Friday, October 24, 2014

Whimsical Bookmarks

I cannot stand to fold the pages of a book! I simply can't bring myself to "dog ear" or fold down the corner of a page to keep my place while reading. You know what I'm saying, right?!

Ahh, come on. Don't gimme that look!

*Sigh* just thinking about it makes me cringe, lol!

I'm always looking for something to keep my place when I finish reading. Most of the time, I'm grabbing for a piece of scrap paper, a pencil or paper clip.

...so that's why I've finally decided to create my own:


WHIMSICAL BOOKMARKS

Whimsical Bookmarks, TUTORIAL by Artist Martice Smith II

If you've never heard of RubberMoon stamps - my friend, you are REALLY missing out! Please take a look at what's to offer on the website, when you have time. There is something for everyone!

All stamps are designed by artists for artists.

Here are the 5 stamps I used in my project:

Whimsical Bookmarks, TUTORIAL by Artist Martice Smith II; RubberMoon stamps
(from left to right): 
Frida


See how I created these mixed-media collage bookmarks, right here on the RubberMoon Arts blog!




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

5 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered


'5 Ways to Share Your Creativity & Get Discovered', advice from artist Martice Smith II
'5 Ways to Share Your Creativity & Get Discovered', article by Martice Smith II.


1. Above all, be true to YOU.
Create what makes your heart sing and be happy doing it! 
When you're doing what's fresh, interesting, and authentic to you, you make it that much easier for the marketplace to find you. Yes, it's that simple!



2. Process is messy.
Be open about what you're working on. 
Now is not time time for toiling away in your studio with absolute secrecy. Ask for feedback - don't take it as criticism. Look at it as gathering information.

• Collaborate on a project with another artist…try asking someone whose work you admire but is a contrast to your own artwork.

Discuss or teach a class, highlighting a simple technique. 

• Share sneak peeks of your works in progress, your ideas and even what you're learning online. Accept that, over time, you will evolve as an artist and learn to embrace change.


Keep going - there's more! 



Friday, October 10, 2014

I am a Guest Designer for StencilGirl!

That's right! I am so honored to have been asked by the folks at StencilGirl to be a Guest Designer!
Wow can you believe it?! It's a blessing to have this opportunity to share my artwork with a larger audience.

Here is the project I created. Please by sure to check out the entire project tutorial, Faux-Metal African Inspired Card



Please come by, take a look and tell me what you think!


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Know your worth

Sometimes, it takes a close friend to sit you down and spill their heart out to you. Just to hear them express just how much YOU mean to them, can relieve you of so much weight.

Being on the receiving end of the showering of compliments doesn't seem that hard. However, when we humble ourselves to become the GIVER of compliments and well wishes, that's another story!

How would you like to "make someone's day" simply by flashing your awesome smile, waving enthusiastically at that stranger as you walk into the local coffee shoppe, visit your elderly neighbor and share stories with her/him, or even writing a note to a friend you've lost connection with? (Did you notice I didn't say 'text them'??)

My point is, when someone knows that you're thinking about them and are sending them positive vibes, warm wishes, or whatever you like to call it, the atmosphere shifts.

A majestic energy manifests itself. Spirits connect and sometimes, you are able to help change a negative situation into a positive one....or better yet, change their perspective on life.

Here is a little something to let you all know that I'm thinking of you - no matter how far we are in between, our spirits are connected! 


"YOU are Worthy" Inspirational poster by Artist & Designer Martice Smith II
"YOU are Worthy" Inspirational poster by Artist & Designer Martice Smith II

Please feel free to print this out, pin it, SHARE with friends, etc. Enjoy!
(note: this poster is available as an A4 size, hi-res .PDF, in my monthly Uneek Art Letter.)


Remember: A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what's expected of them.
When was the last time you made someone's day??



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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Universe DreamCatchers

My first blog post as a Creative Team Member for RubberMoon Art Stamps is up on the RubberMoon Arts blog!

Universe DreamCatchers by artist Martice Smith II
Universe DreamCatchers; Martice's first tutorial on the RubberMoon Arts blog!

Hop on over there...see how I made with this beautiful dream catcher, incorporating these two awesome stamps from RubberMoon.

Universe DreamCatchers; Large fern and RubberMoon Alphabet stamps

Universe DreamCatchers; painted pages by Martice Smith II

Enjoy my Universe DreamCatchers tutorial!


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