Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween Art Collection 2017: Moved!

For a spooky collection of Halloween and Autumn Artwork (+ wallpapers, cards, crafts, and decorating ideas) see the following links to my Pinterest boards:

Halloween & Fall Collection

Crafts & Project Ideas

A Message of Autumn Greetings

Happy Halloween!

Everyone, hello! Yes, I'm still alive! I've been swamped with my studies this fall and worked in a lab all summer. I really haven't had a break. I hope to explain myself more next time and get back to more frequent blogging. However, I am very active on Pinterest with at least half of my boards dedicated to artwork, crafts, and artists. For now that is the best place to see works that inspire me and some of my own work. I've made some digital artwork on Paper 53 which I'm fairly proud of and hope to show soon. I am trying to make something each week.

I know- Childlike & Colorful. This is my little sketch I made on a basic art app in tablet mode of my new laptop. Still testing all it can do!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Egg Craft Ideas!

Dying Easter eggs was always one of my favorite childhood memories of Easter. In the spirit pf Easter and the joy that He has risen, here are a few inspiring ideas to amp up your eggs:

Watercolor Easter Eggs

If you wish to check out the original links to access Easter egg tutorials, visit my Pinterest board "Crafts & Project Ideas". They're all there! The link is located at the end of the post.

Galaxy Easter Eggs
Gold-Marbled Easter Eggs

Hand-Painted using Acrylic Paint

Besides decorating your eggs, you could always go the extra mile:
The decorating of Easter eggs dates all the way back to the 13th century! It might well be the oldest holiday craft tradition in the world!
Sharpie Hack using a easy removable sticker
Why paint or dye when you can just add glitter!

For more ideas check out: Jordan's Crafts & Project Ideas

Happy Easter!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Wallpaper Collection

The Wallpaper Collection Continues! I'm sharing some of my favorite desktop wallpapers to add some fun, color, and inspiration to the day. Remember these pics are for personal use only and were gathered across Google Images and my own ventures. I'm working on uploading direct links soon. 

For this group of the collection, I could not decide on a name. The common themes are as follows:  watercolors, flowers and plants, inspiring quotes,  framed wallpapers, paint splashes, spring, & just colorful. More wallpapers will be added here as well as in future posts.  

"Live Your Dream" was a photo I took of a box I saw in a store. If you'd like a copy for personal use only, then comment or contact me. It's only one size but I found it works great on multiple computer platforms as a desktop wallpaper.

The Wallpaper Collection: Destinations

    Hello! I recently started a new series or collection of posts on art inspiring wallpaper. Sometimes it is hard to make time for art daily and being cooped up at a desk in front of a computer screen doesn't help. So why not remind yourself every day of the artist inside you and add some inspiration in your day? You might think it silly, but looking at art can be equally relaxing as painting. Personally, it makes me happy. I do everything I can to surround myself with artwork. I keep a continuously changing desktop wallpaper, frequently change my phone wallpaper, hang up art around my place, invade Pinterest like a boss, decorate for the holidays, write letter to my friends as an excuse to doodle all over the envelope, take coloring book breaks, - any and all means possible reminding myself of my passions. 
    These wallpapers are a few favorites of mine that I have found over the years. Please know I take no ownership of theses wallpapers. They were not created by me personally. I would let you know if they were. I only post them here to share for personal use as desktop wallpapers and screensavers. Everything I found was from Google Images. All wallpapers have a link below to their initial host site.  If you have questions, please let me know. Enjoy!

Destinations will take you across the globe to cities and sites captured by the talented hands of various artists. The mediums range from watercolor to oil to sketches. More art-inspiring wallpapers will be added in this category as well as in future posts!

Hyde Street San Francisco Wallpaper

Thursday, February 2, 2017

No Time For Art ?!

   Let's face the facts- Finding time during your busy week of work, study, travel, or maintaining the household is almost near impossible. That oil you were going to paint, the sewing project that's been untouched for two months, or a new graphic you hoped to complete... It is hard to find time and make time to let your creative juices flow like magic. So what can you do to improve the situation? Do you let the days, weeks, and maybe even the years roll by? 
   Like all of your skills and talents, one's artistic and creative side is equally important. Not only are such interests a part of you,  art is one of the many sides that make your "gem" yours truly. You don't have to be gifted or your definition of a "good" artist. How good you are at certain abilities does play a part in what you do daily, however, all of one's talent's should be used like tools. You learn and grow from further use improving your aptitude of the trade. Untouched tools, will grow rusty and forgotten. So shake off the dust! Art may be more for pleasure for you, then a full-out hobby like hiking. That's okay too! 
   For me, my studies and have completely taken up all my time. I had to cut back on my blogging, my personal website project, and anything art-related. Even for assigned projects, I had to limit the amount of time in the final "clean up" or presentation mainly due to time constraints. I miss it. Art is how I channel my ideas, creativity, and imagination. When I'm painting or drawing, I feel so relaxed. It truly is therapy of another kind. You might be wondering how I'm coping? Well, that my dear readers is why I created this post today. Part of my New Year's resolution was to get back into the groove little by little. My "steps" are small to say the least, but for now this is what I can do. Here are a few ideas to bring art back into the day:

1) Decorate Your "Habitat" (Work Space & Home)
I spend a lot of time on my computer and phone so I've spiced things up with fun desktop wallpapers and backgrounds. There are several web designers and artists who post free desktop wallpapers with an artsy-chick flair for download. In my next posts, I hope to shed more light onto these artists and share my favorite wallpaper finds from the web! In addition, decorate your home or work space seasonally for the holidays. Changing things up is refreshing and can really get your gears turning out new ideas. 

2) Coloring Books                                  Haven't you heard? Coloring books are for adults too, "officially". There are now thousands of coloring books especially designed for adults from basic to hard-core coloring. I never imagined the idea would grow like wild fire. Men and women alike have found coloring a great way to relieve stress, relax, and calm the mind. "Take a coloring break" was what one book stated that I saw at a bookstore. There are even coloring book calendars that you color each month. It would make for a good coloring habit schedule. I myself have been caught up in the tide too. In one year, I've been given four coloring books and two sets of color pencils as gifts. I am no where near finishing one book, however, I can always come back to a coloring page. There's no cleaning brushes or dragging out tons of craft supplies. I can carry a coloring books and pack of pencils around with me easy. It is hassle free, relatively cheap, and has no time pressures. 

3) Pinterest
Pinterest is a major outlet for me. I like to think it as the visualization of my creative side. The other half of my brain that is sending off ideas like sparks and connects just about all my interests. I can follow artists I admire, gather craft ideas, and learn new tricks. I even made a board for this blog that you can access and follow! I know pinning is not doing. Although, I believe it is still a great way to keep your mindset of future projects and new project possibilities. 

 New posts on wallpaper designers and art software coming soon....