Posted in Anxiety, art, classical music, Flowers, Ideas, inspiration, painting

Which PBN kit is the best?

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What’s a PBN kit? Paint by numbers!

I know what you’re thinking…kids stuff, right?

Nope!

Today’s kits can be as intricate as you can muster. From the masters like Monet to modern works from Thomas Kincaid, these kits are wonderful for reaching out to your inner artist without needing an art degree first.

I’ve personally painted nine pictures in the past two years. It’s funny really how all of it came about. My then fiance and I saw bright pictures you could buy for your walls. I touted that I could do better than that.

Challenge accepted! I then went into a search for ideas of what to paint and came across these kits. I was amazed at the difficulty level of some of them…my first took me about 60 hours worth…but was time well spent. I’ve learned soo much about brushes, the types, gesso, varnishing, and how to mount and frame them.n

My first painting was finally put on display (with my husband-chosen 2nd painting) a year later. It took us that long to figure out how to mount it, pricing frames, buying them, and figuring the rest out, all while dancing around his work schedule (about 60 hours a week) plus kitties, life, my jobs, etc.

So, onto the three companies whose kits I’ve tried:

  1. Mypaintbynumbers.com

I’ve done the most with this company. These are canvas rolls that feel like vinyl (sometimes) but need to be flattened due to being shipped from overseas in a tube. The paint is good quality and comes with brushes (which are decent quality) plus mounting hardware for when your masterpiece is finished and framed.

Here are some examples:

They offer a wide variety of painting from the great masters to cute smaller painting just for the kiddos.

You can find them at : mypaintbynumbers.com


The next company I’ve tried is Plaid paints. These come on a stiff canvas covered board and are easy to sit on an easel. (the canvas rolls I attach to a foam board)

The paints are a good quantity and quality. My kit contained brushes too, and was shipped in a nice box (since it’s a board) and was in tact. I’ve done just two of these so far, but want to do more.

You can find Plaid on Amazon, Herschnerrs, or their own site: Plaid


Last but not least, FramedPBN

This was an unusual item that I found but loved it right away. I love lavender fields and wanted some color after all of the earth toned paintings I’d done…so I found this:

I found this on Amazon and loved that it’s already a pre-stapled canvas. You can hang it up as-is when dry! No fussing with mounting, etc. This came with just the canvas, paints, and instructions. I love the bright morning yellow and the blue mountains especially. It lives up my office nicely.

Looks for more here: Amazon

So…which is my favorite of all? It’s a tie between My pbn and Plaid for sure, but I’m open to all of them…except where you mix your own paints. 🙂 I’m just lazy like that…lol.

I hope one of these inspires you to try your own!

#painting #pbn #art #paint #adult #try it you’ll love it #inspiration

Steph

Posted in Books, family, goals, inspiration, life, motivation, question, writer's block

When the magic feels gone…

It’s been over two months now since I’ve written or edited a word in my books. Nothing cleaned up, nothing new, no ideas outlined.

Sigh.

Is the magic gone? Has the will to write left me?

No. It’s still there; but it lies dormant for now as I struggle to find the energy and commitment that I once had.

Does this sound familiar to you? How do you break up writer’s block that’s as thick as ice on a Chicago lake?

Steph

Posted in art, Books, coupon, Ideas, inspiration, painting

Love to paint?

My affiliate..My Paint by Numbers is having a sale for Cyber Monday! All three of these were bought from the site and painted by yours truly 🙂

Use code CMONDAY20  for $20 off 3 kits plus free shipping too!

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Posted in advice, frustration, inspiration, knitting, married life

Long Weekend

Loooong weekend.

My husband had bad back pain and therefore became my patient. Subject to all of my chattering and ideas bouncing off the walls! Poor guy.  We were in pain together though; my wrist (splinted now for over a month) is making progress so I knit (some) but did very little else beyond chores or scrolling on FB.

How is all of this relaxing so draining? Does that make sense to anyone else?

I finally caved and started up a rousing march to get me on my feet! Only….to be sucked…back down into my chair…and watch the video after it, which was a very cool documentary!  Point was, my resolve only lasted a mere two minutes.  Sigh.

Hopefully things will shift. I’ll get some sleep, some willpower, some story idea (have NONE at the moment and haven’t written a word since finishing my last story 10 days ago). There’s just too much in my head.

How do you cope when you’re drained? What helps or hurts? I’m open to suggestions.

Cheers!

Posted in inspiration, Nano, Nanowrimo, project, writing

Nanowrimo winner at last!!!

I remember last year I had heard of Nano and truly wanted to do it..I was all set and had a story forming in my mind….when tragedy struck. My father-in-law died on November 11th and all hell broke loose in my personal life. Writing was out of the question and wasn’t even on my brain again until sometime the following March!

Finally though, working through things and with help; life went on. When this November rolled around, I was determined to do it! I had two writing buddies that would help unstick my thoughts and get me rolling again, plus a wonderful beta that wouldn’t let me post until it made sense!

So…long story short, this year I won Nano! 59K words in about 23 days. Ahhhh. I finally did it! 

Posted in advice, inspiration, motivation, rejection
One of the worst words ever, for any writer is to see REJECTED.

I don’t know a single author out there that hasn’t been rejected at least once. It’s heartbreaking, how could they do this to you? It takes a toll, believe me. But it is definitely not the end of the line.

So how do you pick yourself up and dust yourself off after such a blow?

1. It is not a personal attack.
They have seen your words and your story, but they do not know you. It is not an attack on your person or your psyche.

2. If they gave reasons, take them to heart as constructive criticism.
Most good publishers will give solid reasons as to why they did not accept your work. Either it didn’t fit, or needed shortening/lengthening, there were story continuity issues, whatever. Keep in mind they have a business to run and will take what they think will sell.

3. Keep at it.
This is not the end of the line, not by a long shot. My first couple of books were rejected but they gave reasons and I worked on them. Dive into your contacts for a good beta (which are worth their weight in gold). With help, polish up the story and re-submit it somewhere else.

4. If you’re the Indie type, do it yourself.
If you’ve got drive, motivation, and a good network, go indie! I’ve done this with a couple of mine and have gotten a great response. I found that I didn’t need a publishing house to accept me to give my story ‘worth’. I knew it was good and didn’t want to wait. (very impatient person). It paid off for the most part.

5. Keep writing.
No matter what, this is your craft, don’t let them rule what you want to do. I’ve been writing since I was seven years old and minus a couple of years off sporadically; it has been my lifelong pursuit. If you feel it, write it. Go with your passion. The audience will find you.

S. L. Danielson, Author