Valentine’s Day gifts from watercolor art

My first countdown to a holiday, with a daily painting/illustration, was back in 2015 when I counted down to Valentine’s Day. I really enjoyed the challenge because for the first day or two you explore the obvious stuff, but as the days go on you dive a little deeper into the theme and get moreContinue reading “Valentine’s Day gifts from watercolor art”

Drawing “cute” illustrations

A while back, I worked hard to learn about illustrating in a “children’s book style.” I really studied up on it. (See below for the links to the posts I wrote on my progress.) This week I wanted to do a cutesy illustration of a boy with a box of chocolates and a little girl. I firstContinue reading “Drawing “cute” illustrations”

Try String Art! A heart shaped tutorial.

I’ve been wanting to try string art for months. When I saw my Valentine’s Day pattern printed – I knew it would make the perfect background. Have you been wanting to try string art? If so, gather these materials and read on. 8″ x 10″ frame with the glass removed 8″ x 10″ piece of corkContinue reading “Try String Art! A heart shaped tutorial.”

A Valentine’s Day Card and a past career

When my daughter was born fifteen years ago, I left my Art Director job to stay home. I did a little freelance work, but focused on starting a custom invitation and announcement business. Since I didn’t draw and paint the way I do now, the business was part work and part creative outlet. For a whileContinue reading “A Valentine’s Day Card and a past career”

14 Days of Valentine’s Day Art

Last year I got into the spirit of Valentine’s Day and created art every day, for 14 days, within that theme. I posted my creations on Instagram. It was a great learning experience, as I learned to dig deeper into a theme – once the obvious ideas were out of the way. I really fellContinue reading “14 Days of Valentine’s Day Art”

Learning the keys to successful surface design

At the end of last year, I had just started ordering my pattern designs in wrapping paper and fabric. It’s totally different, to not only see the pattern printed, but then work with the gift wrap and fabric. As I wrapped presents in my designs and other designs, I became aware of things that I neverContinue reading “Learning the keys to successful surface design”

Striking while the iron is hot.

It is an amazing feeling when you are “into” a project and the creative ideas are flowing and you’re excited and inspired and motivated. I’m always better off “striking while the iron is hot” and working on a project when the inspiration first hits me. If I wait, sometimes the spark is gone. The enthusiasm dies down andContinue reading “Striking while the iron is hot.”

I don’t LOVE mistakes

Ironically the first thing I wrote in my last linocut post was “Mirror image. The design prints the reverse of what it is on the block. I keep forgetting this!” and I still forgot! And this time it was text – so you can’t ignore the mistake. Sometimes when I make a mistake this bad I learnContinue reading “I don’t LOVE mistakes”