Saturday, December 28, 2013

An Homage to the Woosa Work

I'm officially on Art Journal #8 but the truth is, I think I've been cutting out paper and saving it in one way, shape, or form for my whole life.

As 2013 ends, I was paging through these books filled with glue and paint and took photos of my favorite pages. 
You've seen some of these if you follow me on instagram's an "homage" to my woosa work for the year. 

A link to the video if you can't see anything; HERE.

Flipagram App--it's free! And super easy to use.
Music by "Commes Des Enfants", Couer de Pirate

Friday, December 20, 2013

Work isn't so bad when you're on vacation...

One of my favorite parts about the year and this big girl gig are the weeks between Christmas and the New Year. I've hoarded vacation time to do this; NOTHING.

I'm a huge fan of home, so I use this time to hang, not comb my hair, and just relax. And I'm using my first day, to blog.

There are always so many ideas in my head and never enough time to do them, but this year I made it a priority to doodle. I even had the pleasure of doodling people I love, (and some that I don't even know.) for their Christmas greetings. Thought I'd share some...

It all started with us...

And then, we were on a roll... 

I'd like to formally thank those families who entrusted their family likeness to my pencil and me, the wanna-be illustrator with dirty messy hair whom, at this very moment, is still in her jammies. (Mission accomplished!) 

Here's to remembering what's really important (each other), big dreams, sharpened pencils, and love. 
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

18 Years.

This year, especially, my husband and I have been bombarded with this news; couples that have been a constant in our lives, are no longer. It always leaves us shocked, sad, & dumbfounded. I listen to these people and hear the very same situations & feelings we’ve experienced. “What is the tipping point?”, I always wonder. Sometimes I can understand, and sometimes I just don’t get it.

Whatever love gods were at work when Mister & I were “matched”, they were on their “A” game that day. This is not to say it is love rainbows and unicorns over here.
Far, very far, from it. The running anecdote in our house is, “You may not be perfect, but you’re perfect for me.”

{Throw Back--Circa 1993ish}

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Wishing most days were "pumpkin patch" kinda days..

There's something about Fall that I love (that I've always loved, really).
The Fall where the sun is warm, but the air is cool.
And all seems right in the world some way.
October should be when we celebrate the new year, the leaves show us that they even need a change.
Here's to a perfect pumpkin patch day. Where the doodles are free, blue hair is more than just ok, the spiders can roam, and the perfect outfit only requires a pair of boots and some printed tights.

Monday, October 14, 2013

I went to London: Custom Cards

I judge a really cute outfit by how badly I want to doodle it. The doodability factor also applies to purses, haircuts, shoes, inanimate objects-whatever strikes the old inspiration chord. 

 A co-worker of mine just returned from London. She went to the Cath Kidston store while traveling abroad {be still my heart--I cannot imagine how pretty this place is!} and came back with this.

She modeled her bag for us, shared her tales, and my "inspired chord" was struck.
She was my doodle subject for the evening.
She's mentioned more than once that she'd like a copy of her doodle so I got to work.
I turned her doodle into a little gift.

A few little note cards packaged in a clever envelope made just for greeting cards--I'm sharing, don't you worry.
The "envelope" tutorial is right here. Thank you, Nicole!
And just in case you don't have any time to doodle, I've created a download for Meg's card that you can just print on cardstock and cut.

{You may use for personal use only...Art karma. It's really a bitch.}
I hear Cath's website calling my name.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

So, sometimes, you just need a reward.

Oh yeah, give me every color.
Want your very own copy to frame? Download here

Friday, September 13, 2013

Deep breaths

Thought for today via the artjournal--when you don't have the time to roadtrip but your soul is screaming, "Get me outta here."
4 syllables for you today: Sab-bat-tic-al.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Whatcha' Been Doin'?

I was reminded today, since the high is only 68 degrees, that summer doesn't last forever around here. I've been trying to stay outside and enjoy the sun. Trying to remind myself that there is more than enough "studio time" when the air turns frigid and the skies dark.
But if something is in our nature, it's hard to go against it.
Taking this class , so after the bike rides, coffee on the patio, sunny activities, etc., (PLUS a 50 hour big girl work week) are done for the day, I paint patterns.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sketchy Sunday

It's been a long few weeks over here so today was my day.
Spent a few hours filling up pages in my journal--thought I'd share.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Coloring is good for the soul...

Not all people find peace in art, but some of us do. This reminded me that I used to spend hours coloring away.

And I still do. Every night (that's the goal anyway..) I try to doodle one page in the art journal. Most recent is this one....

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Chic, Rhymes with Geek

The Doodles

A free Saturday is like winning the lottery over here. I choose to use mine with a sharpened pencil, some pinterest inspiration and a blank piece of paper.

I've been OBSESSED (yes, all capitals are necessary) doodling really cute outfits since I took a skillshare class. (We've talked about this class before-but seriously for $20 you get to learn from some of the best!! Go search or sign up--not kidding.)

Monday, April 8, 2013

I just have to say...

Attention Winter:
I've had it up to here with you.
Doodle by me. 4.9.13


Friday, March 29, 2013

Jacked up on Coffee & A Day Off

Procrastination in my gig--there are a few preferred methods, but the old doodle bug makes the top 10 list of ways to NOT do the laundry.

I'm on a PTO today (a glorious day of paid time off) and after I've consumed an entire pot of coffee  and read through my blogroll, naturally, the only thing left to do was draw.

(Really? The 1/4" inch of milk in the frig was maybe a good indicator that the grocery store may be more of a priority today but hell, no one is starving in this house.)

I doodled my sister's family to give them for a housewarming gift: I don't cook well so art vs. a casserole is a NO-BRAINER.
And then, well, I was on a roll:
The library is my own personal nirvana. Books are the ticket to paradise--I can think of only a few things better than curling up on a cloudy Sunday with a good book. This doodle is destined for more, but the idea is still percolating.

Random Thought #2

This week at work we had a "Creating Your Legacy" workshop. I tried to keep an open mind, but it was slammed shut after:

 a.) listening to a panelists of "leaders" talk about their jobs. My job and what I leave this world, do not co-exist--other than financially and in a lesson to those after me to please listsen, "Do NOT do anything JUST for money."
 b.) then we were asked to volunteer to share our work.

And this girl is, Done.

I take this self-reflection crap seriously and frankly, an introspective exercise should not be made into a group project if you want to do it right.

But, I was reminded that these books I'm filling up with my thoughts/words, might just be considered something of a legacy.

Nice. I've left random thoughts & partial pages. Your "mom/grandma/great grandma" is not a fan of mass gatherings. Your "dad/grandpa/great grandpa" is a smartass.

Your "mom/grandma/ great grandma" hates her hair, nuetral clothing colors, and being cold.

& Your "mom/grandma/ great grandma" considers self-inflicted violence to deal with irritation.

Yep, nice. Really nice legacy.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

"If I don't do something creative, my head might explode."

Tuesday. (Again. )
Although class is over, still sketching.
(And listening to the Miss Rebekah playlist, the one that shuts down any negativity--it IS Tired Tuesday, you know.)

This one was a happy accident: Papermate felt tip black marker + water--I love the streak-y-ness.

And sketching some more..

And then playing to make poster art...

Monday, March 18, 2013

Playing Fashion Illustrator-Part Duex

We already talked about the skillshare class I'm taking here. Well, forget the sketching peeps, this watercoloring is addicting. (Surprise. Surprise.)
I bought myself a big girl set of watercolors (pretty affordable big girl set) on Katie's recommendation and the difference from my cheapy set is night and day.
As promised, here's the colored versions:

Valentino 2013: This first one is really what the class was about. Quickly sketching, not worrying about the body, and letting the dress speak for itself.

Pinterest Fav: What I Wish I Wore Board
Cray, Cray Zoe: Her outfit is inspired here. This one is my favorite.
 Erdem Spring 2013- here.

The beautiful thing is I can practice the painting in the zee journal. 2 of my current favorite things to do--or should I say, 2 more ways to prevent laundry completion.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Playing Fashion Illustrator

Have you heard of "Skillshare"?  If you love to learn (another obsession over here), this site offers classes on every subject from just about anyone who wants to teach, for a mere $20.

I'm currently enrolled in this class taught by a favorite blog illustrator.
This is hers from her blog, PaperFashion

Guess what we're learning (or in my case, simply experimenting with)? I've learned thus far:
 1.)This style of drawing isn't really in my wheelhouse. I don't like to sketch lightly, and I like details. Fashion illustration is about the clothes--drawn quickly, with a light hand.
We haven't painted yet, but I've been sketching.
Here's my inspiration runway photo (and my pinterest inspiration board):
Pinned Image
I love the colors, textures, & silhouettes of almost all of these dresses.
So, I sketched Katie's way..
And then I tried it my way:
And then I tried it again with this inspiration:
Pinned Image
And I really did it my way--geekery and all..
and Yep, Zoe did go a little cray. cray.
Painting lesson is next week, so I'll share color when I'm done.
(And keep practicing, and practicing, and practicing..........)

Friday, March 8, 2013

Pattern Play: Journal Inspiration

First, I always, always, forget this. (Does journaling help with memory loss?)
Second,if the music doesn't work (or if it inspires you), something I do when I need to create and just am lacking inspiration is to replicate something.
In the below instances, I ordered a scrap bag of vintage wallpaper on Etsy awhile ago, and sifting through them, I was inspired to try copying the patterns, substituting colors that I love. Bring on the paint....
The left side is the actual wallpaper sample, the right is my doodle.

Forgot the actual, but you get the drift..
I think it would be fun to paint a large canvas with a pattern ---maybe I'll put that on the to-do list.

Oh, and if you don't know what a "kiki" is--you don't watch Glee, do you? Plus I'm completely inspired by SJP's dress.(You can see it here.)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Steve Jobs: The Notes

 The man left a legacy & I can't help myself from watching his Youtube speech over & over again. I'm updating my resume simply because it's on my list of 2013 "Woosa" to-dos. Makes me feel more ready when the "right" opportunity unfolds--gives me the sense that I am in control (dang control freak tendencies).
Plus, I think updating it regularly is probably a good habit to get into.
Job's words give me hope of dots connecting, and patience. I created myself some notes & slipped it into my junk journal--no forgetting that to be great, you must have some courage. (Plus, I really like to practice graphic note taking..) 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Graphic Recording: Notes on Blogging

Ever heard of "Graphic Recording"?
{These people are resident experts at it if you'd like to read more...}
I was more than mildly intrigued after I attended a meeting where the graphic recorder captured three days of notes on 2 huge pieces of paper--all in pictures. All of our sales team's thoughts and words from those 3 days were transcribed into a mural.  
My heart did a little leap to think of the possibility. The possibility that my insane doodling during meetings could actually be beneficial.
The possibility of a career I never even knew existed.
As you can imagine-- fluffy, arty, alternative "notes" are not high on the priority list in corporate offices with restricted budgets.
(It's important to note, that the year I experienced this was a fab-o year of sales for our team. The laws of business are similiar to gravity; what goes up usually must also come down.)
My little spark of "possibility" was momentarily extinguished (until I can figure out the magic ROI formula) but that didn't stop me from doodling helps me pay attention.
If you are a blogger (or want to be one),  maybe my "practice" can help you figure out what the hell to write about.
{The below is just my opinion on blogging....I make no claims to be an expert.)
I'll let you know if & when I ever get to be a real graphic recorder but In the meantime, I'll keep practicing. If you have any ideas on where to start, I'd love to hear them.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Flow, Ephemera, & Teachers

 I felt like career counseling in 1992 consisted of selecting one of 4 paths; lawyer, doctor, teacher or psychologist. I had no desire to be any of these.
 When I think about it, I often hear my dad's voice telling me, "You'd make a wonderful teacher."
Blah. I had no desire to play referee to a bunch of kids who HAD to be in my classroom. It takes a special patience to do this day in and out. Patience I don't have.
 I never took even one art class in high school--why? Because I was too busy trying to be a psychologist? Three letters for you: W.T.F.
There is some crazy freedom in creating for me; a calm in the crazy. Do others crave this? I have to believe that they do.
Remember we talked about the spirit of "Woosa" for 2013? Part of that, for me, is to help others find it. Sometime this year, I'm going to teach (Yes, Dad. Teach) an abridged art journaling class. 4 week, 1 hour sessions.
I like to plan & prepare so I started building the prototype for this class. A hodgepodge of techniques I've learned and a twist of crazy.
Zee Junk Journal---full of crap from my life.
{the inside cover -you can download & print this very bookplate here}
{the inside}
{the title page--a must}

 More on this later, but if you are intrigued, stay tuned....

Since we are talking about paper love, I have to share this very fabulous magazine I came across at church (er, Barnes & Noble) the other day...Allow me to introduce my newest favorite mag:

The quote and this graphic had me before I even opened it
 This is the first international version of this Dutch magazine--If I were an editor, THIS is exactly what I would create. The pages themselves are also a delight- they are printed on mixed media. Glossy and matte paper makes turning every page seriously fun!

Big Girl Coloring Pages; you've got to be kidding me?
Free paper!! These wrapping paper samples are full-size! Someone, pinch me!
The Table of Contents

All this paper AND talk of mindfulness? SOLD!

If you're a paper whore, this magazine is worth every penny....Plus serious material for your junk journal.