Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Make Art Magic January Theme

Perhaps you set an intention in the new year to experiment with bring more of your creative fire into your life or perhaps you would like to connect with some new artist friends and explore our inner worlds together. Well, we would love to have you in our cozy little online space. Don't be shy. We are very friendly and supportive. You don't have to be an official artist to participate. (are there official artists, a bureaucracy of artists? hmmmm)

Hope this month's theme inspires some magic for you.



January Theme: Eyes of Wonder
That moment when all your experiences slip into the background and you see the world as if for the first time and all is beautiful, mysterious, and strange. Pure wonder. You can express this feeling in any way your heart desires - landscapes, abstracts, patterns, characters, portraits, still lives, animals. The sky is the limit. The theme is just a gentle guide.

Ways to Share Your Make Art Magic Artwork between Dec 1-31, 2014:
1. Primary place to post your art and get community feedback is our private Make Art Magic Facebook Group (click the “join group” button to request an invite)
2.Share with the rest of the world across social media using the hashtag #MakeArtMagic

*Don’t forget to put your name/signature/website on your piece so that everyone will know you created it.

Benefits of Signing up for the Ghostkitten Newsletter:

1. You will get the theme 1 week earlier than everyone else. (ex. you will get December's theme on Nov 23)

2. You will get goodies each month to help get the creative juices flowing from music downloads to inspiration boards to guided meditations to poetry.

3. It is easier to keep track of the new themes if it just comes to your inbox rather than having to remember to seek it out online.

You can sign-up here:http://ghostkitten.us5.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=bd9e5773ece976191cfef8d9e&id=76d61e367d

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Lovely Ink: Interview with Karma Voce


This month's Lovely Ink was created by the ever-talented Australian surface designer and illustrator, Karma Voce. I hope her inspiring words and electric colors will spark a mission of dream-chasing and intuition-following in 2015. What perfect way to kick off the new year!

If you want to receive a free 8x10" printable and desktop wallpaper of this  print sign-up for Lovely Ink here. Every month, Lovely Ink delivers free inspirational art to your inbox.

II was lucky enough to interview Karma and peek into her creative process and find out her big dreams and inspirations. Enjoy! 



Take us through your creative process of making your piece for Lovely Ink?
I spent a night looking at quotes, and then, deciding I would like to try and come up with my own, so I scribbled out some ideas, and moved words around until it was just right. Then, I googled to make sure no one else had used the same words together like that. I have since found someone claiming it as their own, but I am confident it was uniquely mine (as their evidence they pinned my poster!) But when it came to the art, I started with a brown paper background, but ended up going with black as the colours looked more vibrant. I created it all with pen and tablet in photoshop.



What drew you to the inspirational saying you used in your Lovely Ink piece?
I created something that I thought would be helpful to me and others, I wanted it to be inspiring, and I think it has resonated with a lot of people



Was there a moment in your life when you first fell in love with making things? 
I think I started very early. My mum had a job in a plasticine factory for a small period when I was a baby, and it maybe started there. I can still remember the smell like it was yesterday. When I was an older girl, my favourite thing was drawing, craft and dress-ups. Nothing has changed ever since! I didn't actually think to go and study art until after I had my son, as a mature age student! 

Where in your life do you find the most inspiration for your art?
Oh, I think nature and people are my favourite inspirations, but I love exploring different countries and cultures too, and I love looking at the creative stuff from the past too. I use my local library, pinterest, tumblr, instagram and google to look up visual references.


What would be your absolute dream project - no limitations?
I think I would like to have my own successful label, design jewelry and accessories and women's clothes.

Who are some of your favorite artists, illustrators or surface designers?
I have been extremely lucky to make friends with a lot of great artists and illustrators recently, and they all inspire me daily! I am inspired by the clever and creative women in my art collective - Forest Foundry. They are all fabulous artists. Also, one of my closest online friends, Monika Forsberg of Walkyland - I am obsessed with her unique and quirky style.Very Rad. I lovvve Marimekko, they always have amazing designers. I love Inaluxe, fellow Australians. Rifle Paper Company always does beautiful stuff! Gee, I could go on and on. So much talent in the world.



What are your favorite design or art blogs that you would like to share with your fans?
I love Print Pattern blog by Bowie Style (Marie Perkins). I have been following that for about 8 years. I also love The Jealous Creator for less pattern based art. A fabulous Australian blog, The Design Files, is always good for design-y stuff. And for nature, I love following Jill Bliss. She is an artist obsessed with nature, and she posts beautiful nature photographs and artwork. I use Feedly to store all my blogs, and highly recommend it to people still bookmarking their favourite sites. Feedly makes it a whole lot easier to track.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Make Art Magic Gallery: Your Imaginary Friend Who Comforts You When You Are Feeling Down

Here is a quick round-up of a selection of the art you all made for the November Make Art Magic Challenge. The theme was "The Imaginary Friend who Comforts Me when I am feeling down."

I love all the different energies that are portrayed: playful, mischievous, grounded, earthy, wild, shamanic, cheerful, loving, kind, compassionate, gentle, mysterious, artistic, inspirational, creative.

Thank you to everyone who participated and shared your magic with us.

December's theme is "Your Childhood Hideaway." I am so excited to see what you all create.


Clockwise from Top Left: Lindsey Caneso, Lindsey Caneso, Emma Talbot, Oleksandra Keehl, Amiee Malott, Ben McGuire, FL Garner, Antje Martens-Oberwelland‎Julie Ann TaylorSarah LeonardCarol Lynn Borst, Eva Marion Seyffarth, Dominique SanchezChristin Chambers aka PanArt

and...  here is the piece I made if you haven't seen it already.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Make Art Magic December Theme


November Theme: Your Childhood Hideaway

This can be an actual place or something from your imagination that captures the feeling you associate with a childhood hideaway. Maybe that is a feeling of independence and adventure or maybe for you, it is a feeling of peace and calm or maybe it is place where you can just let your imagination run wild or just be you without pretense. Remember it doesn't have to be illustration of a place, it can be an abstract piece or a character or whatever your heart is calling to you to make. The theme is just a gentle guide. Feel free to follow your heart's calling.
Ways to Share Your Make Art Magic Artwork between Dec 1-31, 2014:
1. Post your artwork to Instagram with the hashtags #MakeArtMagic #ArtChallenge
2. Post your art to the private Make Art Magic Facebook Group (click the “join group” button to request an invite)

*Don’t forget to put your name/signature/website on your piece so that everyone will know you created it.

Benefits of Signing up for the Ghostkitten Newsletter:

1. You will get the theme 1 week earlier than everyone else. (ex. you will get December's theme on Nov 23)

2. You will get goodies each month to help get the creative juices flowing from music downloads to inspiration boards to guided meditations to poetry.

3. It is easier to keep track of the new themes if it just comes to your inbox rather than having to remember to seek it out online.

You can sign-up here:http://ghostkitten.us5.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=bd9e5773ece976191cfef8d9e&id=76d61e367d

Monday, December 1, 2014

Lovely Ink: Interview with Cori Dantini


This month's Lovely Ink was created by the whimsical and sweet mixed-media artist, Cori Dantini. You will be enchanted by her cute bird, delicate line work and snippets of everyday poetry.

If you want to receive a free 8x10" printable and desktop wallpaper of this  print sign-up for Lovely Ink here. Every month, Lovely Ink delivers free inspirational art to your inbox.

II was lucky enough to interview Cori and get a glimpse into her world. Enjoy! 

 


Take us through your creative process of making your piece for Lovely Ink?
I never know how to answer this kind of question because i just make things... I try to get out of my way and let the art happen, and that is what happened here! (Hope you like it).



What drew you to the inspirational saying, "i have a song in my heart!" that you used in your Lovely Ink piece?
Well...I really do have a song in my heart at any given moment, and if you were here I would
sing one for you! I don't really talk too much about it any longer, but i grew up singing. In fact, I started in 6th grade. By 9th grade, I was being trained classically and by the time I was 15, my voice coach made me choose between jazz and classic opera. I chose jazz. so, that left me without a voice teacher, singing in jazz choir which I did from 10th grade until I graduated from college.

One of the only regrets I have to this day is the fact that I stopped singing and performing, but honestly, I never liked everyone looking at me – so it was sort of easy to give it up because of that. I guess it's never too late to begin again. 



Was there a moment in your life when you first fell in love with making things?
Not that I can recall (how boring is that answer)! I suppose what I know to be true is that I have always enjoyed making things with my hands, or should I say that I have always had busy hands, that were willing to get dirty, that were willing to pretend that they knew what they were doing. 



Where in your life do you find the most inspiration for your art?
I find "inspiration" all around me. what I am moved by are the little tiny moments that are tucked into the nooks and crannies of daily life. sweet little hands, giggles, bugs, walks, friendships, sadness... and especially the birds. 

What would be your absolute dream project - no limitations?
That's easy! I would like to illustrate a book – a book that speaks to the hearts of children (and their parents), something that has a wonderful message that little people can take with them as they grow up.

Who are some of your favorite artists, illustrators or surface designers?
Keiko Minami (Japanese Artist, 1911 –2004): I love her... as in my knees get weak when i look at her (good) work. It speaks to my soul with its tender care to small detail and quiet color.

Emily Sutton: I love how she weaves a sense of place into her work. i always find this to be very challenging, and she gives you just enough information so that you can feel like you are actually there.

Kristin VestgĆ„rd: I love her fresh take on the face... it is ethereal and abstract yet I feel like I am truly looking at real people.

Diana Sudyka: an illustrator from Chicago. What I love about her work is that it has magic in it.
I can feel it in my bones... it seems like she speaks with moths and butterflies and they tell her secrets that will warm your heart- then she takes the time to share those secrets with all of us.



What are your favorite design or art blogs that you would like to share with your fans?
Yours of course! and... well, I am so busy these days that I hardly can keep up with my day to day life but when I have time I check in on Pikaland and Smart Creative Women. not to mention the deepest rabbit hole i know PINTEREST. i get on there to look at ceramic tumblers and the next thing i know i have lost an hour! if you want to see the (many) rabbit holes i go down, feel free to go and take a look.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Los Angeles Underground Map Art Print Release

This is my love letter to the Los Angeles Underground scene filled with misfits, dreamers, artists, twirlers, and music-makers. 

I am taking orders for my LA Underground print Now through Dec 8. 

Then, I will be doing the print run in time for Christmas. I may not do a second run so if you want one, now is the time. I decided to do 3 colors because I just a know a few of you would be sad if the purple was left out.





Saturday, November 29, 2014

Lumina: Nov. Make Art Magic

Meet Lumina. She is my imaginary friend who comforts me when I am feeling down. I painted her for my ‪#‎MakeArtMagic‬ Art Challenge. There is still one more day to participate if you feel like joining me in making some magical healing art and having a chance to win some lovely art books.

Lumina is a combination of a forest spirit, my best friend, and some comforting memory fragment from my childhood. Read more about the Make Art Magic Challenge HERE.






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