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A collection of what is inspiring me - in hopes of inspiring you!

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Creative Collage Envelopes

I love the collage envelopes of Lydia Linville, of Columbus, Ohio. Lydia says, "I just love paper and finding vintage books to reuse in unique ways like making envelopes." Not only does Lydia love pretty paper, but pen pals. On her Instagram @inkdrop43212 she shares her outgoing envelopes as well as incoming envelopes from pen pals. So much more exciting than the Hello Kitty and Snoopy stationery I used to send my pen pals. Linda sells her paper creations in her Etsy shop Inkdrop43212.

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Illustration - We are used to National Geographic sending photographers on trips to document far away lands. I love how this Illustrator documented his trip to Asia.

Block printing - Jen Hewett has redesigned her class "Design, Carve, Print: Block Printing on Fabric," and it's more affordable. I've heard great things about it!

Graphic design - "Designer Elaine Ramos discovered that sometimes studying the “wrong” subject in school can lead to the right career" - Train as an Architect work as a Book Designer.

Cartoon - When I was little I wanted to be a cartoonist. This "Inconvenience Store" cartoon by Tom Chitty is so funny.

Leaf printing - a great botanical prints watercolor project by Jodi of the Kitchen Table Classroom.

Watercolor - So clever - Use a spray bottle to turn your painting into a rainy day. Get the whole tutorial - by Sandrine Pelissier of Artiful - here.

Interior Design - The mood boards of Maine House Interiors are gorgeous, especially these blues.

TV - I'm in love with Psych on Amazon Prime, about a pretend psychic detective. It's a light hearted comedy inspired by shows like Moonlighting. And the creator is definitely inspired by growing up in the 80's. My kind of show.

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Organizing my Colors and Paints

I paint with watercolor from tubes. Very little remains of my original set of Van Gogh tubes. I’ve since added individual tubes – of mostly Winsor & Newton and some Cotman. I keep all the tubes in an storage case I bought years ago. For easy access, I keep my palette filled with paint. Today as I was painting, I thought “I need more light brown. Wait, what color is this light brown?” Between the burnt and raw siennas and various other browns, I had to do a little work and sampling of tubes to find the right paint. Recently I used the last of the green in the palette and when I refilled it, the green was totally different. A bit inconvenient when you are in the middle of a painting! The original green tube is long gone. I really need to keep better track of my colors! Learn how I'm starting to keep track here. How do you keep your art supplies organized?

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Digital Prints, Cards, Clipart, Invitations on Etsy


Fabric and Gift Wrap on Spoonflower

Gifts and Notecards on Zazzle




A trip down south gave me a taste of spring, and now I can't wait for warmer weather and for the flowers and trees to bloom. It's nice to go away, but always good to get back home. I can't wait to get back into daily painting. Before I left, I created my first illustrated map - I can't wait to share it and create more. A break gives me perspective on my projects, which I appreciate. My biggest struggle is finding the time, and frankly the motivation, to work on all the things inspiring me. What's inspiring you?

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