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

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Marta Harvey Block Printing

"Draw… carve… print… print some more… play with the prints." This is the fun process Marta Harvey uses to create most of her art. Marta says, "I create hand-carved blocks which I use as a starting point for my art. I then play with each print and make it unique – either by adding other colors, pen and ink work, or a combination of different materials until I’m satisfied with the results. Each piece is unique and imperfect – playing with the imperfections and making them an integral part of the piece is a challenge I thoroughly enjoy.

I am inspired by nature; architectural features like ironworks, doors and windows; interesting shapes, textures, and yes… even math/geometry. I’m currently designing, carving, and printing tessellations (an arrangement of shapes closely fitted together) that range from abstracts, flowers, and leaves, to interesting creatures and animals – like birds, whales, and ducks. I hope you enjoy my art as much as I enjoy creating it."

Marta's work stuns me. Watch one of her Instagram videos and you'll see a small block turn into a beautiful creation. The really surprising part - how Marta plans ahead to ensure her block will fit together at different angles. Click here to see. Marta says, "I design [blocks] for one of the patterns but it will also fit a different way. This is because they are very symmetrical. Those will most likely make 2 patterns." It's so cool to see!

Check out Marta's work on Instagram @MartaHarveyArt or visit her blog:

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Chalkboard Art - The process of this Chalkboard artist in this video is so interesting to watch.

Photography - "Time-lapse photographs capture swarms of airplane lights as they streak across the sky." This is so cool!

Colored Pencils - "Vibrant Colored Pencil Drawings Filled in with the Colors of the Galaxy." It's hard to believe it's colored pencil.

Fashion - Female artists create Dior handbags.

Paper Cutting - "Japanese Artist Hand-Cuts Intricate Octopus From Single Sheet of Paper." A single sheet of paper!

Artists with disabilities - Abilities United is a nonprofit that’s finding unique ways through art to empower adults and children with physical and developmental disabilities. See the unique ways here.

Post-it Notes - "World’s Top Artists Create Affordable Art on Post-It Notes for Annual Gallery Show."

Furniture - The archives of the blog Colorways is filled with information on mixing and layering Chalk Paint, including step-by-step techniques to create texture and depth.

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The first creative days of 2019

2019 is off to a good start! I’m making drawing and painting a priority and try to work in the mornings, even if it’s just for a little bit. It’s fun to sit down with no real thought as to where it will lead and let things unfold. With painting holiday themed things throughout December, it’s been a while since I painted a seascape. Looking through my stack of unfinished projects, I found the start of a seascape and suddenly felt inspired to finish it. (Our annual New Year’s Day walk at the beach may have also inspired this. The waves were crazy!) Painting the foam was so much fun! Click here for links to time-lapse videos of my painting and to read more.

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Several years ago block printing was on a long list of things I wanted to try. I did try it, but quickly realized it wasn't a skill you pick up in an afternoon. I knew if I spent my time on block printing something else had to give and I wasn't ready to give up painting. Block printing has continued to appeal to me. Look at all the wonderful work I'm inspired by on my Pinterest board. I found this basic block printed video very helpful. Now what to carve?

What are you planning on learning this year?

P.S. - Check out this article "9 ways to be more creative in 2019"

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