It’s Snowing!

Ok, it’s not actually snowing where I live, but with a little help from some of my creative friends, it’s snowing on my blog! I was so happy to receive snowflake submissions from 13 talented artists!

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The first snowflakes to arrive in my inbox were from Michele Banks. She wrote: Here are a couple made by using masking fluid, then watercolor and adding salt. Enjoy!

Follow Michele on twitter (@artologica) and check out her etsy shop!

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Carol made a paper snowflake to share: I love your idea for the snowy blog, so here is my little contribution. I cut it out and scanned it on the blue paper. I swear I didn’t remember them being this hard to do when I was little!

Follow Carol on twitter (@imsilverfeather) and check out her beautiful art on her website!

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Jeannine Saylor created a colorful bunch of snowflakes: I took the opportunity to have some fun with my girls during craft time. I cut out the shapes in craft paper chosen by my oldest daughter. She coloured and stickered them until she moved onto another activity.

Follow Jeannine on twitter (@saylor_made) and stop by her blog to say hi!

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Lisa Marie Tsering made a paper snowflake, and the resulting image looks beautifully icy: Can you believe we don’t have any snow here in Minnesota?! I may need to make some paper snowflakes for my 3 year old son to play in :) Can’t wait to see your wintry post…

Follow Lisa on twitter (@lisamtsering), connect with her on facebook, and check out her website!

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Allison Fomich, a fellow paper snowflake enthusiast, made an amazing paper snowflake that when unfolded, revealed lots of little cats! She explained: i am a total snowflake addict as well, i just can’t stop when this time of year rolls around! it’s so much fun!!! I have been making snowflakes for years, never tried to make anything like this cat, though. Inspiration struck! What can I say? It just was a trial and it worked!!!!

Follow Allison on twitter (@Tigerlillyshop), and browse her etsy shop!

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Emily Balsley used a paper snowflake as a starting point for a bright and cheerful illustration: I’m with ya – if we have to endure this cold, I want the snow to go along with it! I’m kinda bummed we’re not going to have a white Christmas here in Wisco. Oh well. At least we can make it snow on your blog! So here’s my snowflake. I cut out a paper one, then used it as the inspiration for my drawing.

Follow Emily on twitter (@emilybluestar), check out her website, and stop by her blog. You can also connect with her on pinterest!

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Chris Hajny made an awesome snowflake pattern. He’s one of the talents that make up the Paper Bicycle Creative. If you don’t know about them already, you really need check out this amazing group of illustrators.

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Lindsay Nohl is also a member of the Paper Bicycle Creative, and she submitted a wonderful illustration of snowflakes.

Check out the Paper Bicycle website, as well as Lindsay’s personal blog.
Lindsay is also the tweeter for Paper Bicycle, so be sure to follow! (@Paper_Bicycle)

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Sarah Hutchinson Burke made a variety of snowflakes: paper cutouts, pencil drawings, and even a collage! She says: I’ve been frantically making snowflakes to make up for the lack of real snow and I’ve started drawing them too.

Follow Sarah on twitter (@thesecondmagpie), and visit her blog.

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Julie (O-kami) shared a very festive holiday message with a shimmery snowflake.

Follow Julie on twitter (@FPOkami), visit her two blogs: Pens Paper Inks…Whatever! and In Pursuit of a Hidden Artist, connect with her on Flickr, and Join the Pen Collectors of America.

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Juriko Kosaka sent a sweet photo of Tokyo covered with snowflakes! She wrote: This is very quick doodle with iphone:) Snowflakes from tokyo. Have a nice holiday!

Follow Juriko on twitter (@juriko), and check out the lovely drawings she shares on her blog.

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Sara Anderson shared a soft and cozy little crocheted snowflake, photographed on a deep blue background.

Follow Sara on twitter (@diysara), and see lots of drawings and photos on her blog.

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Kye Sangha doodled up a lovely little snowflake. I just love the way she describes it: It looks very Bavarian. All my snowflakes look like German pastries, probably because I learned to “pipe” them from an amazing German chef. No matter what the medium, I feel like I’m decorating something yummy to eat when I make them. Old habits die hard!

Follow Kye on twitter (@KyeSangha), and be sure to visit her fun blog.

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Finally, here is my contribution to this snowy collection. After making lots of white paper snowflakes, I was inspired to create a few colorful ones out of giftwrap. I also drew a pattern of snowflakes on one of the gifts.

If you don’t already, feel free to follow me on twitter (@aisforanika). You can also find me on flickr, pinterest, facebook, and instagram (@aisforanika).

I hope you enjoyed the “snow flurry” as much as I did! Many thanks to everyone who participated in this snowy blog post. I couldn’t have done it without you (literally!), and I really appreciate all the effort that went into making each of these absolutely unique snowflakes. It’s really true that no two are alike!

Call for Snowflakes!

Although I don’t relish the cold weather that comes along with winter, I do love when it snows. In fact, if it’s cold outside, I’d rather it was snowing!

One of my favorite winter holiday crafts is making paper snowflakes to tape to windows or string up over doorways. Whenever I get started, it seems I can’t stop, so I usually end up with a big pile of snowflakes before I know it.

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But I want even more snowflakes! I want to make it snow on my blog!

You can help!

If you have a little time this week, I’d love for you to send me an image of a snowflake that you made. Of course, I’d be so happy to see your paper snowflakes, but feel free to doodle, draw, paint, stamp, print, or anything else–just create some kind of snowflake and email it to me!

What to do:

  • Make a Snowflake!
  • Photograph it, or scan it in.
  • Make sure it’s at least 640px wide!
  • Email the image to me: aisforanika ..at.. gmail
  • Include any links that you’d like me to share along with your snowflake.
  • Make sure to submit it by midnight on Christmas Eve (December 24). I’d like to publish the collection of snowflakes on Christmas!

I’ll publish all the snowflakes I receive in a long, wintry blog post. I’ll include links back to your website, twitter, flickr, and whatever other site you would like me to include (make sure to send that info in your email)!

Thank you for considering this snowy collaboration. I really hope you’ll participate!

Misfit Paintings

In my last post, I wrote about some recent paintings I’ve finished in tones of gray. I had a couple of other paintings to share, but they didn’t seem to fit with the last group, so they get their very own post!

In an attempt to re-create a couple of drawings I did in the sketchbooks that Jessica Gowling and I are collaborating on, I painted a composition of little groups of colorful lines, arranged on an imperfect grid.

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I wasn’t as satisfied with the results of this. I suppose it’s an ok painting in it’s own right, but I don’t feel the same spirit from this painting that I did from those initial drawings. Maybe my expectations were too specific? I still want to pursue this style; hopefully I can figure it out!

The other painting in this misfits post is the first one that started this recent round of paintings.

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This was my first attempt to recreate the stone painting from Day 11 in my birthday giveaway. I started painting the shapes of the stones without the help of an underlying sketch. I had wanted to create a horizontal bar of stones across the square paper, but because I hadn’t planned it out, I had a hard time getting the formation I was after. I decided to fill in the entire paper with stones.

I set this aside after the initial gray stones were in place, intent of finishing the two paintings on my to do list. In the end, I had some left over light turquoise paint that I decided to use to embellish this painting. Instead of creating the same pattern of lines overlapping each other on the surface of the stones, I decided to try something a little different: connecting the stone shapes with groups of three lines. I really like this color combination, but I don’t think the painting is quite done at this stage. Keep an eye out for and update!

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I’ve been working on a few paintings over the last couple of weeks. They are all small works in gouache on paper.

I started painting again recently to fulfill a couple of requests I’ve had lingering since my birthday giveaway in June. Hard to believe almost half a year has gone by since then! Both were for the stone painting from Day 11. I’ve been making an effort to check things off my to-do list, and this was a fun task to tackle.

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I mixed up a lovely gray color for the stone shapes. In fact, I mixed up a LOT of lovely gray paint, so I had a lot left over. Gray is one of my favorite colors, and I felt sad at the thought of the extra going to waste, so instead of continuing with the stone paintings right away, I decided to make a few other “impromptu” paintings to use up some more of the paint.

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I didn’t plan either of these out. I started by adding lines at the corners and working my way into the center. They developed in a really natural, instinctive way, which is one of my favorite ways to create. With some of the styles of drawings and paintings that I do, initial planning can be really helpful, but there’s something very satisfying about getting my brush wet with paint and just going for it.

I’m really pleased with these paintings. I find them both soothing and powerful and the same time. And also wonderfully gray!

After a few days had passed, the gray paintings were still on my mind, so I decided to sit down and paint in the same manner and see what I could come up with.

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I painted a similar radial-style composition. This time I worked from the center out toward the edges, which yielded a slightly more off-center final look. When I was finished and compared this piece with the first two, I was surprised by how different it looked. While they are all still very similar in most ways, I find that the 3rd piece overall has a more refined look, and the brush strokes are more regular. The difference could have resulted from painting from the center to the edges instead of the edges to the center, but it’s still somewhat curious. Maybe I was just in a different mood?

For the last painting I also worked from the center toward the edges, but abandoned the radial composition.

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I started out with a zig-zag pattern in mind, but it quickly devolved to a less structured texture. The dark gray box in the middle only exists to cover up an area that really bothered me. Because of the way I painted the lines in that section, there was a rounded shape within the pattern, and for some reason it really bugged me! I tried to “fix” it, but before I knew it, I was smushing paint all over that area, and finally painting in the rectangular form. Can you sense my frustration with this piece?

I honestly didn’t think this last painting was going to see the light of day anywhere on the internet, but after setting it aside and looking at it a few days later, something about the painting intrigued me. It’s definitely grown on me, and I really like the texture-pattern area toward the bottom. That was the last section that I filled in, and I think it has potential. It’s irregular and regular at the same time, and I can definitely see doing a larger piece in that style.

What do you think of these paintings? Do you love gray as much as I do, or is there another color you’d be sadder to see dry up, unused on the palette?