Sharpeners

  One of the most difficult things for little fingers to do is sharpen pencils.  I guess one solution would be to buy them a mechanical pencil…or maybe sharpen the pencils FOR them…or buy an easy-to-use sharpener… I have an old Boston electric pencil sharpener…works like a charm even after all these years. But, I’m not sure they make them …

Pencils!

The numbers on a pencil indicate the hardness or softness of the ‘lead’ – or the core of the pencil. This core is made from graphite & clay. The more graphite in a pencil the softer or easier to make a dark line. The more clay- the harder & lighter (and more precise). So a 9B is a very soft …

A Few Quality Materials

It’s almost Christmas… and I am sure that some of you are thinking about getting that special child of yours some art-supplies…I’d like to make a suggestion:  It is much better to buy a few quality materials, than a huge set of inferior ones. I have seen a lot of big ART SETS that looked exciting in the box…but sometimes …

PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD

I am packing to spend time with my 18-month-old grandson, Nikolai while his mom & dad are in the hospital welcoming his new brother.  Babies are rarely on schedule so, I am only preparing right now. Me, Nikolai and Gilbert (their dog, who I lovingly referred to as GillyB) will spend a few days together… and I am collecting ‘things …

My search

I have been searching for a small bag to easily sling over my shoulder and take with me while hiking or biking. Something to carry a small sketchbook with some accessories. Sometimes I like to stop and take a photo or make a pen & ink sketch, or write a few lines….or even do a quick watercolor! I don’t want …