Sunday, July 16, 2017

July Kit with Illustrated Faith

Happy Sunday friends!

I hope you're having a relaxing and wonderful weekend. I realized this morning I haven't shared my new kit with Illustrated Faith over here on the blog yet!

I chose a lovely verse for this kit from Song of Solomon...

And I used a mix of hand painted watercolor and digital drawing with this kit - a first for me! It was a challenge and one that I'm so glad I didn't give up on, because I think this mix really gives it depth. 

Here is an example of how the kit was used in a journaling lovely!

And here are a few resources to help you use the kit:

Hope you have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

New Pattern Collection

Happy Tuesday friends!

How is your week going so far? I've had Mondays off all summer (vacation days to be home with my boys = heaven!) so today feels like my Monday. These four day work weeks are majorly spoiling me! 

That extra day off has been giving me more art creating time, and I have been going nuts creating lots of new patterns. I wanted to share a new collection with you today! 

I'm calling this one Citrus Floral...

I could see these patterns on everything from a cute journal to fabric for pillows or a sweet summer dress. Think I need to do some product mock-ups!



Sunday, July 02, 2017

Digital Floral Illustration

Hello friends!

I wanted to share some digital floral illustrations I've been working on. I've drawn all of these on my iPad Pro using the Procreate app. Having fun with these and hope to translate them to a bigger project!

From top to bottom: dahlias, peonies, poppies & roses...

Hope you're having a wonderful holiday weekend!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Watercolor + Digital Illustration

Hello friends!

I wanted to share a fun experiment I've been playing around with this past week. I've been obsessed with watercolor painting, and came up with some lovely swatches of color using some new watercolor inks I picked up at Hobby Lobby.

Then I merged my watercolor swatches with digital illustration on my iPad with the Procreate app (LOVE this app for digital drawing).

I scanned my watercolor swatches and imported them into Procreate, and had LOTS of fun with some nature shapes...
I really love how the variations of color show through, and having the look of watercolor, but the control of drawing the motifs. The best of both worlds!

I'm thinking of creating a Skillshare class to teach this technique. It is SUPER fun, and the process is a bit like magic.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June Kit with Illustrated Faith

Happy Tuesday friends!

I'm so happy to share with you that my third kit with Illustrated Faith is now up in the Print & Pray shop! 

This kit is basically my love letter to God's creation. It is inspired by Isaiah 40:22...

This kit is full of all things summer and spilling over with awe for the magical nature that surrounds us.

And if you don't have fireflies where you live, I've included two super cute ones for you!

You can grab the kit here!



Thursday, June 08, 2017

New Patterns + A Sale!

Happy Thursday friends!

I have a few new patterns to share with you today, and a great sale in my Society6 shop!

My Pattern Camp group has weekly challenges and the last two have been really fun and gotten me out of my comfortable box of typical motifs. The first was to create artwork inspired by Mexican folk art and this is what I came up with after some Pinterest searching for inspiration...

And this week's challenge is terrariums which were SUPER fun to draw...

Of course I'm a bit obsessed with these in real life too. Faux succulent lovers unite!

And speaking of patterns, all home decor products in my Society6 shop are 25% off and free shipping today! 


Use THIS LINK to grab the sale on pillows and lots of other goodies!

Hope you're having a fantastic Thursday!


Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Full Sized You

I drew this a few weeks ago after jotting the words below in my notebook...

Don't stop. 

Don't hide. 

Don't discount your talent. 

Don't apologize for it. 

Don't shrink!

The world needs FULL SIZED YOU!

We really do. Give us all you got!

Sending love and brave vibes to you today friend,

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Lovely Things

You guys. I'm feeling really blissed out after this weekend. 

It has been a lovely mix of crazy big art dream time and super sweet and fun family time.

On Saturday morning, I enjoyed a bit of quiet coffee time before the rest of the house was up...

And then I welcomed a new friend into our house to film two drawing classes for me. 

The classes will be online with Big Picture Classes, which is a subscription class site for the creative and crafty.

I'm OVER THE MOON about being invited to teach for them. I've been pinching myself over the entire thing. 

And then when they said they were going to send their guy to film me?! Who's life is this?

I mean look at his awesome set up there right on my little art table. 

I'm not gonna lie...I was SUPER anxious about this whole shebang.

But Joe, their videographer, was so sweet and encouraging and made the whole process SO much easier than I expected it to be. 

AND we bonded over a mutual love for all things You've Got Mail. I mean...what are the odds? I told him that I have always secretly wanted to be Kathleen Kelly, who he said is the perfect mix of organized and whimsical. Yep...maybe that's why I want to be just like her. 

I can't wait to share more about these classes with you once the teasers are up online and they are ready for registration. I hope you all love them! 

Today we had a slow morning and I got in some pattern making time...

This week's challenge for my Pattern Camp group was Mexican folk art, so these are my take on folk art flowers. Had a lot of fun with these!

We also took the boys to see the new Captain Underpants movie. So funny and the perfect 9 year old boy movie. I had more fun watching the boys' faces as they reacted to the movie than watching the big screen! 

This was certainly a weekend for my highlight reel, and I'm so thankful for the balance of exciting out-of-my-comfortable-box things and relaxing family time. 

Nothing keeps you in check like some good poop jokes after your class filming debut! ;)

Hope you've had a wonderful weekend friends!


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Painting Day

Hello friends and happy weekend!

I wanted to share some peeks at a new painting I started today...

I've been itching to paint for weeks now and this was so relaxing and fun. Today was one of those "do anything we want to" days and it was MUCH needed after celebrating my boys' 9th birthday yesterday with about 10 kiddos in our house. Whew! 

This is going to be similar to my other cloud painting but with a moodier background which I'm loving. I can't wait to add a few more layers to this tomorrow! .  

I recorded the process so far and shared it over on my YouTube channel if you want to watch here!


Monday, May 22, 2017

Around Here Lately

Hello friends!

How was your weekend? I thought it would be fun to pop in and share a little random update since I haven't done that in for.ever. 

We had a really busy and productive weekend at our house. Turns out planning to have people over two weekends in a row turns Dan and I into little worker bees! 

This coming Saturday is the boys' 9th birthday party (I KNOW...9?!) and the next weekend I have a new friend coming from out of town to help me with a super exciting art-related adventure, which I'll be sharing more about soon! (ACK!) 

Sooo...we did a lot of cleaning, painting, purging, and a bit of decorating over the weekend to get the house ready.

I spent a bit of time in my little artsy corner of the house, hanging this fun wire shelf and printing some orders. And caught the light streaming in at just the right time...

And I cleaned out my boys' dresser, which turned into more than a few tears, and this photo of their first and latest pairs of shorts...

GOODNESS. They are getting SO big you guys!

And after about two months of being married to my new iPad, I pulled out my sketchbook, pencil and pens to work on a new piece!

I thought it would feel weird after not using them for so long, but it was like reuniting with old friends.

I'm really in love with how this piece turned out.

I even grabbed the star motifs from it to make a pattern...

I've been drawn to shades of pink and orange like crazy lately which is SO not like me...but maybe it is SO like the current me? 

I heard a quote the other day that said something like "you aren't required to be the same person you were 5 years ago or even 5 minutes ago." Isn't that great? Permission to always be changing. 

I am embracing that as I'm noticing lots of things about myself evolving over the past year, and allowing myself to change however much I darn want. 

Consider this your permission to do the same!

Hope you have a fabulous week!



Tuesday, May 09, 2017

New Kit with Illustrated Faith

Happy Tuesday friends!

I'm super excited to share with you my newest printable kit with Illustrated Faith!

The theme for this kit is "sweet like honey" and I hope this verse and the kit I created with it speak to you like they did for me. 

I've been working hard lately to focus on following the "golden rule" not only with how I treat others, but also with how I think about them (and about myself). It can be SO easy to let our minds and thoughts wander to negative places, and I truly believe our thoughts and energy can be felt by others. 

So when it was time to pick a verse for this month's kit, this one rose to the surface rather quickly. It was also super fun to draw all things honey related to go with it! 

Last night I dug through my scrapbooking supplies to find some washi tape, adhesive, and cardstock to put together a mini journal with the kit. It had been a long time since I crafted something like this, and to use images I created myself was surreal and really wonderful. 

I love how this kit was created for bible journaling but can also be used in so many different ways. 

This little journal is meant to be a place to write down sweet and kind words for yourself or a loved one. 

It can be kept on your bedside table as a place to keep encouraging reminders, or given to your mom, sister, or friend as a place for them to do the same.

Or you can fill it with sweet words to give as a Mother's Day card. What a wonderful gift! 

The kit has one page with journaling cards...

And another with margin covers, tabs, little hexies, and lots of other goodies!

Oh it all just puts a bit smile on my face!

Thanks for letting me share friends, and if you purchase the kit I would absolutely LOVE to see what you create with it! 



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