August Art Journal (kinda)

I knew that the month of August I wouldn't have enough time to do a normal art journal. I thought I could do a mini one or just a sketchy one. BUT I knew that if I did have any time I would feel so unmotivated and uninspired to do anything creative. So instead I decided to do a Venn diagram! Lots of events that were huge in my life took place so I for sure wanted to document it all. I thought this would be the perfect way to separate the good, the bad and things that were good/bad. I will definitely be doing more of these! It was super fun to work on and I was able to just take my time. I love the way it turned out and I'm very happy that I don't have a month missing from my collection! 
Life is getting a bit more under control. Hopefully I have more positive and interesting things to share this coming fall! 

Lovely Things: Flowers!

I've been holding on to the post for a while now. It made it back in the day when I had time to just peruse the internet and look at cute things! Oh how I miss those days. Always I'm a huge sucker for flowers and floral patterns. I joke that I'm going to have floral wallpaper in my house, but mark my words it is happening! (One day!) I think most people like flowers, I mean whats not to like. They're pretty, smell good and occasionally have bugs in them. As someone who recently is loving bugs its a win, win win! I'm getting off my lazy blogger butt today and I hope you find this collection of lovely things lovely! If not I might have to start calling it something else!?
I love THIS post about a Frida inspired wedding! I LOOOVE the idea of huge floral crowns! Its the kinda wedding dreams are made out of! 
I'm always in awe of people who can make paper flowers look like the real thing. Definitely adding this book on to the list of must haves. One day I hope I can take a flower making class! 
 I'm in love with THIS planner and still planner obsessed even though I kinda stink at following though on mine. I'll still stick with the theory that you can never have too many planners!
THIS paper garland is amazing. I love the idea of using patterned paper! It adds a beautiful amount of texture.

All my pen pals are showing off their new portfolio bags and I want one so badly! I know I don't need one. I don't write letters on the go that much, but I just adore THIS jungly leaf pattern. I love organization bags! Which is ironic since I'm very slightly unorganized all the time. 

So many lovely things, never enough money to buy them all!

List of Thoughts + LINKS

List of Thoughts:

  1. Life is crazy lately. Work is getting a huge change up and I'm moving! August is packed with anxiety and well...packing! 
  2. I'll be honest I hate moving. I can't wait until I can buy a home! Then I'm never moving again!
  3. Me and my sisters participated in GISHWHES this last week. It was a TON of fun! I'll post some pictures soon!
  4. I wish I had more money to make a spontaneous trip to San Fransisco and go to the Color Factory. Tickets sell out so fast I hope that means they'll keep doing it for a while!
  5. I hate packing. I have WAY too much stuff. Also packing up all my art supplies really bums me out and kinda kills my creative vibe. Which is good cause I don't have time to create anything anyways. Still a bit of a bummer though. 
  6. I'm loving this artist, John Hendrix's sketchbook. The "drawing in church" idea is so cool. 
  7. Adam JK has a new book out about being a creative and it looks AMAZING! Although I don't need to add any books to my collection. Book are a pain in the butt to move! They're so heavy!
  8. My garden isn't doing so well. I'm surprised its not totally dead, but its hanging on by a thread. 
  9. Maybe I'm not suppose to be gardener? I really do have sour hands like my grandma use to say.
  10. I really hope fall brings some goodness. I'm looking forward to sweaters and pumpkins. I'm really just hoping things can calm down and I can find my footing a little bit. 

GISHWHES!

Last week was GISHWES week! I had no idea what this was until my sister forced me sign up and be on her team. I'm so happy that I did! It was a week filled with random creativeness and good deeds! GISHWES basically a giant scavenger hunt. There is this huge list of tasks to get done and you're put on a team with 14 other people across the world. I love all the tasks cause all of them are creative and most of them are good deeds around the community. I really wish I had more time to complete more tasks. I was in the middle of packing boxes which didn't help. BUT I thought I'd share the ones that I did complete!
SPICE ART- Using only spices re-create your favorite comic book cover or cartoon. I chose to do Daria. Well because I love Daria! I actually love most 90s cartoons.
CAPTURE A MOON FAIRY- I drew this really good moon fairy in my back yard with a glow stick and long exposure app. It was SO MUCH FUN!
PLANT A BEE FRIENDLY PLANT DRESSED AS A BEE- This was my all time favorite task! My sister was nice enough to dress up! I love the idea of people across the world planting bee friendly plants. Save the bees!!
PAY FOR A LOAD OF LAUNDRY- This one you had to decorate envelopes and leave enough change for someone to do a load of laundry. My mom completed this one. I just imagine that these little envelopes made someones laundry experience better!

I had so much fun! My group was amazing and so encouraging. I couldn't has asked for a cooler group of random strangers across the world! This is the last year that they are doing it, but its so popular that I'm sure someone is going to pick it up. OR something similar to it. If I do find something like the sort I'll be sure to post it!

July Art Journal!

Phew! Time is no on my side. This summer has a been a stressful, wonderful whirl wind! I'm surprised that I've kept up on my art journal and I'm not quite sure if I'll be able to make it though August. BUT I'll find away! I've been doing monthly art journals for 3 years now I'm going to let this summer get the best of me! I was trying to draw a lot more this month but near the end just got word-y. I ended up having a lot to write about! I'm hoping once everything is settle I can have more time to draw and practice some illustrations. 
Lot of little flippy fold outs cause I was running out of pages!
I finished up this little hand made book! I'm shocked how many months I packed into this little thing!

I hope the summer is treating you well! 

Franny Zine!

Now that things that settled down I'm getting around to taking some photos of the new zines I made! I'm going to slowly be sharing them just so editing the photos isn't so daunting. THEN after I get all my photos all nice a pretty then I'll post them on my Etsy! BUT until then if you see a zine you want let me know and I'll send you one!
This is number one of a new series I've been thinking up. Its all based around this older lady named Franny! It basically is a way for me to work out all my concerns about never marrying and living alone when I'm old. I'm creating this to help me realize that taking the path of growing old alone is kinda wonderful in its own special way. Life is so beautiful and different for everyone, their isn't one right way to do. Making this zine is helping me see all those wonderful things!
Here is the middle spread! Number one is all about introducing Franny. The next ones will be more about specific adventures she gets herself into. I'm actually really proud of these illustrations. Doing a lot of faces and figures is always really challenging for me. The practice has been amazing!

Outgoing Mail!

I had a lot of leftover zines that I'm sending out to pen pals! Which means large envelopes to decorate! I've been doing well on keeping on top of my mail considering how lazy and busy I've been! I made a bunch of envelopes out of misprinted zines so I've been having fun adding illustrations to them before sending them out!
I keep meaning to buy more stamps! There are THESE heat sensitive ones that are awesome!! I'm jealous seeing all my instagram friends have them!

Index Card Challenge 10-20

I'm pretty surprised that I've kept up with this challenge for so long! I've found that I love working on one of these little cards before diving into projects and what nots. Also I love using these as "clean up cards" so I'm not wasting any supplies! I haven't kept track if I've done one for every day, but I didn't want to put too much pressure on myself so thats probably a good thing. 

I told myself I needed to practice faces more often so a lot of these have been good practice!