Monday, February 12, 2018

Maple Holistics!

Hey folks!  Today I'm doing something a little different on my blog.  I know this isn't what I typically do on my blog, but truth is, I don't draw as much as I used to, and when I do, I have limited ways of blogging.  I currently have a 9 year old imac that is so out dated its frustrating to work on.  I have an 8 year old version of Photoshop, and my printer and scanner recently broke.  One would think I could just buy a new scanner/printer combo, however my computer is so old nothing on the market today is even compatible with it!  Maybe one day I will be able to afford a new computer .:sigh:.

I've teamed up with Maple Holistics in testing out one of their shampoos, their Tea Tree Oil Shampoo to be exact.  When they first contacted me, I didn't know who they were.  But after doing some research, this was definitely a brand I wanted to try!  They are all natural, cruelty free, sulfate free, and made in the USA!  And as a fellow curly gal, ingredients in my hair products are super important to me, as I avoid all sulfates and silicones.  Now lets get on with this review.

Like I said, I only tried out one of their products, their Tea Tree Oil Shampoo.  It lathered up really well for not having any sulfates in it, which is a huge plus, as a lot of sulfate free shampoos don't always lather up nicely.  It was very moisturizing, and didn't leave any tangles in my hair, like other shampoos tend to do.  It left my hair feeling clean and refreshed!  And the smell was very natural smelling, wasn't over powering, and also didn't linger.

All in all, I really liked this product and would love to try even more of their stuff!  They also have a free sample program.  You have to sign up using this link, fill out the form, and they will send you sample products for you to try!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Art Supplies

There are a lot of new art supplies that I've tried and loved over the past year that I just wanted to share!

•Copic markers.  I was getting bored of my color pencil illustrations, and I got turned on to Copics from various artists on youtube.  Since they are so expensive, I only started out with a few, and I currently only have about 10 of them, but I love these markers!  I like how they have their Ciao line, which are cheaper, smaller, and great for beginners!  I prefer their 'sketch' markers because one of the sides is a brush, as opposed to their 'original', which doesnt have the brush option.  I'm still experimenting with them, and want to get a ton more colors, so I will be talking about Copics a lot more in future posts.

Sharpie Pen When I first started using copics, I was having a problem with my pens bleeding into my markers, and mostly when I used the pens first and put the copic on top.  After trying several brands, I found that these Sharpie pens didn't bleed!  There are still a bunch more brands I want to try out, but for now I'm sticking to these whenever I use my Copics!

Staedtlet Triplus Fineliner pen.  These pens are awesome!  Not so good to use with Copics, as they tend to bleed, but these are awesome for pen drawings, or if your using color pencils.  This is my go-to pen for when I'm not using Copics.

Uni-Ball UM 153 Signo Broad Point Gel Pen.  These are awesome to use as a highlighter when working with either Copics, or color pencils.  They take a minute or two to dry, but def worth it for their effect!

Crescent Rendr sketchbook.  When bought my first few Copic markers, I also bought this because it had awesome reviews.  I love this sketchbook!  It's no show thru technology allows you to use every single page!  Now I've only used markers in the book so far, so I cant say whether or not it works with other media, but it really does live up to it's standards, and I will continue to repurchase this for when I'm using markers!  The only thing I have to say about this book is that is claims to have a 'lay flat' binding which eliminates the 'bump' you get in most sketchbooks when you try to use both pages, however it doesn't lay flat, and I still get that 'bump'.  However for me this is a minor inconvenience that wouldn't stop me from purchasing again in the future.

This is all for now.  I'm currently in the process of trying out some new products that I will share in a future post!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Just some girls

The first drawing I posted on Instagram a couple month ago, but the bottom one is new.  I don't remember exactly what colors I used.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Long Haired Girl

I posted this on instagram a couple months ago, but here is a more cleaned up version of it. 

I used copic markers in colors R85 Rose Red and RV10 Pale Pink

Monday, June 5, 2017

Poop Love

When Poop falls in love:

Done in copic markers R85 Rose Red and E23 Hazelnut

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

*Blog Update

Hey blog world!  I've been somewhat MIA from the blogging world the past few months.  I've been going through a lot of changes with my work.  It's not that I haven't been drawing, I have, its just that lately I've been really self conscious of my work and I've been trying to take steps to better improve my work.  It's easy for me to get disapointed with myself when I don't feel my work is improving, and not being where I want to be in the art world.  I've really been making more of an effort just to find myself, find my style, and create work that I can be proud of.  I've been spending a lot of my time on Instagram finding new artist to follow, studying their work, and trying out new styles of my own.  I've also been experimenting with new art materials.  Going forward with my blog, I'm not only going to be sharing more of my work, but I'm also going to be sharing more of my work process, new art materials I've been loving, and new artists that have been inspired by.  Also, if you aren't already following me on IG, please follow along @gina_land, as I try to post weekly doodles on there!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Favorites!

Its been quite some time, but I'm back!  What better way to kick off Memorial Day weekend than with a Friday Favorites post!  

1. Ulta's Butter Balm  This stuff is awesome and comes in a bunch of colors!  I got this in colors  Belle and Thumbelina.  Belle is a great every day color, while Thumbelina is a great color to wear if you're going out.  It's also affordable!
2. Pretty As A Peach  I picked this up at the end of last summer, and it has been my go-to fragrance ever since!  
3. Talenti   I have been obsessed with this ice cream, and have yet to come across a flavor I didn't like!
4. Copic Markers  I only have a hand full of these markers, but they are seriously the best markers I've ever tried!  I always get excited when I find a new medium that I enjoy using!
5. Essie Mint Candy Apple I have been wearing this color non-stop since getting it about a month ago!  I rarely get my nails done, but I love polishing my own nails and this color is a great addition to my collection!

There ya go!  I'm going to be updating my blog with new work more steadily from now on.   I took a break for a while, and am excited to finally get back into it.  More to come!