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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.


Pixel Art: Part I

Pixel art Amanda Wright

One of my goals every year is to send birthday and anniversary cards on time. I renew this goal every year after falling short on multiple occasions. But...I have a good feeling that this is finally my year! I'm happy to take on this lofty goal with some help from Pinterest Perfect!


FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: making art, Amanda Wright, Pinterest, watercolor, greeting card


Morning Revival: Busting Out a Doodle Journal

skyline doodle

You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.-Maya Angelou


FILED UNDER: Snapshot Inspiration / TAGGED: making art, tangling, doodling, journal, Chicago, art journal


Tied and True: The Transformational Art of Tangling

how to doodle zentangle

Tangling is such an interesting art concept to me. It mixes sketching and doodling and can turn a plain drawing into an elaborate, textureful scene. I made up the word textureful, but I think it fits since tangling is about building on the realistic to produce something more interesting and dramatic (or at least patterned) than what you might see in real life. So consider that some word tangling.


FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: making art, tangling, doodling, The Art of Tangling, Zentangle, how to draw, how to doodle


Dive Right In: 150 Doodles to Tackle

how to draw fish

Did you ever play with color forms as a kid? They looked like sticker books but instead had vinyl-like pieces you could stick and re-stick to your heart's desire. My favorite ones were the Little Mermaid color forms, where you could position Ariel and her friends all over the seascape. Setting up those scenes brought joy to my little heart. (I'm not sure if anyone makes true color forms anymore, so I'm tempted to snatch these up.)


FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: making art, doodling, drawing, Little Mermaid, Green Android, how to draw, how to doodle


Glamour Shots: Pet Portraits

Beagle nose

It always baffles me when artists can make drawings and paintings look like photographs. Some of the most realistic renderings of people, places and animals can be almost indistinguishable from their photographic counterparts. I can't fathom how their hands can take shadows, textures and color variations and translate them to canvas almost exactly the way the eye takes them in.


FILED UNDER: Snapshot Inspiration / TAGGED: snapshot inspiration, beagle, pets, drawing pets



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