inJoy Summer Days
“I meant to do my work today
But a brown bird sang in the apple tree
And a butterfly flitted across the field
And all the leaves were calling me.”
April is in bloom. As the last patches of snow melt, I’m thinking about how to plant ideas and create conditions to help them flourish. I’m envisioning paper and fabric florals in my art journal, on wall canvas, and on quilted mug rugs, placemats, and table runners.
If you’re like me, getting started is a challenge. Say hello to….Read More
This week in the studio I’ve been splashing color on blank mini canvases, watercolor paper, and art journal pages. Piles of colorful backgrounds made with inks, paints, and colored pencils are spilled across the table.
How can I add layers to create story art from these beginnings?
How can I make something that will make me smile and think spring as I wait for warm breezes, fresh cut grass, garden blooms, and the farmer’s market?
What are my favorite memories and moments of spring?
Dare to face a blank canvas or blank page.
Splash color on it with ink, pencils, markers, fabric, paint - whatever medium you choose.
Add spring inspiration with florals, words, and/or quotes.
Be inspired to create in courage and in joy.Read More
Need a little bit of Monday morning inspiration? I know I do.
I’m starting my day with a blank canvas, or two, or ten.
I will be splashing color on mini canvases, art journal pages, tags, and cards.
If I DARE to want less WINTER and more SPRING, I’m gonna have to bring it - to my craft table.Read More
"Pay attention. Notice everyday objects and everyday moments. Capture the details." I heard this advice from a children's book illustrator when she was a guest speaker in one of my college writing classes. Her words struck me then and continue to inspire me today.Read More
If you are looking for ways to add more creativity, inspiration and joy to your life ― and in the process, bring more beauty and kindness into the world ― WELCOME.
Sunporch Studios is a growing community of makers who love to create every day. In the shop, you'll find digital designs and patterns that will inspire you to make handmade gifts with fabric, paper, mixed media, and more.Read More