Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mexican Custom Wedding Design Save the Date Card

I really love getting custom wedding card design requests.  This one was for the Save the Date Card.  The bride told me she was going to get married on the beach and that they wanted a Mexican theme.  She sent me a photo of the dress she was going to wear.  You can see it below.  Isn't it pretty?

I asked here if she had the colors for the wedding picked out yet.  And she said they chose blue.  It was her fiance's favorite color.  The photo of her dress and the color were great inspiration for creating a very special, custom wedding card.

Finally, I asked her to send me a photo of her and her fiance.  Of course, it was a photo of them on the beach.  I made it blue toned with little decorations inspired by the Mexican embroidery on her wedding dress.  She loved the card and said it brought tears to her eyes.  I look forward to designing her wedding card too.  What do you think?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Art Projects: Starting Elephant Papier-Mache

I think I told you last week that I finally got my tools back from a friend who was storing them for me.  It's been a whole year since I've been able to make papier-mache sculptures because I didn't have these tools and I didn't have time or space to make anything.  Well, this year, that's gonna change.  I'm not gonna let so many things stand in my way.  So here is my 1st papier-mache art project for the year:  ELEPHANT PAPIER-MACHE SCULPTURES!!!!

I'll be sharing my progress with you as it comes along----little by little----bit by bit-----slow and steady progress.  That's how it's gonna be.  I think when I do things more slowly, they turn out much better.  So here's the first peek.  Not much to see yet.  I know.  But I promise, the ELEPHANT PAPIER-MACHE SCULPTURES are gonna be fantastic!  Just wait and see!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Free Printable Valentine's Day Kitty & Heart Balloon

Kitties are the cutest, but kitties with heart balloons are even more cute----or at least----that's what I thought when I created this DIY Free Printable Valentine's Day Printable.  You can download it, print it, and color it as you wish.  Or you could add glitter or gold paper or whatever you think would make it super fun for Valentine's Day!  
Make your own Valentine's Day printable kitty & heart!

Write you message on the balloon like, "You uplift me!"  or "My heart floats with you!" or  "You never let me down, Valentine!"  Can you think of some more cute Valentine's messages?   Have fun!

Here's what the printable Valentine's Day kitty & heart look like before you color and cut it out!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Art Projects: Cut Paper Art Thank You Card

A friend who had been storing some of my art tools recently sent them to me from California.  I was so happy to receive them and so grateful to him for storing and shipping them to me.  I decided to create a special thank you card for him.  I thought something simple but classic would do, so I simply did some cut paper art with the words, "Thank You".  It didn't turn out perfectly, but I think it was still pretty good.  What do you think?  How do you like to thank people who have helped you?

Cut paper art thank you card to a friend who shipped me my art tools from California.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Art Projects: Making Box Trolls Thank You Card

I recently met someone who worked on the Box Trolls movie and he was kind enough to take some time to talk to me about his career and what he did on Box Trolls.  I wanted to thank him for chatting and I thought what better way than to make him a Box Trolls Thank You CARD!  Below you can see how I created it.  This card is also a paper puppet with moving head, arms and legs. This troll is Fish.  He was my favorite troll from the movie.   Did you see it?  What did you think?  

It starts with a sketch of the troll Fish.

Then I transfer the drawing on to watercolor paper.

Now, I get to paint him.  I think he's excited to have color added.

Once, everything is painted, I get to cut out the pieces
 and assemble him.  He's a paper puppet, you know!

Finally, he's all assembled and ready to send as a thank you card.  I think he makes a great thank you messenger.  Don't you?

Monday, January 26, 2015

FREE Printable Valentines Day Robot Card from Artist In LA LA Land

In case you like retro robots as much as me, I'm sharing my romantic Valentine's Day Robot card with you.  Yes, you can download it and print it out because it's a FREE Printable Valentine's Day card.  Whoo hoo!!! I think this robot couple is awfully cute, don't you?  I hope you enjoy it and spread lots of love with it!

FREE Printable Valentine's Day Robot Card at this link!

This is what my Free Printable Valentine's Day Robot Card Looks like before you cut and fold it.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

New Cut Papert Art Sketchbooks for My Favorite Cafe in Portland

There's a cafe that I love to hang out at in Portland that tickles your senses even before you climb the steps up to its door.  The sweet tea aromas waft out all the way down the street.  That's actually how I found it---with my nose.  

Once inside, it's so warm and cozy, you don't want to leave it. Any kind of tea you can think of is found there and many that you've never yet tasted.  If this isn't enticing enough, they also have sketchbooks that you can draw and write in. Several of them that have been filled with funny, cute and profound scrawls of all kinds.  It's fun to just look at them.  

But they're filled to the brim like a the warm cups of tea that they serve you.  I wanted to give them and all their patrons a new place to draw and write, so I donated these 2 sketchbooks.  Of course, I had to make them special, so I customized them with my cut paper art.  

They were surprised when I gave these new ones to them. I'm having fun going back and seeing them slowly fill up with new drawings and writings.  Do you have a favorite coffee or tea place?  What makes it special for you?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

DIY Valentine's Day Printables at Artist in LA LA Land Shop

So many cute, pretty DIY Valentine's Day printables at my Artist in LA LA Land shop!

For your kids or for your sweetie, I think Valentine's Day is a fun day to make homemade cards and tell them how you feel.  In my shop, I offer some cute animal DIY printables like the squirrel carrying a heart card.  It makes me happy thinking that they'll be used to spread love and joy to people all around the world.  Who is on your Valentine's Day list?  How are you going to spread the love?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Infographics & Design for Going Solar Power Workbooks

Recently, I had fun creating infographics and designing workbooks that explained how to go solar in the state of Washington.  Below are the workbooks for Sun Bridge Solar.  They wanted to created something easy and fun to follow to educate anyone who thought about going solar.  I learned a lot about solar from designing the workbooks and I had fun translating the process into infographics. Check them out below and let me know what you think.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Exercise Book Illustrations for "Mangeable Fitness" by Roxanne Eyler

I thought I'd share one of the projects I recently worked on and is now available to purchase.  It's an exercise book called, "Mangeable Fitness" that I created illustrations for.  I also designed and illustrated the cover.  It took a lot of time making about 30 little illustrations of women doing certain movements.  Sometimes,  I did my best work late at night with the least amount of interruptions.  I enjoyed collaborating with author Roxanne Eyler and the book designer, Melissa Jones to make this book possible.  Below are a few of the interior pages with some of my illustrations.  I think it turned out pretty well.  What do you think?    

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Paper Art Workshop at Exploratory Maker Space in Los Angeles

I'm not yet sure what I'm going to teach at the Exploratory in Los Angeles.  But I've been invited to create a paper art workshop in their fun maker space.  They've encouraged me to add LED's or voice chips to my paper art.  Now, doesn't that sound like a ton-o-fun?  Maybe, I'll add some LED's to a robot paper puppet like this one I made above into an animated GIF.  What do you think?  Any ideas? I'll keep you posted on what happens.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Animated Paper Puppet Animals ROCK Around the Christmas Tree

It's only a few days before Christmas, so I thought I'd share a silly animated GIF I created.  It has my cute animal paper puppets and they're ROCKIN' around the Christmas tree.  I like how I made the lights seems to twinkle.  Boston terrier, squirrel and bunny are having a great Christmas, can't you tell?  It makes me laugh. I hope you'll have a great Christmas!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Paper Doll Christmas Decor: An Animal & Candy Chain

Everyone seems to love this paper doll Christmas decor that I came up with.  It's pretty simple to cut out and assemble a bunch of these circus animal paper dolls and string them up together on a chain to decorate your home.  I had fun adding these whimsical paper animals to my walls.  You can download the PDF's at the link and make your own paper doll Christmas decor.


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