The paper doesn’t cost much, but the ink, unfortunately does.
A friend recently told us about HP Ink. $2.99 for 50 pages payable monthly. $1 per every 10 extra pages over the 50.
We were spending $43 for two cartridges – 1 black, 1 color – for our old HP printer…times two printers…total $86. Every time we went to the cash register to pay for them, we squeaked. It was painful to fork over that much money on tiny little printer cartridges.
It didn’t take a pair of rocket scientists to figure out which was the better deal…and we weren’t rocket scientists.
To qualify for the program, we had to purchase an HP printer that was compatible. That was easy. Go to Walmart, spend $25, take home a new printer and set it up. We bought two, one for hubby’s office and one for mine. We bought the same model printer and did one $2.99 monthly ink subscription.
That’s what we say here at our house when we do something stupid.
We live out in the country next a river, surrounded by farm fields. Wéve also got a bun-load of bunnies! Darling brown cotton-tail bunnies with little white tummies and tails that bob up and down when they take off across the fields. Those little tails look like bouncing cotton balls.
We call them “runny bunnies.”
See those sets of Prismacolor pencils up there? All three of them?
The complete set of 150 colored pencils, the complete set of 36 Verithins, and the set of 36 watercolor pencils? Yes, those.
I don’t have them anymore…..Because I’m a dumb bunny.
I sold them in one lot on eBay because I wasn’t using them. I do everything on the iPad – drawing and coloring – so I can send things to my stamp company and upload on social media. I don’t have time to color by hand.
I didn’t want to have expensive art supplies just laying around gathering dust and decaying with age when I’m not using them.
I thought, “Hey, how difficult can it be to learn to color with alcohol markers? Everyone colors their stamps with those, so I should use the same coloring methods on my stamps so I can produce samples they can relate to.”
How hard is it? Oh, just mostly impossible…for me.
So, after I wasted a bunch of time and money purchasing alcohol markers, trying and struggling to learn to use them, and finding out it’s well-nigh impossible, I went back to what I CAN use…colored pencils.
I CAN’T color with alcohol markers.
I CAN color with colored pencils….except for the fact that I got rid of them.
And then I had to buy them….AGAIN.
And THAT would be why I’m a dumb bunny.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with bunnies. We all love bunnies.
Would you like to have a complete, good-quality coloring kit that won’t cost an arm, leg, kidney or plasma, but don’t know where to start?
Here are my quick, cheap recommendations, followed by the longer, more expensive versions, all of which I have, use and highly recommend.
Crayola is my go-to brand because I’m a mom and have kids who like to raid my art supplies, all while I’m working on professional art projects, lol, so it keeps them from destroying my expensive stuff.
Artists can and do produce good artwork using Crayola products, believe it or not!
Sakura Gelly Roll pens – white for adding highlights, corrections, $4
Blending pen (water-based, not alcohol), $4
Blending pencils, $4
Eraser pencils for fine details to get in corners and create highlights, $4
Arteza, OOKU, etc., waterpen brush set of 6 tips, set, $10
Canson mixed media pads – small, medium, large, $6-$10
Clipboard, regular or larger size for art, $2-$6
White printer paper, pack, $4
Cardstock, #110 pound, white, $5
Cardstock, black, $5
Cardstock, Kraft paper, $5
TOTAL $200, plus or minus
Note: Walmart doesn’t carry Crayola Tri-tone pencils, oil pastels, pearlescent pastels, watercolor pencils, fine-tip markers, Color and Blend pencils or product lines, or gel pens. However, Walmart.com does. I purchased mine at Crayola.com, EBay, and Amazon.
These are my go-to coloring supplies when I’m not creating on the IPad. I also have the more expensive stuff, but I’m afraid to use it, lol.
DUAL PURPOSE PRODUCT
These Crayola products are all watersoluble and can be used as paint, as well as pencil, markers, pens and pastels, so each one is dual-purpose!
Draw a line, use the waterbrush pen or a paintbrush dipped in water and it becomes a painted line!
I recommend the largest sets of colors in the markers and pencils because you need the full range of tones for skin tones for portraits – pets and people – as well as for shading.
Otherwise, a basic set of 36 colors is a good set to start with, and these colors can be blended to create new shades.
Scribble a marker or pastel on a plastic lid or plate, dip a wet paint brush in the color, use it as watercolor paint on mixed media or #110 cardstock.
DO YOU REALLY NEED EXPENSIVE ART SUPPLIES?
It’s not the product you use, it’s your ability to use it. I can draw with a burned matchstick, and it looks as if I had used a piece of charcoal produced by a well-known art company.
Expensive art supplies DO have better pigmentation, lay down, ease of use, etc., but it really depends on the skill of the user.
Crayola products are so solid in terms of quality, color, vibrancy, ease of use, lay down and cost that it’s a great product for beginning and intermediate colorists.
SAVE MONEY ON PRINTER INK
And while you’re at it, sign up with HP Ink to save money on printing off coloring pages and stamps! $2.99 per month!
Purchasing an HP ink cartridge for our printer runs about $45 for the black and white and color.
For $25, you can buy a new HP printer at Walmart, then sign up at HP.com for their amazing ink savings deal: $2.99 per month for 50 pages. And if you need to print more than that for some reason, it will cost you only $1 per every 10 pages over that.
Fans are fabulous, fantastic, frou-frou, frivolous, fancy, and fun!
And, they are a favorite subject of mine. I’ve spent hours researching antique, vintage and modern fans.
Did you know there are handfan museums? Yes, indeed! Much to my great delight. In fact, there are many around the world!
Brise, eventail, ivory, lace, wood, feather, bone, bamboo, painted, printed, paper, silk, inlaid, mother of pearl, tortoiseshell, advertising, modern, vintage, antique….many words to describe the huge variety of gorgeous fans used in countries around the world since the beginning of time.
Mother of pearl, silk, bone, brise, carved, laced and feathered fans are my personal favorites, especially if they come with the original silk ribbon or tassel!
Be still my beating heart…..flutter….flutter….flutter.
Did you know hand fans can be used to convey secret messages?
I restore vintage dolls, and I make sure they each have their own miniature fan, when appropriate. Antique fashion dolls do, as well.
My two boys are fascinated by my small fan collection and begged for one of their own, so they each have a modern wooden and silk folding fan…albeit pink and blue with lots of flowers, lol. That’s all I’ve got to give them.🤣
I have a cheap white plastic floral handfan in my handbag I purchased from Dollar Tree for $1. It’s ugly, but its tough for banging around in my bag, and it works!
I didn’t intend to design the above image with fans, but the fan and designs add elegance to the entire evening affair. When one is in evening attire, one must have the proper accessories, and that includes fans….Especially large fans with big plumey ostrich feathers!
For a very short period of time, we are offering this image to one special person as a free digital download just for leaving a comment on the post in my Sherry West Arts Coloring and Crafts Facebook group. If you would like the chance to get her before anyone else does, head on over and leave a comment. I will choose one lucky person very, very soon!
This elegant ensemble will then be available in my Etsy shop for just $0.99!
Before designing coloring pages, rubber and digital stamps, I enjoyed using my photographs to create greeting cards.
At the time, I was completely unfamiliar with the stamping and cardmaking world, and was on a very limited budget. These are cards are so plain now when I look at them. The only supplies I had were some $5 cardstock from Walmart, ribbon, glue dots and edging scissors.
Now, I have more varieties of paper, ribbon, embellishments, pens, trimmers, edgers, shape cutters and techniques.
Just think of what I could do with these cards now!