Monday, December 29, 2014

DIY Type

DIY Type
by Dana Tanamachi

About the book:

Inspired by the contemporary aesthetic of rendering type by hand, celebrated designer Dana Tanamachi shares a full set of upper and lower case alphabet stencils to create wall compositions, monogram t-shirts and jackets, personalize journals and school supplies, embroider pillows, and host parties filled with customized cakes and banners. With beautiful photographs and simple tutorials, you’ll find endless ways to decorate with type and joy in discovering the happy imperfections unique to your own application.

My thoughts:
This is a cool crafty book. It's full of removable stencils, it has every letter of the alphabet, a few more things. It's waiting for you to make anything you can dream of!

*I received this book free for review from Blogging For Books*

Rating: 5 carats

Friday, December 26, 2014

Francois De Felice

Week eight is Francoise De Felice taught by Kate Thompson.

Francoise De Felice is a master that's still alive and still actively paitning and showing her work in galleries. This makes it very hard to find in depth information about her life as well as her techniques.
  She studied French Impressionism on the last 1970's- early 1980s but moved on to created her own style out of creating nearly melted mediums.  

Another technique common in her paintings is veiling. Veiling is where you paint a layer and then partially cover it up with semi-transport layer so it seen yet still covered.
Her paintings are really intriguing and any attempt to copy as a means of learning hasn't ended well. She's really perfected something unique.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

"And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. ". Luke 2:8-11

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Henry Clive

Week seven was Henry Clive, taught by Christy Tomlinson.

Henry Clive was born in Australia and came to the USA as a magician. began as a magician. While in the US he traveled as an magician and sketched in his free time. One of his shows was seen by Charlie Chaplin who then invited Clive to work with him in silent films.

As some time went on Henry realized he wasn't into the acting but loved the art directing and costume parts of the film. He'd frequently to sketch on set and someone got a hold of one of them an took it to an advertising company. The company offer him a job drawing for products sucks as the Campbell's soup label. Through his labels he was noticed the director of a Broadway Show called, Ziegfield Follies. Ziegfield Follies was a popular show with showgirls that asked him to sketch the girls in the show. Film studios noticed his Ziegfeld Follies girls and asked him to make movie posters. It was long before every actress wanted Henry Clive to paint them. His work and his fame continued to grow as he made illustrations for magazines, movie sets, billboards, and everything in between.

  Henry's style was constantly change except for the constant of a girl on his paitning. He was never afraid to try something he different, he probably liked the challenge.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

One Hundred Faces- 32-45

On Instagram I'm doing a challenged called "One hundred Faces" I'm posting a face a day for one hundred days. Follow along @sprinkleonglitter 

#33 Everly, a pen sketch with flowers in her hair.

#40 Zara in watercolor

#41 Thea is monochromatic watercolor

Monday, December 15, 2014


Cold air, snow, and hot chocolate season is here!  What is your favorite part of winter?

Plus, it's the last shipping day to have your gifts get there by Christmas!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Marc Chagall

Next up, Marc Chagall, taught by Katie Kendrick.
  I don't feel like I understand Chagall and his work. Thats okay though, we don't have to all like the same things.

Chagall paints in a very dream-like whimsical state but he says that everything he puts in his painting have symbolism to him personally. Most of his painting are based in Russian folk-lore. He followed colors he loved and emotion he felt.

Drawing was something he did all his life and it was a friend who was at his house once that looked at his drawings and said he was an artist. Chagall didnt even know what an artist was and had to ask his friend. Once he understood the meaning of artist he knew that is what he wanted to do with his life.

As I said, I don't get Chagall but I really appreciate  his ability to follow his heart and let it all out.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Shopping Bags

She's got her shopping done early and gifts wrapped, she's ready for Christmas.
How much of your shopping list is finished?

Friday, December 5, 2014

Georgia O'Keeffe

Week Five will always be a favorite. We studied Georgie O'keeffe taught by Danielle Donaldson.

  Georgia O'Keefe is known as the first and primary, modernist female painter of her time. She was raised by a mother that felt it was very important for girls to read books and learn math and science,while  other   girls were encouraged to go to school to learn how to take care of the house and make things for their families.  Georgia read a lot of books and was intelligent but she also had to go to school like the rest of girls and although  she excelled at things like portrait drawing but she wasnt all that interested in art. At seventeen a teacher noticed her talent and pushed her to pursue art school. She went on to art college and didn't feel much for it. until the day she realized that she didn't have to draw exactly what was in a book. She could draw what she saw and how she envisioned things in her head. This transformed her art and she started to draw her own ideas. This caught the eye of Anton Stiegliz, a famous art dealer, who eventually made it possible for Georgia to be the first woman to have an art show entirely dedicated to her work.

Being that she was the first woman painter she was highly critized and always looked at what she was trying to do as a woman trying to paint not what she was trying to do so as an ARTIST. She clinged  to the realization she could create whatever she wanted and  the criticism didn't seem to bother her.

I attempted a close up of brightly  colored flower like she does but it's really nothing like the simole, striking beauty of her paitnings. What looks like is should be so simple is actually very challenging.

In pretty sure Georgia Okeeffe was a favorite of everyone who took the class. On the facebook group she was always referred to as just a Georgia, like she was facebook friend there with the rest of us. Possibly because she is a woman but more because of her courage and her ability to follow through, not caring what others thought. She had a unique perspective and lived her life on her own terms. Isn't that something we all aspire to?

A few weeks ago, I saw an article saying that a painting by Georgia O'Keeffe sold for $44.4 million, this is triple the previous record for a female artist. As Glamour Magazine says, she's still a trailblazer for female  artists today!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

One Hundred Faces, 10-31

I'm doing a challenge on Instagram called "One Hundred Faces". The goal is to create and post a face a day for one hundred data.

I'm sharing some of my faces along the way. @sprinkleonglitter

#18 Lucy is inspired by one of my favorite fashion illustrators, Brooke Hagel

#26 Quinn is a simple pen sketch

#29 Lane is im watercolor

Monday, December 1, 2014


Fall and winter are the perfect time to bring out your great boots!

Do you have a favorite pair of boots?