Monthly Archives: December 2007

Solvent based Markers are Dangerous to You and Your Artwork

Who would have known that? I didn’t. DUH!

Last night I was researching markers and pens as I am in the market to purchase a set. I wanted to buy this set from the art store where I work as I do get a nice discount. Sharpie Markers were out of the question as the fumes from them make me feel ill, not high or happy, sick.

Last night I settled on buying a $119 set of 24 Prismacolor Double Ended Markers. I already loved their lightfast colored pencils so why not their markers. I was ecstatic!

I went to work today and during lunch purchased that set of 24 Markers. I was so excited until I brought them home, opened the packaging and then one marker and almost puked. I have a head ache on the right side of my head from that damn Poppy Red Marker. Upon closer inspection of the solvent-based marker itself is a sticker reading Non-toxic. NON TOXIC my ASS! Tomorrow those 24 markers go back to where they belong, locked up in the expensive artist materials jail cabinet.

I’ve re-settled on purchasing Le Plume Double Ended Markers. They are water based, rubber stampers love them, and they won’t kill me or my family members. I’ll continue using Micron, Faber Castell and check into Zig artist pens soon.

1.Markers contain a reservoir of soluble ink that is wicked onto a drawing or writing surface through a felt or nylon tip. With the exception of archival markers, most markers are not lightfast, even if they are classified as permanent.

I work hard folks to use the best artist materials I can afford. I choose artist and archival quality whenever possible. I want to be “DOING” art for a long long time and as such refuse to put my health or other people’s health in danger just for the sake of permanency. My face is so close to the paper when I’m drawing. How do you think I get that detail. I’m sorry, but I’ll not sport an activated carbon mask when drawing. I didn’t like Xylene (found in most white board markers, bingo dabbers, rubber cement, sharpies etc) in Art College and I don’t like it now. Trusting brand alone is not enough today when searching for artist materials.

And worst of all… after some searching I came across this 2.snippet,

Never use solvent based markers on a photocopy or directly on original artwork done with permanent ink! The marker will make the linework smear.

Save yourself and your artwork. CHOOSE waterbased, unscented and acid free whenever possible. Or in the least, go outside to draw or paint. I don’t have that option as we are expecting our 9th or 10th snowstorm tonight.

1. From Blick Art Materials
2. From page 172 of the book, Drawing Shortcuts: Developing Quick Drawing Skills Using Today’s Technology, By Jim Leggitt

UPDATE Found a great artsist safety site aptly named Artsafety.org

Rudolph the Alien Llama

Rudolph the Alien Llama

Rudolph Rudolph Rudolph
the alien reindeer Llama
had a lopsided eye
and one
three toed hoof

…and enjoyed wearing red neck ties to work.

He had a five headed alien sister…
five

…and red conjoined alien brothers.
Red Conjoined Aliens

All three were drawn using black and red Pilot Gtec C4 pens in a Moleskine Cahier.

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I Won a Blogging Award and lost another

Update – I’ve decided to move both of these awards to my about page from the sidebar.

outstandingblogaward.jpg

Seems this Blog of mine has been making the rounds on the Troy Worman Outstanding Blog’s List Meme. Thank you Troy for including Jessica Doyle – emotion creator on that list. Your award is now in the sidebar.

This makes me remember another Blogging award I had won earlier this year that got lost in my move from self-hosting this blog to hosting it on WordPress.com. As they do in real life during a move things can and do get lost during an online move.

Liz, the SOB award is respectively placed in the sidebar again. Thank you.

Many links and images are still missing, broken or lost after this move. Please know friends and readers that I am doing my best digging into the archives to fix them. And if you see or notice something that is awry or missing that should be here by all means don’t hesitate to tell me. My email can be found in the upper left sidebar or just leave a comment.

Go in with a Positive Attitude

Boxing Day Pic of me

On my way to work yesterday I was complaining about having to go to work to my father, dreading the uneasiness (not the work itself) that seems to have rested over my place of employment. When we arrived at the store I opened the passenger door to get out and my Dad says to me “Go in with a positive attitude.”

I did. I smiled said thank you for the lift and entered that giant store happy. And later that night I left that giant store happy.

I truly am growing tired of being uncertain… when in fact my life is fantastic. I am surrounded by people who love me. I have a job related to arts. I am blogging. I am creating new art and meeting new people both online and offline with whom I connect.

All of these things combined make for a beautiful life.

Who are we to continuously complain without doing anything about what we are complaining about. Think about that.

The picture above was snapped by my mom using my camera on Boxing day during the yearly gathering at my Grandmother’s place. She turned 93 on Christmas Day. If she can keep going and smiling so can I.

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Artist Tip #6 – Why you should save your used Christmas wrapping paper

Artist Tip #6 – Why you should save your used Christmas wrapping paper

The obvious reason is to re-use the larger pieces next year when wrapping your 2008 Christmas gifts. And rather than throwing the smaller pieces out with the trash, consider them for creative collage purposes or as fire starter in your wood stove, furnace or fireplace if you happen to live in a colder winter climate as I do. It is already shredded and balled up ready for use.

Next weeks tip – What do you do with that dormant artwork piled in your closet?

Last Week’s Tip

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14 months is a long time to wait for camera parts

I had purchased this Panasonic 3CCD mini DV / camera 250 as a sobriety gift to myself about 24 months ago. I had saved all the money I would normally have spent on drugs to buy this camera. It cost about a grand at the time of purchase. Fourteen months ago after my mom visited in Vancouver I either misplaced or lost three very important parts; the adapter/charger, the usb chord and a cable that attached the charger to battery to camera.

I had returned to London Drugs to see if I could buy replacement parts (whether they be Panasonic or not) and they said no, not for this particular model. I was floored.

Time went on and my battery ran out.

I eventually began calling local Panasonic dealers and none of them could help.

I moved to Saint John bringing the useless piece of metal and plastic with me.

in the park

In September of this year I began searching online for parts. I first checked Panasonic Canada. USELESS! This site pointed me to other distributor sites scattered around Canada. Some serviced only Panasonic appliances and others who carried my camera did not sell the replacement parts at all or only sold the parts I needed in bundles which would have cost much more than buying them individually.

I typed in http://panasonic.com. I navigated to their support section. I located the model and was flabbergasted that they supplied and sold every screw, adapter, plug, transistor, circuit, bolt, chord and lens cap cover available to any camera they produce. I found everything I needed for a grand total of $49.09 plus shipping. BUT I live in Canada and they only sold to United States residents. I picked up the phone and dialed the 1 800 number hoping Pansonic and not “We’re sorry the number you have dialed does not exist”, would be on the other end.

“Hello, Pansonic, Bob speaking, how can I help you?”
“I live in Canada. Can you sell to me over the phone?”
“Yes, we can.”

I almost shit myself. I read the lengthy part numbers off to the man.

$66.67 and 14 months later I am able to use my camera again. It is the one I am holding in the picture.

This is best Christmas gift ever!
Thank you Mom

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Artist Tip #5 – How to Package Aunt Wilma’s Christmas Gift

Artist Tip #5 – How to Package Aunt Wilma’s Christmas Gift

Remember that eyeball you tore out? I bet you saved it! Go now and get your Aunt Wilma caricature with red rose collage and wrap it in red paper. Tie this with green ribbon. Next punch a hole through that saved eyeball. Using a little more green ribbon loop the eyeball to the red wrapped gift as your hand-made Christmas gift tag.

Aunt Wilma will love it.

Next Weeks Tip – Why you should save your used Christmas wrapping paper

Last Weeks Tip

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