If you see any of my creations and would like one made or if I still have it in my stock. I'd be happy to sell it and am available for commission anytime. My Email is in the sidebar.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Arrtx - Oros Markers

 Well I am back to share with you a Review on my new Arrtx Oros Markers - Pastel Set Let's just say this is one company that thinks things through about when you buy a product. I borrowed pictures from Amazon. Here's a link for these on the Canadian site 

The box these come in the 1st thing I noticed was my markers say Hello on the box to me it's super fantastic below is what I got in the kit. It comes with a swatch sheet, thank you card, a postcard, and the part I love the most it comes with a holder for my markers and a tote bag to bring them everywhere. 

I don't have to figure out how to store them like other companies make you hunt down or make something. 


These come with a brush tip and a chisel tip, the brush tip is better then most that I have tried it is sturdy and can get into tight spaces. The drawings below are all 2.5 by 3.5 inches to show you how well these look , I did use some of my skin tone set for some of the faces. The pastel set does have 5 markers that are in the skin tone set but I don't mind as my skin tone set is alps set (Review here
The colours can be layered over easy as you can see below I used a bunch to add highlights shadows 

Pros : The Colours Blend together well they do flow easy and are juicy
The lids come off and on really easy - I did own some that need a pliers to open 
The lids are a little brighter then the colours but once dry are close
Comes with a stand to store your markers and a tote bag to carry around
*I do love the alps boxes better just cause I can close them over for a tidy area*
Swatch Sheet no need to print one off 
Thank you card, Stickers and a postcard to mail out to someone 
The price point is amazing for this many good quality markers and all the extras they give you 
WOW !! is all I have to say

Cons : Names of colours not on the markers just the numbers but not a big deal they are on the swatch sheet 
The stand frame that came with mine, I broke by accident 1st day, don't play with it like I did :P
No colourless blender but with markers this light it's not really needed I found 
Plus I got 2 in my skin tone set 

Update Since I wrote this I now have a few more sets they have two Huge sets One of 80 and one of 90 
Along with colour themes sets in colour groupings which is great the big sets do come with blender markers and I have now a link to their store online - HERE Prices are in USD too
They also sell on Amazon too so you check it out if they sell it closer to you they put deals out all the time. 

I love how this is one of the few companies that listens to what we are looking for in markers 

If you have any questions about these ask away 
Hugs Nikki 





Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Paul Ruben's Watercolours Pearlescent Review


 Paul Ruben's Watercolours is a newer Professional Line on the market from Hong Kong. These paints are a lot younger then some companies and is getting into the art world quickly. They are super reasonably priced and the tins are amazing metal with a few pallets to play on.
The Set I'm going to talk about is the Pearlescent Colours. These paints comes in a 24 set (like this one) or a 48 Set too,  I also put the swatch I made in a south facing window to see how the colours will hold up for light fast test but the results are at the bottom of this post, which has some surprise to see.

These are a Mica based paint that has a stunning shimmer to each one and as you will notice they work amazing on both White and black paper which is honestly very difficult for some pearlescent lines they only work well on one or the other so this paint gives you LOTS of Options along with the fact that Paul Rubens also has it's own paper line both in white and black so they really made sure the paint looks good on both their papers.

48 Colour set (taken off the web)  

1st up I made an Octopus and this guy is using all the shimmer colours 
(I did use a yellow undertone for his eyes as they needed a little extra pop and then I went over it 
with Paul Ruben's Paint 
When using the paints I used a dropper and put a water on the paint I planned on using the longer I left the water on it the stronger the colour would become I found so I could use it as light or as strong as I chose to do


Next I created a winter scene and used the  Pearl Silver White and Pearl Platinum for the sky and the snow cause snow sparkles always, These make an excellent accent to add extra depth 
 This little bee his wings are done with 2 different colours again to make his wings look like the sun is shinning off them and the colour is reflecting from the flower and the sky 
Here I am working on Paul Ruben's Black Paper line 
the paper does have some texture but I did find that it was a little tougher to create something only
because I was trying to paint like I would on white paper the shadows are here already so I have to add in the light to make it pop. The paper was a little to textured for high detail work but excellent for a little looser style which I did with the jellyfish here and the paint spatters perfectly too.

Light fast test 
I put my little sample in a south facing window to get the most sunlight 
So I did not publish this for a few months as I was doing a light fast test on the paints 
Mica Powders do no have the same qualities as some paints they can fade over time if a fugitive colour is added to them but they still do hold the sparkle so I would recommend on some of the colours to use them as an finish layer. You can see the little F on the paper these are the ones that Faded quickly. 
The Right side of the line was covered over so you can see how some faded but there is some good news to go with this it didn't really fade on the Black paper,  just mainly the white
I did this test from July 31st to Oct 15th which wasn't that long but when I noticed how quickly some lost colour on the white.
I thought it good enough to show the difference 
I still recommend buying these as the price point and colour Range is just fantastic along with these are just darn fun to play with and honestly we can all use a little sparkle everyday.
Now I do have some mini paintings done with these and they are kept in a album, Which I flip through frequently and they look the exact same way as I painted them so it just and they are older then the light fast test so they do hold up well without light on them as the covered half shows.
 
But like all watercolour paints it's best to keep them out of direct light, north walls are always best for watercolours and damp areas too if you want the colours to stay true. I have kept a picture covered and it looks the same as the day I painted it months ago so just remember that when hanging watercolours anywhere 

Thanks for checking out my review if you have any questions please ask 
hugs Nikki 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Monsters & Rainbows & Nibblefest Turtles

 Few things going on in this Post this week 
Incy Wincy Challenge is Monsters and or Rainbows 

I have Created a few Monsters up actually I have been painting up a storm of Monsters and everything Halloween Related for a while now so here are 2 up on Ebay right now the odd Red Monster does have a bid on him but the witch with her pet monster is still available you can go check out all the rest here 
Plus I have more to share too !!! I have been cutting back at Incy Wincy as things have been going in a different direction but I will be joining in here and there with my own little Paintings 

You can check out my FB page here and commissions are available too 

The Sponsor for Incy Wincy this round is Oddball Art by Lzzy Love  & you can win a $10.00 GC!!!


Nibblefest is on and it's Turtles this Time 
Nibblefest is where a group of artists all get together every month and share their art on Ebay starting at 99cents with no reserve so you can pick up some sweet new art 
Most creations are ACEO size 2.5 by 3.5 inches but some do offer larger works every now and then!!!
So pop over to Ebay and Look UP NFAC ART 


Thanks for Looking
Hugs Nikki 



Saturday, July 24, 2021

Mini Art For Sale

When Covid Started and my job was totally gone I started back at Painting and decided to see if I could sell it online and WOW it did. I am so grateful for everyone that loved my mini artwork that I will be creating some larger stuff too don't know when but that is the plan. 

I have been an artist for Years but took a long break from painting it seemed and found many other hobbies along the way which I still enjoy doing to this day, but got back into painting seriously the last couple years it seems. 

So I wanted to share with you some of my art work from This month's challenge which the listings end on the 27th of this month and they started at 99 cents US. Each month a group of artists get together and share their art work all starting at 99 cent bid. There is a theme that changes every month and this month it's Beauty in Unexpected places 

You can find all my artwork Here 
My Art on Ebay

You want you can Follow my art page on FB HERE 

Thanks for looking
and Open for Commissions too 
hugs Nikki 

Monday, May 17, 2021

17 MAY - 6 JUNE '21: FOR A BABY / USE BALLOONS OR SWEETS

Hello
Here's a little painting I have made featuring this challenge use Balloons and the biggest balloon is usually a hot air Balloon I have just trapped it inside a bottle 
So I hope you join us at Incy Wincy where we have a few great sponsors joining us and win chance to win some great prizes 
This will be listed up on EBAY - HERE 
Size is 3.5 by 5 inches 


Thanks for looking 
hugs Nikki 


Saturday, May 15, 2021

Miniature Dollhouse Artwork

 I love to paint and I have gotten really into painting mini artworks from really tiny here are some I have painted up for dollhouses and some may still be available if I haven't sold them by the time you looked at this you can check out my page to see what I have available here  (will open onto Facebook)

All of these are under 3 inches too some are very small but lots of details added into them !!






Sunday, March 21, 2021

Things have changed in Wonderland

 Spring /Summer Coffee hop is on right now so here is a 2nd Watercolour to share with you all !!

The size of this watercolour is 2.5 by 3.5 inch Approx  and it is for Sale if you want to buy it too Send me a message on Nikki's Oddities on Facebook  also Limited Runs Stamps is also a Super Sponsor for the Hop so please check out the store when you have some time where you can find some fab new stamps at $2.00 each and the Facebook group also has some freebies too Join up there !!


This here is my take on the Mad Hatter ...  Mr Rabbit has Taken Over and enjoying all the Tea !!

Also you can find more of my art work for sale on Ebay too !!
Commissions available 

Coffee hop - 

Hugs Nikki 

Coffee Hop

 Spring /Summer Coffee hop is on right now so I thought why not paint up a little watercolour for it 

The size of this watercolour is 3.5 By 5 inch Approx  and it is for Sale if you want to buy it too Send me a message on Nikki's Oddities on Facebook  also Limited Runs Stamps is also a Super Sponsor for the Hop so please check out the store when you have some time where you can find some fab new stamps at $2.00 each and the Facebook group also has some freebies too Join up there !!


So have a wonderful Coffee Hop as I am still enjoying a Mocha Almond Coffee !!

Also you can find more of my art work for sale on Ebay too !!
Commissions available 

Coffee hop - 

Hugs Nikki 

Sunday, March 14, 2021

15th MARCH - 4th APRIL '21 STEAMPUNK / VINTAGE

 Welcome to another Round at Incy Wincy it's time for something Steampunk or Vintage Style 
Steampunk to me is slightly vintage with everything dusty and all the browns and Greys 

So here is another painting I've done it's 4.5 by 6 inches  I made up a Steampunk Raven between flying around himself he also dreams of flying a spaceship one day. Ah to dream of outer space and all it's wonders. This is available for purchase and will be in my store once I can take a better picture it's much Richer looking in real life




Our sponsor is The Paper Shelter and you can win 3 Images from them!!

Monday, March 1, 2021

1 - 14 MARCH '21. WORK/PLAY and/or BIG HEARTS

 Welcome to another round at Incy Wincy this week and we have a bunch of new people joining our team too so please pop over and give them a warm welcome to the team.  Our Sponsor this round is All Dressed up and you can win 2 digital images from their store so what do you have to create it's all in my title !!!

I didn't take an image from the store instead I drew up this guy and painted him up with Watercolour
Enjoy !!

You can purchase my mini art works directly from me just send me an email or check out my FB Page




thanks for stopping 
in 
hugs Nikki 


Sunday, February 14, 2021

15 - 28 FEB '21 - ANIMALS and/or ADD BUTTONS

Welcome to Another Challenge at Incy Wincy This Round we have two great sponsors 
Hetty Clare Art and Oddball Art  . We also Have some New DT members and some old ones back so our little Family has Grown 



Now just to let you know I am not using sponsor images but to show you that yes you can draw and paint/ Colour your own to play along I have just created a little Miniture painting for this using a cute bear I drew then painted up.  You can find my little Art for sale here on Ebay but on my FB page I am creating a gallery not on fb that will have discounted shipping 



Want to buy some Art Check out my FB Page 


So thanks for popping in
hugs Nikki