Saturday, March 4, 2017

Make A Zentangle Holiday Salt Dough Ornament

I didn't think I had the patience of a saint, but Youtube's Video Editor definitely earned me a few stars. It is a royal, ROYAL pain-in-the-a**! I recently taught a workshop at our local library on Salt Dough Ornaments, making a sturdier dough so not so many creations would break, and to add a Zentangle Twist to the whole deal.

Herewith my Youtube video:

Sunday, February 5, 2017

New Illustrative Prints in My ETSY Shop!

I am sketching away creating new designs and illustrations for my ETSY shop: SuzanneUrbanArt. I have been studying up on the art of Zentangles and have added some zentangly elements to my illustration. Below is my Mermaid print freshly printed just this week on my Epson R2000 printer.

I've also revisited the fun art of ACEO's (Artist cards Editions and Originals). What is an ACEO? It's a 2.5" x3.5" work of art that blew on the scene about ten years ago. Since then you can find all kinds of wonderful work in this very affordable art form size.

Below is my ACEO Bee lady with Beehive doo.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Another Viewer used My Free Pineapple Stencil!

We live in an antique home here in Connecticut. Around the corner from us, a neighbor stenciled the word: "Welcome" in different languages on the steps leading to her front door. I so loved the idea and wondered what I could do in keeping with our c.1664 home. I knew the Pineapple was a symbol early colonists used to welcome visitors and travelers to their Inn or home. So I searched for an appropriate stencil to purchase on line and ended up making my own. The rest of the story that became a blog post is here:

Stencil a Pineapple Symbol on your Front Stoop

Since then I've had follow-ups with viewers who used my stencil for a ballet company logo, a metal sign on a garden fence, and now, a gorgeous pillow! Behold the work of Molly and her daughter from an email I received this morning.

Hello Suzanne,

In my internet search for a pineapple pattern, I came across the stencil you offered on you blog. Attached is a pillow my daughter and I made last weekend using your pineapple. Thank you!


To download the Pineapple Stencil please click here:

****I am a published illustrator and gag writer, my wonderfully witty work can be purchased in my two ETSYshops here:
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Thank you for looking at my work, reading my blog and supporting a woman owned small business!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

An Inspiring Gift for a Feminist Mom

I was receiving a lot of Magnet orders (Also comes in Pinback Form) yesterday, (product picture to left). This is one of my newer magnet designs with my own copy. I was curious why the orders had suddenly spiked when one of my ETSY buyers clued me in. It was featured on HuffPosts Gift Guide
21 Inspiring Gifts for Feminist Families curated by writer Catherine Pearson:
21 Gifts for Feminist Families

Well, it's rarefied air one indeed breathes to be gifted with a mention at holiday time. It also means a lot to me that my humor strikes a chord in other women to the point it is selected to be represented in a well respected online publication. One that I've read over the years.

Life is good, now ladies, go out and "Give 'em hell!"

To purchase this Feminist Fridge magnet and/or pinback click here:SmirkingGoddess


Thursday, December 1, 2016

How I Made Shutter Snowman

I am in the beta test group of a new APP called ETSYRANK, it's been one of the most helpful APPS I've tried The The developer of the APP invited me to write a post on the ETSYRANK blog, and so I offered up how I made a Shutter Snowman for our outdoor Holiday decor this year. Read about my creative endeavor and how I made it here:My Shutter Snowman

For those of you interested in creating a Shutter Snowman of your own, I created a Pinterest Board full of Holiday and Garden Shutter creations, if you decide to make one, by all means post to the board: Shutter Snowmen + Angels

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Funny Stocking Stuffers are Available Now!

My funny magnets and pinbacks can be found in my ETSY shop: SmirkingGoddess, but now as of today they are available on my Facebook business page and right here on my website! Stay tuned for product updates and specials, and in the meantime, enjoy shopping for some hilarious stocking stuffers and small giftables right here! Click on the tab to shop my Funny Magnets and Pinbacks! Enjoy! Happy Holidays! Suzanne U.

Another #Inktober2016 Sketch

I haven't been following Jake Parker's prompts for #Inktober2016 lately. Prompts can definitely help one to stretch their drawing skills, but at other times, the theme just doesn't jive with me. So I'm now working on sketches straight from my head. My inktober sketches are quick, I often leave the pencil marks underneath, and then post to Instagram. I'm selecting this way of working rapidly to keep myself from mentally criticizing my initial drawing attempts, to loosen up and allow myself to just do and not overthink. This is helpful to me as it allows me to explore more things to sketch without fear of turning out something really lame. The result may indeed be clumsy, but as I continue on this path, my hand/eye coordination will strengthen. I plan to continue along this path of making myself sketch with abandon rather than sticking with something more comfortable to draw.
So in the end it's a happy medium, staying the course continuing to strengthen my personal style, but breaking out and sketching something new to increase my visual vocabulary.

As far as visual vocabulary goes, I've noticed there are illustrators who stick with the same theme, this isn't a bad thing, as they're specializing, but when you see one or more illustrators drawing the same things over and over, one can get lost in the crowd. My dream is to continue to explore new things to draw without feeling that initial cringe of my hyper-critical-inner-voice, (the one that holds every creative back) and to continue to do this until I feel comfortable, all the while keeping the sketch consistent with my style.

To view what other artists are posting for the #Inktober2016 Challenge on Instagram, click here: