Minted Art: Aquamarine No. 2

I opened my email to a happy surprise and saw that Minted featured one of my art prints, Aquamarine No. 2, in their email about color theory and what an analogous color scheme is.

I am particularly fond of this particular color pairing and find myself gravitating toward it often.

The other print in this series is Aquamarine No. 1 and can be found here:

All of the links above are affiliate links. I believe in the quality of Minted's prints and I'm confident in sharing their products with you. If you purchase from one of my links I will make a couple bucks for my copy & paste troubles.


Making Art That Sells: Bootcamp 2015 for February

Well folks, I actually completed the February final assignment for MATS Bootcamp. Man, did I have a hard time submitting the final though ...

Our warm-up exercise was to draw a scene that could be found on a vintage plate. You know, those happy little scenes that are right in the middle of your Grandma's china? I did some internet searching (By the way, how do I not have any plates with scenes in the middle? I thought I spent too much money in Stoke on Trent not to) and found a couple on eBay that spoke to me.

Some sketching led to this ...

Obviously, I feel confident in my sketching and drawing abilities. The line quality is varied and loose and errors don't bother me. 

The final assignment called for "painting on a round piece of wood" and that's where I got really tight and hesitant. I am pretty terrible at painting figural things. No, really terrible. It's so hard! The last time I painted an object/thing has to have been in college, which is practically 13 years ago. I'm pretty sure I was no good at it then either. I supposed I could have opted to do a digital version and mock it up to look like it's on wood, but where's the challenge in that? I may as well work on my weaknesses.

So, here it is. In all it's awful glory.

Guess I'll stick to my day job.


Make Art that Sells Assignment Bootcamp starts in January!

Starting in January I'll be taking part in the Lila Rodgers Making Art that Sells Assignment Bootcamp. It's not the full MATS program with personalized feedback from Lila herself but I figured before making such a large financial commitment to the larger program this would be a great tester.

If I'm completely honest, working alone at home I tend to have difficulty with creative self-direction. I love client work because there are clear goals to work towards but on my own I have a million ideas and jump around between them. I look forward to having "outside" assignments to keep me working on task and for the critique and feedback from the other participants. I'm also quite curious to see how my illustration "style" will translate to the MATS program.

I'll make sure to post my projects here as I complete them!


Black and White Geo-Garden Tote Bag

November was a big month for one of my favorite patterns, Geometric Blooms in black and white.

A fellow stationery design friend, Sandra Picco of Sandra Picco Design, selected my Society 6 tote bag for her Friday Faves Black Friday Edition gift guide.

See her whole post and shop the items here.

Another stationery design friend, Renee Pulve of Smudge Design Co., Instagrammed the same tote bag. 

Many thanks to Sandy and Renee for putting this pattern in the spotlight!

(If you'd like to get your mitts on this pattern check out my Society6 and Zazzle shops for additional items like pillows, napkins, prints and more.)


Trend Watch: Agates, Geodes and Marbleizing

I don't know about you, but I've been seeing agate stone patterns popping up all over the place. It certainly feels like a growing trend in the home decor sphere and is even creeping into the stationery and art realm.

West Elm is in on the game with these awesome agate bookends

The most obvious way to get a little agate into your life? Buy some actual chunks of the stone and use them as bookends or coasters and dangly window decor. They even make beautiful jewelry!

blue and edged with gold by kirahley kreations

gold-edged, green agate necklace pendant by FARRAjewel

You can get the agate look on your wall with large sheets of hand-marbleized paper. Toss them in a frame and BOOM, instant art!

pretty mantel styling by The Lovely Cupboard

Like this phone case, there are some great products with agate images to be found on Society6.

If you love these gems of nature like I do, check out my Pinterest board devoted solely to the subject, Agate Crystal Gem.


Super Fun Bedsheets for Adults DO Exist!

I just finished making up the master bed and I thought to myself, "man, why are there no fun, patterned sheet sets for adults?" I knew West Elm had good patterned sheet sets and some cool, patterny duvet covers but I wanted to find polka dotted sheets in fun colors that were bright and fun but wouldn't scream "I still sleep in a queen because they make super hero sheets this size" or "I'll never grow up, mortgage be damned!"

While it's easy to find wild and colorfully patterned duvet covers and shams but I prefer the "fun" to be inside the bed. I'd rather the room feel soothing and like a welcome place to rest but with a secret. Like a fruity candy filling inside a classic and reserved chocolate shell. When you peel back the covers of the bed it's like a happy surprise. If only Willy Wonka designed bed linens ...

Curiosity sent me on an immediate mission to prove myself wrong. In the latest issue of HGTV Magazine I had seen a cute kids bedroom with white on yellow polka dotted sheets from Land of Nod, so I started there.

What a glorious selection of fun patterns and colors! Here are my more adult favorites (come on, I'd love those stars and lightning bolts but the other half would very quickly veto them) from Land of Nod, though keep in mind they only go up to Queen size.

like a classic wool suit with a twist, the aptly named, Dapper

large white dots on navy are the preppy cool New School

Fashionista is a girly take on a hand-made graphic pattern

Mixed with rich solid colors, layered neutrals or even complimentary ethnic prints these sheets can easily go from kiddie to cool.

Emboldened by these finds in the kids department I ventured forth with the obvious Google search "fun bed sheets for adults." When the top result was The Company Store, I smacked my forehead, DUH!

Orb Moonshadow has a lovely color palette

the delightfully mid-century Carson

so fun and bright, I love these graphic Calypso Fish for summer or that dream beach house

If you're willing to shell out some more money for sheets Pine Cone Hill also has some colorful and fun options. To look at.

adult but still cool, Watercolor Dots

super fun Lyric Paisley

Parma is ornate but not stuffy

I am delighted to report that there are many sources for fun bedding out there. An immediately obvious source is the ever delightful, Marimekko brand. You can find a good variety at FinnStyle here, and a few more at Crate and Barrel here.

Here is a little list of other blog bedding round-ups and sites to find fun stuff:
2. Snurk Bedding: visual trickery and funny duvet covers
3. Society6 has gotten in on the bedding game with artist made duvets
4. All Modern has some gems in their bedding section with solid brights, ogee pattern, a super cool water splash pattern and many varieties of stripes, dots and even color-blocking.
5. Pottery Barn teen won me over with the fun cheetah, paisley, plaids and rugby stripe.
6. TrendHunter is really on the ball with humorous and fast food inspired finds.

Why should kids have all the fun anyway?


A Hot Pink Hello Zebra Desktop

How fun is this?! I saw this free desktop wallpaper on Pinterest and had to download it. I love how cheery and bright the pink is and the whimsy of the zebra illustration.

 Design by Fabulous K -- add a little cheer to your desktop here.


That's One Cool Kid - birth announcements round-up

It's finally beginning to feel like spring! I don't know about you, but I have a TON of pregnant friends, most of whom are due with Spring babies. You know what that means? Announcing the big news to friends and families once the tiny bundles of joy arrive.

Here's a little round-up of my favorite baby announcements for new moms and dads to-be:

Pretty gold hearts and delicate calligraphy make this Welcome Bliss announcement elegant and sweet.

 I LOVE this print by Vera Bradley and now it's available on the Blooming Baby announcement!

For the type lover this Cutely Curved announcement helps your little one shine.

Check out this super cute, nursery rhyme inspired announcement From the Nursery -- I cannot get over that sweet little cow!

A delicate and classic mix of modern fonts and sweet bow perfect for a Little Lady.

Cool Kid has an infographic vibe for a modern and colorful take on the birth announcement.

Your photo is the focus with this simple and modern text based announcement.

Delicate blossoms and elegant type make your photo the center of attention of this Charming Floral design.

Bring a little nature to your message with a Cute Red Fox alongside your cute new baby.


Sneak Peek! Baby Shower and Announcements Coming Soon to

I just love when a slightly crazy idea comes together AND resonates with lots of people. These three designs will be added to Minted's baby collection this spring.

Baby shower invitation, Inky Screen:

and the Cool Gal and Cool Guy birth announcements:

I'll be sure to update when they're up for sale!


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