Thursday, August 17, 2017

Summer Stripes

Classic summer style isn't complete without stripes. They are timeless and have the ability to flatter everyone! 

A deconstructed off the shoulder shirt

A vertical striped romper or dress

As a cover- up

How do you wear stripes? 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Artists Who Inspire - H Nichols Illustration

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Artists Who Inspire- H. Nichols Illustration

About the time I started learning figure drawing, Holly Nichols of HNicholsIllustration, opened her shop! So I like to think I've been following her and have been encouraged by her since her career's beginning.  

Holly began fine art lessons as a child and studied studio art in college. One class involved illustration markers that she used in her free time to sketcg runway designs on napkins. Through practice she created her own  style and through the prompting of friends, she opened an etsy shop. 


I love her crisp, refreshing style. She has a knack for creating voluminous, flowing hair and the most current outfits. 

Follow her @hnicholsillustration 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Happy S'mores Day!!

I think  August 10th should be a national holiday! If it was named a holiday, it'd give Christmas a run for its money as people's favorite holiday. It's Smores Day!!! Who doesn't love Smores?!
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog//smores

Traditional Smores are awesome but there's so many others twists on Smores that tastes just as good and make it so Smores never  grow old!

How do you like to eat Smores?

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Basket Bag

This bag is everywhere this summer and seemingly impossible to get your hands on. I figure the next best thing is to draw it
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog//basket bag

Thursday, August 3, 2017

JDMM Journal

To test out the Jane Davenport Mixed Media paper, I decided to buy the 9x12 large canvas journal. JDMM offers journals in multiple sizes and the option of a printed or a blank canvas cover. All of them including the same paper. The blank canvas cover is meant for us to paint and create a cover ourselves which I thought was really fun! 

The paper inside is 120 lbs. heavy enough for watercolor and durable enough for mixed media. One thing that makes this journal unique is that one side of the paper is a smooth hot press and the other side of the paper is a textured cold pressed, again giving you options to see what you like best and what works best for different mediums.

The binding is neatly stitched  between the pages so it lays flat open.
The first thing I noticed about the paper was how light it is. I expected it to be very heavy and dense given that it is a watercolor weight.  One side is smooth, hot press and the other is textured, cold press. I also expected the cold press texture to be bumpy but it is more lightly texture and the texture didn't affect the smoothness of sketching on it to much. 

Knowing Jane Davenport is all about mixed media I decide to try different mediums to see how they held up.  

Staedler Water Pencils went down nicely and melted well when I applied water. 

Tombow Dual Brush Pens didn't melt well when I applied water,  it took a lot of water for it not to look streaky and  the paper started to pill some. After it dried I was able to brush the little pilled (is that a word?) pieces off.

When I tried watercolor on it, it held its place well. A lot of  papers drip the watercolor and it gets frustrating when colors bleed more than I intended them too. I was happy to see this and so far as  I try more water it will hold up. A few times it has buckled some but overall buckling has not been a large issue.  

I am most impressed over how it holds watercolor instead of dripping together if the colors get close.  
This is a really good sketchbook, the paper is light and flexible, the book lays open flat, and the watercolor doesn't run together too much. 

Have you tried any of the JDMM products? What did you think of them? 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Summer Cooldown

It's sweltering out & seems like you can't even step outside for a minute withoit sweating. Cool down with these light refreshing recipes!

Frozen, fruity, and endless possibilities!

Nothing's more refreshing than cold lemonade! 

Ice cream :)
We all scream for ice cream! 

How do you cool off in the summer?

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// summer cooldown

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sketchworthy Reads- Marian Jordan Ellis

I don't remember when I first hear about Marian Jordan Ellis but I know that when I first read a book of hers I was hooked. Marian Jordan Ellis is an author, speaker, Bible teacher, and the founder of Redeemed Girl Ministries.

The first book of hers I read was The List. It is a book about how we all have a list in our heads of what our life should be and how holding tightly to that list leads to disappointment. Throughout the book she challenges us to turn our list over to God and embrace His direction for our life. She talks dynamically about her experiences and pulls from Scripture to clearly explain her points. It's one of the most challenging books I have and I knew I had to read more. 

Besides how convictingly Marian writes and speaks I love seeing how her story has played our and the journey her faith has taken her on.  It's very encouraging!

Take a few minutes to look at her website, vist her blog and this recent post one of her best in my opion, read one of her books, or listen to a podcast. You won't be disappointed!
I'm also excited to have found out that Maria has a new book coming out August 1st, just a few days away, called Stand !

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog//Marian Jordan Ellis

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Three ways to Wear a Sarong

  The best beach cover up is also versatile and easy to travel with. A sarong is a large piece of fabric often wrapped around the waist . When there's so many colors and patterns available why not get as creative as possible!

Around your waist

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog//3 ways to wear a sarong- around the waist

Tied around your neck 
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog//3 ways to wear a sarong- around the neck

Over one shoulder
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog//three ways to wear a sarong// one shoulder

Monday, July 17, 2017

One Bouquet- three ways

This time instead of using three different mediums, I decided to try three different styles. Abstract, doodled, and layered. 

I really like all of them, they are so different to make. Abstract really flows and doodling is much tighter and can be tedious but they all are really fun. 

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog//one flower- three ways// doodle

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// one flower-three ways// watercolor pencil

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog//one flower- three ways// finger painted

Thursday, July 13, 2017

What's in your beach bag?

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog//what's in your beach bag?

If going to the beach is topping your Summer bucket list, you're going to need a cute beach bag.  Here's what to pack in your bag. 

Waterproof phone cover 
Beach Towel
Water bottle
Volleyball or soccer ball
Cover up 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Artists Who Inspire- Paperfashion

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Artists Who Inspire- Paperfashion

Katie Rodgers of Paperfashion has the most enchanted  style out there. Her illustrations are like being caught up in a daydream. 

She fell in love with and learned watercolor from her grandmother and started her blog in 2009 as a creative outlet after day job. Her art quickly gained attention and followers allowing her to quit her job and  pursue being a full time artist. 

I look at what she creates and am in awe of how she comes up with it. I love the free, looseness in Katie's art as well as all the glitter, sequins, and embellishments. 

She offers three great classes on Skillshare, sells prints on her website, and posts on Instagram

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Summer Bucket List Pt 2

Sprinkle on glitter blog// summer bucket list pt 2

There are so many things to do in Summer, I had to extend the list.

- Wear straw accessories
- Go to the beach
- Swim in the ocean
- Build a sand castle
- Sleep with the windows open
- Twirl around in a sundress
- Go to a amusement park or water park 
- Wear flowers in your hair 
- Sleep under the stars
- Eat more ice cream!!
What is in your Summer bucket list? 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sketchworthy Reads- Annie Downs

Sprinkle on Glitter Blog// Sketchworthy Reads// Annie F Downs

Annie Downs is an author, blogger,speaker, and lover of glitter. I've been following her for a long, long time. She started a blog documenting her life as a teacher outside of Atlanta. She was open about the desire God placed in her heart to write and her blog was her first step in following as she began writing a book.  As time went on she felt a call to quit her job and move to Nashville while continuing to write. She didn't have a book contract at the time and it sounded completely crazy but Annie  followed the calling. She transparently documented the journey.  At the time reading her blog, I didn't understand how she could have such a calling and direction to do something that didn't make clear sense but as Annie will tell you, Gods plans don't have to make sense we just have to listen to Him and follow His direction.

Her first book, Perfectly Unique, was published and did so well that she has published four more books and has become a speaker at churches and conferences around the country. 

I love Annie's blog and books because they feel like we are getting to talk to her. Her voice is very honest, approachable, and understanding. She writes about her struggles and experiences in such a relatable way and tells corny jokes along the way.  

She doesn't blog as much as she used to but posts on Instagram and snapchat encouraging other and sharing her day to day life. 

Follow Annie @anniefdowns

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sumet Bucket List

Sprinkle on glitter blog// summer bucket list// hot air balloon

Happy Summer! Last year I made a fall bucket list and though it'd be fun to do the same thing with summer, the time for vacations, swimming, and generally having fun! 

- Watch the sunrise 
- Go Swimming
- Eat an ice cream cone
- Go to a drive- in movie
- Get a bright pedicure 
- Watch fireworks on the 4th
- Have a bbq
- Ride a rollercoaster
- Pick strawberries
- Make strawberry shortcake

What is on you Summer bucket list? Have you don't anything on this list? 

Monday, June 19, 2017

One Flower- Three Ways

I can't help but endlessly be inspired by Alisa Burke. Her creativity blows my mind, how does she think of the crafts she does? How does she have the patience to see through some of them with how tedious they are? All in all I just admire how gifted she is. One thing she likes to do it to take an object and draw it three different ways. It's really fun to see how the same thing can change with the medium or technique that you use.  

I thought I'd give it a try with some flowers.  I chose poppies.

My first one is finger painted with acrylic. No surprise it was inspired by Alisa Burke's finger painting. I love how the bright colors compliment  each other and the texture created by using my fingers.

Sprinkle on Glitter Blog// one flower- three ways//acrylic

 I used Winsor & Newton Watercolor Markers, they are filled with liquid watercolor that works like a marker, pretty inventive! This one is nice but it falls flat compared to the finger painted one, doesn't it?

Sprinkle on Glitter Blog// one flower- three ways//marker

What I like about this one is how the colors bleed and blend together. Watercolor goes where the  water is and when two wet spots touch each other they will mix together. It's something that has a mind of its own and the results will always be a surprise.

Sprinkle on Glitter Blog// one flower- three ways//watercolor

Have you tried one subject in multiple mediums? What did you like about it and learn from it?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Color Splash Pt 2

Last week I listed some of my favorite colors and mentioned how my favorite colors are not colors that I paint with the most. So I thought I'd also list colors I like to paint with. 
   I don't get it, I've never liked yellow but it is one of the first colors used up. Probably because yellow is a primary and therefore the base of many colors. Also it's found in nature so when I paint flowers it's put to good use.  
   I like warm yellows the best and yellow ochre which isn't really yellow. It's more of a tan and a very earthy color but it's valuable for skin and hair. 
  Another color I hadn't liked much before painting that is quickly gone from my palette. I do like wet in wet washes of a light yellow- green into a deep forest green. It blends so luciously  and makes painting stems fun! 
   I was never against purple it was just a middle of the road color to me. When I started painting I quickly learned that my favorite color, pink,  wasn't a very strong color to use in watercolor. So I turned  to purple and love how it's such a regal color. 

What are your favorite colors to use? 

Monday, June 12, 2017

3 Ways to Wear Gingham

One print that's everywhere this Spring is gingham. This  lightweight, patterned cotton often seen on button ups has many creative ways to incorporate  it that won't make you look like a picnic blanket!

On your feet
Sprinkle on Glitter Blog// 3 ways to wear gingham//shoes

As a romper with ruffles

Sprinkle on Glitter Blog// 3 ways to wear gingham//romper

Over your shoulder

Sprinkle on Glitter Blog// 3 ways to wear gingham//bag

How do you wear gingham?

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Color Splash Pt 1

When I used up my first watercolor set I was surprised by the colors that disappeared the quickest. They weren't my favorite colors.  Funny, how could a color I didn't really like be a color that frequented my painting? I don't have a deep answer to that question but as I continue to paint, the colors I like in everyday life are not the colors that are used up the quickest on my paint palette. So I when I started to think of posting about my favorite colors I realized I have to break the post into two posts- colors I love  and colors I love to paint with.  

 I love bright colors and rich, deep jewel tones. 
 My favorite color is pink and has been for a long time. I like a lot of shades of pink. Coral is a favorite and so it's fuschia-like hot pink but I also a traditional middle pink. The only pink I don't really like is powder pink but overall "pink is my signature color" :) 
   Blue was my favorite color when  I was little and I still like it a lot. When I was little I cried because my cousin had a blue blanket and I had a  yellow one.  
I then loved coloring with cerulean blue crayons growing up. I didn't know how to pronounce cerulean, I learned that watching "The Devil Wears Prada" it was a light bulb moment "that's what the crayon is called!" 
Burnt Orange 
  I don't know why but when fall rolls around I love the warmth of burnt orange.  It's very crisp and homey. 

What are you favorite colors?

Monday, June 5, 2017

Artists Who Inspire- Inslee Haynes Fariss

Not long after I found Brooke Hagel, I came across the art of Inslee Haynes Fariss. I don't remember how exactly but I knew that I was searching fashion illustration and when I found her art I was equally as taken as I was with Brooke Hagel's work.

   Inslee sells prints, custom illustration, stationary, and yearly calendars on her website.


  I love her whimsical and classy approach. All of her illustration even the most contemporary ones have a touch of vintage to them.  Each years calendar has a theme to it and is filled with twelve original illustrations.  

  Inslee grew up sketching and painting and studied art history in college. One summer while looking for a job she decided to put together a calendar and start marketing as a way to stay busy. Her job search continued with no luck. One day she was upset wondering why she wasn't getting a good job like all her other friends when she realized she DID have a job. She started her own company!  It took her a while to accept her career path was different than others but since she realized it she hasn't looked back and "Inslee by Design" has done nothing but grow since.  

Check her out @inslee

Thursday, June 1, 2017

My Illustration Proccess

Over time I've figured out a system of sketching and painting  that works for me. It's probably similar to other artists and still different from some.

Select an inspiration image.  
   I usually scroll through Pinterest, magazines, or Instagram to see what pops out and add my own ideas to it. 

Preliminary Sketch 
   With pencil sketch out the image as loosely and lightly as I can. Then tighten the lines a little 

Sprinkle on glitter blog// my illustration proccess// outline

Add permanent ink 
  I outline the final sketch with a permenent pen and erase the other stray lines. 

Add color 
  I lay down a light layer of water color.   After that has dried I add shadows and let them dry. I repeat this until the layers I need are done. 
Sprinkle on glitter blog// my illustration proccess// first layer

Colored pencil 
  I go in to some spots with colored pencil to deepen the shadows and add more contrast. 

Sprinkle on glitter blog// my illustration proccess// colored pencil

White pen & ink 
   I add a few bright highlights with my white Sharpie paint pen. Then use my permanent pen to fix spots in the outline they need it. 

 Sprinkle with glitter.  
   My last step is deciding where I want to sprinkle glitter!

Sprinkle on glitter blog// my illustration proccess// finished

What is your illustration process?