Wednesday, June 15, 2011

It's been a while...

I haven't posted in a while, so I thought I'd write about what I've been working on recently. I've really been neglecting my blogging duties.

I've been taking some online creative business courses. That's been really fun. I'm learning a lot and getting really excited about trying to start my own business.

I've also been sketching some new BedHeads. I'm trying to bring depth to them. Add backgrounds, etc. And I've been working a lot in my personal art journal. I've done some scrapbook style pages that I'll take photos of soon. And I will hopefully post those photos just as soon!

Just recently, I've been experimenting with recycled/upcycled jewelry making. I've done a lot of sketching/planning and am coming into the doing phase, which is my most favorite of all the phases! (:
The environment is one of my great loves, as are accessories, so this new foray combines both and I'm really enjoying it. Right now, I'm focusing on earrings. My goal is to create pieces of art that can be worn and are green!

So, that's what's going on in my world. What's going on in yours?

Nikki xoxo

Thursday, May 26, 2011

BedHead #2: You're Better Off Without Him

Here is my second painting in the BedHead series.

I had full intentions of painting her hair purple, but after the sketch was finished, I knew she was a redhead.
I'm really enjoying these girlies. They give me an outlet and seem to have personalities all their own.

Thanks for looking!
Nikki xoxo

Scrappy Wall Art

This is a piece I did 2 days ago with a random photo of my darling Pooky. I really enjoy making a scrapbook-inspired piece and using it as wall art.

I Love You Funny Face

As always, I can create a similar custom piece for you. Contact me for details.

Thanks for taking a peek!
Nikki xoxo

A Few Scrapbook Layouts

These are some layouts I've done over the last month or so that I really liked and decided to share. I do create custom scrapbooks and even single layouts, so contact me for details if you are interested.

3 Big Ideas for Her Third Birthday

Tiny Dreamer

Don't Smile

Thanks for looking!
Nikki xoxo

BedHead #1

This is my first painting in a series I've decided to call BedHead. It was meant to be just the one, but I loved her so much that I've been sketching similar ones since.
She's mixed media (mainly watercolor) on recycled cardboard.

Let me know what you think!

Nikki xoxo

A (Sort Of) Brief "Hey There"

I'm Nikki. And, obviously, this is my blog.

I'm in my twenties and still searching for my meaning. I'm a huge supporter of all things arty or crafty and pursue several creative endeavors. Through an obscene amount of contemplation, I've decided to put myself out on a limb and attempt to make a living with my work.

Art is what I love. Art is what I do. Art is what makes me happy.

I'm at my very best when I'm able to watch my ideas come to life by my own hand. And I feel most accomplished when I look down to realize I have ruined yet another shirt or pair of pants or when I look in the mirror and notice chunks of dried glue in my hair.

I'm hoping this blog will expose people to my art and open doors. I want people to see the love I have for what I do through my work. I hope to inspire. I hope to help someone realize their true appreciation or love of art. (I hope to make some money!) Haha.

I'm also hoping to open an Etsy shop very soon. I do commissioned work upon request, so please feel free to contact me through comment here or by email.

I am also an extremely concerned animal lover. That is why a portion of all sales of my work will benefit my local animal shelter: Animal Rescue of Carroll! Please visit their site or contact me for details.

Everything here is 100% my work. And whether you love it or hate it, always feel free to let me know!

Nikki xoxo