AGT: Gelli Printed Peony – Three Ways

My third tutorial for Donna Downey’s Artist Gang was posted yesterday. I tried to escape making cards, but one of the three ways I used Donna’s Big Peony Blossom stencil was for cards.

First, I spent about an hour making a bunch of gelli prints with the stencil. After sorting them into two piles (one pretty and one not so pretty, or not as pretty), I made card fronts with the pretty half and cut several of the others into circles for a Kandinsky inspired journal page. Finally, I picked one of my favorite prints that was printed on two pages of book text and highlighted it on a journal page. The tutorial for that page is up on my personal YouTube channel.

I love that I have the opportunity to inspire others as a member of donna’s gang! 🙂 If you create something that is inspired by my tutorial, tag me on Instagram (@nicolewatsonart), post below, or in the donna downey: community of artists facebook group so I can see it!

The video is above, and you can visit Donna Downey’s blog to read aditional information about this week’s tutorial.

And, check out the other blog posts and YouTube videos from the other members of this year’s gang – we are all so unique and different!

AGT: Pastel Cards & Journal Page Backgrounds

 

My second tutorial for Donna Downey’s Artist Gang was posted today. I decided to do another card one! After my last tutorial a few people posted in the donna downey: community of artists facebook group what they created from my blog and video. How cool is that? I love that I have the opportunity to inspire others as a member of donna’s gang! 🙂 If you create something, tag me on Instagram (@nicolewatsonart), post below, or on donna’s Facebook group so I can see it!

The video is above, and you can visit Donna Downey’s blog to see pictures and more information about this week’s tutorial.

And, check out the other blog posts and YouTube videos from the other members of this year’s gang – we are all so unique and different!

Donna Downey Studios Artist Gang 2018!

donna downey studios artist gang 2018

Today, my dream of sharing my art with the world begins.

I am thrilled to announce that I am a member of Donna Downey Studios 2018 Artist Gang! This is a dream come true on many levels.

After some unexpected changes in life in the Spring of 2016, I decided to return to Iowa State University and finish my degree as a distance student. I originally entered ISU just out of high school to study journalism which turned into art and design with minors in advertising and Russian studies. Then, I met a boy, left school, and moved to Houston, Texas. I intended to finish my degree in Texas and was even accepted to the Art Institute of Houston, but it just didn’t seem right. Fast forward to a wedding, a career, leaving the full-time job to do freelance and contract work from home…then life taking an unexpected direction after losing some of my contract work leaving me wondering what to do next (enter: school!).

Lots of people asked me what my plans were after graduation. I often responded something to the effect of, “Hang the diploma on the wall and smile.” In reality, I hoped to pursue art. I’ve been helping others with their dreams through freelancing, and it was time to focus on my own. First goals were website/blog and social media presence in the hopes of the ultimate dream of being on a design team. A surprise email from Donna during Thanksgiving break from class fast forwarded the goals and fulfilled my dream.

On December 16, I officially graduate from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree and a Russian Studies minor.

It was my plan to have my website ready for the announcement. Then, it snowed in Houston. That sentence sums up my two years. Unexpected, unplanned, sometimes a bit shocking, but in the end, exciting.

Thank you for your patience while my website is a work in progress (#wip) and the paint is still drying. I am so excited to develop my art, business, brand, and meet so many wonderful artists along the way.

Now, off to finish my final project, take a final, and graduate! I’ll see you on the other side with paintbrush in hand ready to create.

Be sure to visit the 2018 Artist Gang page to see the other members, read their bios, and follow each one on social media.