2018 ~ Kimberly McGuiness Art & Design

~~Mixed Media~Digital Art~Home Decor~Gifts~~

November 14, 2018

Online Storefront Now Open

Have you seen what's in the shop? Make a pledge to buy handmade, local and support small business this holiday season.

Currently, the shop offers over 75 mixed media, home decor, and gifts.

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I hope you enjoy the shopping experience and that I've made the process easy for you.

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Again, thank you so much for being here and following along on this creative journey with me. Your presence and support really mean the world to me. Thanks, bunches for taking the time to browse and shop. 
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November 13, 2018

Look Book Series 16: Glue Books

small books made using glue and scraps of paper

Glue books are super easy and so fun to make you can't stop at just one! It's a great way to use up all the little scraps of paper from other projects and make something new. Here is a little 5-minute video of a flip through for the ones I created. These glue books were inspired by my creative friend Robin Mead & Nik the Booksmith. Enjoy.


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November 8, 2018

Homemakers Bazaar

All set up at the Homemaker's Bazaar hapening this Friday & Saturday! Free Parking, Admission and loads of door prizes and yummy food to eat! Support local handmade this holiday season and come out and shop with us! We'll see ya soon!

table display of ornaments magnets and cards for sale

homemakers bazaar flyer


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October 26, 2018

Spoonflower: A New Collection Featuring My Art

Fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap what's there not to love! For the people who sew in my life, I'm happy to announce you can now order from my Spoonflower Fall Collection for any of your sewing needs. Looking to freshen up your space or need some gifts wrap? Not to worry Spoonflower is your place with custom designs from collections you'll love. The designs are fresh, unique and created by the artist themselves with loads of love and heart and soul magic. To get you started, have a look at these collections in the shop, I'm sure there is something you just can't live without! Thanks so much for taking the time and the support Happy Creating!


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October 22, 2018

The Creative Kind: Supporting The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

**update** 10/25/18 this auction is now closed

I'm so excited and honored to be participating in the Creative Kind auction this month.
The group is created for the purpose of offering beautiful art for auction once a month, where a portion of the proceeds will go to a charity of the artists choice. This month 20% of winning bids will be donated to the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program.   
original art up for auction to support the salvation Army Angel TreeThis program provides Christmas for children that would otherwise not receive anything. On their Angel tree tag children ask for things like; a coat, shoes, bedding, diapers and of course a couple toys. No child should wake up Christmas morning with nothing under their tree. 
During the month of November, the Angel Trees are placed around town at different businesses. With your help, we hope to help Natalie and her family choose many children from the tree. This is an annual tradition near and dear to her. Items will be donated to the Idaho Falls Salvation Army location. 
Auction details✨ 
Opens October 23 at 11am EST. 
Closes October 24 at 9pm EST.

We invite you to come over to the auction beginning 11am est. Tuesday, October 23rd-24th and have a look at all the gorgeous pieces available. Put in some bids and participate in the giveaways too. Rember 20% of winning bids will be donated to the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program.   

Here is a peek at more pieces I'm offering for the auction this month. 

original art up for auction to support the salvation Army Angel Tree



original art up for auction to support the salvation Army Angel Tree
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October 18, 2018

Christmas Village, Cartersville 2018

I'm so super excited about this event coming up November 2-3, 2018! Come out, join in the fun and get some early gift-giving crossed off your list and support local arts, crafters, and small business. We'll see ya soon!
Christmas Village in Cartersville, Ga., shopping, holiday, Clarence Brown Center


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October 11, 2018

Fiddlin’ Fest Between the Rivers 2018

Fiddlin’ Fest Between the Rivers Transforms Downtown Rome Into One Giant Street Festival Featuring Bluegrass Music & Vintage Fun, this is where you can find me this weekend. Come out and enjoy the fun!

Saturday, October 13, 2018 12pm -7pm



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October 10, 2018

Star Catcher: I finally caught one!

whimsical line and shape art with figure in yellow hat; stars on face and clothes
©Kimberly McGuiness
Remember laying in the grass as a child and looking up at the stars wishing you could catch one of them? Besides Hundertwasser, this is the inspiration behind my newest piece, 'Star Catcher'.

I love the shapes, lines, and colors of this piece. Although it's inspired by Hundertwasser and his life work of bringing humanity and nature together in harmony, I've finally developed my own style under his influence. I'm so excited and simply overjoyed about this new growth in my work.

I honestly feel like I've caught a star and I'm forever grateful. My art has been a wish for so long in my life. Always wondering if I would be able to become a working artist, what my style would be like and how it would develop. Even though I have my hands in other mediums and experiments it's always the practice with each piece that helps me to grow into what is already waiting for me to know, learn, do and then share with the world.

This piece is a 9x12 mixed media on mixed media paper. I used watercolor, ink, salt. I also like to digitally enhance or manipulate a piece in Photoshop. For me, it's a way to take full advantage of technology to bring about different versions of the same piece giving it endless possibilities with color and shape. This is the result I kept from the image above:
whimsical line and shape art with stars, swirls and circles
©Kimberly McGuiness
I love how this digital piece ended up presenting itself. Thanks for looking! Feel free to pin, post, share & tweet :)
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October 2, 2018

Gaining Empowerment Through Self-Care, Creative Play & Fun

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©2018 Kimberly McGuiness
How many times have you felt empowered to take a chance? Take a leap of faith? To just go for it? Whatever 'IT' may have been?

Empowerment is defined as “the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life."

Looking for something to move us forward in a positive way these days can be a task in of itself, right? The world is full of uncertainty and heavy energy.

Gaining empowerment through self-care, creative play, and some fun is a must these days. With each card, you pull empower prompts to give you what you need to know or to be reminded of to get your day jump started. It could be art journaling, painting, meditation, being with friends, it's whatever the prompts bring and means to you.

Personal empowerment begins with a bit of self-awareness. Knowing and recognizing your strengths and weaknesses can go a long way in having a realistic view of oneself. This deck of cards may be able to help you along that path.
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©2018 Kimberly McGuiness

This is a glimpse of what the front of the cards looks like. The artwork is my own and comes from the 50 best cards from #the100dayproject.
They are bright colorful and have a wonderfully smooth finish on both the front and back. They are 2 3/4 inches wide x 4 3/4 inches tall and feel so yummy to hold!

The back of each card has 2 questions and a prompt related to the word on the front of the card. They are the perfect starter card for personal or group art classes or journaling.

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©2018 Kimberly McGuiness
To get you started here are some other examples of how the cards can be used......

-Leave one on your co-worker's desk and at lunchtime answer the questions in a group.
-Leave one with a tip to the waitress
-Include one in your bill payment you mail
- Include a single card in each of the holiday cards you send out this year
- Use the cards at family dinners or get-togethers as conversation starters. Let one person draw a card and let each person at the table answer the prompts.
- Randomly leave one on a table at a coffee shop, library, etc.
-Use with other cards decks & for affirmations
-Use prompts with your children on a game night as conversation starters
-Use them in book club groups or other monthly meet-ups

I've been working really hard the past several months to bring you this 50 card deck of Empower Prompts for Self-Care, Creative Play, and Fun! I can't tell you how happy and excited I am about this, it's a dream come true for me and I hope you find value in this deck and that they truly enrich and empower your day!
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October 1, 2018

Available for Pre-order: Paper Clay 'I Love You' Magnets

Update 11/5/18 **SOLD OUT** These hand-made 'I Love You' magnets have received great reviews and have sold out each time they have been offered! We've gotten requests for more of these so they are now available for Pre-order through October 15, 2018.
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Place Order Here
Your magnets will be made (in this same likeness above but will not be exact) and shipped in October by the end of the month to allow for your gift-giving needs. If you request expedited service for this item there will be an additional charge. We will not be taking any other orders for these until sometime in 2019. Thank you so much for supporting Julia and her abilities we are forever grateful!
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September 25, 2018

Hundertwasser and Architecture: Harmony with Nature & Man

My journey continues with Hundertwasser inspiration and his belief that architecture should be in harmony with nature and man. Here are a couple of my latest pieces. I have more in the pipeline I'll share as I get them complete. ~enjoy

©2018 Kimberly McGuiness
 
 



'Friedensreich Hundertwasser started out as a painter. Since the early 1950s, however, he increasingly became focused on architecture, writing and reading in public .’ advocating natural forms of decay. In 1972, he had his first architectural models made for the TV-show ‘Wünsch dir was', in order to demonstrate his ideas on forested roofs, "tree tenants" and the "window right" of every tenant to embellish the facade around his windows. In these models, Hundertwasser also developed new architectural shapes, such as the "eye-slit" house and the "high-rise meadow house".[1] ~source Wikipedia



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August 9, 2018

Look Book Series 15: The Mayor

“If the artist is not completely surprised at what he is painting, then it isn’t a good picture. I want to be surprised by my own pictures. I want to keep on discovering my own pictures.” ~Hundertwasser

©Kimberly McGuiness, inspired by Hundertwasser


My Hundertwasser inspired journey continues with this 20x20 piece titled, 'The Mayor'. A repurposed wrapped canvas is the perfect fit. Enjoy the lookbook and feel free to share, post, pin, and tweet! :) 






 







































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August 7, 2018

Look Book Series 14: City Center

"When I paint, I do not try to force the process. I allow myself to be led. That way I cannot make any mistakes.” Hundertwasser had a lively imagination and plenty of ideas. Some of which he turned into paintings and others into buildings. He had a love for nature that was important to him throughout his life. It was the subject of his speeches and made him want to build and live in houses which were in harmony with nature.
©Kimberly McGuiness, inspired by F. Hundertwasser



As in Hundertwasser's quote above I just listened for direction and let the piece led me, the first time I’ve ever done that for an entire piece, that I can remember it was truly a special experience. No right or wrong but just doing what was requested. I hope I was a good steward with this 20x24 piece, titled, "City Center" in that it speaks to his vision and life’s work. I believe I’ll be in this place of harmony for a bit……enjoy the lookbook. Feel free to share, post, pin, and tweet! :) Additional resources below.





 


   


















Other places of interest  The Hundertwasser Foundation

Hundertwasser's 82 works on WikiArt

Hundertwasser.com

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July 3, 2018

2nd Publish with Just Mixed Media

Scott Publications
WOW!!! My 2nd publish with Scott Publications! Last week I received a copy of the latest edition of Just Mixed Media magazine with my work published inside! I'm so super excited and grateful to the editor for her generosity of a full page and two 2 full page spreads featuring my work! 

Order your copy today to see the full collection



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June 14, 2018

How to Make Leaf Bowls

I love nature and when I can use elements of nature in my work I love it even more. These leaf bowls are a great example. They are made using red bud leaves and wild grape leaves from our property. Watch the 15 minute demo video for what I have found works for me and I hope it gives you inspiration to make your own nature inspired pieces. Thanks bunches for taking the time to have a look. Feel free to post, pin, tweet, share :)

leaf bowls made using paper clay
Photo Credit ©Kimberly McGuiness


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June 12, 2018

The Court Jester

***SOLD*** The Court Jester is #4 in my Santos Cage Doll and art doll series. She is laser cut from eco-friendly 3mm wood fiberboard by PaperWhimsy. She stands approx 9-1/2" tall. Her arms are movable and she holds a curious collection in her box including a small white moth in her glass jar. The beads are glass and hold many curiosities themselves. The metal key and butterfly are a reminder that transformation is the key to growth and discovery. Take the time to 'see' the magic in the details around you.

I used wood, faux gems, napkins, paper flower, metal, glass, and brads for the arms.




You can order the blank kit at PaperWhimsy I used for this cage doll. Also these are made to order and can take 14-21 business days.

Thanks bunches for taking the time to have a look. Feel free to post, pin, tweet, share :)
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June 5, 2018

Santos Cage Doll: Rose Swan

Rose Swan is #3 in the Santos Cage Doll series. She is laser cut from eco-friendly 3mm wood fiberboard by PaperWhimsy. She stands approx 7-1/2" tall and the skirt is approx 5-1/4" wide. 

I used wood, faux gems, acrylic, napkins, paper flowers & leaves, white feather boa, feathers, grass bird nest. 




You can order the blank kit at PaperWhimsy I used for this cage doll. Also these are made to order and can take 14-21 business days.

Thanks bunches for taking the time to have a look. Feel free to post, pin, tweet, share :)
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May 24, 2018

Leaf Bouquet: Inspired by Nature

I’m always inspired by nature. I’m amazed at how the tiniest of seeds can create the most beautiful bouquet in the garden or yard. There is so much texture and pattern in so many things around us, every time I walk through the garden I see something different.
© Kimberly McGuiness
Leaf Bouquet, inspired by nature, prompted me to create this original piece. I just love the colors and patterns. I really had no plan when I started to draw this out it just developed as I started putting pen to paper. Fans, followers and collectors of my work have helped to make Leaf Bouquet my most popular piece to date.
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May 22, 2018

Santos Cage Doll: The Garden Fairy

The Garden Fairy is #2 in my Santos Cage Doll Series. She stands approximately 7 1/2 inches tall. The doll is laser cut from high-quality eco-friendly 3mm wood fiberboard by PaperWhimsy. I've only recently discovered them and so far I'm in love with the products I've received from them.


I used wood, faux gems, acrylic, napkins, metal dragonflies hanging from her wings(the wings I already had on hand and did not come with the kit), metal flowers, and I also added a hand-made paper clay ring dish in her cage. This dish is easily removable and this little Garden Fairy will keep your rings, earrings or small crystals safe until you need them again.

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You can order the blank kit at PaperWhimsy I used for this cage doll. Also these are made to order and can take 14-21 business days.

Thanks bunches for taking the time to have a look. Feel free to post, pin, tweet, share :)
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May 16, 2018

Santos Cage Doll: The Butterfly Queen

I've been doing some research on creating art dolls and Santos Cage Dolls in particular. I've always had a love for them but just recently learned that the Santos dolls take their name from the Spanish word for Saint. While learning more about their history I fell deeper in love with them.

This first Santos Cage Doll titled , 'The Butterfly Queen' is #1 in a collection of art dolls I'm hoping to be creating. I'm not sure how many will be created, the size, the medium, etc it's all a work in progress. This is a new path, which as an artist is one of my many creative paths I (we) tend to be navigating and learning from all at the same time. I hope you enjoy this first 6 3/8 inch tall art doll. I used wood, faux gems, washi tape, acrylic, napkins, & silver metal butterflies she holds in her hands.Thanks bunches for taking the time to have a look. Feel free to post, pin, tweet, share :)
See this piece up close in the shop and purchase here. 
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May 11, 2018

Around The World Through Art

I'm taking a couple online classes this year to work on skills, techniques and see how they apply or not apply to my own style of creating. I love trying new things I learn from others and putting my own twist on them. As in these 2 pieces from the first lesson taught by Robin Mead in Around The World Through Art hosted by Olga Furman .
©Kimberly McGuiness, inspired by Robin Mead

©Kimberly McGuiness, inspired by Robin Mead

It's a great way to 'travel' the world and make new friends along the way and the talented teachers Olga has lined up for us is beyond fantastic! You can sign up and learn more on the website and when you do sign up send me a message or comment below on this post that you did so I can say HI ! I hope to 'see' you in class! :)
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May 1, 2018

Lookbook Series 1: A First Quirky Bird




A re-post from 2015, one of my first quirky birds......I'm starting a look book series showcasing the process behind the scenes of my work in progress to the finished piece. I'm not sure how often I will post the series it will depend on the piece and other timeline commitments, but I do have a few to get us started. So here is the first of many to come....Enjoy!





All Images ©2015 Kimberly McGuiness

Thank you for taking a few minutes to have a look! I'm forever grateful! 


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