Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays but this year I just didn't have time to make an awesome new costume, so I thought I share my DREAM costume! This was created by The Fool Design Collective in 1967. Marijke Koger is one of my favorite psychedelic artists and her costume creations are amazing!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Lilla Rogers Studio School - Week 3

This week's assignment for Make Art That Sells was a lot of fun. Our category was Scrapbooking and we were asked to create scrapbooking art incorporating the theme of typewriters and cameras. It was exciting to sit down and draw a completely new subject matter and it felt good to fill my sketchbook with happy little doodles, then scan them in and create this sweet color story. The process overall felt easy and natural for me. I enjoyed choosing what to draw and creating a mood for the page, almost like telling a story....

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Lilla Rogers Studio School - Week 2

Week 2 of Make Art That Sells was surprisingly exciting. We looked at the Baby Apparel market and our assignment was to create art with a camping theme! I don't know how I lucked out with 'camping', but I had a ton of fun creating these designs. Plus it was cool to apply them to some clothing templates to see how my art could really be used on clothing!

Monday, October 21, 2013

New Holiday Greeting Cards!

Before I share my assignment for Week 2 of Make Art That Sells, I thought I'd show you some more new holiday cards I designed this year! First up is this fun "Merry Christmas" card. I had fun drawing cute little holiday icons.
Merry Christmas - single blank card

This card I designed for my fellow Portlanders. It features Portland holiday landmarks like Peacock Lane, the 'Made In Oregon' sign and the downtown holiday tree.
Happy Holidays from Portland, Oregon - single blank card

All of my holiday cards are available for sale in my Etsy shop. 6-packs of these new designs will be added soon!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Lilla Rogers Studio School - Week 1

This past week was exciting because Part B of Lilla Rogers ecourse, Make Art That Sells started! The first week we focused on Paper and for our first assignment, we all designed a holiday greeting card. You may already know that designing greeting cards is sorta my thing, so I was excited to really dive into this one. We started out drawing Christmas candy and ornaments, then incorporating those elements into our final card design. I decided to experiment with some fun lettering for this "Holly Jolly Christmas" card...
I'm so thankful for this class! Every week is so inspiring and encouraging. Lilla is truly a positive force. She can make you believe that your dreams really are possible. After spending the past month struggling with health issues, this course is exactly what I need to help me get moving again.

This card is now available for purchase in my Etsy shop along with more new holiday goodies I plan to share here later this week :)

Monday, October 7, 2013

My Family Camp Adventure

Good morning! I wanted to share with you some photos I took at Camp Namanu over the weekend. I was there all day on Saturday teaching tie-dye to 100 kids and adults at the FCC Family Camp. It was my first experience teaching and a whole lot of fun.

Camp Namanu is located in Sandy, Oregon (about 1 hour from Portland). We lucked out and had beautiful weather. Being at camp again brought back so many great memories from when I was a girl scout. Going to summer camp every year was something I loved and looked forward to. I didn't attend Camp Namanu as a kid (I went to Camp Arrowhead in Stevenson, WA and Camp Whispering Winds in Philomath, OR) but would have loved to go here. It is so beautiful.

I was lucky enough to have my mom and stepdad come along and help me for the day. And thank god they were there! Teaching tie-dye to a group of 25 people ages 4-adult was quite the crazy challenge. While getting ready for the event I kept the Girl Scout motto, "Always Be Prepared" in my mind and boy did that pay off. 
Whenever you try something new, the first time is always the most nerve-wracking. Did I make enough dye for everyone? Did I bring all of the necessary supplies? What if I can't wrangle the kids in or get their attention? What if someone swallows a bottle of dye? All these things went through my mind in the days leading up to the event, but everything went smoothly! I made enough dye for everyone and we all had a great time. I hope to host more tie-dye classes next year!

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