Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Doodle Enclosures for My Medical Bills

I've had a couple of medical bills on my desk I had been avoiding since the beginning of the week. I finally decided to tackle them today before the mail man arrived. I glanced over them and thought "Blagh! I'd much rather be using this money to..." then I paused. The bill I was looking at was from my dentist. I actually happen to like my dentist and my smile. Thanks to him, I still have a nice set of pearly whites...a few fillings, root canals and crowns, but I still have all my teeth and for that, I am very thankful. I smiled with gratitude and realized that looking at things positively completely changed my attitude! Instead of complaining, I thought about sending him a little doodle to express my gratitude.

I used a sheet of yellow paper that I found on my desk, cut it in half and began to doodle. Once I was done, I snapped a picture of course, then I folded it in thirds, placed the check in the center, folded the flaps inwards, and enclosed it in an envelope along with the invoice.
I'm sure it'll surprise whoever processes the payments. I mean, how often do people include little notes of joy with their payables? Not many, I would think. I hope my little dose of positive energy makes them smile, the same way I smiled when I realized how blessed I am to have the money to care for my dental health, and how blessed I am to have a dental provider like him and his very caring staff.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Then there was this guy with a golden tooth...

I have to say I really enjoyed making this quick digital doodle for #doodleadayjuly. I looked at the doodle calendar earlier in the day, saw the word "golden" next to July 28th. I thought about it off and on during the day, "hmmm...golden...what can draw that is golden?"
I thought of the sun or a sunflower, I thought of a shiny gold coin, but they seemed all too common. Finally, just a few hours before bedtime the "a-ha!" moment came.

Into my mind popped this cute little guy with a golden tooth and sideburns that would have made my 20 year old dad quite jealous.He's pretty cool lookin' don't ya think? The sideburns makes me think he's got some pretty funky dance moves, and he knows it, that's why he's smiling!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Ballerina Invitations

Finally had a chance to make some stationery out of the ballerina illustration I created a few months ago! So far I've added stickers, note cards, greeting cards and this customizable ballet recital invitation that can be turned into a birthday party or baby shower invitation just by changing out the wording.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Doodles and Hand Lettering

A few of my friends and I are participating in a daily doodle challenge on Instagram. The prompt for July 21st was "glow" and the first thing that came to mind was a gorgeous night sky with a big bright moon and sparkly stars. You can see the line art version on my diodoodles blog, a blog I created to record my daily doodles and give visitors a peek into my sketchbooks several times a week. While the other blog focuses on my "doodle life" here I will continue to share any studio updates, professional quality illustrations, DIY projects, post items for sale and inform you of the latest products available in my shops.
Speaking of updates, I've been very observant of hand lettering lately, an art I've always admired but didn't think I could ever master. I have come across so much inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest that it motivated me to set yet another goal for myself this year, and that is to teach myself the art of "pretty writing". And what better way to do it than yo practice, practice, practice. Hence the amateur embellished writing on the image above.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

"Palm and Florals" Framed Artwork

Remember that post a couple of weeks ago about me experimenting with Prismacolor markers? I received the markers for my birthday a little over a year ago as a gift from my hubby. I'm new to using markers and haven't been much of a painter throughout my career as an artist. I have strong graphic arts background, however in recent years I've been avoiding getting back behind the computer after a 40 hour work week. Last thing I want to do after putting in the hours at my 9-5 job is come home and sit behind a computer screen for several hours more. Instead, I've learned to unwind with my sketchbook, a Sharpie pen, and an occasional glass of wine.
So I got brave the other day and pulled out the Primacolors. I love them! It's like painting but without the messy setup and cleanup. All this time I've been afraid to use them for fear of ruining a perfectly good blank page, but if we don't overcome our fears, how else are we ever going to move forward, right?

Well, here it is - the final product! 

I added the piece to my Society6 shop as a framed print.  Phone cases, mugs, wall clocks, and totes are also available with the same pattern. Hope yo like it!

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Paisley In Paris™ Society6 - Free Shipping

I added a new design to my Society6 shop, just in time for you to take advantage of their free shipping promo! 

Offer expires on July 13th at midnight, and excludes framed art prints, stretched canvases, throw pillows and rugs. 

This piece is also available on a variety of items at, my new online shop where I will be adding all of my hand-drawn illustrations. Check it out when you have a chance. 

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

DIY Glass Marble Magnets or Pushpins

I have this cute set of 6 glass marbles ready to be turned into magnets or push pins. It's the perfect quick and easy DIY project that anybody can tackle in just a few minutes. All you need is  bit of E-6000 glue or a hot glue gun to attach 1/2 inch magnets (or pushpins) to the back and viola! All done. ~ Marbles measure approximately 3/4 of an inch. They make a great homemade gift, perfect for the home or office!

I have a few other sets for sale on my Etsy shop, but this is such a small set, it's more affordable for you and I if they sell through my blog rather than Etsy. (Trying to avoid the added Etsy transaction fees). 

Buy now - Only $4.99 + Free Shipping anywhere in the U.S.

Ships via USPS within 1-2 business days from Palm Desert, California. Listing will be removed once item is purchased.

You will receive an e-mail notification within a couple hours after purchase informing you that payment was received and your purchase will be processed.  

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Quick DIY Marble Magnets or Pushpin Project

I have a gorgeous set of 10 decorated marbles. It's a DIY project I started a couple of years ago but I never finished. I got as far as attaching pretty floral paper to the back of the marbles and that's it. All you need to complete the project is a little bit of E-6000 glue or a hot glue gun to attach 1/2 inch magnets (or pushpins) to the back and there you have it. Instant office decor that's both beautiful and functional.
These marbles are now available for sale in my Etsy shop.

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