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Heather Linder

Heather Linder

Heather is a journalist and writer living in Chicago with her composer husband and art-loving puppy, Lancelot. She's on an endless quest for the city's best coffee and is endlessly inspired by Chicago's magnificent skyline. Heather is a bookworm, aspiring chef, and NPR fanatic. She's in the process of teaching her beagle to use a French press and overcoming her fear of DIY.

The Hairy Details: 1000s of Dog Portraits to Comb Through

how to paint dogs

I live in a high-rise building full of dogs of all breeds and sizes—from the oddly aggressive cocker spaniel to the roly-poly bulldog puppy to the ancient, ambling Great Dane. It's fascinating to see how varied the looks and temperaments of animals can be. There are truly unlimited types of dogs in this world and quite possibly in my building.

FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: making art, dogs, portraits, mixed media, how to draw

Aristic Time Travel: Coloring Historic Paris


One of my favorite things about books is their ability to transport the reader—to another time, another lifestyle, another part of the world. The Pictura: Coloring Paris panoramic coloring book likewise picks up the artist and instantly immerses them in the scenes of historic Paris, complete with stagecoaches, parasols and top hats.

FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: Paris, coloring, illustration, making art, coloring books, colored pencil, marker

Just Add Color + Creativity


I'm constantly looking for art to hang in my house. Original pieces take a lot of time and mine tend to serve more of a creative outlet rather than being something I want to look at day in and out. Buying another artist's work can be costly so it's a big decision not to be taken lightly. Just Add Color: Geometric Patterns is the best of both worlds.

FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: making art, geometric patterns, coloring, Lisa Congdon, coloring books


watercolor creating depth

With the rise of Instagram, it seems like we are all looking at life through the lens of the next great photo. That could just be me, but I know at least some of you also think, "Wow, that would look great in my feed," when you see a beautiful sunset/latte/palm tree/neon sign.

FILED UNDER: Snapshot Inspiration / TAGGED: snapshot inspiration, snapshot, university, basics, watercolor, how to paint

For Love of Layers: Painting With Acrylics

how to paint waterfall acrylic

Have you ever been to one of those painting and wine places? I've gone a couple of times because there are few things in life I like more than art and wine. If you've never gone, it's basically a painting lesson. The canvases and supplies are provided, and the entire group works on painting a replica of a single piece of artwork.

FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: making art, acrylic, paint, creative, painting


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