So I don’t know about the rest of the crafty world, but when I have an idea or need something for a project or just need some inspiration, I don’t wanna wait for processing, shipping, or the stores to open in the morning. I want my stuff as soon as possible, warp speed, immediately. I don’t think of whatever said item is as a want- I am a creative person, I live on gesso and art magazines (well, sugar and caffeine, too), supplies are a need. Kind of like water or Radiohead, I cannot survive without my supply fix. I will even give up Starbucks if I need a new paint brush or something; those who know me well know that this is a huge sacrifice for me… Imagine my joy upon discovering the digital supply market! That’s right folks, digital downloads for immediate gratification. In honor of the impulse buy, I present you with a few of my late night discoveries:
Digital Collage Sheets.com Love this online shop, with massive, beautiful freebies to draw you in and a vast array of images compiled into awesome collage sheets. Oh, and did I mention that your purchases are immediately available for download? Be still, my hoarding heart…
AmeliaLuneDigital on Etsy Every collage sheet in this shop is one dollar, with additional bundling options that include free sheets based on how many you buy. Seven for the price of five, fifteen for the price of ten, etc. Each sheet contains multiple images that are high quality, gorgeous, and timeless. Plus, the shop owner is true to her 24 hours or less policy on delivery- I got my order within about five hours of purchase and was happily printing away the wee hours of the morn.
Graphique on Etsy These vintage inspired images are works of art in themselves, and right now they happen to be on sale! Normally 3.50 apiece, Graphique heard their customers cries and is offering all of their more than 1600 images for one dollar each. Not only do they offer a huge variety of items varying from ephemera, to Parisian, to words and graphics perfect for altering fabric totes and t shirts for wedding parties, Graphique takes custom requests as well! Another plus? The images can be resized by the buyer without much hassle (I have not found an easy way to resize any other images- print, scan, crop, save, open in a new program, resize, save some more… ugh…). The only downfall I see is that the shop only offers single images- a problem for those of us who prefer an assortment due to a lack of decision making ability. However, even I forced myself to narrow my selections down to just three beautiful choices.
*Note- Due to the time consuming nature of building a website, Graphique has had to take a tiny hiatus from creating custom digital sheets; since it took me over three hours to get no where trying to even create a rudimentary digi-collage, I completely understand!
And finally, for those who believe “the best will come to those who wait”, I give you the exquisite works of Roberta Altshuler, artist and designer extraordinaire of ERA Graphics. While my own transparency fix doesn’t typically take more than a day or so (its good to work for the supplier!), as far as I am aware, Roberta’s images come in physical sheets only. And although I hate to give away all my secrets, these illustrations are too good to keep a secret, and definitely worth waiting for. You can see (and even order!) the full color Focus cards HERE from the Queen of SkyBluePink. Each card features a single word surrounded by beautiful, ornate illumination, and are incredibly inspiring just to look at. However, the Queen and Roberta, being a pair of smart cookies, saw their crafting potential and now offer the full set of focus cards as well as various other renderings as transparencies. They make really great image transfers (I used sculpey liquid polymer clay, two thumbs up!). To see all the transparencies by Ms. Altshuler, CLICK HERE and scroll down.
And now I gotta go to work; hopefully, I’ll have a little spare time to play with my new toys!
*Note: Much to my embarrassment, I managed to get Roberta’s name completely wrong in the original post, despite having looked it up to be certain; my humblest apologies to Roberta Altshuler, not Altman:), and thank you to HRH for pointing out the mistake.