Friday, February 08, 2013

Friday Feature: Displaying & Storing Pastel Minis

'Winter Landscape IX'     2.5 x 3.5   pastel   ©Karen Margulis
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Does your head ever spin so much that you can't sleep?  That was me last night. I had decided it was time to try to do my first You Tube art video and I tossed and turned trying to decide what I would start with.  I get so many questions about storing my mini pastels that I thought it would make a good You Tube video.

A selection of display & storage options for mini pastels


I just needed to figure out how to do one!  I have only recently discovered You Tube. Sure I knew about it but I didn't realize it was a treasure trove of great videos on any subject that interests you. I found a video interview with Tony Hillerman and a video on how to speak Navajo. (some of my current interests)  So why not put some of my tips on You Tube?

So  I am going to start a new blog feature called Friday Feature: What's in my Studio.  I will blog and post a You Tube video featuring art supplies, techniques and tips that I have found helpful. If you have suggestions for topics please let me know!

WHERE TO FIND ATC/ACEO mini SUPPLIES

  • I find frames and mini easels at local craft/hobby and art stores. I have even found mini frames at Walmart!
  • I like Jerry's Artarama for their wide selection of ATC supplies. They have the Krystal Klear bags and mats as well as precut 2.5 x 3.5 paper.  Here is the link to their ATC page
  • http://www.jerrysartarama.com/discount-art-supplies/artist-trading-cards.htm
  • I have found 5x7 and 8x10 mats with 2.5x3.5 openings on Ebay. Do a search to find a seller.


Here is my first installment of the Friday Feature. I hope you enjoy it. If you don't have time to watch or listen (it's about 6 minutes) you can save it in your You Tube playlist until you have a chance to tune in



18 comments:

Suzanne said...

That was fun and informative! It is always nice to 'meet' the artist; and I have been following your pastel blog for a little while now. You are most generous with tips and information - and it is all very helpful for 'newbies' such as myself. I'll look forward to next Friday's installment.

Karen said...

Thanks Suzanne! I have to work out the technical things like looking at the camera! I'll have my kids critique me but I'm glad I at least figured it out. Glad you enjoyed it!

Dorothy said...

How nice to finally "meet" you! I follow yor blog consistently and love the tips you share. Your art is exciting, and I'm really intrigued with mini's. now I have a video to look forward to every Friday. Thank you!

Karen said...

Thank you Dorothy! I'm glad you enjoyed it!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen,
I loved this...and getting to know you a bit. Still hoping to catch up with you in the SWFL area or South Jersey area for lessons.
Carol

Karen said...

Carol, Thank you!! No trips to swfl this winter :( One of these days!! Thanks for keeping up with me!

Beena said...

Loved your video. I have seen some that were poorly done, but you are both relaxed and informative. And I thought your dog running around in the background was too cute!
Any tips for storing non-minis? I have an abundance, and don't want to display or mat and frame so many. I am thinking about using the glassein sheets, but given the amount of pieces, it doesn't seem economical...

Twinkle Nelson said...

Thanks for the great tips, Karen, and especially for sharing your sources. I purchased two of your mini paintings at your open house last fall, framed them, gave one as a Christmas gift and the other hangs in my studio for my enjoyment. They are wonderful!

Anonymous said...

loved the tip, looking forward to many more

Annie v.

Karen said...

Thank s Beena! I appreciate it. I do store paintings flat in a box layered with glassine. I get my glassine on a big roll at any art supply store online. I do also use sheets of newsprint which works but since it isn;t archival it probably isnt good for long term storage.

Karen said...

Thanks Twinkle! You are so kind and I appreciate your comments!!

Karen said...

Thank you Annie!!

Umpcar said...

Karen, I really enjoyed the video and got some good information about storing pastels. I am new at this, and you are inspiring me so much. Thanks for the Blog and now the U-tube videos.

Umpcar said...

Karen, Thanks for the good tips on this video. I really am enjoying your Blog and you are inspiring me so much. Your work is beautiful.

pattisjarrett said...

I enjoyed your video premier, seeing, hearing, and learning how to properly pronounce your name, as well as the very useful information you presented.

Diana Moses Botkin said...

This is a wonderful little pastel mini. You got a lot in such a tiny space, without doing too much. Perfect!

Karen said...

Thank you Diana! I really appreciate your feedback!

Debby said...

Enjoyed your video, looking forward to seeing more!