Saturday, September 19, 2020

free notecard download for you



For those of you that woke up this morning prepared to keep fighting for the things you believe in, you are not alone. With the news of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing, it is even more important to keep speaking out for civil rights, racial justice, women's equality, human rights and the soul of our nation.

This weekend I will be writing to my (and your) representatives. I made myself a couple of notecard designs that I wanted to also make available to you. I am putting them in envelopes but they can also be printed and used as 4X6 postcards.

Feel free to grab the download below and print your own!









DOWNLOAD HERE



Wednesday, August 12, 2020

new class! beautiful bugs



My summer lineup of online classes is in full swing and this week Beautiful Bugs launches! This is a fun little class exploring bugs through sketching and watercolor.

Note: During this challenging time in our country I know that so many people are on a budget so I am keeping many of my new classed marked down. 
Below are all the details:




BEAUTIFUL BUGS
NOW $10 (Regular Price $15)

Over time, I have discovered how beautiful, interesting and
inspiring the insect world is! They are beautiful, magical and are the perfect subject matter for drawing and painting. This little class is dedicated to exploring a variety of techniques to create bugs. We will be using watercolor painting and drawing to create a variety of beautiful and creative bugs.

All of my online classes have unlimited access which means that you can join in at any time, come and go as you please and create at your own pace! All ages and levels welcome! Visit my shop for more information or to register.





Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

stencil and stamp with ferns


I have a soft spot in my heart for the wild ferns in Oregon. Did you know that The Pacific Northwest is home to about 40 different species of ferns and it seems everywhere you turn you are able to find these gorgeous green beauties. Every spring and summer our yard pops with ferns and I can't resist using them in my creative projects. Today I thought it would be fun to show you how I stencil and stamp with ferns in a variety of different ways. Swipe left to see a bunch of examples!



I have to first say that creating with nature is about discovery and engaging with your materials! Forget about perfection and things looking refined- instead challenge yourself to let go expectations and HAVE FUN!



I love to stamp with ferns. I will load them up with paint just like you would with a stamp. Then I press it onto my surface to get an imprint. I like to layer these imprints all over my surface to create a messy and organic surface design.



I also love to use ferns as a stencil. I use Dylusions Ink Spray or Marabu Acrylic Spray for projects like this but I don't always have spray on hand so I like to fill a mister with very saturated watercolor water or even ink. Pretty much any kind of fluid paint can be used to fill a mister.




There is not right or wrong way for this process! I like to arrange my ferns all over the surface and I enjoy getting creative with where I place everything and then I spray lightly over the top.





Using ferns as stamps and stencils on paper and canvas are one of my favorite ways to create colorful backgrounds.





I also like to use the same concept on fabric and I will use fabric paint and dye (I love Jacquard dyes) with the same stencil and stamping process on fabric.





This is a fun way to create one of kind fabric or scraps of fabric for sewing projects. For me, I enjoy using expressive free motion stitching to create patchwork art quilts or placemats. 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

coffee filter mandala


I love using recycled materials in my art and today I thought it would be fun to show you how I used recycled coffee filters in my art journal as a layer in my mandala drawings.

Materials-

  • I like to use a cheap $1 composition notebook for a lot of my art journal experiments but any type of art journal or sketchpad will work.
  • Used coffee filters- rinse and dry
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Micron pen size 8
  • White Uniball Signo pen
  • Marabu art spray
  • Cheap matte acrylic paint

If you are looking for more ways to use recycled materials in your art journal, check out The Recycler’s Journal online class.












Monday, May 18, 2020

inspiration is everywhere

One of the most important thing I’ve learned about inspiration is that you don’t need to travel far and wide, you don’t need money or beautiful things- inspiration is everywhere, from the cracks in the sidewalk to the clouds in the sky to weeds growing in your back yard. Don’t ever get fooled into thinking your world needs to be perfect or fancy or fabulous in order to be inspired. So often what we need is right in front of, we just need to tune into to our everyday life.













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