Author: Vanessa

Yes, you can afford art supplies

By Vanessa Bentley

Have you ever wanted to try painting but the paper, paint and brushes are all just too expensive? What if you only paint once and don’t like it? Worrying about the cost of the paper might also make you reluctant to experiment – and after all, what is art without experimentation?

A product brand that seems to be available in many stores is Rolfes. They make sketchbooks for a variety of applications. I was looking for something really affordable for illustration purposes, and this was right up my alley.

For the purposes of the illustration I wanted to do, I also purchased a set of watercolours. This set is perfect for someone who wants to try out watercolour paint for the first time and not worry about cost. These are also perfect for children – and in my case, for illustration purposes.

For the watercolour illustration, I decided that the Rolfes Watercolour pad would be the best choice. The first step was to draw my sketch in pencil.

Once I was happy with my sketch I could start adding colour. The lid of the paint container is lovely as it serves as a palette for your paints. Add a bit of water into the little lid of the paint tray, then add the colour to the water and your paint will be perfect for a wash.

For this painting I worked in layers, adding the colours until I had the look I wanted. To finish off, I waited until the paint was dry before adding details using pencil crayons and a bit of white gel pen.

By Vanessa Bentley

Did you know that the month of May will have many artists drawing, painting or illustrating mermaids? The official Mermay website says the following:
“MerMay is a month-long celebration of creativity, community and above all … MERMAIDS.”

Apart from the daily MerMay prompts provided by mermay.com, you can search for other prompt lists on Instagram by using #mermay or #mermay2022. There are many, so you should find one that suits you.

If creating daily mermaids is a bit much, then look out for shorter prompt lists. Some lists give one to three prompts per week, allowing busy creatives to still partake in this magical challenge.

Although most artists participating in the MerMay challenge work digitally, there are many who work traditionally using standard art materials.

Prompts are what make the challenge fun. The prompt list used to create the mermaids in the image below included prompts like best friend, 1920s, circus, fruit, ice and fairy.

So go out and find a prompt list that inspires you – and start creating your mermaids!

Calling all exhibitors:

shop-sa, in conjunction with My Office, will be hosting a digital trade show on Wednesday 11 August 2021.

The 105-year-old association of the stationery and home office products industry is hosting a virtual trade show to provide both association members and members of the public with a platform for brand exposure during these trying times.

What is a virtual trade show and how will it work?

In these unprecedented times, a traditional trade show is not possible. This online event will allow exhibitors to showcase their products and services in many different ways, in one online space.

The expo can be viewed using any device from mobile phone to computer, from virtual stalls to live presentations.

  • A pinned post will remain on the top of the news page on the My Office Magazine website, and will be updated with information on exhibitors up to the day of the event.
  • Logos, brochures and links of participating exhibitors will be displayed on the website.
  • Participating exhibitors will select an available time slot to host a live presentation.
  • Workshops will be advertised prior to event.
  • Visitors will contact exhibitor to book “seats”.
  • The exhibitor will send links to visitors prior to live presentation.
  • These videos will be hosted on YouTube or the exhibitor’s own website.

Links and advertising for the trade show will be sent to a database of 20 000 end-users and consumers on a regular basis, but any member of the public will be allowed to view the videos and brochures during and after the show.

The expo will also be marketed on various social media platforms to create awareness leading up to the event.

Sign up to be an exhibitor today! You too can become a member of shop-sa from as little as R855 ex VAT per annum – and access our exclusive member pricing.

Exhibitor packages

Lite package 
Member pricing: R1 000 ex VAT / R1 150 incl VAT
Non-member pricing: R1 500 ex VAT /  R1 725 incl VAT

Introduce yourself: who you are and what you do
Flyer/brochure
1 short video (5 minutes or less)

Basic package
Member pricing: R1 500 ex VAT / R1 725 incl VAT
Non-member pricing: R2 000 ex VAT / R2 300 incl VAT

Introduce yourself: who you are and what you do
Flyer/brochure
Up to 3 videos

Pro package
Member pricing: R5 000 ex VAT / R5 750 incl VAT
Non-member pricing: R7 000 ex VAT / R8 050 incl VAT

Introduce yourself: who you are and what you do
Flyer/brochure
Up to 10 videos or brochure links
The option to host a live Zoom workshop/talk/demo
Additional promotion and spotlight features on mailers sent before the event

Call for prizes

Put your brand front and centre!

A number of competitions will be run during the course of, and after, the event. All donated prizes will be listed with your company’s name or logo visible.

For more information, please contact Wendy on (012) 548 0046, 082 963 7441 or wendy@shop-sa.co.za.

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