If You Give a Panda Pizza…

A long overdue update to post the final art created for my friend’s class project. I had such a great time creating these drawings for her story.  I worked to create a consistent style among all the pictures.  I used a hybrid creation method for these: I drew the base sketched in my sketchbook, inked them with a Micron 01 marker, took photos of them with my iPad, and then imported those photos into ArtRage, where i painted on top of the sketches with multiple layers to facilitate shading.

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Tangled 3.0 – Shoes!

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Yet again, I find myself apologizing for a delay on updating. So here is a quick post on how my zentangling art adventures have evolved: let’s use some fabric markers and zentangle on some shoes!

TOMS brand shoes are wonderful. I own a pair of plain beige canvas ones that I’ve actually worn holes in because I wear them so frequently. I bought them with the intention of painting on them, and perpetually put it off for a variety of reasons: I didn’t know what to paint, I wanted to break them in and stretch them out first, I didn’t have the right media for the project… Etc. however, when it came down to it, I was basically just scared of ruining a $55 pair of shoes that had been a gift to me from my co-coach on our church 3rd grade Upward cheerleader squad.

So, the solution? Buy some faux TOMS at the dollar store (for $6!) and play with Sharpie markers and Zentangles!

This particular pair is a work in progress. However, I’m liking the results so far, and they got quite a few compliments at church today!

So what are you waiting for? For a $1.99 marker (I bought mine at Staples, and they come in a variety of colors) and under $10 in a pair of basic canvas shoes, you have the recipe for a fun weekend project. Practice your zentangling, or if you’re nervous about drawing freehand, use any number of chalk pattern transfer methods to copy the deign of your choice. Then go out for a night on the town with you new kicks!

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Introducing… Moxie 83

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Slowly over the past week I’ve been working on launching a new endeavor. After much prompting from friends and contemplation of “what do I really want to do with my life now that I have a chance to do anything?”, I have decided to take a chance and open an Etsy shop.

I will be launching Moxie 83 Designs within the next month. I will be able to offer various items for purchase, from original artwork, prints, and puppets to Zentangle inspired jewelry and knit/sewn handcrafts. A little bit of everything will be offered in the beginning so I can get my feet wet and experiment with where I want my shop to go. In the future, I’ll also have a project/shop blog that will feed into this site. That blog will also feature crafting projects and step by step instructions and occasional giveaways and freebies.

For now, I’m working on some merchandise to post beginning in March, as well as vendor license/tax paperwork. (Gotta keep things legal, folks!) I’m really excited to see where this next endeavor takes me!

The current logo for Moxie 83 Designs:

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Why moxie?

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It’s who I am. It’s what I strive to have. It’s a vintage echo of class and determination.

And finally, a packaging prototype of some Zentangle-inspired earrings:

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Until next time, keep smiling — live with moxie!