05 August 2010

Art Supplies for Tomo

All photos in this post are via Tomo's flickr. Go here for more peeks into her art journal.

Hello, dear friends!

Earlier this week, a young art journaler emailed me. Just beginning her journey, she wanted some advice on how to make the most of her limited art supplies. We had a very long exchange. Here is part of what she wrote:
Hi Ingrid! My name's Tomo, and I just discovered your art journals on flickr yesterday and got REALLY inspired to do my own since I'm exploding inside and usually can't think.

The thing is, I'm so limited to the things I can/want to use for my art journal. I know it's no excuse for an artist. My usual tools include watercolor pencils (I use the shavings to paint), highlighters, and markers for coloring. It gets me down, especially as an artist who's always been under supplied.

Could you give me a few tips [...]?

Tomo has a huge passion for art that is very apparent in her writing, and her newly begun art journal shows promise. Though she is determined to stay positive, my heart aches for an artist who has so few art supplies with which to express herself. I sent her a few small things, but here's what I've been thinking - and I haven't yet told this sweet girl any of this yet - I'd like to raise money to buy Tomo a few tubes of acrylic paint. Will you help me?

I would like to donate 10% of any purchases in either of my Etsy shops (here or here) towards this; I've also set up a PayPal account - you can donate directly using the new button in the sidebar or by clicking below. If you have any spare art supplies of your own you'd like to send to Tomo, please email me at mypeacetree2 [at] gmail [dot] com.

Acrylic paint is fairly cheap, about $4-5 per tube; I'd like to get her the basic colors - red, yellow, blue, black, and white. All donations will be used to buy and ship Tomo's paint, and if there are a few spare dollars I will purchase a few paintbrushes or other art materials for her. If it is cheaper to buy it online, I will do that instead of buying and sending it myself.

[PayPal button has been removed.]

And I will, of course, share every step of this process with you!

Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity, sweet readers. I look forward to seeing how this all turns out!

Much love,

And this, my friends, is what makes me think that she deserves, needs, and would be eternally grateful for your help. (She just received my initial package of a few art journalling papers and magazine cutouts today, after I wrote this post.)
"I GOT THEM I GOT THEM I GOT THEM!!! OH MY GOSH!!!! I just went to check the mail 3 minutes ago and saw a BIG package with super nice handwriting on it and was like "OH MY GOD!!! IT'S HERE!!!" I haven't even looked at EVERYTHING yet. I read the letter and I'm so thankful for everything you've done to help me get started and continue my art journaling experience. :) I'm so excited!!! I seriously appreciate everything, and I know I say it a lot, but I really can't say it enough!! *hug*

Thank you so much for every bit of inspiration you've given me in the one week we've known each other!"
Now, is that passion and excitement or what?!


~Barb~ said...

You just can't beat that kind of excitement and passion about something we (you & I) already know to be such a wonderful and perfect artistic outlet. How wonderful that you are taking her under your wing!

I have some extra pastels and a set some student acrylics I'd love to send her...maybe some collage elements, too...drop me an email and let me know where to send them and I'll ship them out Saturday.

Peace & Love,

Spooky said...

That is so sweet of you. Tomo found my blog through yours and left me a couple of lovely comments. I would be happy to help her out as soon as I get home (posting from my phone now)!

Abby said...

This is such an incredibly kind thing to do. Good for you on helping someone on their creative journey!

Cecilia Neville Murray said...

This is an inspiration to all of us! What a great thing.

I have some art supplies here. I'm a little too poor to buy anything at the moment, but I'm sure that I can support this. Paintbrushes... let me take a look.

Thanks for making my heart sing! This is what life is all about!

Ingrid said...

heehee, i'm so excited about this! thank you all so very much for your help! do please spread the word if you can think of anyone who'd like to join us.

Tomo said...

i hope i was supposed to look at this. if not, sorry...

ingrid, you're going to make me cry, you know. truly, you don't have to do this. i really don't know what to say but the fact that i wish i could hug you over a comment or an email. :)

Toemailer said...

Don't have any art supplies to give but will say I think this is a wonderful thing you are doing, YAY for you!

Ingrid said...

Tomo, I don't know if I could have kept it a secret for much longer anyway! ;) We're making some great progress ~ there are some very, very lovely, generous people in this world.

Tomo said...

I must agree with that, Ingrid. And I truly do appreciate everything everyone has been doing for me. And I am accepting your kindness (so I guess you can ignore the email I just sent you 3 minutes ago). I suppose my new name is "Thank You Ever So Much" :)


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