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Kristen Rock

Kristen Rock

Kristen is an artist living in Norfolk, VA.  She is happiest with a cup of coffee in one hand and a paintbrush in the other. A sucker for a sweet sunrise and an unexpected adventure, Kristen's latest inspirations include mermaids, dream catchers, and all things nautical. 

Color + Pattern

Your mission—should you choose to accept it—is to mix pattern and color!

FILED UNDER: Art Lessons / TAGGED: Color, Pattern, Design, Creative, Illustration

Learn To Draw Calligraphy Animals

calligraphy animals draw bat

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Well that might be true but when someone comes along and puts their own unique spin on something that we associate with being old fashioned, it's like a breath of fresh air.

FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: Calligraphy, Calligraphy Animals, Illustration, Ink, Art, Creative, Inventive Art, Innovative


The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. Mark Twain

FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: Modge Podge, Create, Design, Inspirational Quotes, Layout, Art

The Paintbrush Playbook

paintbrush playbook prompt

In art school I often found myself in class daydreaming and doodling and turning the teacher's assignments into a creation of characters. I did it mostly with letters that were meant for my learning purpose, but the real joy came when a teacher had a print out with some type of weird shape that pushed my imagination to create a little character. Maybe this is why I love this prompt from Paintbrush Playbook so much?

FILED UNDER: Art Lessons / TAGGED: Imagination, Illustration, Creative, Art, Painting, Ink

How to Draw & Paint: Faces & Expressions

drawing sketching faces

Drawing a human face can be a daunting task, especially when you're a beginner. The secret is knowing the proper proportions and the anatomy of the human head. This was very intimidating to me as a new art student and now is my favorite thing to draw.

FILED UNDER: Art Lessons / TAGGED: Faces, Expressions, Drawing Faces, Drawing, Painting, Illustration, Facial Features


The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

Sylvia Plath

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