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Today’s post is showcasing the art of Nigerian born artist, Toyin Odutola. I first learned of Odutola in last year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 feature and I’ve been loving her work ever since.

What impresses me the most about her work is that she uses ball pens as her main painting tool!

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Photos courtesy of Toyin Odutola website



Yeah, so the cats out the bag. I have a slight Frida Kahlo obsession. After watching the film Frida a few years back with actress, Salma Hayek portraying Frida, I developed this urge to know more about her life and her art. I am guilty of having photos of her plastered on my desk top, my twitter background and I like almost every picture blogged and reblogged on Tumblr.

What I’ve taken from the film and the research that I’ve done on Frida is that she was a no-nonsense, care free, realist. She was also a woman who suffered greatly, which showed up a lot in her paintings. From her physical pain to her emotional roller coaster of a marriage to fellow artist, Diego Rivera – Frida handled it all with such grace and that’s why I dig her.

Some of my favorite Frida Kahlo quotes:

  • I was born a bitch. I was born a painter.
  • There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.
  • I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.
  • At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.

Images of Frida’s Self Portraits via FridaKahlo.com



My name is Tessa McSorley, and I am an artist and crafter working under the name How to Make Art.  I work for myself full-time, and besides selling art, I also sell antiques and collectibles.  I live with my dog, Ruby Roo, in Florida, and I love spending time with my family and friends, reading, and watching artsy movies.

What are you creatively addicted to? When did you start?

I am creatively addicted to screen printing, drawing, and painting.  I have always drawn and painted, but I got introduced to screen printing in high school and have been obsessed with it ever since.  I even got my college degree in Printmaking so that I could explore screen printing even further!  Even years later, I am still discovering new things about the process.

What’s your inspiration?

I create because I don’t feel like myself if I don’t get to do at least one creative thing a day.  I love making things, and creativity is second nature to me.  I don’t know what I’d do without a creative outlet – making art keeps me sane!

Where can people find your work?

My website is TessaMcSorley.com, and my blog is at HowToMakeArt.com.  I have an etsy shop here: HowtoUseArt.esty.com.

Name one thing you would like people to know about you.

I love sending my work out into the world and knowing that people enjoy the images I make! 🙂


I started my 365 Creative Art Journaling Journey almost one year ago. A year ago, I thought I had so much time to finish. To be honest, I’m not even close to finishing my project! So I decided to tweak my initial project and instead of doing something everyday, I’m now making sure that I complete 365 pages of art journaling. That seems to make more sense at this point :).

Here are a few of my most recent pages.

I’m still working on this one.

This will be a mixed media art trading card someday.


The term “mixed media art” is a broad definition that covers many arts and crafts, including collage, assemblage (both 2D and 3D), altered objects, including books and boxes, handmade greeting cards, artist trading cards (ATCs) and tags, art journaling and book making.

The “mixed media” used includes paints, papers and board of all descriptions, glues, buttons, fabrics, found objects, photos, metal bits, fibres, things from nature, inks, pencils, crayons, markers, pastels and polymer clays, to name a few.

The above information was taken from MixedMediaArt.net

I wanted to step away from my usual art journaling pages and do a few mixed media art trading cards (mine are a little smaller than the usual ATC). Basically, I cut out photos and words from magazines and used acrylic paints, crayons, markers, beads, crystal effects and Mod Podge to create these little bite sized cards. The challenge was to create something on a smaller scale. It was easier than I thought. Below are the photos of what I came up with – front and back.

Have you ever tried mixed media art? If so, I would love to see what you’ve created!


Hey you guys!!!!! (I watched The Goonies recently and I can’t stop saying that) I am off my blogging break and although it was a much-needed break, I missed blogging. So I’m jumping right back in.

For my first official Fall 2011 post, I’m going with artist, Natalie Irish. In order to understand the level of her creativity you must check out her site and read her bio. She does ceramics, she even designs cute clutches and clothes, but I discovered her through her paintings and the unique way that she creates them – she uses her lips. Nope, you didn’t read wrong.

Here are a couple of videos of Natalie in action. I like how she does a little skit before she gets down to business. You gotta appreciate people who don’t take themselves too seriously. You’re not going to believe the final visuals!

The videos are courtesy of Workshop Media’s YouTube page.

I wanted to have a little fun, so I tried Natalie’s technique to see if I could do it. Here’s my attempt. Props to Natalie because this is hard to do. Can you guess what I tried to make? There’s a subliminal hint in the picture.


I was feeling a little colorful and inspirational when I did these pages. I’m finding that  I really like to draw the faces of women and add colorful backgrounds. I’m not quite sure why. Can you tell that I have an obsession with acrylic paints?