Sunday, February 25, 2018

What's in my art journal? Digital Stamp Technique Part 1

Hello everyone!

I get such a kick out of using my stamp images in different ways and I wanted to share a few of those ways with you.  I've uploaded Part 1 of 3 videos that will show you these techniques.  In Part 1, I'm sharing one of my absolute favorite ways of creating.  It's very loose and one of my go to techniques for when I need to warm up or have a creative block.  The key is to not have any expectations, this is simply an exercise. Your results will surprise you, one image can have many different looks.

Watch how completely different the image above can look with this technique.

If your interested in these digital stamps, they'll be in my Etsy shop when I re-open on March 1, 2018.

note:  the images listed in the shop will have the heads fully drawn, not as shown in the video.  

I hope this was helpful.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Introducing My New Logo!!!!


I've been checking quite a few things off on my extremely long "To Do" list.     I've been wanting to change my Nay's World logo for the longest time. I dilly-dallied with various images the last couple of years, but couldn't settle on something.

The original logo I used was my first Funky Girl image, Nay.  Nay or Nay Nay is my nickname (given to me by my aunt).  The exaggerated  hair represents my own hair, which is.. uh..something.  I live in T-Shirts, tank tops and my favorite jeans or leggings.  I would also live in those clunky boots but it would be wrong...right? Oh and I quite often stand with my hands on my hips.  I may have been born that way, not sure.  So, that's really why I ended up using that image as the original logo, it was ME!

So, then I thought, why am I trying to reinvent the wheel?  Just make the wheel better, right?  So yes, this is my new logo.

Let me point out a couple of things, I know some are obvious, just humor me. 
  • ·         Kept the exaggerated hair
  • ·         I typically wear a blue jean shirt as a smock, it belonged to my oldest brother
  • ·         Again, my hands are always on my hips, it can't be helped
  • ·         I love, love, love the fact that its hand drawn and a bit wonky

Best of all, it has the look of Nay's World.  In the end,  I wanted the logo to reflect what you will find in Nay's World.   My stamps are all hand drawn or exact copies of hand carved stamps, wonky lines and all. 

I'll be opening the Etsy shop March 1st.  I'm changing a few things over there as well.  I'll be offering some prints of original artwork and will no longer have greeting cards listed.  Oh, I'll still be making them and posting pictures of them from time to time but I'm headed in the direction of drawing, sketching and painting more.  You'll still see Funky Girl stamps and digi images pop up too.  I'll keep you posted.

Thanks for your visit today.  I really appreciate it.  Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Card Demo - My Marilyn

Hello everyone,

I hope your new year is off to a good start.  I've been enjoying some new year creativity.  I've been doing a lot of re-organizing in my craft room and for my online business Nays World.  Lots of changes for Nays World, more on that in another post.

I'm constantly searching the internet for pictures of people to use as a reference and I came across this beautiful picture of Marilyn Monroe, well what picture wasn't beautiful? Anyway, I drew this horrible sketch of it. I thought there were some parts that were salvageable so I worked on it in a graphic program (GIMP).  After cropping, stretching, re-shaping, and re-sizing, I came up with my version of Marilyn. The shirt is not quite like the form fitting one she wore, but I still love it.

The real fun began when I started playing with skin tones and having my Cricut cut her out in various sizes. I like  cutting out patterned paper for clothes and piecing them together.  I usually make a demo card to see how the image looks on a card, then I have to make a journal page or 3, and so on. Sometimes I give these demo cards away as freebies with my Etsy orders.

On this one, I picked up the wrong color for the skin tone and it ended up being my favorite.

Thanks for your visit today.  Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

What's in my art journal? Dreamer of Dreams

Happy New Year!

Like most artists, I am a dreamer of dreams, and I have many dreams for 2018.  I hope all of yours and mine come true.

This is my first art journal page for 2018.  I've started with some pre-folded mixed media papers that I use to make my art journals with.  I'm also using strips from a Gelli print, a stencil, a cut out from an old calendar,  and some dye inks.

This page has lots of texture and was a lot of fun to make.  Video coming up.

Until the next blog...keep dreaming!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Last video for 2017 - Thanks Everyone and Happy New Year

As I welcome the new year and say good bye to 2017, I want you all to know that I appreciate every "like", every comment, every follow, and all your positive feedback.  This has been a wonderful year and I appreciate you having been a part of it.

I've put my Etsy Shop on "vacation mode" and will re-open on March 1, 2018.  In the mean time, check my last video for 2017.


Until the next blog...enjoy

Sunday, December 10, 2017

What I've been doing

Hello everyone!

I've been so busy crafting up a storm that I literally haven't had time to blog or post a video.  Every  year I get so busy crafting for my Etsy shop that I never get the quality time to craft for my friends and family.

This year I decided to craft for friends and family first, and boy am I glad that I did.  If you follow me on social media you've seen what I've been up to.  What most don't know is that a lot of my images (stamped or digital) are hand colored and with the help of my Cricut Explorer Air, cut out.  As you can imagine, it can be very time consuming, which is why I usually have a limited supply of the same card online.

My goal was to have my cards in the mail Friday, and I was able to do that....YAY me!!  Everyone received a personal card and two other items, a gift tag that could be used as an ornament and a Christmas card.  I included a note asking that they help me spread cheer by passing one or both of those items along.

Here's a recap of what I've created:

I started out with this holiday couple

Then this lil cutie (baby girl) came about

Everything is colored, printed, cut and ready to assemble.  I'm also using 3D christmas stickers that I bought (some had to be recreated...thanks Cricut)

So there you have it.  And that's just my first wave of items.  I'm hard at work on the next set of images.  I may not be able to make anything for the shop this year, but I'm trying. If your interested, some of these images are available as digital stamps in my shop.  You can check them out here.    

Thank for todays visit.  Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

What's in my art journal? Be authentic


This post is more on a personal note, I hope you find it useful.  I was talking to one of my older sons last night.  He is very talented in the world of cinematography (yes, I may be biased), and we were talking about our paths as artists.  We talked about working on our skills, learning new skills, being vulnerable, taking risks, putting your work out there, etc. We spoke about the importance of being authentic no matter what.  Other wise what's the point? 

That's what this  art journal page is all about. I believe this is a repost.  (not meant to be political in any way, I happen to adore elephants)

Be authentic - nobody does you like you do!

Thanks for today's visit.  Until the next blog..enjoy!