This is a guest column by Phoebe Sherman, founder of Girl Gang Craft.
I’m going to be honest. I’m a professional artist who hasn’t painted a damn thing for myself this year. My name is Phoebe Sherman and I’m the founder of Girl Gang Craft, a community for female-forward creatives. We throw craft fairs. And in 2020 we did not.
So all my attention and energy in this strange, wild, and tumultuous year, has been going into trying to salvage my event business and make it all happen online.
And I did, I did the damn thing. GGC is still trekking along (and maybe it‘s even thriving).
But when Eaze and I agreed to work together to write about creativity and the Eaze products that sparked them, I was ecstatic. Wait, so I was getting paid, to get high and craft?! Pinch me!
Yes, I’m basically the Carrie Bradshaw of creativity (and cannabis) now.
And yes, my mother has been informed of this endeavor.
Setting the scene:
I’ve been working on this banana painting. Something fun, something light. This is only my 2nd piece for me this year (I have completed commissions this year, but not anything for fun). The following is my exploration of how 5 Eaze products helped my focus, my creativity, and my ability to experiment.
So here we are with 5 products I reviewed for sparking those creative juices:
First things first, Leune is a women-owned brand.
For full disclosure, I spent a decent portion of this high on the phone with my bestie. So, it’s a good high to chat for sure!
Once I started painting, I got really involved with adding spackle to my banana painting: HELLO TEXTURE. Loved the layered look of acrylic paint over the spackle that I etched onto the canvas with a plastic fork.
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about creativity (I’ve been reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert) and learning to hold on less to my work, definitely less to my perfection. I’m ready to get messy and experiment, and hold a little less tightly to the outcome.
The Leune pen helped me let loose, and have fun with the piece.
Conclusion: This was a good high. I got into my piece, enjoyed my time, and also got a bit hungry!
Funny moment: I was high enough to think I was working digital for a second, and after a mistake looked for the “erase” button on my device. (Quarantine clearly has been getting the best of us).
2 mg THC 6mg CBD per serving
This is my go-to for migraines or shoulder pain. (I have a tendency for both)
In all honesty, I found myself cleaning my office first.
Apparently, I also have a tendency to procrastinate, or rather I find work to be done rather than prioritizing my art. I suppose that could be a whole other essay…
This product is mostly CBD but there is a bit of THC in it. The Camino Sparkling Pear gummies are really the perfect tool for zoning in and getting focused, but also make you available to make dinner after.
Recipe for success: blast music, and make sure your work zone is clean beforehand.
PS…Kiva is also women-run.
So it’s all in the name “arouse.” Truly one hit of this pen got me a little excited. Love the fact that the Dosist pen vibrates after you have the proper dose. (This is not just for the “arouse” cartridge, if you know what I’m saying). Was a lovely lift after a long day and was inspired to get right to work on my bananas.
At this point in my painting process, I had eaten the models. (see reel)
So I was painting from some pictures I had taken on my phone.
Eventually, I put the phone down and added my own touches without looking at the banana content. We shall call it “a trust the process process.” My color got a little louder, and the piece became more cohesive and dynamic.
Conclusion: The Arouse Dosist cartridge really got me excited about my project, and trust of the creativity process.
The Good Old Pal flower made me go a little into existential crisis mode, with an emphasis on boredom during this pandemic. I traveled down the rabbit hole of “If I have to spend another night in my house…”
But when that was through, I got to work painting the bananas.
Then I turned on Adele and really got to singing, so you know the strain is good.
I introduced some bolder colors into the painting, fleshed out some details, and I think the painting is almost done!
5 mg THC per serving
I tried twice to paint after taking the edible. And it didn’t happen. This one did not fuel my creative fire, It made me shop online, watch Gossip Girl, and even get some casual work done. And yes this happened twice when the only thing on the agenda was to paint.
So maybe this is the perfect gummy for relaxing and casual hanging, but maybe not if you have an agenda.
Ultimately I think the Leune Desert Gold pen is my new go-to for creative projects. I can control the dosage, still feel alert, while feeling good. I can focus and sink into the task.
For an energized and giggly high, I recommend the Arouse pen by dosist.
If you need to just chill, or you have a headache or physical pain or discomfort, try the Camino Sparkling Pear CBD edibles.
For all the feels and an ideal Adele pairing, run don’t walk to order Old Pal flower.
If you have a project to be done, I would skip the edibles. Reward yourself with one or two once you’re done–they give you the perfect high for online shopping and Netflix.
But now, for the eternal question: is the painting finished?
About the Author
Girl Gang Craft: Girl Gang Craft’s mission is to lift up creatives. GGC is a female-forward community for creatives and entrepreneurs. When we are not in a global pandemic they are hosting craft fairs all over CA (Oakland, Sacramento + LA). Alas this year they have turned our focus to educating creatives on how to succeed online. They have classes and courses, and host a podcast. GGC also has a feminist clothing line that donates proceeds to Planned Parenthood, ACLU + She the People. Find out more at www.girlgangcraft.com and follow along @girlgangcraft.
Phoebe: Phoebe Sherman is the founder of Girl Gang Craft, based in Oakland, CA. Phoebe teaches workshops, courses, conferences to help entrepreneurs thrive on topics such as email marketing and social media. She designs the GGC feminist clothing line and hosts the the GGC podcast where she interviews female founders and teaches mini lessons to creatives. When she is not working, Phoebe is doing yoga, playing outside, and eating good food. Phoebe got her “making” start after college when she needed something to do with her hands and started a really terrible jewelry line. From there, around the 2016 election, she transitioned to more political graphics like her uterus design, making patches, pouches, and finally the uterus enamel pin. She started GGC accidentally when she gathered 15 artist friends in Luckyduck Cafe to sell work, and it turned into a party and a mission. Since then, Phoebe remains dedicated to lifting up her community, and helping artists to get PAID. Follow along @phoebesherman .