I just spotted this quote on Textile Artist. The words really resonated with me.
Image from the Pantone site
Do you incorporate trending colors in the art that you create? Then you may be interested in The PANTONE Fashion Color Report for Spring 2017.
According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute: "Reminiscent of the hues that surround us in nature, our Spring 2017 Fashion Color Report evokes a spectrum of emotion and feeling."
"From the warmth of sunny days with PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow to the invigorating feeling of breathing fresh mountain air with PANTONE 18-0107 Kale and the desire to escape to pristine waters with PANTONE 14-4620 Island Paradise, designers applied color in playful, yet thoughtful and precise combinations to fully capture the promises, hope and transformation that we yearn for each Spring."
I'm really loving the color Island Paradise.
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Strathmore has announced their FREE Upcoming 2016 Workshops:
Sketchbook Fury – the Art Ninja’s Guidebook
Instructor: Graham Smith
Start date: March 7, 2016
The Mind of Watercolor
Instructor: Steve Mitchell
Start date: May 2, 2016
Colorful Creation with Marker
Instructor: Will Terrell
Start date: Sept. 5, 2016
I'm looking forward to all three sessions. Check out the workshop details.
The wonderful and informative site, KidLit411 hosted a giveaway for the lovely children's book, Beautiful Hands, and I was lucky enough to win a copy. The book is written by Bret Baumgarten and illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi.
The story is based on co-author Bret Baumgarten’s experience of holding his daughter’s hands every morning and asking her, "What will your beautiful hands do today?" The handprint illustrations in the story are made up of Bret's and Kathryn's own family members.
The story tells how little hands can do so many wonderful things: plant ideas; stretch imaginations; and reach for dreams. I'm captivated by the colorful art that was developed by using thumb- and hand-prints. The colors are so bright and lush that they seem to leap off the page. Color always inspire me.
The book was created to inspire children everywhere to use their power to help themselves and others achieve their dreams. As a bonus, the book stirs the imagination of adults too. This book is definitely a keeper in your personal library for the years ahead.
As I mentioned a while back, I took part in the Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) sponsored by writer Tara Lazar in November 2015.
The book tells readers about the fun-filled antics of Penny and her pup Jelly as they get ready for the School Talent Show.
I especially love how the words and images blend so seamlessly to quickly pull young readers into the twists and turns of the story. If a special little one in your family loves a good read, this book would make a lovely Christmas present.
"This winter, settle in for a very special FREE seven day Winter Writing Workshop, brought to you in association with Frances Booth, author of The Distraction Trap. Do you have a burning ambition to be a writer? Have you been thinking about writing a blog, a magazine article or column or even a book but just never found the time? Well this is the time. It is your time."
"The series runs for seven days from December 29, 2014 – January 4, 2015, making the most of the hushed time after the rush of the Christmas holidays. Each day you will be sent a short note from professional writer Frances, along with daily writing prompts, writer development exercises and some special tips from well known writers. Frances will share her experience of tackling some of the most common fears all writers share, including fear of the blank page and lack of inspiration. At the end of the series you will also receive a PDF of 100 writing prompts to keep you writing all year long."
Check it out!
I just found out that SkillShare is offering some free courses.
A while back, I took a (paid) course on Greeting Cards (Design & Sell Your Own Cards) with Kate Harper. The course was excellent - and the course prices are very reasonable.
Check them out. I have no relationship with SkillShare. I'm just a satisfied customer.
Yes, I finally changed the Banner on my blog. I also changed the Banner on my Etsy Shop too. I used Hearts on both Banners which are one of my favorite symbols. Many of you probably know that about me.
I tend to get very focused on my daily art making so I don't market my Blog/Etsy Shop as much as I should. I do like the new look of my Banner - I hope you do too.
I completed the Art Journal page which I blogged about yesterday. I created the blue border by tearing strips of Gelli Art prints and pasting them on the edges of the journal page. I also added some more embellishments. Below is how the Journal page looked yesday.
Image from The Graphics Fairy
Happy New Year!
Today You have the Opportunity of Starting a Fresh New Page to Write the Story of Your New Year.
Here's to New Plans, New Goals.... and New Action Steps. What will You Do with Your New Year?
Just a Reminder: Get FREE SHIPPING in My Etsy Shop TODAY in celebration of Cyber Monday.
Use the coupon code: HOLIDAYS.
Image from The Graphics Fairy
Wishing a Happy and Relaxing Thanksgiving Day to all my Readers and Customers. Your lovely and kind comments make it all worthwhile for me.
Today is not a good day for me. My laptop crashed. I'm writing this post on DH's laptop.
Wish me luck on Monday when I take my laptop in for service. Hopefully, I haven't lost my files and documents.
Have a Happy Sunday!
I'm thrilled that Irene has left our area of North Carolina.
We experienced about three days without electricity. We were lucky that we only endured small damages. This was my first hurricane. And the strong, and constant, winds were definitely frightening! It rained for twenty-four hours without stopping. But we didn't have flooding which was good.
If you went through Hurricane Irene, I hope all is well with you.
We began the day with sunshine and some light rain. Now, in the late afternoon, the winds are beginning to kick up and more clouds are forming. I'm hoping we will have power tomorrow.
Miss Irene will make her grand entrance, tonight, in our area.
God Bless North Carolina - and God Bless the Northeast!
I'm hopelessly behind in the Summer of Color Challenge hosted by the Twinkle Twinkle blog. Where does the time go?
This week's featured color is BROWN which is a rich and yummy color that I always enjoy working with. Here's my entry:
Beautiful Image from The Graphics Fairy
As an online shopper, I get excited when I find promotions offering free shipping.
And that's why I'm offering FREE SHIPPING, in My Etsy Shop, this holiday weekend. The promotion begins Friday, July 1 and ends on Monday, July 4. Just use the promotion code: cinnamon pink.
Happy 4th of July Weekend!!! Thank you for visiting!
In case you haven't heard, Art & Soul Retreats has a newly designed Web site.
The site also offers: Art & Soul Radio which "explores all aspects of the creative process. Listeners range from those who dream of becoming an artist to professional artists, crafters and everyone in between who is ready to fully step into their creative potential."
"Guests and topics include artists, authors, art materials and techniques, the business of art, creative blocks, AHA moments and more."
In 2012, the Art & Soul Retreat will be coming to Virginia Beach from March 1 through March 5. Class registration begins on June 1. Check it out!
I received my Welcome Packet for the Art & Soul Retreat taking place April 28 through May 2 in Hampton, VA. I'm signed up for Sally Jean Alexander's class, Soldering for Virgins - Medaliscious. I love her jewelry and even own a few pieces.
If you live nearby, you might want to attend Vendor Night. The Vendor Event is free to registered attendees - but is also open to the public for a fee of $10 at the door. Approximately 45 vendors will be offering finished artwork, art supplies, vintage findings, fabrics, jewelry, collage items and assemblage. I love the Vendor Event.
I've recently been accepted to join the other artists in the PFATT (Primitive Folk Art Trinkets & Treasures) Marketplace. The amazing artists in this group are so talented. I feel honored to be a part of the team.
Make yourself a steaming cup of cocoa, with marshmallows, and take some time to visit their site. I guarantee that you will love all the eye candly.
I let you know when my own art is listed.
Our Cable service was down so we did not have access to the Internet, TV and Phone for the past four days. Service was finally restored about an hour ago. Of course, I missed the Internet, My Blog and E-mail the most. Now, I think I'll catch up on my e-mails.
(image from The Graphics Fairy)
Merry Christmas! Have a Happy and Relaxing Holiday.
A sincere thank you, to each and every one of you, for visiting my blog this year - And leaving such lovely comments. I treasure each and every one of them.
Image from The Graphics Fairy
Here’s to a new year of possibilities, ideas and fresh
starts. I’m always trying to come up with various ways to increase my
creativity. Here are a few ideas that I’ve tried:
What do you do to help increase your creativity?
Wishing you all a Happy and Relaxing Thanksgving! Try to take a little time for yourself today to MAKE ART . I plan on doing that very activity. This adorable postcard comes to you via The Graphics Fairy. Check out her site - She has some wonderful Thanksgiving images.
I also plan to stop in at The Old Lucketts Store 10th Annual Spring Antique Market (May 30-31). I hope I score some great vintage treasures. Have a wonderful week!