Monday, April 27, 2009

New Pencils, EDM #76, and CED 2009

I received a 15% off your entire order including sale items from Michael's that was good for 4 pm to 8 pm yesterday; and I couldn't resist. I went in to town around 4:30 and purchased a Xyron adhesive refill and a slightly damaged Strathmore Sketch pad - 14" by 17", 60 #, with a bit of a curl in one corner. It had been marked down from $21.99 to $5.99 and then an additional 15% was taken at the register. I also bought a set of Gioconda 12 Soft Pastel Pencils.

I tried them while drawing this crocus. They are like butter, but leave quite a bit of "dust" that at first I mistakenly tried to brush off (that explains the smudge in the upper left part of the picture. For the rest of the picture, I removed the "dust" the PROFESSIONAL way - I blew it off! I think maybe there is something about these amazingly soft pencils that I have to learn, but for now I am not totally displeased with the end result.

As usual, the original looks a bit better than the photo.

I'm off today to work on ephemera packs with my friend Nancy.

See you later.



  1. Nice! ^^ I like the color of the flower.

  2. Hi Vicki - Pastel pencils are really fun to play with! I think your flower is very nice, and I especially like the point where the flower meets the stem. It has a lot of dimension to it. Well done! hugs, nancy

  3. Enjoy your expirimenting!--there's so many things to try out there. Be carful of the dust from pastels if you have any lung problems...that's one reason why I can't use them.

  4. That's beautiful, Vicki! Sounds like you really lucked out at Michaels, have fun with your new art toys.

  5. beautiful! i love the layered petals.