Early 2017

Early 2017

We are so thankful that we have stayed busy through the winter months! Right now we are getting ready to exhibit at our first ever wholesale show. We’ll be at the Lansing Gift Show on February 26, 27 & 28. We hope you’ll stop by our booth (#409) and see all of our new designs and products in person!...
We Draw the Year Challenge

We Draw the Year Challenge

Hi Illustrator friends! I am starting a project on Instagram on January 1st called ‪#‎wedrawtheyear‬. I would love it if any of you would like to join the project! There will be 4 prompts to illustrate per month. I would love to share a few of your illustrations on my page each week! We will use the hashtag #wedrawtheyear. And if you’d like me to share your work, tag @katiecreatie along with it! I’m looking forward to lots of new art in...
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...
I Love Michigan Summers

I Love Michigan Summers

Although I love Fall and Christmas season very, very much… I have been starting to design some new artwork for next year’s Polka Dot Mitten catalog.  It’s going to be the best yet!  Here is a sneak peek of one of the first new designs.  (If you just can’t wait for summer before you get your hands on one of these, I can make you one now!  It would make a great Christmas gift! 😉 ) It’s available here in two...
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...
Bless this Mess

Bless this Mess

My kitchen is never clean.  I’m thankful for that!  Over the past few days, I have made an entire collection based on my messy kitchen.  I’ll share more of it over the next few weeks.  This was the main piece: I framed it and set it on my counter. Right now it’s available as a wood-mounted print in my etsy shop.  Hopefully someday it can be...
What’s Up?

What’s Up?

After finding out that I did not make it to the final round of Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search, I was honestly bummed.  I never expected to make it to the top 50.  But I did.  Then I got my hopes up that I might make it to the top 6 as well.  At the same time, I was trying to prepare myself for inevitable disappointment. I thought I was ready for the bad news.  But there’s not really a good way to not be disappointed about something so BIG that could have been career-changing.  I didn’t feel like creating ANYTHING for a lot of days after that.  I wasn’t depressed or anything, and really, I got over not being picked in a matter of one day.  But I still felt burnt out on everything.  There was so much anticipation about which 6 artists would be chosen, and so much hype, and then it was instantly over. It meant that I had to go back to my piles and piles of signs that had been patiently waiting for me to finish and ship out all over Michigan.  Not that I don’t love what I’m doing.  It just felt old and stale.  It made me wonder if my art was really very good at all… or if people just placed orders simply because it’s made in Michigan and not in China. So I didn’t create anything at all for quite a few days.  I rearranged my living room, put up Fall decorations, boiled some apple peels with cinnamon to make the house smell good.  I went to bed early… It was...
Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!!!  I have several new art pieces that I created today.  I’ll be adding them to my portfolio over the next week or so.  Stay tuned!  In the meantime, enjoy the weekend
Morning Coffee in the Fall

Morning Coffee in the Fall

This time of year, I’m thankful to have a free hour in the morning after my kids hop on the bus, before I have to start getting ready for the day.  Lately, I’ve been having a cup of coffee and painting, doodling, or drawing something.  It’s pretty much the only time I get to create new art.  Here’s what I made in honor of the first week of Fall, my favorite time of year!   This art print is available in my etsy shop or at shopwhatitis.com.  It’s an 8×10 art print mounted to wood, and can hang from a keyhole slot drilled in the back, or it can stand alone on a...
Classic Childhood Games

Classic Childhood Games

So… I didn’t win the global talent search.  I didn’t even make it to the final round.  Oh well.  I still can’t believe I was in the top 50!   Anyway, back to creating.  Here’s what I’ve been working on this...
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...
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...
I Painted.

I Painted.

  In June, I went to Wine and Canvas at Wicks Park Bar and Grill in Saugatuck with two of my friends. We had a blast!  We had so much fun that we decided to do it again in July.     It reminded me how much I love to paint!  I’ve had a GIANT canvas sitting in my laundry room for 7 months now.  I decided to get it out and do something with it!  I’ve been very inspired by floral paintings lately, since it’s summer and all, so I decided to give it a whirl.  I really like how it turned out! I couldn’t resist adding a word with hand lettering to it.  I don’t know if I have any art that doesn’t have a word on it… It just doesn’t feel complete until it says something!   I hung it in my entry way/ stair way.  Maybe someday I’ll sell it.  Or make prints.  But for now, I like it...
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