Love Lives Here

Love Lives Here

I created this piece for the art class I am taking.  I love making wall art!!  But how cool would this one be on a round cutting board or lazy susan?  Coasters?   I’m going to make some.  😀
Random Things

Random Things

I haven’t posted in a while!  Here’s a little roundup of what I’ve been up to: My hyperlush assignment for MATS this week: We have a lot of snow in Michigan for November 20th!   I am in love with this gold paint:   Here is my wall art assignment for MATS from last week (using said gold paint): My husband built me a really awesome faux fireplace for our front room !!  I LOVE IT. I was supposed to go to a signing last night at Great Northern Trading Company, but the wind was howling and it was snowing… so I was a little concerned about driving an hour in the dark in that junk.  I was really looking forward to the meet and greet.   I’ve been practicing typography daily in November.  You can follow it on instagram by searching for...
Bolt Fabric and Personal Growth Comparison

Bolt Fabric and Personal Growth Comparison

I just finished my first week of Make Art That Sells – round two!  I decided to take the course again to see how much more I could learn.  I think I learned a considerable amount from it last year. This was my very first MATS piece, which I designed for bolt fabric, in 2013.  I was so proud of it!  I even ordered some fabric with this design from Spoonflower.  I made this exactly a year ago: I still think my first MATS piece is kind of cute (I do like the colors)… but now I have had sooooo much more practice.  Here is how my year 2 “root veggies and casseroles” bolt fabric piece turned...
Round 2: Semi-Finals!

Round 2: Semi-Finals!

As you know, my “Find Joy In The Ordinary” piece made it into the top 50 for Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search.  I was so excited!     Here is why I have been sharing so many pictures of Paisley lately!  She was my inspiration for my children’s art piece for round 2!  I would love it if you could go vote!  Here is the link:  http://lillarogers.com/gts-2014-round-2/      ...
Paisley Little Puppy

Paisley Little Puppy

Lately, I’ve been sharing LOTS of pictures of my English Springer Spaniel puppy, Paisley.  She will be 7 months old on September 20th!  You can find her on Instagram (I’m @katiecreatie).  I use the hashtag #paisleylittlepuppy.  Tomorrow, find out why I’ve been sharing her pics so much! 😉 katie doucette | polka dot...
Global Talent Search Semi-Finalist!

Global Talent Search Semi-Finalist!

Good morning! I am in a state of shock right now, because my piece was chosen to be in the top 50 for Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search!  What an amazing opportunity!  I took Make Art That Sells parts A and B, as well as Bootcamp, over the past year, and I have grown an incredible amount. I feel a little bit like a kid on Christmas morning!  There were so many beautiful pieces of art that were submitted.  I don’t know how they narrowed it down from 999 to just 50. These are some of the beginnings of this piece.  I scanned the best ones, along with some background paintings, to create my artwork. (I was also working on some custom Michigan artwork at the time, so there are some other random things thrown on these pages, too!) I also have another version of my terrarium art, which I didn’t like as much as the one I submitted: I submitted my final piece early in the week, because I was super busy with the store and Polka Dot Mitten, and I wanted to make sure I got my assignment done.  This is the one I submitted: I also created several other pieces from my main piece:   I’m really nervous about the next round, but also very excited to get started on the assignment!  Hope you’ll all follow along on this...

Global Talent Search

I uploaded my terrarium artwork for the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search today!  It’s not due until next Monday, but we were encouraged to upload early.  So I worked ALL weekend on my assignment… I could have tweaked it and added to it forever, but I have a lot of work to do this week, so I decided to go with it today!  I really love how it turned out.  There are so many people in the competition that I’m fairly certain that I won’t be chosen.  But at least I had fun making it, and now I have a great new addition to my collection!  I will be able to make numerous coordinating pieces of artwork with all the icons and patterns I put into my one submission.  Can’t wait to share it with...
A Glass of Wine and A Little Sunshine

A Glass of Wine and A Little Sunshine

Our final assignment for Lilla Rogers’ Bootcamp was to draw beverages in our style.  We couldn’t post our work to the Facebook group all month so that we would stay true to ourselves.  I did my assignment with my handwriting as the main focus, since that is what I’m best at doing. It’s live in the bootcamp gallery so head over there and check out everyone’s take on the July...
June MATS Bootcamp Assignment

June MATS Bootcamp Assignment

    It was another nautical-inspired month for Make Art that Sells!  The June gallery will go live in a little over a week, but here is a preview of my art.  Some day, I would love to be a licensed artist!  I know I can make small prints of this and sell it, but I’d love to see this piece a lot...
In a nautical phase!

In a nautical phase!

I’ve had a really, really bad week.  (as if enough sad things haven’t already happened in 2014!  January, for one example).   I won’t go into details, but two very trying things happened within 6 days of each other.  I have said so many prayers of thanks that everyone is OK.  I’m trying to keep in mind that everything happens for a reason, and even though we may not know that reason right now, some day it will all make sense.  For some reason, the universe is telling my family not to run a 5k.   That leaves me hoping and praying for an uneventful, normal summer. I am taking two art classes right now – Bootcamp from Lilla Rogers is still going on, and I’m also taking Daring Adventures in Collage from Mati Rose.  Bootcamp Mini for the week was to sketch a ship in a bottle.  For collage, we had to make a creature collage.  So I sort of combined the two.  There is no bottle in my collage, but there’s a sailboat.  And a whale!  I am really liking whales right now!...
Editorial

Editorial

Our May assignment for Lilla Rogers Studio Bootcamp was an editorial illustration for a magazine article about people who don’t like to meditate. I almost never draw people, so this was a challenge for me!  Here is a link to the class gallery so you can check out everyone’s fabulous artwork: http://bootcamp.lillarogers.com/bootcamp-may-2014-gallery/...
Puppy Update and New Art

Puppy Update and New Art

    Paisley is growing so fast!  I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since we took her home!  She comes to work with me at the shop on weekdays when my kids are at school and my husband is at work.  So far… so good.  She has her spazzy moments, but overall, she is a very sweet, calm puppy.  If you follow me in Instagram, you’ll be sure to find lots more pics of #paisleylittlepuppy! Last week, I ordered some cell phone cases with a new design on them… I’m really hoping to find a good, reliable source that will sell them to me at a decent cost so I can offer them to my wholesale customer, too! My friend wanted me to make this quote into a sign for him.  I kind of like how it turned out!  I’ve never done an elephant before! And I forgot to post about MATS week 4.  Mostly because I had no time to work on my assignment that week… but it should have been my favorite one!  It’s still a work in progress, but last weekend I turned my map of Saugatuck and Douglas into two little tags for the shop.  I’ll be tweaking these as I have time to add more icons.   Until next...
Final Week of Art Class

Final Week of Art Class

I just wrapped up Make Art that Sells class!  Our final assignment was to design party plates & napkins.  Lilla reviewed mine, and suggested it would also be good for wall art and that I should make a series of 4!  I’m going to miss this class… Bootcamp still continues through July, though. And I just signed up for “Daring Adventures in Collage” with Mati Rose in June!  I’m excited to keep learning and growing my...
A Stepping Stone

A Stepping Stone

Something I need to remember right now (and always) while I’m taking Make Art that Sells (MATS): Where I am right now is just a stepping stone.  It’s so inspiring to see all kinds of people getting their artwork licensed because of MATS.  It’s a dream of mine!  Although it gets a little discouraging every time I don’t hear back from a company I have sent artwork to, I have to keep in mind that where I am right now is a lot farther than I was a year ago today.  And where will I be a year from now?  5 years from now?  It all kind of comes full circle to the “5” book by Dan Zadra that made me quit my waitressing job in 2011 and open a shop. (here is a link to that story)  Which led to Polka Dot Mitten.  What a weird and wonderful and crazy life it is!   Here is a link to the March gallery for MATS:  See if you can spot my Jell-O pattern!...
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