Sharpie fanatics would agree: give someone a Sharpie and expect INKspiration! Read how Miriah Garnett created a stylish design on her sister’s bookbag (that got the sister seal of approval), her other Sharpie uses, and her advice to other young artists…
Tell me about yourself:
I’m Miriah Garnett, an International Baccalaureate student at North Hagerstown High School. I love to listen to music. It’s a big part of my life. Along with music, I enjoy painting, decorating, doing my nails, scrap booking, reading, texting, and of course shopping. I am a big fan of R&B, hip-hop, pop, and old school music. I’m a fan of M&Ms, especially the new pretzel kind. I’m a huge Twilight fan. I have read all the books and I am anxiously awaiting the premier of the 4th movie, Breaking Dawn. Some things I don’t like are: stinkbugs (they’re really gross), country music and gory horror movies.
What year in school are you? Any favorite classes? Extra-curriculars?
I am in the Eleventh grade. My favorite class is Biology, because I really enjoy sciences and plan to go into the medical field when I’m older. I am involved in the art and scrap-booking clubs at my school.
What inspired you to design a book bag for your sister?
In Kindergarten, it has been a sort of tradition to decorate your tote bag for school, which is something I even did as a kid. So, my little sister Armani (being the girlie girl that she is) wanted a cute design for her book bag. To get some ideas, we went to our local fabric store to look for some pretty prints or designs for some inspiration. We found one that was pink with doodles. Using this design, I incorporated my own twist to it and went all out decorating the whole book bag in this manner.
Of all art supplies, why Sharpie? What made you choose to customize the backpack with Sharpie markers?
I chose Sharpie because, since my mom is an art teacher, we have always trusted Sharpies to have precise lines and long lasting effects. Sharpies have also always had bright and vibrant colors that I love.
Have you customized any other school supplies or accessories?
I use Sharpies to label school supplies and clothes, make card designs, when organizing, to color Shrinky Dinks, to sign t-shirts, and to draw temporary tattoos.
What goes into designing a backpack? How long does it take?
Designing a book bag is actually a very simple, easy, and creative way to design something by adding your own unique touch. In order to design one, all you need to know is what you want to create on your book bag and what Sharpie colors you would like to use. Depending on how intricate the design is will determine how long it will take to finish the book bag. The designs could range from flower patterns, to a drawing of your favorite sports team’s logo. The possibilities are limitless.
How did your sister react to your Sharpie masterpiece?
My sister absolutely ♥loved♥ the book bag. It was cute and girlie and was everything she was hoping for. It was definitely something we would not have found in the store.
Top 5 essenti al items that are always in your book bag:
- Books (I’ve never gone home from school without books—ever!)
- My huge, graphing display calculator
- Different colored pens and pencils, including my Sharpies
- Portable hole punch
- USB flash drive
Aside from customizing some really cool backpacks, what else do you enjoying doing on your down time?
As I said before , I love listening to music. I am also a big fan of shopping for shoes. Even just shopping in general “floats my boat.” I also love to design and paint my own nails. It’s something I have started doing for a year or two and really enjoy. It’s a different way of expressing yourself.
Are you a fan of Glee or High School Musical? What character do you relate to the most & of all the cast members, who would you most want to design a backpack for?!
a fan of High School Musical! My obsession phase is very much over, but I can still sing any song by heart :D. I would have to say that of all the characters, I relate to Gabriella Montez the most because of having to transfer to a new school and meet different people. I can also relate to her “nerdy” side because of being part of the IB program. If I could design a backpack for someone, it would have to Sharpay Evans because of her bold and unique style—it is a style within itself.
Classic soda or pop question here… Do you say “backpack” or “book bag” ?
In general, I think I use both interchangeably, but say “book bag” the most. I think I say this because my book bag is a messenger bag, therefore, a bag that carries books. Whereas, most backpacks are actually a bag you carry on your back.
Motto to live by:
“You were born a work of art, don’t die a copy.”
Got any advice for other young artists like yourself?
My advice is to express yourself, be creative, and set no limits. With this mindset, you will be able to do anything you set your mind to. As cliché as it sounds, it’s a realization you have to come to, eventually.
Sharpies are great for any kind of project, except for when your little sister uses them to express her creativity on the walls!