A House for Dreaming Big Dreams

collage, acrylic, ink

Greetings, My Lovelies ūüôā

Happy Almost-Friday! ¬†I’ve decided to share with you another new art piece that I’m excited about. ¬†This piece helped fuel my inspiration and basically makes me happy every time I look at it. ¬†It opened doorways that allowed me to re-envision an ongoing art project that I put aside for quite some time. ¬†Yata!

What I love about the technology age is that there has never been a better time to be an artist. ¬†Why? ¬†Because we have access to so many styles and tutorials at our fingertips. ¬†No longer must one simply go to an expensive art school to learn traditionally. ¬†There is certainly nothing wrong with going the traditional route, but in today’s fast-paced, modern world, not everyone has time or money for this. ¬†Even if they do, everyone can benefit from additional education and opportunities for growth.

I learned this collage technique from artist¬†nicoletta zanella¬†in this video. ¬†I encourage you to go online and find some art classes or web videos to watch. ¬†Engage. ¬†Be curious. ¬†Take on a new challenge. ¬†See where it takes you and how you can incorporate it into your own personal style. ¬†And in the end, you may find that you’ve expanded your world and you can be more YOU.

Spring: The Season of Rebirth

Don’t let anything hold you back…especially yourself.

Spring has sprung my dear readers! ¬†And so must we. ¬†It’s time to hatch, come out of the cocoon, wake up from hibernation, reinvent ourselves for the year. ¬†What better way to do that then through art.

I’m here to share another one of my recent homemade card creations. ¬†It’s been awhile since I made a brain painting, but let’s just say I was inspired! ¬†This time I’ve included the card’s message, which is posted in the above caption.

I think many times we focus on what holds us back in lifeРwork, family responsibilities, money, health, etc.  But at the end of the day, we make our own choices and decide how our day and our life will be.

It’s a mind game that we’ve created, setting our own limitations, but we can always choose not to play. ¬†If you could step outside yourself, or who you think of as yourself, for one day, who would you choose to be? ¬†What would you accomplish? ¬†Would you take time to just BE?

Well, guess what? ¬†The time is now. ¬†I’m giving you permission to set yourself free. ¬†Now go fly!

Springing Ahead with Homemade Cards

Happy almost spring, dear readers!  Are you getting pumped for the time change?  I know I am.  Sure, we lose an hour, but we gain a whole hour of daylight!

I’m celebrating the end of hibernation by making my own cards, which I haven’t done in years. ¬†I’m excited to reignite this pastime, which one of my dearest friends got me hooked on ages ago. ¬†Here’s a little poem for inspiration.

Go towards the daylight

go willingly

even if it ends in sleep–

Catch stars in your wings

For you were born among them

Shine brighter than the sun and moon combined


© 2016 Angie Kidd all rights reserved

Happy Friday from Petunia Owl!


Postcard Art for Charity

postcard art for charity at #twitterartexhibit in Orlando

Here’s a look at some of the postcard art displayed at the #twitterartexhibit in Orlando.¬† All of these works have been donated from artists around the world to benefit The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Students.¬† Postcards are still available to purchase online until April 11th.¬† The postcards have a set price of $35 plus $7 for shipping and¬†100% of donations go¬†to the above named charity.

My entry is posted on the bottom right, 4th one over at the top.  You can view and purchase it here.  You can also check out other amazing postcard art for purchase.  See my previous post for further details.

#twitterartexhibit 2014 in Orlando

hand-dyed paper, collage, and ink

I’m very excited to introduce a new piece of art that will be part of¬†an international group art exhibition in Orlando, FL this year.¬† This show features postcard art from all over the world and will benefit The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Students.¬† It runs from March 20 – April 11, 2014.¬† You can check out the awesome entries online.

Although there is no theme, some people chose to honor the art of dance.¬†¬†I originally titled my piece¬†Japanese Fans.¬† But do you notice anything special about the fans?¬† First of all, they’re all¬†cut from different paper, symbolizing the unique identify of each individual.¬† What about the placement of the fans¬†on the postcard?¬† Do¬†you feel a sense of movement?¬† Like they might just dance off the page?¬† I hope so!¬† That’s why I decided to rename them Dancing Japanese Fans.¬† But for the exhibition, they will be labeled with the original title.¬† That way the message will be open for viewers to interpret.¬† Whatever people take away from¬†the piece¬†is fine, but I hope¬†they¬†will see that despite our¬†differences in appearance and ability, we are all united by dance¬†ūüôā¬†

As to the process, I wanted to reflect my connection to and affinity for Japanese culture.  The fan shapes were cut from papers that I hand-dyed myself using liquid watercolor and a Japanese folding technique.  Then I created a collage with the fans and added ink as a final touch.  Voila!

The Japanese Fan Dance has been around for centuries.  Although the fans originally represented high social status, they now symbolize friendship and are often exchanged as signs of good will and respect for one another.    

Japanese fans are considered highly symbolic, with the handle of the fan representing birth and the blades symbolizing many possible paths in life.  What path will you take in life?  Will you hide behind your fan?  Consider letting your unique self show and maybe even dance!

Telling a Story with Pictures

Japanese sumi-e ink and collage on rice paper

Japanese sumi-e ink and collage on rice paper

Happy Friday!¬† Welcome to my current style.¬† I’m also practicing the idea of carrying a character from illustration to illustration.¬† What do you think will happen next???

Practicing Patience: Favorite Inch by Favorite Inch

watercolor collage painting

Let’s start with an exercise, shall we?¬† “Breathe in trust.¬† Breathe out fear.¬† Breathe in trust.¬† Breathe out fear.”

What does this teach us?  To calm down.  To be in the moment.  To practice PATIENCE.  But why?

Making art is a lengthy process.¬† I should know.¬† This particular piece took 10+ hours and several class periods¬†to complete.¬† At times, it looked¬†so abstract that I feared nothing would come of it.¬† But as¬†fellow artists know, once you’re in the middle of¬†a project, you¬†only have two choices.¬†¬†Quit¬†to¬†avoid failing (which actually translates to an automatic failure) or continue on the path and see¬†how it turns out.¬† I chose the¬†second option because I’m just stubborn like that ūüėČ

The process of watercolor collage painting involves dyeing handmade paper using liquid watercolor paint.¬† Then you have to let each piece dry.¬† Meanwhile you sketch your scene.¬† Then you painstakingly glue each colored piece to your paper using matte gel medium.¬† You can’t be sure if you’ve colored enough pieces for each section.¬† Also be aware that your hands will become dyed and glued very easily!¬† All you can do is trust the process.

What can I say?  The end result was satisfying.  But is that always the case?  Sometimes you reach your destination after a lot of hard work to find a breathtaking sight.  Other times, you feel discouraged by your work.  You may also feel like it goes unappreciated.  But patience and perseverance are always the keys.

‚ÄúKnowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.‚ÄĚ — Hal Borland

If you don’t feel up to it, try this exercise:¬† “Find your favorite inch.”¬† I learned about this at a recent workshop at the Mazza Museum for children’s illustration in Findlay, OH.¬† One of the speakers mentioned that when you’re feeling down about your art, search for your favorite part inside a piece of art.¬† You can also use this exercise when viewing art at a museum or gallery as a learning tool.¬† There must be one part you’re satisfied with in your work.¬† It could be an interesting line or angle, a character’s expression, a unique color.¬† Something is always working in a painting.¬† It is your job to find it, which can be extremely difficult when self evaluating.¬† Once you identify your sweet spot, work from that.¬† Think of it¬†as a stepping stone.¬† Achievement always begins with a single step.¬† In this case, a single brush stroke.

Let’s review:¬†¬†Breathe in Trust; breathe out fear.¬† Practice patience.¬† Find your favorite inch.

And when all hope is lost, just remember:

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” — Harriet Tubman

As the new year approaches, keep reaching!