Current Projects!

I haven't been doing a very good job on keeping up with my blog this month. BUT I am happy to say that I'm creating quite a bit. I suppose life has a balance to everything. I am definitely feeling a shift in my productivity mood as of late! You can only lay in bed and binge on TV for so long. Sometimes I get the itch to create something beautiful that makes me proud. I've yet to create the beauty I've been longing too, but have done some practicing and I'm on the right track. I wanted to share some of that track with you today! 
Here is a flowery mix media post card I made! I first started out by layering some paint down with lots of patterns. I then drew some flowers over the top with this gorgeous marker I'm in love with. I then wanted to create more defined colors so I colored in some of the flowers using colored markers. Last but not least to finish it off I added in some white paint to highlight it. It got awfully dark after coloring it in so the white really helped. Here is a gif. of my process!
I'm mostly happy with this because I learned a lot on what not to do and also what kinda markers and pens would be best for layering. 
 Cat man! This was my second attempt at a mix media post card. I layered the background with blue and yellow. Then drew my cat man with some markers, adding in some detail. Then going back over in black and white for the features and little details. To finish it off I added a white background to make him stand out a little bit, but that got too boring so I used a triangle stencil and blue ink to create some more texture! Again this was an awesome learning experience because I discovered the power of the stencil!
 This is Ghost Bees #1! I've had this idea for ever to do a skeleton honeybee ghostly image. Its been floating around my head for years but never is able to manifest its self for some reason! BUT I'm absolutely determined to make this idea come to life! I've spent hours looking and reading about honey bee structures and anatomy. I'm so happy to say I think I'm on the right page for once! This guy is a bit rough, but I learned a lot about layering black and white. Also incorporating some water color AND and awesome honey comb stencil that I made!
 This is my first Ghost Bees attempt. It didn't turn out well at all. (like most of my previous attempts!) I took it a few steps further than this, but ultimately scrapped it. I love the colors and the collage background turned out great. This was before I decided to go stencil route and was testing out some paper cut outs. I love paper add ons cause it gives it more 3D depth but I just couldn't layer it on correctly and get it to work out.

Phew! This post was longer than I thought it would be! I've got more backgrounds and a whole list of ideas that I'm terribly anxious to dive into. I hope I can share more of my art and processes soon! Also you can find all of these and more on my instagram (@remikeahi) I'm pretty good at updating that as I'm working!

July Art Journal!

Phew finally got this sucker finished up and photographed! I'm terribly sick of this note book and after working on filling it up for 4 months I felt like it was time to move on! I ended up tearing out most of the pages left in the back. Which are now being turned into little notebooks! I was adding too much and the cover of this was too thick and unbendable so the added pages just awkwardly sit like a bloated Remi in skinny jeans. Over all it was just time to put this lil'guy on the shelf with the rest of my filled journals! I haven't picked one for the month of August yet (already falling behind *sigh*) But I think I'm going for a medium smallish one, something less daunting! I can't believe how fast this year is going by BUT also this year has been a mess its about time to wrap it up before anything else sad or uncomfortable or awkward or unexpected happens! 

Song and Doodle #60

Todays song is by the wonderful Margaret Glaspy. I am completely head over heels for her song Somebody to Anybody. At first listen I fell in love with her voice. Its unique, easy to listen too and completely effortless. I love voices that feel like they're coating you like cocoa on rainy days. This specific song became one of my favorites after I paid attention to the lyrics. I realized how much I related to this song and it spoke to a deep insecure part of me that I tend to not pay attention too. The part of me that convinces myself that people don't like me, but covers up for the fact that I probably don't like them as much I tell myself I do. I have a complicated relationship with people, my antisocial-ness makes me a monster to be around at time. This song some how brings light to the flaws I try to hard to bury and there for makes its pretty powerful song ( in my opinion!) Her album Emotions and Math is absolutely stunning from start to finish. I highly recommend picking it up!
"My sister she is gonna die tryin
with her hear ablaze and a fightin song
Not me, I'll be a dandelion 
Give a gust of wind and I'm gone"

Zine Submission!

I've been trying to submit more of my art into things lately. I'll go through phrases where I try a little harder then other and this happens to be one of those phases! Utah has a few awesome organizations that support women and minorities. Whenever I see them pop up I always try to contribute any way that I can. Support local! This specific group is called SLC Pink and they are a submission based zine! They mainly focus on ladies and non binary folks! This rounds theme is self portrait. So here is my entry for the zine. 

I know that I should have thought a little more out of the box rather than just a straight forward portrait. So I'm not going to be too surprised if I don't make it in. BUT I really love the way this turned out. I've really been developing and working on my specific style and finding something that fits me and is consistent with my other work. This is has always been a challenge for me but I feel like I'm on a good path. With this self portrait I really wanted my message to be that women can (and do!) have facial hair. Its a human thing that I know a lot of women are really mortified about (including myself!) but really shouldn't be. I wish it was easier to embrace the beauty of facial hair. That is the main point to my mustachioed self portrait. I think it does a good job at conveying the point, with out looking like a mustache plopped onto a girl. Creating this drawing also made me love and accept myself a little bit more! Overall I'm really happy with it! 

Lovely Things: Comforts!

I've had a pretty emotional slump lately. Admittedly I let myself wallow when I shouldn't but ya know sometimes you just need to feed into it! Between loading myself with ice cream, comfort food and binge watching series on Netflix I've been obsessing over comfy cute things on the interwebs! The theory is if I stare at cute comfy things long enough maybe it'll give me the strength to scrape myself together and act more adulty. BUT until now here are some random cute things! 
DIY Confetti Poppers. I think everyday at work we should have random confetti celebrations just for showing up and being at work. I've been thinking about starting it, but I'm not sure if my boss will be too thrilled about it. 
Paper Kitty. I desperately want a kitty to cuddle with right now, but I know I'm not responsible enough to take care of another being. Hell I can barely take care of myself! So for now I think a paper kitty will do! 
Sprinkles! I think its true that sprinkles make everything 10 times better! 
 Won ton Soup! Yes I know its summer but nothing is more comforting then asian food. THIS blog has a TON of good recipes!
Bear Pillow! OH man this is not only adorable but it looks soooo cozy! 
Vintage Cameras! These are way too cute. I think I'd have to buy them all as a set, because I'm a camera nerd like that! 
Chunky Blanket! Again, I know its summer but when I've been spending this much time in my bed and on the couch I need something bright and comfy! 

I'm holding out hope that its true with the bad comes good. 

List of Thoughts as of Late

More and more I've been sharing my personal life, feelings and thoughts on this blog. I think 3 years ago when I started out I didn't want this blog to turn out super personal. I mostly wanted to create a place to log my creative adventures and cool findings and share them with others! I wanted to create something light and readable. Over time that base that I started on slowly changed where now days this blog is more for me and acts like catalog of my life. A catalog of things I find esthetically beautiful, projects I've tried, projects I want to try, mail I have sent and songs I have obsessed over. Part of this change comes from my amazing supportive readers! Most people who read this blog I have a somewhat personalish relationship with. (and if I don't I want too!) That has helped shape my content. I feel comfortable sharing my personal anxieties and trials with all of you. Which has turned out to be an amazing outlet for me! As a girl with social anxiety creating connections can be really tough. BUT I feel like every post I make I get to create a connection with someone and that is one of the coolest things ever! 

Phew! With that said unfortunately recently my family had to say good bye to one of its most lively members. My auntie lost her 8 and a half year long battle to cancer the other week. The shock waves of sorrow are making there way though my family, slowing getting less rocky every day. So I scrape myself together to be able to write this post, to be able to document this time and moment in my life when I realize things will surly never feel how they once did. I feel both irritated and elated about the cycle of life. There is no beginning with out an end. Over all I'm really lucky in life. I'm surrounded by the most amazing people (including all of you!) I get love, comfort, support, honesty and acceptance in every corner of my life. I don't think a lot of people get to say that. 

Sorry for the long post! I'm sure the next couple weeks will be flooded with overly cute and comforting things! Also if I owe you a letter it might be a little delayed, my zest for creating has been fleeting. BUT I'll get on top of it soon! 

June Art Journal!

Last months art journal! I'm kinda getting sick of this size, but I've still got a lot of pages left in this book. *sigh* Looks like this book will last me until the end of summer! I've added a lot more hang-y bits to this journal than I have in the past. I'm kinda liking the overflow look! I'm feeling kinda excited to dive into the month of July! 

Happy 4th of July!

Its that summery time of year again! I know I should be sleeping, because its 2:25am BUT I have a hectic day tomorrow so I figured I'd post something really quick! I've been trying to get better at keeping up on this little ol'blog of mine. (Plus my tummy is super bloaty and bubbly, so I'm not sleeping anytime soon!) I sort of love hate this time of year. I HATE the heat, crowds, memories it brings back and the obligation to feel patriotic. But I LOVE spending time with family, getting the day off and eating lots of food. I suppose it doesn't really matter if I'm for or against it, it is here anyways! AND it demands to be acknowledged. So here we go! I hope all you americans have a safe and lovely day AND for all my international buddies, happy Monday!

Mini-mini Zine!

This is the third mini-mini zine in a series of mini-mini zines I've been compiling! So much MINI! I enjoy the way this mirco zine turned out. I'm really happy they all seem to be fitting into the same style and esthetic. Although they are all very different something about being slightly cohesive is satisfying to me. I struggle to find a theme or style that fits ME. So when things are matchy it delights me! The innards of this little guy I wrote after reuniting my love for Brighteyes and remembering that in high school I was absolutely obsessed with the song Amy In The White Coat.  I adored this song as a teenager (and adult!) because its one of those that has many meanings depending on what you choose to pull from it. "You should wash your hair more. You should look more like us." This is the lyric the stuck with me for a while and this little poem called NOrmal was the result! 
If you're into zines and would like a copy OR you make zines and would like to swawp-ies you can go HERE! Email me and I'll get something sent your way! 

Outgoing Mail!

I had a bit of a lazy summer weekend, so I figured the least I could do was send a few letters! I love the way these turned out. Even though during the process I continuously felt like I was making mistakes and had to stubbornly pushed my way though to get it done. These probably took me longer than should have, mostly because so much time doing one step then just staring at it. Hoping that it would tell me how to finish it! None the less I got it done! I still have about 4 letters in my reply pile. Which I hope I can get caught up before July! *fingers crossed!*
Oh Mondays!