I was looking for a project that was whimsical and fun when I stumbled upon a llama on a planner at Michaels. With that image in mind, I created a fun llama painting with three-dimensional details and named this character “Suzy Lou Llama.” I think it would be perfect for a girl’s nursery, or just for brightening up a wall. Here’s the tutorial for making your own! Continue reading
This mixed-media canvas sat unfinished for about a month until I was sketching one day and created this girl. Instantly, I knew that she would complete this collage. The Prima Marketing Water-Soluble Oil Pastels created a wonderful effect for the details. Continue reading
I’ve always been hesitant to create a self portrait. Something about trying to capture a true version of yourself never seemed attainable. Then, I was creating a fun, nerdy girl with some mixed-media details and I realized that I had accomplished a self portrait without even meaning to. It is a fair likeness and I love that I somehow managed to capture my crazy hair and my burgundy glasses. Here’s how I accomplished this mixed-media self portrait. Continue reading
With the recent rain in California (which is rare), I decided to create this art journal page to celebrate the glorious weather and the beautiful rain that washes the earth clean. The girl on this page is hand-drawn and is getting a little wet with her rain boots on and her umbrella flung up in the air. Continue reading
I’ve been crushing hard on pink Christmas decorations. You can check out my Pink Christmas Pinterest board here. Plus, Christmas is the one time of year that I can flood my art with gold and sparkles and no one complains (much). So, I decided to make a little sparkle and shine for the holiday season with this pink and gold ornament tag.
This project was given to my very good friend, Annie, to decorate her new home. Do you know that person who always seems to think of you right when you need it most? She is that person for me and she will be truly missed as she begins her next chapter of life with her family as she moves to Northern California.
Things are a little bit up in the air about the move and she is still working on finding a home for them, so this canvas is a reminder that wherever they settle, there are people praying for their success and blessing. Continue reading
I love having a home with personal touches. Anyone can buy something sterile and plain, but it is the truly creative people who will transform those items into pieces that are uniquely theirs. Here are some ideas from projects I made for Stampington & Company that you can explore completely by clicking on the photo. Continue reading
Recently, my sister-in-law and my brother moved to Houston, Texas, to begin a new life. As a going away present, I decided to make this mixed-media canvas. In this homage to California, she will be reminded of the family that loves her. I also incorporated her favorite color—teal—to make it personalized to her tastes.
Follow the instructions below to make a perfect house-warming, going-away, or just-because gift. Continue reading
I am proud to announce my first-ever mixed-media post! I’ve been experimenting with mixed-media artwork for the last year and I love the process. Mixed-media art is all about layers. When creating a piece, you can scrape off a layer you don’t like, or just keep adding layers until it looks perfect. Most of these projects included at least one mistake, but I just kept working on them until I was pleased with the result.
I encourage you to try your hand at mixed-media. It is a very freeing experience and can be a great way to relieve stress and unwind at the end of the day. Continue reading