Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sharp Pencils, Sharp Mind

I made a trip over the neighborhood art supply store this past week, looking for some thick translucent paper to make templates with — but it was also just an excuse to get out of the studio and jog my brain a bit, which was in a bit of a creative rut.

Akamai Art & Glass is local shop I like to visit it often, kind of like my trips to the farmer's market or co-op. I know all of the areas of the art store quite well, but enjoy wandering about to see if there's anything new that will spark an idea or give a burst of creative energy....a paint brush, a new type of clay, etc. My favorite spot to linger is the writing utensil area, where I can test out different pens and pencils by scribbling a few marks on a pad of paper set out just for that purpose. It's hard to not walk out of there with a new pen to draw with.

This time, however, it was not something shiny and bright that caught my attention, but a tried and true classic. As I was scanning the area I noticed a 12-pack of good old #2 pencils, and without a second thought tossed it into my basket along with a few white erasers, went back to the studio, sharpened all of them, and returned to my sketch book with renewed energy.

It's amazing how such a simple tool can hold so much potential, and make everything seem possible.

~ Kata Golda

Look in the new Summer 2011 issue of Petite Purls for Kata Golda's tutorial on how to sew an egg-shaped chick from felt.

SHOP: & Etsy

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