Friday, July 03, 2015

Visual Journaling Inspired by Fashion


Paper incorporated with images, paint, pen and glue!

Thanks for looking and have a marvelous day.

Holly

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Holly Loves Art Doll, Visual Journaling, Jewelry and More!

New Holly Loves Art Dolls available in my Etsy shop. Click here to read more!

Continuing on with the 100 Days of Art Project.  I don't think I've missed a day of creating once!  Here is one of the journal pages I've collaged during this process of daily creativity.

A custom necklace and earrings for a client who loves feathers!

I also designed a line of "Love is Love" necklaces in honor of Gay Pride month.  Sharing them on Facebook brought a lot of awareness and many new happy customers found me!

I'm always designing unique pieces with found objects and vintage pieces like this rhinestone broach.

 These two are designed with a vintage bullet casing and a vintage salt shaker as the focal points.

And a post wouldn't be complete without sweet Phoebe.  She's my little doll.

Hope you're all having a wonderful summer.

Holly

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Holly Loves Art Doll Made Especially for Terry

 My friend Terry commissioned me to make her a custom Holly Loves Art Doll in her favorite colors, which are blacks and creams.  You should see her art studio! It's perfectly color-coordinated in these striking colors.  So this little gal fit just perfectly with her decor.  

This little lady even comes with her own pet Frenchie, Which is one of Terry's favorite dog breeds (although I've seen her go crazy for all dogs!).


 The top reads, Dear Little You.
And Terry's initials are on the back of the doll.

For those of you who know me, I LOVE making custom pieces.  Contact me if you want one too!
Have a fantastic day!
Holly

Monday, June 01, 2015

Dogoupage!

 Oh for the Love of Dog! 

Here is my latest dogoupage of my beloved Phoebe.
My favorite student made this precious portrait of Apple Butter, this past Saturday.  It's quite wonderful isn't it?

Here are the two previous class samples I've made previously. This is Jingle.

And this is my mom's dog, Romeo.

I will be teaching this class at OVA Arts in Ojai, CA on July 19th.

I LOVE teaching this class and can't wait to do it again.

Have a lovely day.

Holly

Friday, May 29, 2015

News Flash! People still LOVE Receiving Snail Mail!

Boring white envelopes are.... well they are B-O-R-I-N-G! Sure, it's the thought that counts and if you're still sending tangible greeting cards then way to go! But next time try doodling or adding some stickers to the outside of your envelope to really it make it stand out in your friend's mailbox!

I've been told by my recipients that seeing something cheery that's NOT a bill is the best part of their day!  So next time take a highlighter and brighten up your envelope!




Here is an envelope I designed many years ago.  It was published in a beautiful book entitled, Good Mail Day...


I love knowing you stopped by so please leave me a quick message!

Cheers!
Holly

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Spirited Journey for the Soul





I will be teaching this workshop at Make Art in LA on June 13th.  Be sure and check out the class info for more details.

Hope you're having a wonderful day!
Cheers,
Holly

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.

Cheers,
Holly

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!

Holly

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.

Holly

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.

Cheers,
Holly

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!

Cheers!
Holly

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!

Holly

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!
Cheers!
Holly