Saturday, July 26, 2014

Recent Sketchbook Drawings

I seem to go through phases where I don't draw too much, then other times I am drawing every day and every spare moment.  It's an all or nothing kind of thing...  Right now, it's all drawing all the time.  Here are some recent snapshots of my books...

I hope you enjoyed these peeks into my books.  Have a creative weekend!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Family Frames... An Art Journal

I've recently started the process of taking photographs of all of my past art journals so that I can share them online.  This "Family Frames" book was one of my favorite books that I made while in college.  It's hand bound, made with cardboard, art papers, string, and glue.  The book is filled with cream drawing paper, and I used it for drawing, painting, and some note taking from my studio classes.  You can see bigger photos of the book by going to its album on Flickr here.  

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

...little bits...

The other day, we made burgers with a sunny side up egg on top and ate them on english muffins.  We couldn't help but share our epic meal with our little dog, Ruby Roo, so we tore up little pieces of the meal to put on a plate for her.  We have to make the pieces small so that she won't eat too fast... Sometimes she has a tendency to eat big bites that are too much for her little throat to handle!

When I think about all of my goals and dreams for my future, especially my creative and business related goals, it can sometimes feel overwhelming... I always need to remind myself to break my goals up into little doable bits that I can handle and chip away at little by little, rather than always looking ahead to the big picture.  So tonight, I am going to sit down and making some lists of big goals, then I will be breaking them down into smaller, bite-sized goals that I can begin to tackle bit by bit...  Wish me luck!

What are some of your summer goals?  Do you like to make lists and dream big as much as I do?  Goals are really one of my favorite things to write about in my journals...

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Typewriter Love

Have you heard of typewriter art?  Below is my very first attempt - it was so much fun to make!

I created the above piece with my cursive typewriter, a yellow Royal Safari:

I am in love with that Royal Safari, and I especially like its cursive font:

I'm more than a little obsessed with typewriters and all that they can do...  I have even amassed a small collection of typewriters, which I quickly learned is kind of an impractical collection, since typewriters are so huge and heavy, ha ha. So I have decided to part with a few, and they can now be found in my Etsy vintage shop, Nostalgia Factory

Here's my favorite one from the small group I am parting with...

It's a pink Smith-Corona Super Silent typewriter from the 1950's in excellent working condition.  It's just so charming and fun!  You can see more photos and read about the typewriter by clicking here.

Here are a few more typewriters up for grabs in the shop...

Thanks so much for stopping by and for letting me tell you about my typewriter obsession...  I hope your summer is going well and that you are taking the time to indulge in some obsessions of your own! :)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Layered Portraits

Today I'm going to show you a fun way to make portraits using Niji Splash Inks and Authentic Chinese Watercolors.  I hope you will enjoy the process!  I made two examples so that you can see how varied you can make these portraits.  Here is one of the finished pieces:

Here is what you will need:

*Niji Splash Inks
*Yasutomo and Company's Authentic Chinese Watercolors
*Water for mixing Niji Splash Inks
*An eye dropper for water (used when mixing Niji Splash Inks)
*A pencil
*Watercolor Paper

STEP ONE:  Mix up several colors of Splash Inks - choose colors that you think would be fun for a portrait!  Get out your watercolor paper and brushes, and paint a loose, abstract face onto your paper, eliminating all the details, like so:

Don't worry too much if there are little drips and "mistakes" here and there - this will just add to the charm of the finished piece!

STEP TWO: After the Splash Ink dries, do a pencil sketch on top of the loose portrait you already made, defining the details of the face, like this:

STEP THREE: Now it's time to fill in some details and accent the portrait with the Authentic Chinese Watercolors.  The nice part about using these in conjunction with the Splash Inks is that when you paint on top with the watercolors, the Splash Inks will not bleed or move - this is because they are acrylic inks, so once dry, they can't be reactivated with water.  This makes them a great first layer to your layered portrait!  Here is a shot of what it looks like to paint some watercolor details and accents on top of the Splash Ink layer:

And here is the finished piece:

Here is another example.  This is the first layer done with Splash Inks:

And then comes the pencil layer:

Finally, watercolor is added, and here is the finished piece:

Thanks for creating art with me!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. 


In the interest of full disclosure, I am a current member of the Niji Design Team and was given the Niji Splash Inks and Yasutomo & Company Authentic Chinese Watercolors by Niji/Yasutomo.  As always, I promise to only recommend and use products that I love!


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