A Day in the Life
It's Studio Day!
It feels so good to be painting in my studio today with the windows open here in L.A. Now, that the weather is cooler, I am savoring the days in my studio before it heats up again. I am working on creating and completing a few new sketches for textiles for Minted.
For this collection of sketches, I did a lot of experimenting with paint and color on paper.
I love my new palette that has 36 colors, I'm enjoying having that range of color to start from. I have found that I like to use and mix in gouache to create custom colors that are semi-opaque to paint unique hues and shapes.
Lately, I have been drawn to organic shapes and painting them loosely while leaving edges crispy once dry! The results have been surprising to me.
I can't decide if this blue sketch is complete! Later, I will continue to scan them into Photoshop to transform these sketches to digital textile designs. I plan to write about my process for turning watercolor sketches in digital designs soon.
For this last one, I decide to push myself to paint in a large scale, which is something that I have been wanting to do! This one is on 12" x 18" watercolor paper, whereas my prior smaller sketches are around 7" x 7".
This weekend, I will be busy planning and preparing for my upcoming Shibori Textiles Workshop which is sold-out! yay:) I can't wait to spend the day with 8 creative people. I will be announcing additional workshop dates and collaborations soon, so be sure to sign-up for the newsletter to find out more!
One place that I go to for artistic inspiration is Palm Springs, CA and the desert surrounding it. There is something magical about the expansiveness, colors, and natural landscape that appeals to many. Visual artists over the years have built their art practices out in the desert.
Today, I will share my 5 favorite artists + one blogger, who live in the desert, inspire or creatively captures those desert vibes for me. From Los Angeles to the Palm Springs area, you can make it out there in just under 2 hours.
Happy Friday. tgif, seriously! We are headed up to Santa Barbara for 2 days and I promise to share photos of our road-trip.
I have been wanting to share some children's art that I recently launched. It was created out of my love for children's spaces and bright pops of color. I had this idea for a round graphic color wheel print in my mind for some time before I created it. I envisioned a piece that could be used for a children's room or as a colorful accent to a gallery wall or modern office space.
When designing the piece, I began by using tissue paper to delicately create each colorful slice of the wheel. First, I drew a large circle in pencil. I cut, measured and outlined each piece. I had to carefully slice and trim each color with an X-Acto blade, this one with a built-in light would have been insanely helpful for precision! Next, I arranged and collaged the tissue paper pieces. I decided to include all 12 colors; 3 primary and 3 secondary, plus 6 tertiary colors.
It is a colorful graphic that also teaches color mixing!
Now it is available in multiple sizes as a fine art print. I am experimenting with choosing the frame that I like the best. I think a simple white frame allows the color wheel to be the focus.
You can visit my original blog to see how I taught making a color wheel collage with kids and if you are interested in seeing more art projects made with kids, you can follow my Instagram where I post artwork created by children in the art studio.
Wishing you a sunny and colorful summer days ahead!
I hope you all had an amazing weekend! We spent Memorial Day weekend in Palm Springs and will be headed up to Santa Barbara in the coming week, so I will have some good travel stories to share.
For now, I wanted to share some tips from the first full kitchen design that I ever tackled. I love a good kitchen. While our own apartment kitchen in Los Angeles leaves us with a lot to be desired, a few years back, I restored 2 distinct kitchens for our single family rental properties in Louisville, KY. Both times, I developed and tweaked a basic formula and approach to the renovations.
I would like to share some highlights from that first kitchen renovation in Louisville, Kentucky. My approach, aesthetic, and budget has evolved over the years. It is fun to look back at that first kitchen we did back in 2013. Later, we would complete the second one in 2015.
To begin visualizing the results, I pulled lots of inspiration and made a few boards. I knew that we wanted white cabinets paired with open shelving or glass uppers, subway tile, along with warm wood countertops. So, I collected and arranged photos that I found inspiring!
Since the home would become a rental property, I focused on finding affordable, modern and timeless design trends. We selected:
It's official, I am planning and preparing for my Shibori Workshop on Sunday, July 9th, 2017. There will be 8 spots available to create unique fabrics and explore Shibori, the ancient art of folding and tying using indigo dyes. Each workshop attendee will take home 2 tea towels along with any additional hand-dyed item of their liking, such as: tote bags, cloth napkins, curtain panels, pillowcases etc.
All tie and dye supplies are included in the workshop cost along with 2 tea towels. Workshop attendees can bring in additional items to fold, dye, experiment and explore. A workshop guide and recommendations will be sent to everyone who enrolls. Enroll now, through the end of this week to receive a 30% workshop discount.
I'm excited to share with you my tips and my recommendations for a successful project. Read on to receive a downloadable guide at the end of the post.
Hi, I'm Hilary.
I'm an Artist, Designer, Blogger, and Mama. A Day in the Life is where I share my daily inspiration and work that is currently evolving from my studio. I hope to connect with design enthusiasts from all over the world. I invite you to share feedback and ideas about the products that excite you.
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