1 DAY UNTIL LAUNCH!

It’s…
a print
a blank canvas
a fun DIY project
it’s interactive
it’s your story and mine
it’s our journeys
it’s community
it’s for sharing, encouraging, and inspiring 🖤

Still a lot left to do today but excited to launch tomorrow! See you then 😊


2 DAYS UNTIL LAUNCH!

I’ve been waiting a looong time for the right project to come along so I could get something letterpressed and it finally happened! 😃 I couldn’t picture this project in any other form.

Just a few days away from the big reveal but I started working with Chloe at Barrio Press back in July to get these ready for their September launch! Chloe was AMAZING to work with and had such a thoughtful contribution that I’ll tell you more about soon (you can see it in the second pic). I also love that she uses her art to give back and she’s a fellow Virgo! ♍️ A big thank you to Britt at Swell Press for connecting us! 


3 DAYS UNTIL LAUNCH!

I don’t remember when I heard it or where, but from a very young age the words “starving artist” began lingering in my mind.

I started to believe that it was true or that it could be true.

This idea that artists can’t be successful, won’t make any money, isn’t a sustainable job affected some pretty important choices I made, like what college to go to and what career path to take.

I know now that none of those things are true, but sometimes it’s still work to make sure I’m not letting these old false beliefs creep back into my mind.

This new interactive piece is a reminder for myself —and for anyone who may need it—that those two words don’t define us or shape us. There is so much value, abundance, and potential in the artists we‘re meant to be and in all that we create! I hope we always remember this✨

PS: It’s a little hard to tell but that’s some letterpress on cotton stock in this sneak peek!


4 DAYS UNTIL LAUNCH!

When I sat down to write the email about my first art collection, what came out wasn’t what I expected! I had an important realization and it’s been on my mind ever since.

During these past months, I’ve turned it into something tangible, a way to share our journeys and stories, and it encompasses something I feel a lot of us should embrace and never forget.

I’m still preparing and finishing up some final details, but here’s a look at my notes and where it all started. I’m nervous but excited to tell you all about it later this week!

PS: These 2 pieces from my first collection, Connect I, are still available and looking for the right person to find them. If you think it might be you, click on the link in my profile for original artwork for all the details!


PAINTING WITH WATERCOLORS AND SHARING IMPERFECT WORK

Creating and trying new things is messy and imperfect and sometimes it takes a lot of trial and error. It’s easy to forget that because we see so many images that are at the final advanced stages but not the bumpy beginnings.

I’ve been playing around with different mediums lately and thought the perfect way to push myself when it comes to watercolors was to join this month’s Paint With Me Challenge!

The PWMC is a free watercolor challenge hosted by my friend and talented artist, Susan. Each month, Susan shares a reference photo to paint as well as video of her painting it. I found it so helpful to watch her and the techniques she used! Whether you are just starting out or have been painting for awhile, I highly recommend joining in and painting something every month! You can learn more and sign up here. (If you want to delve in deeper, take a look at Susan’s Paint With Me Community!)

There is a lot I want to fix / do over, the paint that seeped through the tape is driving me nuts along with the tape not really coming off the paper, but in the spirit of embracing the process and humble beginnings and messiness, I still wanted to share it! I’m also trying to find the things I do like and give myself credit for trying! (We painted a cropped version of this photo by Ricardo Esquivel from Pexels.)

☁️ I love looking at clouds and have always wanted to paint them so even though this didn’t turn out exactly the way I envisioned it, I’m really glad to have tried! I hope to continue this process of trying and keep getting better at it, step by step!


7 DAY SKETCHBOOK CHALLENGE | DAY 7

This piece is part of my 7 day sketchbook challenge–learn more about it in this post!

Self portrait, 4/5 years old & 36 years old.

Ever since I found this self portrait I drew back in Kindergarten, I have taken it with me into every workspace I’ve moved into and worked in. It seems like the perfect reminder to myself of where I began, of where this all started.

Plus, this drawing cracks me up! I love all the wobbly and uneven shapes, my t-shirt (it’s a giraffe’s face, pretty sure it’s Geoffrey from Toys R Us possibly wearing a bow or goggles?), and my socks with ruffles on them. 😂

I have always loved children’s artwork because there is such joy, whimsy, freedom, and magic in them! I look at how I started drawing the circle for my head with a marker, but as I got to the bottom, it must have been a bit of a struggle because it ended up lopsided lol To the younger version of me, it didn’t matter that I couldn’t erase or fix it or that it was imperfect, I just kept going, crooked lines, incorrect proportions, and all! There is a big lesson in that, especially for someone who can get pretty obsessed with having things turn out “perfectly”. At some point, things changed but I hope that going forward, I can use this kindergarten self portrait as a way to remind myself of the beauty in imperfections, going for it, and letting go.

For the now version of my self portrait, I decided to give pencil drawing a shot. I rarely sketch these days and I almost never draw life like faces but I decided to go for it, just as I am sure 4 year old Olivia would have done without hesitation! I took a selfie and used that to draw from–I don’t think I’ve stared at my own face for that long before lol. I’m not sure how accurate it came out but I think it’s close enough and most importantly, it was fun to try and get lost in drawing! I added acrylic paint to the other side of the page and for me, those strokes represent all the things I have created in the past and what I will create in the future. It felt very fitting to wrap up this childhood inspired challenge with this particular exercise.

When I decided I was going to do this, I didn’t intend for my theme and inspiration to be my childhood–it naturally happened this way and I ended up really immersing myself in it and enjoying it! It was actually very therapeutic and healing for me to revisit happy memories and things I haven’t thought of for so long!

This mini challenge also reminds me of how when we show up and take one action, it snowballs and leads you to something else which then leads you to the next thing and so on… I mentioned in a previous post that there was a day I was feeling like I wouldn’t have time to do my page but I am so glad I kept this promise to myself and completed the 7 days without any breaks! There is so much value in consistency, even in small doses, and showing up for yourself.

If there’s something you’ve been thinking about doing more of, I hope you will try a 7 day challenge of your own and see what happens next :)

PS: If you’d like to do the challenge but aren’t sure what theme or prompts to use, here are the prompts I ended up using for my theme of childhood inspirations in case you’d like to try them out! I think they would translate well especially if your craft is in visual arts or the written word. (If you click on the links below, you can see what I did for that prompt.)

Day 1 – Crayons

Day 2 – Collage

Day 3 – Rainbow

Day 4 – Thread

Day 5 – Finger painting

Day 6 – Upside down

Day 7 – Self portrait