My Cat Taught Me How To Art!

January 13, 2019 at 1:00 am | Posted in 2019, Art, art journal, artist, artists, ArtRage, Beach, blue, Cat Stories, expansive, Illustrated, illustration, illustrator, iPad, iPad Art, Kristin Bell, mountains, Ocean, painter, Painting, Pink, purple, sky | Leave a comment

I was showing my kitty how to do art on the iPad, and this is what we came up with! LOL.

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iPad Dog Drawings

November 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Posted in 2013, animal portraits, Art, artist, artists, ArtRage, arts & crafts, Cartoon, creative, Dogs, drawings, iPad Air, iPad Art, Kristin Bell, Pets, portrait, Video | Leave a comment

Update: I’ve decided to do custom pet portraits! You can find out how to order one at my etsy shop here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtByKristinBell/

DogLilyDogMikalaDogDixieDogLucySo, I’ve been doing some new drawings on my new iPad using ArtRage, and I made a little video about doing one of the drawings that I thought I’d share. I’m also posting four of the dogs that I’ve drawn so far. :)

Spoonflower Now Has Giftwrap!

May 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Posted in 2013, Animals, Art, artist, arts & crafts, Cat Leap, Cats, Children, circles, Colorful, craft, creative, Cute, design, design your own fabric, dots, drawings, for sale, gift wrap, green, Happy, Illustrated, iPad Art, Kawaii, Kitties, Kitty, Kristin Bell, Panda, panda bear, paper, spoonflower, stripes, unique wrapping paper, wrapping paper | Leave a comment

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In addition to wall decals, fabric, and wallpaper, Spoonflower.com now has gift wrap! I got two of my designs in the gift wrap. The first is the panda in circles, and the second is the small kitties playing! I LOVE the gift wrap! It is so much fun! Check it out if you get a chance and create your own too! :)

Cupid Fabric Just Rolled In! Yay!

December 20, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Posted in 2012, 2013, Art, artist, arts & crafts, Colorful, craft, creative, cupid, Cute, Decorating, design, design your own fabric, drawings, fabric, fabric design, Handmade, Happy, heart, hearts, hobby, Holidays, Illustrated, iPad Art, Kawaii, Kristin Bell, Love, Pillows, quilting, spoonflower, Valentine, Valentine's Day | Leave a comment

I wanted to share the cupid fabric I made with you guys! It just came today and I love it! I went a little crazy with the cupids! haha. If you are interested in checking out these and other designs I’ve created, click on this link: http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/kristinbell

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More Panda Fabric Update! :)

June 7, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Posted in Art, arts & crafts, Bears, design, design your own fabric, dots, fabric, fabric design, Fashion, green, Handmade, Illustrated, iPad Art, Japanese, Kawaii, Kristin Bell, obsession, Obsessions, Panda, panda bear, polka dots, prints, quilt, quilting, sewing, sewn | 2 Comments

Pandas in Circles!

My third panda fabric, Panda in Circles, came in the mail the other day! I just love it and wish I knew how to sew better, so I could make something awesome! lol I think the fabric turned out supercute! :) I love me some pandas! Yay!

http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1203352

My Panda Fabrics!

June 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Posted in Art, art journal, arts & crafts, Bears, Black & White, Decorating, design, design your own fabric, drawings, fabric, fabric design, green, Handmade, Happy, Illustrated, iPad Art, Japanese, Kawaii, Kristin Bell, Panda, panda bear, quilting, sewing, sewn, spoonflower, stripes | Leave a comment

All Over Pandas Fabric

Pandas Stripe Fabric

Two of three of my panda fabrics arrived today from spoonflower! Yay! I think they look really cute! The third one (that might come tomorrow) has dots. I’ll post that when it arrives too! :) Yay for pandas! :)

Oh, and here are the links for the fabrics:

All over pandas: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1202926

Panda stripes: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1202991

 

New Calculus Fabric Arrived Today!

May 26, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Posted in Art, art journal, arts & crafts, Calculus, Calculus Example, Colorful, craft, design, design your own fabric, disk method, drawings, fabric, fabric design, Fashion, Geek, Handmade, Illustrated, integrals, integration, iPad Art, Kawaii, Kristin Bell, math, Mathematics, Portland, prints, quilt, quilting, sewing, sewn, volumes of revolution, washer method | Leave a comment

More Calc2 Fabric

Orange Chevrons with Balloons

I made another Calculus fabric through spoonflower (http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1187406), because I was so excited about my first Calculus fabric. Well, the material arrived in the mail today! How exciting!!! I also got my design of balloons on orange chevrons, but I have to work on perfecting the chevrons and getting it how I like it. So fun to get fabric in the mail! :) Click the photos for a larger view. :)

More New Fabrics I Drew!

May 24, 2012 at 3:47 am | Posted in Art, arts & crafts, Colorful, craft, Cute, design, design your own fabric, fabric, fabric design, Fat, Fat Acceptance, flower, Flowers, Handmade, Illustrated, iPad Art, Kawaii, Kids, Kristin Bell, Pink, quilt, quilting, sewing, The Night Circus | 3 Comments

Here are some more of my fabrics that I’ve drawn and gotten printed through spoonflower. :)

http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/kristinbell

Purple Pineapples for Chille

Ode to “The Night Circus” Flowers

Updated “Celia” from “The Night Circus”

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Going to Try to Give My Etsy Store a Little More Love!

May 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Posted in Art, arts & crafts, Blogging, Cats, Celia, Color, Colorful, design, drawings, etsy, for sale, Handmade, Illustrated, iPad, iPad Art, Kawaii, Kitties, Kitty, Kristin Bell | Leave a comment

I’ve sort of neglected my Etsy store, because I haven’t managed to make it work very well, but I’m going to try to give it a little more love and see if it springs to life a little more. lol. I’m very excited, because I actually had a sale recently! Yay! I also get very excited when people just visit my listings! Etsy keeps track of visitors with stats and stuff like that. I get very OCD about the whole thing I must admit. So, here is a pic of what my storefront looks like pretty much. I mostly have prints for sale, but I’m hoping to add more cats and other things once I get them made. I hope you can stop by and look around. It is really hard to get visitors, because there are like a gazillion gillion people on etsy already. I don’t know how people make it work really! You should be able to click on the image to get to my etsy store page. Thanks a million already!

Second Set of Swatches from Spoonflower! Yay!

May 2, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Posted in Art, arts & crafts, Cartoon, Cat Break, Cats, Celia, chick, chicken, Children, Colorful, craft, Cute, Decorating, design, design your own fabric, drawings, egg, fabric, fabric design, Fashion, feline, Illustrated, iPad Art, Kawaii, Kitties, Kitty, Kristin Bell, Magic, Magical, quilting, sewing, sewn, spoonflower, The Night Circus | Leave a comment

Playing Kitty

Celia from “The Night Circus”

Chicken or Egg

Here is the second set of swatches that I got from Spoonflower.com. I liked the way the little girl (Celia) one turned out, except that it had a couple of holes in the black where I forgot to color in the image, so I’ve updated that and it should be fixed now. :) I think the playing kitty one is interesting, but I also uploaded another one to see what it would look like bigger. With this one it really becomes more about the pattern, which can be good for some projects! I think the little chicken turned out pretty cute too!!! :) Yay!

First Swatches From Spoonflower Received! Yay!

May 1, 2012 at 12:27 am | Posted in Art, arts & crafts, body parts, Cats, Colorful, Cosmonauts, Cute, Decorating, design, design your own fabric, drawings, fabric, fabric design, Fashion, Geek, Goofy, Handmade, iPad Art, Kawaii, Kitties, Kitty, Kristin Bell, Mars, martian-naut, prints, sewing, Space Travel, uterus, women, yellow | Leave a comment

Judie the Utie

Sleeping Kitty

Martiannaut

I got my first fabric swatches from Spoonflower.com today! It is so exciting to see my drawings translated into fabric! The colors are a bit different (as can be expected with printing issues), but overall, I think they are so cool! I’m going to really have to work on creating some fantastic fabric designs!!! :) hehe. I can’t wait to use my very own fabric in my projects!!! Thank you Spoonflower! And, by the way, here’s a plug for myself…if you want to buy any of my fabrics, you can get them on Spoonflower in my shop. Here is the link: http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/kristinbell. I think I get 10% of the purchase price or something, but if you do buy any fabric, I’d love to know and would love to see anything you make with the fabric! Okay, plug over! :)

The Martian-naut!

September 19, 2011 at 3:15 am | Posted in Art, Astronauts, Astronomy, drawings, etsy, for sale, Geek, Happy, Illustrated, iPad Art, Kawaii, Kristin Bell, Mars, martian-naut, Space Travel | Leave a comment

This is my newest drawing, the martian-naut. He lives on Mars and is ready and waiting to greet Earth visitors. We better get there before he gets too old!!!

He’s for sale at my Etsy shop here : http://www.etsy.com/listing/82087266/martian-naut-space-print-from-original

Surprise! Now I’m Selling on Etsy!

September 4, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Posted in Art, Cartoon, Cats, drawings, etsy, for sale, Illustrated, iPad Art, Kristin Bell, prints, selling | Leave a comment

I just opened my little store on Etsy and am selling prints of my drawings so far, but I will probably sell some originals there too! I’ve even made a few sales already! Yay! Come check it out at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtByKristinBell

New Abstract Art by Me + Discussion

March 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Posted in abstract art, Art, art journal, Autobiography, Bipolar, Borderline Personality, BPD, DBT, Depression, drawings, EDNOS, Handmade, Hope, Illustrated, insanity, iPad, iPad Art, journal, Kristin Bell, Marsha Linehan, Memory, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Mindfulness, pain, Painting, Photography, process, Prozac, Psych Meds, Psychiatrist, Psychiatry, Psychiatry Denial, Psychoactive Substances, Psychology, Sculpture, Self-Harm, Self-Injury, sketchbook, Stress, Suicide, Support System, Surviving | 2 Comments

Process:
I was reading a book by Marsha Linehan, the creator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy treatment for people with Borderline Personality Disorder, and I was struck by the theoretical concepts that she was discussing in the book. At the same time, I had been thinking about my friend who has BPD. I thought about the unending pain she suffers and how there is so much rage and turmoil in her life. I wanted to incorporate both Linehan’s concepts and aspects of my friend into the art journal that I just started working on as a collaboration with my friend, John.

So, John began the journal by preparing many pages and providing inspirations and prompts, then he mailed it to me and it was my turn to lay down something on the pages.

The first thing I did was use a handheld scanning pen to scan vertical snippets of text from the Linehan book. I then printed out the scans and cut them up into various pieces. You can just make out some of the text, like the words “dysfunction” and “BPD” and “DBT” if you look closely at the first piece.

Next, I began by glueing down the various text scans onto the journal…all over the top of what my friend John had already done. You can see bits of the yellow wash that he had laid down already. I added handwritten elements with text that expressed how I felt about my friend with BPD. Some are “rage and flounder,” “escape impossible,” “improbable at best,” and “hermedically sealed” (which I spelled wrong, but ends up being seen as “medically sealed” in the final product which I think is just as good and apt).

I colored over parts with a reddish pen, because for me, reddish colors always seem to represent pain and suffering, if not outright blood. I also used my label maker to add “A FACE TO YOUR PAIN,” because I felt like this was my way of giving her pain a face. There is also a scrunched up scribble of a face contorted with pain on the journal page just above the label. Then I started adding layers of cut out graph paper, because I wanted part of the image to have some linear and quantifiable aspects, like the discreet squares of red in contrast to the smudgy blob of red elsewhere. I also added a cut out plastic sleeve that I applied color to.

I then decided that I wanted to cut out some of the page and expose the treatment that was done on the other side of the page by my friend John. I likened this to an escape hatch to relieve the immense pressure and pain of the page and my friend’s actual pain. I cut out “hermedically sealed,” which is how it seems my friend’s pain is stored, and I pasted it onto the next page so that it could be seen as “medically sealed” through the cutout. A lot of my friend’s history involves intense and traumatic encounters with the medical establishment, so I thought this was appropriate. I cut out and folded over some of the page to make more linear elements and to add to the color use on the page as well. I also wanted to do this to incorporate the idea of overlapping aspects of our lives and our histories.

When I cut out “hermedically sealed” it left an opening that for me seemed like a window and represents the hope I still have for my friend despite what seems like endless suffering. I painted the page that can be seen underneath with blues and greens to represent the sky and grass, and I placed a puffy Hello Kitty sticker in the window as a kind of whimsical “hello” with friendship. Part of the other cutout seemed organic and flower-like to me, so I also added a stem of a flower for more aspects of light and living, but also change and death. With some of the folded over cutouts I felt like there was too much color and light, so I blacked out the spaces with a magnum black Sharpie.

Throughout the process, I was concerned not only with symbolic aspects of representation, but also with the aesthetic elements of line, color, space, balance, etc. So, part of the experiment was definitely symbolic, but I also spent time adjusting the image elements to try to make an interesting and unifying picture.

When I felt like I was done with the journal page, I took a photograph of it and posted it to Facebook to keep track of the process aspect of the journaling project. I was then compelled to go further with the image by enlarging parts of the image and cropping them in interesting ways. I took snapshots of the screen with my iPad and then emailed them to my desktop machine where I processed them in Photoshop and then printed them out. I really didn’t know how they would look printed out or if I would use or like them at that point.

I liked how the prints looked, but I felt they really should be juxtaposed somehow, so I combined them.

The closeup crops that I made were deliberate. I based my decisions on aesthetics and also on what words would be incorporated into the image. “A FACE TO YOUR PAIN” was cropped into “TO YOUR PAIN” for one image and “OUR PAIN” for another image. I wanted to bring together these two aspects of the experience of pain, the self and the other, and comment on the interaction between the two. For my friend who suffers, it seems that her pain is hers alone and that it is an isolated state of suffering, but she also has friends, family and care providers who care about her and interact with her pain and suffering. We, of course, have our own pain and suffering, but seeing her in pain is also difficult and informs our own pain and our own worldview.

When I combined the crop prints, I was “mindful” of the tension between the different images on the page and wanted to incorporate Linehan’s ideas about thesis, antithesis and synthesis in the overall picture. For me, the synthesis is the final completed work, but up until then I felt that I was going back and forth trying to find the finished piece. I felt that I needed to bridge the piece to make it more cohesive, so I added a red ribbon that tied the gaps that I saw together, also tying my friend to the world and people outside of herself. I then added sculpted copper wire to put back in a bit of the organic that I thought was lost and to act as a core and a crowning jewel.

For the second image, I employed much the same process. I printed out crops of the journal and then cut and fit the pieces together like a puzzle. For me, the second piece is more about hope, so I used the “A Window Opens” text in part of it and the overall image is less dark and red. The border of the image is a handwritten excerpt from Linehan’s text that talks about dialectics and how it is a process that persuades and encourages movement. I used the red yarn to imply some movement, but also tension. The yarn is tight, but not so tight that it tears the page. It also helps to unify the image I think, adding that aspect of synthesis.

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The first finished piece.The second finished piece.

iPad Drawings: More Fun!

January 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Posted in Animals, Art, Bears, Cartoon, Cat Break, Cat Stories, Cats, Colorful, Cute, drawings, Handmade, Happy, Illustrated, iPad, iPad Art, Kawaii, Kitties, Kitty, Kristin Bell, Nature, Pacific Northwest, Painting, Panda, panda bear, Pets, Skier, Skiing, Turtles | Leave a comment

Three More Pix I Made on My iPad!

January 28, 2011 at 4:59 am | Posted in Animals, Apple, Art, Bears, Card Art, Cartoon, Cat Break, Cat Stories, Cats, Colorful, Cute, Dogs, Happy, Illustrated, iPad, iPad Art, Kitties, Kitty, Kristin Bell, Pets | Leave a comment

Bird with Babies via iPad

January 26, 2011 at 3:37 am | Posted in Art, Birds, Cartoon, Cat Food, Colorful, Cute, Flowers, Illustrated, iPad, iPad Art, Kristin Bell, Nature, Pacific Northwest, Painting, Spring, Trees | 1 Comment

I decided the bird needed some babies, so I added some babies in a nest on this one.

Spring Tree with Bird via iPad

January 26, 2011 at 1:00 am | Posted in Animals, Art, Birds, Cat Food, Colorful, Flowers, Illustrated, iPad Art, Kristin Bell, Relaxation, Spring, Trees, Washington, Weather | Leave a comment

 

I just drew this spring picture on my iPad! I’m really enjoying all the apps! :) I was inspired by a friend’s photo on facebook that showed the beginnings of Spring with a pic of a tree in bloom. The tree didn’t really look like this, but it was still my inspiration.

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