Monday, June 20, 2016

Happy Summer + 25% off!

It's the first official day of Summer. Let's celebrate with a sale! Today only (6/20/16) use the code SUMMER for 25% off your #shop_penandpaint order plus you'll receive this FREE patriotic print!

Friday, June 10, 2016

a few things on friday 6.10.16


1. Summer is in full swing around these parts. Last weekend the boys put up a lemonade stand and this week we spent lots of time swimming in our little pool. I have a feeling this summer is going to be a good one.
2. Speaking of summer, yesterday I shared a free color-able Summer Bucket List. Print and color and enjoy your sunny days.
3. A couple of weeks ago I was on a podcast! If you want to hear my very southern accent you can listen to my interview with Annie and Chris on From the Front Porch. Annie is the owner of The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia. It's the cutest bookstore and they now carry Pen & Paint!

4. In May I had the honor of having my work represented for the second year at Surtex by Jewel Branding. Pen & Paint now has artwork on rugs, bedding, party napkins, coloring books, throw pillows, wall art & canvases, greeting cards, note card sets, art pots, and so much more!
5. Also in May I celebrated my 7th year on Etsy. Seven years y'all. The first three years were filled with hand-painted canvases of Paint Me A Picture and enjoying a handmade hobby. The last four years have been filled with so much hard work, so much learning, and so much drawing! Pen & Paint has evolved into our family business, and I'm so grateful to be on this journey of creating and sharing my artwork with others.
6. Baby Jane has pretty much taken over the Pen & Paint Studio. She turned one in April, is walking now (send help), and is into everything. Envelopes are her favorite (maybe a future in stationery like her mama?). Jane is definitely the cutest, unhelpful shop assistant around.

7. "Beauty in the Bible" Volume 2 is now available in a premium edition. This adult coloring book I created with Paige Tate Coloring is filled with uplifting scripture and now comes with perforated pages with thicker paper and 5x7 bonus coloring pages!
8. This summer I have some fun new products planned so be on the lookout. I'll be sure to share on InstagramFacebook, and through the Pen & Paint Newsletter
I think that's all for now. Happy Friday!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

FREE coloring page - Summer Bucket List


Whether Summer break has already begun for you or you are counting the days for school to be out, I've created a color-able Summer Bucket List to help you kick off the sunny days.
Choose your favorite markers/crayons/colored pencils, write down all the fun plans you have in the blank bucket, and create a colorful list for summer break.


Some things on our Summer Bucket List are:
-make homemade ice cream
-grow our own watermelon (it's growing and about the size of a softball)
-hike to see a waterfall (done, we went to Amicolala Falls)
-stick our toes in the sand and swim in the Gulf of Mexico
-have a water balloon fight
-can tomatoes from our garden (we've already done a small batch)
-make a chalk art mural
What do you have on your Summer Bucket List?
You can print/download your FREE color-able Summer Bucket List here. Be sure to share with@pen_and_paint #color_penandpaint. I look forward to seeing what you have planned this Summer! Also, if you're a subscriber to the Pen & Paint newsletter be on the lookout for an email tomorrow with another fun free coloring page... there might be Popsicles ;)


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

FREE June Desktop and Phone Wallpaper Download


Well hello there June.
I'm excited Summer is right around the corner. We have plans for a slow relaxing summer of swimming, ice pops, and lots of watermelon.

To kick of summer you can download this FREE Pen & Paint watermelon illustration for your desktop and phone wallpaper.


To download the phone wallpaper simply save the image to your phone.
To download the desktop background you can go here and save the image. Once you have saved the image you can set it as your background through your system preferences (desktop/screensaver)/control panel (appearance/personalizaiton).

I hope you have a sweet & fun-filled summer!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Flowers Forever - and a FREE lock screen


I've started something every day called #20minutecreativity. I allow myself 20 minutes to create something just for fun. Today I wanted to play around with flowers from our garden and I found the perfect background with some fun wrapping paper I had stashed away. I think next time I'll draw flowers and add real ones in as well. 
I'm considering creating a monthly challenge so others can join along and share what they are creating each day. I'll be sure to share here when I do.
You can download this image to use as a fun lock screen by right clicking on it and saving.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Happy Spring, Happy Birthday, Happy Sale!

I hope you've had a happy start to Spring! All things Spring have inspired me to create lots of happy, floral pieces. You can never have too many flowers, right?
Along with celebrating Spring today we are celebrating my 34th birthday! There are several new items in the shop like this print and these cards. Come shop around and use the code HAPPY34 for 34% off your order through today. This is one of #shop_penandpaint's biggest sales so don't miss the chance to celebrate with me!
As always thank you for your support. The opportunity to create and share my artwork and paper goods with y'all for another year is such a gift!
And now, let's eat cake!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Free Kid's Valentine Card Printable - You're a Cutie

Need a cute, quick Valentine idea? Well, I did ;) so I made these!
My boys love cuties (clementines) and puns, so this little Valentine will be perfect for them. Of course you can always throw in candy orange slices, Runts candy, Skittles, or any other sugary fruit treat since it is a sweet holiday.
You can print these here. They are sized at 4.25 x 5.5 inches and fit four to an 8.5 x 11 page. 
Please remember this is free for personal use only. It may not be altered, sold, redistributed or used for any purpose other than a free Valentine printable. Original Artwork by Lindsay Hopkins ©2012-present Pen & Paint - All rights reserved. Tag @pen_and_paint if you share and enjoy!


Monday, February 8, 2016

Free Valentine Coloring Page - Let Love Grow

Valentine's (and Galentine's) Day is almost here, so I've created a little Valentine for you! If you're looking for a sweet activity with your tween/teen girl or your girlfriends this is perfect.

This free Pen & Paint coloring page is ready to print, color, and display. You can download and use it to share the love or color yourself.

Print coloring page HERE.  Be sure to select "print to page". I recommend copy paper if you are using colored pencils or gel pens and card stock if you plan to use markers or watercolor paints. Please remember this coloring page is free for person use only. It may not be altered, sold, redistributed or used for any purpose other than a free coloring page. Original Artwork by Lindsay Hopkins ©2012-present Pen & Paint - All rights reserved. Tag @pen_and_paint if you share and enjoy!

Friday, February 5, 2016

looking forward to what lies ahead

Well hello 2016, just a month late. December and January flew by before I could blink. I have high hopes for a year filled with productivity and creativity. 
There are so many things I going on right now, and I want to make sure I keep you up to date!
  1. The Pen & Paint calendars are now on sale, you can save up to 25%! They are marked down in the shop.
  2. I had the privilege of creating a coloring book with Paige Tate Coloring. You can now buy Beauty in the Bible Volume 2 on Amazon. It contains 30 illustrated, uplifting Bible verses. Also, I hear there might be a second coloring book in the works filled with inspirational and encouraging quotes ;)
  3. I'm working on a new stationery line and gradually adding greeting cards to the shop (birthday, wedding, thank you, etc). Also be on the lookout for Pen & Paint in stores! I have spotted a few cards in Target and a favorite special grocer near you (yay!).
  4. Speaking of cards, today is the cut-off to make sure you receive you Valentine's Day cards. There are several sweet new designs!
  5. I have partnered with a wonderful group of artists and designers to offer artwork through Maker + Ink. Pen & Paint has five limited editions prints you can purchase there: Walk by FaithBe a LightHeaven & EarthMorning Sun, and Whatever is Lovely. You can save 20% on your order by shopping here and using the code HEART20.
  6. I'll have some free printables for blog readers and newsletter subscribers next week. 

I hope you are having a wonderful start to 2016!

Monday, November 30, 2015

#sketchaday_penandpaint


My good friend Lesley asked me to host the sketch-a-day challenge for December. I'm excited to take time every day to draw some fun, festive sketches.

I also wanted to provide a list of my favorite drawing supplies (you can see all my favorite art supplies here), and give a few tips for participating.

My favorite sketch books are Strathmore. You can find them at your local art supply store or Amazon. Right now I really like using the 300 series  Sketch. The paper is smooth and a little on the thin side so it makes great for tracing if needed.

When I draw a sharp No. 2 pencil always does the trick with my big pink eraser. Faber-Castell pitt artist pens are my favorite. They were my first drawing pens, and I've been pleased with them for years. I use the F tip for most of my drawing, and then the 1.5 and the SB for my hand lettering. I also use a Sharpie sometimes or a Pentel brush pen from time to time. 

If you see a watercolor piece pop up in the challenge I'll probably be using my Winsor & Newton watercolor set.

For more info and links to these supplies you can read this post.

Below is the list of prompts for the sketch-a-day challenge. All you need to do is draw something inspired by the prompt, share about it on IG and use the #sketchaday_penandpaint tag. 
Keep in mind this is about having fun, so get creative
A few things:
-I always like to draw a rough sketch in pencil so I can get an idea of the direction I want to go. Something might look great in my mind, but when I get it on paper it doesn't work. 
-Use this challenged to on your hand-lettering or illustrating.
-Try new mediums and mix things up. 

I am so excited about this, and I can't wait to see what y'all create!