New Tool – Compressor and Copic Markers – YA HOO!!

Sorry for the delay in posting – my birthday week turned into three weeks (my husband refuses to extend it another month) and I got lost.

More about my new mini compressor mentioned in my previous post… first, this can be an expense you may not want to add to your tool box but I used a coupon at Dick Blicks and it wound up costing the same as a new pair of pants and knit top on sale – or a new pair of shoes. So you know where my priorities are – I bought the compressor.

My friend Jenny at Impressive Ideas has demonstrated Copic Markers using a compressor. I’m not a big marker person (although I have 20+ Copics and the Copic Spray system) but the compressor intrigued me. Sooo, when my clay pieces were fired and I wanted a certain painted look I thought if I had a compressor I could spray paint them (It was just a matter of time before I found a way to justify a compressor).

Dick Blick’s 100th Anniversary just so happened to coincide with my birthday week. I took the whole day to play and spent 3 hours there watching various demonstrations – mostly Beau Raymond (teaches at Roswell Art Center) sculpting a clay head in the likeness of the store manager and Jeff Tyler (teaches at Hobby Lobby) air brushing. Both are awesome artists I would take a class from. That’s when I bought my compressor.

During my birthday week I played collage with a friend and we made this Folder Journal using the Jan/Feb Cloth Paper Scizzors article as a guide. It was interesting. Aside from sewing the folder itself – I glued my pieces down – my friend sewed hers down (like the article suggests). They both came out great. After I got mine home it looked a little flat. I took my compressor and Copic Markers and highlighted around the vintage pieces with E34. It really made the items pop. I’m not finished with the folder and may not finish it. The play day with my friend was most important. It was a bonus to discover the techique of using the compressor and E34 to highlight the collaged emphemera.