2018 ~ Kimberly McGuiness Art & Design

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

November 19, 2018

Give Thanks

a picture with a pumpkin, sunflower and the words give thanks
©Kimberly McGuiness
Give thanks as you go about your week maneuvering through the hustle and bustle of, cooking the turkey, family & friends, travel and shopping remember to give heartfelt gratitude along the way mixed in with some patience in your pocket as you stand in line.

Reflect on your blessings, the love you have for others and that they have for you. This can be a very sad time of the year for some and this year it is for so many to so reach out, give a random act of kindness to someone. Love each other. Give hope. Give peace. Give laughter. Give hugs. A smile. A song or two.

The blindness of color reveals the brightness from within. Take a moment to see the light, the love, the peace we each have to offer within us in our own unique way and share it! Over and over again.  Share kindness, compassion, joy. Be the light others want to follow and share. Be the smile others may hardly ever see. Be the laughter some may never hear. Be the hope, the peace many wish for but rarely see. Give thanks for all you are and where you are in your life. You are worthy, blessed, beautiful and kind and truly make a difference. I'm forever grateful for each and every one of you. May your harvest be abundant and the laughter, smiles, hugs, love, peace, and hope never ending!

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.


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!





October 2, 2018

Gaining Empowerment Through Self-Care, Creative Play & Fun

©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.
©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.

©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!

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 ‘W√ľnsch 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


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! :) 



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



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


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


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 :)

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 :)

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.

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.

© paperwhimsy.com

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 :)

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. 

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! :)

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! 


April 10, 2018

I Give It All To You

One of the things I’ve learned when creating my art is to ‘listen’ to the piece and what it wants to become. When I start a new work I have a vision, thought, idea or whatever you call it, it’s a starting point. Once I get to building the basic foundation the art begins to ‘reveal’ what it really wants to express. Not all pieces are like this though. Once the foundation is created for what I thought in my mind was going to be a great piece, I wasn’t ‘feeling it’. The work then just sits, hanging out in the studio around all the other goodness happening, moving from one spot to the next until I ‘know’ what it wants, what the work is calling or screaming for,(sometimes at 3am) but until this happens, the work could be hovering about for weeks! I know my artists friends know exactly what I’m talking about, it’s madness, but in an awesome way in the end when you step back and finally see how the piece exposes itself.

However, in this instance, I was gently guided from one section to the next for ‘I Give It All to you’. I started with a sketch that came to mind which stayed in my book for a few weeks. Not because I didn’t know what direction it was going, but because I had other commitments to finish for clients. I was rather anxious to get my hands going on this one; I ‘knew’ exactly what the work was going to be …again so I thought! 

In creating this piece, I wanted to show with the texture of the heart both inside and out how sacred our heart space can be with the valleys of despair and darkness, the ridges of triumph, the rips of lost love and friendships, the tears of unconditional love, denial, anger and forgiveness. I know for me, very few are allowed in that space. God is one of them and He knows each valley, rip, torn and ridged peace of my heart and life.

When putting together pieces of this work, I felt surrounded by His Love and direction. It was if to ‘show me’ how easy it is to give it all to Him for healing. No matter the condition our heart, God can heal it, through the cross and nails of the piece to the rope which bonded Him is a reminder to us this is possible. I learned more how to listen and be guided by the presence of that which can heal through my art, my heart, my life and by sharing the work with you.

I’m currently enjoying this piece in my studio as a daily reminder to Give It All To Him. Just as the gradient of color lays the groundwork of this piece, it too is a reminder of trials and tribulations out of darkness guided by the light to healing within each of our hearts and lives. My blessing for you is this artwork resonates with all who see it in a way that can move you forward in a more positive way in your life.

Let me know in the comments below how this piece makes you feel and share this post with a friend, they may need to see this today.


April 3, 2018

The 100 Day Project Starts Today

Is a FREE global art project that anyone can participate in you can find out more about the project on the official #The100DAYPROJECT website and sign up if you want to participate. I'm participating this year for fun, to keep the creative inspiration flowing and to share the results with all of you in hopes you will find some inspiration for your day, creativeness or art journaling. Follow along with me on Instagram to see my daily posts and check out #kimberlymcguiness100daysofcreativeinspiration for posts specific to the project, either way thanks for sharing this post and following along.

All artwork created for this project will be original 3x5 mixed media pieces on paper using acrylic, ink, colored pencils & paper. They will also be available for purchase in my shop once they have been posted to Instagram. They will be just $22 each with FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING!


February 27, 2018

Mixed Media Glitter and Gold

Inspired by my Australian artist friend Toni Burt these newest pieces of my work were such a joy to create. Loads of texture and layers of yumminess and color.
©2017 Kimberly McGuiness
The left is 11x14 and the middle and right are about 13x17. I used, acrylic, ink, paper, wallpaper, gesso, joint compound, molding paste, stencils, cheesecloth, gold leaf and 2 coats of protective spray. Hope you enjoy looking as much as I did creating these new pieces.

February 23, 2018

Let The Good Times Roll

Meet Lady Madri Gras. She is full of fun and always carries with her an infectious fun-loving party attitude   ....Laissez les bons temps rouler 

'Lady Mardi Gras' ©2017 Kimberly McGuiness
This piece is mixed media on 9x12 smooth bristol paper. I used ink, Prismacolor Colored pencils, gelly roll pens, wite-out pen and Koi brush markers.

February 15, 2018

Keepers to the Fire of Life

This piece is an inspiration from my imagination and is a wonderful representation of the style of work I enjoy the most. I love the process of creating a piece of work that tells a story or one that takes you on a journey of sorts to a place away from your own current position in the world, even if only for a moment. I like the challenge I give myself in creating a piece such as this and one that I enjoy the process , the tools, what the piece has to say and wants to add to the story. ‘Keepers to the Fire of Life’ is the 3rd piece in my ‘Around the World Series’.
©2018 Kimberly McGuiness
Spring brings about change, life, renewing and transformation from what may have been a very cold, dark winter and all the emotions that may keep us from running at our highest during the winter months. This piece represents the will, power, fire and energy to new life and transformation.
©2018 Kimberly McGuiness
In the winter renewed life and transformations sleep and rest deep within the ruins beyond winters reach storing up the seeds of renewed life and stoking the fire waiting to burst into form with mighty will, wisdom and power when the time comes. Life is sacred. Renewing and transformation are sacred.
©2018 Kimberly McGuiness
©2018 Kimberly McGuiness

What is it within you needing life or renewed life? Do you have the will, power, fire and energy to bring about the transformation? Will you seek the wisdom you need to bring about those changes in the rebirth of spring?