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Draw with a charcoal sword. Sharpen your vine charcoal or charcoal pencil like an artist

Tony Luongo

First be careful and if you're a kid get your parents help.

Of course you can use a pencil sharpener, artists use pencil sharpeners, but that's no fun. Won’t it be more fun to draw with a sword of charcoal? Here is how I do it.

Hold your pencil or charcoal stick pointing away from you and with your other hand grab your blade and slowly–cutting away from you–cut a piece off. Continue to do this all around the cylinder to make a nice point. That’s it. The trick is to know how deep to cut so you don’t break the point.

Another way to sharpen a charcoal stick is to use a sandpaper block. Rub the charcoal in small circles to wear down the stick to create a fine point. The lower the anger you use the longer the point can be. Be careful not to breathing in the dust. You can save the powder and use it.

Have you done this before or do you have another technique that works great?

A Great Gift for Crafters, Scrapbooking Jewelry Makers and More

Tony Luongo

A Tweet Drawing from https://twitter.com/SmileCre8Repeat

A Tweet Drawing from https://twitter.com/SmileCre8Repeat

In a small town outside the capital, Jackie a successful designer, was busy in her studio creating her latest scrapbook for her parent's anniversary. She created a few pages and stopped. She looked at what she was doing and sighed. It looked good, really good, but it just looked like what she always made. Distraught and exhausted, she called her friend Jenn, also an accomplished designer, and told her about how she fell into a creative rut. Jenn, a longtime subscriber to Smile Create Repeat told Jackie all about how much she loved getting her monthly surprise of great art supplies and how it's really helped her scrapbooking, work, and creativity all around. The variety of artist quality supplies gave her work a fresh look that no one else had. She recommended that Jackie sign up.

The next month Jackie received her first monthly surprise. She opened it with scepticism (I think that’s a type of knife). Soon though, she realized that she loved the quality of the supplies and the exclusive “Creative Card” art lesson. She followed the lesson as she watched the demonstration video online. Her creativity was flowing now. She called Jenn and thanked her. After she hung up, she started again on her parents’ anniversary scrapbook. This time the book was amazing and she loved it, and so did Jackie’s parents.

If you’re a crafter and you’ve ever sat in your studio, aka Kitchen table, and thought to yourself “I want to make something. I need to make something but I'm stuck. What should I do?” Trying new supplies and techniques just might help you regain the fire you’ve lost. Don't wait for inspiration to strike, go kick him in the shins and say let’s go. Then start creating and making some marks. Inspiration always strikes best when it finds you working.

Remember, you create beautiful crafts because you like creating. You have ideas that you need to get out of your head. Trying new supplies and learning new techniques will help you discover new and amazing creative possibilities. Every month you'll receive exciting art supplies selected by artists and a lesson on how you can use your new tools. You can incorporate your new ideas and techniques into what you already do to create fresh scrapbooking projects.

The supplies and lessons are fun ways to explore and learn. It would be hard to write a story with only 236 words (well... Dr. Seuss did it with The Cat in the Hat.) Ok with only 235 words. The larger your vocabulary, the easier it would be to write. Whether you are scrapbooking, decorating furniture, making jewelry or hooking rugs, having a large artistic vocabulary will help you say what you are trying to say easier and more clearly.

I get in a rut many times. Sometimes I go for a run to clear my head. But sometimes I just need to push through it. Let me know what you do in the comments below.

  • learn with new tools and techniques to use on your craft projects
  • gain confidence with using and experimenting with different tools
  • fresh creative outlets that are a little different and exciting
  • introduced to great artist quality supplies curated by artists/illustrators
  • unplugged fun, reduces screen time
  • create with family and friends
  • delivered every month, enjoy the excitement of Christmas every month
  • variety of supplies every month to expand your creativity and studio supplies
  • discover new materials and methods
  • complete* experience every month

*does not include paper towels, water, mixing area, things like that.

11 reasons Smile Create Repeat is the best subscription box for kids

Tony Luongo

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Click. The tv is turned off as she jumps from the couch. Mary just heard the mail truck drive away and knows today is the day. She is so excited. She can’t get rid of the SMILE on her face. She and her mom race to the mailbox with the excitement of discovering what Santa has left under the tree on Christmas morning. Perfectly fit in the mailbox is her newest Smile Create Repeat Art Subscription Box. Mary grabs her surprise and like a character from a Saturday morning cartoon is gone. All that’s left in her place is a cloud of dust.

If you have children and they love arts and crafts this is the perfect subscription box for you! I was very impressed by the quality of the materials and the wonderful instructions on how to use the supplies. Very well thought out and worth every penny. What a fun way to spend a weekend with your little ones.
— 12/2/14 November Surprise from Kelley Henley at Irish Kawaii

Now settled into her studio, you know, the kitchen table with all of her supplies from past months laid out around the artist, Mary can start to CREATE right away. She opens her new box and immediately sees the exclusive Creative Card and coloring Box Wrap hugging her new tools. She loves the Creative Card because it explains her new artist quality supplies and includes an art lesson to guide her on a journey of discovery and creativity. When Mary was younger she needed some help with the instructions. Her mom was happy to create with Mary while they followed the lesson and watched the instructional/demonstration video online. Now she is an expert and appreciates the quality of the supplies. It’s easier for her to express her vision when she using the right tools.

Mary has such a great time, discovering new art supplies, creating great art for the Fridge Gallery and to share online for a chance to win prizes, but mostly she enjoys some great uninterrupted mommy and me time. She can’t wait until next month so she can REPEAT this wonderful experience.

11 reasons Smile Create Repeat is the best subscription box for kids:

  • introduced to great artist quality supplies curated by artists/illustrators
  • unplugged fun, reduces screen time
  • easy for parents and grandparents with included activity/lesson and online video
  • complete* experience every month
  • create as a family
  • helps parents and grandparents get the right supplies for their budding artist
  • delivered every month, enjoy the excitement of Christmas every month
  • variety of supplies every month to expand your creativity and studio supplies
  • discover new materials and methods
  • learn about colors, art, composition, observation, imagination and more
  • share your work with the SCR community and enter to win prizes

*does not include paper towels, water, mixing area, things like that.

Let us know what you think. What does/would your kiddo like to create with?