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New Art Project for 2016: Week 1

In order to continue my mission to draw all the time and fill up more sketchbooks in 2016, I came up with a new grid to help me stay on track each week. I’m going to use a grid like this to do daily drawings with a weekly theme, while experimenting with watercolor. At the end of each week, it will be nice to have seven new drawings and a full page illustration.

My first theme is arctic wildlife, with a background wash of light blues.

sketchbook page arctic wildlife

I have been making a list of themes and things to draw, so this year should be full of more creative challenges. I’m looking forward to bringing my sketchbook pages onto the computer for lots of new digital art this year. Happy drawing!


Click here to see my collection of 2015 daily doodles


New Pages in My Sketchbook

In order to draw daily and fill up more sketchbooks, which is on my bucket list again for 2016, I always have fun coming up with new drawing prompts. My goal is to draw as much as possible, to draw something every day, and to eventually draw everything. Yes, everything! ;)

I had so much fun illustrating this new series of wildlife and nature-inspired scenes in my Moleskin sketchbook!

sketchbook page: on the move

“On the Move”sketchbook page: howling

“Howling”sketchbook page: doe woods

“Edge of the Woods”sketchbook page: buck woods

“Buck Woods”sketchbook page: wings

“Wings”sketchbook page: hiding in wood pile

“Hiding in the Wood Pile”

The next step is to get these on the computer and draw them in Illustrator for some digital art.

Happy drawing!


2016 Bucket List

At the beginning of the year, instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I like to make a bucket list for the year.

winter sunrise over Lake Michigan

I want my bucket list (and life!) to be full of creativity and adventure so I made a list of fun things to do this year:

Art and Design:

  • Sketchbook 365 project: draw something daily. I’m excited to experiment with new themes this year.
  • Make more tiny art
  • Illustrate a new map to submit to They Draw and Travel
  • Illustrate a recipe to submit to They Draw and Cook
  • Design more surface patterns for fabric collections, stationery, craft paper and wrapping paper
  • Design more infographics
  • Learn how to do hand lettering and calligraphy better
  • Digitize my sketchbook illustrations so they are usable, marketable, sellable and ready for licensing


What are you looking forward to in 2016?


Free Printable Calendar: January 2016

Welcome January! January is known as the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the warmest month in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s also known for beginnings, resolutions and goal-setting.

Click here to download your free printable calendar for January 2016.

Here are a few tid-bits about January:

• Zodiac signs are Capricorn and Aquarius
• Birthstone is a Garnet which represents constancy
• Flower is a Carnation

I left room on the calendar days so you can record meetings, appointments or special days. And there’s a column on the right side to keep your notes and to-do list for the month. I hope you find these free printables useful and fun. Happy January to you!


2015: A Year in Review

I always like to reflect on the past year as a reminder of all the good things that happened.

Enjoy the Journey tiny art

We both got new jobs.

new job at Nancys Notions

We took our first trips in 5 years, and traveled to Naples and New York City.

sunset in Naples bryant park

I completed 12 months of daily doodles.

daily doodle December to July daily doodle June to January

I started making tiny art again.

collage of tiny art and sketchbook pages

I did a lot of drawing.

collage of sketchbook pages

I made all my sewing patterns free and offered a new tutorial.

Sewing Patterns Collage1 Sewing Patterns Collage2

I made a couple new patchwork tote bags.

Patchwork Bags Collage

I participated in my first craft fair.

craft fair table

I published 105 posts this year!

Here’s to a great year in 2016!


Tiny Art: All Together

I’m so happy I started to make tiny art again in 2015. I managed to squeeze seven sets these past few months, with all different color palettes and imagery.

It’s fun to experiment on a small canvas (2.5″ x 3.5″) with a variety of art supplies – watercolors and gouache, Micron pens, a Tombow marker and white ink to add a few details.

tiny art christmas set tiny art no. 43-49 tiny art no. 36-42tiny art days 29-35 tiny art week 4 Week3 Art Cards Week 2 set

I try to post these tiny pieces of art regularly on Instagram if you want to follow along. I love the challenges of coming up with a weekly theme and working on such a small canvas, so I’m hoping to continue this regular art practice in 2016.


2015: A Year of Daily Doodles

In order to fill up more sketchbooks, which was on my bucket list for 2015, I had fun coming up with new drawing prompts, so I tried to sketch A LOT more. One thing I did was this monthly calendar, but instead of using it like a diary, I used it to do a daily doodle. As you will see in later months, I started to fill up every square in this grid, rather than just the days of the month.

daily doodle December to July

daily doodle June to JanuaryThere were a few times over the past 12 months that I wan’t to give up on this project, but I pushed myself. And now I have this wonderful collection!



Click here to see my December doodles

Click here to see my November doodles

Click here to see my October doodles

Click here to see my September doodles

Click here to see my August doodles

Click here to see my July doodles

Click here to see my June doodles

Click here to see my May doodles

Click here to see my April doodles

Click here to see my March doodles

Click here to see my February doodles

Click here to see my January doodles

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