Category Art

Painting Poppies

This weekend, I had the opportunity to go to a poppy painting class with a group of my friends from the church plant. It was a great time of hanging out and expressing a little bit of pent up creativity! In one of my many former lives, I was a high school student in an AP Art class. I love to sketch, draw and paint but you know, life kinda gets in the way.

Steps to Poppies

I’ve got to say that painting this weekend reawakened my love of being creative through painting. Jenny, the instructor of the studio, is an incredible watercolorist and I was very inspired seeing her original works all over the studio area of the classroom. Maybe someday I’ll get to take a watercolor class…

Finished Poppies Painting!

It was so much fun getting to paint with these ladies and I love that each of our paintings ended up being so different and distinctly reflective of our unique personalities.

Painting Poppies - Before/After!

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Caroline Wright – August’s Humid Decline

I can’t even tell you how excited I am about this. Caroline Wright is a local Austin artist and I have stalked this piece of art for quite some time. It’s been all over pinterest (see here and I can’t seem to find the other one – it was displayed in an entry of a beautiful home) and I really wanted it for my own home.

And guess what, it’s even more beautiful in person hanging in our new living room.  Here’s a little sneak peak. . .

Caroline Wright - August's Humid Decline

 

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resume design overhaul

{Toddler Tuesday is currently on hold/being reinvented – I’m coming to terms with the fact that I no longer have a toddler but a preschooler . . . }

I’ve felt all inspired seeing some pins around pinterest of resume overhauls so I decided to take on my resume! It came at a convenient time because we needed to submit my resume for a grant application. Don’t judge the content – it still needs some more work, but overall I’m pleased with the transformation.

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Aishwarya Rai Digital Collage

So a friend of mine was helping host an art auction to raise money for her social work internship organization and they asked local artists to donate a portrait of some of their clients hero’s. I decided that I wanted to help out and I choose Aishwarya Rai, former Miss World from India and decided to do a digital collage.

I’ve been growing more and more interested in digital art produced in photoshop. There are so many resources and tools available, it’s a lot of fun to see what you can do. I found a couple tutorials on turning a photo into pop art and decided that could be a fun method to investigate!

Here is the original photo that I found by doing and image search on Google.

And here is the final digital collage (it was 18″x24″ printed out and mounted on black gator board):

Just a few things to point out – the crowns on the left are ‘Miss World’ crowns, she had a tulip named after her in the Netherlands, hence the tulips in the bottom right, and the background patterns are common patterns found on saris. So fun! I’ll be doing this again for sure!

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Animals Rockin' Out!

I know, some people call this ‘nesting’. I call it, ‘I’m a designer and want everything to look exactly how I envision it.’ In other words, snobby. I’ve started working on some ‘art’ (if you can call it art) pieces for Jude’s room. Ellie actually sent me a link to some prints on Etsy that inspired me to make my own similar ‘prints’ (because I’m cheap and like to figure out how to make things myself).

So I’m pretty excited about these rockin’ animals – I’m going to frame them in ikea frames and hang them in triptych format (because we all know how much I love hanging picture frames in sets of three!) on one of the two blank walls in the room. If you are curious about how they were made, I hand sketched them with pencil until I was happy with their proportions and then put a piece of trace paper over them and took care to draw even pen lines without any sketchy quality. Then I scanned them into photoshop where I did some color fills. Nice and simple. I mean, animals on musical instruments just make sense for his room! Come on, his name is Jude. . .  we are planning for him to be a rockstar (disclaimer: we are totally planning to let him do whatever it is that he is interested in doing and not pressuring him to do music unless he wants to play music!!). 🙂

The raccoon may be my favorite. I love that it’s a subtle hint to ‘Rocky Raccoon’, another Beatles song (that is currently stuck in my head).

Bass players are always big bear-like guys, right? (Just kidding for all you non-bear-like bass players out there.)

Oh and the chicken. Apparently Jason says The Presidents of the United States (yeah, that OLD band) referenced a ‘chicken on the drums’ so he insisted that the animal on the drums had to be a chicken. Right. I just love that the comb on his head is a nice allusion to a mohawk. 🙂 Although I guess techinically, he’s a ‘rooster’, but then a female is a ‘hen’, so I’m assuming ‘chicken’ is the non gender specific way to refer to that animal. Hehe.

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No One Told Me

Peter Nevland is a local Austin poet. I read about him on a Relevant Magazine post the other day and I really enjoyed his reading and thought I would pass it on. This and several other Austin poets make me really want to go to some slams because there is some serious talent here.

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Happy Labor Day Y'all!

I hope everyone is having an enjoyable labor day! I love having a day off – I’m getting bunches done today that I’ve been wanting to tackle for awhile! Hopefully I can get it all done before we leave for Portland!

So there’s been a big project going on that has been taking up most of my creative energy for the past week or so. This has been a really good thing since my sewing machine is STILL in the shop getting repaired. 🙁 So this project has been keeping my creativity running. . .  I’ll reveal the project soon enough . . . I promise.

It the mean time, I thought I would share a piece of the project that I enjoyed coming up with a lot! I got the idea from here and here and although I didn’t have the time to make my own stamps (although that is something I will certainly investigate in the future) I am pretty happy with the way this fabric stamping turned out. I used chocolate brown fabric paint and a brayer (from my past days of linoleum printing) to apply the paint to the stamp.

Much credit is also due to the girls that helped me finish stamping 20 yards of this muslin (which I got for $14!! I love Labor Day sales!) so THANK YOU to the girls who really did all the work on this. The design couldn’t have been realized without all your hard work!

What was 20 yards of stamped fabric good for? Stay tuned. . .

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Sudanese Children's Bedtime Stories

Sadly, most people have not heard about this poet, Shannon Leigh. She was a local Austin teenager that had an incredible knack for poetry and it’s delivery. She passed away on June 30th. This poem has resonated in my head for a long time and I thought I would share it – I love the passion in which she recites her poem. This is a clip from the HBO series Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry.

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JPEMC Designs

So Jason and I have been making website for friends and family for awhile now and we wanted a website of our own where we could refer people to be able to click around on the websites that we had designed, see a list of coding we can do as well as see that coding in action. I doodled up a little sketch after work the other day and ta-da! A website is born! JPEMC stands for Jason Paul Elizabeth Marie Carroll (just in case you were curious).

We have a couple other websites that we are currently working on but they are not hosted on their formal domains yet, so check back to see what new things we’re up to frequently!

As we unveil new or redesigned websites, I’ll post about them here as they are part of my creative endeavors right along with sewing, music, art and recipes. 🙂

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A Giant Squid?

So, I may be a little late posting this since we did this awhile ago, but the impressiveness of what we accomplished has still not worn off on me, so I wanted to share with everyone else. My office had a ‘Quad’ Decorating Contest and we decided to go with painting the ceiling. We took all of the ceiling tiles down, laid them out and sketched out our idea. And to think that it all started on this humble piece of trash paper:
Squid Sketch

And turned into this:
Giant Squid

I also made these to light my area (with some thanks going to Ikea for the cord and energy efficient compact florescent light):
Homemade Paper Globes

Which you can find the pattern for here: http://www.heatherbaileydesign.com/HeatherBailey_PaperGlobes.pdf.zip

There are more pictures on my flickr account if you want to see more of the process that happened on that fine Friday afternoon . . .

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