Exciting news!!! I have expanded Citrus and Mint to now sell embroidery patterns in a new shop on Etsy called citrusandmintthreads (HERE). It all started with some major creative block, which led me to take a beginning embroidery class on Creativebug (highly recommend). Then I was hooked! There's something to adding dimension and texture to my illustrations that is so satisfying. Added bonus--I can embroider in the car and not get carsick, AND I can embroider when I have migraines (which unfortunately have been coming more and more frequently). So even when I am sick I can create, something I couldn't do before.
I also decided to make this shop all not for profit. I will be donating 100% of my profit from this store to refugee aid. I will select different refugee aid organizations every so often to spread the wealth. This month I will be donating to one of my favorite humanitarian organizations, Lifting Hands International. Right now they are running a Gather for Goats campaign where they buy goats for refugee families so that they can have a good source of nourishment and possible income. So you get fun embroidery patterns, and refugees get goats. I think it's a good tradeoff :) Find the shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/citrusandmintthreads
I will be continuing to add more patterns to the shop, especially kid friendly beginning patterns. Let me know what patterns you would like to see in the comments below or email me at email@example.com
I want candy! No seriously, I need gummy bears. I've been working on cutting out sugar (doctor prescribed) and it's so hard. In an attempt to curb my cravings, I worked on creating this candy clip art and paper sets for you (it didn't work). I originally entered three of the candy patterns in a contest, but didn't win, so y'all benefit from the loss. I hope this will be perfect for all your candy lover parties and summer fun!
Find them HERE
I seem to have my holidays backwards this year. New valentines clip art set for Christmas and a polar animals clip art set for Valentine's Day. I always draw what inspires me most at the time, which means sometimes it is random. :) I'm helping with a baby shower for my friend and she specifically requested a penguin theme. Well, since there aren't many penguin themed baby shower items out there, I thought I'd draw my own. Hence the new kit.
I did it all in Photoshop with textures this time!!! Let me know if you like the texture, or if you prefer flat images.
Also this month I am donating 100% of my profits (minus fees and medical bills) to Lifting Hands International for refugees. It's the perfect month to stock up on kits that you've wanting while also helping out refugees!
Find the kit HERE or HERE
Have a wonderful Valentines!
Merry Christmas everyone! It's been a while. However, for the first time ever, I finished a holiday theme kit BEFORE the actual holiday. So now you all actually have time to create products with the illustrations for Valentine's Day this year. How crazy is that?! Maybe this will be a new pattern for me...maybe. Enjoy your holiday season and don't forget to remind your special someone that the Citrus and Mint Valentine's Mail bundle makes an excellent virtual stocking stuffer. :)
Find the sets HERE or HERE.
Howdy y'all! I fiiiiinnnnnalllly finished the desert set that I started months ago. I was just waiting for inspiration to hit, and it finally did with some fun horses. Introducing Desert Bloom, a fun, whimsical floral set with lots of cute papers and clip art! I tried to limit myself to just pastel desert colors, but in the end I just couldn't do it. So fun bright colors it is, plus I spiced it up by using brown instead of my usual navy ;). Find it HERE or HERE.
Suddenly I'm seeing swans everywhere and I LOVE it! So many cute fabrics and decor. If you are looking to add to your swan collection, or update your product line to include this trend, I have a clip art set and matching papers for you! Find it HERE or HERE.
Before we start, let's talk about what you are going to need. Please note that you can use any type of medium to complete the assignments. There are no limits to your creativity! Use what you love best. However I encourage you to try out different mediums because who knows, maybe you have a knack for watercolor and you never knew it. It's also just fun to try different things and get messy.
I'm cheap, but not too cheap, because really cheap art supplies are CRAP. I go for the highest quality of the low quality art supplies until I know I'm good enough to justify the more expensive stuff. Case in point, a few months ago I splurged and bought $100 Swiss colored pencils even though I've never drawn with colored pencils and it turns out I'm not very good at it. Should have started with the 12 pencil Crayola box and gone up from there. Lesson learned. In related news...anyone want to buy some Swiss colored pencils? ;)
I would buy most things on Amazon prime because they are sometimes significantly cheaper than your local craft store even with a coupon and you get free two day shipping, and you don't have to leave your house with all your kids in tow. Dick Blick and Cheap Joes Art Stuff also has good prices, but you will pay for shipping (the horror). If you have to, make sure you have a coupon before you head to Michaels or Hobby Lobby and know that their selection is very limited.
These are the supplies that I use and have on hand at my house. I will use these in this class:
Specifically for kids:
Paint recommendations for adults (this is optional, just my recommendations if you were going to try it out):
Do any of you have recommendations for art supplies? What are your go to brands?
It's that time of year again. I don't know if it's the extra pollen in the air or the creative burnout from completing so many Christmas projects, but every year around February I start to feel creatively frustrated. I have plenty of ideas but zero motivation. I feel stuck, discouraged, and depressed for no specific reason. It leads me to assess what I am doing and why and if it is still of value to me. What am I missing?
I narrowed it down to three things: I miss teaching, I want to involve my children more in my work (so it doesn't feel like when I'm working that I'm ignoring them--that dang mom guilt), and I want to improve my own art.
All of this thinking culminated in one grand idea--I'm starting an online art school on the blog called the Citrus and Mint Academy! Classes will start out with the basics of art, specifically the elements and principles of art and design, and if that goes well, I'll see what other classes I can do.
I'm hoping that by studying the fundamental elements of art, I will be challenged to think differently and try new things, and I hope that you will as well. This class is for anyone and everyone, babies to grandparents, professional artists to those who "can't draw to save their lives." I will be doing it with my daughter so I encourage you to do it with your kids as well. It's never too early to start learning about art---AND I timed it to start once school is out so you are guaranteed to have at least a 30 minute activity to do each day to stop hearing "I'm so bored" and keep their brains active over the summer. You're welcome.
Here's how it will work. Art 101: Line and Shape will be from June 1-June 30, excluding the weekends. Each week day I will post mini-lesson with a project here on the blog and on instagram. You can work on it at your leisure and then post your completed work or progress with the tag #cmart101 on instagram or on the Facebook Citrus and Mint Academy group page.
(Find the facebook group HERE. It is a closed group so you will have to request to be added. I did this because it will be the easiest way to share your work and see others' work and comment in a semi-private way for those who are reluctant to show off their AMAZING drawing skills to all their Instagram friends.)
This won't be a traditional class. I am not really acting as the teacher, but as a fellow student...maybe the leader of the study group. :) I am in no way an expert on these subjects. It is my first time learning the actual elements of design too. Therefore in order for it to work, it needs to be interactive. I need your involvement to make it really successful for all of us. Don't be afraid if you "aren't an artist" or "not as good as so and so." My work will not be perfect. It will not even be good at times, which I admit is really scary. But we will all grow together.
I won't be teaching any type of medium in Art 101, but the principles that can be used with anything--paint, crayons, pencil, collage, watercolor, charcoal, tissue paper, sharpie marker, tape, clay, photography, etc. I encourage you to experiment with several different types. I will post a supply lists in a couple of days...hint, stock up on lots of paper. The exercises and challenges won't have to take a lot of time. Some days you'll delve into it and create a masterpiece, other days you'll get by with just a sketch. I understand that summer is busy and I don't expect you to participate each day.
Oh, I forgot to mention the most important thing...IT'S FREE!
So who is excited to do this with me? Who will accept this challenge and enroll in Citrus and Mint Art 101? Comment below! Spread the word to your friends who may be interested and ask any questions you have (clarity in writing is not really my strength after having kids).
My heart is exploding with gratitude for all of you! Even though it's not the end of the month yet, I had to let you know that because of your support, a little over $1,000 is going to UNICEF!!! Thank you!
If you are looking for more ways to support refugees, check out a group that I read about in the paper today-- Lifting Hands International. They talk with refugees in the camps and create Amazon wish lists of items they actually need for you to donate.
As cheesy as it sounds, together we can make a difference!
This election season is one that as a historian, I would love to study 100 years from now, but right now, all I want to do is hide. Yikes. However, if you happen to love campaigning and want to throw a huge party for the next debate, I have the perfect clip art and papers for you! Or wait and use it for all your Fourth of July patriotic decor or your child's next class project that you wish they would do all on their own. Or their campaign posters for class president. I'd vote for her. :)
Find the sets HERE or HERE.
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