Posts by Katie of Love Paper Paint

Sketch Every Day: 8.2.11, 8.3.11 and 8.4.11

Sketch Every Day: 8.2.11, 8.3.11 and 8.4.11

Yeah, I’ve been a tad busy (more like swamped, inundated, overwhelmed with work), so today’s post combines that last three sketches.  8.4.11: Today I sketched on the last page of my second sketchbook, this 216th day of my Sketch Every Day project, 149 sketches to go! Two completely filled sketchbooks… 8.3.11: Design for cabinet doors, referenced from an antique, 17th c. Italian, painted dresser from a 2006 issue of Veranda…maybe for the backside of our bedroom armoire doors (so we can see the painted design when the doors are open while watching tv). 8.2.11: Quick 3 minute sketch….this might be fun as a repeat pattern on fabric or...

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Sketch Every Day: 8.1.11

Sketch Every Day: 8.1.11

First day of August, which means that it’s birthday party planning time over here. Mason’s birthday is on the 15th, so we usually have his party in mid-August. I’m always scrambling during this time to figure out an over-the-top invitation to whip up, despite being swamped with wedding season deadlines. And by the time Mason’s party is over and the thank yous are sent out, it’s time to start planning and sending out invitations for Isaac’s birthday, which is Halloween.  This year, we decided to combine their parties, since the guest list is pretty much the same, plus they’re best buds and like all the same things. Originally, I had thought of doing a “Dynamic Duo” party…which would sort of be a superhero theme/costume party. My boys dress up as superheros and comic book characters all the time. But I’ve already done a superhero party for Mason’s 3rd birthday, so I decided to change it (kinda on a whim) to a carnival theme. Everyone knows I LOVE the vintage circus look (Isaac’s room is painted and decorated like a circus tent). And who doesn’t like a carnival! So, while my kids are still young and easy to convince, I thought this year’s “combo” party would be so much fun as the “Gaines Brothers’ Carnival”. We just sent out the save the dates today…via email (that’s it above…is it ridiculously cute or what!…not bad for last minute, eh?). And even though I haven’t really started planning (haven’t even thought about the invitations yet…but they will be awesome, trust me)…I’m already EXTREMELY excited!!! The boys are too! I have a TON of ideas already (been jotting down notes on random scraps of paper and in my phone to keep my thoughts straight). I can’t wait to get started on designing, creating, prepping and making my visions of an old-time carnival come to life. It’s going to be so cool! Of course, the sky’s not the limit here, I have a tight budget to adhere to. But since we do just about everything ourselves, the fun part is making it seem over-the-top, without spending goo-gobs of money…and as long as everyone has a good time and my boys are happy, it’s totally worth the extra elbow grease. Stay tuned to see what we come up with! It will undoubtedly be...

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Sketch Every Day: 7.30.11 and 7.31.11

Sketch Every Day: 7.30.11 and 7.31.11

7.30.11:  The Free People catalog arrived in the mail…and I don’t know if it was the folksy-bohemian-gypsy inspired clothing or the Venetian location that drew me in more. Or maybe it was both. My husband and I were just chatting about our “dream” family vacay and we both agreed that we’d love to go back to Italy with the kids. We adored everything about our three week honeymoon in Italy and found Venice to be amazing and magical. So I sketched myself as the gal in the boho outfit, fancifully twirling my skirt in the Piazza San Marco. A girl can dream…or live vicariously through a page from a catalog, right? 7.31.11: Since I’m in a boho kind of...

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Sketch Every Day: 7.29.11

Sketch Every Day: 7.29.11

Today as I was getting my hair “did” by the fabulous Estella of Envy Salon, I joked with Stella about how my hairstyle has come full circle, sort of a “hair-volution”…my current hairstyle/cut (probably my favorite to date) is not too far off from the first “do” I can remember…the Ramona Quimby-esque bob I had when I was six years old. Of course, my hairstyle now (32 years later), is a much more sophisticated and sleek version, with an a-line/asymmetrical shape and wispy bangs.  I’ve had many hairstyles, everything from a super short pixie (like Winona Ryder in the 90’s), to a perm (uh, kinda looked like the mom from Rugrats), long and layered, the flip…etc. Early on in the beginnings of EITAK, my business logo was a cartoon of me with my signature hairstyle (first the flip, then the two braids). Never have I been shy about cutting my hair…and I’m willing to try just about anything. I’ve had some bad hair days, that’s for sure. And there are some styles I’ve been able to pull off better than others. Oh, and if I was brave enough to post the pictures, I have some really funny ones…like the Dorothy Hamil bowl cut my mom gave me when she decided she would cut all our hair to save money. But I’ve never received as many compliments on my hair as I do now with this one. Seriously…ladies of all ages come up to me at Target, the grocery store, fast food drive-thrus, etc. to tell me how cute my haircut is. And the other night when I posted the picture of me with DJ Lance of Yo Gabba Gabba, there were more comments on my hair! I can’t take any credit for it at all. It wouldn’t have happened if my sister, Julie, hadn’t pressured me to cut it. We were all at a family get-together for my niece’s birthday in March…and my hair was in bad shape (yikes, see the picture below). I’ve been so busy, that I really hadn’t made any time to get a hair cut (in well over a year), let alone style it. It was a super-long, overly-layered, frizzy mess. Julie described it as “Brett Michael” hair…yikes, think “glam-rock-hair-band-hair-gone-bad”. She tried to get a hold of Stella for an emergency cut. It was like an intervention. Even if Stella wasn’t available, the whole family was going to make me go somewhere and cut it.  It was so layered and in different lengths, plus damaged…that it wasn’t decent enough to donate! Believe me, I tried…and my family unanimously agreed that no one would want it!  🙁 Eventually, my brother-in-law, Mark said, “I’ll do it”…and he did…trimming off a good 10+ inches! To his credit, he actually did a nice job, a very straight cut. And it was like a weight had been lifted and I wondered why I hadn’t done it sooner.  It ended up being a little too Cleopatra (because of the thickness and my natural wave), so I made an appointment right away with Stella and she worked her magic, shaping and straightening it. And it’s now my favorite cut EVER. Yeah, I know….kinda looks like the faces from “Thumb Wars”…LOL! So I told Stella today, jokingly at first, that tonight’s (silly, cartoony) sketch should be of some of the hair styles I’ve had over the years….starting with my first bob and ending with what I now call my signature cut…it’s my...

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Sketch Every Day: 7.27.11 and 7.28.11

Sketch Every Day: 7.27.11 and 7.28.11

7.27.11: Last night I took a quick break from printing/assembling and ventured downstairs to find my husband and boys engrossed in a Science Channel show “Wonders of the Universe“…the episode about stars. Something that the host of the show, Brian Cox (“Rock-Star-Turned-Physicist Professor”), said…really caught my attention…I found it profound and compelling.  Aaron and I hit “rewind” to hear it again… Wow…”created in the heart of a dying star”…I don’t know what anyone else thinks, but that’s pretty deep. We’re all carbon-based life forms, so I guess that means we’re all “star-material”!  That’s pretty cool…but sad in a beautiful way, to think about a star “dying”…and then poetic when realizing that the brilliance and energy is not truly diminished, only transformed into the most fundamental element of life. (Sketching the carbon atom was Aaron’s suggestion). 7.28.11: While printing tonight (in my crazy messy office that I never have time to organize), I came across some papers in one of the many “please organize/file/trash/purge” piles. In the stack was a picture frame mat (probably from a custom sign I made for a wedding). There was a stock photography “filler” page behind the mat. I hadn’t sketched yet today, and even though the picture is a little cheesy (hands holding a gerbera daisy), I decided to sketch it...

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