Archive for October, 2015

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Roomboard: Sam Nagel’s Bubbly Bath Time Bathroom

This Bubbly Bath Time Bathroom features artwork by Sam Nagel. With a deep sea, aquatic theme this bathroom should please all little swimmers. You can even teach during the bath with a book by Jared Krosoczka.

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1. Toile Print Shower Curtain – Curtainhomesale
2. “Bath Time Octopus” Framed Art Print – Sam Nagel, BoomBoom Prints
3. Crazy Genie Long Bath Brush – Amazon
4. Deep Steep Tangerine Melon Bubble Bath – Walmart
5. Glossy White Schon Bathtub – The Home Depot
6. Yellow Rubber Duck – Amazon
7. Sea Isle Baskets – Anthropologie
8. Bronze Lyra Floor Towel Stand – Bed Bath & Beyond
9. Violet Kassatex Bambini Rug – Target
10. Bubble Bath Pirates by Jared Krosoczka – Barnes & Noble

 

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Featured Artist: Sam Nagel

SamanthaNagel_picThis week’s featured artist is Sam Nagel, an illustrator from South Florida. She enjoys creating lush, beautiful watercolor paintings of marine life and various animals. Read below to learn more about her favorite childhood story, the coolest place she’s ever visited, and more.

BBP: Describe your art in 5 words or less!

Sam: Colorful, splashy, quick, lively, fun!

BBP: Name an artist or person that inspires your art and why!

Sam: I can’t pick only one, so here are my top three favorite artists right now… Audrey Kawasaki, Jenny Saville, and Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. They’re all female artists who are successful in their own styles and subject matter.

BBP: Did you go to school for art or are you primarily self-taught?

Sam: I studied Illustration at Ringling College of Art & Design, graduated in ’09 with my BFA. But I didn’t start painting in watercolor until after I graduated, so I consider myself self-taught in that aspect. Really, every artist is self-taught. School is just a special environment where you are encouraged to practice, practice, practice! It was like a four-year boot camp with little sleep, hours of critiques, always surrounded by a ton of talent, and a pile of assignments to build your artistic muscles.

BBP: When did you start designing/creating?  Was there a particular event that inspired you to pursue it further?

Sam: I was always drawing as a kid. There was one particular art assignment I had in first grade where we made a crayon drawing of an animal in space. I drew the planets and stars, and I thought the coolest thing ever was a frog in a space helmet. My teacher then painted a wash of black watercolor over top of the crayon to show us how wax repelled water. She hung all of the paintings on the wall and everyone especially loved mine… it might sound silly, but that was the first time I realized I had a knack for art.

BBP: How has your style changed since you started?

Sam: Immensely. In high school I drew a lot of super detailed, anal-retentive graphite drawings. I didn’t like paints back then, so I tried chalky pastels to begin learning how to use color. It turned out to be the best thing because I honed my drawing skills before I ever attempted to paint. While in college I mostly painted with oils in a completely different style than how I paint now. For a while after I graduated I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so my style was all over the place. But one thing always remained the same… I love using color, and I mean, every single color. I saw how watercolors could produce pure vivid colors and decided to try it. I purchased a set of Dr. Martin liquid watercolors, and tested them out with a couple of simple sea creature paintings, then a mermaid and here I am!

 

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BBP: Where is the coolest place you’ve visited?

Sam: I just took a trip to Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont. I am from South Florida, so the mountains of Vermont is a complete change for me, it was absolutely beautiful! I might become a mountain girl someday!

BBP: Do you have a particular spot or place where you create most of your art?

Sam: I have my own studio inside my home. I create everything there.

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BBP: Do you have any children? If so, what are their names and ages?

Sam: No children yet, maybe someday

BBP: Do you have any pets?

Sam: No, pets are not allowed where I live, but when I move I’m getting a cat!

BBP: Growing up, were your parents into or involved in art?

Sam: My mom is an artist. Today she works primarily as a stained glass artist, but when I was younger she mostly did graphic art. Back then that included a lot of hand drawn ink, and marker illustrations, so I grew up ogling at her marker set … all those amazing colors!

BBP: What were your favorite hobbies as a kid? 

Sam: Drawing and swimming. I was on a swim team for many years.

BBP: What’s your favorite story to tell about your childhood?

Sam: The time I watched my dad walk into a huge spider web. He stumbled back and I saw a ginormous banana spider hanging from a piece of web attached to his mustache. He screamed and rolled on the ground like he was on fire! I was also on the ground laughing hysterically!

BBP: What did your room look like growing up? 

Sam: I shared a room with my little brother until I was in third grade. We had bunk beds and my bed sheets were Care Bear themed when I was really little. My mom sponge painted a colorful pattern all over the wall. She kept it fairly gender neutral because we were a boy and girl. Then I got my own room and chose a sunflower theme with blues and yellows… it was really springy and girly.

BBP: If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do instead?

Sam: Landscape design… I love gardening. I want to create a secret garden of my own.

BBP: Do you prefer to swim in a pool, ocean, or lake?

Sam: Pool. It reminds me of my swim team days.

BBP: What is one thing that you’ve never tried, but would like to?

Sam: Skiing! I’m a Florida girl, so any snow sport is foreign to me… I’ve barely ever seen snow!

BBP: Sweet or savory?

Sam: Savory

BBP: Dogs or cats?

Sam: Cats! Cats are the coolest! :3

 

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Roomboard: Joanna Pasek’s Storybook Nook Reading Corner

This week’s mystical Roomboard was inspired by Joanna Pasek‘s adorable art prints! The soft green accents and wooded wallpaper bring the whimsical prints to life, while the soft blankets can wrap you and your little one in for some comfortable reading time together. Both peaceful and cozy, you will love spending time with your family among these soft colors and rustic adornments!

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1. “Bluebird Fairy” Art Print – Joanna Pasek, BoomBoom Prints

“The Breakfast” Art Print – Joanna Pasek, BoomBoom Prints

“Out in Woods” Art Print – Joanna Pasek, BoomBoom Prints

2. Brass Finish Pharmacy Floor Lamp – Lamps Plus

3. Peter Rabbit Stuffed Animal Plush – Jet

4. Woods Wallpaper – Anthropologie

5. Green Trellis Alex Wing Chair – Pier 1 Imports

6. Velveteen Rabbit Animal Plush – Signals

7. Natural Finish Kid’s Bookrack – Houzz

8. Bookaholic Throw Pillow – Etsy

9. Turkish Cotton Diamond Weave Throw Blanket – Overstock

Do you like what you see? Check out more of Joanna Pasek’s work here!

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Featured Artist: Joanna Pasek

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This week’s featured artist is Joanna Pasek, an illustrator from Poland that loves to create visual fairy tales. Read below to learn about the coolest place she’s ever visited, favorite story from her childhood, and more!

 

BBP: Describe your art in 5 words or less!

Joanna: Fairytales in ink and watercolor.

BBP: Name an artist or person that inspires your art and why!

Joanna: Oh, so many wonderful illustrators… J.M.Szancer, E. H. Shepard, John Patience, Maria Orlowska-Gabrys,  Tove Jansson and more.

BBP: Did you go to school for art or are you primarily self-taught?

Joanna: More self-taught then not. I took two years of university course in architectural drawing.

BBP: When did you start designing/creating?  Was there a particular event that inspired you to pursue it further?

Joanna: My childhood was all about crayons and books, then I was doing other things for a time – studying, working for a publishing house, taking care of my sons… and then my boys grew up and I discovered I had some free time again. So I returned to crayons and paints. This second beginning happened when I was nearly 40, but there was no particular event to trigger it.

BBP: How has your style changed since you started?

Joanna: I get more and more interested in textures, and I use less contours now. Less bold lines.

BBP: Where is the coolest place you’ve visited?

Joanna: I live in a cool place! We have moved to Jura Upland with my family. Imagine miniature mountains built of white rock. Rocks, caves and ruined castles everywhere. It’s a favourite place of fantasy convents and historical reconstruction events, so when you go for a walk you can meet Gandalf. Or a knight. Knights are common here.

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BBP: Do you have a particular spot or place where you create most of your art?

Joanna: Home.

BBP: Do you have any children? If so, what are their names and ages?                

Joanna: Christopher, aged 26 and Jacob, aged 24.

BBP: If you asked them to describe your art, what would they say about it?

Joanna: They would say it’s great I have something to do! We all have our passions. It’s nice to live in the country, but winters are long here. And not many entertainments available when tourist season is over.

BBP: How are their rooms decorated?

Joanna: My elder son is a minimalist and keeps walls empty, in Jacob’s room there are  some photoghraphs he has taken.

BBP: What are they into these days? A specific toy? A hobby?

Joanna: Chris: math and music, Jacob: motorcycles.

BBP: Do you have any pets?

Joanna: Two dogs and an old mare. 25 years old by now. She’s been our family horse for 15 years. As long as we’ve been living here in Jura.

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BBP: Growing up, were your parents into or involved in art?

Joanna: No, but my Grannie was painting landscapes after she had retired.

BBP: What were your favorite hobbies as a kid?

Joanna: Inventing stories and then making big and detailed drawings.  It was a cross between a map and a storyboard.

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BBP: What’s your favorite story to tell about your childhood?

Joanna: Well, my mom swears I was reading telephone book one day on the beach. I had borrowed it from the camping owner and it took me two hours to get from “A” to “D”.  Then I had to return the book. I can’t remember, but it’s very likely. I remember it was dull holiday and no library around.

BBP: What did your room look like growing up?

Joanna: Messy! Books and papers.

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BBP: Who is your favorite famous person (current or historical) and why?

Joanna: A the moment Thomas Cromwell, because of “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel.

BBP: Favorite song?

Joanna: “The Answer”, lyrics by Herbert, music by Gintrowski. It’s more then one song, it’s a longplay.

BBP: Who would you want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island?

Joanna: My husband. He always knows what to do.

BBP: If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do instead?

Joanna: Gardener. I like to be outside and I rather like to work alone, so I guess this would be ideal.

BBP: Do you prefer to swim in a pool, ocean, or lake?

Joanna: Lake.

BBP: What is one thing that you’ve never tried, but would like to?

Joanna: Diving.

BBP: Do you prefer milk chocolate or dark chocolate?

Joanna: Dark.

BBP: Sunglasses or hats?

Joanna: I seldom need any. Sun is precious here.

BBP: Sweet or savory?

Joanna: Sweet.

BBP: Dogs or cats?

Joanna: Dogs.

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15 Clever DIY Costume Ideas for Kids

With Halloween right around the corner, there’s nothing more exciting than finding the perfect costume for your little ones. And while you can always purchase costumes that are already completed, do-it-yourself outfits have a special homemade touch that can’t be topped. Keep reading to get inspired by our favorite DIY ideas this year!

1. A pineapple

Go tropical with this simple costume idea from Lines Across! You can transform a plain onesie into a work of art with just a few pieces of felt and some items around the house.

You’ll Need:

  • Yellow onesie
  • White and green felt
  • Elastic
  • Thin cardboard

 

2. A koala

It just so happens that babies also make adorable koalas!  Click the link above to find the full directions, as well as a template for the koala mask.

You’ll Need:

  • Grey onesie
  • Grey pants with footies
  • Grey hat
  • Black, grey, and white felt
  • Koala mask template (find in link)

 

3. A hamburger

Mustard is the color of fall! Take the trend in a new direction and even add some ketchup with this hilarious hamburger baby costume from C.R.A.F.T. The instructions suggest the use of a sewing machine, but you can also use hot glue if sewing isn’t your thing.

You’ll Need:

  • Tan, beige, yellow, green, and red felt
  • Stuffing
  • Brown onesie

4. A skunk

Turn your little one into a little stinker for Halloween with this clever idea from Little Homes!

You’ll Need:

  • Black faux fur scrap
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Black shirt
  • Black pants
  • White feather boa
  • Baby cap with ties

 

5. An old lady

No dentures required! Cruise all through town with this hilarious costume from Costume Works.

You’ll Need:

  • Cane or walker, shortened
  • Baggy dress
  • Cardigan
  • Grey costume beard (for wig)

 

6. A piñata

Always the life of the party,  you’ll love the festive flair this piñata costume brings on Halloween!

You’ll Need:

  • Pajamas
  • Colorful felt
  • Cardboard
  • Ribbons

 

7. A peacock

Hoping for something out-of-the-ordinary? Look no further than this DIY peacock attire from Creatively Christy! The costume is equally fun to create as it is for your little one to run around in.

You’ll Need:

  • Colorful onesie
  • Tights
  • Elastic sequin material
  • Peacock feathers
  • Teal feathers

8. A little sunshine

This costume is all smiles! You can guarantee the sun will be shining brightly on halloween if you have a personal ray of sunshine to help.

You’ll Need:

  • Yellow clothing
  • Oversized sweater
  • Elastic
  • Yellow, golden-yellow, and orange felt
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Yellow ric rac

 

9. Frida Kahlo

Dress your little one like the inspirational painter for a unique take on this year’s Halloween costume!

You’ll Need:

  • Clip-on flowers
  • Colorful earrings
  • Bright scarf
  • Eyeliner pencil
  • Flowered dress
  • elastic

 

11. An artist

Ooh-la-la! Get creative this year with an artist-styled costume. Complete with an empty paint bucket to hold candy, you’ll love this silly style.

You’ll Need:

  • Smock
  • Paintbrushes
  • Leggings
  • Empty paint bucket
  • Paint

 

10. A plastic army man

Go beyond the camouflage and recreate a life-sized toy soldier costume for your little guy! He’ll love playing in it long after Halloween ends.

You’ll Need:

  • Cargo pants
  • Spray paint and primer
  • Boots
  • Cardboard
  • Army accessories

12. A bumble bee

This buggy attire will have your little one buzzing with energy all day long! Find the full directions from Ginger Snap Crafts for an easy tutorial.

You’ll Need:

  • Black sweatshirt and pants
  • Bubble wrap
  • Yellow felt
  • Black plastic headband
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Black pompoms

 

13. A tomato

Bring back the summertime flavor with your very own little tomato. Even better than the garden-grown variety, this costume will bring smiles all around!

You’ll Need:

  • Red oversized sweatshirt
  • Red shirt and pants
  • Green felt
  • Green pipe cleaners

 

 

14. The Morton Salt girl

What better icon to imitate than this classic salt trademark? Put together your own yellow dress using the link above, or find one in stores to complete the outfit!

You’ll Need:

  • Yellow dress
  • White tights
  • Yellow shoes
  • Basic umbrella

 

15. A paintbrush

This artistic outfit is an easy way to get creative in a whole new way. Not only will you feel crafty when putting it together, but your child will get to explore his/her inner painter as well!

You’ll Need:

  • Poster board
  • Broom bristles
  • Styrofoam
  • Foam board
  • Paint
  • Black or blue clothing

 

Note: In addition to the items listed as necessary for each costume, you may also need scissors, a hot glue gun and/or safety pins. We hope you are inspired to create your kids’ Halloween costumes this year, as well as to get crafty with your ideas!

Do you have any creative costume ideas for kids? What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid? Let us know in the comments below!

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