New Work with Crayons - Wax Resist - and More Art Journal Experiments

Looking for more updates as to my art from the home-studio? Subscribe to my vlog! I have new content each week with lots of tips, tricks, and experiments. Watch to see which ones to add to your arts and crafts before spending any time or money hunting down supplies. Also, read my new audiobooks reviews with book quotes and craft to go with the theme. Listening to audiobooks adds to the crafting time flying by, and these reviews are fiction, middle grades to young adults, fantasy and faerie genres. Crafting A Review Subscribe New videos every Tuesday and Saturday.

A Gallery Of Sorts

I just added a new shop - supposed to be a gallery - for the paintings I do to create fabric designs, book illustrations, and just for the things I like to create! This little mini-Etsy reveals a sample of the 18 active listings now in my shop. Where is it?! I haven't had any luck with the basement (detached) studio idea, and what was in my yard for fair weather art shows has been torn down. It is my hope that this shop will not zero out as all the other things I've done online have been determined to do. But the google analytics number has been compromised. I know you care and it is reciprocated!! Please do visit the shop: RavenArtGallery for a closer look or something to buy. 

Original paintings are priced with hourly painting/drawing, art supplies, and the cost of listing and promotion, shipping, and packing - so they are more pricey as they are a 1 time, artist signed, deal. Most are available in prints, which do not take as much time to create (reproductions of the originals), so their price is based on creating the print - ink, paper, processing - and shipping, framing, matboard, and retail listing.

My newest product  is a little twist on the older banners that many people already have. They are a little piece of artwork on a banner, rather than a canvas. Custom orders are accepted. There is the usual assorted oddity that I am known to create - especially at odd times, for me, like these. Gnomes, owl dolls, and my new Yoga Mat Sack kits. Retro Apron Wrap Dresses are something I have been working on, but am not quite able to yet provide for the shop.  They are gorgeous colors and designs that I hope to be able to stock in the shop by summertime.

Celebrate Spring with a new banner for your home, or art on eco-canvas. Shop Raven Art Gallery

The Faerie Project is Underway

This month, I have dedicated time to getting this project off to a good start.  So far, I have vlogged up to April - on task for 12 months of faerie awesome!!

New banners and art on eco-canvas actually getting a little attention by me in my studio, as I mentioned in a previous post, working on summer things in February and March, 2015!!

Owl Skate, the picture book, has been going too darn slowly!! Must make time for those cute owls.  Whenever I need inspiration, I go to Youtube or Pinterest - so many  owl videos, so little time!!

A Request From This Studio

I am trying to get my Facebook page to achieve the 'goodies' that Insights offers.  So, I need LIKES to my studio page: Raven Art Studio.

This page isn't exciting - not yet - I have plans for better games, apps, and interactivity with Insights.  Your help has been appreciated over the years.

Happy V-day Weekend!!

I Finally Got My Seasons Right

The other day, I spontaneously decided to paint sunflowers for my new design - in the middle of winter.  This mixed-up notion, at long last, set me right.  In this cold weather, when swimsuit models are being flown out to warmer lands for their photo shoots and outerwear is already a by-gone seasonal must-have, I actually planned ahead according to the world of textiles and fabric.  Yay me!!
As for gardening - which the new design is about - its season is only a sigh away.  The design will have a second piece to it, but for now, it is a banner (in fabric) from Sunflowers and Bugs.  I have done lots of vlogs about this piece (sunflower milk, anyone?) so take a moment to have a look at this fabric design process, or join in! I hope these vlogs encourage you:

Spoonflower Featured One of my Designs!!

After years of not knowing for sure if Spoonflower's spiders knew if my shop existed or not, I received a notice that I had been featured.  I followed the link, and sure enough, my Ravens At Dusk fabric was front and center on one of their Feature pages.  I basked for a moment in the glow of 'there' rather than the worry of being lost beneath the stacks of design shops' algorithms and spidering.  Hurray!!  Here, is a look at my embedded design in the one full yard image:

Ravens At Dusk
RAVENS AT DUSK, kara skye, spoonflower shop.

Proof that nothing poofed out of sight, no wicked stepsister took the helm, or negative bad-ass broke the store owner's front window:  Ravens At Dusk has become my best-seller fabric.  My response (not the typical Veruca Salt you were expecting?) to make a Crow fabric I am working on now.  See one of the crows who probably already made the 'cut': Art Journal Crow.

New Year a New Attempt to Get Organized

Two new pages, this year, feature vlog channel updates: The Faerie Project and Art Journal.  Art Journal paint alongs were something I established in 2014, and now will have showing on a regular basis, each month, here, a featured art video. 

Here is what you can expect to see each month:

  • 5th - Refashion Passion: recycle, upcycle, recreate
  • 8th - Art Journal: watercolor, pen, and ink art journal entry
  • 14th - The Faerie Project: imaginative faerie realm paper-craft projects
  • 20th - Kara Skye Fabric Shop: pillows, wildlife quilts, mixed media art
  • 28th - The Faerie Project: a part-two, faerie project video

For more information - and a rockin' reading list to get your creative juices flowing - with all sorts of magical inspiration - see the Faerie Wood Project Page. Check this page for videos and links starting January 2015.  For easier access to videos the minute they are posted, be sure to subscribe!!

The Holiday Season is a Busy One However..

Angel template, paper mache angels.
If you are continuing your arts and crafts, here is a homemade, 3d canvas for mixed media to try out for tree toppers or table decorations.  They would make cute place cards or kids table additions.  The video how-to is on my youtube channel, and this is the template for making them, here below.  It is uploaded at 100%, though it had to be squished down for this post.  They can be printed on 8.5" x 11" paper as a pattern for cardstock.  I recommend, if you make them, that you watch Mixed Media Angel and the Paper Mache Angel videos, for the spirit of it all - or just play and drop a link to your artwork in comments.  I'd love to post and pin it, here.

Portland bloggers and subscribers, I'd love to see you at Holiday Cheer 2014, Oregon Historical Society, corner of SW Park and Jefferson, noon to 4pm.