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How Good Art Supplies and Retailers can make you Happy

I love art supplies, and I cannot walk past an art shop without going in.  I have to look at the papers, such beauty and potential, then its off for a colour fix.  Colour pencils, paints, pastels, oil pastels, I love them all.  Then there is all the mediums and other cool stuff.  Is it not heaven?  Although I tell myself that I don’t need any more, I will usually walk out with something.

I am also a oneline art supply purchaser, but this is usually more serious and with intent to do some research and find the best for my purpose.  Of course this always gets sidetracked by all those pretty colours again.  I am sooo easily distracted by bright colours, like a little child.

Now I have found YouTube and all those great clips of artist showing their stuff, there is not enough hours in the day to enjoy all this bounty.

But I found a site that combines many of these guilty  pleasure and is run by a fun, informative and completely joyous person, Jane Davenport http://www.janedavenport.com/ ( I will figure how to get this link in properly one day).  She is an Australian multi-media artist who lives in Byron Bay.  She has a great rang of tutorials and has so much fun making them they are a joy to watch.  Also an art supply fan, so much so she has her own art supply shop.  But this is with a difference, this is the supplies that she uses and has researched and found to be the best.

I couldn’t resist and there where some supplies that I did need.  (Really it is true)  So I put my order in.  The shop is called the Institute of Cute, which is a little off-putting to me (sorry Jane), but the product was good so I shut my eyes and ordered away.  But when my package arrived all was forgiven and I will be recommending and defending the Institute of Cute to my art friends.

Not only did I get my supplies in a couple of days, I got extra presents. Yah!  A card with a hand written message to enjoy my supplies, a pencil-case to put them in, some blending sticks, (so useful and appropriate to the supplies I got), a badge and a Lady Bug.  Oh so happy, I feel special and its makes me smile.

I have spent years training people in small business and marketing in hospitality and retail.  It is these personal touches that make customers come back.  It’s not the discounting, but the value adding and taking the time to make each customer feel special.


Painting in Return

Yesterday I received a fabulous surprise.  Not only had a postcard arrived for me, (this is the third), but it was a beautiful painting done especially for me!!!

This was so special and for a couple of reasons.  The first was because someone had taken the time and effort to not only paint me a picture but chose a topic close to my heart, cooking.  I love the softness of the watercolour and the choice of colours are beautiful.  Such a nice contract to the high intensity colour I like to use.

The scan has not done it justice, the background is a soft wash of that lovely teal colour and there is much more detail that hasn’t come out.  Magrietha covered the painting in contact so it could be sent as a postcard without damage which is a great idea, but I think it has affected the scan.

I also love this postcard as now I know what it is like to get a hand painted card made especially for you.  I do hope that my postcards have given/will give a small amount of the happiness to their recipients as this one has given to me.

Thank you Magrietha from Rotterdam, your card has put a smile on my face and warmth in my heart.

Love Postcrossing