May 9, 2016

Dog Themed Coloring Pages

A post to prove that I haven't abandoned the blog!

Also to show a few things I've been working on.

Coloring pages in the etsy shop for downloading.

I think I can really get into the coloring page thing; 
plain ol' drawing has always been my first passion.

More to come!

Jan 27, 2016

Giraffes, Fish, and Blog Building

Even after having this blog for 8+ years, there is still so much to learn about blogging...

The latest I've learned is that I should be (have been) building my email list.
So I set up that using Mail Chimp. Done.

Then I learned that offering opt-in "freebies", to include with subscription sign-ups, is a good thing.

So I made a digital drawing with photoshop, and have setup my subscription sign-up process to include it as a "freebie" for you for subscribing!
Your download will be a hi-res, 8.5" x 11" file.

Sign up by clicking the button on the sidebar, and you can download a hi-res file of the drawing for printing out and coloring. (It's actually a zip file, and includes a pdf and a jpg version).
From what I've seen, coloring is "in" again, for kids AND grown-ups!

Drawing is my first love, and I really enjoyed creating this piece. 
I'm planning on doing more, maybe a "page of the month", or something. 
Perhaps a whole book, eventually!

By the way, I promise not to spam your inbox! I'll only send out a promotion here and there, or sneak peeks to upcoming projects, maybe once a month. 
Next thing on the "to learn" list: creating a newsletter!

Anyway, enjoy!


Jan 14, 2016

Amazing art pieces made from recycled materials.

One of my favorite things to do is to find objects and materials that would otherwise be thrown out, and find a way to give them new life as art. 

Call it recycling, upcycling, repurposing, altered art, whatever. 

My personal experience with this type of creating tends to be rather low-key, mainly painting on shells and wooden knick-knacks.

You can find lists of recycled art projects all over the internet. 

In this post I've made my own list to highlight some of my favorite ones. 

May you be inspired, or even blown away!

1. Plastic bottles...

2. Denim fabric...

3.  Assorted kitchen utensils...

4. Old tires... 

5. Scrap metal....

6. Old compact discs...

7. Assorted plastic bits and pieces...

Jan 2, 2016

New Year, new blog?

Hello and Happy 2016! I hope your holiday celebrations were memorable, in a good way, of course.

My venture into the craft fair world this past December was...well, let's just say it was good practice.

I am hoping to step up my art game this coming year.
Stay tuned for more work in progress posts, posts with more informative and interesting content, and maybe even a tutorial or two!

keela c.

Nov 20, 2015

Just Keep Painting...

Only two weeks until the Hometown Christmas craft fair.
I'm pretty satisfied with what I've gotten done so far.
These aren't everything, just a sampler.
My focus now is more towards booth displays and decor.

Oct 24, 2015

Keep On Painting...

I finished the shells that I had. Still not sure though whether they should be ornaments, or free standing knick-knacks. 
I also completed one of the larger cabinet doors in my craft stash.
And now to start in on my scrap wood pieces. I think some of them need more sanding, though.

Oct 16, 2015

Paint All The Things!

Now that I repurposed all my old paintbrushes (I only had five) into bearded Christmas ornaments, it's time to tackle another stash of objects: shells that I found on the riverbank! I have 6 or 7 of these. I think instead of ornaments, these will become little knick-knacks, with help from some beads glued on the bottom.

Here are all the elves (gnomes? dwarves?)...

The first shell...thing...almost done.

Oct 10, 2015

Getting Ready for Christmas...

I know it's still October, but products for a December craft fair booth won't make themselves! Just one done (except for a ribbon for hanging, and a clear coat) so far...

Fairies, Fish, and Fowl

A few more art cards finished lately. These are in my etsy shop. (Link at sidebar).

May 28, 2015

More ACEO's...

Several of my latest art cards.
They are up at my etsy shop (link at right sidebar) until the end of September.
I think I'm going to give the ebay thing a rest for awhile, and concentrate on etsy marketing.

Nov 24, 2014

Two random art cards

Here's what happens on an evening when I have time to sit down and create something, but have no idea what until I start drawing.

Nov 10, 2014

Playing Catch-Up...

Keeping this blog updated on a consistent basis still somehow eludes me.
Here are several assorted projects I've worked on in the past few months.

A colored pencil art card, sold just a couple of weeks ago.

Sign for (obviously) a restroom door; for some good friends' local restaurant.

Just a couple of shots from a large mural project, still in progress...

Getting an early start to Christmas....

Jul 12, 2014

Alternative ACEO's

I'm always on the lookout for material to reuse in my art projects. My latest stash includes an old pair of blue jeans and a few pieces of plywood planks. These were perfect for cutting into art card-sized pieces.
I've already started in on the denim pile...

Wooden "canvases"

Apr 11, 2014

Little Canvases

I've always tended to keep any thing that might possibly be used for crafting or arting. Especially paper.  I have hoarded all sorts of scrapbook papers and junk mail flyers over the last few years.
    Today I finally used up almost the entire stash making blank art card bases. This is actually what I'd been saving all the paper for. However, I like to be able to put together many cards at once, and it's time consuming that way, so it's not very often I get a day like today to be able to do it.
    After a few hours of spray-glueing, measuring, and trimming, I've got a nice stack of art card "canvases", ready to fill with...who knows?

LOTS of trimming!

    Some are still a little too thin; they'll need at least one more layer of stiff paper glued on. I will also glue a layer of scrap magazine paper (from the previously mentioned paper horde) to the backs: it makes a nice, subtly patterned surface for signing and dating.