Category: handmade

+ "Fields" in calligraphy

Keepsake Bridal Calligraphy

Get behind the scenes of how I created this custom piece for Jase and Brittany’s bridal table, from concept to creation.

+ My first book! Accordion fold book with alphabet theme from Alisa Golden's Making Handmade Books. Walnut ink and PearlEx on sketchbook paper.

Why I’m so into Bookmaking

It’s the difference between talking with someone who regularly checks their phone and talking with someone who couldn’t care less where their phone even is.

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“Have I Told You Lately” Wall Hanging

I really couldn’t help thinking, as I sat down before the blank canvas, “Well I may have to start over, but I’ll try it anyway.” I mean, I’ve been making art for about 20 years. And I tell you, I thought, “I wonder if Van Gogh thought that about his work.” If he had that kind of attitude. And if he did, then maybe … Read More “Have I Told You Lately” Wall Hanging

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Medieval Themed Graduation Gift

Couple Brad and Ana came to me with dreams, a sweet sketch of an art piece, and an 8″ x 10″ picture frame for their son who is graduating with a Master’s of Art in Administration from Grand Canyon University. They brought a photo of him to me with the inspiration for this project: a suit of arms complete with a helmet and a battle axe! … Read More Medieval Themed Graduation Gift

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Santa Letters 2015

When I describe what a “Santa Letter” is to people — a return letter from Santa to the beloved child or children in their lives — the trickster inside me is scheming a way to surprise the children with facts Santa knows about them. I imagine the looks of surprise on their faces when they read that Santa knows about their teacher or the … Read More Santa Letters 2015