Hello friends! Happy Tuesday!
I'm home on a day off of work today, and I finally have time to say hello!
How are things? How has your August been so far?
Around here we have kids back in school, lots of fun art projects (and deadlines!), and I'm catching up today on all of the things that help me rest and find my breath.
And speaking of rest, I'm so happy to share my newest printable set with Illustrated Faith, Return to Rest.
I was a bit nervous that this set wouldn't come together, as it was due during the busiest week of my entire year so far, but I couldn't be happier with the sweet and encouraging images I was able to create.
I even snuck a coffee mug in this time!
And that floral print just makes my heart sing. I hope it does for you too.
The thing I really love about these printables is that they aren't created solely for bible journaling. You can use them in an art journal, scrapbooking, in your planner, or for paper crafting.
And you can print them on white or clear sticker paper which makes them into instant stickers. I really love that.
Grab the kit here! You can also see all of my available monthly printable sets here.
Hugs and happy August vibes to you!
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Happy Sunday evening friends!
OK so if you've been following along in my Instagram stories you'll know that I:
1. Got a new planner and am a bit obsessed. This is the one I got and I'm LOVING IT!
2. Created a set of planner stickers because WHY NOT?! :)
The sticker set is a printable PDF page with 42 stickers including florals, washi tape strips, flags, reminder banners, a variety of square stickers, and the all important (and super adorable) coffee date stickers!
Here are a few shots of them in action in my own planner...
If you grab the set I would love to see how you use them! Tag me on Instagram @mandyfordart with your pictures!
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Happy Sunday friends!
I hope you're having a relaxing and wonderful weekend. I realized this morning I haven't shared my new kit with Illustrated Faith over here on the blog yet!
I chose a lovely verse for this kit from Song of Solomon...
And I used a mix of hand painted watercolor and digital drawing with this kit - a first for me! It was a challenge and one that I'm so glad I didn't give up on, because I think this mix really gives it depth.
Here is an example of how the kit was used in a journaling bible...so lovely!
And here are a few resources to help you use the kit:
Hope you have a fabulous day!
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Happy Tuesday friends!
How is your week going so far? I've had Mondays off all summer (vacation days to be home with my boys = heaven!) so today feels like my Monday. These four day work weeks are majorly spoiling me!
That extra day off has been giving me more art creating time, and I have been going nuts creating lots of new patterns. I wanted to share a new collection with you today!
I'm calling this one Citrus Floral...
I could see these patterns on everything from a cute journal to fabric for pillows or a sweet summer dress. Think I need to do some product mock-ups!
Sunday, July 02, 2017
I wanted to share some digital floral illustrations I've been working on. I've drawn all of these on my iPad Pro using the Procreate app. Having fun with these and hope to translate them to a bigger project!
From top to bottom: dahlias, peonies, poppies & roses...
Hope you're having a wonderful holiday weekend!
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
I wanted to share a fun experiment I've been playing around with this past week. I've been obsessed with watercolor painting, and came up with some lovely swatches of color using some new watercolor inks I picked up at Hobby Lobby.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Happy Tuesday friends!
I'm so happy to share with you that my third kit with Illustrated Faith is now up in the Print & Pray shop!
This kit is basically my love letter to God's creation. It is inspired by Isaiah 40:22...
This kit is full of all things summer and spilling over with awe for the magical nature that surrounds us.
And if you don't have fireflies where you live, I've included two super cute ones for you!
You can grab the kit here!
Thursday, June 08, 2017
Happy Thursday friends!
I have a few new patterns to share with you today, and a great sale in my Society6 shop!
My Pattern Camp group has weekly challenges and the last two have been really fun and gotten me out of my comfortable box of typical motifs. The first was to create artwork inspired by Mexican folk art and this is what I came up with after some Pinterest searching for inspiration...
And this week's challenge is terrariums which were SUPER fun to draw...
Of course I'm a bit obsessed with these in real life too. Faux succulent lovers unite!
And speaking of patterns, all home decor products in my Society6 shop are 25% off and free shipping today!
Use THIS LINK to grab the sale on pillows and lots of other goodies!
Hope you're having a fantastic Thursday!
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
I drew this a few weeks ago after jotting the words below in my notebook...
Don't discount your talent.
Don't apologize for it.
The world needs FULL SIZED YOU!
Sunday, June 04, 2017
You guys. I'm feeling really blissed out after this weekend.
It has been a lovely mix of crazy big art dream time and super sweet and fun family time.
On Saturday morning, I enjoyed a bit of quiet coffee time before the rest of the house was up...
And then I welcomed a new friend into our house to film two drawing classes for me.
The classes will be online with Big Picture Classes, which is a subscription class site for the creative and crafty.
I'm OVER THE MOON about being invited to teach for them. I've been pinching myself over the entire thing.
And then when they said they were going to send their guy to film me?! Who's life is this?
I mean look at his awesome set up there right on my little art table.
I'm not gonna lie...I was SUPER anxious about this whole shebang.
But Joe, their videographer, was so sweet and encouraging and made the whole process SO much easier than I expected it to be.
AND we bonded over a mutual love for all things You've Got Mail. I mean...what are the odds? I told him that I have always secretly wanted to be Kathleen Kelly, who he said is the perfect mix of organized and whimsical. Yep...maybe that's why I want to be just like her.
I can't wait to share more about these classes with you once the teasers are up online and they are ready for registration. I hope you all love them!
Today we had a slow morning and I got in some pattern making time...
This week's challenge for my Pattern Camp group was Mexican folk art, so these are my take on folk art flowers. Had a lot of fun with these!
We also took the boys to see the new Captain Underpants movie. So funny and the perfect 9 year old boy movie. I had more fun watching the boys' faces as they reacted to the movie than watching the big screen!
This was certainly a weekend for my highlight reel, and I'm so thankful for the balance of exciting out-of-my-comfortable-box things and relaxing family time.
Nothing keeps you in check like some good poop jokes after your class filming debut! ;)
Hope you've had a wonderful weekend friends!
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Hello friends and happy weekend!
I wanted to share some peeks at a new painting I started today...
I've been itching to paint for weeks now and this was so relaxing and fun. Today was one of those "do anything we want to" days and it was MUCH needed after celebrating my boys' 9th birthday yesterday with about 10 kiddos in our house. Whew!
This is going to be similar to my other cloud painting but with a moodier background which I'm loving. I can't wait to add a few more layers to this tomorrow! .
I recorded the process so far and shared it over on my YouTube channel if you want to watch here!
Monday, May 22, 2017
How was your weekend? I thought it would be fun to pop in and share a little random update since I haven't done that in for.ever.
We had a really busy and productive weekend at our house. Turns out planning to have people over two weekends in a row turns Dan and I into little worker bees!
This coming Saturday is the boys' 9th birthday party (I KNOW...9?!) and the next weekend I have a new friend coming from out of town to help me with a super exciting art-related adventure, which I'll be sharing more about soon! (ACK!)
Sooo...we did a lot of cleaning, painting, purging, and a bit of decorating over the weekend to get the house ready.
I spent a bit of time in my little artsy corner of the house, hanging this fun wire shelf and printing some orders. And caught the light streaming in at just the right time...
And I cleaned out my boys' dresser, which turned into more than a few tears, and this photo of their first and latest pairs of shorts...
GOODNESS. They are getting SO big you guys!
And after about two months of being married to my new iPad, I pulled out my sketchbook, pencil and pens to work on a new piece!
I thought it would feel weird after not using them for so long, but it was like reuniting with old friends.
I'm really in love with how this piece turned out.
I even grabbed the star motifs from it to make a pattern...
I've been drawn to shades of pink and orange like crazy lately which is SO not like me...but maybe it is SO like the current me?
I heard a quote the other day that said something like "you aren't required to be the same person you were 5 years ago or even 5 minutes ago." Isn't that great? Permission to always be changing.
I am embracing that as I'm noticing lots of things about myself evolving over the past year, and allowing myself to change however much I darn want.
Consider this your permission to do the same!
Hope you have a fabulous week!