6 Ways to Marry Minimalism and Maximalism (for Interiors or Visual Art)

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Both of these illustrations are by Adriana Vawdrey (me). The simpler collage on the left was an sketchbook / Photoshop experiment, and the very detailed tiger image on the right was a camouflage experiment I did earlier this year. The tiger, called “I Spy,” is available to purchase as a print here.

When it comes to planning the design of anything — (a painting, an outfit, a room, etc.) —  do you normally focus on achieving simple elegance and efficiency? Or do you prefer details, layers, and eclectic mismatched combinations? I have been thinking about this a lot! What are the definitions of “minimalism” and “maximalism”, and how can creative people meet in the middle?  Continue reading “6 Ways to Marry Minimalism and Maximalism (for Interiors or Visual Art)”

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My Absolute Favorite Coloring Trick in Photoshop

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In college, one of my illustration professors gave some advice that stuck with me:

“You can do anything with a really good drawing.”

That could not be more true! With an awesome drawing you could make a fantastic painting, a well-designed screen print, thorough plans for an amazing sculpture… and the list goes on and on.  There are even more possibilities to build upon a beautiful drawing after scanning it and making playful adjustments with digital tools.

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22 Perfectly Modern Art Prints for the Kitchen

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Above illustration and photo by Louise Lockhart. Find her shop here.

Did you know that colorful kitchens can promote a better appetite? Even if you are striving for that super sleek minimalist look that many love these days, you can add a charming pop of color by hanging art prints in the areas where you cook and eat.

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DIY: (Part 2) Paint a Graphic Design on the Floor

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If you have not yet seen part 1 of this tutorial, you should check it out! If you’ve already created a design you love, let’s prepare to paint your custom floor!

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DIY: (Part 1) Paint a Graphic Design on the Floor

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I have wanted to post about this for quite a while. This project is a great example of how paint can personalize and improve just about anything in your house. This post is an introduction to the design process, and you can also read part 2 to learn how we painted it.

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DIY: 5 Ways to Compose a Sketchbook that Rocks

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Creativity is something we all possess, and when we invest in it, it grows bigger and we become more capable. Working in a sketchbook is amazing because you can explore topics no one else in the world would capture in the same way. Your ideas and perspective are important!

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DIY Kids Project: Symmetrical Insect Collage

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The collage above was a team effort between my husband and daughter. You’re a great dad, Cal!

Great for teaching a lesson on symmetry, or just making something experimental and pretty with your little one, this project could also be used as an opportunity to reflect on a bit of art history. You and your child (or your students if you’re a teacher), can be inspired by the gorgeous symmetrical work of Charley Harper and the whimsical cut-outs of Henri Matisse. Google them both!

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