I Got My First ArtSnacks Subscription Box!

So recently I decided that I really wanted to do an artist subscription box, both to inspire me to try new art mediums and tools and just for the sheer fun of getting a surprise in the mail each month! I received my first ArtSnacks box yesterday and here is what I got and a couple little ACEO artworks I made with the materials!


What was included this month:

A Uni-Posca Brush Tip Paint Marker
2 Marabu Graphix Aqua Watercolor Pens
A Tombow Fudenosuke Soft Tip Brush Pen
A Sakura SumoGrip Mechanical Pencil
A Cherry Lifesaver (I do love the candy!)

My favorites are the watercolor pens, the soft tip brush pen, and the SumoGrip pencil! The Uni-Posca marker is the most expensive item in the box, but I don’t find it works as well as I had hoped.

Here are a couple little ACEO art trading cards I made with the materials from the box:




Ugly Baby Coloring Book Page

Is this one UGLY baby or what? I chose to color this one just because I found it funny how hideous this creature is:


As always, you can find my completed coloring book pages and other art for sale at my Ebay store!

A Few New Coloring Book Pages

I wanted to share a few of my favorite new coloring book pages I have completed. If you like any of these, they are for sale on my Ebay store!

I really like this creepy guy peeking out of a well….


Who doesn’t love cats, hamburgers, and french fries?


Black and metallic colored pencils are always a good match…


Even simple trees can be creative…



Adult Coloring is Art

In my opinion, adult coloring is art, and it does take at least some artistic talent to create a visually appealing adult coloring book picture. Of course, I’m probably biased since lately adult coloring has been a hobby I’ve been into, but since several people have bought pieces I colored from my Ebay store, I guess I’m not completely crazy for thinking it is artistic. Here are a few of my favorite pictures I’ve colored recently:








Video: New ACEO Artworks! Lots of Mixed Media Collages!

Hi everyone! This is just a short post to share a recent video I made showing off some of my newest ACEO art trading card artworks (both those I make and sell and those I have collected from other artists!) I love the world of miniature art and hope others get into the hobby too! It is an affordable, space-saving way to collect and display original art! Lately I’ve really been into mixed media collage artwork, which I’m sure you can tell from the video:


New YouTube Vlog Playlists, Featuring Book & Collectible Toy Reviews

I recently decided to start two new vlog series focusing on two of my favorite hobbies/obsessions. The first vlog series is called “Toy Talk” and will feature all kinds of collectible toys (mostly I collect toys based on my favorite characters, so will focus a lot on that). Here is an example of the toy series which features new Mario Bros. collectibles…

The second vlog series is entitled “Book Talk” and will feature reviews of books I have read or am currently reading. I will occasionally throw in a video about one of my own books, but mostly I plan to feature the work of other authors. For one of my first videos in this series, I featured the new book “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” which is a companion book to the HBO documentary sharing the same name…

Lastly, I wanted to let everyone know that I also arranged playlists for my vlog videos on other subjects, that way it is easy for viewers to find the subjects they are interested in and just watch all those videos if they so desire. Besides “Toy Talk” & “Book Talk”, the other available playlists on my YouTube channel are broken into the following subjects: “My Asperger’s Syndrome Vlog“, “Art & Writing Vlog” and “News & Entertainment Vlog“.

Too Easily Influenced? I know I sure am!!!

My husband often jokes about how easily influenced I am.  Like yesterday, I was sitting in the bathtub reading a book, when suddenly the author mentioned fresh-baked chocolate cookies.  As soon as I drained the water from the tub, I headed to the kitchen to make a batch of no bakes.  This is a repeating pattern in my life.  A commercial comes on for Taco Bell?  I want Mexican!  Pizza Hut has a new pizza?  I must have Italian!  Ni Hao Kai-Lan is on?  Chinese for dinner!  And I want a cute little koala friend as well!

Besides the potential for making me chubby, this tendency to go with whatever catches my eye can sometimes be a danger to my career as well.  How so?  Because I forget what I’m really good at when something else inspires me or catches my eye.  I have noticed this with my hobbies.  I have gone through phases of jewelry-making, sewing, yoga, drawing, photography, playing various musical instruments, cooking, dancing and many other now forgotten obsessions.  Not that any of these things are bad…they are all fun in their own way and can be educational.

My problem is I seem to get obsessed for a short period of time and then move on to another interest.  Except for writing, I rarely ever stay with anything for any length of time.  Plus, when I let all of these other things suck me in too far, I often neglect my writing, the one talent that I really want to cultivate.

My writing itself can be highly influenced as well.  I know what my style is and what genres I really should stick with, but when I read a great work of art, it makes me want to recreate the magic.  When I was reading Harry Potter, I wanted to write the next great fantasy series.  When I used to read Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes, I wanted to write a mystery series.  Mother Goose and Dr. Seuss make me want to rhyme, and Edgar Allan Poe makes me want to scare people.  Reading manga makes me want to write a comic book (even if I can’t draw worth a crap).  And in the meantime, while all of these internal monologues rage about what I could write, the projects that I should be working on languish.

Sometimes all this makes me wonder…is there a specific kind of ADD that only attacks writers or other creative types?  Maybe I just need some Ritalin.  Or some self-discipline.  Or another cookie…I just saw another commercial 🙂