McGlamorous Book Reviews :: Beginning Pen and Ink

Welcome to my new category of posts – Image of Pen Ink BookMcGlamorous Book reviews! I have been wanting to share the excitement of a new read and now is my chance with my first review of a book in the sub-category of art.

I will begin by expressing much excitement over a book by Desarae Lee, Beginning Pen & InkIndeed, a dependable Walter Foster book reminds me of my first high school art classes, this time with a more mature knowledge and attention span.

It begins with the basics techniques of drawing with chapters on line and contour work, gesture drawing, and all the essentials to exercise value and tone in your drawings. It is devoted to pen and ink, yet covers the paths of pencil techniques, not to mention light, shadow, and composition.

Final chapters test your knowledge with projects to master these techniques. I love the way they are presented and the subject matter, which includes an enormous, animated octopus and a gently flowered bear. The projects include a watercolor background and additional bonus education in another medium.

Overall, it is a great beginner book. Easy to follow with good projects and fills the desire for “doodling” really well.  It is a fair warning that it does sharpen your patience skills, as the exercises seem to require a steady and calm focus, but as with all art, the time is worth the reward.

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~ McGlamorous

Parting the Red Sea :: Art and the Color Red

Parting the Red Sea :: Art and the Color Red

As an artist do you ever ponder working with the color red? I ask this due to past experiences with the hue. For many years this color has plagued me when I tried to assemble jewelry, draw, or craft. Paintings would not come together as if I were fighting a bull in the ring. I could feel anger and almost panic as I tried to stay calm. Beads would fall off and not string with ease. If you commissioned me to do red, I would run!

This year has been a differentImage of Cardinal Painting event, however. I ask myself what changed and why. After a sudden move from my place of residence, I have been temporarily living with the gasp-a red wall! I have to admit that it looks great in the video and can see contrasting artwork hanging on it in my mind, but I secretly worry still that it annoys people when I am in video meetings.

Maybe I have come to an agreement with red, which I am glad about. The first thing that comes is of course the parting of the red sea and what that symbolized. Divide. Forgiveness, yet strength in the power of blood. Parting to bring others to safety. It can irritate you, or not. It is used in so much fashion and apparel, representative of love or anger, as seen in the great sport of bullfighting. Lady in Red. And on and on. Image of Vintage Shirt

So that brings me to the pleasant conclusion of how I have been a friend to “Red” lately and have been successful in the assembly of many new pieces of McGlamorous jewelry. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, what better timing than so to work on producing beautiful pieces made with love.

Some new pieces include large hearts, teddy bears, white hearts, as well as hearts in other colors, kitty cats, and more. Even a sweet new unicorn graces the floor.

Image of Heart NecklaceJewelry is such a great trinket of love and that is why I enjoy making it. Each piece stands for a story that can be shared and passed along for years to come. I’m glad working in red can help bring this joy to everyone that experiences it.

 

McGlamorous

 

 

 

We Won ! ! ! :: Poshmark’s Heart and Hustle Grant

We Won ! ! ! :: Poshmark’s Heart and Hustle Grant

Yay….Yay…Yay..did I say Yay?

Gosh, I can’t express how good this feels to win my first business grant. It’s my first big reward for such a careful effort to grow MCGLAMOROUS. To begin, let me say how much I enjoy re-selling but mostly creating my ideas and art to sell.

Here’s the cool deal. Poshmark holds you up to do it. In a world gone mad, they are a gust of encouraging wind in the sails of the McGlamorous ship! We have been working since 2013, even from a sickbed, sharing, giving, researching, you name it, to get it all out. This has come at the perfect timing, and with God’s help, of course.

Each seasonal cycle within the four seasons, Poshmark gives away a Heart & Hustle grant to sellers with a certain number or more of sales between periods. I thought about this, tried it the first go-round, but did not get my link correct. Disappointed, I decided to think again about entering, tried again, and got picked! The timing was just perfect, as I knew that I would be relocating my home-based business. Extra support was a true blessing, but mostly the inspiration of getting visions and dreams out there is a free-ing, wonderful feeling. Congrats to all the winners!

So what’s next?

Well…Onward! We keep creating, keep writing, keep dreaming. We are currently preparing a newsletter you can subscribe to, and are adding all sorts of different categories to the jewelry including Tropicals, Celestial, and more.

That is the wind in the sails. I just wanted to share the good news. Please pass it on, and Thank you for your business and support.

If this post has helped you in any way, please share it with others. You can also receive a $10 discount on Poshmark when you sign up using code MCGLAMOROUS, and $5 off for signing up on Kidizen with code riy3u.

All About the Share

All About the Share

 

Hi there, and greetings from McGlamorous. I felt an urge to share a short eye-opening post about Poshmark this week and so here it goes.

As I was in the yard working the other day, I was thinking about how to get my jewelry more noticed on the site without always re-listing it, and remembered something smart. Putting your best items at the top can assure you that your latest listings get shared after you share another seller’s profile. The items will be first when they click your profile, and most people on Posh are great about sharing back. I tend to share three items per one of mine, and this is a good system to think about using too. There are plenty of sharing games that you can participate in as well, if you feel like doing this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You really do get back what you give on Poshmark. Beginning sellers can benefit from finding closets with a lower follower count And help the build their folllower list. Personally , I was so excited when I did this for a couple of years. I won the $100 reward from Posh shortly afterwards, and it felt like I had been rewarded by the heavens for doing a good deed. Answered prayer, because that is how I got my electric guitar!

For new users, this can be a good tip, plus hooking up all your sharing settings. Twitter is a greater place to share and be shared. They also have the options of Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and more. To go to these setting you can click on your profile logo to get to where you are going, as seen here ::

 

Look for your sharing settings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This will then take you here where you can adjust your preferences.

 

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have enjoyed sharing for others here and getting shared! I sometimes forget to use these tools on my profile, so I thought it would be a great reminder for everyone as well. If you found this helpful, please share. It’s the best way! ❤️

If this post has helped you in  any way, please share to others. You can also receive a $10 discount on Poshmark when you sign up using code MCGLAMOROUS, and $5 off for signing up on Kidizen with code riy3u.

~ McGlamorous 

Social Streamline :: Media Tools To Help Make You a Star

Social Streamline :: Media Tools To Help Make You a Star

There are no rules. Everything is all over the place! This is a funny but true thought describing the current state of social media, but you can never go wrong with a pretty visual. A few friends have asked me for some of the tools I use with Poshmark, or Instagram. I came across a great article that I wanted to summarize. Some of these I have not tried, but most I have. I am learning with you so here it goes :

Canva was first on the list and I can agree that I enjoy it for design. It is pretty easy and the fonts are great. Your can create ads, posts for different platforms and sizes, covers, or cards. It is mostly free, which is a bonus too.

On a side note, I would like to add Typorama to the mix. I love this one, too. It has great designs pre-made and I love the graphics and pictures in this app.

 

Combin for Instagram growth was listed, although I have not experimented with this one or delved enough into marketing time for Instagram yet to approve or disapprove. The author stated that they have tested and researched several tools for the app and this one stands out in their mind. We may like to give it a try. It is reported as simple to use because it allows you to manage Instagram from your PC, something I like already.

Instagram’s algorithm has probably changed as I write this, so being active on the account is more important than before. According to this article, posting a lot of content wont do it all anymore, instead interacting with followers and new accounts is the key. If Instagram is your thing, this may be your best bet for a platform.

 

Buffer for scheduling. I’ve gone crazy deciding on these kinds of apps. There are a lot out there.  They say that scheduling your content is really the key to doing social media on a bigger scale. Guess that is why I am a bit behind It would be great to produce bulk content and not have to worry. This ideally would be even a week’s worth if content scheduled to go out at one time. Wow. If you work mainly on Instagram, Later and Hopper are options, but in the meantime Buffer is a favorite.

 

Grammarly for avoiding embarrassing copy mistakes. See, I even needed it for that word! Seriously though, this Is one of my favorites because I am reviewing language basics and learning at the same time with this program. It is quite helpful and needs no introduction, Like me, if you write fast and tend to misspell words, this is your friend. The free version is flexible, but if you are serious about writing copy, the paid version may be worth the money.

 

Thanks for reading the article. I hope it has helped in some way. I am an artist who works enough in IT to be a little dangerous. Please share with your friends and feel free To contact me for related questions.

 

~ McGlamorous