Free Digi Club: Sugar Raven, a Copic friendly digital stamp

"Sugar Raven" Free Digi Stamp for October '15 |

Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore"

Sugar Raven is available, absolutely free from now until October 31st, 2015.

Each month, you'll receive an emailed link to a new free image plus a recipe sheet. The link above will give you all the information you need to know to get started coloring right away.

Free Digi Club: Out with the Old, In with the New!

Get your free image NOW! |

Get your Tulips & Ribbon image before it's gone, gone, gone

We're still new in the Digi Club process so I wanted to make sure everyone understands:

The June image will be retired on June 30th to make room for a new July image.

So join here and download your free copy while this beautiful image is still available.

Developing a color palette for July's free image |

I am working today on July's image.

New textures, a bright and refreshing color palette, and TWO new techniques!

I'll be shooting the speed coloring video as soon as I finalize the color palette. Tomorrow I'll film the technique breakdowns for the online class.

The new image and related online class materials will be available on July 1st!

Online class?

Yes! Each monthly image has three levels of learning available for you!

Free- Yes, absolutely FREE:

  • downloadable monthly image when you subscribe here
  • speed coloring video available on the Vanilla Arts Co channel at YouTube (here)
Online Coloring Classes at Patreon |

Test the Waters at Patreon:

  • Patron-only content stream & discussion
  • Free Digi Club's extended cut video- with bonus content, detailed commentary, and technique demonstration
  • 1 entry into quarterly product giveaways

The Gotta Color Now, Full Class Experience:

  • Patron-only content stream & discussion
  • Free Digi Club's extended cut video- with bonus content, detailed commentary, and technique demonstrations
  • Exclusive mini-lesson technique development video
  • Open Project Critiques (up to 10/mth, chosen by Amy based on discussion potential)- get great positive feedback from both instructors & students!
  • Printable PDF full color sample
  • Printable PDF underpainted sample + color map
  • Custom PDF handouts to help hone specific skills
  • 3 entries into quarterly product giveaways

C'mon, what's holding you back?

The marker fun has already started and you're missing out! Join the Free Digi Club today and be sure to check out the Patreon bonus material. Color along with us, have some fun, and learn a little something in the process. 

Join the club, join the class, and get your monthly marker fix!

Free Marker tips! Studio Journal Blog |

Mantra: May 2015


Deeds, not words.

That's my theme this month. May is all about the follow through.

I'm a planner. A thinker. A list maker. I'm really awesome at figuring out how to get from point A to point B.

Rodin,  the Thinker . Detroit Institute of Art

Rodin, the Thinker. Detroit Institute of Art

The problem comes when I go to put things in motion.

I don't like to make a move until everything is in place. I wait until all my ducks are in a row and they're all quacking the same tune before I take a step.

That's the problem with being a list maker. All my strategerizing and data processing leaves me waiting for perfection on Step #1 before I can give myself permission to move on to Step #2.

And you can die waiting for perfection.

Here's an example: We are now 13 sentences into this blog post. In that time, I've gone up and edited the printable graphic 4 times. I resized the lettering, then I adjusted the kerning by a microfraction, then I  darkened the drop shadow, then I adjusted the size it displays at. And I could do this all day if allowed. I'd be happy to sit here and fiddle with all the tiny details and never type another sentence.

Enough is enough. Sometimes you just have to hit the publish button.

Waiting for perfection kills creativity.

Think of all the half finished projects you have lying around your craft room. Now add to that all the projects that you've never even started.

Degas,  Spanish Dancer . Detroit Institute of Art.

Degas, Spanish Dancer. Detroit Institute of Art.

  • Have you talked yourself out of finishing a project when one little thing went wrong?
  • Are you waiting on just the right supplies before you start?
  • Have you put off joining a class or learning a new skill until your life is a little more settled?

Here's the thing- when you die, all your intentions disappear. Plans and dreams and half finished lists are nothing more than electrical signals in your brain; when your heart stops pumping, the world looses access to that data.

We don't know what project Leonardo da Vinci planned to work on next. I'm sure it was something awesome but there's no earthly value to his next project because he never started it. All his gonna-dos and his I-oughtas are completely worthless to mankind. Leonardo has a place in history based on his body of work, not because of his really rockin' bucket list.

I'm not da Vinci, you're not da Vinci. Neither one of us is crankin' out a Mona Lisa in the next few days. 

But we should be making something.

Stop thinking and dance, darn it. 

Deeds, not words.

Enough with the maybes. Just go make some stuff.