Friday, March 27, 2015

lucy the photographer

If you want to see the world through your child's eyes, give them a camera and let them go to town! For the last month or two Lucy has been stealing my DSLR camera and taking photos of anything and everything. 

Her technique is to walk around looking for subject matter and then she glues her eye to the view finder while pressing the shutter button non stop, taking tons of photos.
Sometimes they are blurry, over exposed and strange (we have an entire series of photos of the cover each of her books) and sometimes we have to bring ourselves down to her level to actually make it into the frame. And while there are hundreds of really random photos, there are some really great ones that capture life from her perspective. It is actually amazing and inspiring to see the world through her eyes! Today I thought it would be fun to share a handful of my favorites photos taken by Lucy.

this is my bossy face, it's never been captured on camera until now!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NEW art journals in the shop

We've been hard at work over here creating a new big batch of handmade art journals. I am blown away by the response to these journals- we literally cannot keep up with the demand! 

This time around we have added a few different journal styles-

Printed Journals:
Hand carved and printed cover (and back cover) with my drawings. These journals measure 6 x 6 inches or 4 x 6 inches and have 24 pages- 20 blank and 4 painted. I've gotten a lot of feedback where I've been told that customers were afraid to paint over my colorful painted paper! So if you are looking for more of a blank art journal with a fancy handmade cover that includes hand painted paper sprinkled throughout this is the journal for you!

Painted Journals:
These one of a kind art journals have a messy painted cover and back cover and have 24 pages- 12 painted and 12 blank. These also measure 6 x 6 inches and 4 x 6 inches.

All journals are handmade and bound with a spiral binding. The paper inside is my personal favorite paper- Fabriano cold press 140 lb watercolor paper- perfect for all kinds of mixed media layers and techniques!

Head on over to the shop to see everything HERE

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

stamped cupcake toppers

Want to add a little creativity to a cupcake? Grab a stamp and make your own cupcake toppers! I used my flower stamps (made from my flower drawings) to create some spring inspired toppers- perfect for an Easter gathering or a spring party.

I couldn't resist making my own cupcake wrapper from stamped paper!


Check out how I mount my stamps and the different ways that I use them HERE

More ways that I use my rubber stamps HERE

You can see a few different ways that I create and use handmade stamps HERE

How to use stamps with clay HERE

Use rubber stamps to make rubbings HERE

Make unique leather cuffs with stamps HERE

Monday, March 23, 2015

mermaid easter eggs

The best thing that happened to my creative process has been becoming a mom! Lucy and her interests and ideas have become a big part of my inspiration. For the past 5 years, I have a little tradition of decorating Easter eggs in creative and unique ways and this year when I sat down to brainstorm ideas, I found myself totally inspired by Lucy and her current obsession with mermaids. I couldn't resist transforming eggs into mermaids!

A project like this calls for a little practice and planning so I started out drawing some simple whimsical faces. A face is actually much easier than most people thing, especially a simple one. Here are a few tips:
There are all kinds of ways to draw a face and the best part about drawing in a whimsical style is that pretty much anything goes! You can keep it VERY simple with just dots and lines for eyes, nose and mouth OR you can get more detailed and stylized with the features.
Drawing a face is really like a formula and once you get that formula down you can mix it up and get really creative. Start by dividing the face with a line down the middle, a line at the top for eyes, a line for the bottom of the nose and a line for the mouth. 
Play with different shapes and sizes of eyes, nose and mouth.
Use unexpected color in different places to add extra whimsy.

Once I warmed up with drawing faces, I jumped into painting my eggs. 

FYI- I like using real eggs that I blow out (I remove the yolk by poking a hole in each end and then blow the yolk out). 

First I painted a quick layer of solid color- I used different shades of pink.

Next, I lightly drew the mermaid's features then I filled them in with paint.

After the paint was dry, I used a permanent pen to outline everything.

Last, I used scraps of paper to make a crown and mermaid tail that I glued to the eggs.

The result are whimsical mermaids perfect for any Easter celebration that involves a mermaid obsessed three- year old!

Looking for more egg decorating inspiration? 
Have a look at all the tutorials I've shared over the years!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

a peek inside my art journal and a GIVEAWAY!

My latest class Art Journal Delight has started and today I am giving away TEN FREE SPOTS! My classes are all self paced and have unlimited access so you can jump in at any time.

To enter to win-

Leave me a comment: tell me your most favorite mixed media technique (if you have one!)

I will randomly select 10 winners and will updated this post with the winners on Sunday!

Send me an email at to get access to the class!


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