Monday, October 23, 2017

holiday advertising: I want to promote you!

Happy Monday friends! So today I have a possible opportunity for the entrepreneurs and makers out there. Lately I have been felt inspired to give back to my creative community in small ways. Short story, I want to put some good out there into the world and I've been trying to think up some ways that I can use my business and my platform to do that. My heart will always be with the artists and makers so I this holiday season I want to help promote your products and services for free!

Are you a maker? Do you have an online shop? Do you sell products or offer services? If so, I want to promote you in a series of gift guides and advertising this holiday season for free! The only requirement is a shop or website with handmade products or services!

If you are interested email me at and I will send you all the details and the deadline for this opportunity!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

butterfly pumpkins

I've been painting pumpkins during the fall for a very long time- so long that I kinda consider myself a pioneer of pumpkin painting! Back in 2010 my pretty painted pumpkins tutorial went viral and since then it has become a yearly tradition of mine to come up with a variety of unique pumpkin tutorials with the hope to inspire others to push the boundaries with creativity and a pumpkin! I've got a few fun ideas coming your way in the weeks ahead and today I am kicking off the season with some whimsical butterfly pumpkins. I hope this inspires you to get creative with your fall decorating!

When I paint pumpkins, I typically begin with a good thick coat of acrylic paint.

Next, I created butterfly wings from some heavy cardstock
I painted a simple body and then I glued the wings to the pumpkin.

Looking for more pumpkin decorating inspiration? 

You can read all about what I call "the art of decorating a pumpkin" HERE


Check out all of my different pumpkin decorating tutorials below!

Monday, October 16, 2017

NEW class palette knife possibility!

Happy Monday Friends! My latest class Monoprint Magic launches today and today is the last day of my early bird sale! Here is a tiny preview-

begins Oct. 16th
Register HERE
When working with paint, a palette knife can be a really fun alternative to using a paint brush! Typically a palette knife is used for mixing paint but it can also be used to apply paint. In this class we will be ditching those brushes and exploring all kinds of ways to use palette knives to swipe, scratch, drag, dot, mark, layer and spread that paint!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

dream builder online class- FLASH SALE TODAY!

Hey friends! I've got a flash sale today! My online class Dream Builder is on sale $30 $20 today! This is a fun little class that is perfect for those of you looking for some inspiration and encouragement for going after those creative dreams!

$30 FLASH SALE $20
To register or more information HERE

Back in 2009, I quit my day job to pursue art full time. I had spent over 15 years working towards my dream of being a full time artist but it wasn't until I got honest about my dreams and made a plan that I was able to grow a successful business. If there is one thing I have learned from my own journey, it's that when you make time and space in your life to for your dreams, big things can happen! In this little class I am sharing my experiences, my own plan and journey, practical tips and tricks for going after your creative dreams. If you are looking for inspiration to grow as an artist, launch a dream or find motivation to go after something big, this is the class for you!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

NEW class creative compositions with Megan Wells!

Hey friends! The latest online class from my good friend Megan Wells Creative Compositions launched last week and it's not too late to join in the colorful fun! Here is a little preview!

Creative Comp. Intro from Megan E Wells on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

shibori inspired pumpkins

Fabric pumpkins are nothing new but I thought it would be fun to put a simple twist on them! I love shibori (ancient Japanese dyeing technique with indigo dye) and I thought it would be fun to create a big ol' batch of pumpkins out of handmade shibori inspired fabric!

I used some scraps of white fabric, a few packages of Tulip One-Step Dye Kits in blue and got busy creating my dyed fabric.

I used a few different techniques and a variety of different clips, rubber bands, folding and wooden shapes to create my fabric.

I followed the directions for the one step dye and let my fabric sit for about 6 hours then washed and dried it!

The result was some really fun pieces of blue fabric that have that tie dye/Shibori vibe I was going for!

Next, I got busy creating my pumpkins!

Creating fabric pumpkins is SUPER fast and easy.

Start by cutting out circles from the fabric. I cut out a variety of different sizes of circles. 

Then stitch all the way around.

Next, fill with poly-fil and gather the thread.

Stitch it closed.

Using twigs from our yard, I hot glued the stem into the middle of the pumpkin. 

Last, I tied raffia and craft paper wire around the base of the stem.

The result is a batch of beautiful shibori inspired pumpkins that will be used in our fall decor this year!



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