Since coming back from our semester abroad, I felt the desire to get crafty again. But I wasn’t sure where to start. I had a bunch of old supplies that I had left sitting in my dresser drawers for months, and I needed a little inspiration to get my creativity started. Thanks to a whole shelf of displayed art books at my local library, I picked up Timothy Goodman’s nifty, eye-catching book:
Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques and Ideas for Transforming Your World (contains Amazon Affiliate link)
Let’s begin with the negatives.
What I don’t like about this book:
I mean it. You don’t have to have an art degree to try some of these techniques. Goodman provides plenty of artists’ work to give you a sense of scale, forms, and ideas that others have used to make art with a Sharpie.
What I like about this Book:
1. You have a Sharpie.
Who doesn’t have a Sharpie (affiliate link)? It’s one of those writing utensils that is stuck inside a drawer or pencil box. Maybe you have a Sharpie stashed away in some small crevice underneath some papers.
2. You can mark up anything. Anything.
Goodman gives examples in his own artistic repertoire, such as marking up a good pair of canvas sneakers or making a handmade simple print on a small 3×4 canvas (which you can get for a few dollars at Michaels). He even had one of the coolest social media/art projects on his Instagram account. Goodman
Social Media Tip: Want to gain more followers? And have artistic skills to match? Do what Goodman did. Make a personalized drawing based on the Instagram feed of your new follower and share it on your IG page. It’s a great way to connect with your audience. However, I think it would also help challenge and build your artistic mojo.
3. Goodman gives you a run down of the basics.
Did you know that Sharpie makes more than just permanent markers? And they come in different colors and styles? The most basic Sharpie is called a fine point marker. You probably have that one. But there are several types: ultra-fine point, twin tip, pen, fabric pen, and super point. And let’s not forget that Sharpie makes thicker and wider brush stroke markers. They come in metallic and fluorescent, and other colors. You can see the definition and thickness of each pen before you buy your own set(s) at the store.
4. Betty’s Tip: Go buy a sketchbook.
I wanted something to collect my doodles – failures and successes – in one place. That was why I chose to buy a sketchbook (contains affiliate link). My kids use loose-leaf, plain white copier paper, and it drives me nuts. Their artwork is everywhere. On the coffee table, the dining table, their desk, AND the floor. I love them for their creativity, but I would like to walk around the place without slipping or sliding on paper.
The Sharpie Artwork Shop book is a great resource and guide to help get our marker/Sharpie art workflow going. Even if you don’t have this book on your shelf, you should go check it out the library and read through it. You will glean a ton of ideas and styles to jump off and make your own Sharpie artwork. Who knows, you may even have your own brand to work with someday, thanks to Goodman.
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So what are you going to draw on with your Sharpie?
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From my hometown to yours,