yes I admit it. I opened a Christmas gift early despite the highlighted message "Do Not Open Until Christmas" that was stuck to it.
I always tell my mother about an art supply or two that I would like. So when a wrapped gift came from Dakota Pastels I knew what it was. I resisted opening it for about 2 hours... a serious record... but I could just picture the luscious pencil set that was inside that wrapping, and gave in.
What did I get???? Well, I usually take the opportunity of my art supply X-mas gift to get something new, that I never tried before. Last year I got the full set of Polychromos pencils, which I had never tried before and it became the only pencil I use for portraits! SO I figured I'd push myself this year and go outside the colored pencil realm - albeit not too far out: Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils. I picked them because the pallette is the same as the Polychromos so it should be a nice transition between media.
I've already started using them too... I know very very naughty now! I would show you what I am working on, but I forgot my camera at home, so you will have to wait. If there is not another snow day for the kids tomorrow - I'll show you tomorrow. That will give me some time to get a little better at them too!
The other art supply I got was a handheld pencil sharpener from Dakota pastels with REPLACEABLE blades!!!! I am so happy I could cry! I've given up on replacing expensive electric pencil sharpeners and the handhelds I've been using dull quickly. here it is on their site; scroll all the way down to the brass sharpener. http://www.dakotapastels.com/pages/pastelaccessories-drawingtools.aspx