Inspired Intuitive Work

I fell in love with Paivi Eerola during her workshop for 21 Secrets Spring 2015.

I love getting her blog posts in my inbox…they are so happy making.  Her videos are so inspiring.  SHE is so inspiring.

One of the first thing I learned with Paivi is about soft core colored pencils.

Soft core colored pencils?  You mean I had the wrong colored pencils?  I had prismacolor….and I have several sets of different prismacolor colored pencils and yes, you can absolutely buy the wrong kind…the scholar brand for me nearly drove me away from colored pencils for good–but this is me…

Earlier this month, I finally gave in and ordered, after much research because in many places soft core and “regular” colored pencils are not so much differentiated–and I bought some soft core prismacolor colored pencils.  I have to admit–when the box arrived, I still had to do some due diligence to make sure these were the ‘right’ pencils, the soft core ones, because unless you read the small print and details on the box (tin), it wouldn’t never occur to you that these were indeed soft core colored pencils.


I got them…and I started to try to work on some of Paivi’s examples given via her video tutorials (see her blog).

As I worked, thinking of doing an abstract landscape-esque scene…this came out:

watermarked-artimg108To me, this is more of a Painting the Feminine piece…by the time it was through…

It’s not what I wanted.  It’s not what I had planned.

Then I heard the title of the piece: Am I really leaving the safety of my Home for this

Strange title, eh?  Except that is segues nicely into so much of the other work I have been doing…so I am not about to bite the hand of the Muse who feeds me from Her fingertips little morsels such as this now and again.



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Tabitha Low

Writer, Artist, Journey Creatrix

6 thoughts on “Inspired Intuitive Work”

  1. I love Paivi’s work too! She is just awesome. Prismacolor pencils are not available where I am now so I got the polychromos instead. I love them and can blend them with baby oil.


    1. Learning that you could use baby oil to blend colored pencils…blew my MIND…where has the world been hiding that information…and then I told my daughter…and she LOVES that…she has baby oil and cotton swabs all over her room when she gets into one of those moods. It’s awesome. 🙂

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      1. That blew my mind too Tabitha. When I learned that oil based polychromos from faber castell can be blended with baby oil, was all I could think of and had to try it right away. I use one cotton bud for every color to blen so I would not contaminate colors and make my painting muddy. 🙂


      2. That’s what we do to…a different bud for every color…lol…the only time I use a single bud is if I am very gently trying to blend layers in a face…otherwise I am meticulous…I saw some video by prismacolor showing that you could use turpentine, but with a toddler running around, I didn’t want turpentine where he could get it…so I did some google-fu-ing…and found out about baby oil. There were a few other things, if I remember, but the only two that I have tried are the turpentine and the baby oil…and we stick w the baby oil because it’s safer.

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