OMG! I’ve updated my blog!

I know I haven’t updated my blog in MONTHS but after a long hiatus –  I AM BACK! I’m excited to start posting my art projects and getting the artist interviews going again. It’s been very challenging finding time to blog in between full time work and taking care of Ethan. I’m going to make a goal to update a few times a week even it’s just a short entries. :)

I’ve been wanting to share some pictures of cakes and baked goodies I’ve made in the past few months. I took cake decorating classes at Micheal’s and kind of fell in love with it. Here are a few pictures of my creations, they are nothing amazing but I’ve had a lot of fun making them (except for the Mario Mushroom cake which was a disaster end I ended up in tears but it was okay because our friends still loved it, or at least pretended to! Ha!).  I love creating things with with fondant, it’s basically like making edible art. :) Here are a few photos of my creations thus far.

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Last minute Easter Treat Ideas!

Ok, so this post is pretty late. It feels like Easter snuck up on us this year! I was looking around online for some ideas and thought I’d share some of my finds. Here are some super cute crafts you can do that are pretty cheap and easy.

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You can make cute little chics by decorating some eggs with feathers, markers and colored foam.

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Easter peep s’mores! You can learn how to make these here.

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Here’s an easy tutorial on how to make these Mickey and Minnie candy holders out of toilet paper rolls!

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Another toilet paper roll Easter craft but this one is a bunny! These are candy holders!

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Adorable peep cupcakes! Just add frosting and plop a peep on top!

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This is fast and easy idea to give out as gifts using your child’s handprint. :)

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This one is really cool but maybe not so little kid friendly because it looks like they doodled on the eggs with a Sharpie! Eeek!

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Cute bunnys made out of paper plates. :)

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Chalk eggs! So neat!

Hope you guys liked these. :)

Random cute Valentine’s stuff.. :)

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heart1. Arrow to the Heart Stud Earrings by rareindeed
Handmade earrings made from durable shrink plastic, which were hand drawn and coloured.

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heart2. Box of Chocolate by MyPaperCrane
This box of chocolates if perfect for Valentine’s Day. These were sewn from a variety of fabrics, these little chocolates come packaged in a plastic heart with clear lid & red ribbon. Sooo adorably sweet!

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heart3. Breaking Bad Heisenberg Valentine’s Day Card
Walt would be proud. This is just plain awesome.

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heart4. Personalized Tattoo Paper Doll with Custom Message Heart Candy Card
Crankbunny cards are great! They have gotten really creative with their card designs – they are like tiny works of art!

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heart5. Snapchat Barbie Art Print by Bei Badgirl
One of my favorite female artists, her style is sexy and cute and for a limited time you can get 3 different versions of her Snapchat print!

 
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New stuff up in my Society6 shop!

I noticed Society6 now offers throw pillows so I had to order some! I must say, the quality is very nice. :) I suggest just buying the covers and stuffing the pillows yourself! You can get the stuffing for cheap at Micheals (don’t forget your 50% off coupon!) Here’s a picture of the two I ordered for Ethan’s room.

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A few quick Animal Crossing themed drawings I made. :)
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Be sure to check out my shop on Society6!

★ Artist Interview – Michelle Romo of Crowded Teeth ★

I’ve been a fan of Michelle’s work for years! I love her style and she’s been a huge inspiration for me. :)

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Could you tell us a little about your creative process? What’s a day in the life of Michelle Romo like?
Day to day is always something new! I currently have 2 day jobs! So I have to start off making sure all of those projects are taken care of first. When working on my own projects I look at my schedule (art shows, and freelance, and other misc. projects) and usually pick first based on the deadline. I’ll finish all of the illustration work first, then if the projects require something past just illustration I will work on the production file and communicate with the manufacturer (laser cutters, stained glass people, jewelry makers).

Depending on what the item is it can take a day to a month to get the pieces back to me. Then I spend time painting, gluing or packaging a finished item. So any given day could be any part of that process! Most days it’s a mix of all of those things.

If you could do an artist collaboration with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
I’d love to collaborate with Junko Mizuno! I just love her art so much, she’s a long time favorite of mine.

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You did some amazing work for the Flaming Lips (this is all sorts of awesome!)  How did this come about?
Thanks! It all came about through the magic of Twitter!

I ran into Michelle Martin-Coyne at a Flaming Lips show and brought her a bunch of Crowded Teeth bags and prints. Then we just started talking on Twitter and she asked me if I wanted to make some stuff with her! I said yes! She is an unbelievably sweet person. From there she passed my contact information to Wayne Coyne and he has asked me to do some really cool projects for the band. Wayne is always very kind and I am always thrilled when he asks me to draw something. Being a huge fan of The Flaming Lips it’s a real treat to work with them!

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What do you think is the best/worst part of being an artist?
Best is getting to draw silly things that other people like.
Worst is hating all of those things the second after you finish them – haha!

What is your happiest memory?
My happiest memory is just kind of a general memory of being a kid during the summer. Watching old sitcoms, playing with both cars and My Little Ponies on this big brown rug in the living room. Life was easy! Feeling warm and happy.

What snack food, drink, song inspires you?
Snack: Flaming Hot Cheetos (Why are they so good! They are made out of poison! I know they are bad for me but if they are near me I must eat them)
Food: Cake all the time.
Drink: I don’t know! I mostly drink water – it’s not very inspiring.
Song: Man – tough to pick one! I do like the Dr. Dog song Livin’ A Dream right now though.

If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?
The ability to freeze time! There is never enough time to do all of the things I want to do. Mostly I’d just use it to nap more.

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Can you give some advice to artists who are trying to start their own business?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. When I started I had a hard time letting go and asking people to help me out. This resulted in me doing my own accounting, making my own sales calls, figuring out production, shipping orders, etc. etc. Of course I think it’s good when you start out to learn how to do all aspects of a business, and a lot of times it’s out of necessity! But I think it’s also important to play to your strengths and ask people (or hire people if you can!) to help.

After being a control freak and doing all of that I went crazy for awhile, life just became too overwhelming. When I pulled myself together I realized that what I really wanted to do was draw. I refocused and started to get into licensing my artwork to companies who specialize in making products. For me this ended up being a better option than managing production myself. I think if I would have just let go sooner and asked for help I would have been able to grow my business and I probably wouldn’t have felt so overwhelmed. I ended up going in a different direction – but it worked out in the end!

If you could speak to one kind of animal, what would it be?
Cats. My cats (Hurts and Morgan) specifically.

What can we expect from you in the future? Let us know of any art shows coming up. :)
I am planning a big show in June! But I can’t talk about it yet! It’s going to be the biggest solo-type show I’ve ever done though! I’m in few local shows coming up soon: a Star Wars Tribute Show at Gallery Nucleus (opening May 4th), a Go Nagai Tribute Show at Q-Pop Show (opening May 11th), and I am curating and doing art for a group show at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland in September!

Oh! And also 3 new pieces for the Wonderground Gallery in Downtown Disney. The new theme is a secret – but the opening is mid-June!