Thursday, November 19, 2020

Christmas cards, holiday stickers and Snow baby print

 Are you getting ready for the Holidays?! I have been in full on Christmas mode lately and I have lots of fun, cozy products now available in my shop.

Christmas cards with envelopes

journal/planner stickers

and Snow baby 8x10 prints

Monday, November 16, 2020

Holiday Flair begins this Friday!


Holiday Flair begins November 20th! that is this Friday. I have about 6 hours worth of video time, 2 guest artists, collage sheet, pdfs and lots of fun inspiration. I hope you can join in and get your Christmas journal and craft on! here is one of the projects will be doing:

Don't forget, Patreon members get $20 off so that basically pays for a month of Messy Inner Child tier with instant access to over 60 videos.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Journal time lapse and Hobonichi Techo unboxing

 As I was discovering Arai Ryoji via Pinterest I realized he had designed some notebook covers and folders for Hobonichi Techo.  ! so then I just had to get a box of pretties. There is even a cute notebook with the pink bird.

I had fun doing this unboxing!  stick around till the end where I create a collage/painting in my journal.

I got the A5 day free and these below:

ps. If I get to 100 patrons over on Patreon, I will be adding a process video to Messy Inner Child patrons  of my Hobonichi journal. This will be an added reward for those $20 patrons. Right now I am at 83 patrons.


Saturday, November 7, 2020

Christmas card image poll

 Help me choose! I'm torn. 

Patrons at all levels will get to help me choose a Christmas card image this year.....

Both of these are also lessons for my Christmas class starting in a couple weeks, Holiday Flair

Thursday, November 5, 2020

stamps and studio equipment

My new stamp collection from Art Foamies are now available in my shop! I love the versatility and how you can combine them and add to them for new creations. They work beautifully with watercolor, neocolor ii's, and gelatos.

sold out!

Studio Stuff

I got a new camera rig for filming. I had been using a tripod that took up way too much space. It is super sturdy and doesn't wiggle around which is exactly what I needed.
*I earn a small % from amazon affiliate links at no extra cost to you

Monday, November 2, 2020

Holiday Flair Christmas class is open for registration! Guest Artists announced!

"Christmas is doing a little extra for someone." - Charles Schulz

So November is here and it's time to start thinking about Christmas crafts and art!
I am so honored to announce Jenny Messerle and Rebecca Hoot as my guest artists.

 If you enjoyed my Illustrative Flair class, I think you'll have fun in my Christmas class this year called Holiday Flair. We will be working with Acryl-gouache and watercolor in our journals.

Class begins November 20th

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Holiday Flair!!


Holiday Flair, my Christmas class will open for registration on Monday, November 2nd.

Patreon folks look for your special registration link for $20 off that posted today.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

monchichhi, toy box, bee, mr. Maurice

 I've been playing with my journal lately and doing some kid-like drawings all sprinkled in with doodles of things I love and that inspire me. 

Remember Monchicchi?

Also I am having a big SALE on all originals in my Big Cartel shop. (prices already marked down)

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

hopscotch happy


Hopscotch happy is a painting I created with my new Art Foamie Stamps. I love how you can change up the hair and add bodies. They are so easy to adapt and so versatile! The hopscotch is another stamp I designed taking us back to simpler times. I hope you are hopscotch happy today.

Lil Happy is inspired by Arai Ryoji. He is a Japanese artist I discovered recently through pinterest and for a while I was sure of his name. Then as I was searching on Hobonichi for a new notebook, I saw that he designed a cover and some folders and stuff. His stuff is so playful and childlike. Lots of childlike marks and scribbles. head over to pinterest to see some of his incredible work!

This is a journal spread I've been working on after being inspired by several different Japanese artists.

Coming up next month over on Patreon, we will be celebrating Japanese art by getting inspired by different artists creations. Mainly childlike and flat. Not necessarily anime style. more scribbly and raw. that is my favorite.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Cozy book and Mary Blair

 Are you ready for the Holiday season? I am already dreaming about making Christmas and winter art. 

Cozy book original is now available in my Big Cartel shop!

inspired by Mary Blair's work in her Up and Down book.

I am learning so much through an extensive study of her work. When I first saw her personal work and book illustrations I wasn't directly aware of the amazing line work with gouache to create such stunning texture. It isn't "in your face". It's such a subtle and brilliant (deceptively simple) design work. I keep discovering more and I love incorporating some of the figure postures into my work.

This is the piece that inspired the cute girl above:

You can check out more about Mary over on a website that her nieces created to honor and celebrate Mary's incredible legacy.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

live free

Live Free available

Live free from toxicity

from fear

from the gremlins that lie to you.

that tell you, you are less than.

that tell you, you are imperfect.

that tell you, you come from brokenness and "you are weak"

Live free from perfection

from procrastination

from being alone.

Because in your brokenness, you are strong. From your weakness, you have strength. 

And in your imperfectness, you are Perfect.

yes, I shall Live Free.

-Mindy Lacefield

Inspired by scripture:


But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Friday, October 16, 2020


 I have been anxiously waiting to reveal what I've been working on this summer. I am kind of beside myself at the moment at how beautiful these stamps turned out. Kae Pea has done an incredible job of creating these beauties. I have not a few stamps, but a whole collection that can be layered upon one another. Kae Pea has let me in on a little (BIG) secret....about using these with watercolor. What the....?!? watercolor with stamps? Yes indeed. you could also use these with acrylic paint and ink but the watercolor look has it's imperfections and it really doesn't look like you stamped something on the page. These kind of stamps really fit my style of creating beautifully. I just imagine you adapting and changing these to add your own colors you love as well as altering as you go. Adding more hair for example or different eyes. Changing up the house is really fun. That house could be my favorite one. 

The 3rd photo is an example of the first layering of the stamps. And the others have been added to with watercolor. I am also excited to use them in conjunction with oil pastel at some point. I am just beginning to play and experiment with these.

I have a video for you to check out my process and you can purchase them from Art Foamies website Now!


Thursday, October 15, 2020

HUGE news coming tomorrow!

 Get.ready. Big big news is coming tomorrow. 

I don't think I've had big news in a while. But I've been waiting with anticipation to share what I've been working on these last several weeks. I think you'll love it. Stop by here tomorrow afternoon. Better yet, subscribe to my blog to get it delivered to your inbox.

Pouring more energy into this blog space feels so good as I am spending less and less time on social media. . Cozy writing on my blog and sharing more for my readers feels more fun and even more inspiring. I WILL share more here. I will share often. I feel like if you are here, then you are my people. So hello people! thank you for joining me. 

As we (im)patiently wait for tomorrow, I have more art to share with you. Below are a few examples of what my Patrons receive when they first sign up for the Messy Inner child tier on Patreon.

I'm focusing more on watercolor at the moment because it such a quick prep process. Acrylic takes more time as you squeeze out all the colors you need. Here you just spritz your palette and go.

See y'all tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Fried Rice illustration

The craving is real. Yak and Yeti and Disney's Animal kingdom has fried rice. (get the house with shrimp and chicken). After much mouth watering you see I am not a cook....but after watching Ratatouille again.... it urged me to at least try. Because, come on "Anyone can cook!" - Chef Gusteaux.

I googled Yak and Yeti fried rice and landed here. This blogger, Carrie obviously knows when the craving hits, ya gotta do somethin....and quick. Thankful for her recipe and easy instructions. Listen. I even put an egg in mine. I know, how do you even do that?! Well, not that hard apparently if you know what you're doing. (of which I didn't but the instruction was on point).

So my obsession with fried rice, spilled over into my journal. The ingredients and the Mary Blair inspired ice cream girl was in my mind as I created this. I wanted a childlike imperfection in my lettering. Try using your non-dominant hand and gouache on a brush. Believe me, it will guide you to a place where magic only lies in a different hand :-) Not too fussy. Not too "pretty" and certainly not beautiful, cursive, curly cue lettering. But it's definitely more me and fits my style much better.

So what have you been cooking lately?

What will you cook? Because "Anyone can cook". Even me.

Mary Blair inspiration:

thanks to Magic of Mary Blair via Pinterest