it’s almost the weekend alreadyyyy…..

last night i stayed up till the sun was shining & got so much done. it was fun. here are a few things i couldn't wait to share…

IMG_8178 a peek at a new comic-style painting. it's huge & i'm filling one little square at a time. see…. 

IMG_8179 she should be ready in a couple weeks. i'm enjoying working on some larger pieces right now. 

and speaking of painting… i've been doing so much of it and it's still my favorite!

IMG_8175 here are a few custom paintings  that have been mailed off already…. 

IMG_7897 (for Laura) 

IMG_7894 (for Sophie) 

IMG_8146 (for Teresa) 

IMG_8149 (for Emily) 

IMG_8147 (for Ashley)

**i have several more painting for pretty ladies in progress. they'll be shipping out early next week and, don't worry, i'll share peeks here. 🙂 these have been fun. 

Awwe. James posted some pics of their home  and these little gifts i made them… 

Aubs+james made me smile. 

i love this too… 

Kindness hmm.. what else? 

i've been testing some new prints. these will be up in the shop soon (& some more)…

IMG_8161 i've been collecting yarn like crazy. it's my current obsession. 

i love choosing the perfect colors. 


you'd think i was getting really into knitting or crochet, but no (maybe someday)… it's embroidering with yarn. here's an example of a new painted/embroidered piece. 

IMG_8154 IMG_8153 IMG_8151 lots more where this came from… these ideas have been cooking in my mind for like a year now… painting & stitching belong together!

also, did a couple pages for my scrapbook last night. 2 pages in 40 minutes… not bad. i know it's not a race but…. i like to race. 


hand cut self-adhesive foam…. here's the cute mess to prove it: 


and this one says, " Sarah and Rachel make me feel not crazy and very very loved." 

IMG_8157 (the yellow strip on the bottom is from a vintage self help book).

well, i do feel loved. 

tonight i'm planning to draw-draw-draw. make some new goods for RVA and help Vanessa out with a little project. We are going to a wedding in KC this weekend (Congrats Ryan+Rachel!!). I'm excited to have a little bit of time with my boyfriend… we've been living on separate planets this week, it seems like. Love-Love-Love. Elsie


Chris-merritt i'm designing a ton of new merch. for Chris Merritt… t-shirts, mini posters, tote bags and stickers. He's playing in Provo, Utah next weekend… I'll post details later & pics of all the designs next week. If you haven't heard him yet, listen to his music right here on the RVA site… it's my favorite. XOXO. 

pps..promise to talk about tattoos next post. keep forgetting. 

  • OMGSH!! I love my painting! lol Now I’m really anxious to check the mail now! LOL
    Thanks so much for painting it for me 😀

    I definitley can not wait to see the new comic painting. You definitely have more patience for me, Elsie, for sure. lol
    And I’m having the same yarn-fetish lately…but all I’ve been doing is rolling it into balls. I’m trying to get some inspo to get started! 😛

    Can’t wait to see all the new pretty things you’re coming up with! Always so inspiring!

    Hope your Friday/weekend is perfect! 🙂

  • oh you.

    2 things:

    a – i fell in love with elsie the scrapbooker. and now i remember why. i *love* that page about jeremy. love love love it.

    b – what is that fabric you used for your yarn embroidery? i must know. its beeautiful.


  • I LOVE the larger comic book painting… a canvas that size can be so overwhelming, breaking it into smaller pieces is a really good idea. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  • Looove the ginormous comic book painting!!! And I loooove everybody’s personalized paintings!!! I want one sooo badly!!!! One day I hope! Tell the economy to quit sucking and the hospitals and doctors to quit calling me, lol!! 😉 What an awesome post, Elsie! Love your scrapbooking pages too!!! And the yarn and painted girl??? Love it!!! Could I use the word “Love” anymore in this comment? Probably but I’ll stop now. =) xoxo

  • all those amazing colors! they make me feel happy…thanks elsie!:) i LOVE the comic book painting in progress!

  • Oh My Gosh!!!
    I just fell head overs heels for Chris Merritt!!!!! Wow! His music is fantasmagorical!! I love love it!!!

    You are so right!
    Painting + Stitching = <3

    Thank you for being so incredibly awesome and inspiring!

  • Wow, I really love the embroidery hoop mixed media painting with the yarn! I am an embroidery freak, so that caught my eye! <3 So cute!

  • The -Try alil kindness is wonderful – I really love that! I also think all your lil gal paintings are awesome – you’re really cool to make those for them! The red head who is embroidery is very awesome! I really love your blog and all the gals from Red Velvet Art!

  • sheesh girl, I love your new comic book style paintings, aaand the yarn embroidery!!
    Your custom paintings look soo fun too, I can’t wait to see my salon space girl. looove!

  • that makes me kinda sad that i moved away from provo this year.

    the paint/embroidery combo is fantastic!

  • so many good things in this post! love the colours in “try a little kindness” and the lettering you did for the scrapbook page. yarn gets super addictive, doesn’t it? i have containers and containers of the stuff… and i’m always looking out for new colours and soft fibres. i tend to judge it based on how much i want to rub my face on it!

  • Wow I love the paintings Elsie and everything else. So inspiring. I got my order today and LOVE it. I’ll have to post some photos of what I got soon. Thanks so much.

  • I like this big comic-style painting 🙂 I think you should make a colorful one too, it would look great.

    what kind of paint do you use?

  • I love it when you have new scrapbooks to share….and the paintings are GORGEOUS!xoxo Elisa from France

  • Are you kidding me?! I totally have the same “Try a little kindness” crewel work hanging in my abode! Dude. And it was in Almost Famous? Definitely didn’t know that either! haha Whadya know?!

  • I love the comic book painting idea.

    And the embroidery paintings! I have an artist friend who has been doing something similar with string and canvas. Really neat.

  • that comic style painting is going to be so big!…i cant wait to see it when it’s finished
    …it’s one of those paintings that each time you look at it, you’ll find something you hadn’t seen =)

    ,,,charlie xhugsx

  • Ummm i am in LOVE with the new comic book style painting. The yarn looks delish, the stitching & painting look great.

  • Hai Elsie,
    I love the custom paitings you made!
    What size are they?

    I would love it if you could make a painting of me in that style.. new idea?! People can send pictures to you from themselves and let you know what color(s) they love for the background 😀


  • hai elsie,

    thanks for answering 😀
    i’ve completely mist that part 🙁
    If you’re going to do that again.. i would love one 😀
    are you going to make more? or in a while?

    xo Vera

  • elsie, the comic book painting is majorly exciting! it’s HUUUUUGE!!

    i previewed some of chris merritt’s songs on the rva website… me gusta! i’m really bummed i won’t be out at school in provo while he is there :[

  • The loft is beautifully done and is almost the best nook of the house.Great furniture pieces to add to the romance there.

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