Friday, October 2, 2015

one step closer.....

    I have cut my hours at work so that I have Friday's off. My goal with that is to teach myself how to make videos and start teaching on-line classes ( can you say... it's about time? ) ..... so sign up ABOVE where it says online classes  - don't forget to leave me an email address. Because my goal is January to start a lettering class to end all lettering classes. But for now... i'm gonna keep practicing on you all with these freebie ones. So let me know what I can improve on or what you like...

    So today was my first attempt. My video is now up on my You Tube channel - HERE! Yes, it's true... i have a you tube channel. You should subscribe. It's LINDSAY OSTROM.... not the Lindsay Ostrom that is the food blogger called "A pinch of yum" - although she is younger and cuter than me. Just type in LINDSAY OSTROM in the search box, or click HERE!  This sweet little pumpkin is the project that I taught..... Pretty Little Doodled Pumpkins. I showed how to draw this little pumpkin from start to finish.... however it was too wet to do the colored pencil detail so, in the video... I said I would post it here.

    So, how i finished this piece was by adding the scribbled detail in colored pencil and then put the piece together. I sewed the water color pumpkin card onto some black and white polka dot fabric and then sewed that piece onto a deckled edge piece of grey handmade paper. I added in some fluffy bits and pieces of lace, burlap, tulle and some fabric strips. Last was the hanger. I love to buy those fun wire hangers at the craft store. I keep all sizes in my craft room so that I can easliy add an art piece to them. I punched holes in the handmade paper and tied the piece to the hanger with torn strips of fabric. I hope you guys try this on your own. Please email me a pic if you do and you love it! I would love to see what you do....

    Stay tuned for my next video. Not sure what I will do yet.... but it will be simple and sweet and in touch with the season. Happy Fall!!!

Did i mention my You Tube channel.... if not, it's - 
click on my name and it will take you right there....

Monday, September 28, 2015

Plein Air

I think until just recently, I never really thought about my art as anything but cute and fun. We just got back from Yosemite and I took a plain air ( in the open air)field sketching watercolor class with my hubby. The class was with Janet Takahashi. Very inspiring... Google her. I could have sat in the church bowl basin and painted those trees and granite boulders forever. It was almost a religious experience for me. Almost. 

I found some art within me out in the great outdoors that I never knew I had in me. Don't get me wrong, I live out in the forest and could go outside and draw anytime. But for some reason I don't. Janet made it a big ahh ha moment.

And now I just keep thing of ways to incorporate nature into every piece I do. I follow a gal on instagramnamed Emily Jeffords and she only paints landscapes with oils and mainly clouds. On the ride home yesterday the sky was painted in corals, pinks, lavenders, blues and Greys.

I couldn't snap the photos fast enough. Not sure what I will do with this yet - maybe an art quilt. But until that creative moment arises... I will just keep looking at it in awe of it's amazing colorful explosion of perfection. Go outside. Look at what nature offers. Really look. It's awesome....

Sunday, August 9, 2015


What Would Lindsay Do?

This week, I went to bed with a slight pain in my wrist. I had only done what I do everyday... written orders and typed on the computer at work and then doodled when I woke up and doodled when I got home. That's what I do... everyday. And then, in the middle of the night... the pain grew and grew and grew. So, at 4am when I could no longer stand it, I called the nurse line and made an appointment with a doctor for 11am. At 5am, i woke the hubs and told him that I need to get to ER. I think I have broken my wrist. Mind you, he had just had a small surgery the day before and was not in tiptop shape himself. But I couldn't hold a pen, let alone, a steering wheel!!!

He obliged, as sweetly as he always does... I think he saw the pain in my face and knew that I wasn't kidding. A half hour and one taco bell crunchwrap later ( for the driver ) we were at the ER - with NO WAIT LINE!!! Doctor came right in and I was ready for the X-Ray. Which never came!!! Instead after asking me a few doctorly questions, he pushed down on the flat back side of my wrist. You know, the fleshy part. I screamed and stood up and then dropped to the ground in pain. He smiled. Kept it up for a moment in a few different ways and then looked at me and said

I felt like he had just given me a death sentance....
what are you kidding? 
do you know who i am?
do you know what i do?
do you know how far i have come this year to get to this place?

I felt like my life was over.
My hubs just looked at me and shook his head.
He knew. He really got it.
I have not been seen without a pen in my hand for weeks, months. An recently, I am constructing two or three pieces a day. I have personal deadlines and work deadlines and I LOVE a good deadline. Being a listmaker... if you give me a task and tell me it needs to be done in 3 minutes, by God... it will be.

So, now what?
He said, no use for 2 weeks -
wear that God Awful splint and maybe it the pain goes away,
i can control it with a splint every now and then

what, are you kidding me?
what would you do if someone said you couldn't do what you love to do anymore? I have no clue what to do for 2 weeks. Might as well throw me in jail. 

but instead...
a calm has come over me.
I have sat. I have read, I have done some one handed cleaning and some supervising of cleaning, I left the house during the day with my hubs to attend a car show ( i never go out in the day these days... too many deadlines! ), I watched a movie with NOTHING in my hand and today.... I think a hammock and a good book is in store for me.

if I have learned something from this... it is above here.
Let yourself rest.
I am still going a bit nuts, but i get it.
and in case you need to know...
i did hen pick this post with ONE HAND!

happy sunday...
be a good member of the human race.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

National Coloring Book Day!!!!

So excited to share this day with you all
I couldn't be more excited to turn my air conditioning on, get out the watercolors and colored pencils and sit myself 
( and my hubs if he'll indulge me ) , turn on the Hallmark Channel and color the day away.
Here is a freebie for you.
COPY AND PASTE this cool old black and white 
image that I did years ago...
print it out on watercolor paper or cardstock
and have fun coloring today too!

I am over the moon to announce 
that ADORNIT has come out with 8 coloring books
that should be released at the end of August
3 of those are mine!!!
Above is an everyday book of pretty florals, trailers and
full moon girls called This and That 
 Above here is a Halloween coloring book and below is my
Christmas book. What sets these apart from others is that they
are printed on heavy watercolor papers and they are not all just 8x10-
some are 5x7, 4x6 and sweet little 3x4's that can all be taken out of the book
and used to create journal pages, put in your planners,
make cards with them or just frame when you are done.
I will be taking pre-orders in a week or so over on
my etsy page 
so save your pennies!!!
and go COLOR!!!
Happy National Coloring Book Day

Saturday, August 1, 2015


 I have been hoping to write a possitive blog post on HOPE and where I personally have been headed recently and then something so sad happened to my sweet friend Danielle who bought my store - The Paper Rabbit. But here goes... because I still have hope. 

We were on advisory evacuation for the past week from my home due to fire. We were, at worst, a mile and a half from the fire and although that is not super close... it's close enough to make you think. And, I had to leave for Salt Lake City for a show for work so the fire got worse while I was gone. 

A strange thing happened to my when I was taking what I could from the house and loading it into the car. I first freaked out, which is totally me. Crying and running in every direction in the house mumbling to myself that I had no idea what to grab first. And with the first few trips to the car with my arms full of photos, a million scrapbooks, videos of kids when they were little... and just a couple of personal things.... A calm came over me.

You have such little control over these wild fires especially where we live. You have to just put your faith in the firefighters and just let go. And that's what I did. We are hoarders, both my husband and I. We love our collections and we have alot of stuff. I have my art, my kids art, my bowl collection, my rabbit collection, my journals, years of vinyl records and books.... so so much. I got what as important to me and then...the calm took over. I grabbed one more thing and was done. My big teddy. My dad gave him to me when I was born / adopted and he is so important to me. 

I think my kids thought I had gone over the deep end with how calm I was. I think in a way, I did too. But it felt freeing and gave me hope. We are no longer in danger - 75% containment and I know that the firefighters will get it mopped up this weekend, so everything is coming back in the house. But not before I take a good look at what I didn't take. Now, my hubs on the other hand reacted in a way I would have never expected. He filled up two cars and a trailer with stuff... tons of stuff. He loves his stuff... hahaha. In his defense, he had three extra days at the house looking stuff over and having an opportunity to make those last minute decisions. But he is in a world of trouble now with my new way of looking at stuff.... we have got to simplify.
   I challenge you all to take a look at your "stuff" and think about what's really important to you. It will really give you a freeing sense of HOPE.
    In the midst of all my new found HOPE, this happened. My sweet friend Danielle bought my old store in So Cal - The Paper Rabbit about 10 years ago. And then... she "pinked" it up. She is a huge lover of pink. A very girly girl. So cute. Well, she got a pink Bug and put the store's logo and name on the side. Kids saw it and loved it. You knew danielle was doing a birthday party somewhere whenever you saw that sweet little VW. Everyone loved it....

   Fast forward to just a few days ago when she was having dinner at a friends and came out to find that someone poured clear lacquer all over it. Totally ruined it. The lacquer got into the engine. Ruined the paint, windshield.... everything. Totalled. HORRIBLE. Who does this stuff? And my HOPE is gone again. Until I started thinking ( and I messaged her but have not heard back yet.... ) if it still runs, let's doodle it up. She needs to just get out the sharpies and the paint pens and fix that baby right up. Show those thugs that all HOPE is not lost .... that with creativity and friends, you can make it even better. It just made me so so sad. She brings happiness to so many. Hang in there Danielle...

And lastly, my newest challenges.... the first of my Doodle A Day challenge with ElloLovey on Facebook - YELLOW was the word for the day. How can you not have hope with the color yellow. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

1000 plus like

I have a little drive this weekend to push my facebook page
up and over 1000 likes.
Well.... as of yesterday I now have well over 1000!
thanks to everyone who liked the page and because of all of that....
I will be hosting a big huge, gigantic
give away starting this weekend!
you should.
You could win something cool....
and in the mean time, 
here is an old ( 9 years plus ) 
piece of coloring art done by me...
see, I was coloring, when coloring wasn't cool!
and... next week, i have a big surprise to 
announce and it has alot to do with 
the new adult coloring craze!
enjoy the rest of summer!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Valentine art in July!

Seems like all I do lately is draw. Big surprise. My husband says that I have a pen attached to one hand and my phone to the other taking pics of what I draw. Every now and then I get outside... not often. I have just completed art for two companies. Everyday, Halloween and Christmas... about 90 images in total for some super sneeky surprise products. This sweet girl is one of 25 images for Valentine Stamps for Impression Obsession. I am now moving on to Spring. I do love it... or I wouldn't do it. I just wish I could do it full time so I wasn't doodling at all God awful hours of the night. But I do work well with deadlines... that part is cool. I now have two weeks to get all the Spring images done and then... onto a few projects that have been floating around in my head for quite some time. I am just so thrilled that I have found a few companies that believe in me and my little doodles enough to see them through to actual products. Yippie. Ok... enough for now. Onto doodling. Hope your Sunday is full of creative dreams and doodles!