I recently went to a well-known artist haven: Michael’s. Amidst the fragrant wood projects and fluffy brush bristles, one can’t help but be inspired. Unless you return and see once again that they have no Copics in stock. Sigh. Much sadness.
Nevertheless, it was still fun. I had gone with the mission of finding storage for pinback buttons and a shelving unit for 50% off. It was a success! The containers for buttons I actually found in the jewelry aisle, but they look like they’ll be a good size.
I picked up a few miscellaneous things as well. I desperately needed new scissors, as the ones I had were bent and dull. My mom was with me, and she picked out a nice portfolio for some of my larger drawings. They had just been sitting in a pile on my desk collecting dust, so it’s nice to have a safe place for them.
The Sakura Gelly Rolls were intriguing to the point where I felt I had to get them. So far I’ve been pretty impressed with Gelly Rolls as a whole, especially given their fairly low price. There are different types, and I believe these are the newest ones. They’re called Gold Shadow, and are described as “gold with color outline.” I was curious to see how well they work (stay tuned for a review!)
The sketchbooks, oil pastels, highlighters, and clips were also somewhat impulse buys. I’m pretty close to finishing my current Canson Mixed Media book, so I was already considering which one to get next. These Artist’s Loft sketchbooks have the thinner paper I wanted, plus it’s about time I have some with nice covers.
Michael’s was having a lot of back-to-school sales, so the candy highlighters and clips were super cheap (and cute). The Artist’s Loft oil pastels were only $5 for 48 colors, plus an additional 20% off in sales. I’ve been liking Artist Loft a lot lately. Their products somewhat reflect their cheap prices, but it provides a way to test out a type of media without investing in a high-quality ‘artist’ brand.
What’s your favorite thing to look for in craft stores?