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Stephanie Levy’s 30 days of collage e-course started on Monday – it’s fantastic so far. Everyone has been sharing their work and it’s really inspiring. These are my first two collages from the course, black and white and warm colors – fun!

30 days of collage 1,2
Collaboration #1

Every time I try to work on my own collage while sitting next to my daughter she ends up wanting to “try” mine – haha. I’m just going with it. This is our first official collaboration.

30 Days of CollageStephanie Levy just opened registration to her new online course, 30 Days of Collage. The course includes 20+ step by step collage tutorials: surface design techniques, handmade patterned papers, prompts, ideas and access to a creative community for sharing and discussing.

I haven’t taken a course with Stephanie but am definitely following along with this one, I love Stephanie’s style and am looking forward to learning some new techniques. If you’re not familiar with Stephanie, she does these wonderful little sweet interior vignettes on collaged patterns and paper –

Stephanie Levy
[source + lots more on Etsy]

Her process photos on the course page are so inspiring, hold on while I get out my supplies and collage all day instead of working, seriously! Bye! ;)
Stephanie Levy, Process

As part of the course she’s also interviewing collage artists from around the world, including me! I’m so flattered to be on the list with these other fabulous collage artists – Hollie Chastain, Gracia & Louise, Jennifer Judd-McGee, Kareem Rizk, Brandi Strickland, Vivienne Strauss, Anthony Zinonos, Shelley Kommers and Fred Free.

As soon as I finish this post I’m off to explore each of the artists’ work – one name I’m already very familiar with is Shelley Kommers – LOVE! One of my favorites of hers lately is this fantastic little happy face – it’s so playful and the texture is just amazing:

Shelley Kommers [source]

So, that’s all for now! Early bird pricing is available until Saturday, October 12th – hope to see you there! xo


The night before last I posted an old collage from 2007. I realized the last time I attempted a collage was February 2012 and that was after a year hiatus. I didn’t give it too much thought – priorities can change quickly, especially when a new baby is involved. I’ve also been crazy obsessed with web stuff – and honestly, my *free time* is spent writing code which I LOVE.

So last night I receive an email out-of-the-blue for a request to be interviewed as part of an online course about collage. I did agree to it, and will add details as they’re available, but told her up front that I felt like a bit of a hack seeing as I don’t really do collage much anymore. Although, I have been looking for a reason to get back into it.

The point of this post:

I made this today… my daughter wanted to paint so I grabbed a notecard, sat down beside her and started scribbling. I’m hoping it will lead to more. xo


photo-1I saw this quote the other day on A mighty girl and loved it. So, I tried out some hand lettering. I’m not the greatest at it, that’s for sure, but it was a fun process.

I haven’t been creating much art lately, just haven’t found the time, which I need to do. I HAVE been spending a lot of time sitting next to my daughter watching her color and draw and paint though, which is so amazing/inspiring/exciting.

The more involved she gets the more I’m able to draw a little too, without her wanting on my lap or to help her with something every 5 seconds. :)

Yesterday I read an article – from someone whose work I admire – that was adamantly against Pinterest. I read her post, then the articles she linked to and Pinterest’s Terms of Use. Then I saw several tweets linking to “Why I tearfully deleted my Pinterest inspiration boards” by Kirsten of DDK Portraits, who happens to also be a lawyer. Uh oh.

I was worried for a little bit until I remembered why I started putting my work online in the first place. I do it for people to see, hopefully enjoy or at least find useful, and if I’m lucky enough they’ll share it within their own little network or community. Over the last few months Pinterest has referred four times as much traffic to my website than any other. That’s a whole lot of people that wouldn’t have seen my work otherwise. I understand the concern, especially from photographers. Pinterest’s Terms of Use are definitely sketchy. I might be eating my words one day, but for now I trust Pinterest – they haven’t done anything wrong as far as I can tell. And as an artist, I welcome you to pin my work – I would think that a lot of other artists feel the same way.

If you don’t want your images shared, Pinterest has made it easy to disable pinning from your site by adding meta name="pinterest" content="nopin" to your header. You can also go into Flickr and turn off sharing easily.

Most importantly – before I repin I always click through to learn more about an artist, find more information and make sure it’s linked correctly – what about you?

When done right, with the proper source link, Pinterest is an amazing tool and sharing platform. I’ve found great tutorials, discovered new artists and photographers and your pins keep me constantly inspired.

Some interesting reading on the subject:
Pinterest, Inspiration, Copying and the Whole Ethics Thing on Craftypod
Prying Control from Your Cold, Cramped Hands by Kim Werker

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Amanda Hawkins

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