Thursday, July 9, 2015

Mixed Media Linky Party List

I love linky parties.  It's such an easy way to interact with other artists.  I have a few groups I like to join weekly but as I worked on this post I found more sites to link to.  Just in case you don't know what a linky party is here is a quick explanation.  

A linky party is a blog or website that allows you to link your recent artwork to their website.  When people see your work they are able to visit your blog and check you out.  Each blog has different requirements in order to post so please check those out before linking.  Often times there is a theme or you might have to the use certain products in your work.  Its always nice to leave the host a quick thank you comment for hosting and visit fellow artists blogs after linking.

This list is a work in progress.  If you have a group you would like me to add please leave it in the comments section.  I plan on updating this list as I find new linky parties.  Feel free to share this post and join some of the parties below!

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge
Art Journal Journey
Our Creative Corner
Mix It Monthly
Moo Mania

Creative Every Day
Inspire Me Monday
Mandarin Orange Monday
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Blog

Try It On Tuesday

Paint Party Friday
Art it Friday
Art Journal Every Day
Illustration Friday
Journal 52

Summer of Color

If you host a linky party and need a guest designer team member please let me know!  I am open for collaborations! My specialty is anything mixed media - Contact me @

Friday, July 3, 2015

Gelli Print Share: Overcoming Bad Prints

When I first tried Gelli printing I didn't like it.  Everyone was making look so easy but my prints looked like crap!  I couldn't understand what I was doing wrong so I just figured it wasn't for me.

I put my Gelli plate away for about 6 months and even thought about giving it away.  Crazy right! I'm glad I didn't because I now know what I was doing wrong and love making prints.

I decided to start printing with an idea in mind as opposed to just grabbing random stencils from my stash and hoping it would work out.  I drew and cut out a simple bird shape to work from and started layering colors.

I tried to focus on using less paint on my plate.  Lots of layers add depth and interest to the background.  I played with masking and negative space.  Cutting basic shapes from card stock is an easy way to highlight different parts of a print.

Above all I just needed to play and not judge myself so harshly.  I threw on some music and just messed around.

Have you tried Gelli printing or monoprinting?

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

June 2015 : 3 Things I Learned

June was a very creative month for me.  I had a few break throughs in my sketchbook and started using watercolors again (which I love).

Lesson #1:  Planning time to create is still my number one reason for successful art.  I made plans back in May for what I wanted to do in June and I tried my best to stick to it.  I'm happy to say it worked 100%. 

My June Journal Prompts was a success.  The sketch you are looking at today is a re-do of the summer moon girl because I wasn't feelin' the initial painting.  The sketch turned out much better. Click here to see my journey!

Lesson #2:  I need to give myself more time to play with one idea.  My last few sketches gave me so many more ideas.  I want to bring those to life before I move on to new projects.

Lesson #3:  Nature plays a big role in my subject matter.  I want to take note of that because often times I struggle with what to draw and paint.  I really enjoy blending animals and landscapes in my artwork.  What do you like to put in your artwork?

I'm currently reading...How to Show & Sell Your Crafts by Torie Jayne.  I'm trying to learn about more about marketing my work.  Hoping this helps.  If you've read this one please let me know.

Wish list for July: Dylusions Creative Journal (I know it's not new but it's the first time I've seen it at the craft store).  Watercolor Fairy Art is a book I flip through every time I visit the store.  Can't wait to order it!

Major Goals for July: Be more consistent with painting and drawing.   Post art to ETSY & Society6.

Be on the lookout for my new Artist Interview Series.  I have two interviews scheduled in July which will also include giveaways so stay tuned!  Click the link below to join my blog for weekly updates!


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I would like to hear from was June?  Do you have any goals for July?

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June Visual Journal Prompt: Week 4 - Flower Child

Good morning friends, today I'm sharing the last installment of my June journal prompts series.  I feel like this process helped me come up with a bunch of new ideas.  I've had some of these girls in my mind for a long time and it's nice to get them on paper.  

When I think of flower child it kinda reminds me of the 70's but I wanted to go a different direction and place her in a field of flowers.  I chose flowers I love and know how to draw which made it fun.

I didn't follow my mood board exactly but it defiantly gave me inspiration through out the drawing.

Although I struggled in a few places and wanted to ball it up and throw it away I kept going and decided to let it be.  I'm going to redo the first girl I started on.  Next month, I plan to add watercolor to some of these so you will see these girls again!

We have so many snails all over the place from the rain so I had to add one in her hair.  If you are new to my blog thank you for stopping by!  I post here weekly so please join if you would like to see more.  Thank you all for your awesome comments and words of encouragement!  I appreciate cha!

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