by a former RoseArt’s CEO or something. Anyways I bought the 72 color set @ Walmart for $5 dollars and gave it a go. I love that their colors are given professional sounding names and the package claims to have vibrant colors which they do. My one and only gripe is that when going to sharpen them the tip broke several times. But I’m not blaming the coloring pencil itself quite, yet. I think my cheap dollar store pencil sharpener might be to blame.

These pencils in my opinion do out perform the Crayola colored pencils as they are vibrant in color and the colors layout alot smoother than the Crayola which tend to leave white patches. I like having a large variety of colors and I think if you’re looking for a nice set of coloring pencils with a variety of color choices buy a pack of Crayola 50 color colored pencils and the 72 color CraZArt colored pencils together combined you’ll have approx. 122 colors to chose from. Some colors that Crayola has CraZArt doesn’t and what CraZArt doesn’t have Crayola has so that alone should balance any issues with color variety. I think spending like $13 bucks for approx. 122 colors is alot more affordable than paying almost $200 for 150 colors of Prismacolors.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll post up my review on these Glitter markers I purchased from Target for $2.99 compared to the Atyou Spica Glitter markers which can cost about $10 for 6. Please, feel free to comment and let me know if you are finding my frugal craft artist product reviews helpful and if you have any you’d like to share.


The importance of Color Gradients …


Hello … Happy Friday !! (-__-) I really wish I could do more to show you guys things better that just what’s written here. But I don’t exactly have a Art studio space or any space that is appropriate for filming or live tutorials so I apologize that I can’t show you exact examples or tutorials of what I’m talking about most of the time on here. But I promise in the future when things get better in my personal life that I will create a space where I can do YouTube tutorials and show better examples to go with the postings.

But anyways today I’m gonna talk about color gradients. Some might better know them as Ombre where a color goes from a dark to lightest gradient. Well, not too many people probably realize just how important a Ombre color gradient is in the art world. It’s probably just as important as knowing your primary colors in the painting world. Ombre color gradients are used in many areas of art. When coloring a tree drawing you are using a Green Ombre color gradient where you use Dark green, Green, Yellow-Green, Light Green, Pastel Green, and sometimes a mix of yellow, orange, and brown to illustrate the colors in a lush green tree.

Another example would be when coloring hair … I’m sure many of you have viewed YouTube videos of Manga/Anime hair and you’ll see it’s not just straight black or yellow or brown … it is a Ombre or color gradient of a Dark to Light shade. You’d start off with the lightest color then blend in darker as you go. Skin tone is just the same … You go from lightest to dark and darker to shadow in areas. This picture below that I made might be a good example of that …


I used a ombre color gradient for the hair. I started with a tan/beige color then brown then darker brown at the tips. The Sun is also in a gradient. I used peach then orange and red orange to give a blended color look. The skin tone on her arms are the same. I started with a light off-white color “Sand” then Peach then Salmon pink to give shade and color. I hope someday I can provide tutorials to give you better live examples but for now I’m sure you get what I’m talking about. No only do color gradients “Ombres” blend together well they can often create very beautiful images like a sunset or widened rainbow spectrum.

Try and experiment using Ombre gradients in your artwork whether it’s painting, colored pencils, or drawings. B3 CR8TiV … And please feel free to share your art on my Facebook page. I’d love to see your CR8TiV creations as well !! Have a wonderful Three(3) Day weekend for those who are off on Memorial day !!

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