Hey guys !
You know I am a sucker for new art supplies and I have to restrain myself when new goodies come out (still a starving artist at the moment). When I discovered Jane Davenport was releasing a (big) line of mixed media stuff with American Craft, I was giddy with anticipation. I mean: art journals, paint (both watercolor and acrylic), even a fountain pen (!!!).
So armed with my coupon, I asked my husband to drive me to our nearest Michaels (after having called to ask if they were carrying the line).
I bought the two types of art journal she offers: the canvas journal and the butterfly journal. If you know me, you know I like binding my own journals and I actually did some journals quite similar to the butterfly one (love love love). I pick both blank so I can decorate the covers as I see fit once I start playing with them. One thing though: I find the butterfly journal quite small and was surprised by the size of the paper and the fact that it comes with only one signature inside (of course, you can buy more eh); so I guess I will be making my own to add to it. The canvas journal is really nice, the paper is thick and slightly textured so working in it will be interesting. To go with it, I bought the gold journal girdle. Like its name indicate, it is a belt that goes around the front cover, and it is a pouch.
I hesitated between the Magic Wands (color pencils) and the Mermaid Markers (don’t you love the names ?? I do) and eventually went with the markers. You saw in the video (and I feel totally dumb but left it anyway, keeping it real you guys !) but I had a bit of struggle… The colors are really really vibrant and the range is nice (there is 12 markers in the pack). Can’t wait to expand what I do in my art journal with those markers. So far, I love the nylon tip because it makes it sturdy but not “hard”. One thing I am excited to play with is the fact that they react with water (I need to play and check what happens once they are dry… do they still react ?).
Last but not least I could not leave the store without the INKredible pen, which is a fountain pen. I kinda collect them and love love writing and making marks with them. What’s great about it ? It comes with a converter cartridge, which allows me to use any ink I please with the pen. oh yea !
Her line is really wide in what she offers. You can add charms to your journals, rub ons, washi tapes, different covers are available for both journals etc. It seems to be already successful so I will not be surprised for it to increase with time 😉
Have you tried her products yet ? What are your favorites ? Please share in the comment 😉