Recently I decided to make Fridays a non-production work day which may mean a little shopping and/or working on projects not related to the usual production work. Last week Friday I treated myself to some shopping at a couple local stores: Aquarius Sanctuary and Ink About It.
Aquarius Sanctuary is a holistic, new thought store. They carry books, jewelry, music and have a small sitting area where people can gather to talk and drink tea. Here I bought a crystal for my studio to help with energy flow. I have, according to Feng Shui principles, a “poison arrow” or wall that juts into the room. The crystal counteracts the “poison arrow.” The crystal, created by a local artist, is suspended from beading wire. Daisy charms and amerzinite stones are also on the wire. It is quite lovely but difficult to photograph.
I also bought a book at Aquarius Sanctuary, The Painting Path: Embodying Spiritual Discovery through Yoga, Brush and Color by Linda Novick. In this book the reader is led through a series of simple yoga inspired breathing and stretching exercises, followed by an art project using either paints, oil pastels, batik or collage, and finishes with reflective questions about the project.
I’ve found that creative ideas often emerge during or just after my yoga practice. Combine that with my desire to work with other art materials and this should prove to be an interesting book.
Ink About It is a rubberstamp and scrapbook store in Westford. It opened several years ago in a small storefront. Last year they moved into a larger storefront which gave them more retail and classroom space. It is always great to see a local store grow because of customer demand and interest.
At Ink About It I bought the following:
This is a great collage sheet of birds, feathers and eggs by ARTchixstudio. As soon as I saw it I was reminded of Joseph Cornell.
I love these rubberstamps by Invoke Arts. I was also taken with the replica door pull by 7Gypsies which I can see as part of a mosiac piece or perhaps on a large art doll. And I was completely won over by the Artgirlz charms. I’m a sucker for faces and eyes. These charms look like small masks a la Phantom of the Opera.
When I visit Ink About It, I typically walk through the entire store first to check out all the goodies. Then I’ll go back and choose what I want to buy. These Robin’s Nest cabs called to me three times before I chose the ones I wanted. They come in a great assortment of colors with names like getaway, water, Paris, and winter retreat. Each bottle contains tints, tones, and accents of one primary and/or complimentary color. I can see these as embellishments on Spirit Messengers and Icons or perhaps as grout filler for mosiacs. Yummy!
A close up of the water cabs.
Now to decide what exactly to do with all these goodies. Stay tuned!