I’ve been watercoloring with Kelly Rae this weekend. It’s been super fun and relaxing.

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What have you been up to this week?



2016 color trends

Color trends for spring and fall of 2016 are out and they are lovely. The spring colors are on the left of the spectrum and the fall colors are on the right.

2016 Pink 2016 Yellow 2016 Neutrals 2016 Green

Here is a recent picture I took with all of the colors represented.

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Which one is your favorite?


farm flora

The holidays are over and I had a free Friday to myself. It’s been raining here in Santa Cruz and I’m loving the results. It’s GREEN, the streams are flowing, and the grass is growing. It’s our spring. Went for a walk and gathered some sketching fodder.

Farm Fauna


Here is a peek of some of the sketches. I tried to use some different tools to sketch, but always seem to come back to the Micron 5 and Micron 1. 😉

Farm Fauna

Farm Fauna

Farm Fauna

Farm Fauna

What have you been up to this week?


rainy day font

I learned how to make my own font this week. I highly recommend ‘Create Your Hand Drawn Font‘ with Jenn Coyle on SkillShare. I started out by sketching my font in pencil and then filling it in with pen.

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Then I scanned it into PhotoShop and cleaned up the letters.

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Lastly, I imported them into Illustrator made them into vector files. I made both a lower and an upper case.

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Lastly, I imported them into Glyphs, which I got for free for 30 days. Happy me.

Here is what it looks like in word.

New Font Doc

Here is what it looks like in a drawing. Love that it matches my style of hand drawn art.


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happy turkey day

Happy Turkey Day weekend from North Lake Tahoe!

Photo taken by Piet Canin

I’ve been working on creating repeats with water colors. I’m loving this technique. I take an original water color and scan it into Photoshop; clean it up and then import into Adobe Illustrator, where I make it into a vector and create a pattern. Here is a peak at some of my simple watercolor motifs.

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Below is the Illustrator half drop repeat. I’m loving the half drops as they hide the pattern better.


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crushing on dottie angel and color

I LOVE me some color!

Here are some new colors I’m crushing on at the moment and want to use in my next crafty art project or pattern. The dresses are from dottie angel.  I whole heartedly admit that I have a HUGE crush on her. Love her blog, her style and her sense of ease. Sadly, she no longer blogs and has temporarily shut down her etsy site, where she sold these gorgeous smocks. Maybe some day, I’ll get to meet her in person.

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I just bought the smock pattern and am going to attempt to sew my first smock. You can buy the pattern here. What I love most about dottie’s smocks the upcycled fabrics and of course the inspiration for this post, the COLOR.

Simplicity Pattern

What have you been up to this week?