Check out my NEW Meetup Group!

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May 22, 2015 at 8:00 amCategory:***Heidi's Artsy Posts***

 

My dream is to once again teach art classes both online and in person.

If you live in the NYC area or know anyone that does…please pass along the link to the MEETUP GROUP.

Life Book Takes Me Out of My Comfort Zone!

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May 21, 2015 at 11:16 amCategory:Art Journal

My last blog post was about places where I find inspiration. In that post I mentioned my love of Life Book and how those amazing classes push me to try new things with my art. In my post today I am sharing many of my pieces that have been inspired by Life Book. Some are finished while others are still works in progress! Out of respect for Life Book, I won’t be sharing the process of any of these pages. I simply wanted to share in hopes that maybe you will find inspiration with some of my recent pages packed with drawing, messy lines and globs of color. Now…GO MAKE SOME ART!
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What Inspires You?

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May 19, 2015 at 10:14 amCategory:Art Journal

“I can’t draw”…at least that I what I used to say. I was convinced that drawing wasn’t my thing. I guess it’s like anything, the more I practice the more comfortable I will get. My mom is really amazing at looking at something and being able to draw it herself. I am finding out more & more that I am very much like her in that way. I have been looking for inspiration all around me and then trying out drawing in my art journal. I love adding color-paints, sprays, watercolor pencils-you name it!

I became more comfy with drawing once I participated in LifeBook a couple of years ago. I like that I get pushed out of my comfort zone to try new things while I am alone in my art studio. Lately, I have been taking what I have been learning in LifeBook and applying those techniques to my own creations.

I don’t know about you but I gasp when I see the Anthropologie Catalog in my mailbox. Yes, I love the clothes and accessories that are featured in there. But, I am more intrigued by the gorgeous photographs where the backgrounds are exquisite. I found a beautiful Moroccan-inspired tile on one of the photos and loved the leaf design. I used that simple design to create this cluster of leaves that I colored with watercolor pencils. I added a touch of glitter paint from Art Anthology to give the leaves some fancy shimmer. IMG_6039

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This piece came from a picture of Derek Hough that was in an advertisement in am New York. He was doing a great dance move in the ad for the Rockettes Spring Spectacular Show. Yes, I saw it with my mom! I cut Derek out and used the clipping as a mask which I traced around. I then added lots of colors and some stenciling using a stencil from Stampin’ Up! (which you can order from me via the link). 
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The biggest place for me to find inspiration is Pinterest. I have a board that is dedicated to art, etc. that is inspiring to me and great as jumping points for future art journal projects.

 

This little drawing was simply a continuous squiggly line. I added some doodling into some of the openings and finished off with pops of color. This type of art is so relaxing to me because I can get lost in the little details. As I am looking at these pictures, I am noticing that there are DOTS everywhere! I love using my Sharpie Paint Pens to make those little, tiny dots whenever I can.

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These funky flowers were inspired by some flowers that I found on Pinterest. I loved the simplicity of the doodles which also allowed for me to add some gorgeous colors. I love quotes and have been very inspired lately by quotes of positivity and change. I have a Pinterest Board dedicated to amazing quotes! IMG_6257

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This flower became the cover of my art journal. I love the whimsical nature of the drawing and added lots of bright, happy colors.  (And, yep…there are those dots again!) IMG_6239

 

The little house and the bird drawing were also inspired by Pinterest. I had fun drawing them but even more fun adding color. As a kid, I loved coloring books that had thick black lines and lots of open spaces to add colors. I was never into the pictures that had tons of tiny details. (Another way that I am like my mom!) I think that comes through in the types of illustrations that I create and color. IMG_6249

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This piece is really different for me. It was inspired by a piece of fiber art that I saw on Pinterest. Even though it took a ton of time to get it where it is at this point…I don’t like it. Not at all. Every time I see it in my journal I think “I should gesso over that”…but for some reason, I don’t. IMG_6242

 

I often get inspiration from the things that are around me. This lily was created based on some beautiful flowers that my love got for me for our anniversary. The actual lily in the vase was white but again…any excuse to add color!

There are so many places to find inspiration for our art. Where do you find inspiration?

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Life Changing Moments & Soul Searching

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May 18, 2015 at 12:50 pmCategory:New York City Adventures

There are those moments and experiences in our lives that allow us to really soul search. Since March 2010, my life has certainly had many life-changing moments of amazing celebrations and unfortunate crushing blows. Without getting into the past and reliving it, I kept asking myself if there was something I was supposed to “get” out of all of this. I have spent a lot of time lately trying to understand life and my place in it. I felt like I was at a pivotal point of change and had a need to truly understand who I am.

As with any moments of change, I listen to the words and thoughts from those people that love me. Family & true friends. I am so lucky to have really strong people in my life. One of the biggest messages that I received has come from several people. I needed to reach out and surround myself with positivity both with the people around me and the situations that I put myself in. New York City can be an exhilarating and very scary place all at the same time. For me, I realized that I wasn’t living my NYC urban life to the fullest. It was time to put myself out there and try new things, meet new people. Scary stuff. Exciting but yikes!


 

I have been reading two life-changing books:

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

This book talks a lot about enjoying the life that you have. I have been reading and taking notes on different ways to tap into what I already have around me. The local coffee shop, the park down the street, meetup groups all around the city, reading books more often, the art community…slowing down and enjoying.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

One of my dearest (and very “centered”) friends recommended that I read The Power of Now. I sat one day and read it cover to cover. I walked away with so many powerful messages and ideas that I wanted to embrace and practice in my life. Staying present can be difficult but daily practice of this has really changed my way of looking at life.

 


I stumbled upon this book recently when I was exploring the New York City Public Library. It was in the book shop and was just perfect for my new life journey.

Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You

 

This book is packed with prompts and quotes about taking risks in life and doing things outside of your comfort zone. There are places to journal day-to-day moments and steps of success. I am not only journaling but adding art to each page! I know you might be curious but I am keeping the content of this book private.


So, with all of that said.

This soul searching has also shown me that I miss the art community. I miss my videos, live shows and blogging! I am slowly working on how to incorporate those things back into my life. I am hoping to add a new spin on my blog by highlighting not only my art but also style updates. I have tons to share about my New York City adventures and what I have learned from them. Stay tuned for lots of new, fresh ideas! I can’t wait to share with you. Now, GO MAKE SOME ART!

 

HOPPY Easter Cards

April 21, 2015 at 8:35 amCategory:CARDS

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I saw this cute little bunny all over Pinterest and knew that I just had to make them for my nieces & nephews for their Easter cards. I am so blessed to have three little nieces and three nephews. I made boy bunnies with blue bowties. The little ladies got girly bunnies with pink hair bows, of course! The kids loved them which made my heart sing!

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Getting Caught Up On Project Life

March 21, 2015 at 8:00 amCategory:Project Life

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Ah, these beautiful Summer memories! These are fun pages of Reghan’s 9th Birthday celebration at Christmas Pines Campground. Mom has a campsite there so we spend a lot of family time relaxing  in the warm, Summer months. I love these pictures of all of us laughing, smiling and having fun!

 

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These are pages of a normal week in July. I have been trying to use things from my stash including my Project Life Core Kits. This kit is one that I got on a HUGE discount at Michael’s. I wasn’t sure of the color scheme when I started working on these pages. I am not usually one that gravitates to primary colors and struggled at first with the composition of this layout. Honestly, I think it’s the slim, artsy black borders on each card that brought the colors together.

 

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These pages are more my normal color scheme. They capture the day-to-day memories of the beginning of August and the fun things that Marty & I do around New York City. I had SO many pictures on these two pages that I had to add an additional space. I grabbed the “flip flap” page from Close To My Heart and begin adding space for more photos and journaling. It is fun to think outside the box when it comes to how to create space in Project Life-don’t be boxed in by the setup of the pages. There are so many neat ways to add more space! I have to admit that every time I look at the pages of my pups it seems that something is missing. I think I need to grab that little page and add some of my fun artsy borders around each picture with a black marker. The pups just seem to be floating around on the page-I think that’s what is bugging me. Other that that, I am happy with how these pages turned out.

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Inspiration For A Pretty Peacock

March 20, 2015 at 8:00 amCategory:Art Journal

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Inspiration is all around us! Not many things can get me to freeze next to my mailbox like getting a new ANTHROPOLOGIE catalog. The images and prints are always stunning but the March 2015 catalog took my breath away! As I flipped through it, I couldn’t help but get lost in the gorgeous colors and combinations of patterns. Lately I have been loving sketching simple pictures and adding lots of pops of color. The catalog inspired me to look closely at different designs that I could somehow recreate in my art. One of the pages had gorgeous tile work that incorporated stunning peacocks. My art is more simplistic than the detailed tiles but I knew I could somehow reinvent those little beauties. So, here is my happy little peacock with gorgeous bright colors! I am so thrilled with how he turned out that I ended up using him for the wallpaper on my MacBook Pro so that every time I open my laptop I see his little face & fun feathers.

 

Look for inspiration all around you (yes, even in your mailbox) and GO MAKE SOME ART!

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Summer Time Relaxation-Project Life Pages

March 19, 2015 at 8:55 amCategory:Project Life

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As 2015 is flying by, I am still working on getting caught up on my 2014 album. I keep going back and forth in my head as to whether I should just jump into the new album or keep plowing through 2014. Then, I realize I have never been the person to worry about that when it comes to my crafting & art. So, instead I have been cranking out pictures and reliving the wonderful memories of last year. These dreamy pictures of the Summer make me long for warm weather and countless hours of relaxation. (and yes, being tan)

I have been digging into my stash BIG TIME and using lots of beautiful papers and gorgeous embellishments. I have to admit there are times that I rummage through my embellishment basket and think “huh, when did I get THAT”?! It is like shopping in a small scrapbook store when I go into that magical basket. I have been keeping a bunch of the same packs of rub ons, stickers,  and other pretties on my table where I work. This way I don’t get overwhelmed with pulling out new things which causes me to sometimes spend silly amounts of time just ooh-ing & ah-ing over what I find. Having these same packs of things at my fingertips has given me the chance to use them up. I get such a thrill out of throwing away packaging because I used up some pretty stickers, sequins or borders. I hear people say in their videos & on blogs that they “hoard” certain supplies. I am not that girl-I love cutting into papers & glueing things down!

So, enjoy your crafty goodies and GO MAKE SOME ART!

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Birds of A Feather

March 17, 2015 at 1:25 pmCategory:Art Journal

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I have been really drawn to drawing lately. I have been getting lost in the sketching of the lines. Watercolor Pencils seem to be my medium of choice as the colors blending & bleeding into each other is so relaxing to me. As many people, I have Pinterest Boards of all kinds of topics including things that inspire my art journaling (and my imaginary huge apartment in New York City).

 

One of the things on my Art Journal Inspiration Board is a picture of this beautiful gift wrap. I am like my mom when it comes to drawing. I struggle to draw things from my head but can recreate sketches of pictures that are in front of me. I had a lot of fun reinventing one of the amazing birds on this gift wrap–imagine getting a gift all fanciest up in this?! Just hand me the roll of gift wrap…no need to put anything else inside of it. For the background of my bird art, I used that neat circle & line pattern from the lower left hand corner. Stuck on what to draw? Check out beautiful works of art online to inspire you! Now…enjoy your Tuesday and GO MAKE SOME ART!

 

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Inspiration Wednesday Week #3

March 14, 2015 at 8:00 amCategory:Art Journal

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This is probably the closest version to Donna’s art that I created. I am LOVIN’ Inspiration Wednesday! Donna’s ideas and techniques are great & I am drawn to her sense of humor and the things that she says on the videos. I created the pages (without the words) but felt that something was missing. I put the art journal to the side to dry and just kept looking at it. Something was missing!

The very next day, I got a flyer in the mail for a new show at Radio City Music Hall. The New York City theme of the show led itself to the cool graphics and phrases in the flyer. I knew that this was perfect for the page & the finishing touches that it needed. I tore them and added them to the page-I added some black ink around the words to make them part of the page vs. having them look like they were just glued on. Now, I am happy!

 

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