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Art Therapy: Art as healing

It is no secret that many famous artists (past and present) suffered from mental illness or even physical illnesses. I have not been diagnosed by any medical professional, but I know my body more than anyone else and I'm certain I have experienced bouts of anxiety and stress on a frequent basis. I am very happy that I have art to turn to; not just because I enjoy it or I have developing talents with it, but because it soothes those ailments without the need of medication. This may not be the end-all-be-all for everyone, but it works for me!

Magical artwork vibes

My magical unicorn; the first of it's kind. :)

Happy Friday!

I am realizing that my one year anniversary of painting is soon approaching! I am both surprised and proud of myself. Often times, my interests are fleeting from one hobby to another...but I really stuck it out with this one. I have tried cross-stitching, knitting, acrylic nail art, and many others but its been a whole year that I have attempted to learn more and do more with fine art. Yay!

Upgrade! New Watercolor Art Supplies

Wow, I haven't posted here in awhile. It seems there is never enough hours in a day to do all the things. I'm here today, though, to gush over my latest upgrade in watercolor art supplies! If you've been following my blog, you know that last year my fiancé purchased me a plethora of new and amazing art materials for me to dive head first into creating fine art. I've had a year to work with the  Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors, Reeve's Gouache, Holbein Artist's Gouche and Dr. PH Martin's Hydra Liquid Watercolors. Overtime, I have developed my likes and dislikes about certain water colors and I think I have come to a solution on how to get all of what I fancy in one place.

My Needs in Watercolor



-Palette friendly

-Generous Mixing Area

-Some lightfast capabilities

After researching a lot of the top artist/professional grade watercolors like Daniel Smith, Winsor & Newton, Schminke, and others I actually landed on a Korean brand that I've been hearing about over and over. YouTube is the biggest advertisement when it comes to the hype of certain art tools and supplies; once again I fell for the trap. (Although, I have never been lead wrong on good art supplies!) Behold, the Mijello Mission Gold Class Watercolors and the Mijello Bullet Proof Glass palette! My artist idol, Jacquelin de Leon and others use this brand and highly recommend it (as well as Daniel Smith for granulation). After e-mailing Jacquelin on skin tone additions to this palette, she recommended Daniel Smith's Naples Yellow Red for lighter skin tones that mix well with the browns in the Mission Gold 34 set. I wasted no time in making my final decision, since these were the paints I were already itching to purchase. I also headed to Dick Black website and purchased a couple Black Velvet Silver squirrel hair blend brushes. These are said to be the highest quality watercolor brushes. I've never had any good quality brushes before and I am very excited to try them. I am pretty sure what I've been using is the wrong shit.

Overall, I am very excited and I can't wait until everything arrives!

Art Experience: Custom Sticker Designs

If you have been following me on Instagram (@maramedium) you know that I have fallen head-first in love with the hobby of planners. I've kept agenda books and planners since grade school, but I've not experienced anything like this. With the planner hobby, I get the chance to mesh my interests of hand lettering/typography, scrapbooking/memory keeping, and more. All of this also helps me keep up with my day-to-day happenings. Lord knows I am forgetful!

One thing that you will learn very clearly about this hobby, is that participants love their stickers. There is an entire community of Etsy.com shops dedicated to beautifully made stickers, icons, labels and more for decorating your planner pages and customizing it to your style. Recently, JustPlanningAround sticker shop contacted (with a recommendation!) me and was hoping to get an exclusive character sticker set designed for her shop. I put my thinking cap on and went to work. Ultimately, I created this cute fish girl! Yury, the shop owner, loves her and will soon be featuring several activity stickers with this cute fish (Including the one you see above as a welcome to her shop!)

I've never had my artwork turned into a sticker before, so I am quite excited about it's debut. I think the stickers will be fun and enjoyable to all. This was an experience for me, as I've not made artwork for such a small format (an inch or less) or a custom character before. I love how everything came out and I hope the customers will as well.

Check out JustPlanningAround shop, and keep an eye out for these sticker's debut!

Wishlist: Caran D'Ache Watercolor Crayons

Happy Thursday, artists!

I thought I'd finish off the week with my second sketchbook tour! I am slowly trying to rekindle the fire of my art Youtube channel. I had almost forgotten how much I enjoyed filming and editing my art process! Check out my latest upload at MaraMedium, Sketchbook Tour (July 2016 - March 2017). Today I wanted to talk about an art supply item that I am drooling over and is definitely on my Wishlist. Keep reading for more!