MOVING TO NEW SITE


I just wanted to let everyone know that I am not missing, instead I have ventured into the wonderful world of my own website!

http://www.craftyartistkc.com is now live. Although it is not completed, I am slowly transitioning my posts over to the new site. Please please please go check it out and subscribe via email. I will be adding a lot more ways to follow me, but for now, please subscribe via email.

Joey’s weekly challenge #135


I’m always amazed at what Joey comes up with for the challenges and I absolutely love doing anything with circles. In this challenge, found here, you can see that part of the challenge was also doing three tangle patterns. Disco, Drogon, and Msst. None of  these have I attempted before, so the whole thing was challenging.

Joeys - 135

Adding Color to my Doodle


As my readers know by now, adding color to my art is always stressful to me. I love leaving them black and white because I love seeing what other people see in the picture without me guiding them to one thing or another. This was no different.

I had created this drawing about a week ago. I was just sitting down and doodling and this is what happned. It just came to life on the page. I belong to a few groups on facebook specifically geared towards art and zentangle in nature, and they suggested that I color this one. The few friends I showed also suggested I color it.

So without further hesitation… TADA!

I have to admit, the outflow of compliments on my colored piece made me feel a littl emore confident. I wnted to drag the colors across the page instead of having one color on one side and one color on the other. So I made sure that I tried to balance the colors as I used them.

I am very interested in your constructive criticism or ideas on how I can improve. So, maybe I might try coloring more, since this one was so well received.

Growing as an artist


Leaf 2

I love to create new and exciting things as well as work on something that is simple like this drawing. Its just a branch, but I tried to create something that was whimsical and yet realistic. I like the way the whole thing turned out and I hope to work on more organic things in my art in the future.

With saying all this, I’ve looked at some of my own drawings from the beginning (09/2015), and I have found that even though it has been a whole year, I can see the changes that I have made as an artist. A lot of things are the same, but better. However, I have learned so much and I know that the more that I work on my drawing, the better it will be.

I am excited at where I am going in the next year and would love for you to continue the journey with me. Make creativity a way of life!

Oh… when children want to help.


So what can I say about this except, my 2 year old felt like I was doing it wrong. She, in all her glory, decided to “help” me with my project I had already spent 2 hours on. At the moment, in which I noticed, she looked up at me, pen in hand, proud of her accomplishments. Me, on the other hand, wanting to scream.

This teaches us all a lesson. Our kids watch us and want to mimic us. So make sure what you are teaching your kids, is how you want them to grow up. They will learn by example.

My workspace


I have finally had a moment to go downstairs into my office to work on some things. As you can tell, I have a rather large desk and many things that help me be more successful at everything that I do. This desk is amazing because I got it for $50.00 from a swap shop.

Below you will see some pretty cool containers. They are formula containers that I wrapped with Scrapbook paper. The center one on the bottom I actually drew on with some permanent markers.

Having a space to call my own and to be able to actually hang out down here is so important to me. I’ve been working on the arm of my couch for too long and I need to focus on my space. The only thing that is missing from my space is a nice comfy chair. Right now, I am using a metal folding chair, which leaves little to be desired on my back when I’m done with some projects.