Jeanne Oliver Has Launched JO Shop for Artists

I’m not sure how I initially came across Jeanne Oliver’s site, but I signed up to become a part of an artsy community where I’d have access to online, instant art school classes (amongst other things). There are paid courses and free ones too, like how to make your own…

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs): Dolls of the World

Sometimes, artist trading cards (ATCs) do not take the shape of the usual 3 ½ x 2 ½ rectangular measurements… and you accept a challenge to follow a specific template. I’ve done egg shapes, doghouse shapes, and used a hole punch to create a stamp-like fringe on cards before. This…

Photowall’s DIY Frame Makes their Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night Canvas Print Even More Special

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh is one of my all-time favorite paintings. So, when I was offered a chance to order a canvas print or wall mural from Photowall, I knew there was a high possibility that I’d be a proud new owner of Starry Night. First thing I…

Artist Trading Cards: Unlikely Friendships

When you think of unlikely friendships, what comes to your mind? Opposites attracting? Have you ever made friends with someone that you’d never expect to get along with? I’ve become friends with some of my high school rivals later in life, and have clicked with classmates in graduate school that…

Gift Idea for a Book Lover –Book-Shaped Plates from GoneReading.com

Even though my brother says the larger plate looks like a ‘fancy ashtray,’ I know what it’s supposed to represent. The Book Shaped Plate featured above is one of three pieces that I purchased from Gone Reading, which joins a book-shaped saucer and stackable cup I ordered. Made from porcelain,…

Using Watercolor Pencils to Make Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)

Watercolor as an art medium is something I haven’t really explored deeply until this past year. I’m kind of surprised that I’ve grown to love using watercolor pencils, which allow me to draw and fill in the detail more precisely of the subjects I’d like to paint …and then add…

Artist Trading Card Swap (ATCs) – Six Word Stories

As a writer and artist, a card swap that incorporates storytelling and art is right up my alley. The main objective for this swap is to create ‘a story told in only six words.’ One of the prime examples used to illustrate this task is Hemingway’s famous six-word tale: “For…

What is #Zentangle Art + a Few Examples

I’m in love with an incredibly relaxing art technique that allows you to really go with the flow to create one-of-a-kind pieces called Zentangles. Yes, they are just as fun to make as they are to say. There are so many different styles of art that evolve from using this…

In the Dog House Artist Trading Card (ATC) Swap

As a dog lover, I enjoy participating in artist trading card swaps that incorporate a canine theme, so when the In the Dog House swap was announced – I knew I had to join. This time around, the objective was to create a mixed media trading card measuring 2 ½…

What are Kokeshi Dolls + an Artist Trading Card Swap (ATCs)

I’ve participated in a great deal of artist trading card swaps, and most recently, I had the chance to add Kokeshi doll art to my collection. While most swaps follow a 3-for-3 arrangement, we had the choice to make either 3 or 6 cards for this swap. I chose the…