Julie Originals wins Addy Award for Illustration and Design

  Honored to be receiving an Addy Award for the labels I created for Bird’s Nest Baking Company’s Sonoran Blend Granola. The prickly pear and sunset background were both painted using acrylics on canvas paper. I updated the Bird’s Nest Baking Company (BNBC) logo by changing a few things. I simplified the nest from it’s […]

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Love of Reading Week

From February 10th -14th celebrate reading! Here are ways to participate in “Love of Reading Week.” Read a NEW FREE BOOK! Pima County Library is giving away free books and has lots of events going on during Love of Reading Week.

Go to storytimes. I enjoy going to the Pima County Library, Bookmans and Mildred & Dildred storytimes…

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Stay creative and have fun!

I love having a creative career as a designer and illustrator. I’ve been asked before about how I stay feeling creative 24/7 – and here’s some things that work for me. Know your most creative time (and try not to interrupt it) I feel the most creative in the morning so I begin my projects […]

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Tennis and Art, A Creative Combination

UPDATE:  My 4.0 Women’s Tennis Team won Sectionals and is playing at the USTA League National Championships! Join us this weekend at Reffkin Tennis Center October 17th and 18th in our hometown – Tucson, Arizona!  _________ Two passions of mine have always been tennis and art. Drawing and creating art is similar to playing singles. […]

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Little Artist

I have the best assistant for my new paper painting collage. He’s enthusiastic, creative and loves color as much as I do. Syver is one special two and a half year old. We’ve taken art at a Parks and Rec class together and now he is helping me with a more complicated piece. A paper […]

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Colorful Coyote Painting – Visual Step by Step

This isn’t your typical teal and peach howling at the moon coyote! Here’s how I painted a more colorful and fun version of a Tucson coyote. A visual step by step STEP 1) Just like my previous Bighorn Sheep painting, I painted a vibrant color for the background. Because I am doing an animal alphabetic […]

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Bighorn Sheep Like to Rock

I just completed my second painting out of the 26 I am planning on painting this month! Here’s photos of how I painted this in two hours.B is for BIGHORN SHEEP This time I chose to paint a Bighorn sheep. This is my letter “B” animal for my alphabet animal project. Although I haven’t seen […]

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26 Animal Paintings in 31 Days

Today I began a large alphabet project that I have been planning for awhile now. While my son was in class this morning, I pulled out my canvas paper, acrylics and got down to it. I began painting one of Tucson’s beloved little creatures, Anna’s Hummingbird. I see these cuties everywhere, so I used some […]

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Board Book Design and Illustration – In Two Weeks!?

I wrote, illustrated and designed a custom board book during two weeks worth of my son’s naps and bedtimes! My son, Syver, loves when we read board books together. His favorite is Dr. Seuss’, “Hop On Pop”. This triggered my idea to design a personal board book for his birthday! The biggest obstacle was…. His […]

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Homemade baby gift – Easy Tutorial

What do you get a one year old for their birthday? My son’s friend, Casey, was turning one and I knew that he already had received lots of gift cards, clothes and toys from his family back East. I thought, “What could I get for him?” Then I changed that to be…what could I make […]

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