Monthly Archives: July 2011

Amazing Art Made With Milk

I did an art/science project with my 2 year old today and I just had to share. You probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen right now to do it yourself. We were completely mesmerized by this – I heard lots of “wows” from my son. I love it when art and science collide.

Here is all you need: Vitamin D milk, food coloring and dish soap.

What to do: Pour in a little milk into the bottom of a shallow dish

With food coloring, put in drops of different colors in the milk

Then take dish soap and put a small drop in the middle of the food coloring.

You should immediately see the milk react and begin to disperse the food coloring in a colorful display. It’s like a tiny living ocean of color.

Originally I came across the idea via Household Hacker. Here is their explanation of how it works:

Food coloring is less dense than the milk itself – so it remains suspended within the fat molecules of the milk the soap breaks up the fat and lets it spread across the surface of the milk. As they break and expand, they create movement in the milk, and pull the coloring along for the ride.

I don’t know who had more fun, me or my toddler!

So beautiful and intriguing how it all works. I hope you go try it for yourself!

Free Art Print Download

Hi you guys! I want to start regularly giving away free art here on the blog. So to kick it off, I thought I’d give you all a free download of an acrylic painting I did the other day. It’s nothing fancy, but if you have a bare wall somewhere that needs a pretty print, maybe this one’s for you!

Download the PDF print here. It’s in 8.5 x 11 size and you can either print it at home, or take it somewhere to get it professionally done.

If you have free art downloads, let me know about them – I’d love to share them here! Also if you end up using this, I’d love to see photos of it hanging in your space.

Confessions of a Designer

There are so many stereotypes designers fit into. I’ll admit – I fit in a few. But, for years I felt there might be something wrong with me because I felt I didn’t exactly fit the mold. Now I’m at the point in life where I can embrace my quirks and differences and still be {relatively} confident in what I do. Let me make it clear that I don’t have anything against ANY of these things; my intention isn’t to make people feel bad. It’s just a way for me to say…embrace what makes you different. Even if it’s a flaw. Embrace your limitations (see #1). You don’t have to do or wear or own any certain thing to be a creative person. Just be you. So with all that said, I’m a designer. And these are my confessions.

I don’t use a Canon or Nikon. I use a cheap Panasonic Lumix camera for all my photography.

I don’t drink Starbucks. Or any coffee for that matter.

I do all my design work on…wait for it…a PC! I don’t have anything against Mac, it’s just what I’ve always used. And it works for me.

I don’t own anything Eames. Someday though.

I don’t own a Keep Calm poster.

I can’t really bring myself to buy anything retail. Unless it’s a really good pair of jeans that fit *perfectly.* And then I’ll just wear those for ten years until they fall apart.

Speaking of clothes, I’m terrible at putting outfits together. I just don’t have the personal sense of fashion or creativity or boldness, or whatever to do it. Promise does though. So does this girl.

I didn’t go to college. Everything I’ve learned has been self-taught in the area of web and graphic design. This was an insecurity of mine for a long time. I was confident at the time about my decision not to go to college, but people along the way definitely made me doubt myself because I didn’t receive formal training. I’m over it now though.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Eleanor Roosevelt

OK, I broke the ice. Now it’s your turn to spill the beans!

Blog Makeover: Version 3

Well this is the third big design iteration of this blog. I’ve been foregoing blogging for a couple weeks so I can work on this, and it feels nice to have it finished. My main reason for an update was wanting a fresh clean look and also wanted it to reflect my current personal tastes. This fits me much better now.

If you’ll let me get a bit geeky on you, I designed what I wanted my blog to look like in Photoshop and then I searched for a bare bones theme that I could modify to fit my design. I ended up using the Ari theme from Elma Studio. It’s a great basic theme, very well coded and documented to go in and do your own customization. I also had a lot of fun integrating Google’s Font API. I used Arvo, Raleway with a sprinkling of Goudy.



If you look around and see something that looks a bit wonky, just let me know! I’m terrible about doing in depth testing in all browsers. :)