May MATS Bootcamp – Marine Mashup

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Illustrations, Process

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The MATS (Make Art That Sells) assignment for this month was a marine mashup of marine life and pattern for a plate design. I focused on the following crustaceans: shrimp, crab and lobster. I researched online, looked in my marine life book, doodled and sketched them first. Part of the instructions in the mini was to illustrate the crustaceans in a dark color and then work on vibrant patterns as well. Even though it is the biggest sin ever to use black watercolor (ivory), I used it for this because I was using it by itself and not mixing with other colors to get a dark shade. I discovered I love working with it and it was fun to work with pure values, black and white.

So once I got that done I worked on my patterns. I used my compass to draw circles and then I painted the backgrounds using cool toned sea-glass colors. Lastly I painted the hand lettering as well. I scanned in all of my elements at 600 dpi and once I got the compositions the way I wanted them, I merged them together in Photoshop. I completed the finishing touches as a mock-up design using this tutorial. I love my final result and if any of my favorite stores like Anthropologie or Crate and Barrel are interested, it would be a dream come true to stock these in your shops. Just sayin’.

Hope you’re having a great day!

The rainbow party.

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Life

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Photo May 15, 7 08 50_600

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

It was a success!  So many rainbows and so little time.  For Addison’s third birthday the theme was a rainbow party so I went a little wild.  I painted the invitations with a rainbow in two jars and sent those out.  She had a My Little Ponies Rainbow Dash balloon.  The funfetti cupcakes (my favorite, must have cream cheese frosting on top too) had rainbow cups.  My mom made her traditional peach punch which everyone loves.  She’s a mama so no real measuring, but here are the ingredients: ginger ale, peaches (cut with the skin on), ice and CountryTime lemonade mix.

Pinterest came in handy with some DIY projects.  I made a rainbow balloon arch that turned out great and still looks good after almost a week.  For treat bags, I got rainbow twizzlers, made them into arches and put Rolo candies on the bottom too.  I hope Addy continues to let me do theme parties for awhile longer.  I was worn out but Addy was happy with her party so it was all good!

Also, on my latest YouTube (fluximagery) video I had a secret giveaway if you read the description box.  It was even international!  It’s closed now and the winner is…….Vicki S!  I’ll reach out to you on Instagram to find out what 5×7 print you’d like.

Have a great weekend and hopefully a long one if you are in the states, it’s Memorial Day on Monday here.

Red Pigtails Girl Watercolor Video

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Illustrations, Process, Video

How has your week been? Mine has been challenging to say the least. My oldest’s birthday party is Saturday so I’ve been working on all of the rainbow themed goodness. So many balloons! I love parties and getting to spend time with our friends. Three years flew by, Addy is quickly turning into a big girl.

I’ve had time to sketch but not paint, hoping this will change next week. For now, here’s a real time watercolor painting video. Don’t forget to give it a thumb’s up and subscribe. :)

Have a great weekend!

Green Puff Pigtails Girl Watercolor Video

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Etsy, Video

It’s safe to say I am in love with YouTube. I am addicted to beauty, haul, vlogs, etc. I did it and managed to film, edit and post a real time video of me painting. I kept it real time because I personally don’t get a lot out of sped up painting videos but let me know your thoughts. Don’t forget to Like and Subscribe!

This beautiful girl is now in my shop.

Purple Afro Girl Watercolor Print

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Etsy, Illustrations

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I think I secretly want an afro…not so secret anymore. I call my little girl’s hair her “Fro Fro” and she calls everyone’s hair that now. “Let me do your fro fro, I am going to make you Elsa!”. Mission accomplished.

Purple Afro Girl is now in my shop!