My best colored pencil tip ever

Is there anything better then a sharp pencil point for getting details? Have you ever struggled to sharpen your colored pencils? Do you put them in a pencil sharpener only to have the point break over and over until you find yourself holding a nib?

Colored pencils usually have softer leads inside of them then a regular school pencil. Especially the good kind or the new watercolor aqua pencils that allow you to paint with water and a brush after coloring.

Well eye liner pencil sharpeners are perfect for sharpening colored pencils. Although they can cost a little more then the dime (dollar) store pencil sharpener I have found them to be worth their weight in gold. I keep one on my art desk, in my backpack, and my travel tool kit.

Try it and let me know if it works for you!

Do you have any tricks that work well for you?


What would you do in Paris?

2 Weeks in Paris

2 Weeks in Paris

My dream if I went to Paris for two weeks is to spend it in Bookstores. I know an artist like me and all I can think about is being able to read all my children’s books classics in French. I think that would be the only way I could learn to read and speak french. Just like I teach students in the classroom, I would read books especially rhyming books in French and the only place I know to be surrounded by books in French I can think of is to go to Paris.


This sketch is part of my Draw it Down, Make it Happen theory. Kind of like the book Write it Down, Make it Happen, but with a twist.


Of course while I am there I would probably visit a museum or two and also I would have to go to Giverny for a day or so to see Monet’s gardens.


What would you do in Paris for two weeks?