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.

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?


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