The Sharpie Squad’s own, Erica Domesek has been getting a ton of well-deserved buzz lately! As you know, Erica is the founder of the highly original DIY brand, P.S. -I Made This… Last year at Fashion Week, we teamed up with Domesek to create Sharpie’s first-ever DIY pop-up bar and ever since we can’t stop hearing about all the great opportunities Erica has had the been involved with! Romping around town, looking fabulous, she’s been working with some big-time publications including Teen Vogue, Glamour, GQ & Who What Wear, just to name a few!
Most recently, this DIY rockstar has even published a book of her own, titled, P.S. -I Made This… The book features original projects, taking inspiration from looks straight off the runway and recreating them with materials from the hardware store, craft store and even her own junk draw! Erica breaks down each project in an easy way, accompanied by tips and resources from the author herself. Watch the book trailer right here and then hop over to Amazon to pick up your own copy of P.S. -I Made This…
Tali Buchler brings something fresh to the Sharpie blog today as she demonstrates her favorite way to uncap directly onto and into the pages of the encyclopedia.
The Sharpie Squad’s own Tali Buchler, creative genius behind Growing Up Creative, adds her own twist to the powerhouse of all publications- the collection of text containing every piece of information one could want/need to know. Clearly though, Tali has found something that the editors have left out and she intends to correct them…
A new reason to open an encyclopedia…
Used objects and discarded items (or what some may call -trash), always spark my imagination. Transforming an object – giving it a new life and purpose is something I like to do. In the past, I have used discarded magazines in designing a temporary space for a fashion show in an installation called – Read.
My new “thing” is collecting encyclopedia books that people have been throwing away. I started folding the books and turning them into sculptural objects. I’m not sure where this will end, still a work in progress…
In my blogs I have started a series of tutorials called “Eco kids craft” where I use design ideas and craft techniques to encourage recycling creativity and creating with “whatever you have”.
Recently, I had my family over (my brother calls it/ us “the tribe”); a total of 8 kids – enough to start a preschool! It was so hot that day, we couldn’t go outside. After a while, I started hearing the “I am bored” song coming from all different directions… Quick thinking made me pull out some of the many encyclopedia books I have been accumulating, one per child, and our big box of Sharpie Markers.
My instructions where very clear: DO AS YOU LIKE!
Before I knew it and without any planning, something magnificent happened: the kids were absorbed, looking through the pages of an encyclopedia, reading and admiring the black and white images.
I gave them the OK to cut and draw as much as they wanted. So they did. And so did I.
We used all kinds of Sharpie Markers! Sometimes we drew together, and sometimes each one on his own. My favorite thing to do was using the Fine Point Sharpie Marker to layer different colors in across hatch pattern. These Sharpie markers were perfect for that because of their translucent yet brilliant quality.
To do this at home, you will need:
An old encyclopedia (you can find it at your parents house or at a second hand store)
Flip through the pages
Find an image you like
Start to color the image
Work in layers, it helps create depth and richness to the drawing (try and think like an impressionist)
Add details to transform the image into something new. Even add notes!
It’s time for another guest blogger!This week we’ve got Chelsea Gattung on board. Chelsea is one of our rockstar E-Marketing interns based in Atlanta, currently attending University of Georgia. Keep an eye out for this little lady; I see big things to come in her future. Follow Chelsea on Twitter@cgatt777.
*Chelsea Fun Fact: She can’t resist a good rap song found on YouTube, particularly ones that mention Sharpie.
Lost in Creation: Sharpie Artist, Corey Barksdale
The Atlanta artist, Corey Barksdale, pours his emotions into every stroke–taking his audience with him on a powerfully, passionate story on canvas.
Barksdale’s artistic passion derives from a family of artists. His mother and grandmother both exposed him to color and form at an early age and it was destined he, too, would join the family ranks.
The Nashville-bred, Atlanta-native graduated from the Atlanta College of Art in 2004 where abstract expressionists and mainstream artists like Jasper Johns, Clifford Still, and William deKooning influenced his creations. Barksdale also developed an admiration for the African American heritage and this theme can be seen throughout much of his work, depicting the love and strength within the community.
This experimental artist started using Sharpie markers in an efficient attempt to speed up the beginning stages of his pieces, but he quickly “uncapped” the unlimited possibilities of Sharpie markers as they effortlessly added definition to his acrylic paintings. His bold pieces have been showcased all over Georgia and he’s even done live performance art at Park Tavern and Atlanta’s Dogwood Festival (just to name a few). Imagine having art being created before you at your next event—he’ll do it!
After coming across his YouTube videos and colorful artwork, I jumped at the chance to interview Barksdale about using Sharpie Permanent Markers as an art medium and the passion behind his creations!
Read on for the complete interview with an imaginative, southern artist and his felt tip friend!
How did you get started as an artist?
As a child I drew non-stop. My mother would bring home hundreds of sheets of paper from her job and she use to ask my sister and I to fill up the pages with drawings and stories. So at a young age I developed a determination and passion for the creative process and artistic expression. I use to draw countless drawings, especially when school was out for the summer.
Tell us a little about your genre. How would you describe your style? What makes your work stand out from the rest?
I incorporate a collage or assemblage effect in many of my art creations. Utilizing pasted images of city buildings, and abstract shapes are important elements in my art. The majority of my paintings have an apparent medium of acrylic paint and Sharpie markers, which are usually applied in bold colorful painterly strokes onto the canvas. Many people are attracted to the texture created by these mediums.
Sharpie does not enocurage the use of Sharpie marker on skin.
What is one of your favorite exhibitions or events you have been involved in? What made this particular one stand out to you? Was it the specific pieces you showcased, the reactions received from attendees, or something else?
The Art Papers Art Auction is one of Atlanta’s signature visual art events that I have been fortunate to participate in. The event features many of the southeastern United States’ cutting-edge, established and emerging, fine artists.
What goes through your mind when you see people looking at your art? Is there a certain reaction you want to elicit?
I would like viewers of my artwork to experience what ever emotion or feeling I had at the time of producing the work of art. The facial expressions and gestures of characters in my paintings usually tell a story and let the viewer understand my emotion during the creative process. Usually I want to elicit a feeling of powerfulness positivity and endless possibilities
How did you come to use Sharpie markers in your work? Do you prefer using a certain type of Sharpie marker?
Approximately ten years ago I was trying to think of a way to speed up my art process. That’s where Sharpie markers came in. In stead of developing my sketch and first layer with paint I used Sharpie markers to create the basic outline and general form of whatever piece I created. As I continued to use Sharpie over a period of years I found out that the possibilities of the markers are limitless. Besides using the markers for the general form I also discovered that they could be used to define and refine my painting in the final stages of the process. I was able to incorporate the markers with acrylic paint effortlessly.
What about Sharpie markers made you incorporate them as a medium in your art process? Is it the variety of tip sizes, colors, other? Please describe how you use Sharpie as an art tool.
I enjoy the ease of using the markers. They go onto the canvas or wood surface with no problem. Once applied to the surface the markers give an opaque mark that is solid and bold, not watered-down or weak. The medium also resists fading over a period of time.
What other mediums, if any, do you wish to create with in the future? Do you have any comical experiences while trying a new medium?
Other mediums that I create with are acrylic paint, charcoal, and encaustic paint. Various forms of art and various mediums suit my style of art considering I like the challenge of mastering new mediums annually.
Tell us, what excites you about creating art?
Creating art is the ultimate form of expression available. Having the ability to create a picture of beauty where there was previously nothing at all gives me the ultimate satisfaction. When creating art all of my worries and anxieties are nonexistent. The hustle, bustle, and drama of city life become a distant thought. Creating can take you to a place that you previously thought impossible.
Recently, The GAP in Beverly Hills (on Robertson Blvd.) asked our very own Sharpie Squad member, Man One (Alex Poli) to do a couple live painting events for them! Man One has documented the event on his blog, ManOneWorld and on Flickr through pictures and video. Special guest stars, Sharpie Paint Markers, the oh-so classic black Fine Point Sharpie (custom with Man One’s signature) and the always mighty Magnum Sharpie came in handy for the artist as he personalized tees, tanks and posters for Gap customers.
Here’s a look at some of my fav pictures from the event but be sure to check out all the rest on ManOneWorld and on Man One’s Flickr page!
Sharpie’s Atlanta Interns are taking over the Sharpie Blog today! Caitlin Peterson (@cbarrettp) and Chelsea Gattung (@cgatt777) are two smart, sassy and quick-witted young ladies who have been working hard for us all summer long. We thought it would be fun to put their blogging skills to the test and give them a chance to take over the Sharpie blog.
Today, Caitlin has put together an amazing interview featuring an Atlanta-based artist with a knack for Sharpie Paint Markers, which I’m sure will knock your socks off! So there you have it, now, take it away Caitlin…
Ready to “Get hit with a Sharpie?”
…Because that’s exactly what Atlanta artist Mark Boomershine does to every painting, adding his own flare and style to iconic images eliciting a new smile, laugh or thoughtful pause to every piece.
Using Oil-Based Sharpie Paint Markers to add that little something extra to every piece, whether with revealing words or finishing highlights; he creates a look that sets his stuff apart from the rest.
Boomershine has always harbored a passion for art, carving his own path to fuel his creativity and fashion the stories that are told through his art. After completing his studies in art and business at the University of Alabama (as a Georgia Bulldawg I’ll try not to hold it against him) he explored a variety of different avenues, including life as a salesman, entrepreneur and inventor, before recently deciding to “Uncap” his craft full-time.
His unique style mixes text and imagery using a simplistic, color-block portraiture technique that is made powerful by the words spoken by and about the subject. Staying true to his roots, he honors his inspirations while redefining the original, creating his incredible and individualistic pop art.
His cool southern charm and collaborative style has warranted some rightful attention and placed him within the pages of The Atlanta Magazine and The Atlanta Journal – Constitution. His piece, “The Real Man Behind the Mask,” a portrayal of the Native American hero, Tonto, from The Lone Ranger television series, resides alongside the art of greats like Andy Warhol and Steve Penley in the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. There the unique works hang in the Contemporary collection in the American West Gallery.
Boomershine has said that his work isn’t complete without a little Sharpie love… and we’re OK with that! So if you’re ready to “get hit” read on and check out the complete interview with one of the coolest artists coming out of the Southern city.
How did you get started as an artist?
I have always been into art. In fact my art probably caused my not-so-stellar grades in every schooling before college. I was drawing or painting for hours upstairs when I should have been studying History or Math! I excelled in Advanced Placement art in high school, and I parlayed that into a minor in Studio Art at the University of Alabama (I majored in Business Management – how about that for left brain/right brain education). I later became my own art and marketing department as an entrepreneur and inventor because I was too cheap to hire anyone else. I have made art an integral part of my life. I have come to a place in my life where I can now make my art my single focus and my full time occupation. I call it throwing caution to the wind and going for the “Art Gusto”!
Tell us a little about your genre. How would you describe your style? What makes your work stand out from the rest?
I fall into the Pop genre. My style is very bold use of color, design and composition with a fun play on words or strong use of text to make my art more dimensional. I feel my smart use of words makes my art have a layer that causes the viewer to stop and read things, which in turn means the viewer is spending more time interacting with the piece itself. I try and make my art relational.
What is one of your favorite exhibitions or events you have been involved in? Why? I recently worked with BMW and a local BMW dealership to promote the latest 5 Series model. The cool part was that I was given a vintage 1986 325 BMW to paint as a rolling canvas. I painted the car in my garage, which I converted into a car-painting studio. For the show we turned the dealership showroom into a great looking gallery of 9 pieces of my art, one hand painted car, and some beautiful and shiny new BMW’s. Who would have thought a contemporary styled BMW dealership could turn into a hot looking art gallery? (watch video below to see Mark working on the car in action)
What goes through your mind when you see people looking at your art? Is there a certain reaction you want to elicit? What do you want people take from your art? I have to admit it is a little weird. You are exposing yourself. Your talents, your thoughts, and not to mention your hours of work that went into the piece. However, I relish the viewing of my pieces. I am in the spotlight for that moment in time and I like it. If I can elicit a smile, a chuckle, or even an outright laugh I am happy with that kind of reaction. Of course a swoon of amazement and unabashed praise is always welcome as well! Ha! I want people to take away the feeling that they have seen something original when they see my art. I want to take familiar people, objects, places, or animals and combine them with a twist in the form of text that makes the piece original in itself.
Being from, and living in Atlanta, how has the city inspired you? Does Atlanta art have a style all its own? What else serves as your inspiration? First of all, I love being from Atlanta. It is a perfect combination of Southern nostalgia and charm with a contemporary urban twist. I feel the city has inspired me by its wit and charm. I think a lot of my fun play on words may come from that subtle humor that a true Southerner can put into just a word or two. As far as my look, I think it lends itself to the more urban side of Atlanta. I have also traveled the world extensively and I feel I try and bring in some aspects of the classic European masters with the cutting edge pop artist of recent times.
Why did you want to incorporate Sharpie markers into your art process? Sharpie has always been by “go to” tool. As a youngster I would use them for model airplanes, and homemade toys. As an entrepreneur inventor I would use them to mark up samples of prototype models. So when I became a full time artist I naturally went to Sharpie products as a tool I wanted to use in my art. The colors available, specifically in the paint marker area, are perfect for my needs. I use every size tip available. From the broad chisel to the extra fine tip – I use them all! I could not do the monotonous lettering of some of my pieces with out the Sharpie Paint Marker. They allow for ultimate control of the medium and I trust the adhesion to the media. I specifically use the Sharpie Paint Marker in my lettering of text. I start by a light guide layer that is printed on the canvas. As the painting progresses I then go over the light guide with the paint marker. Sometimes I spend nearly 5 hours on the lettering on say a 36”x36” piece. Monotonous, but oh so effective. A few months ago I picked up a light blue fine tipped Sharpie Paint Marker and went crazy highlighting some elements of the painting. I absolutely loved the look! I now consider my paintings unfinished until I hit them with my Sharpie. Then my painting REALLY comes alive and I consider the piece ready for display.
Why do you feel the Oil Based Sharpie Paint Markers work best for the highlighting work that you do within your art? How do they enhance your work & where do you find them most useful? There is no product on the market that gives as good of paint coverage with one swipe nor the color selection as Sharpie’s Paint Marker. Once the paint is flowing through the tip the color applies in such a fluid and controlled manner they are a joy to work with. The color also stays very vibrant. Even when applied on top of other paints. Sharpies make my works come to life in the manner in which I use the pens to add highlights to areas of paintings in the form of accent lines. As mentioned above I also use the Sharpie Paint Marker with the extra fine point to do my meticulous lettering on the background of my paintings.
Sharpie’s tagline is “Uncap What’s Inside!” Does this apply to your work and if so, how? For sure! I mean c’mon…I turned an old BMW into a rolling canvas with the help of Sharpie!
I’m handing the Sharpie blog over to one of our Squad members today! Sure you love my writing…but it’s refreshing to get a new voice on the blog. every so often. For the next several months, (almost every Wednesday) I will pass the blog torch to one of our inspiring, super cool, muy interesante (sí sí) Squad members, giving them the chance to do basically whatever they want with the Sharpie Blog! In doing so, I hope to give the Sharpie Squad yet another creative outlet, while also allowing you the opportunity to get to know each & every one of them a little better.
Now that you’ve gotten the rundown, let’s kick this thing into gear. Sound the trumpets, turn on the bat signal, alert the media - our first-ever guest blogger, Hanna Agar is on stage! Hanna is a 2nd year Squad member, is extremely creative & talented and… how about we hand the mic over to Hanna to tell you the rest - Take it away Miss Agar! *(Warning you might be blown away by what you are about to see.)
Hi! I’m Hanna Agar!
Here is a little bit about me…
My art pictograph
I am labeled a photographer, but I would like to think that I am more than that. I am a craftsman, a painter, a performance artist, a stylist, a fashion designer, a set builder, and a light sculptor. I create scenes, narratives, performances, metaphors, and I document them through photography. I like to create very dramatic, mysterious, provocative, almost disturbing images that entangle as many skills as I can possibly manage to juggle to construct something more than just pressing a button.
I draw inspiration from stories and theater, from creepy nooks and crannies, from basements and thrift stores, and from my instinctive response to environmental trashing. After taking a psychology class I began thinking more and more about what goes on in people’s minds. This prompted me to begin my newest body of work in which I give people writing assignments that I integrate into photos or use in performance installations.
Documented performance installations are something I find very compelling. It allows me to create something more than just a photo. I can create an experience. These experiences I find to often be slightly therapeutic in that they require the subjects to really look inwards and think about themselves. Each subject is alone in the experience and takes something different away from it. That is my gift to them. These performances are not rehearsed. I am compelled by these installations because the results that occur are unpredictable and unique. The process could be repeated hundreds of times and each time would be different. I enjoy these performances because while each image is in itself interesting, the entirety of the experience becomes truly fascinating.
Another element that weaves its way into my art is recycling. This initially began while I was working in a photo studio and noticed that after the white background paper became slightly dirty it would be cut off and thrown away. This always horrified me. What a waste. Here was this ten foot long role of semi-used paper lying crumpled in the dumpster. I took it upon myself to be the savior, the resurrector of forgotten and abandoned material. I started using these salvaged chunks of paper to line little nooks and crannies and to transform them into three-dimensional canvases. These first creations emerged as documented performance installations as you’ve seen above, but then continued into creating not only sets but also costumes and props. After reusing these materials I recycle what is left or store it away until inspiration strikes again.
When I first received my invitation to join the Sharpie Squad I had two thoughts.
It was a joke from work (I worked for two years at a photo studio called Sharp Photo and Portrait and we referred to ourselves as “Sharpies”).
It was spam.
After getting over the shock that this was for real and overcoming my intimidation of feeling under qualified after looking at how accomplished all the other Squad members are I began to settle in and enjoy this experience. When I would tell people about being a member of the Sharpie Squad the most common reaction was, “Oh, my god! I love Sharpies” …Yep, me too! Since I had just graduated from college with my BFA in Photography and was experiencing a lull in creative job opportunities, joining the Sharpie Squad motivated me to keep going with my artwork and continue with my series of writing assignments. Being on the Squad also motivated me to finally put a website together, which, drum role please, you can visit at www.hannaagar.com
For me being on the Sharpie Squad is a great way to transition from college to the “real world”. The next step in my transition will be my move to NYC this fall where I hope to hone my skills as an assistant to some awesome photographer. The next step…who knows? But I can’t imagine my life continuing without some form or other of creative and exciting experiences.
…and that’s how you Uncap What’s Inside. Thanks Hanna!You have an amazing talent.
"Re-use milk or cream cardboard containers you have at home. After emptying, clean the inside and let dry. Use a sharp pair of scissors and cut off the top of the container."
"Wrap container with white masking or paper tape. Trim any excess tape and cardboard to even out the top."
To make your designer-inspired stripes, pick a color palate from Sharpie Twin Tip markers. I suggest using 3-4 colors that work well together. Start at the bottom using the thicker marker tip to make the heavier lines. Use a ruler to help keep your lines super straight."
"Get creative and vary the stripe designs."
"When clustered together, DIY-striped Sharpie vases in different size heights in like color palates will help spruce up any nook in your home and enhance any summer fete!"
Be sure to go to ReadyMade.com to see Erica’s DIY project in all it’s glory!
We recently asked fans of Sharpie to send in random acts of self-expression to @SharpieSusan on Twitter for the chance to win a Sharpie prize back! Well, you’ve tweeted your “Random Acts” and after an overwhelming response of creativity, awkward gestures, hilarity, art, talent, flexibility and then some, I am happy to announce the winners of Sharpie’s “Random Act of Self-Expression” contest. This was such a fun contest for us to judge as we watched the self-expression pour in, so thank you for participating and sharing a little piece of yourselves with us! Now enough jibber-jabber, let’s get to what you came for….
The winners of the “Random Acts of Self-Expression” contest:
Congrats to the winners!
If you are listed above to claim your Sharpie prize pack please email me at Whitney.Kelly@Sanford.com with your name and shipping address and your prize will be sent out in no time!
You are familiar with sticky notes… We use them to jot down notes every day – as reminders, to-do lists, messages to co-workers, friends, etc… Usually though, these little stickies tend to be pretty boring. Just straight forward, to the point, blah.. You know what I’m talking about.
Honestly, who really wants to come back to see a reminder that says:
…That’s not exactly getting me in the mindset to think creatively.
But what if we chose to use these little spaces as an opportunity to make a bolder, more expressive statement? What if everyone looked at these as mini-canvases as a chance to make a bold & bright statement, offering inspiration, passion and a little light-heartedness? The world of “note-jotting” would be transformed!
Take the previous “Brainstorming Meeting at Noon” example. Look at how a little creativity changes the entire message:
Now these are some inspiring stickies!
Try it out and see for yourself. Find out first hand, what an impact a little self-expression and creative thinking has on your entire day.
1. There are over 10 different greens to choose from among Sharpie markers, highlighters and pens! That’s a whole lot of green to uncap! Celebrate Earth Day by sending notes to friends, family, & co-workers with tips on how to be eco-friendly everyday. Write a letter to someone you know who practices a green lifestyle and celebrate their efforts! Leave reminders around the house, at school & in the office to do simple things that make an impact: Turn off the lights, conserve water, unplug electronics that you aren’t using, & of course recycle.
2. If you go through copious amounts of black Sharpie markers, this one’s for you: Get your hands on a Stainless Steel Sharpie and you’ll be sleek, stylish, and eco-friendly! The refillable barrel makes it easy to cut down on materials otherwise used to produce a brand new Sharpie marker – not to mention the gasoline that you’ll save cutting out those extra trips to the store.
3. Use up the that Sharpie ink today & every day! Sharpie has partnered up with Terracycle so that you can recycle your used Sharpie products & packaging. Terracycle will UPCYCLE these materials to make an entirely new product! (Find out more, click here)
4. You can make a “#1 EARTH” foam finger to celebrate Earth Day using Sharpie Markers just like the one Stephen Colbert made!!!
5. Boldly EXPRESS YOURSELF! Uncapping a Sharpie leads to creative explosions of the mind! The best ideas start with a Sharpie and a piece of paper. You could be the person who thinks up with the next life changing GREEN concept!