Friday, April 21, 2017

Painting Doughnuts. Or is it Donuts?

I've been having a lot of fun painting doughnuts. Or is it donuts? I'm not sure which spelling is correct, but it seems that donuts are suddenly all around me. There's a TV show about doughnuts, and in my local newspaper yesterday there was an article about a new "design your own doughnut" shop opening in my town. Phish is doing a 13-day concert run at Madison Square Garden in NYC this summer, calling it "Baker's Dozen" - yet another doughnut reference. Coincidence? Conspiracy? Hmmm. 


Tote bag








What's your favorite kind?


I hope you have a great week! 
Love, Laura


My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns




article and images ©Laura Beth Love 2017 all rights reserved

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Upcycled Garden Volume 8


Yay! It's that time of year again! Time for my Spring Upcycled Garden blog post that I look forward to writing every year. What better way to showcase those worn and imperfect antiques than to incorporate them into your garden landscape? This is the perfect way to personalize your outdoor haven and add character to your garden! 

Take a look at these amazing examples of ways that you can add architectural salvage and vintage finds - recycled and repurposed - to your garden!  


Paint a favorite quote on your garden gate




Fill an old fountain with succulents


Porch swing from an old door and bed headboard made by Jasmin via Hometalk


Beautiful little greenhouse made from old windows from Erin's Art and Gardens


Creative rainwater collection via Elle France


Fill a pretty old porcelain sink with colorful flowers.




Old crib turned fairie garden from faeryhollow via DIYnetwork.com



Old buckets as window planters from Montana Happy

Paint an old gate a bright color


Here's a great way to repurpose a clunky old schoolhouse desk. 

Create an outdoor swing from an old bed headboard


Garden bench created from three antique Singer treadle sewing machine bases via Jean's Muse


Shelf made from old baby crib bed springs

Add some handpainted flair to an old Adirondack chair


Decorate with succulents in shells

Which is your favorite?

I hope you have a great week! 
Love, Laura


My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns




The Upcycled Garden ©Laura Beth Love 2017 all rights reserved

Friday, April 14, 2017

Starry Boho Moons Design Featured on Society6! (& New Designs!)

Hi Friends! I hope you are all having a great Spring and are enjoying the holiday weekend. I've been having lots of fun creating all different kinds of new artwork. I've been painting and doing some digital art as well, and have shared some of my new designs in my Society6 shop and I'm happy to say they've been picking up momentum. Last week I was beyond thrilled to find that my Starry Boho Moons design had been curated by Society6 into the "New" section across each of the categories in their Home Decor section. Yay! 

If you know how deep the competition is on Society6, this is a huge accomplishment and I'm really proud of my design. There are thousands of artists on Society6 who each day upload hundreds upon hundreds of new pieces of artwork. 


Along with this, you are bound to see lots of folks going with trends and what they perceive as popular, so at times, designs can be kind of repetitive. The best thing that you can do to stand out is to really just be yourself and do your own thing and create something that is completely new and completely you. Follow trends? Sure, but to stand out from the crowd there has to be something special about your design that makes it unique to you.

Starry Boho Moons actually started out as a watercolor painting with highly saturated red and yellow moons on a deep blue background. Once I scanned my painting into my computer and began adjusting the colors and details I soon found myself with this black and gray design. A new design was born. 



Starry Boho Moons Phone Skin (cases also available here)


I was actually surprised that this piece was chosen to be showcased - as it wasn't my personal favorite from my shop - but it just goes to show that our own personal tastes aren't always what is going to be the most popular with other people or the general public. Keep that in mind! Try new things.




One of my favorite things to do is to play with color schemes. I love the way this Moody Hipster Mandala design turned out. If you are a regular reader of my blog you might recognize this design from the super-fast time lapse video that I did of this design a couple months ago...






I finally taught myself how to cut out images and make backgrounds transparent. This process takes a little bit of time but the effort is so worth it because you can do cool designs like my Psychedelic Doughnut t-shirt (below), and with a transparent background this image can be put on any color shirt, sweatshirt, hoodie, etc. 

This design is an original watercolor painting. Once I scan it into my computer, I can change the color scheme and come up with all different effects. It's really fun! 


Because everyone should have a psychedelic doughnut shower curtain, ya know?...

Below is the same design, but with my original color scheme.

Psychedelic Phrosted Doughnut #2 iPhone case


Creating the original painting


The last design I'm going to share with you today is entitled Paintbox Dreams, and it's a colorful watercolor painting that has kind of muted tones. Here it is below in an art print and mug. Hope you like them!


I hope you like them! Let me know what you think by leaving me a comment below. 

All items shown above are available for purchase at https://society6.com/laurabethlove


Have a great week!
love,
 Laura




My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns



article, images, and designs copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2017 all rights reserved

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Preview: More New Broken China Jewelry In My Etsy Shop

Hi friends! Here are a few more new pieces of broken china jewelry that I made today. I know that some of you had said that you like when I post my new pieces here on my blog because this way you can see them in big photos right away...and also it's easier to scroll through them...so I try to put them here for you when I have time. As usual, click any photo to be taken to my shop. Also, there is a link to my Etsy shop on the right hand sidebar.

 I have lots more on the way, it just takes me time to get them listed in my shop because as I said yesterday, I'm a stickler for having perfect shapes, perfect soldering, and great photos - and all of that takes time. 

And okay, I'll confess, I've been loving painting so much that I've been neglecting my jewelry making. Not only have I been so happy with what I've been painting, but I've been teaching myself some graphic design little by little so that I can use that to create some art too. I've taught myself how to mix some graphic design techniques and effects in with some of my paintings so that I can create really unique artwork, and it's just been so fun that it's kind of addicting! But not just that - so far, a few of my designs that I've incorporated into some products on Society6 have been really well received and I was absolutely thrilled to find myself curated on page two of the "New" design section of Home Decor on Society6...more on that tomorrow.  

I hope you like these :)




























All items shown above are available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns


Have a great week!
love,
 Laura




My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns



article, images, and designs copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2017 all rights reserved