A Merry Copic Christmas

I ♥ art supplies! This year I asked for Copic Markers (since the few I had were all dried out) + non-photo blue pencils, but I never expected to receive as many I did. The first time I learned about Copics were from Tim’s brother Mike Mucci, and no pen or marker have been the same ever since. I am now armed with a 6-Piece Skin Tone Set, 6-Piece Gray Tone Set, and a surprise Black Ink Pro Wallet. I will never stop drawing!! Thank you so much to Tim, Mike & Sandy. xo, artsparrow

photography © 2012 Andrea Sparacio (artsparrow), except for last photo © Copic Markers

Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart

I received a great gift two Christmases ago from my Dad. He found out that I wanted this cotton bag by TippyThai on ETSY (or, as my  Dad pronounces it in his accent, “Eatsee”) where he then proceeded to make his first handmade purchase. I loved this bag so much, until one fateful day an ink pen exploded inside of it, sending my beloved bag to its unwearable doom. I never got around to getting the stain out properly and by the time I did it was probably too late. Much like my Dad though, I am scrappy and never let a good bag go to waste. So this is my first attempt at RIT fabric dying to see if I can successfully hide the messy ink stain. Here we go!

I had to move from the tub to the kitchen sink since the dye was at high risk of staining the white porcelain. After a long time of rinsing, wringing, and washing the bag with detergent, things were looking pretty good.

I had to dye the bag black to cover the stain, even though my original attraction to gray was inspired from Clementine (Kate Winslet’s) pleated bag in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.


Despite using the entire bottle of black, it came out a darker gray. I can still spot the stain but it’s not as bad as before. I think one more round of dying should do the trick, and something old becomes new again. Happy Holidays! xo, artsparrow

photography © 2012 Andrea Sparacio (artsparrow), except for first photo © TippyThai

New Site Design, New Portfolio

After spending endless hours offline to update my site design, I am very excited to be back! Thanks so much for your patience and I hope you enjoy the new look, portfolio, blog & art shop. I will be adding prints to my ETSY store, but in the meantime, I am gearing-up for my vendor table at Tinderbox Box Music Festival tomorrow.

Check out the amazing line-up (with headliner CocoRosie!!!) and get your tickets today. Hope to see you there ♥

illustration & photography © 2012 Andrea Sparacio (artsparrow); band photo © CocoRosie