Rachel Awes Art { I Heart Art }

Today I would like to introduce you to Rachel Awes from St. Paul, Minnesota. Rachel's favorite color is green and markers her favorite medium. Her work caught my eye immediately with it's beautiful colors and unique illustrations.

flower shower. print with girl and flowers. by rachel awes.

When did you first begin creating and selling your work?
roughly 5 years ago. i was inspired by the beautiful things clients in my psychology practice were saying + began creating artwork + writing in response.

What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why?

the world waits. colorful rainbow print. by rachel awes.

this was an early piece for me + yet it captures what message i most want to send out to the world + also send into my own heart + belly. 

is there a project you’ve always dreamed of creating?
my book “all i did was listen”, published last year, feels like that to me.
it is the fullest love letter i can imagine myself offering to the world (although there are more books coming!). 

THE BOOK "all i did was listen" by rachel awes. 

Rachel, thank you so much for taking the time to share your work with us!

day and night. colorful print. rachel awes

home. colorful print. by rachel awes.

Be sure to connect with Rachel and check out the rest of her work
http://rachelawes.com (etsy shop…although in a few weeks, this same link will become the address for my new website!)
http://allididwaslisten.com (current blog, which will phase out soon + become a part of rachelawes.com)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/all-i-did-was-listen/110783468961315 (facebook)

Artsyville Washi Tape Hop *GIVEAWAY* [CLOSED]

I shared with y'all before how much I like washi tape.
I like washi tape even more designed by MY friend!

The talented Aimee of Artsyville has designed and produced her own awesome line of washi tape.

Aimee is giving away a set of this fun, colorful washi!
To enter follow the Rafflecopter below.
PLEASE leave a blog comment for your first entry letting me know which design is your favorite (mandatory).
Giveaway open from 9/12/13 - 9/16/13. A winner will be chosen randomly through Rafflecopter and announced here on 9/17/13.

Good {washi} luck!
PS. There are some other lovely artists giving away sets too! Go check them out:
9/10/13 Joanne Sharpe http://joannezsharpe.blogspot.com
9/11/13 Jill Berry www.jillberrydesign.com/blog
9/13/13 Traci Bunkers http://www.tracibunkers.com/blog
9/16/13 Lori Vliegen http://elviestudio.blogspot.com
9/17/13 Raine Boyd http://www.limetreefruits.com
9/18/13 Samie Harding http://www.journalgirl.com
9/19/13 Carolyn Dube http://www.acolorfuljourney.com
9/20/13 Tammy Garcia http://daisyyellowart.com

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CLOSED 9/16/2013

NS Pottery { i heart art }

How adorable is this cup? I know!
This week I'd like to introduce you to the sweet lady who created it.
Please meet Natalie of NS Pottery.

When did you first begin creating pottery?
I first fell in love with the art of making pottery when I was a junior in high school. I was going through a really difficult time in my life and I loved the peace that came with working with my hands. Once I graduated from high school, I went on to take classes at a local pottery studio and 1 1/2 years later, I opened up my own home studio. I've loved it ever since.

Round Adjustable Pottery Ring
Stone Herb Magnets

What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why?
My favorite item I've made is my scalloped teardrop necklace. It came about as a special order from a gal who was looking for a necklace to represent her faith journey from atheist to Christian. (You can read more about it here.)  I was so honored to help represent someone's story, and I loved the piece so much that I couldn't resist turning it into a regular item in the shop.

Scalloped Teardrop Necklace

Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating? What would it be?
I've always wanted to create a complete 10-piece dinnerware set for my family. It's time to get rid of all the mass-produced dishes and fill our cupboard with handmade! I've started the set and have all the dinner plates finished, but still have quite a bit to go. It's a struggle to find time to create for us when there are paying customers waiting for items, but I'm eager to get it finished. There's nothing like sitting down to a home cooked meal on a handmade dish.

Set of Cereal Bowls
Tea Set & Spoon

Connect with Natalie ->

AND Natalie is offering 20% of any purchase through 9/4/2013. Use the code "penandpaint". Go shopping here.
Thank you so much for sharing with us Natalie!

Courtney Walsh Art { i heart art }

This week I'm introducing y'all to Courtney. She's a wife-mama-artist-author and such a creative lady.

She Made the Whole World Feel Like Home by Courtney Walsh
When did you first begin creating art?
 I first started my art journey as a scrapbooker. I've written two scrapbooking idea books, "Scrapbooking YourFaith" and "The Busy Scrapper" and I worked for the now defunct Memory Makers Magazine as a contributing editor for 2 1/2 years. While I LOVED scrapbooking, several years ago (2008-ish) I started dabbling in mixed media. It satisfied my love of paper and words with the added challenge of paint. Since then, I continue to dabble and find that making art completely calms my brain in a way I wouldn't trade for the world! 

Daring Adventure by Courtney Walsh
What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why?
Before I published my first novel, there was a fairly scary transitional period where my book contract was completely up in the air. I remember a friend said to me, "This is just one of those times you have to kind of "hold on". It's like the house in the movie "Up", you're just kind of floating along, held up by a big bouquet of balloons." I was a much more anxious person back then (not really--I'm still an anxious person) and my mind grabbed right on to that word picture an I created this piece of art. It still speaks to me, through three cross country moves in two years, additional publishing woes as well as the up and down of new jobs...Just Hold On.

Hold On by Courtney Walsh
Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating? What would it be?
Something on a really large scale. I tend to shy away from anything larger than a scrapbook page. I get a little lost on large canvases. I'd LOVE to create something really big to hang in my bedroom. It would complement my bedding but be totally personal to us. Someday, right?!

Land of Hope by Courtney Walsh
Courtney is offering 20% off items in her shop with the code SUMMERLOVIN2013 through 7/31! Be sure to connect with Courtney and check out all her books as well!

Thank you so much Courtney for sharing with us!

Natty Michelle Paperie { I heart Art }

This week I'm excited to introduce y'all to Natalie. I actually met Natalie at the Indie South Fair back in November 2012. Her booth was next to ours and Angie and I ended up making a new friend.
She uses watercolors to create beautiful paper goods and artwork, but my favorite has to be her maps!

When did you first begin creating art?
From the first moment I was able to pick up a crayon, my passion has always been art. I've always had an imagination, and creating art was a way I could express myself. In elementary school I entered an art contest in the town where I grew up -- and I won! I remember that really made me feel really special. I continued to take art classes in school and at summer camps, and I practiced non-stop on my own free time…and that’s never stopped!

What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why? 
The most sentimental piece I've made to date is probably the first anniversary gift I gave my husband. Since year number one is supposed to be a paper gift, I thought it should be something I created.  In the first year we were married, my wedding maps had really taken off, so I decided we should have our own map commemorating our wedding day in Athens, Georgia. I worked with Liz of Blush Design Studio to create a one-of-a-kind letterpress map, complete with the spot James proposed, the church where we were married and a tiny portrait of our house.

Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating? What would it be?
I am always dreaming up new ways to expand my small business -- and from what I've learned so far, the sky is truly the limit. Sometimes I have brainstorm sessions where I just jot every idea I have on a piece of paper, no matter how crazy it seems to be at the time. Somehow seeing your ideas on paper makes them seem more tangible -- they’re there, in black and white, so you might as well see what you can do about making them happen, right? I would love to one day see my designs on more products, like journals, memo pads and iPhone cases. I’m actually in the early stages of developing some these right now, and I hope to sell them on my new website later this year.

Baby Shower Invitation . Personalized Thank You card . UGA artwork . Bridal Shower Invitation
Thank you so much for sharing with us Natalie!
Be sure to connect with Natalie and check out all her beautiful work in her shop.

Site: http://www.nattymichelle.com/
Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/NattyMichelle
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Natty-Michelle/176586562387957
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nattymichelle
Instagram: http://instagram.com/nattymichelle

Jennifer Weger { i heart art }

This week I'd like to introduce Jennifer Weger. Her sweet watercolors are rich with color and nature.

Into the Woods by Jennifer Weger

When did you first begin creating art?
For as long as I can remember, really. I've always had a pencil in my hand. It wasn't until 2010 though, when I took a college art class and found my true love, watercolor.

Rainy Day Whale by Jennifer Weger

What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why?
Foxy Love by Jennifer Weger
That would have to be Foxy Love. It's one of the first paintings where I stepped out of my box. I was in a very safe zone of trees and bird silhouettes. I really wanted to push myself to create the scenes I've always had in my head, with woodland animals, forests, and starry skies. So I did. It was a really great feeling, like I can do this. I still love my birds and trees though, and there's probably at least one of those in every painting I do.

Sleeping Mrs. Fox by Jennifer Weger

Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating? What would it be?
I have a lot of dreams, I would love to illustrate children's books someday. I would also love to design a line of room decor for children. From artwork, bedding, and curtains, I think that would be really fun.

Star Gazing by Jennifer Weger
Connect with Jennifer:
Shop- WWW.650Willowdale.Etsy.Com
Society 6- WWW.Society6.Com/JenniferWeger
Instagram @Jenweger

AND be sure to take advantage of 25% off in Jennifer's Etsy Shop with the code PANDP! Find something happy for your walls.

Thanks Jennifer for sharing with us today.

Hunter Haines | Hsqrd Creative { i heart art }

This week I want to introduce y'all to Hunter of h2creative. I found his work on Instagram and I'm SO glad I did. He created our family portrait last year, and we used it for our Christmas card. His work just makes me smile.

that's us! custom portrait by Hunter Haines
When did you first begin creating art?
I started making things as soon as I knew how to hold a pen. I was the kid who had stashes of paper and pencils all over place. If I was going to be anywhere for longer than ten minutes, I would probably have my sketchbook with me.

cameras in color

summah series

What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why?
That's a difficult question. I Think my most sentimental piece would probably be the first Custom Portrait I made. It was for Kristin Rogers' Fam and I was over the moon! It was the first time a stranger had ever taken an interest in my drawings and the reason I decided to open my Shop.

Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating? What would it be?
I'd love to create a giant mural. I'm always inspired by the murals I find here in Atlanta, and I'd love to see something I created on a large scale like that. It would probably be a bunch of random characters and bright colors, something fun and eye-catching.

forget perfection
Hunter, thank you so much for sharing with us!
Be sure to connect with Hunter:

AND you can use the code FREEHUGS for 20% off at h2creative.

Ten 'til Joy { i heart art }

This week I'd like to introduce Andrea from Ten 'til Joy.
I love the creative twist she as on three dimensional canvas art.

1. When did you first begin creating art?
Ten 'til Joy creations began when I was first pregnant with my little girl. The name Ten 'til Joy comes from a long ten months of pregnancy, waiting for my little joy to arrive. I was so excited to begin designing and decorating the room where this little treasure would soon sleep. I had a dream of the artwork that would adorn her walls, but after searching high and low, I could not find the perfect pieces that I desired. Finally, I put my dreams to life and designed my first set, The Myla Joy Set, which now hangs over my daughter's crib.

 2. What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why? 
The first set that I created, The Myla Joy Set, holds much significance behind it. When my precious grandmother passed away, I inherited her antique, mustard yellow ceramic elephant table which now sits in my daughter's room. Although my daughter Myla was not able to meet my grandmother before she passed away, creating pieces with the beautiful colors drawn from this eclectic table was my way of bringing this influential woman into her life. Every time I look at the mustard yellow, gray and white set hanging in Myla's room, I can hear my grandmother saying enthusiastically, as she often did, "It's marvelous!"

3. Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating? What would it be?

One of my desires is to create a piece that includes all of my favorite artistic elements. I love working with burlap, lace, denim, hemp, felt and even old unique clothing that has been tossed aside. Someday I would love to combine all of these materials into one large and beautifully striking piece!

Thank you for sharing with us today Andrea!
Please be sure to check out Ten 'til Joy and take advantage of 10% off your order with PAINTJOY10.

Connect with Andrea:

Allison Cole Illustration { I heart art }

I love finding artist. A few weeks ago I came across Allison Cole's work in her Etsy shop and knew I had to share her work with y'all.
Find Joy in the Little Things by bangyourthread

artwork by Allison Cole for Oopsy Daisy

1. When did you first begin creating art?
I first began creating art as a young child and never stopped. I graduated with a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2003. Printmaking was a wonderful major where I could experiment with my love of illustration and learn interesting methods for creating multiples, it is truly the foundation of what I do now. Currently I work as a freelance illustrator and surface designer and use my Etsy shop to experiment with ideas and play around with non-client related projects, which is really important for my creative happiness! I am lucky that the vast majority of client projects I work on are wonderful but there is nothing quite like coming up with a product or idea yourself and seeing it through.

tea towel by Allison Cole

pin back buttons by bangyourthread

 2. What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why?
My favorite creation I have made… Hmm, I don't know if I have one! Every new project is my favorite project. And I tend to evaluate my previous work with a super critical eye - maybe that's what art school did to me!  However a project that I have been super excited about recently is my brand new fabric collections for Camelot Fabrics - Happy Jungle and Festive Forest. The collections have just hit fabric stores and online shops - I have not had the chance to create anything with the fabrics yet but I can't wait to get my hands on them and start making things! Working on fabric has been a dream come true - a perfect opportunity to combine my illustration work with my crafty side.

floral notebooks by bangyourthread
3. Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating? What would it be?
I've always dreamed of creating something in a totally different media from what I've previously done - anything that is not made from paper or fabric. I have always thought it would be fun to try creating jewelry or ceramics that somehow incorporates my illustration style and colors. I'm a big time sketchbook doodler and a lot of those beginnings of ideas like that end up in there, sometimes I look back and find the old ideas years later when I'm ready to take them on!

You & Me by bangyourthread
Allison thank you so much for sharing with us today!
Be sure to visit Allison's Etsy shop AND use the coupon code: BLOGLOVE gets you 20% off purchases of $5 or more - Valid through 6/21/13.

Connect with Allison:
Twitter: allison_cole

Recipe for Crazy { i heart art }

I'm excited to introduce y'all to Lesley of Recipe for Crazy today. I have to say I love the name of her shop and blog... sounds a bit like my life :)

Before I get started, I have to say thank you to Lindsay for asking me to join you all today! I do heart me some art and I heart Lindsay for her work and this series!

1. When did you first begin creating art?
I can't remember a time I wasn't creating art. From the time I could rub my fingers through paint, I was making something. My love for creating continued through high school were I took some advanced art classes. It was the teacher of those classes that told me about "communication arts" or what's now known as graphic design. See, I love the creative side to making art but I stink at the more "free-spirited" medium like painting or sculpting. After looking in to what graphic design was, I immediately fell in love. I loved the technical aspect to making art but I never thought I could make a living as an artist, you know, the whole starving artist mentality, but with graphic design, I saw that it was possible!

So I headed off to college and majored in graphic design and was even doing a little freelance work here and there. After graduation I worked at an incredible design firm and learned even more about graphic design and loved it even more. I love choosing the perfect paper or learning what letter forms work best with others and how colors impact the brain. It was the perfect mix of technology and craft.

After having my first baby, I left my position as a senior designer to be a stay at home mom. I started to miss design work and needed a creative outlet so after a few months, I opened an etsy shop to sell my designs and goodness, I have been so blessed by an insanely supportive community.

2. What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why?

I actually have two. The first is this print.

It began as a gift to a friend and it was this print that reminded me how much I enjoy designing. After finishing it and having several requests for a copy, I made the leap to design more and open a shop.

The other is this one.

It's my most recent design and means so much to me. The quote comes from the book, Kisses from Katie, a book that changed my way of thinking about so many things. If you haven't read the book, I highly recommend it. The quote is so simple but speaks so much truth for me. It was also this print that made me realize my shop had become exactly what I dreamed it could be when I decided to open it. You can read more about it here if you want.

3. Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating? What would it be?

This is probably my most favorite question of all. I've never been a dreamer but this year has changed that so much so I can honestly say I have a huge dream of creating something one day! The dream is creating a cook book. I enjoy cooking (and eating) a lot and I would love to one day write out a book of some sort with my recipes and design it from cover to cover. It makes me excited just thinking about the possibility.

Thanks again for sharing your space with me today and here's a 20% off coupon code to use in my shop until June 20: PENANDPAINTPEEPS

I sometimes blog: recipeforcrazy.com
I most often instagram: @recipeforcrazy
and I occasionally tweet: @recipeforcrazy

ALSO! Lesley is giving y'all a chance to win an 8x10 of your choice from her shop. Enter through the Rafflecopter below - please be sure to leave a blog comment for the mandatory entry or you will not be eligible to win :)
Good luck!

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Katygirl Designs { i heart art }

This week I'd like y'all to meet Katy of Katygirl Designs.
I have several of Katy's prints, and she's the one who designed our 2012 Christmas Card. Katy = a great designer and a great friend :)

I love you more than coffee by Katygirl Designs 

1. When did you first begin designing?
I started designing in 2010, but I started creating art prints in August of 2012. And it is a journey because I am always pushing myself to learn new things.

Come fly with me by Katygirl Designs
The Sunshine by Katygirl Designs

2. What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why?
My most favorite print is the "Great Things" print. I’m not sure why. There is not anything magical or special with it. I think the quote has really spoken to me and sometimes that's really all it takes. I really believe the quote. I live my life by it a lot. A lot of times simplicity speaks volumes and I believe that is the case with this print.

Great Things by Katygirl Designs

3. Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating? What would it be?
You know, I have always dreamed of creating wedding invites. It has always seemed so far out of my league. I did just get the opportunity to create my first one and while I was sick to my stomach with nerves the whole time (it is someone’s wedding invite!), I believe it stretched me to a whole new level of creating and designing. A dream of mine would be to design wedding invites for a company, but I feel like that is sort of far-fetched. :)

Every Season Combo by Katygirl Designs

---> Be sure to check out Katy's shop and she's offering 15% off with the code HEARTART so go find something pretty to add to your walls!

You can connect with Katy:

Katy, thanks for sharing with us today!

Artwork at Uncommon Goods & a GIVEAWAY { i heart art }

The I Heart Art series is back!
I am so excited to share Art Prints & Wall art from the Uncommon Goods art gallery with y'all this week.
Uncommon Goods carries a variety of wall art including 
one of my favorite artists Jessica Swift.

Lately I have been admiring floral artwork like these by 
Zlatka Paneva & Kate Lewis. These make me want to pull out my paints and paint a pretty bouquet of flowers. This beautiful piece by Yao Cheng makes me want to try my watercolors again.

And I'm really enjoying to the work of  Valerie Galloway. The "hello gorgeous" reminds me of some of my favorite drawings in my own sketchbook.

To welcome back my I Heart Art series I'm offering y'all a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Uncommon Goods

Enter through the rafflecopter below and let me know what is one of your favorites in the Uncommon Goods Artists Prints Collection.

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Heather Kent Art { I Heart Art }

I'm excited to introduce y'all to Heather this week. I received one of her beautiful necklaces as a gift from Alison last year. Since then I have connected with her on IG and I adore her unique work.

I hope you will enjoy reading about Heather and her work and use the code PENANDPAINT15 for 15% off your order!

1. When did you first begin creating art?
I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. From our dining room table, my mom used to teach art classes to the neighborhood kids. This is where I first started painting with watercolors, and is probably why it remains one of my favorite mediums.

hand painted sewing machine necklace by Heather Kent
hand painted flower garden necklace by Heather Kent
2. What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why?
Though my favorite medium is watercolor, and my favorite things to create are my Original Hand Painted Necklaces, a few creations that will always be special to me are 3 Acrylic paintings I did a few years ago. My friend returned from a Missions trip to Uganda, and several of her photos inspired me to paint them. I painted a series of Ugandan Children, and quickly sold all three paintings. I hope to someday add to the series. I attached a photo of 2 of the paintings in their new home, along with the 3rd Ugandan Boy.

3. Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating? What would it be?
Quite a few. One project that is on the top of my list is a large painting that is composed of tiny 1 inch paintings to make a huge, beautiful, colorful collage. I love painting tiny! I have a feeling this project will take quite a while - stay tuned!

design your own hand painted necklace by Heather Kent
hand painted poppy earrings by Heather Kent

Downton Abbey hand painted necklace by Heather Kent
Heather thank you so much for taking the time to share your talent with us! 
You can connect with Heather through her

And don't forget you can save 15% off your order from her shop with the code PENANDPAINT15.

Picturebook Life { I Heart Art }

Today I'd like to introduce y'all to Sadee Schilling of Picturebook Life. I hope you will enjoy meeting Sadee and take advantage of the coupon code she is offering - Use PenandPaint for free shipping on your order!

Pink Beach House  .  Patchwork Sunshine  .  Dance in the Rain

1. When did you first begin creating art?
I was always drawing and painting as a kid--I couldn't get enough of it! Both of my daughters are already prolific artists (at ages three and four!) and it makes me smile to see myself in them. I like to think that I must have been doing the very same things when I was their age--waking up early in the morning and even sometimes late at night with the urge to draw or cut and glue things together.

I continued drawing throughout school and started painting a little in college as an art major. But it was at that point that I began to feel my childlike creativity fading--it felt like I was supposed to be "growing up" and learning a "practical" career. I ended up with English and Education degrees (although I'm still happy about that--literature is an important part of my story). But I kind of forgot about art for a while.

I started dabbling in paint again after grad school to ease the stress of teaching. A few years later, we found out that my first daughter was on the way and it was like the child in my belly awoke the child in my heart--my creativity skyrocketed! I was suddenly focused on my work, improving in my skill and making a new painting every week. Of course, my productivity slowed once my daughter was born and her sister followed just a year later, but my passion and excitement for art has only grown in the years since.

Ocean Waves & Rain Clouds by Sadee Schilling

2. What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why? 
I like to say that my daughters taught me the art of "loving a thing to pieces." It's ok for some of the things that are precious and sacred in life to be well-worn and even falling apart--rather than preserved, sitting high on a shelf. This idea has transformed my art and I love what I do more than ever! There are seasons in life that require quiet delicacy and careful precision, and there are seasons in life that invite us to jump in the puddles and dig deep in the dirt. I combine patchwork collage with delicate watercolor and line drawings, exploring this balance between messy and sweet. As my artwork is born within the challenges of life, it teaches me that sometimes it's the messy times that actually turn out to be the sweetest times too. 

My "Denim and Dirt" winged heart is my favorite representation of these ideas.

Denim and Dirt by Sadee Schilling

A Mother's Heart Cup by Sadee Schilling
3. Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating?
What would it be?
Ever since I was little I wanted to write and illustrate a children's book. And I'm beginning to think that I may actually do it! :)

Amazing Grace Bluebird by Sadee Schilling

You can connect with Sadee through her:

Thank you Sadee for taking time to share! Don't forget she is offering FREE shipping with your order - use the code PenandPaint through her Shop. Go find some new art for your walls!

Little Light Prints { I Heart Art }

Today I would like for y'all to meet Carly from Little Light Prints. The first time I came across Carly's work it was from this print she created, and I fell in love. Carly and I have connected through email and social media and we found out we not only share art in common but both our little boys have heart defects. It's good to be able to connect with another mama with things like this.

I hope you will enjoy meeting Carly and take advantage of the coupon code she is offering - Use TAKE25 for 25% off your order in her Etsy Shop!

Ampersand by Little Light Prints (I just bought this one!)
1. When did you first begin creating art?
In 2010, I was a new mom and felt like a needed a hobby. It's safe to say, out of desperation of needing something that was my own, Little Light Prints was started. When I first opened the shop, I was purchasing other people's digital art to use in my designs. It wasn't until early 2011 that I became comfortable with the program I was using and started to create designs that were completely my own.

Fearfully & Wonderfully by Little Light Prints
2. What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why?
My favorite design is a very simple one but one I'm very attached to and that is the Proverbs 31:25, which I call the Daisy Print.

Proverbs 31.25 by Little Light Prints
Daisy Love Merrick (www.prayfordaisy.com) is an 8 year old beauty who is battling cancer for the 3rd time in 3 years. Her and her family are very dear to our church body. The print was created as my way of contributing to the massive $500,000 her family needed to raise in order to receive experimental treatment in Israel (a goal that has been met & profits are no longer going to her trust). To me, Daisy is the face of that verse. I feel like it was written thousands of years ago with her in mind and I get teary every time I see it.

Immeasurably More by Little Light Prints
3. Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating?
What would it be?
There are so many projects I'd love to do and I'd be lying if I didn't say I'm terrified of venturing out and expanding my product line. I really just want to see my designs in people's homes. It makes all the time I spend on this shop totally worth it.

You're My Sweetheart by Little Light Prints
You can connect with Carly through her:
INSTAGRAM: @carlyragragola

Thank you Carly for taking time to share! Don't forget Carly is offering 25% off your order with the code TAKE25 through her Etsy Shop. Go find some new art for your walls!

Mandipidy { I Heart Art }

Today I would like y'all to meet Mandy of Mandipidy. Mandy is crazy creative. I have yet to see something she cannot do from sewing to drawing to playing to violin. 

1. When did you first begin creating art?
It's funny how you believe something about yourself sometimes just because you once heard someone say it. I believed that I had no drawing skills for the longest time, and so I never drew. About two years ago, I found myself with a lot of time on my hands, and I started doodling. It began as a pastime, quickly grew into a business, and now has become an almost daily part of my life that I adore.

2. What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why?
My favorite design is a chalk art styled print of the text from William Cowpers song "God Moves In a Mysterious Way." The words are very dear to me... a poetic depiction of the good and gracious God that I serve, and a reminder to trust Him even when this world doesn't make sense. 

3. Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating?
What would it be?
This one's a little silly... always a rule-follower, I never colored on the walls growing up. And for as long as I can remember, I have imagined creating an art wall in my house one day... an anything is allowed, crazy-go-nuts art wall where kids, guests, strangers, ANYone can paint, color, glue, ANYthing on the wall. I still think that would be awesome. :)

You can connect with Mandy through her
INSTAGRAM @Mandipidy

Thank you Mandy for taking time to share! And Mandy is offering 20% off your order with the code IHEARTART. Go find some new art for your walls!

Artsyville { I Heart Art }

Today I would like for y'all to meet Aimee the colorful artist behind Artsyville. I have several pieces of her work in my office. I love the happy colors and encouraging words she shares through her art.

When did you first begin creating art?
Hi Lindsay! Thanks so much for asking me to be part of your I Heart Art series! I’ve been hand lettering, drawing, painting, and playing around with color off and on for 25 years. It was only in the last 5-10 years, though, that I brought all of those components together to find my own creative niche. Once I got into a daily rhythm of experimenting, practicing, and blending colors and letters around my own handwritten poems and phrases, I found that my own artistic style had been there all along.

What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why? 
There are two that are close to my heart. The first is Creative Fire. It was one of the first pieces in my Artsyville style, and it zips up my philosophy on inspiration: mainly, that it arrives on its own clock, and who knows how long it will stay, so make the most out of it while it’s here! The second is a love letter to my creative hometown of Lawrence, Kansas. It’s a quirky, zany little college town in the middle of the prairie. It was an environment that fueled my creative development at a time when I really needed it. We moved away last year, so reading that poem makes me feel connected to the happy, creative, carefree life we had there.

Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating? What would it be?
There was, and I did! Earlier this year I self-published The Things We Do, a zine-style book that I handlettered/drew about all the stuff we do as parents -- things that we’re either too busy to remember or too tired to give ourselves credit for doing. I polled everyone I knew, and the list kept growing and growing until I finally decided to get it all out on paper. The planning, organization, layout and lettering took about a year. It will never truly be complete (just like parenting), but getting to my own finish line on that project was quite satisfying. It also made me realize that for all of our perceived differences, we parents all have (and do) a lot more in common than we might think!

As for links, I take my doodles everywhere -- just type in Artsyville and you’ll find me there!


Thank you Aimee for taking time to share! And Aimee is offering 20% off your order with the code IHeartArt through Friday 1/25/2013! Go find something colorful to add to your walls!

Chrissie Grace { I heart art } & a GIVEAWAY

I'm excited to bring back my I heart art series
I love sharing art I admire along with introducing y'all to the artists behind the work. 

Today I'd like you to meet Chrissie Grace of Chrissie Grace Art.

When did you first begin creating art?
I've considered myself an artist since I was a tiny little girl.
I remember even at four and five years of age the feelings I would have when I would create things. A feeling of contentment would come over me. I never feel more "me" than when I'm creating art.

What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why?
That is a hard one! I would have to say right now the mural I created in my house is my favorite. I painted it at a time when I felt very stuck creatively, and the mural wasn't planned. I just walked over to the wall one afternoon and started drawing. I painted for four days until it was complete. It's the first thing you see when you walk into our home and I think it makes our guests feel like they are coming into a happy home :)

Isn't this amazing? See more details of the mural here.

Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating? 
What would it be?
Yes! I would love to be commissioned to paint a mural in a children's hospital. I would love the opportunity to paint all things bright and colorful that would inspire children to feel happy and healthy.

Thank you Chrissie for sharing about your work with us!
Connect with Chrissie
instagram: @ChrissieGrace

As always I hope you will be inspired and encouraged by the artists you meet here!

AND I'm excited to kick off the 2013 I Heart Art Series with a giveaway to Chrissie Grace Art! Enter through rafflecopter below.

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Art on My Walls { I heart art }

A year ago this wall in my kitchen had the yellow frame hanging with nothing. Just the frame, no glass, no chalkboard, nothing. It stayed that way for quite some time. I had a vision for the wall, but I wasn't quite sure how to make it happen. So, for pretty much a year I have been collecting prints and paintings from artists I admire (they aren't all displayed here, they will be on my other wall of art,
I'll show you that next November [wink]).

A week ago I hung the final print for this wall.
Also for the first time I hung artwork I created in my home.
It is complete, and I LOVE it.
I am calling it my inspiration wall (well one of them).
I spend about 70% of my day in my kitchen so it's fitting to have all this inspiring work hung there. It is also the first thing you see when you walk in the back door where most people enter our home. I think it's a good first impression.

From left to right:
joy print by katygirl designs for the joyful shop
family is everything print by pen & paint
tomorrow is fresh print by pen & paint
find things that inspire print by ello lovey
wine is bottled poetry painting by heart & hue
love block bubble wrapp'd
heart painting by heart & hue
love cards by katie daisy
vintage fabric mini garland by sand and starfish
love letters are cardboard letters I painted
you add beauty hand lettered artwork by sparrow nest script
we are family print by pam garrison
do small things great love print pen & paint
every season print by katygirl designs

"Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, 
inspire and motivate."
-Harvey Fierstein