|Illustration Friday's topic this week is SPARK! These retro robots SPARK my heart!|
Monday, March 10, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Below is my printable Easter Egg & Cute Turtle Card. I just added them to my printables shop, Artist in LA LA Land. The cute chick and turtle are happy it's spring! I think this is my favorite time of the year because everything that was dormant and dying is reborn in vibrant colors. What do you like about spring?
|Cute printable Easter egg card has a cute egg, chick and turtle to remind you of the joys of spring!|
|This downloadable, printable PDF Easter card is perfect for children and those who|
are kids at heart. Print out as many as you need for all your family and friends!
|The best part about this printable Easter egg card is that it stand up like a paper toy!|
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
|My 10 year old niece and I created this strange stop motion animation for our latest art project.|
|She told me what she wanted to animate and I helped her color and cut out the paper puppets and props.|
Below is the result of our 2 weeks of work on this stop motion animation art project. We made quite a few paper puppets and paper art props to tell the story of a strange hike through the woods. My niece liked how it turned out. I wish I would have taken better photos, but it's still a quirky, strange and fun little animation. Watch the whole strange story below. If we decide to make more, we'll get better because now we know what it takes to make a stop motion animation!
Saturday, March 1, 2014
|Zebra, Lion, Giraffe & Elephant spring thing animals are WILD & FREE downloadable, printable PDF's!|
Since's it's springtime, I had to remind you that these wild, spring thing animals are DIY, FREE downloadable and printable PDF's! Click on the links below to download them. Print out as many as you want to decorate your walls, string along on garlands or decorate packages. Please do not use them for commercial use or resale. Thanks so much! And Happy Spring!
Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The crocuses have sprouted and I see little buds on the tree outside my window, so yes, I've got spring fever! It makes me think of a DIY art project I created last spring for Michele Made Me eco-craft blog.
You can use the link above to view each step with photos or you can just use this link to download my DIY spring birds paper doll art project. It has the full directions on the printable PDF.
I hope you're seeing signs of spring too wherever you are. What's blooming near you?
|You can make these spring birds paper dolls with junk mail and scraps lying around your home.|
|Download this spring birds paper doll printable PDF which is 3 pages long and customizable!|
My little nieces, nephew and I have been doing more art projects together. This painting project was inspired by Netherlands artist, Piet Mondrian, and Hannah's Art Club which has many great ideas for art projects with children.
First we added tape to our heavy card stock paper, then we painted it with primary colors and black. Finally, we let it dry and we peeled off the tape.
Unfortunately, we used tape that stuck a little too much, so some of the paper ripped off when we peeled it off. If you do this project, definitely, get some painter's tape so it won't rip your paper.
|Leela, age 3, chose where to place the tape and what colors to paint.|
|Jared, age 7, wanted to rip off the tape as soon as he |
finished painting, but we waited until it dried.
|Ellie, age 10, was meticulous about the tape and color placing.|
|My painting tried to pay homage to Mondrian while doing something a little different.|
Monday, February 24, 2014
I instantly fell in love with these cute paper puppet dolls by Ink n Joy! The bunny paper doll in his hat and jacket is adorable! And the fox paper doll is just too cute! I may have to puke rainbows they're so much of a cute overload! Find them both at the sweet and pretty Etsy shop, "Ink n Joy" along with more lovely paper puppet dolls! You will love seeing the other items and hope this shop keeps adding more products!
|These DIY paper puppet dolls can be found at the Etsy shop by Ink n Joy!|
|DIY paper puppet doll fox is absolutely adorable!|
|DIY paper puppet doll is the cutest bunny I've seen!|
Sunday, February 23, 2014
The screen printing company, Brick Shirts, run by my older brother, hired me to create and design this hipster Lego tee shirt. He gave me some images of what he wanted the shirt to look like and I pinned them up on an inspiration board to figure out what to do.
After soaking in the inspiration, I drew a quick sketch. Once it was approved, I created the finished design in Adobe Illustrator. I had to separate the colors so it would be ready to screen print. My brother really liked it and went ahead and printed the tee shirts.
Below you can see my process and me wearing the shirt after it was printed. It was a fun job. Soon, I may do a few more tee shirt designs for him. The real success of the design will be tested in how many sales it makes. Wish us luck in it being well received by Brick Shirt customers.
|Lego Brick Shirt inspiration.|
|The sketch for the Lego Brick Shirt design.|
|The final image created in Adobe Illustrator before it goes to be printed.|
|Me in the printed Hipster Lego in Headphones Brick Shirt.|
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Tonight is the opening reception for Ego Fine Art gallery's 9th group art show. It will be the first one I've missed since the 3rd group art show in October 2013. I won't be able to go because I'm in another state.
The gallery has become a place for me to connect with other artists and creative folks, so I'll really miss it. I guess I'm saying they're like family to me and I miss my art family. I wish them much fun and luck tonight.
Here's a look back at the 5 graphic design posters I created for their group art shows. Which one is your favorite one?
Friday, February 21, 2014
About a year ago I created this DIY Lego Man paper puppet doll for my Lego loving brother on his birthday. With the Lego Movie coming out, I realized some children might enjoy making this paper puppet doll for themselves. They could make Emmet or any character they wanted from my Lego paper puppet template. Use the link to download the template with full directions and make your own fun!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
You know-----because paper dolls, paper puppets and paper marionettes are my favorite! Here is a gang of paper doll bat men and cat woman! Meow! What a cat fight! They're by the awesome illustrator, Maria Raymondsdotter!
|What silly fun this gang of paper doll bat men and cat women are having!|
|This paper doll bat man is by illustrator Maria Raymondsdotter!|
|Paper doll cat woman is ready to roar! By illustrator maria Raymondsdotter!|
My weekly art project with my nieces was again inspired by one on Hannah's Art Club which was inspired by the Italian artist, Giuseppe Arcimboldo. He painted portraits of people with vegetables, fruits and flowers, so we did the same by paper cutting vegetables and fruits and assembling them into heads---veggie heads!
|Leela's veggie head paper cutting. Age 3.|
|Ellie's veggie head from paper cutting. Age 10.|
|My veggie head created from paper cutting fruits and vegetables.|
My niece thought they looked like monsters. And I guess they sort of do. We had a lot of fun as we assembled our veggie heads, laughing at our strange, monster creatures. I also got very hungry from looking at all the delicious fruits and vegetables. Have you ever made art from food? Were you able to make it before you ate it?
Monday, February 17, 2014
At first when I received this brochure for this product, I wasn't sure what it was. Can you tell? It made me think it was for a comic book like the Swamp Thing. The entrepreneur who was starting to sell this product wanted to see if I could improve the brochure with graphic design. I talked with him for a while to get an idea of who he wanted to market it to and to find out what the product was.
|The brochure before my graphic design. Can you tell what it's for? Who would this brochure appeal to?|
He said it was a frozen dessert and he was hoping to market it to Whole Foods. I regularly shop at Whole Foods, so I didn't find it difficult to figure out what would appeal to this market. I knew that it would have to make this dessert look yummy and fun, but also organic and made with love and care. Below is what I came up with. Do you think it's improved? Do you understand what is being sold now?
|The brochure after my graphic design. Does you understand what the product is? How does it make you feel?|
The entrepreneur wasn't satisfied with my brochure and thought it was too simple and basic and not quite the feel he wanted. I would have loved to continue working on it, but he was not willing to pay for it. Unfortunately, that is the way it is sometimes. If nothing else, I think it will make a good piece to put in my graphic design portfolio. What do you think?