Local Shout Out: Artisan

You know the expression ‘a kid in a candy store’? Well, that’s me in an art supply store. I love collecting art supplies, probably too much to be honest. I get obsessive over new mediums and like to try out all the colors and brands I can. These obsessions usually lead me to Artisan.

Walking down the aisles, you’ll experience such range of colors and textures, there’s no way you won’t be inspired. I went in recently for one new green marker and left with 10…oops. I was that crazy kid in the candy store–too overwhelmed by the sweetness of my surroundings.

Seriously, just look at these aisles. Is there anyway you could resist? There is  something for everyone, no matter your preferred medium. Every time I’m there, I see a new color, a new tool, a new paper I want to try. I could spend hours wandering around touching alllllll the papers and testing out alllllll the gel pens.

The pen and marker area is probably my favorite spot in Artisan. I spend so much time drooling over the ranges of colors and types of markers. Sometimes I bring my own sketchbook with me and test markers and pens in it. I make little notes for myself for future purchase considerations. You never know when you’ll need that perfect shade of pink…and I bet you’ll be able to find it here.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I’m trying to challenge myself creatively. I’ve been working with different brush markers to draw a new botanical everyday for the month of May. So far I’ve been loving it. I get stuck creatively more times than I’d like to admit. A lot of my problem is getting stuck in the notion that I need to be completely unique. And honestly, that’s just not possible. All of us are inspired by one another and cool strangers over the internet. And more often that not, someone is going to have a similar style to you. And that’s okay. As long as you aren’t blatantly copying someone, you are always going to be working on developing your own style. That’s what I’m working towards. Because I am my most authentic self when I am working on a project. And that’s how I feel most alive.

Next time you’re in the Santa Fe area, I suggest stopping by Artisan if only to be completely blown away but all the cool stuff. They also over classes and mini workshops. I haven’t been able to attend one yet but I’d love to try it sometime. There’s also a location in Albuquerque but I personally haven’t checked it out.

You also can’t leave without paying a visit to the resident snake. Yes, I said snake. I had no idea about this until Andie told me about him. So wild! And by that I mean, what a wild idea!, he’s not a snake on the loose. That would be terrifying.

I hope the weekend welcomes you with some inspiration. Maybe you can start a new challenge or project for yourself!

love,
NG

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