Thankful For...

Because we will be having some family down the week after Thanksgiving due to a few unfortunate circumstances, I decided that I would still prepare a traditional meal for the kids and I. My son is coming down with something and my daughter will only be at the house for a couple of hours before she heads off to work, but I always look forward to a nice Thanksgiving meal every year. I don't think I could ever break that tradition... to be quite honest...I look forward to the day after left-overs..haha

I did not have time to prepare something special for all of you, however, I do want to let you all know how thankful I am for all of you! When I first started blogging back in 2010-11, I never could have dreamed that a few simple posts would be the beginning of such an amazing journey. Thank you so much for all of your support, encouragement and love along the way! I have some big announcements and surprises to announce in the coming weeks, but today...I just want to tell you how thankful I am to be able to run my own business and connect with the most amazing people.

Take advantage of a discount and sign up for Clip Art 101: From Start to Finish, set to launch on January 15th, 2016! I will be opening a special members only forum and Facebook page  mid December to share sneak peeks into the process of putting together the videos and to share our work throughout the learning process. 

The eCourse will literally cover everything from what programs to use to specific drawing and painting techniques to branding and marketing. I am really putting my heart and soul into creating this eCourse for you and I look forward to being a part of all of your journeys as well. 

As an extra little treat, I have created a blank version of my Thanksgiving promo image {from above} for you to grab for free and use as you like!  It is formatted to fit best in a blog post or large FB post (600 by 600 pixels).  Choose to add your own text for promos or even thank you notes/quotes for friends and family. 

You might also like to grab my gift from last year!! It's great to print and have family write down messages to frame!!


I hope you all have a very blessed Thanksgiving everyone!! 

TpT Clipart Tribe Presents: Franken-Doodle-Stein Halloween Blog Hop

This past week, 12 INCREDIBLE artists from the TpT Clipart Tribe came together to create something absolutely amazing!! For the first time, we brought our skills and artistic styles together and each artist was allowed to add a unique piece to create our very own Franken{doodle}stein.

This project began with a simple discussion and turned into an amazing collaborative piece of art.  I can't tell you how proud I am to be a part of this incredibly talented bunch! Starting with the head as our driving force, each artist was allowed to add a piece of their choosing. Because each of us had complete control over what we added to the image, we were all so excited to see what each artist would come up with next as the image evolved. Let's all take a moment to celebrate and thank the creativity and styles of the artists who spend countless hours creating high resolution graphics to help and inspire you to create amazing teaching resources and crafts. Below you might discover some new artists as well as a few familiar ones that helped to put this entire project together. 

As you watch the transformation come alive, please take time to visit each of the artists' shops/blogs listed below. We all have put together a very special "treat" as a way to show how thankful we are for your continued support!! 

Not only will all of our TpT shops be discounted this week, but we also have some special treats for you to download from our individual TpT shops and/or blog posts linked below. Each piece of our Frankendoodlestein has been formatted by Sarah Pecorino in POSTER size for you to download, print, and assemble to display in your homes or classrooms this week (See the end of the post for directions and pictures of how to assemble a poster-sized Frankendoodlestein!!!

Now without further Adieu..... I present to you, our Frankendoodlestein!!

Click the image below to download the head and then hop on over to Sarah's blog to grab the next piece!!

This entire project came about through some fun discussion between several of us artists in the TpT Clipart Tribe group. I had this fantastic idea to do a collaborative Frankenstein and 11 other artists seemed to really like the idea, so we made it happen. That's what happens when people collaborate and support one another and I could not be more blessed to have so many creative friends to turn to for support and laugh with. We truly had so much fun with this project!!

I started out with a quick sketch in Photoshop, added my illustrative flair and then sent my piece off to the next amazing artist and watch what she would add. Here is my before sketch next to my finished art. I was originally going to go with a frown to make him grumpy, but later decided he needed to be a happy Franken-Doodle. The reason I did his head so large at the top was to leave room for text and create something special you all can use in your classrooms or at home with your kids to create some fun and spooky stories.

If you are interested in learning how to create your own clip art images, this is the last week to sign up for my self-paced video e-course - Clip Art 101: From Start to Finish at $75 off!!! Sign up before October 31st to get the discount and and join me this January as I take you on a journey to learn how to transform your sketches into unique digital art!! Click the link above to find out more about my video course!!  Scroll down to the end of this post to grab an extra fun freebie for you to enjoy! I hope you all have a happy and safe week!

Here is a completed Poster-Sized Franken-Doodle-Stein all printed, cut and put together. I have to say that I would not recommend having small children cut this out as this was quite tedious, but it makes for a great window or door decor for your home or classroom. The finished size is 19 inches by about 19 inches. Not too big and not too small...

I decided to cut out the mad scientist machine first, since it prints on three pages. I ended up scrapping page 2 and re-printing it so I could leave a border on the top and bottom so that the image would fit seamlessly when glued together.  I printed all three pages and I left a little bit of a white border on the top and bottom of page three. Once finished cutting them out, pages 1 and 2 fit seamlessly on top of the second page using the extra bit of paper. I apologize for the image quality below.... I used my phone to take a quick photo and the lighting in my office was terrible... yikes.  Hopefully, you get the idea and I can save you a little time. 
You do not need to leave any white space on the other pieces because they all are created to overlap one another.  Just an FYI.... the piece with the arm and kitty are the most tedious to cut out... I highly suggest you begin with that piece so the remaining pieces seem easy..haha  

As an added bonus gift, my newest hand-painted digital papers will be FREE all week long!! Get them while they're free and please remember to leave feedback...
Click the image below to download these.

Hop on over to Sarah's blog to grab the next piece and enjoy an extra special treat she created just for you!!

It's Here!! Clip Art 101: From Start to Finish

I am so excited to announce that my new eCourse will be launching this January!! If you know how to doodle and have wanted to learn how to turn your own drawings into digital clip art you can use or sell, then this course is definitely for you! 

Clip Art 101: From Start to Finish is a self-paced, online course that will help you bring your own ideas and artwork to life. I’m going to teach you what tools and programs to use, how to create digital clip art from your own sketches, and how to start a business selling clip art online. I will show you my unique process for creating clean lines with high resolution and how to use Adobe Photoshop as if you were painting on paper or canvas using my painting techniques. 

What’s Covered in this Course?
This course is separated into 8 main modules or weeks of content, each with 5 to 6 individual lessons. Each Module (or week) includes printable lessons, videos, resources, exercises, and weekly challenges to show off your work and talk about what you learned. I will have a private Facebook group and online forum for those taking this course in order to ask questions, share work, and connect with other members.

You will learn new techniques through each module and continue to grow as an artist!  I would love to get 1000 people signed up and ready to get started before October. I am looking forward to starting the group forum and private Facebook Group early for those who sign up before October. Early birds will get an exclusive look into the process of putting these videos together and will get sneak peeks into much of the content before it goes live in January. See the images below for sample modules and lessons that will be included.

Module 1: Getting Started
Learn the very basics of what you need in order to create high quality digital clip art.  I will give you an in-depth look into the tablets and graphic display monitors that I use and why I chose to use them. We will also look at alternatives that are comparable for those on a tight budget. You will learn the Photoshop interface and how to customize it for creating clip art. 
Module 2: The Sketch
Learn how to improve your sketches so that you save time transforming your original drawing into a digital clip art image. You will also learn the simplest ways of scanning your original art and enhancing those scanned images to improve the quality of your finished line art. I am all about teaching you techniques to help save time. 

Module 3: Line Art
Learn my unique processes of transforming pencil sketches, marker sketches, or even digital sketches into clean and smooth line art. If you plan to enlarge your images or format them for web design, then making sure your line art is clean is absolutely a must. 

Module 4: Adding Color
Learn the basic of adding color using the standard tools in Photoshop. You do not need to be a painter or skilled artist to drop some color into your images, however, you do need to know how to effectively choose your colors and improve the look of even the most basic images. 

Module 5: Natural Painting
Learn to create and use custom brushes to give your finished art a realistic painted look. I will teach you some of my techniques and provide you with a set of my favorite custom made brushes for you to practice with. For those using a Wacom Companion or Graphic Display monitor, I will show you how to get an even more realistic finish on your art by using the advanced settings and custom tool presets instead of custom brushes. 

Module 6: Style
Learn how to find your own unique style and how to continue to grow and challenge yourself as a digital artist.

Modules 7-8: Business Part 1 & 2
Learn everything you need to know to begin selling your clip art images online. From how to create a preview and how many images to include to pricing and terms of use. If you do not plan on selling your clip art online, these two modules will still be a great bit of knowledge you can use.  

As most of you already know, I love to mentor new artists and I really love to teach. This is a way for me to mentor, teach, and a chance to share my knowledge. I can't wait to get started and watch all of you grow -  because there is no better reward than to help others achieve their goals and watch them blossom.  Please help me to spread the word and get as many people signed up. 

Download my FREE course overview HERE.

The complete course will be available on January 15th, 2016. Pre-order before October 31st, 2015 and save $75 on the complete program. Click the image below to sign up now. I look forward to getting to know all of you and I hope you are all as excited as I am for this new adventure!!

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