Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Etsy Favorites

It's a rainy day in my neck of the woods. Riv is watching Peter Pan, and pretending to fly off the couch. The pup is snoring loudly, and the kitten just stole my seat. I'm enjoying this slow day. What better time to share some of my very favorite handmade items, found on Etsy.

Paulina is an incredibly talented artist, who works in several mediums. I'm a huge fan of her work which I discovered just the day after she opened shop on Etsy. I was lucky enough to be her first sale, and now have this beautiful piece gracing my studio.
 It's even more stunning in person. I absolutely love it.

Wild Woman Awakening 
Her originals are going quick, I suggest you drop in before they're all sold!
Here are a couple others I hope to have one day...

La Loba - The Bone Woman
La Mariposa 
Such a great print and color combo on this bag from bookhou at home (a favorite shop).

Amy Komar, of artist in the arctic has such a positive vision behind her work.
I love everything Amy creates, all her pieces are full of joy and inspiration. 
I've had my eye on this one for some time. 
I love how each dot looks like a little jewel. Beautiful.

Globe Series No. 1

Cloud Cover
If you forgot to get a 2012 planner, here's my very favorite - on sale for just $7. You can find yours here at juliakostreva.
This is the design I have. The pages are really nice and it even has a section in the front for planning projects, which I've found very useful.

happy wednesday!

~ marisa ~

Monday, March 26, 2012

neon in nature

luna feathers

lemon tree feather

neon rainbow stones

spring stones

spring stones
Some new things in shop this week; all spring inspired. 
I've never been into neon - at all - but I think it looks fun and playful (and very toned down) on stones. I'm really enjoying these on my desk.
More to come.

~ marisa ~

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fresh Supplies - oh yeah!!!

layout of this weeks feathers

new art supplies makes a very happy desk!

spring stones will be in shop tomorrow!

Probably one of the most exciting things for me is getting new art supplies. I used to go to Blick, my favorite art supply store in San Diego. I've gone there since I was 10, back then it was called The Art Store. My mother owned a Salon just blocks from there, so any money I ever earned was spent at that store. Even if it was just a new pencil, I was thrilled to work with something new. Well, I don't know WHY in the world I didn't think to buy my supplies from Blick online! Since moving from San Diego, there are no real art supply stores in my area - other than Michaels and the extremely overpriced Aaron Bros. which carry the bare minimum. For the past two years (since the move) I've felt a bit restricted with painting since I didn't have a lot of the supply I'd like to work with and was buying overpriced paints. I went to Blick and found so many gorgeous papers and paints - and everything was 70% off with free shipping. I stocked up on paper and got all the acrylic inks I've been wanting.  When the package arrive on my doorstep it was more exciting than Christmas morning!

The only thing is I've never purchased paint online, so I didn't entirely know what to expect. I ended up with a few colors that I'd probably never purchase in person (talking neon), but they've inspired me to give the whole neon spring trend a chance, so I'll be using them on some spring stones. There's a peek at one of them above. They'll all be listed in my shop tomorrow. I'm trying to decide if I should list them in singles, or sets...hmm

I'm also ecstatic about my new paper! It makes such a difference in the painting. I've already tried a couple feathers on the two smaller blocks. One is hot pressed paper, which I've never used. It's really smooth and the paint seems to dry/absorb into it more quickly than the cold pressed paper I nomally use. I'm thinking of using the hot pressed paper for some playful feathers with neon lining. We'll see how it turns out.

Aside from that I've just been kept busy this week with a few custom and wholesale orders. I've been really wanting to get back to this new pair of feathers. I'll have time to paint today - yay!

xo marisa

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Bunny Blessings

I finished a new illustration painting this week. I've been chipping away at this one over time.  Riv is usually the inspiration behind any painting with animals. I've always loved nests, so this painting is of a little bird building a nest for her egg. 
I like to think the bunny is there giving the new life a little blessing.

Sunday, March 11, 2012


Spring Moth Print Set, new in shop.
Paz Leaf and Vines
Kia Feathers
Butterfly Wing, Leaf and Spore Cluster Painted Stones
Easter inspired, Decorated Egg
Feather and Vines, Leaf and Single Spore painted stone set

 Spring is just a week away! With that in mind, I've created some new pieces that revolve around blooming, growth, and the winged ones that will soon be fluttering through the air.
I pulled out a couple of my favorite moths from one of my paintings and added small "spring moth" prints to my shop. 

The "Paz Leaf" is also a new addition, like the moth paintings, they're meant to look as though they're painted on colorful, natural shaped stones. 
I think they look rather nice paired, and a fresh color combo for spring.

The week ahead is full of rain, really looking forward to having some green in the garden!

xo marisa

Friday, March 2, 2012

Se llama, Llama...


I've been told that I MUST have a walrus in my shop! I love to paint animals, and like them to be a little quirky and fun, so I painted this portrait of a walrus with kelp. The Llamas came from photos at the petting zoo. These little guys were just about the cutest thing ever. I wanted to title the painting "Se llama, Llama" but I'm sure that would be a bit confusing for those not familiar with spanish. 
I've also replenished my painted stone supply, so there are quite a few new sets.
Happy Friday!

xo marisa