Have you seen the adverts for Artful? I saw a few whenever I was on Instagram and finally watched the advert and decided that this year was the year to get involved and I must say, I've really enjoyed every moment and I'm so glad I subscribed!
If you don't know about Artful, it's a subscription service which sends you a box of wonderfulness every few months - it's such a brilliant idea and as an artist myself, I wanted to try it out and share with you my experiences thus far.
I was so excited waiting for this box to arrive as I love printmaking anyway (part of my first art degree is in printmaking and printmaking just makes me happy!).
I paid for the £35 quarterly subscription and got £5 discount via a signup discount which was nice. It arrived within a week or so of ordering and was thrilling to see this lovely purple butterfly box and even more exciting to open it up and see all the wonderful printmaking supplies. I love the book they include as there are so many ideas and creative suggestions. I really enjoyed looking through all the other artists examples as I got so many ideas from it. I already had a few of the supplies so I kept a clean roller aside so I could use it to help evening press the paper down once printing as this was a tip suggested by another user which I discovered after watching the very helpful instructional videos on the Artful website.
I've really gotten into meditation this year (trying to manage pandemic/news stress has lead me to the wonders of meditation and positive thinking) so I wanted to create a design that was positive and really feel that when I put my positivity, love and hope into my work that it draws on the good energies I'm looking to attract so I created a lovely round design with a lucky spiral symbol at the centre with hearts in the spaces in-between with a four leaf clover surrounding it. I do expect that my images may evolve throughout the creative process which I do enjoy so my actual design that I eventually re-drew on my lino wasn't exactly like my initial pencil drawing but still just as interesting.
As you can see, it did evolve so that my four leaf clovers and circle of branches were not replicated but I rather like the symmetry of this design and it still has lots of love and positivity to it which I enjoyed drawing in.
Do you find drawing meditative too?
I love the creative peace of mind that I have when making art as it's literally a salve to the soul and even more so when creating an image that sends out positivity and love to the world!
Do you see those rubber tipped gloves I have on in the photos?
I bought them from Amazon to save my fingers when using sharp tools as I've had so many injuries over the years, no matter how careful I think I'm going to be and these gloves have been a game changer! If interested in getting some of your own, they're called, "Dex Fit Cru553". I'm not sponsored by them but I've saved my fingers so many times that it's worth sharing with any of you who may be like me and need extra protection when using sharp tools!
So as you can see I used the provided Artful printmaking cutting blades to carve out my design and I found that it was so helpful using the technique of a permanent marker to draw out the design and so much less confusing when cutting out the design. I used to get quite lost before and found again such brilliant advice from watching the Artful instruction videos and reading the enclosed book.
Inking up the plate and printing my first design was so much fun and always fills me with delight!
I love printmaking!!
I made a view prints and some ghost prints too which all looked gorgeous. The kit did include a tube of red printing ink too but I've yet to use it but will in the future.
Oh what fun it was!
I had a great time and I've now created several lovely prints for myself and to give to others and I'm also going to make some more greeting cards to have on hand to send for birthdays and holidays to my friends and family which is so nice!
I've had such a lovely time printing that I decided to print my design on a canvas bag so once it's dry, I'll iron the bag (with a clean cloth on the designs) to seal the image and I'll look forward to using this as my new little shopping bag which I hope will send out lots of positivity and love to all I encounter!
I had so much fun creating my prints today with the amazing Artful box of delights and I can't wait until the next quarter to see what we will be creating next!
I think investing in ourselves is the best way to grow and so if you've not made up your mind yet on Artful then I hope you've taken some delight from my blog post today!
Shortly after posting this blog post, I'm going to share my design results on my instagram account @FranceskaDrawsTrees so I hope if you do decide to sign up with Artful, that you also tag me when you share your creation as I'd love to see it!
*I'm not sponsored by anyone for this post but want to share the creative love for something I really enjoyed and that brought a good deal of happiness into my creating!
Thank you to Artful for creating such a brilliant idea and I'm so glad I'm able to join in and can't wait for more!