Calm

I really need practice with my hand-lettering and thought Artful March would be a good time to get some of that practice in. Please be kind! I have some work to do! :)

I started with an ombre watercolor background using my Sakura Koi Pocket Field Sketch Box. I let it dry completely and wrote the sentiment with brush markers.  

Want to see something funny and fitting? This is what my desk actually looked like as I was doing this project:

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Talk about finding the calm in the chaos! 

<3 Mindy

Personality

The March 5 Artful March prompt is "Personality" and my interpretation is a personality trait I wish I had more of: seeking the good in all things.

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Some of this piece might look familiar. I actually used the watercolor painting I did on Day 2. 

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I really liked the painting, but it felt a little disjointed to me, so I deconstructed it, and cut up the flowers. I looked through my stash of ephemera I've already created and found a hummingbird I painted several years ago and never used in my journal. It was a match made in heaven for these flowers.

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I used my little upcycled journal and covered the spread with gesso and let it dry. I added color to the background with Faber Castell Gelatos, then removed some of the color with a baby wipe and a stencil. I did some random stamping with a green Archival ink to give tone-on-tone texture. I glued my flowers and the humming bird to the background with gel medium and sealed the entire page with a light coat of same gel medium and let it dry. Once it was completely dry, I went over the flowers with Faber Castell Big Brush markers to add vibrancy and shadows. The pens are India ink, which is permanent when dry; but when wet you can move the ink around with your finger or a baby wipe. The India ink brightened the page and the shadows added so much dimension. I finished the page off with some highlights from my white gel pen, and a stamped title that I outlined in the white pen.

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If you're creating this month, please share it with us by using the hashtags #freeheartart and #artfulmarch on Facebook and Instagram, or email us at freeheartllc@gmail.com. You might win some creative products!

May we all seek the good.

<3 Mindy

Setting up shop in NoCo Crop Stop

Want to play with some cool art products and make beautiful projects? We do! And we’ll show you how. Free Heart has officially opened for business and we’ve been busy meeting new people, playing with paint, and setting up shop at our new home in Windsor, the NoCo Crop Stop!

 Free Heart's little corner of Heaven at NoCo Crop Stop.

Free Heart's little corner of Heaven at NoCo Crop Stop.

 One of Free Heart's first official classes at NoCo Crop Stop - altered Prima birdcage. So cute! And how cute are Nina and Joy with Tanya?

One of Free Heart's first official classes at NoCo Crop Stop - altered Prima birdcage. So cute! And how cute are Nina and Joy with Tanya?

Months ago, when Tanya and I were just in the planning stages of Free Heart, we knew a retail component to the business was something we wanted to work towards, but we had it in or long-term plans. And then in early 2016 Kim Racine and Linda Gernert, two of the business-owners of the NoCo cooperative, asked us if we would be interested in sharing a retail space in their beautiful little shop. Tanya had already been teaching classes periodically at NoCo for several months on her own, and she had cropped there many times in the past, so she knew what an amazing opportunity we had been given. We would have the perfect space to teach classes, an inspiring creative space from which to work, and a little corner of heaven to set up shop! We just knew we couldn’t pass it up so we fast-tracked the retail plan and jumped on board. We officially joined the cooperative on April 1, and we couldn't be more excited.

We’d like to invite all our friends and past students to come visit us at NoCo soon. Many of you have already been there, and I know some of you are regulars, but for those of you who haven’t yet visited, let me tell you a little about what you’ll find there:

 NoCo Crop Stop has such a relaxing, creative vibe.

NoCo Crop Stop has such a relaxing, creative vibe.

We're conveniently located right off of I-25 at the Windsor exit. The 1000 square-foot cropping room seats 30 to 35 people and has such a relaxing, creative vibe. You can walk-in and crop, or make private group reservations. There are also sponsored crop events and classes throughout the month with the cooperative's vendors on site to satisfy all your scrap-booking and mixed-media needs. And these ladies are creative geniuses. There's Angie of Capture Kits, Kim of Memories Unlimited, Linda of Crop-A-Latte and Tanya and yours truly of Free Heart!

We hope you can come check us out soon. In the meantime, check out the NoCo website and Facebook pages for more information.

See you soon, and happy creating!

Mindy