Sarah Kay

Name:Sarah Kay

From: Newton Aycliffe

Instagram: @s.k.etched

When did you first start drawing/experimenting with inks/ crafting? I first started drawing and experimenting with art at age 13, it grew into a passion. Since discovering Spectrum Noir, it has allowed my artwork to bloom in all kinds of directions.

What made you start? When I was a teen I really wanted to be a forensic artist. I started practicing drawing faces, which grew to a love of shading with pencil. From there I branched out into more colourful pieces of artwork and developed my preference for drawing animals and anything mythical.

Are you a full-time artist or is this a hobby that you love to do? I create my artwork "part-time" when I'm feeling inspired. I love to create anything for my friends and family, anything that may bring a smile and brighten someone's day.

What inspires your art? Things that make me happy! I adore an Autumn colour palette, my Spectrum Noir aqua markers are stunning for watercolour autumn leaves. I always use my cats as a reference for some of my artwork too! I have a huge admiration for fineliner art, which I like to practice with my Artliners.

What’s your top tip for marker art/lettering/alcohol inks? Alcohol inks can have a mind of their own and behave like no other medium, go with it! Got a splodge of ink you aren't sure what to do with? Try to visualise what it could look like, such as a flower maybe, use your Artliners to add detail over the top.

What is your favourite Spectrum Noir product? It is impossible to pick a favourite! However, my current favourite is the Opaque Pigment Inks, I'm so amazed by their heat embossing ability. My most go to product is always the Artliner pens, I use them for my fine detail work and brush lettering.

Which Spectember theme/prompt have you chosen and why? I chose the Autumn prompt because it is my most favourite time of the year, so many beautiful colours! And of course Halloween!
I chose the Pointillism prompt because I just love building up an image with Artliners, using just dots, Super effective!

When did you start working on the Spectrum Noir design team? I started my design team journey in 2016!