I just wanted to drop in to post a few of my new drawings that I've been working on in my sketchbooks over the last few months. Lately I feel like I am constantly trying to "get back into the swing of things" and make more art, but sometimes it's hard to get started. I know I always say that daily practice will yield the best results, but I need to listen to my own advice sometimes and devote more time to sitting down and drawing... I think I will pour myself a cup of coffee with creamer and some cinnamon, sit down, and do just that.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
It's no secret that I love living and working at home, so I thought I'd share a few photos of my space. I also have a little video of my home on my About Me page... Enjoy the tour!
Have a great Wednesday,
Monday, September 23, 2013
One of my new obsessions is Project Life, a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins to make scrapbooking easier, and in my opinion, a lot more fun! When I first saw Project Life on Elise Blaha Cripe’s blog, it was truly love at first sight. I quickly ordered my first kit (Elise’s Seafoam Edition), and as I started cutting photos and rounding edges, I realized that the pockets and layouts looked a lot more modern and cleaner than other traditional scrapbooking products that I could find in my local craft stores. Here are some examples of my layouts:
I love that there are little journaling cards included in the kits so that you can write down snippets of memories as you go. I also used the A Beautiful Mess iPhone app to make some of the photos with text and design, like the "Mom's Roses" photo in the third picture. I print all of my photos at home using my little Canon printer, and I used matte photo paper so that I can write on the photos easily with sharpies and markers. I've been having a lot of fun with this project lately, so I hope you enjoy seeing some of my spreads!
Thursday, September 19, 2013
This summer was a difficult one for a several reasons, but I finally got some time to do some sketching and collaging and painting lately, and I wanted to share them here with you. I'm so happy that fall is here, even though the temperatures are still in the 90s here in Florida... I'm ready for change of all kinds - from the leaves to the weather and to life in general.
I'm still obsessed with Instagram (you can follow "howtomakeart" on there), so the last four photos were done using Instagram filters. I'm so glad to have a way to make square photos with rad filters without having to pull out my old Holga camera and spend way too much money on developing the photos. I still love my Holga and the magic it can create, but I hate how expensive developing that film can be!
Oh, and did you know that my pup, Ruby Roo is actually a bunny? Here's the photo evidence...
Here's to a wonderful fall season for all of us!
Sunday, August 11, 2013
This week has been filled with art journaling and altered books... I've been working hard at getting back into making art after a short break, and it's been super fun. The journals and sketchbooks are slowly filling up, and I was able to finish two this week that had already been started a while ago.
Since my mini-break from art making, it was a bit hard to get started. It's always like that at first - I have to make a lot of bad drawings when I start again before I start to make ones that I honestly like. Below is a stack of books in my studio (there are tons more where those came from!) and a few drawings from this week. Oh, and a picture of my dog eating a cookie shaped like a bear in a pink bikini!