Powdered Pigment Techniques Update + A New VSN Blog!

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VSN’s Powdered Pigment Techniques eArticle

If you are a stamper, I’ll bet you’ve got some powdered pigments in your stash, whether they are Perfect Pearls, Pearl-Ex, Primary Elements or whatever. When is the last time you got them out and played?

I recently took some time to review VSN’s “Powdered Pigment Techniques” eArticle. I think it has held up very well and is full of ideas and good information. I checked all of the links inside the eArticle, and while most were fine, I did find a few that go to external internet sites (either articles on powdered pigment techniques or product sites) that had gone bad. Most were due to things like a company changing names or moving a web page within their site. I’ve fixed these and the updated eArticle is now posted on VSN’s eArticle page. I also updated some of the info about VSN at the end.

If you access this eArticle by going to the site each time to read it online, then you’ll find the updated eArticle there to read the next time you visit. If you have saved this eArticle to your own computer to read offline, be sure to go to the eArticle page today and re-download it so you’ll have access to all the eArticle’s resources the next time you read it. And if you haven’t yet read this eArticle, seriously, why not? It’s free and full of all kinds of good info on using powdered pigments. It may just inspire your next stamping project!

My plan is to work my way through all the eArticles in VSN’s eArticle Library in this way to make sure each one is still up to date. I hope to get at least one done each week, so watch for more updated eArticles in coming weeks. I’ll be starting with the most popular eArticles first and then will work through them in no particular order. I’ll make a note on the eArticle page next to each updated eArticle and I’ll post a note here too, so you’ll know when each one is done. If you have a request that I do any particular eArticle sooner rather than later, please leave a comment below.

VSN is Branching Out with A Second Blog!

Blue Jay Eating a Peanut
Blue Jay Eating a Peanut

I’ve been taking a pause from writing about stamping in recent months (other than an article in RSM’s Summer 2015 issue.) If you enjoy my writing and if you like watching birds, you might like another project I’ve been working on. I’ve started a second blog, called “Birdseed & Binoculars”, about backyard birdwatching. Right now there are eleven posts up. These and future posts cover topics like choosing bird feeders, making your own improvised birdbaths and strategies for dealing with squirrels, Starlings, raptors and neighborhood cats, as well as lots of interesting info on the birds themselves. If you like birds, please check it out. And even if you aren’t into birds, if you know someone who is, please share the link with them. Many thanks!

Nancie

A Few of My Favorite Websites . . . This Week!

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Websites That Inspire Me

One of the cool things about the internet is that you can find sites online that explore the topics that interest you RIGHT NOW. The people who create those sites, blog posts or articles may have posted what interests you just yesterday . . . or they might have posted it years ago but left it there for you to discover today. So for example, if you are currently interested in learning how to color images with alcohol ink markers or work with Gelli Plates or whatever, you can find it online somewhere. It’s all just a quick Google away. And the information continues to build. So if you search out sites on a particular topic now and then you search that same topic in six months, you are likely to find new and interesting info.

Here are a few spots online that I’ve been enjoying lately. None of them are specifically about stamping although two of them are craft sites and one of those does often cover stamping topics. Others are related to other interests of mine (like cooking and baking bread) and others are places where I find inspiring photography or learn how to use the software that lets me do things like edit photos and create a blog. I’m thinking that you and I are creative people and may have overlapping interests and so you might enjoy some of these sites. After all, Google and the NSA and the whole online advertising world apparently knows where I like to hang out on the internet already, so why not share this info with you, my friends, too? So here are some spots I like and that you might like as well.

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Wandering into Blog Land . . .

Stamped Wizard Walking
Stamped images colored with colored pencils and markers.

I’ve been considering doing a creative blog for a while now. I’ve talked myself into it and out of it several times. I’ll think, “It would be a place where I could write what I want, both quick thoughts and longer explorations, without intruding on people the way that a post on Facebook or a direct email can sometimes do. People could come if they want and not come if they aren’t interested. It would be a place where people could comment and we could have a real conversation about creative topics.” Perfect right?

But then I’ll wonder, “But will it be just one more place that I have to try and lead people to visit? (Come read my magazine! Come read my eArticles! Come like my Facebook Page! Come join my Yahoo email list!)” And I’ll also think, “Will I really find something to write about regularly? And if I do, will it distract me from other writing projects?” But I’ve decided that while I’d love to have people come and read this blog, I’m not going to stress about it, so no pressure there and a little push to write regularly is actually good for the way I write. So I’ve decided to let the first voice get the upper hand and have started this blog.

A year ago, right around the time that I was shutting down VSN’s print magazine, was one time when I was considering a blog. I originally thought that I’d do a kind of “226 days of VSN” thing, where each day (or at least each day that I blogged), Continue reading Wandering into Blog Land . . .