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?!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter Papercraft Printables at Artist in LA LA Land Shop

Easter Papercrafts spruce up  my place and make all the kids in my life excited for this Spring Season.  We download them,  cut them out and assemble t hem like this Easter egg carrying turtle.  You too can make them and find more fun, Easter printable papercrafts at my Artist in LA LA Land shop at this link.  What are your favorite ways to decorate for Easter?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Art Projects: Papier-Mache Elephants Part 3

Guess what?  I finally put papier-mache on top those elephants carrying sandcastles.  I have the photo to prove it.  Just look above.  It's little by little progress.  I've been taking my time and enjoying it like listening to podcasts while I slowly apply the papier-mache.  Do you do that?  Savor what you really love doing?  

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Happy Spring with Bunny Paper Puppets

Eggs and bunnies, to me, are all about SPRING!  So I think this paper puppet set says HAPPY SPRING!  I offer it to you for FREE.  You can find it on my Free Printables page here.  Who would you give it to?  How would you use it?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Happy Spring with Flower Head Paper Dolls!

Flower Head Paper Dolls!

How are you?  I've been doing great.....cuz it's spring!  I'm loving the warm weather and all the blooming flowers.  Spring was definitely the inspiration for my Flower Head paper dolls.  You can find them at my shop or  you can find more spring thing paper dolls on my free page here.  I hope you're doing well too.  Happy Spring!

Springtime Paper Dolls on my Free Page!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Art Projects: Still Working on Elephant Armatures

Yes, it's been slow progress on this papier-mache art project.  I'm still slowly working on the elephant armatures.  But this time there are 2 of them!  You can check the last art projects post to see how much progress I've made.  It's a little bit, right?  The containers are starting to look like castles.  Once I add more details to them I think you'll be able to tell that they're castles.  I've whipped up a big batch of papier-mache clay so I'm ready to apply it as soon as I'm done with the armatures.  Soon!  I hope soon!  Work and life slow the progress, but I'm not complaining. I love my life!  I feel really lucky.  I hope you're doing well too.  

Sunday, March 1, 2015

More Graphic Design for Solar Panel Company

I know most of you who follow me are probably not particularly interested in graphic design, but indulge me for a moment in showing off one of my graphic design projects.  I designed the following brochures and signs for the same solar panel company that I created the info-graphics for.  

You see, they were so impressed by my info-graphic designs, that they wanted me to help them create eye-catching designs for their trade-show booth.  That made me very proud.  Below are some of the things I designed for them.  I really enjoyed working with them again and helping them help others go green by going solar.

Sunbridge Solar brochure for their trade show.

Sunbridge Solar brochure explaining what a REAP grant is.

Sunbridge Solar tabletop sign to catch people's attention.


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