Why Every Artist Needs A Mod Notebook

Mod Notebooks for every artist

I used to LOOOOOOVE Moleskine notebooks. The thick pages and hard cover really won me over. Not to mention the social community of artists they have. However, a few months ago I found these wondrous, perfectly-sized sketchbooks called Mod Notebooks and I think I have a new love in my life.

thick notebook pages

These notebooks also have nice thick pages and a hard cover, so what’s the difference?

Mod Notebooks- welcome page

Well, with Mod Notebooks, I have the ability to digitize all of my drawings. Actually, I don’t even have to do it. There’s a little pocket in the back of each notebook with a pre-paid shipping envelope inside. When I fill up the sketchbook, all I have to do is pop it in the mail. The company will digitize the book I sent them and all of my drawings will be accessible through the app within 5 days. Aaaaaand I can choose whether or not I want them to send the sketchbook back to me or recycle it.

Who can argue with a deal like that?

Who should have one?

Arguably, everyone. But I’m realistic and I understand that not everyone wants to spend $30 on all of that.

Any artists could benefit from using these sketchbooks. Architects, illustrators, crafters, CAD designers, product developers… the list goes on.

you can customize the pages to your preferences, too. If you need plain, dotted, or lined paper, it is available. I’m actually surprised that that didn’t have graph paper available, but I wouldn’t doubt that is coming.

 

Full disclosure: I was not paid to write this post. I am just a huge advocate of awesome sketchbooks and wanted to tell everyone I know about it.

 

Make Your Own Wallet From A Paper Bag, No Joke

DIY wallet from a paper bag

Photo courtesy: minwt.com

Who needs Dockers and Fossil when you can make your own wallet? It sounds ridiculous, I know, but it works.

Taiwanese designer, Mr Zhou’s wallet fell apart and instead of buying a new one, he decided to make his own. He happened to have a Starbuck’s bag on hand, so he improvised. 

With an exact knife, ruler, the paper bag and some double-sided tape, he created a fully functional wallet with a pocket for cash as well as slots for credit cards. Pretty neat!

Want to make one? Check out the full tutorial with pretty pictures and detailed instructions.

DIIY wallet with credit card slots

Photo courtesy: minwt.com

Or you can watch a video tutorial:

DIY Gift Bag from Scrapbook Paper

DIY Paper gift bags

So many friends and family members are getting married or having birthdays and I keep trying to think of new ways to decorate their gift bags and boxes. Of course, it’s easier to go to the store and buy a gift bag, but I’d rather make one myself. I gave a gift recently that was tall and skinny and was trying to think if the best way to present it. I decided to make my own bag out of scrapbook paper. The black and white bag in the picture above is the one I chose. The brown one is cute, but the design didn’t suit her as well.

You don’t need much to make it and it takes about 2 minutes to complete.

diy gift bag materials

Things You Will Need
Tape
Ribbon
Hole puncher
Scrapbook paper

paper gift bag directions

Step 1
Find the center of your paper and fold both ends into that center point.
Tape both ends together.

fold over paper

Step 2
Fold the bottom of the paper up about two inches.

folded bottom of paper bag

Step 3
Open the folded part up and fold down the sides like in the image above.

Taped bottom

Step 4
Fold the top and bottom to the center and tape them together.

Top of gift bag

gift bag with bow

Step 5
Fold the top of the paper down about an inch.
Punch a hole on each side of the paper and tie a ribbon through for some extra flare! You can always tie a gift tag in the ribbon as well.

DIY Paper gift bags

The thicker the paper you choose, the more durable the gift bag will be. So if you’re giving a gift that is a bit heavier or needs extra support, go with a card stock paper rather than your typical scrapbook paper.

Hope you guys enjoyed this week’s DIY project!

Happy crafting (and gift giving)!

Poetic Twist: From Finance to Design

Teal wedding invitations
Tamika Quick started out in the corporate world of finance. After her relocation to Atlanta, GA, she decided to switch careers. She had experience with airbrushing and was eager to get back to her creative side. She designed the stationary for her destination wedding and, before she knew it, friends and family were asking for invitations for all of their events.

With some encouragement, she founded Poetic Twist Stationary and Design. She now designs invitations and business identity for weddings, and social or business events.

I have been a follower of Tamika’s blog for quite a while. She is always posting the latest and greatest designs. I am never disappointed!
wedding menu Birthday invite Thank you cards wedding announcements custom beer labels pocket-fold wedding invitation custom wedding monograms Bridal tea party invitation

Images via Poetic Twist

DIY Cardboard Flower Wreath

DIY recycled cardboard wreath

I was excited to make a recycled cardboard wreath! My candy-cane wreath is getting old so it is time for a new one. I never really cared much for wreaths until I made that one, but now I kind of enjoy seeing something colorful on my door when I come home. I am easily amused.

So, for this craft you will need a bunch of cardboard rolls. I think I used 12? I’ve been planning to make this wreath for a few weeks now, so I have been saving.

materials for a DIY cardboard wreath

Things You Will Need:
Paint
Newspaper
Hot glue gun
Paint brushes
cardboard rolls
Maybe some paper towels

cutting cardboard rolls

Step 1:

Cut your toilet paper rolls so the cuts are about 1/2″ wide. You should get about 5 pieces per roll.

painted-cardboard-inside

Step 2:

Paint the inside of the cardboard roll. Let it dry.

painted-cardboard

Step 3:

Paint the outside of the cardboard roll. Let it dry.

cardboard-flower

Step 4:

Glue the cardboard petals together to look like a flower. Similar to the above photo.

colorful-wreath

Step 5:

Glue the flowers together and possibly add on a few extra petals to make everything look a bit more even.

ribbon-on-wreath

Step 6:

Add some ribbon for show!

DIY recycled cardboard wreath

This wreath is great for summer 🙂 I know it isn’t quite summer yet but I’m hopeful.

A Look At My Sketchbook


I don’t do this much. No, I actually never do this. I am going to show you my sketchbooks from before I graduated from high school. Scary right? Some of these drawings are from 7th grade. I was a strange kid, so don’t judge, haha.

I learned to draw by drawing what  was in front of me. I ripped pages out of magazines with models or celebrities on them and drew them. No one really taught me how. My art teachers obviously had a hand in my learning process but the majority came from imitating what I saw. I’m not sure where the dragons and skulls came from… maybe I was having a bad day? Who knows.

Here we go. Deep breath.

old-drawings-compilationA compilation of the drawings I am going to show you.

 

skull-drawing

This is what I mean… I was a strange kid. I went through a phase like this where everything I drew was somewhat dreary. I’m honestly surprised that my 12 year old self was drawing Marilyn Mason. (I actually kind of like his music now.)

 

self-portrait-drawing

At some point in their lives every artist tries to draw themselves. Some are better at it than others. This happened to be the first self portrait I drew. Little did I know, in college, I would have a professor that thought it was necessary to draw myself 100 times in a semester. I never want to do it again.

 

portrait-drawing-girl

This is a portrait of one of my best friends from high school. It was one of her senior pictures. It is not a good representation of her though.

 

pink-watercolor-flower

Apparently I was much better at watercolor when I was in 7th grade than I am now. No idea how that happened.

 

old-house-drawing

 

This was an old house in the woods behind my house growing up.

 

missy-elliot-sketchbook-drawing

You guys remember Missy Elliot, right? She was a pretty big (in terms of success) rapper in the early 2000s. I loved her. Then again, my taste in music was questionable.

female-portrait-sketch

I’m actually not sure who this is supposed to be. I most likely found a picture in a magazine of this girl and just enjoyed the layout or colors. I have a painting of this girl too.

 

eminem-portrait-drawing

Ohhhh, Eminem. I LOVED Eminem. Seriously, it was a problem. I had pictures of him plastered all over my room and I listened to his music WAAAAYY too much. I think my parents were beginning to worry about me.

 

drawing-nelly

Nelly was another one.  I’m not sure what I liked about him because his music was terrible and he wore tape on his face. Again, I made a lot of questionable decisions as a teenager. I suppose it could have been worse though.

 

drawing-female-celebrity

I know this was supposed to be a celebrity, I’m just not sure which one. My mom really liked this one if I remember correctly.

 

dragon-drawing

I have no idea where I found a picture of this. I want to say it from a pog or something.

 

dove-sketch

I remember drawing this one. It was from a really old Christmas card that my parents got.

 

dale-earnhart-portrait

Dale Earnhart. A guy I worked with (when I was 16, maybe) was a HUGE nascar fan. So I drew this for him and this is the copy.

 

coffee-pencil-drawing

I got bored at work one night and started this drawing. It was such a crappy night because of the snowstorm that no one was coming in and I had finished all of my cleaning.

 

clown-joker-sketch

I drew this at the beach one year. I saw it on the bottom of a skateboard and really liked it.

 

bart-simpson-drawing

I think this one  needs no explanation.

 

angelina-joli-sketch

 

Angelina Joli. I didn’t even like her that much…

 

I would get discouraged because my drawings weren’t accurate and wanted to throw them away but my art teachers and parents always told me to keep them. I’m glad I did because I can see how much I’ve improved over the years. Especially if I look at the ones from grade school, oh man, those are baaaad. I will spare you and myself and keep those hidden away. It is true, the more you do something, the better you get at it. Don’t give up!

I have a Deviant Art account that I haven’t used in a while but you can check it out if you want to. There is also a page on here (at the top) called Megan’s Fine Art that has some of my work in it. I would love to see your work as well so send me a link and tell me to check it out!

Thanks for taking a look at my work. Hopefully it has inspired you to keep working at whatever your passion is. It has made me want to draw again. You might see another one pretty soon 🙂

 

 

Historic Visions of the Future