Lovely Things: Lemons!

Lemons feel like such a summer thing to me. With all the kiddos going back to school its starting to feel like autumn is upon us! Time is going by way too fast. Its good, but fast! In an effort to cling onto summer a little bit longer here are some lemon findings! 

Incoming and Outgoing Mail!

I had a productive weekend making a few bits of mail. I only got 2 finished but I've started about 4. Needless to say I kept getting distracted. I'm overthinking everything and anything which means my mind tends to wander quite a bit. I'm hoping by the end of the week my reply pile will be down to zero! I've been working on a lot of other artsy projects as well, but for today heres some mail! 

 My pen pal Ana sends the best little packages! I try to make mine look fancy, but I've always got that "a child might've helped you" look to my flip books! One of these days I'll be able to make them as cool and classy as her!
 I adore this little box! Not only does it have BEEEES but also lavender! So dainty and cute. I'm also surprised how well it survived its journey!
You can check out some of Anas other mail at her Instagram HERE

I made these two envelopes out of scrap water color paper. I'm really happy with how they both turned out. I used a honey comb stencil on the honey bee on and a black marker on the watery blue one. I've really been exploring more mediums lately. Mixing it up a bit and see what combos work and what don't, its quite fun!
This is the flip book that I sent to her! It turned out alright. Although if I'm being honest I'm not the biggest fan of flip books. Too much space I think? I never know quite how to fill it up or bits and bobs to add. My indecisiveness gets the best of me. BUT I always get such lovely things, I can put forth the effort to try my best to send the most magical mail I can!

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!