Sunday, June 28, 2015

My Famous Artists Paper Puppets Help Teach a 2nd Grade Art Class

I'm really good at creating portraits of people, so a few years ago, I created some paper puppets of famous artists and sold them in art galleries around Los Angeles.  Eventually, I opened up an online shop and sold them at my "Famous Artist Club" Etsy shop.  I don't promote it much because I think it's so different than what I create at my"Artist in LA LA Land" Etsy shop and I create more paper puppets for the "Artist in LA LA Land" shop than I do for the "Famous Artsist Club" shop.  Sometimes, I get some messages at this shop requesting that I create portraits and other times, I get messages like the following:

We studied famous artists this year in my second grade classroom. Imagine my excitement when I discovered the puppets available through your shop. After studying the artists, I allowed students to select an artist puppet to create. I printed the puppets in black and white, and the students were very creative with colors and designs! Having students assemble puppets provided extra fine motor work as well as puzzle solving. 

We studied Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Henri Matisse. I am simply wondering if you plan to create a puppet for Henri Matisse as well since some students wanted to select him, and he's not available at this time. 

Thank you so much for sharing your creativity! Our class loved it!
Lucy (the teacher)

 I was so happy that my paper puppets could help this art class.  It was a wonderful message to receive.  I wrote back to this teacher that I was tickled to hear that my famous artist paper puppets could help teach her art class.  I also told her that I have too much freelance work at the moment to create a Henri Matisse paper puppet.  But maybe sometime I will.  You never know.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Art Projects: Solar Paper Prints with Pretty Leaves and Natural Things

I bought this solar paper months ago, but with it being summer time, it seemed like the perfect time to break it out and do a summer art project.  I wasn't sure if I'd have to be extra careful with the light sensitive paper----you know---like----would it instantly develop before I had a chance to actually do something with it?  Turns out this is super duper easy to do and lots and lots of fun!

First, my friend and I gathered all kinds of pretty leaves, branches and natural things like fallen bird feathers.  Above are some mint plants that I thought had some pretty leaves and stems.

Next, we busted out the solar paper and placed our collected leaves and branches into a pretty arrangement on the solar paper.  After that, we placed this in the sunlight.  If there was a breeze, some of the things got moved, but it turned out to be an interesting and ghostly affect. 

Once the blue paper turned almost white, we brushed away the leaves and saw that they left a blue silhouette.  Finally, we rinsed off the paper in water.  That's when the blue parts turned white and the white parts turned blue.  It was so fun seeing this transition.  We made a few different designs as you can see above.  When they dried, I used some of it to write a letter to a friend.  

My friend and I are super excited to do it again.  We're thinking of taking to on a hike with us or even camping.  It's just so easy and fun.  

Sunday, June 14, 2015

I'm Taking Time to Do Nothing This Summer (Which Means Time For Art & Fun)!

I've been reading a book called "The Essentialist" and what it boils down to is that you gotta design and make the time to do the things that are most important to you.  Part of that time needs to be spent just doing nothing.  Yes, nothing.  During that nothing can be the most beneficial time because it's time to relax, think and figure out what is most important to  you.  Without it, you're just running around doing what other people are imposing on you and probably not even knowing that's what you're doing.  I know I've been doing that.  So this summer, I'm deliberately going to take the time to do nothing.

And by nothing, I mean taking the time to relax a lot with cups of tea in the morning and ice tea in the afternoon since it will be hot, hot, hot this summer here in Portland, Oregon.

By nothing, I mean I'll go get wet in the water like a fish in the Willamette River or a sea turtle at Cannon Beach and enjoy the coolness while the sun is shining high in the summer sky.  I might just run through one of  the many fountains that have in Portland.  I see kids doing it all the time!

And by nothing, I mean taking the time to go to my favorite beach (it's a secret beach, so I cannot tell you where it is), and looking out at the waves and making sandcastles on the shore and just thinking and contemplating about what is most important to me.  Probably, I'll figure out what are the most important art project to me.  Maybe, that will be daring to do art that I know no one else will like except me, but I'll know it's what my heart desires the most.  Maybe, it will be daring to break away from art and things that just don't satisfy me even though they gave me some success and worked for a while.  But life is too short to stay tied down and not explore and not have fun.  During this nothing time, I know I'll do some good art and have fun!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

3-D Interactive Origami Animals to Bring Endangered Awareness

I know that you and I both love cute animals.  And I bet you share my distress about endangered species and animals.  So when I came across this interactive 3-D exhibition to help bring awareness about 30 endangered animals, I had to share it with you.   Not only is this an opportunity to learn something new, but it's done in such a way that the animals look like they're paper art or origami.  I believe that's part of why this exhibition is called, "In Pieces".  

As you can see above, I captured some of the animals in screen shots, but they are all moving and they swirl together from separate pieces when they come onto your screen.  I encourage you to take a look at the beautiful designs and to learn more about these cute endangered animals.  It definitely was worthy of my attention and time.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Hush, Hush---My Paper Art Is in a Canadian Movie

Every once in a while, I get some pretty fun and interesting proposals for my Artist in LA LA Land paper art and printables.  Sometimes, I'm asked to be a part of an art and craft fair.  Once, I was asked if my printables could be featured and shared in an Australian newspaper.  This time, I was asked if my paper art could be used to dress a Canadian movie set.

The set that they would be used for would be a little girl's room. The little girl liked doing papercrafts, so they wanted to use my paper art for it.  I accepted the offer and they downloaded a bunch of them plus they paid me for limited rights to use them in their movie.  I was excited to share the news with my blog followers, so I asked them if I could do that.  

They said no.  I could not disclose the movie company or the title of the film.  They said my paper art may not even make it into the edited scene.  Oh well.  It was still a fun offer.  Now, I can say that my paper art has been in the movies!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Art Projects: Cut Paper Art for Homemade Notebooks

Did I mention I've been going to a lot of parties?  Some have been birthday parties, others.....well....this one was a Mexican Fiesta themed party.  Guests were asked to bring things for tacos, margaritas and also for the pinata! For the pinata?  I was very excited to bring something fun to put in it.  But what?  I thought about shopping and finding cute little games or art supplies like colored pens or pencils.   

Then I thought better.  I realized I could make something really fun to add to the prizes and candy inside the pinata.  I had a bunch of colored ball point pens that I hadn't been using, so I decided to make little homemade notebooks which had a little holsters for the pens.  I cut paper and stapled and glued them together.  

The black covers were fine, but not fun.....not yet!  I looked at the clock and I only had a couple hours left until the party.  I thought I'd make cute animals and cute characters on the covers.  I would need to cut a few corners if I was to finish them in time.  Fortunately, I found some puffy stickers and googly eyes to help me make some cute monsters and animals much quicker.  

I finished perfectly on time and rushed to the party.  I gave my cute homemade notebooks to my friend, the party's host and he stuffed them into the pinata which was a goofy looking yellow ducky.  When the pinata was knocked to the ground and the prizes spilled out, no one took the chocolates or candy.  Instead they hustled to claim my homemade notebooks. I was surprised.  When I told them that I made them, one girl said, "I like you; you're a maker!"  That was fun to hear.  Needless to say, I had a great time at the party.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Post-It Cut Paper Art: What Sold and What Didn't

I learned a while ago that I sold 7 out of the 9 Post-It cut paper art pieces that I created for the 2015 Giant Robot Post-It art show.  I was happy that most of them sold, but I didn't know which ones until I received the unsold ones in the mail.  

If I had to guess which ones no one liked, I would have said the walrus and the angel fish because I thought they didn't have as much punch and fun power as the other ones.  But I was wrong, wrong, wrong. 

Surprisingly, the shark and the whale were the ones that no one bought.  It's funny because I thought those ones were the best ones.  They were my favorites out of the bunch----which is fine by me that they didn't sell since they are now in my possession again.  

Oh wait!  I gave them away to a friend. Oh well!  Easy come, easy go---or something like that!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Art Projects: Cut Paper Bunny Card

Apparently, I know a lot of Taurus's because I'm having a bunch of birthdays to go to.  Last week, I went to a friend's birthday who was having a roller skating party---how fun is that?!  It really was a ton of fun.  

But I wasn't sure what to do for her.  I thought about picking up a card----because there are so many cute cards out there.  Then I realized that I make cards---super cute ones, if I do say so myself. I paused and asked myself, "What should I make her?"  

She has two kitties and a bunny she calls, "Rascal Rabbit".  How fun is that?!  So I thought she might appreciate a bunny card.  Sketches, and a couple exacto blades later, a bunny finally emerged from all the paper.  Yes,  I cut it out of paper as you can see above.  

I used more of that cool double decorated paper.  The outside was a vintage pattern and the inside was black. I had to write my message to my friend in white pen.  I love how that looks, don't you?   She thought it was really cute and really appreciated it.  I had fun making it and giving it to her.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Art Projects: Paper Cut Kitty Cheese Cake Birthday Card

It takes me time to come up with a clever design and to create a special birthday card for a special friend.  But I got this crazy idea to make a fat cat holding on to a cheesecake.  The card would be the cheesecake and it would flap open up to say my happy birthday wishes.   I didn't know how this art project would turn out, but I decided to go for it.

You see, my friend has a fat kitty named Oreo because she's black on the outside and white on the inside.  I like Oreo's mask like face and thought she'd make a great kitty card.  And the cheesecake is my friend's favorite cake. Put them together and you have this whimsical card. 

I bought some double sided paper at Paper Source (I love this store! Don't you too?!).  One side was black and the other side was very light.  Using my above template, I traced the shapes of the cat on my double sided paper. Next, I cut them out with my craft knife.  And finally, I glued them all together.

My friend thought it was pretty cute and even recognized his kitty Oreo.  He opened the cheesecake and read my happy birthday message.  He likes cute things like me.  I think when you like kitties, you just have to like cute things too.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Finally Following True North of My Compass

It's taken a long time to find some steady work.  I did a lot of hustling last year and my hard work and networking paid off with a full time gig this year.  I am so very grateful and very happy to have this full time graphic designer job.  It has made it finally possible to get my very own place.  No roomie.  Just me.  In the heart of the city.  Urban living is for me!  It's a dream come true.

I never really did anything to celebrate any of these know like go out and have drinks or go and do something fun with a bunch of friends....isn't that what you do to celebrate these awesome moments and accomplishments in your life?  

Well, a friend who has been with me through this long journey and knows the hard work I've done, decided to give me this compass.  It's a necklace and a reminder to follow true north because that's how I got to where I wanted to go.  I followed my heart.  I followed my dream.  I was so touched by here special gift.  It means a lot to me.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

My Sketchbooks Were Stolen from the Cafe

Back in January, I donated some sketchbooks that I designed with one of a kind artwork on the covers to one of my favorite coffee places in Portland, Oregon.  I checked back and was happy to find them filling up with art and writings from my fellow patrons.  But last week, I found out that my donated sketchbooks had been stolen.  Can you believe it?

I went to the cafe to check what was happening with them and guess what?  They were gone.  When I donated them, the cafe was afraid they might get stolen.  And they did.  That makes me sad.  None of the old, banged up, used up sketchbooks were taken. They were still in a pile on the coffee table.  I have a little frown on my face as I write this.  

Maybe, I should be complimented that someone wanted them so much that he just took them.  But I intended them to be for share and spread the love of art and writing.    I'm definitely bummed. 

I almost want to donate again, but this time I'd have to gift the cafe with some that look atrocious on the outside so no one would take them away. what would that look like?  I'm thinking....I'm you  have any ideas?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

April is National Letter Writing Month

I just found out that April is National Letter Writing Month.  I had no idea.  It seems there's a holiday or celebration for everything nowadays.  Some can be a little strange to me, but I can get behind this one.  There is just something extra special about writing a letter. Dontcha agree?

I have an uncle who is hard of hearing so we usually write letters back and forth.  He doesn't use a computer either, so old fashioned letter writing is perfect.  I feel a special connection to him and I think our letter writing is part of that.

I also have an old friend from college who regularly writes letters to me.  Even though we could text and email and phone, this is our most frequent way of keeping in contact with each other since we live on either coast of the United States.   She's in Massachusetts and I'm in Oregon.  We usually pick out beautiful cards and stationary to send each other which makes it a lot of fun and very special.  Sometimes, I create a card or some artwork for her.

Who do you keep in contact with a letter?  Or do you have someone in mind who you'd like to try and send a letter to?  I hope you do it, and send some smiles and joy to someone you care about.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter with a Bunny Papercraft Mask!

After the egg hunt, whatcha gonna do with the kids?  Well, my family and I downloaded, printed and colored these FREE bunny papercraft masks.  A family that papercrafts together, stays together, right?!  I'm giggling as I write that. You can make them too.  Find these bunny paper masks at this link.  and HAVE A HAPPY EASTER!!!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

FREE Easter Printables from Artistin LA LA Land

OMG!  Easter is in only a few more days-----April 5th, 2015-----to be exact!  I created these Easter printables to help my family and I get into the Easter spirit.  I also offer them to you for FREE!  Check out all the ways you can color these Easter papercrafts at this link.  We printed them out and colored them with crayons, watercolor and glitter.  What other ways can you think of?  Maybe, you could glue some Easter candy on them?  Oh, but wait---- why would you waste it on them?  Who knows?!


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