Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bendita Mujer, Blessed Woman

Hello, hello!  I'm excited to share my latest canvas with you.  The title of this piece is "Bendita Mujer" which means blessed woman.  The inspiration for the title and sentiment was the cross on her forehead.  So let me rewind things a bit to tell you the story of how she sprang to life.

I created this background in between projects to use up left over paints.  Love the pink against the blue!  So anyway, I had no plan for it.  I was just playing around and it sat to the side waiting for inspiration.

Then during the Peddler's Show, I sketched her out in one of my journals.  I love the way she turned out and knew she NEEDED to go on a canvas, lol.

I thought this background would be perfect so I sketched her out and started painting.

I changed a few things from my original sketch like her mouth.  I wanted her to be happy since she'd lived such a wonderful life.

The words are my own.  I thought of how a women was the heart and soul of her family.  I think my mother might have subconsciously been the inspiration for this piece.  It reads:

"Bendita Mujer, Luz de la famila.
Querida Mujer,
Bendita sea su presencia par siempre.
Querida Mujer"

Translation: Blessed women, light of the family.  Beloved Women.  Blessed be your presence forever, beloved women.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you've enjoyed my "Blessed Woman".

Have a beautiful, blessed day!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sugar Skull Mask: Orange & Green

Hey everyone, I'm back to share another Dia De Los Muertos mask with you!  This is the second one I've completed this season.

I usually start out with the eyes.  The whole design depends on the color I use on them.  Here the main color is green with accents of orange and teal.  I also mixed in a tad bit of red.

I really like the mandal/zentagle/doodled flowers so that's what I went for on this mask.  These types of flowers are so relaxing to create.  It's just a matter of adding layer upon layers of lines.  You should give it a try the next time you're sitting around waiting for your kiddos or at an appointment.

And of course I HAVE to add my flourishes, lol.  I love the fluid motion of creating them :D.

This mask can be worn or hung as decor.  If you're interested in purchasing this mask, you can find it in my Etsy shop here: LittleHoneyBeeStudio.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Have a BEAUTIFUL day, hugs!!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dia De Los Muetros Mask

Hello, hello!  I hope you all are doing fantastic.  I just wrapped up a show this weekend and wanted to share one of the masks I created.  You know how I love Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos, I always look forward to this time of year.  So here is the first mask of the season!
©Norma Gomez, Little Honey Bee Studios, All rights reserved.

I kept this one fairly simple as I got back into the groove of things.

I love the way the crackle finish on the heart turned out.  I started by painting it in and then applied a layer of Tim Holtz' crackle paste.  Next I brushed on black Tattered Angels spray ink.

This bad boy will be hitting my Etsy shop in the morning!

Stay tuned for more Day of the Dead projects over the next few days!  As always, THANK YOU for stopping by and have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

©Norma Gomez, Little Honey Bee Studios, All rights reserved.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back to School!

Hello my sweet bloggie friends!!  Boy summer flew by didn't it?!  My summer was consumed with keeping the boy occupied.  I spent my days carting him from Kumon to scouts then music lessons and band practice.  We spent a lot of time camping and managed to squeeze in a couple of beach trips and short weekend getaways.  I was able to get in a little creative time but not much.

Today is our first day back to school so I'm hopeful that I'll have some more time to create.  One can hope right?!  The truth is that my schedule will probably be just as busy because we still have the same schedule as summer except everything is happening in the evenings now and we also have to make time for homework.  Oh well, the boy is totally worth it!!

I do have to get to work though because I have to get ready for my Fall shows.  First up is The Peddler's Show.  I'll be set up at the San Antonio Peddler's Show at the Freeman Expo Hall on Sept 5th -7th

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After that, I'll be set up at Market Days @ Encino Park on Oct 4th - 5th.  Look for me inside the Banquet Hall.

I hope to squeeze the Soflo Market in there too.  So with only 2wks left til my first show, I have lots to do to make sure I'm ready.  I like to get completely set up at home before each show so I know exactly what I need to take and where everything is gonna go.

It's become sorta a ritual for me, lol.  It really does help during set up though.  My set up is always changing as I continue to try and improve.

New for my upcoming show is a sales counter and an actual cash register.  I'm really excited about that :D.  I'll share pics as that begins to come together.  I will probably start doing my mock set up this week so I have plenty of time to go get anything I need.

I'm also gonna work on getting more of my items listed in my Etsy shop, LittleHoneyBeeStudio.  I don't have any of my necklaces or key fobs listed on there right now.  I have seasonal items that I'd like to add too.

I 'd like to finish reorganizing my studio and create new art of course.  So there is tons to do, I better get off this computer and start working, lol.

Thanks for joining me today, have a fantastic day!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Notebook Sale!

Hey there!!  I just wanted to let you know about the SALE I'm running this week on notebooks.  This week all notebooks in my Etsy shop: LittleHoneyBeeStudio are 15% OFF.  Here's a look at each of the notebooks available:

SALE: Spiral Notebook - Do What You Love

Do What You Love

SALE: Spiral Notebook - Dancing Stars

Dancing Stars

SALE: Frida Kahlo Spiral Notebook

Modern Frida

SALE: Spiral Notebook, Journal - Wings


I hope you'll stop by and take a peek at my shop :D  Thanks for stopping by, have a beautiful day!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Frida Por Vida - Mixed Media Art

Hi everyone, I have some new art to share with you today!

This is my latest mixed media original canvas entitled "Frida Por Vida".  It's a large 20x24 deep canvas.

This was my first attempt on Frida.  I've seen so many renditions that I thought it was time for me to do my own interpretation.  So I began sketching in my art journal while I was waiting for my son to finish up his band practice.  This is my original sketch :D

I wanted to paint her on a large canvas so I re-sketched the whole thing on my canvas.  If I'm using a small canvas, I'll just use tracing paper to add my sketched image.  You can see that my canvas sketch turned out a bit different but that's cool with me.

Loving those bold colors!!

You can't really tell from the pics but I used molding paste for the roses on her head.  The have a lot of great texture.

Oh yes, she's coming along nicely!!

I'm so happy with the colors.  I don't plan my colors, I just start working and decide as I go.

More roses, they were among my favorite things to sketch when I was little!

My son thinks she needs more shadows.  What do you think?

Gorgeous, I'm feelin pretty proud :D

So there you had it, "Frida Por Vida"!  Prints are now available in my Etsy shop HERE.  The original is also available for purchase but will probably not be listed in my Etsy shop.  So if you're interest in the original, please message me on Facebook.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and don't forget to let me know what you think!  Suggestions and constructive criticism is always welcomed.

Have a Beautiful Day & "Frida Por Vida"!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Creative Blog Hop!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I'm very excited to be a part of this Creative Blog Hop! The hop was started to inspire those that take part, to meet new people and experience different styles of art along the way.  I really like the idea of this ongoing "creative tour" and hope that you will follow the links to the artists I'm sharing today.  They are truly inspiring and talented ladies.

I was invited to participate in this hop by my friend Dana Tatar.  Please take the time to visit her blog, show her some love and enjoy her beautiful work.  I first met Dana on the Paper Wings Productions design team and have since had the pleasure of working with her on a couple of other teams.  I have always been in awe of her talent and ability to manange all of her teams and family responsiblities.  She makes balancing everything look so easy!  Her work is always so creative and inspiring.  I love how diverse her style is and always look forward to see what she is sharing next.  You never know because she can do it all!  Make sure to visit her blog They Call Me Tater Salad and follow along!

Lately I've been going through a bit of a transition in my life and really haven't blogged much.  So I hope that this hop will get me back into the groove of things.  Life tends to get very busy but I know that it's important to keep sharing and getting to know each other :D

What am I working on right now?
I've decided to take a break from design team work in order to focus on my family and artwork.  Right now I'm trying to work on new art for my upcoming Fall shows.  I've also been working on adding new items to my product line.  I'm really excited to see my artwork on all types of things like makeup bags, coin purses, porcelain ornaments, notebooks, greeting cards, jewelry and artist prints.  

How does my work differ from others in my genre?
That's tough because there are so many talented artists out there.  I love creating with beautiful bold colors with lots of layers and contrast.  I try to make all of my artwork inpirational.  I also try to insert my ethnicity into all of my work.   Besides working on canvas, I love to create three dimensional projects using recycled materials.

Why do I create?
Creating is such an important part of who I am.  When I'm not creating I feel like something is missing.  When I was a little girl, I was always drawing and I had to take art every year.  As an adult I began crafting and sold my wares in local craft malls until the birth of my youngest son.   After that I began scrapbooking which led to art journaling, mixed media and illustration.  I'm kinda quite and use art to express myself.  I'm happiest when I'm painting and connecting with others that love to create.

How does my creative process work?
I have to have music playing when I work and I like to be left alone.  I usually don't start out with a plan and if I do have one, it's a very loose idea.  Most of the time I start by creating a background and then just go from there but sometimes I begin with a rought sketch.  I like to think the my project reveals itself to me as I work.  I love getting into that flow state where my projects come to life.  I like the freedom of creating without a plan or expection.  I think it's way more fun that way!

I'm nominating my friend and talented artist Kimberly Robinson Bolden from My Polka Dotted Bliss.  Look for her Creative Blog Hop posts on August 18th.

Kimberly creates the most beautiful cards, scrapbook layouts, altered art and creative gifts.  She masterfully mixes color and patterns to create unique projects with a sophisticated vintage flare.  Kimberly sells a variety of premade and embellished items that make memory-keeping and gift-giving to special ones like family, friends, teachers and assistants a cinch.  You can find her gorgeous work in her Etsy Shop Polka Dotted Bliss.  To see more of her projects, you can also visit her blog My Polka Dotted Bliss.  I hope you'll stop by her store and blog to get to know her better.

To keep up with me, visit my Facebook page, I post there on a regular basis and share works in progress along with things that inspire me.  If you're interested in seeing my current product line, visit my Etsy shop: LittleHoneyBeeStudio.

Thank you so much for visiting me today!  Have a beautiful day, hugs to you all!!!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Paper Wings Production July Blog Hop & Giveaway: Yellow

WELCOME to Paper Wing Productions July Blog Hop & Giveaway! If you've arrived here from Katie's blog, then you're in the right place.  If you’re just stopping by for a visit, please CLICK HERE to start from the beginning.

This month our color theme is Yellow.  So get comfortable and let us fill your day with the warm shades of yellow, enjoy the hop!! 

The main prize is a $25.00 gift certificate to the Paper Wings Productions online store.  

For a chance to win all you need to do is:

  • be a follower of the Paper Wings Productions blog
  • visit each of the participating designer's blogs and leave a comment
  • come back and leave us a comment on the PWP blog telling us you completed the hop.
To increase your chances of winning: like our Facebook page and/or invite your friends to the hop.  Be sure to leave a separate comment for each of your additional entries. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 on the Paper Wings Productions blog.

Happy 4th of July to all my American friends, I hope you're enjoying your day!!  This month I'm sharing a sun drenched art journal page.

This is an old page from my art journal.  It already had all of these beautiful colors on it from previous projects.

I added more layers using stencils and stamps.  The large flourish is from the Vintage Melange set.  The birds are from Bird Melange and the new Bird Beauty stamp set.

Next I added some molding paste to stamp into.  This is one of the stamps from the Bird Beauty set.

After that I added my focal image.  This big beautiful lady is from the Melange 3 Gypsy cling stamp set.  Then I decided to add more texture with molding paste and stencils.

I  love this quote from the new Bird Beauty stamp set!!!

Now for some personality!  I added Domino Washi tape, stamped canvas heart, metal crown, feathers, a flower and Queen B.  I used the Perfect Alphabet and bees from Vintage Melange.

I sprayed various shades of yellow Dylusion inks.  I also added some borders using a stamp from the Vintage Melange stamp set.

Okay, it's time to send you off to your next stop so head on over to Amber's Blog.

***Here is the complete line up just in case you get lost along the way***
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Let Your Creativity Take Flight!

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