As a little girl, I was always fascinated by paper dolls. It pains me to see so many children glued to their iPads… and not creating imaginative worlds all their own. Maybe it’s an old way of thinking, but I used to spend hours and hours creating stories and scenarios with my paper dolls… or even the most mundane things, like pebbles and sticks on a bed of moss (maybe that’s a country thing). I think much of those worlds I created as a child have stuck with me, and have allowed me to open my imagination today.
Lately I’ve been creating these paper doll marionette-style dancers (inspired by this one)… and I’m loving how they are turning out! I’m using brads to connect all the joints and make them moveable. I’ve got a few ideas of what to do with them… and I can’t wait to share it. What do you think of them, these magical creatures!?
Maybe it’s because I grew up in the south… but I can’t get enough of snow. It’s always been so magical to me! I remember not being able to sleep as a kid if there were as much as flurries in the forecast… it felt like Christmas!
I’ve lived in Boston for four years now, and the enchantment of snow has yet to wear off. It’s one of the most peaceful things to wake up before dawn, or go out late in the night to walk in fresh snow.
Lucky for me, we have snow in the forecast today… and hopefully many more this winter!
Do you guys love snow as much as I do?
P.S. I found the most gorgeous acrylic paint yesterday (used on the curtain above). It’s called Pearl Mica Flakes.
‘Tis the season of warm neutrals and pops of red…!
I just wanted to say THANK YOU! It’s an incredible feeling to be able to share my passion with you guys. Your comments, emails, tweets, and likes, inspire me everyday. I’m incredibly thankful to be able to do what I do.
This month has been crazy, but so much fun! I’m taking a much needed breather in a cabin tucked away in the woods of NH with some friends for the rest of the week. I hope you all will take a moment to do absolutely nothing with me!
When I come back, I have a few surprises for you guys, so stay tuned!
Don’t forget to enter both of my giveaway’s before the end of this week: Holiday Giveaway 1 & Holiday Giveaway 2.
It’s finally here!
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It’s time for another holiday giveaway!
This time, I’ve partnered with H&M to give away this piece from their recent collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela!
Trust me when I say this coat will keep you warm, it’s HUGE! I absolutely love how they’ve styled it in the photo above.
HOW TO WIN:
Leave a comment below (be sure to leave your email address too).
Also, follow me and tweet this phrase for an extra entry: ““i just entered to win a @mmm_official x @hm coat from @paperfashion’s holiday giveaway! http://bit.ly/UQhNcN”
Contest open to US residents only. Last day to enter is Nov. 24th by midnight. Coat valued at $349.
Be sure to enter my other giveaway which is open till Friday!
Remember when I posted a while back about my trip to see the latest Buick Encore? Well, they like my ideas and now we’re off to Atlanta in December! Thanks to everyone who liked my Pinboard, which is a visualization of what I’d like the interior of the car to look like… think classic and glamorous!
If they continue to like my vision, it will be brought to life by the Buick team themselves, cool huh!?
Check out my profile on their tumblr & lookbook (along with the other fab bloggers!) here. You can also check out Buick’s roundup of our visions on their own pinboard here.
Post sponsored by Buick.
Watercolor Set/ Watercolor Paper/ Paintbrush/ MagicWand Scanner/ Swarovski Crystals/ Glitter/ Glue Pen
With the holidays just around the corner, I thought I’d put together a little gift guide (and giveaway below!) for all the fashion artists out there! These are some of my absolute favorite supplies. This very watercolor set was a Christmas gift to me years and years ago from my aunt… and what I still use today. For more info on these supplies, see my tutorial post here and here.
I’m also happy to announce a holiday giveaway in partnership with Laurence King! We’ve teamed up to give away some of my favorite fashion illustration books… Masters of Fashion Illustration, Drawing Fashion Accessories, and Sticker Fashionista by Kelly Smith. What fabulous gifts these would make!
HOW TO WIN: Simply leave a comment here telling me which book you’d like and why! You are more than welcome to make an entry for all three books (please leave separate comments per book). Please make sure to enter your email address so I can contact you if you win!
Also, be sure to tweet about the contest for a second entry using this phrase: “i want to win (enter favorite book here) from the @paperfashion holiday fashion book giveaway! http://bit.ly/TNAppE”
The last day to enter is November 23…three winners will be chosen the following day.
Contest open to US & International residents.
When it comes to bags, I gravitate towards elegant design with high quality and simple details…
When my friend Lindy showed me her latest design I fell in love! Lindy is the talented designer behind Lotuff Leather, which creates luxurious men’s bags. This week they released their new women’s line, and I’m dying over them. Their logo is embossed on the interior, which is branding sophistication if you ask me! There’s nothing that erks me more than over branded bags.
My illustration above is of their latest Zipper Satchel #9 in a deep forest green… and how great is that tassle (which are all hand braided!)? You can bet this bag will be joining me everywhere from now on.
I love the glamour that goes into being a woman…
See my other mirror related illustrations here & here.
Print available for purchase here.
Ever since I attended to the Boston Ballet last week, I’m completely obsessed with painting dancers…
and I don’t think it’s going to stop anytime soon!
Print available for purchase here. Illustration inspired by Gelsey Kirkland.
Don’t forget, it’s election day!
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Stop by to see me (and a few other fabulous artists) illustrate live! I’ll be illustrating one of these pieces from their new Soiree Collection. Can’t wait to meet you all!
Last night I attended a beautiful performance by the Boston Ballet. If you haven’t been to the Boston Opera House, you must go.
Ballet has always fascinated me (even beyond my failed attempt as a little girl). It’s one of the most beautiful artistic uses of the human body… but I think what draws me in even more are the costumes. As a little girl, I was pretty disappointed that my first ballet class didn’t directly involve wearing a glittery tutu and pointe shoes. That crushed my dreams right there… I was set on being a prima ballerina right away! Maybe that’s why it didn’t quite work out between us.
I figure the only way we can work out is if I sketch them; and one day I’m going to convince them to let me sketch backstage.
It’s time for another Paul Mitchell curl confession!
I’m slowly getting the hang of wavy hair… which is getting easier and easier the more I grow my hair out. I did the pixie/ super short bob look for a while… and now I’m ready to try longer hair again (jeeze it takes forever to grow!). I used to love styling my hair, but with short hair you really can’t do too much to it.
Have you guys tried the Paul Mitchell curls products yet? Upload a picture of your own Curl Confession on the Truth About Curls Facebook app using the hashtag #curlconfession! You can also enter for a chance to win the products!
I recently did these illustrations for a friend who owns a local salon in downtown Boston, Jeffrey Lyle.
Post sponsored by Paul Mitchell.