New Wallpaper with Chasing Paper

08/21/15

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Friends, I am so excited today to be released three new wallpaper patterns with Chasing Paper. Chasing Paper is different than traditional wallpaper: it’s well-designed removable wallpaper that will stick to nearly any surface! Genius! I hope you will be inspired by the patterns I’ve created and I am sure some of you will think of some very creative ways to use these! Oh, and I’ve also got a discount code for you today too (scroll to the bottom of the post for that).

First up: Little Village. Drawing old architecture in a stylized playful way has always been a beloved part of my repertoire, so creating this pattern was so much fun for me. For the pattern Little Village, I drew a montage of old medieval styled buildings stacked on and behind each other with clean lines and modern, stark colorways. I love the interplay between old and new & traditional and modern in this pattern!

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{Little Village in black}

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{Little Village in black and gold}

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{Little Village in grey}

Next up: Poppy! love drawing all-over floral motifs! This pattern is a hand drawn pattern of my favorite flower: the poppy. I grew up in California, so the poppy holds a special place in my heart. There are so many varieties of poppies, and the pattern includes poppies from all over the world. My favorite colorway is the vermillion red, which is the most ubiquitous poppy color.

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{Poppy in vermillion}

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{Poppy in black}

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{Poppy in grey}

Finally there is Folk, the boldest pattern of the bunch. For the past ten years I have been really interested in traditional folk pattern and folk art, and much of the imagery in my work reflects that passion. About a year ago, I began drawing patterns in my sketchbook that included traditional folk symbols, like the heart, the hand and fruit shapes. To create this wallpaper pattern, I used many traditional folk motifs and then added some of my own favorite imagery to the mix, like scissors, teacups, trees and a few animals to create this pattern. I love taking traditional imagery and making them modern. I think Folk is a great example of the perfect mix of traditional and modern. Best of all? It comes in four colorways!

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{Folk in blue}

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{Folk in black}

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{Folk in green}

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{Folk in grey}

 

For this weekend ONLY, Chasing Paper is offering a discount code just for you. Enter LOVELISA at checkout for 15% off your order. You can learn more about the wallpaper here in the FAQ and watch a how-to video here.

Have a great weekend, friends!

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Fortune Favors the Brave Book Release Day!

08/18/15

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Friends, I am so happy to announce that my latest book, Fortune Favors the Brave: 100 Courageous Quotations Hand Lettered by Lisa Congdon, is officially released for sale! You can get your copy at your local bookstore, here on Amazon, get a signed copy in my Etsy Shop, or purchase wherever books are sold. Fortune Favors the Brave is the sequel to my first book of hand-lettered quotes, Whatever You Are, Be a Good One (which, at last count, is nearing almost 100,000 copies sold!). Out today also are an ancillary notebook set and notecard set, also published by Chronicle Books.

If you are interested in attending one of my book tour & book signing stops for Fortune Favors the Brave in Hudson NY, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland or Seattle, you can get more information here.

I’m also so excited to share my latest podcast, this one my second with Tiffany Han, all about passion projects (of which I’ve done a few!). Fortune Favors the Brave is the direct result of a daily project I started in 2012, and I talk more about that project and all my daily/yearly projects in the podcast. You can listen to this latest podcast with Tiffany here.

To celebrate the release of my book, I’m sharing here the introductory essay for the book, which describes how it came to be, starting with my own personal journey to become a more courageous person 16 years ago.

This book is dedicated to every young girl in the world: may you be brave.

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“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you!

Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching

for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.”

—Oscar Wilde

When I was thirty-one years old I got two words tattooed on my right arm. Those two words—truth and courage—lettered inside of banners blowing from the beaks of two barn swallows represented a conscious shift to live my life more authentically. Until that time, throughout my teens and twenties, I spent a lot of time attempting to fit into the mold of who I thought I should be and what I thought I should do with my life. By the time I was thirty I was bored, uninspired, clinically depressed, and quite truly stuck. And so, in an attempt to be happier, in the few years that followed and until this day (I turned forty-seven this year), it has been my life’s work to live every day in ways that feel true and good for me. At the core of this work is the assumption that I cannot be happy or achieve any level of satisfaction in life unless I am living in ways that are aligned with my core values, passions, and temperament—in other words, what I believe in, what makes me feel inspired, and what feels good to me.

Sounds easy enough, right? But it isn’t. It takes enormous bravery and determination to be totally yourself, to pursue life dreams that others might not understand, to risk judgment, or to break out of unhealthy relationships, addictions, and habits. It also takes courage to forgive yourself when you falter along the way and to move on after you do or say things you later regret. Let’s face it—none of us has a “perfect” path. In fact, accepting, even embracing, our missteps and imperfections (including the big ones) is part of the journey. And understanding that we all falter, that we are all beautifully imperfect, and that we are all in some way trying to live authentically connects us as humans.

Over the years, as I have attempted to live a happier, more authentic life, I have relied heavily on the words of other people—writers, thinkers, artists, philosophers, and yes, even regular people—to guide and support my path. Indeed, sometimes reading an inspiring quote in a moment of self-doubt can change my entire outlook and remind me that despite my weaknesses or shortcomings, despite what others might think of me, I can do this.

Because I have grown not only to love but also to rely on the wise words of smart people, I have been hand lettering inspirational quotes for several years. I have also found that many people love to read inspiring quotes too, and so I began sharing them on my blog and then in my first book of hand-lettered quotes, Whatever You Are, Be a Good One. It felt like the most logical and important step to focus my next book of quotes (the one you are holding in your hands) on bravery—the bravery required to live authentically, to be our best selves, to accept our mistakes and shortcomings, and to live, really live, a good and happy life.

It is no coincidence that the year I got the words truth and courage tattooed on my arm was also the same year I started drawing and painting. Living an authentic life meant finding a way to express my deepest fears and my most intense longings. I experi­mented with all kinds of things during that time—cooking, sewing, writing, new athletic endeavors—all of which I still enjoy today, but making art made me feel thoroughly happy in a way I had never felt before. Many years later, making art has become my entire world, including my livelihood. I am so grateful for every person, every book I have read, and every word that gave me the strength to take risks and fight each wave of self-doubt I encountered.

I hope the brilliant words in this book provide encouragement and motivation for you as you tread the path of your own magnificent journey. May you live bravely and fully.

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#YESALLWOMEN

08/10/15

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Friends, I am writing today to let you know about the #YESALLWOMEN fundraiser. Proceeds benefit the East Los Angeles Women’s Center, which aides survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse. The event includes both a ticketed event (see poster above) plus an opportunity to donate online.

For the online fundraiser, I have donated a package that includes a framed 11×14 inch original piece of art from The Reconstructionists series pictured below (of Frida Kahlo!) along with a signed copy each of my books Whatever You Are, Be a Good One and my latest book of quotes, Fortune Favors the Brave. Here’s how it works: if you donate $450 to the fundraiser, you get this original piece of art plus the two books!

If you are able to donate any amount to make this venture possible, organizers would be so grateful!

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If you live in the greater Los Angeles area and are interested in purchasing tickets to the #YesAllWomen fundraiser (check out that list of artists!), you can get them here.

Have a great Monday, friends!

CATEGORIES Exhibitions | For Sale
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Fortune Favors the Brave Pre-Orders & Poster!

07/24/15

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Last week I was at my publisher Chronicle Books to sign a huge stack of posters. That’s because Chronicle is hosting a giveaway of limited edition signed posters (see image below) to those of you who pre-order my book Fortune Favors the Brave (while supplies last)! All you have to do is go here, purchase the book from one of the retailers listed, and fill out & submit the form. If you’ve already pre-ordered you are still eligible!

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The posters are beautiful quality printing on fantastic textured paper and are 11×11 inches.

Happy Friday and thank you as always for supporting my work!

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Last Day to Get a BE YOU tee!

07/06/15

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Are you the pink sheep of your family? If so, my BE YOU tee might be just the tee shirt for you! The sale of BE YOU tee shirts ends tomorrow, Jul 7, 2015 at 5:00 PM PST (8:00 Eastern time)! So get yours quick and spread the word! This shirt comes in both men’s and women’s styles and in two tones of grey (below) and light blue (pictured above). You can read more about the tee shirt here or skip directly to purchase here.

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Have a great Monday!

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Art Inc. Lives Among Us // Installment 5

06/29/15

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Hello! I am so excited to share with you my FIFTH Art Inc Lives Among Us Installment! Thank you to everyone who submitted photos of your copy of Art Inc with the hashtag #artinc on Instagram. It was again very hard to choose just 25!

You can see all of the Art Inc Lives Among Us Installments here.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of my book, Art Inc: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist, you can get yours here on Amazon, in my Etsy shop (signed copies available there) and anywhere books are sold.

Want to be included in a future installment of Art Inc Lives Among Us? Tag your photo of Art Inc #artinc (creatively shot & well lit images are best) for a chance to be included in the next 25!

Have a great Monday, friends!

CATEGORIES Art Inc | For Sale | My Books
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HOORAY // MARRIAGE FOR ALL!

06/26/15

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I’ve written a lot about marriage over the past few years on this blog. And today Love Conquered All with the United States Supreme Court’s Decision to support marriage equality in the entire nation. I never thought I would see this day, and I am so thrilled. You can get my LOVE CONQUERS ALL print (pictured above) here in my shop.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

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New Tee Shirt Release with Cotton Bureau!

06/23/15

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Are you the pink sheep of your family? Get my brand spanking new, limited edition (they only print what they sell and are only on sale for two weeks) BE YOU tee shirt from Cotton Bureau today!

More info on the shirt here (there are three color options and all come in both men’s and women’s styles).

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Have a great Tuesday, friends!

 

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New Phone Cases & Pillow Covers!

06/18/15

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Friends, I’ve got a new phone case design in my Nuvango shop! It’s called Grey Garden, and it’s for those of you who are a fan of my floral motifs but like a subtle monotone colorway. You can get yours here (comes in most phone model sizes). I’ve also got a bunch of other designs to choose from here.

Wait, there’s more! You can now order pillows through Nuvango, and I’m offering Grey Garden as a throw pillow.

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As always, you can order my Nuvango designs as laptop skins too.

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Have a great Thursday, friends! I’m moving to my new house tomorrow, so I’ll be back Monday with my new fabric collection! Stay tuned.

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New Print // Free to be Me

06/17/15

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New print in the shop! “FREE TO BE ME” // 11×14 inches // archival inks on white paper with small border // signed and dated.

Purchase yours here!

Have a great Wednesday, friends!

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New Book: Art For All Seasons

06/01/15

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Back in 2005 I met Susan Schwake online. Susan is a fellow artist (one of her gorgeous pieces is pictured above), gallery owner, art teacher and author. I’ve had the great fortune to work with Susan in many capacities over the past 10 years, including in shows as a fellow artist and numerous time exhibiting in her spacious gallery in New Hampshire.

It’s really clear when you meet and get to know Susan that despite her own talent as an artist, her greatest passion is introducing the world of art-making to children. Susan began by teaching art classes to kids in the back of her gallery (she also teaches adults), and then over the past few years began publishing books with engaging and thoughtful art projects for kids. She started with Art Lab For Kids, then published Art Lab for Little Kids, and then 3-D Art Lab for Kids.

Most recently, she’s published Art For All Seasons: 40 Creative Mixed Media Adventures for Children Inspired by Nature and Contemporary Artists. I am so honored to be one of the artists whose work is featured in the book — one of the project is inspired by my hand lettered work!

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Art for All Seasons is a handbook of mostly nature inspired art projects that can be explored with kids. This book is great for parents, teachers, grandparents or anyone wanting to make art with kids.  The book includes over 400 full-color photographs of projects and additional inspirational images of contemporary artists’ work.

You can watch a little video about this wonderful book below and purchase it here or wherever books are sold!

Have a great Monday, friends!

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I ♥ mahabis

05/27/15

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{a tribute to my mahabis in pencil and paint}

As many of you know, I moved from Oakland, California to Portland, Oregon two months ago. Since we had yet to purchase our permanent residence, we put most of our belongings in storage and loaded up two small cars with everything we needed to work and live for two months and drove the 630 miles to our new home. When we got to Portland I was, being a long-time California girl, totally unprepared for the chilly April air lingering in Oregon. I was used to daily 70+ degree days and packed as if I was heading to the same climate. All of my sweaters and coats and heavier shoes were in storage. Two days in, I was freezing, even inside our apartment.

As luck would have it, the next day I was on Facebook reading through my feed and saw an ad for mahabis slippers on the side bar of my personal page. True story: I’ve been on Facebook since 2007, and I have never clicked on one of those ads before, but something about this one intrigued me. I don’t remember exactly what the ad looked like — it may have been the Scandinavian look of the slippers or the super-cool logo that drew me in (I am a sucker for good design). Or maybe I was just tuned in that day to anything warm and cozy looking. Regardless, I clicked.

I was led to the mahabis website and fell instantly in love with what I saw. They sell one product: slippers, all in the same design. Your only option? Colors. And the rubber soles can be taken on or off (you can also purchase the slippers without the rubber sole).

Since moving to Portland, I work from home, and I realized these comfy looking slippers might be the answer to my cold toes. The hardest part was deciding which color sole to get. I chose the “ryjuken red” (which is actually pink) but was very close to ordering the “borgen blue.” I also have a soft spot for the “skane yellow” (pictured below).  These slippers are not cheap, and I expected the quality to be high, and so I was very excited when the slippers arrived less than a week later from London and were simply beautiful in every way. To boot, they serve the purpose I was looking for: warm feet.

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The next day I posted a picture of my feet wearing my new slippers on Instagram and mahabis emailed to thank me. I don’t write about products that often, but I really love these slippers and wanted to share them with you.

You can visit the mahabis site here to view the slippers and learn more about the company.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!

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New Original Paintings at Uprise Art!

05/22/15

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I am excited to let you know that I have four brand new original abstract paintings for sale through Uprise Art, my gallery in New York City. They can be purchased online via their website, and free framing (by me!) is available for any painting once you purchase. Shipping is also included.

You can see the entire selection of my work here on their site (note: all paintings in the selection except the four above are already sold). Note also that sizes vary, but all pieces are made with acrylic paints on hard “cradled” panels which are easy to hang and look striking in any room.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend, friends!

CATEGORIES For Sale | Paintings
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New TRAIL OF STARS Poster Release!

05/21/15

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Friends, I am so excited to release a new limited edition poster! This new piece is 12.5×19 inches, hand screen-printed in metallic gold ink on high quality blue French Paper Company stock.

This is an edition of 50 only. Once they are sold, these gold on blue posters are gone forever, so grab yours now!

All posters are signed and numbered and are $35 each.

This poster makes a great gift for the super stars in your life, including graduates, newlyweds and newborn babies!

You can grab one here in my Etsy Shop.

UPDATE: SOLD OUT! I’ll release the poster in a new color soon. Stay tuned!

Enjoy!

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Art Inc for College Grads!

05/04/15

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Do you know someone graduating from art school or an art program at a university? Art Inc. is the perfect gift for art, illustration, design or photography graduates. Transitioning from making art for school to making art for a living isn’t easy. Artists who dream of turning their passion into a career need guidance. In Art Inc., I discuss the multiplicity of ways people can make a living from art—including illustration, licensing, fine art sales, print sales, and teaching— and I offer practical advice on cultivating a business mindset, selling and promoting work, and more. Trade secrets from art world pros including such luminaries as Paula Scher, Nikki McClure, and Mark Hearld make Art, Inc. the ultimate resource for aspiring artists ready for success.

You can purchase copies on Amazon or signed copies here in my Etsy shop!

 

CATEGORIES Art Inc | For Sale | My Books
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