Saturday, September 2, 2017

4 Projects to get you excited for fall with the Cocoa Daisy Early Sunset kit!!


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Neglected Garden// Nandini and I love listening to this Studio Ghibli song, it is on almost constant repeat these days. I have been wanting to put the lyrics on a page for a while and this gorgeous patterned paper was perfect for it. I fussy cut the large flowers out but I wanted to create a definite space for them to occupy on the oage. I went through so many ideas in my head but eventually settled on a water color and stitched border.  





Autumn// This page came together as a little bit of an elaborate grid. I balanced out all the different colors and oatterns with the plain white bubbles die cut, a version of the design on this month's stamp set.



 PL spread // I love the garden theme in this month's kit. Which of course to me meant faerie garden. The foxes were too sweet and reminded me of Lakshman so much, even though he wants to be a big boy, not a baby and he now wants to be a gecko.



Eclipse // This is definitely one of my favorite projects in a while. I will post a video with more details of how I created this shortly. The shiny sequins and constellation rub ons were just so cool!  



Saturday, July 1, 2017

#100daysproject

The 100 day project is an incredible call to action for artists.  100 days to work on your craft, see your growth and see that inspiration is all around you.  You will not run out.  You will learn to keep your eyes open and find more.  

You can read more about it on the official website here

Getting started was probably the hardest part for me.  I wanted to chose a subject that would give me lots of variety.  I originally planned to use different mediums along the way.  I decided to make my project about wreaths, but decided to start with watercolor for simplicity's sake.  

I posted all of my projects on Instagram using the #100daywreathproject.  Finding a unique hashtag was not that easy either!  

Once I started watercoloring, I couldn't stop. I did a piece almost every single day, and some days I did two.  I have not run out of ideas yet.

I learned a lot about watercoloring backgrounds.  Letting the paint do the work and letting the water flow. My galaxy Shakespeare quote was a lot more sophisticated looking than my egg background above.

Finding quotes to letter inside my wreath was a natural extension.  Finding great quotes is something I have loved since I was a kid.  I even had a quote dictionary.








I found that painting a background added a lot to the designs.

I used a regular old crayola marker to letter this one and loved the brush script look it gives.



I got a lot of inspiration from my own garden but I also looked at stuff like Pinterest too.  This one was lifted pretty closely.  

When I was lettering I would often look at script fonts as a guide.  I love thin delicate strokes.  




A walk to the turtle pond at the University of Texas, became the inspiration for a piece one day.



At times when I didn't have access to my paints I would color something with crayons.  Hilariously these two pieces look very similar in real life but photographed way differently.  Sorry crayons, I just don't know how to capture you! 

Thick letters with a prominent shadow this time. 

I also had the opportunity to take a lettering course through Hand Lettered Design collaboration with Cocoa Daisy, my scrapbooking design team.  


Serif Caps and Script letters are my favorites from the course so far.  And the flourishes!  Those are not easy, but so fun to practice.

Doing this project has not made me feel completely transformed as an artist.  But I have learned a lot.  I am not sure what to do with all these but I really hope to make a set of prints and put them up in my Etsy shop soon.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Faerie Trail by Silver Moonlight | Austin

Austin has so many quirky and fun events throughout the year.  One of our favorite places, the Zilker Botanical Garden, has a faerie trail set up every year.  

They have quite a few events set up around this trail every year and we try to make it to as many as we can.  

Going to the Faerie Tea Party has become an annual tradition for me and Nandini.  We also have done Faerie house making in the past.  It currently holds all my baby succulents and I love it. 

This year we went to the see the Faerie Trail when they open up the gardens in the evening.  With the idea that it would be a little bit cooler, though it was still pretty sweltering.  Nandini still wanted to rock her fur lined boots. 

The faerie houses are submitted by different groups of people.  This Hogwarts Faerie House is basically my dream house.  


I love simple things like blue stones for water and moss covered paths.  

 


I painted all the kids faces before we got there.  Nandini and I have been watching a lot of face painting videos together, so she chose a mermaid crown for her face today. 












Thanks for taking a look! If you are visiting Austin in the spring or early summer, be sure to check out the Faerie Trail here!


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