Saturday, March 28, 2015

Just like our eyes, our hearts have a way of adjusting to the dark

Just like our eyes, our hearts have a way of adjusting to the dark

Deep 12x12 canvas

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Moody Urban Flower Painting

I really love exploring different color schemes to figure out what adds excitement and energy to a piece and what makes a mess of things. 

With my last flower being so light and bright, it seemed fun to bounce off in the other direction and make something moodier; a little bit more urban. 


Add purples, white and stamping

Block out flower shape

Darken background and start outlines

Add stencils, paint and doodling.

Have a terrific day :)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Flowers and Rainbows

I think this might be the most spring-colored thing I've ever painted. By a wide margin.

But instead of freaking myself out entirely, I popped in a bunch of neon, a bit of yellow and made rainbow. Which might be my favorite color.

Here's my steps:

Base Layer:

2nd Layer:

Blocking out the flower:

Add in some neon pink... dots and details

Finish off with more paint and some stenciling.

Thanks for visiting :)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Butterfly Tag with Hand Carved Stamp

Playing along with the March 12 Tags of 2015 by Tim Holtz and I got to use a stamp I just carved this week.

I was on the fence about making it (I'm so busy right now with art deadlines I wasn't sure I could spare the time) but then I saw Corrie's absolutely gorgeous version of the tag and I couldn't resist.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hand Painted Fabric Flip Through

As part of the #28 Patterns I made in February, I painted a bunch of fabric.

Here's a quick 15 second flip-through:

And some stills:

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cut Out + Keep: Book Review

I'm really excited to share this book with you guys! 

Way back when the internet was just a pimply adolescent, I stumbled across a seriously awesome website - 

The way I remember it, Cat Morley was this SUPER-COOL girl who was studying abroad and had an awesome blog. That morphed into one of the raddest indie communities online, Cut Out and Keep which has been a haven, a refuge, a home-away-from-home for indie, artsy crafty girls - like me. 

So when Laurence King asked me to peruse Cat and Tom Waddington's new book I jumped at the chance. 

The concept of the book - and you know I love a good hook - is that the couple set out on a road trip of epic proportions: they were going to visit all 50 states and choose what to see an do based on the advice of the site's members. 

The product of this grand adventure is the book, Cut Out + Keep: Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects. 

It's a terrific blend of travelogue and craft book and it has a truly delightful mix of projects and recipes ranging from screen printed shirts to moonshine perfume to Bacon Bit Pralines. Yum!

The projects skew to a younger, indie demographic so if you're looking to go deep on a topic, or for fine art,  this is not the book for you. But if you want to have fun, splash around in the crafty pool and make some unique... even a little edgy, crafts it's a terrific romp.

The book is well laid out and there are loads of stepped out pictures for each craft. I was really happy to see that, as so many craft books are moving to just written instructions and one gorgeous finished product shot. IMHO, showing the steps is superior in every way. 

Another thing that impressed me was how the travel sections introducing each state were thoughtfully written. You could experience their trip alongside them.

Those pages were insightful, full of tips and in no way a 'throw away' bit before getting to the projects.

I can easily see myself flipping through before leaving on a trip to get ideas of not-to-miss stops.

Cut out and Keep: Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects is available March 17.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Podtastic! and Patterns

I'm taking an awesome class by Jodi Ohl called Pod-tastic!

Because doodling is WAY outside my comfort zone I'm being extremely diligent about doing each practice exercise to the best of my abilities (and as often as needed) until I'm comfortable. That way when I move on I can do it confidently.

It's kind of fun being a total noob in an art class :)

1st try:

2nd try:

I think I'm ready to move on to doing these over painted backgrounds. I think I managed to get a flat blob shape to look sort of 3D-ish. What do you think?

As for patterns... I think I've done more than 28 already. Patterns are apparently super-addictive. 

Here's a few of my latest ones: