Valentine’s Day Special

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Right now in my shop, I am offering a Valentine’s Day special on my two Valentine’s Day cards! You can grab a card and the matching brooch together for a discounted price! What a cute gift idea!

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What is your favorite thing about Valentine’s Day? I like how everything is pink and heart shaped, it just makes me smile and want to buy all the things!

Showing Some Love

I wanted to return some love for everyone who has been kind enough to support me! It means a lot that you take the time to read my blog, follow and like posts on Facebook, talk to me on Twitter, and buy my creations.
Please use the code FBlove to get 20% off anything in my shop! Thank you again for being awesome and supporting handmade and the arts!

Scrawny Girl Shop Update: Holiday Edition

I’ve been super busy working on new products, sketching out new ideas, and just enjoying being creative. I am also in a super festive mood, even though I have not busted out the holiday decorations yet! 
I added a few holiday items to the shop. Each item is handmade and super cute!

You can grab 3 original watercolored illustrations that all my Christmas items are based on, in my shop. They are all of girls wearing glasses, getting into the holiday spirit!
http://scrawnygirl.storenvy.com/products/3850306-holiday-spirit-original-watercolor-illustration

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Here is an example of one of the cards. I cut each card, illustrated, then colored with watercolor pencils. I love how fancy the inside of the envelopes are!

Today I experimented with shrinky dinks, and made an ornament using these fun illustrations. I plan to make a few more to add to the shop later this week.
I’ve been working on a few more fun items including a few screenprinted totes and tees with my Scrawny Girl logo. I’m hoping to get those ready before the big Cyber Monday Sale! 
I’m also working a few Harry Potter and Bee & Puppycat sketches. Not sure yet if they will turn into paintings.
Is there something you would like to see more of in the shop? Something I could try and illustrate? Let me know!

Manga Quest: Alice in the Country of Hearts

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My husband bought me the omnibus 1 of Alice in the Country of Hearts (Heart no Kuni no Alice) for my birthday this past year. I read it super fast, and found it super interesting and a totally different take of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

The series centers on Alice getting kidnapped down the rabbit hole into a civil war ravaged Wonderland, where all the slightly mad denizens want to seduce her…or kill her. Even though this shojo manga is filled with handsome fellows, the story has a dark and surreal edge, and its sinister secrets make it a compelling mystery/fantasy series. Not only have I enjoyed the story so far (I’ve only read 1 out of 3 omnibus editions), I really enjoyed the artwork with the gorgeous lolita-esque dresses.

I own the second omnibus, but haven’t had a chance to read it. I just saw the third one is out, and the series is finally finished in English. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

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This photo is from YenPress, who are the ones who translate/make the omnibus editions.

Have you read Alice in the Country of Hearts, or played the video game this manga is based on? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Lucy LadyBird

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I’m always looking for fun interactive books for Amelia. She seems to do better without paper to eat right now, so I’ve been getting apps and books on my iPad. We recently bought Lucy LadyBird by Sharon King-Chai, who used to design album covers for musicians like David Bowie and Blur. I was drawn to this book because the illustration on the cover reminded me of Eric Carle, who was one of my favorites to teach when I taught art lessons.

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Amelia enjoys giving Fred Frog kisses, and the cute folksy song by Kristy Almeida and John Ellis that you can download on the website.

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Lucy Ladybird is a wonderful story about friendship, sharing, and acceptance. Lucy takes her journey through the seasons, learning a valuable lesson on being different and the kindness of friends.

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The artwork is beautiful, and the story is perfect for teaching. Amelia has to read this book before bed every night, and loves all the interactive features. You can learn more about Lucy Ladybird and get your own copy here.

Castle In The Sky

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This illustration is a few years old, and based on Hayao Miyazaki’s first movie released by Studio Ghibli, Castle in the Sky. I used a page of my moleskine, ink and pastels to achieve my interpretation sketch.

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This is my husband’s other favorite Miyazaki film, and we watch it the most to fall asleep to. I am in love with the artwork from the opening credits of the movie.

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The simple lines, washed colors and haunting melody set the tone of this enchanting movie. It’s hard for me to believe that his movie is from the 80’s, but like all Miyazaki films, they are timeless. This movie also makes me want to read Jonathan Swift’s novel Gulliver’s Travels, which was a major influence for the movie.

Here is the trailer for the movie (featuring the voices of a young James Van Der Beek and Anna Paquin) that will give you an idea of this crazy adventure of a movie.

Have you seen Castle in the Sky? What are your thoughts?

The Dollhouse: The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer

The Dollhouse is a new series where I talk about all things doll related that have caught my interest. First up is The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer by Emily Martin.

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If you’ve never heard of Emily Martin, she is the imaginative cutie behind Black Apple. She makes paintings, books, and other darling things (I own a set of delightful recipe cards!). She is definitely an inspiration with a¬†unparalleled style. Her whimsical and mysterious creatures bring you back to a time where imagination is everything.

I bought The Paper Doll Primer because it’s adorable and to one day share with Amelia. Not only does it contain magical paper dolls and imaginary places, but clever craft projects too! My favorite craft projects are the paper theater and the jointed paper dolls that you can use to make stop motion films.

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The primer contains 21 sweet and mysterious characters, along with each of their clothing and accessories. They also have little biographies, letting you get to know them and how they fit into their small worlds. Included are 16 dolls ready for you to customize to look like you, your family, or an imaginary friend.

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Emily also has two other books:
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and coming soon:
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I can’t wait to add them to our collection!

Check out Inside a Black Apple to stay up to date on Emily’s art and adventures!