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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.


New Year's Art Resolutions: Perspective Sketching

perspective sketching urban city views

Happy New Year! We are ringing in 2015 with a series of giveaways to kick start your artistic resolutions. Have you been wanting to master the basics of drawing? Or have you been looking for new mixed media projects? We're tackling that first one with the drawing techniques of Perspective Sketching. We're even doing a Pinterest giveaway for a copy of the book! To enter: pin an image from this blog post to Pinterest and comment below with your art resolution for 2015. See more details at the bottom of this post.


FILED UNDER: Snapshot Inspiration / TAGGED: snapshot inspiration, snapshot, perspective, sketch, drawing, how to draw


New Year's Art Resolutions: Grown Up Coloring

color me happy adult coloring books

Happy New Year! We are ringing in 2015 with a series of giveaways to kick start your artistic resolutions. Have you been wanting to learn the relaxing techniques of Zentangle? Or simply get back into that childhood joy of coloring? We're tackling that second one with the rejuvenating artwork of Color Me Happy. We're even doing a Pinterest giveaway for a copy of the book! To enter: pin an image from this blog post to Pinterest and comment below with your art resolution for 2015. See more details at the bottom of this post.


FILED UNDER: Art Bites / TAGGED: making art, coloring, color mixing, drawing, art therapy, how to draw


New Year's Art Resolutions: Creative Lettering

creative lettering and beyond - how to create ombre lettering

Happy New Year! We are ringing in 2015 with a series of giveaways to kick start your artistic resolutions. Have you been wanting to try hand lettering? To take on a new watercolor painting technique? To give bright and vibrant mixed media a go? We're tackling that first one with the lovely artwork of Creative Lettering and Beyond. We're even doing a Pinterest giveaway for a copy of the book! To enter: pin an image from this blog post to Pinterest and comment below with your art resolution for 2015. See more details at the bottom of this post.


FILED UNDER: Art Lessons, Making Art / TAGGED: making art, typography, lettering, calligraphy, hand lettering, drawing, illustration, how to draw


Going Through the Morning Motion

Soldier Field

There's a spot I often walk to with my dog in the mornings that at my early dog-walking hour is largely uninhabited. One particularly serene morning, just the beagle and me, I snapped a photo of the clouds and stillness.


FILED UNDER: Snapshot Inspiration / TAGGED: snapshot inspiration, snapshot, Soldier Field, sketching, sketch, urban sketching, city sketching, Chicago, drawing, how to draw, city scenes


Doodling Has Gone to the Dogs: Coming in March

doodling for dog people expressions draw

I'm a big fan of Gemma Correll's drawings, so when I saw her work in Doodling for Dog People, I couldn't help but get excited to break out my art supplies.


FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: making art, Gemma Correll, doodling, drawing, doodles, pet portraits, dog doodles, how to draw



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