Getting antsy for Spring to come? UGH we are, too (can you tell?)! For those of you that already skipping through town in your perfect spring getup, I would like to introduce you to the Sharpie green-eyed monster. Hello.
So, to brighten up this cloudy weather, we thought of the perfect way to add a little color in our lives…SHARPIE COASTERS! These artsy, one-of-a-kind additions to your coffee table will make any appreciative guest marvel at your OBVIOUS skilled craftsmanship as you chuckle to yourself and shove your Sharpie markers out of sight.
In just a few easy steps, you can create these beautiful tiles quickly and for less than 10 bucks! hollaaa! What you’ll need:
You may also want to purchase felt and glue for the bottom of the coasters and a shiny varnish to seal it.
Find white ceramic tile at any hardware store (they should be under a dollar each). Make sure to clean the surface thoroughly with soap and water.
Color with Sharpies! Pick a combination of dark and vibrant colors to create contrast. There are no wrong choices!
Use a stirring spoon or eyedropper to methodically drop small “pools” of alcohol onto the tile. If you drop too much, the colors will all blur together and you won’t get any circles or patterns. Let dry! It can take up to half an hour, so just be patient!
If you think you added too much alcohol, you can go back and add more to create new “pools” on top. It will bloom again!
Seal it using a spray fixative first. Hold the tile at least 6 inches away and spray lightly over it. If you spray too closely or too much, the ink will reactivate and blur again. Do it in layers. After that, you can use a varnish or polyurethane to seal it with a glossy coat! Shine, baby, shine!
As a finishing touch, glue felt to the bottom of the tile to prevent the edges from scratching your table.
IF you’re really feelin’ crazy, you can add MORE Sharpie on top of the sealed layer!
Winter white is out and pastel palettes are in like Flynn. The world’s decor and pasty legs DEMAND it.
Yah, we are looking at you, Winter...
Winter is gone. Dead. Finito. OVER. At least that’s what the calendar says right? The official start of Spring has come and gone and although the weatherman may not agree, we don’t care! It is time for pastels and bold spring colors, bunnies, ducks, egg-shaped chocolates and wardrobe makeovers! Sun, we neeeeed you!
Unfortunately UNTIL Mother Nature agrees and decides to warm up our snowy little piece of the universe, at which point we will whip out the flip-flops, we will make-do by sprucing up our living spaces!
Check out some of the ideas below and for more, hop on over to our Hop into Spring Pinterest board.
So, grab a Sharpie; fine, paint, Brush, Stained, we don’t care! Just get to work!
Winter, we hate to say it, but We. Are. Over. It’s official: Spring and Sharpie are officially going steady.
And because I just couldn’t resist the THOUGHT of some flippy-floppys…
Allow me to introduce you to Sharpie’s newest rising star, and one of the stars for our 2012 ad campaign, Emmy Star Brown! (Yes, I am having a touch too much fun with her name; I mean, who wouldn’t?! It’s AWESOME!)
Our very own gold star, Emmy Star Brown, Sharpie 2012 Advocate!
Emmy is a Chicago graphic designer and artist who got her start by creating eco-friendly, freehand expressive artwork on salvaged glassware and glass windows. And this cute-as-a-button creator is pretty rough and tumble when it comes to her craft– from dumpster diving to garage sales– she digs in, taking other people’s discarded treasures and giving them new life with our new Metallic markers (NEW Gold and Bronze colors joining Silver)!
Tell me about yourself! Where are you from? Interests? Likes? Dislikes? Pet Peeves? Give us the good stuff!
I grew up right outside of Chicago, in the suburb of Glen Ellyn. I think describing a bit of my childhood may explain where my artistic roots came from.
As a kid, both of my parents were teachers. Mom taught elementary school, Dad was a middle-school art teacher. With his summers off, Dad would pull me around in a little red wagon through the flea markets. As an art guy himself, he would go seeking old books, tools, and things for his classroom. This really opened my eyes to the world of finding, salvaging and reusing early-on, which has stuck with me my whole life.
Likes: Design-wise, I have always loved mobiles, typography, modern/minimalist work. Keith Haring, Robert Rauschenberg and Alexander Calder are my heroes.
I’m also a huge dog lover. I have a 14-month Welsh Corgi named Mickey. He looks like a little bear. He’s good company at the studio too.
As you can probably guess, I love salvaged furniture too. I’ll often stumble upon old wooden coffee tables, chairs and/or shelving in our alley, most of which I somehow make room for. I have had pretty good luck lately. My most recent find was a pair of really nice mid-century mirrors.
What inspires you to uncap what’s inside?
Most of my inspiration for my current work comes from my background in graphic design, specifically typography. I have always had some attraction to letter forms and script fonts. I just love their movement, line weight and sharpness. I also feel incredibly inspired by my friends! My closest circle of friends all work as independent creatives as well, which I feel allows for us all to feed ideas off of each other. This group includes an animator, jeweler, craftsmen, seamstress & illustrator.
How do you use Sharpie markers in your work?
All of my work began with ink drawings! If you were to flash back to three years ago, you would find me sitting in a corporate office, filling sketchbooks and scrap paper with doodles in my free time. I had stacks of them. Little did I know, these were the start to something much bigger.
Favorite Sharpie? Why?
Bronzed and Beautiful!
My favorite Sharpie is the fine point black markers. Black ink has always set the foundation for me, always the best starting point. I also love the metallic markers, they appear beautifully on black surfaces.
How would you describe your style?
My style could be described as: abstract, controlled, intricate, whimsical, expressive, smooth, seamless, organic, free-flowing.
Because my lines are so controlled, my work is often mistaken for screen prints or paper cut-outs, which is interesting. It’s actually a compliment.
One of my friends recently said to me, “your gift is your control, your skill is painting.”
You have done some amazing things on VERY different surfaces and go to some pretty unconventional lengths to get them. Tell us, do you REALLY go dumpster diving?
Yes! I have many times. Its not a daily thing but I have gone to extremes to find old windows. Surprisingly, most are found in my own neighborhood, Ukrainian Village. I guess I have been lucky to settle in an older neighborhood, but I definitely keep an eye out for them all the time. I commonly find them piled up in the alleys, dumpsters or around construction sites. Its always funny approaching construction workers, as I’m not taken too seriously at first. But you’d be surprised with how many I wind up walking away with. Lesson learned – It never hurts to ask. I really prefer to find the old windows myself, rather than buying them. I love having a story of where they came from. Of course, the more I can salvage, the more I can keep my prices of paintings down too.
What are you working on next?
My next project is going to be a grouping of smaller glass paintings.
I don’t know about other cities, but the Chicago suburbs ‘unlimited garbage day’ is taken very seriously around here. Once a year, each suburb is assigned 1 day to throw as much junk on their lawn as they please – which often is very usable furniture, housewares. etc. This results in scavengers, like me, spending hours rummaging through it all. I was fortunate enough this past May to salvage around 50 old photo frames, all of varied sizes, colors and materials. Jackpot!
Because most of the glass was either missing or broken, I did replace lots of it. But finding each frame adds a little more personal story behind each piece. And it feels good knowing that this ‘waste’ will be reused into a piece of artwork worth keeping.
Sassy in silver
Do you have a soft spot for one of your designs in particular?
Yes! One of my first ink drawings I ever completed was a piece titled ‘Feather.’ Not only was it my first 2-piece drawing, but also my first piece which I felt worthy enough to frame. Fast-forward to 3 years later: I saved enough money to get my first studio space in Chicago, which ironically is called the ‘Feather Lofts ‘ so I now feel a little more even attached to it.
Best part of your “day job”?
There are so many best parts! I love the freedom of making a living, doing what I love. It’s really a dream. I was often told growing up that ‘art is a hobby, not a career.’ but overcame the obstacles to make it happen for me. It really feels more like a lifestyle than a job at times.
Working directly with clients is another great part. They are so appreciative, kind and supportive.
If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who and why?
I would choose Robert Rauschenberg. He was an incredible inspiration in my dad’s classroom, as well as in my creative process the past few years. He created non-traditional collage work using layers of found photos, prints and trash. He salvaged things to recreate from, which of course, is a major component of my own work. He also took risks and was experimental and didn’t care. His experimentation lead to ‘surprise and collectiveness’ as he said, which allowed him to really run with his style. Every artist, aspiring or professional, could learn from this guy.
Want more on Emmy? Check her 30-second ad that will be coming to a television screen near you!
Well, doesn’t she just look super stylish and trendy!?
Want to be as cool as Denise and spice up your own cellular carry-all? Just pop on over to Unexpected Expectations for the full 411 ( may have taken this a little far, but sometimes you just gotta commit )
In honor of the big 2-3-6, we are showing off our freedom flair, and a little leg, by sporting shorts that scream “U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A!”
back it up with Stained by Sharpie
AND they couldn’t get much easier to whip up: A couple of Stained by Sharpie markers, a pair of white cut-offs, some stars and stripes and BOOM you are one hot little firecracker!
Now, we want to see yours! Show us how you are reppin’ your Sharpie stars and stripes on Facebook this 4th of July– and beyond (helllooo London 2012 Summer Games!! Just THINK of the outfit opportunities), and we might just share YOUR design with the rest of the Sharpie world!
Sharpie has joined in on the newest and fastest growing social media platform, Pinterest and is making its mark and wanting to share yours!
Stop by and show us what you're starting! http://pinterest.com/sharpieuncapped/
In case you haven’t been on this fast growing and addicting social media darling, Pinterest is best described as a vision board-styled photo sharing website and app where users can create and manage theme-based image collections.
Pinterest’s mission statement is “to connect everyone in the world through shared tastes and the “things” they find interesting.” Which is exactly what users are doing! People are using Pinterest to help plan their weddings, decorate their homes, organize favorite recipes, build fashion archives and more. By labeling and creating theme-based image boards, users populate their own boards with inspiring images and videos found online using the “Pin It” button
Check out Sharpie on Pinterest and be sure to “follow” all the different boards to stay inspired and up-to-date AND tag us in your Sharpie creations so we can check out what you’re starting with Sharpie.
BUT be sure to brush up on all the pinning rules and regs prior to getting “pin-it fever”! For more information on Pinterest, to get an invite and get started visit their help page!
Spring is right around the corner, I can feel it… (as I watch the snow falling from my window) and I am totally on board with blogger, Kristen Turner from Glitter and Glue, and am all for starting Spring a little early!
So bring on the color and start popping your collar with Kristen’s brightened up button-downs and Stained by Sharpie!
Everyone needs to spruce up their space every once and awhile and Little Pink Monster has got the puuuuurfect remedy to take a piece of old furniture from drab to FAB!
This sassy little print can be all yours! The DIY monster blog, Little Pink Monster shows you how to create this snow leopard cover and the best part- you can make it for anything you want! Just imagine; pillows, pouches, couches, chairs! An entire snow leopard lair!
… Ok, that may have gotten a little carried away. BUT it does have the power to really spice up your space- take a look!
HINT: Sharpie Oil Based Paint Markers work best for projects involving; glass, metal, pottery, wood, rubber, plastic, stone, and more. They are quick-drying and resistant to water (but not waterproof), fading, and abrasion!
Inspiration and image by Etsy designer, MaryElizabethArts, (be sure to check out ALL of her other designs!)
Try a some spray paint and a Sharpie paint pen... or 2!