Thursday, August 30, 2012

Illustrations {launch with Amy Cornwell}

Amy and I shared earlier this month we had a special project planned.
Well today is the day!
The new Illustrations necklaces are available at
I can't tell you how awesome it is to see Pen and Paint art on a beautiful piece of Amy's jewelry.

We have six different designs to choose from

Each necklace is sterling silver with a sterling silver and glass pendant, hand crafted by Amy and includes a design I have hand drawn, digitally colored and printed on fine linen paper.

I am really amazed at how beautiful, high quality, and completely affordable these necklaces are.
I am so honored to have partnered with Amy. Please check out each of these designs in the Illustrations section of Amy's store. They are all available for immediate purchase and you can soon have a piece of wearable art!

To celebrate these fantastic new products, Amy and I are giving away one necklace of your choice to a lucky winner. The details are included in the Rafflecopter below. 
Enter to win, share about it and GOOD LUCK!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Personalized Clothespin Magnets aka 2nd easiest craft ever

I was cleaning up my work space the other day and got distracted when I was trying to find a place to store my Scrabble tiles Rachel sent me.
I thought they would go great on the magnet clothes pins I made so I pulled out my glue gun and took a few minutes to make these. Every week Charlie has speech therapy homework and Mr.Wonderful has various reminders for work, I collect receipts, and Jack colors lots of pictures. This way we can keep them organized on the fridge (or at least pretend we will).
They'd be great for notes sent home from school, coupons, etc.
A little tip, the magnetic tape doesn't stick well so I hot glue the magnets to the back of the clothespins. 

Get your craft on.

Oh, and here is my work space all pretty and put together. This lasted about 2 hours but it was nice while it lasted.

Those prints on the top of my hutch are my She prints now in 11x14s here.

Happy Wednesday.

Monday, August 20, 2012

itty-bitty canvases

I had a chance to break out the paint brush this past week and got to work on these itty-bitty canvases I had sitting on the shelf.
It was fun to bring back some of the things Paint Me a Picture used to offer.

These cute little cameras and mugs are 4x4 canvases. 
I saved one for myself, and I'll be adding it to my kitchen's inspiration wall. 
These are available in the shop now

Thursday, August 16, 2012

globs of paint

"If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint."
-Edward Hopper

I used to use a paper plate as my pallet. It was so fancy.
Then one day I decided to use the back of a clipboard, a little bit fancier.
I ended up giving that to someone. She wanted to hang it on her wall.
That got me thinking so I decided to use my next pallet on a canvas panel, that way if I ever give it to someone they can frame it. I love having a pallet that has texture and colors, not having one that I rinse off or throw away. 

I shared this the other day and had a lot of comments about it, so I want to share it with y'all. I can't give this pallet to more than one person, but I can give you a chance to print it as a photo. If you are interested you can save the photo and print it on photo paper or send it to your favorite photo printing place. I made it the lock screen for my phone and it makes me smile every time I see it.
Go HERE to view and download. Click on the DOWNLOAD tab in the top left corner - it should just save as photo.jpg & you will need to know where your computer's default download folder is.

*Please remember this is for personal use only. Enjoy it and I hope it brings some color and inspiration to your space.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

a joyful life

I recently had the JOY of partnering with several other artists and creating some prints/cards for the Joyful Life Library Shop.

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We're a community of artists joining together to spread comfort and joy through the Joyful Life Library, a project that aims to create libraries in children's hospitals across the country. 100% of the profits from The Joyful Shop are used to purchase books for current Joyful Life Library locations.

The Joyful Life Library Project was created in 2009 as a way to supply books to children's hospitals across the country. By making favorite children's books available to critically ill children and their families, we're creating a way to bring normality to families that need it the most. Help us spread a little joy through the project.

Please be sure to visit the shop! I am sure you will find something you will adore.

To meet Heather, the amazing mama behind this special project, go HERE.
Trust me, you want to read her story.

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The other talented artists in the Joyful Life Library shop are
Heather, the Joyful Life Library founder. Visit her SHOP
Laura of Consider Lillies. Visit her SHOP
Katy of Katygirl Designs. Visit her SHOP
Chrissie Grace from In His Grace. Visit her SHOP
Carly of Little Light Prints. Visit her SHOP
Molly of Tank and Tink Designs. Visit her SITE
Danielle Burkleo of Take Heart Designs. Visit her SITE

Friday, August 3, 2012

why it matters (I found my words)

Yesterday I finally had to post on Pen & Paint's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest a message I didn't want to. 

I had to ask friends and supporters to please give credit to my work if they see it posted anywhere without credit to me or my shop. Somehow someone took one of my images or took a picture of one of my prints and put it out there on the interwebs and it has been circulating with no credit, no name, no link. I had to step up and ask people to help me.

I drew that. I sat in my bed one night and drew that. I colored it with my hands. I turned it into an art print on my computer. I chose the perfect colors for each little design.

I created to inspire, to encourage, to celebrate.

This drawing was made to hang in a little girl's bedroom. It was made to be a reminder to her as she grows that she can do anything. Her mama sent me a message telling me she now takes quotes and phrases and makes artwork around them. 
That is what inspiration looks like.

I had a customer email me after she received the print she ordered. She thanked me for the print and told me it was for her daughter who is in Recovery. Tears streamed down my face. Before I had children and discovered my ability to draw I worked in Recovery with women suffering with alcoholism and addiction. To know something I created could be a reminder for someone in that situation was an honor. 
That is what encouragement looks like. 

Yesterday, among the sadness I was feeling because of my work going around unaccredited I received a message with an order. It said the print was for a woman who had worked for five years to raise money to open a non-profit organization to help others. More tears, happy ones though.
That is what celebration looks like.

Those three stories, they are why this matters.

I didn't write the words Kobi Yamada wrote. I simply took the words and found a way to express them through my art. So truly, the image circulating, being pinned and posted and tumbled and whatever is serving it's purpose. But at the same time, it is a part of me. Something I made and any author, musician, writer, blogger, photographer, chef, designer, architect, artist, ANY creator should be credited. 

When we pour our talents and our passion into something it should be credited. For me I know where my gifts come from. I know they can be taken away. I give my credit to my Maker.

I share all this to ask for help.
If you see my work and it's not linked back to my shop or blog please post where it can be found. Don't be rude or mean. Most likely the person who posted it has no clue. They just saw it and reposted it, but help educate them. Let them know it's art someone created and where to find it.

If you use Pinterest or Facebook or Tumblr please be careful what you pin/post. There are people behind those images. People who worked hard to create something. Their work should not be altered or shared without credit. If you find something that has no source DO RESEARCH. It takes a few minutes to google something to try to find where an image came from. If you can't find the source, well, let it be. Maybe you don't need that pin or post on your page. 
And if you are an artist, shop owner, photographer please, please, please, please, please PROTECT your work. I thought I did, but obviously not enough. You worked hard and it shouldn't be taken from you.

Lastly, thank you to everyone who helps support what I do.
I am just a girl who draws.
A girl who never really thought about her cans and her plans. Seriously.
And now, what is crazy is I am literally seeing my "can'ts turned into cans and my dreams turned into plans."

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Eeeeek! I am so excited I can share this with y'all.
Amy Cornwell and I are working on something together.

Amy designs beautiful, handcrafted jewelry.

I just recently ordered this sweet necklace
and I am over the moon to have a chance to work alongside Amy.

Amy has shared a little bit about our project on her blog. 
Go check it out and say hello!