A Year of Doodles – monthly themed drawing tutorials for kids

My first online, kids-geared doodle program, Doodle Days of Summer, was a hit! i have been floored and humbled by the nice feedback you all have sent me! What i thought would just be some fun doodles, ended up being a big confidence builder for kids, and an activity they looked forward to week after week.

So i decided to keep going!

Here are the details for A Year of Doodles!

12 Archived doodle demo videos are accessible, one for each month of the year.  i’ll be offering some visuals and ideas for how you can apply each month’s doodle to actual projects…..teacher gifts, greeting cards, new year noisemakers. There will be a short section at the end of each tutorial that suggests some ways to put your doodles to use as a professional artist might!

IN A NUTSHELL:

Think; hearts in February, stars and stripes in July. Kids can use their doodles to make holiday cards, crafts, and decorations if they like. i will share ideas at the end of each video. : )

- Videos include a super fast-warp speed section showing me creating the doodle start to finish by hand. + a slower, step by step section

- Videos will be hosted on my Vimeo page online. When you register, you will receive a link to the group page and the password for the videos. Videos run about 25 minutes.

-You will have UNLIMITED! access to all videos. So feel free to use the tutorials at your own pace, on your own schedule.

-$20 per individual household/family

****Please note: if you are a camp administrator, scout leader, or teacher and would like to purchase for your group of 6 or more children, please contact me for group pricing. i am happy to provide it!

Feel free to register at any time and just start with whatever month is relevant.

Here’s a little teaser video i had created for the first Doodle Series that shows  a portion of what the tutorials will be like. Take a look to gauge whether the program will be appropriate for your little artist. FYI – Beta testing provided by my 8 year old son was a success! : ) Full length videos will feature the warp speed drawing section with upbeat music, PLUS the slowed down tutorial screen capture section with voice-over as i move through each step. Click the image below to view the video example on Vimeo.


Register Now! $20.00USD  United States Residents ONLY please.

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Summer Doodling Program for KIDS!

Introducing my first Kids-Geared Doodle Program perfect for summer vacation! What a fun way to keep your kids using that creative right-brain all summer long!

Kids are so proud when they can create impressive artwork on their own. Once the doodles are done, get creative with your kids! Have an end of summer art show, scan their work and have it printed on t-shirts, or decoupage their favorites onto frames for grandma or their teacher.

Here are the details for Doodle Days of Summer!

- 12 doodle demo videos, roughly 1 per week for the whole summer

-Videos will be hosted on my Vimeo page online.

-You will have UNLIMITED! password access to all videos

-$15 per household/family so siblings can all participate.

****Please note: if you are a camp administrator, scout leader, or teacher and would like to purchase for your group, please contact me for group pricing. i am happy to provide it!

Feel free to register at any time and go at your own pace. It doesn’t have to be summer, even!

i’ve created a free printable example for you! (just click the image below) You can expect the weeklies to have about this level of detail. But each of the 12 weeks will have a different theme. This one was CIRCLES. Also planned are: Flowers, Robot, Surfboard, Monsters, Birds, Letters and more!

i’ve also included a little teaser video that shows  a portion of what the tutorials will be like, so that you can gauge whether the program will be appropriate for your little artist. FYI – Beta testing provided by my 8 year old son was a success! : ) Full length videos will feature the warp speed drawing section with upbeat music, PLUS the slowed down tutorial screen capture section with voice-over as i move through each step. Click the image below to view the video example on Vimeo.


***note – please be aware when purchasing that your paypal email address is the one where the login info will be sent.

Register Now! $15.00USD  United States Residents ONLY please

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Family Seek N Find – a project from Creative Doodling & Beyond

One of the projects i had the most fun with in the doodle book is this Family Seek n Find. Each family member drew their answers to a series of targeted questions. i made a key listing all the items drawn by each family member. Then i filled the rest of the empty space with random doodles. Framed under glass, the Seek n Find can be used again and again using wipe-able dry erase markers to circle each find.

My 5 year old is so proud he helped and shows his friends when they come to play.

Try it out with your family! Its a keepsake, a game, and a way to spend an afternoon of creating with your family, all rolled into one!

 

Yay for Productivity!

Nothing like the sun streaming through the studio window on a sunday afternoon. Endless possibilities. This is such a beautiful sight to me.

Every weekend i swear i will catch up on overdue work and get some fresh new artwork done.

Every weekend flashes by in the blink of an eye and i come up short.

But this weekend, for some reason….i got it ALL done??? …and then some. So that meant that i could spend some time this lovely sunday afternoon being creative.

i’ve been keeping a little secret. i was contacted by an artist/author whom i consider to be pretty. darn. great. and she asked if i wanted to be part of her upcoming Blog Book Tour! Wow! Yay! (Once my very wet-behind-the-ears-in-the-world-of-publishing self came to understand what that was, i was stoked!) Essentially, she’ll be guest posting on popular creative blogs all over the web in the coming weeks talking about the launch of her new book, offering tips and tricks. interviews, videos and the like. Its a press junket that doesn’t require leaving your couch.

Turns out that this artist is about to roll out her own doodle book this month and thought we could partner on some fun press opportunities!!

Now, this is the part where i get all soft and squishy thinking of how many beautiful people i’ve met since embarking down this road toward my dream of being a full-time artist. i have found this community to be so giving, so willing to help. Nobody is looking to hog all the limelight and i have yet to meet a fellow artist who has been anything but amazingly generous.

Anyway, i’m still going to keep the full details under wraps a tad longer, but i thought i’d post some little tidbits from this first collaborative project we are working on together. i got to do Phase 1, then pass my work off to her for Phase 2, then i get it back for round 3 and …you get the idea. i can’t wait to see what develops! Happy Sunday!

and i have my life back…

The past year has been a whirlwind of pregnancy, baby, artwork, design work, some amazing new business opportunities and my first baby steps into the world of publishing!

i feel extremely lucky for all that has come my way this past year. i have always dreamed of having a book published with my artwork or words on the inside. And i’ve been gifted the chance to put out 2 such books in these past 8 months.  i’ve just put the last few details into place for very last content submission on the second book.

There’s not really a dedication page in the doodle book…but as a little love note to my family, i included the above photo as an accompaniment to my Tool & Materials lists.

Can’t wait to move forward to the next step on my path!

Under-Watercolor – new artwork

Under-Watercolor-smi have a problem with doing things in threes.

My previous post was an experiment with some photoshop brushes to create a colorful transparent effect with a doodled top layer. And here’s another….#2…..which means ya’ll can count on at least one more in this style!

A customer had asked me to do a painting with “Marmalade” as its color story. Bright, sunshiney, orangey tones. Since i typically have no exact expectations for color when i begin a painting, i thought a digital painting would be a great exericse to help me build the color profile for the painting.

This is the result. i like it.

Now, when i do the actual “Marmalade” painting, some variations will inevitably occur. Paint is an animal all its own, of course…not as well behaved always as the pixels on my screen. But this is a good start. And in the meantime, i’ll happily make myself a print of this little ditty because the color just makes me so darned happy!

So thanks Kristina, for unwittingly helping me create a new art piece for my house. It’ll be in a frame by end of day. : )