Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Collection of Original Art

Back in 2005 I traded ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) and purchased playing card sized works of art.  Of course I saved them all and have wanting to do something cool with my favorites.  I finally put this together and am thrilled with it.  There are 7 of my pieces mixed in as well.  Hard to believe that I was collecting these ten years ago!  Now I have a new beautiful piece of art for my wall.

Hope you're all having a fantastic day.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

For The Love of Dog: Doug-oupage Collage Workshop June 23rd

If you live in LA or Orange County come on out for a fun-filled day of DOG-oupaging!

All you do is email me a photo like this and I will brighten it, fix the "pet eye" if need be and get the image collage-ready for your masterpiece!

It will look something like this when you're finished!

Please email me with any questions.  

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, May 07, 2015

Introducing My New One-of-a-Kind Holly Loves Art Dolls!

 What is an Art Doll, you ask? Wikipedia says art dolls are objects of art, rather than children's toys created in a wide variety of styles and media.  That about sums it up.  I've always said that art dolls are not meant to be played with and they are certainly not baby or Barbie Dolls!

These little works of art are a true labor of love. From concept to final is so thrilling to me!
I've been making dolls since my kindergarten teacher showed me how to draw paper dolls.  My mom also gave me her precious paper dolls from the 1940's and showed me how to make my own outfits out of the JC Penney catalog.  I sewed Barbie fashions and learned ceramics in high schools where I made some strange little art dolls.  In the last several years I designed and sold over 150 of my hand-stitched fabric dolls that were featured in Stuffed Magazine!  

 I had this idea to use wood blocks and approached my dad about going through his stash of wood for me.  Sure enough he had all kinds of banister pieces and other types. Both of our wheels were spinning as we talked about my idea.  
I sized the images to my liking, printed them out and started the fun of adhering them and getting creative! Lots of paint and glue, vintage wallpaper, other kinds of scraps and whimsical surprises brought everything together. Each doll has a little story of some sort but I'll leave that up to the admirer to determine.  

Each girl has a great attitude that I just love and can't wait to make my second batch of Holly Loves Art Dolls with her own unique story.

They stand about 9 inches tall.

Thanks for looking!  Be sure and leave a comment so I know you stopped by.

Have a wonderful day.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Teaching at Make Art in LA on June 13th!

 Come join me for A Spirited Journey for the Soul on June 13th at Make Art in LA.

Your true artist-self is just waiting to expand!

Have a wonderful day.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

For the Love of Dog Mixed Media Collage & DOG-oupage Workshop~ New Class Sample

I'm thrilled to be teaching this workshop in Long Beach at The Liberty Art Gallery on May 23rd from 12-3.  If you're in the So Cal area, I'd love to see you! It's going to be a really fun class where each student gets to work with their OWN image of their dog (or cat or baby... whatever they love or inspires them!).

If you're on Facebook, check out the information here. 

The above is my mom's dog, Romeo.  

Below is Jingle Monroe, Phoebe's best boyfriend.

Hope you're all having a marvelous weekend!


Friday, April 17, 2015

More From The 100 Day Project... This is So Much Fun!

I've been making art every day since April 6th.  To read more about this cool project, go here.

I love playing with paper, always have!

Here is a cute little postcard where I utilized a copy of my favorite paper doll when I was a little girl.  I actually had many, but this one was my favorite.

And speaking of favorites, I love this face and use her a lot in my artwork.  She has such a playful way about her.  

Lastly, I just had to share this adorable card that I received.  I LOVE it when I receive a card that has "me" written all over it.  This one is so perfectly suited for me!

Have a great day!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

For the Love of Dog Mixed Media Collage & DOG-oupage Workshop

I'm thrilled to be teaching this workshop in Long Beach at The Liberty Art Gallery on May 23rd from 12-3.  If you're in the So Cal area, I'd love to see you! It's going to be a really fun class where each student gets to work with their OWN image of their dog (or cat or baby... whatever they love or inspires them!).

If you're on Facebook, check out the information here.

And by the way, for those of you who know me and Phoebe, this is NOT Phoebe Genevieve.  This is in fact her best boyfriend, Jingle Monroe. They look similar but Jingle has big Spaniel eyes and Phoebe has a little pink eraser nose.  

Here they are together!

Thanks for stopping.  I'd love to hear from you so please leave me a message.
Have a great day!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The 100 Day Project Continues...

 I've joined thousands of creative people to have fun with The 100 Day Project!  Read more about it here.  Follow me on Instagram for my daily posts here.
Some people are photographing 100 things, singing 100 songs, walking 100 days, planting 100 flowers... you get the idea.  I'll be making 100 things!

It's not too late... you can start anytime.

Have a great day!

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The 100 Day Project

I've joined in with all the other creative folks to have fun with The 100 Day Project!  Check it out here. I will posting to Instagram mostly, so please follow me here.

Below are a couple mixed media collages I've made to contribute!  It's a lot of fun... no rules.. just have fun and be creative!

You don't have to make actual tangible "art," you can come up with your own cool idea to do 100 things.  These are great examples!  For me, it will be making 100 new pieces of art in any format.  So I am keeping it broad to allow myself to actually make it happen!  This includes, jewelry, painting and collage, taking photos, making cards, sewing for Phoebe... you get the idea!

Hope you're having a wonderful day.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Flip Your Wig in Huntington Beach on April 18th!

Come out to The Folk Artist in Huntington Beach on April 18th and join me while we step back to simpler time where shiny flip-top t-birds, pretty girls with red lipstick and perfectly coiffed hairstyles were the scene! 

We will be creating these darling carry cases with a lucite pink curler handles and vintage bobbie pins to hold all the beautiful artwork you will be making during our creative time together.  

I will teach you how to design fashionable, brightly colored wigs out of paint chips and think outside of the box to make your artwork pop and be uber-stunning!

Message me with any questions.  I'd love to hear from you!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sneak Peak of New Workshop "Flip your Wig"

I'm super excited to be teaching another new class!  I will be instructing a workshop at The Folk Artist in Hungtington Beach, CA on April 18th! 

This is class is going to be really cool!  

Here is info on the class and be sure and check it out here.
It's a fun-filled mixed-media collage workshop that is truly refreshing. Step back in time to old-fashioned beauty where shiny flip-top t-birds, pretty girls with red lipstick and perfectly coiffed hair styles were the scene. We will be creating our own fancy paper purse which contains your handmade beautiful artwork for this day of creating and designing.
Charming kits are included in the price of the class and contains beautiful and retro visuals that will bring back memories of days gone by. Just bring your craft kits that should include scissors (tiny, regular and decorative), glue sticks, paper cutter, favorite markers and a few favorite paint colors, favorite papers, scraps and ephemera. 

Shhhh.... I will share a little secret.  These wigs are made out of paint chips!

Please let me know you've stopped by.  I'd love to hear from you.

Have a wonderful day.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Spirited Journey for the Soul at Make Art in LA on June 13th

I'm excited about the class I will be teaching at Make Art in LA on June 13th.  I've been creating some more pages and reworking a few as well.  Sometimes I walk away, or "sleep on it" and then new ideas come to mind.  I embellished these two a little more (from my last post) and I now I think they complete.

I love the little honey bee's umbrella.

All the 4x6 cards are safely held in a pretty handmade suitcase.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Spirited Journey for the Soul Workshop

Check out my upcoming workshop at Make Art in LA on June 13th. 

 I will show you how to create these 4x6 cards by utilizing beautiful images, paint, markers, glue and your own creativity! 

Take your unique artwork away in this handmade suitcase suitable for display in your own creative space!

Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Hottest Day of The Year so Far Was the Day Holly Spent 12 hours at the Flea Market...

I need to get a t-shirt made that reads, I Survived the Melrose Trading Post in 93 Degree Weather! This picture was taken about 8am so it was actually really nice out.  Around 1030am it really started heating up and never cooled off.  It was a very long day.  I learned a lot about flea markets vs. arts and craft/mixed media fairs.  Let's just say that I'm going to stick with the crafty venues!

The day before I vended at the flea market, I decided I wanted to plant some cute succulents in vintage containers.  I found these French mustard pots at a local thrift store and really enjoyed putting everything together. I wouldn't have been too upset if they didn't sell because I really loved how they turned out.  But they sold! 

The skirt I'm wearing up above is one of the easy-peasy "pillowcase" styles I found on Pinterest. Just two pieces of fabric sewn together.  I made a matching top too!  When worn together it just looks like a dress.

Hope you're all staying cool... or warm wherever you are in the world.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My New Workshop: A Spirited Journey for the Soul

I'm thrilled to announce that I will be teaching again at Make Art in LA on June 13th!

Exciting and artful destinations await you with this step-by-step class.

You will walk away with a gorgeous handmade portfolio filled with your beautiful works of art.

Click here for more information on signing up.

This is just a sneak peek of the beautiful 4x6 portfolio cards I will be teaching in this 6-hour class.

Contact me or Make Art in LA for more info!