Monday, May 02, 2016

{#100daysofyourtruth days 9-12}

Happy Monday friends!

Hope your week is off to a good start! I wanted to do another update on my 100 day project, #100daysofyourtruth. I'm handlettering quotes submitted by friends and followers, and the plan is to do 100 of them! You can keep up with them on my Instagram here.

I'm 12/100 so far and honestly I'm pretty proud of myself for keeping up with it for 12 days! It definitely helps that I'm on a work sabbatical. 

Here are days 9-12...

I still need more quotes to letter so send them my way! 



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

{#100daysofyourtruth 7&8}

Good morning friends!

How is your week going so far? It has been a bit of a doozy for us so far but we keep going, right? :)

Here are days 7&8 of my #100daysofyourtruth project. I'm excited to see a cohesive theme of color and shapes evolving with these!

I'm still taking submissions for quotes to include in this project, so if you have a mantra, truth, or favorite short quote, send it my way (! 


Sunday, April 24, 2016

{time lapse illustration}

I'm embarrassed to admit that I spent waaaay too much time this evening figuring out this time lapse video (and I still can't figure out how to share it on my Instagram). 

But hopefully now I can create them much more easily, and yay for even figuring out how to add music! 

Here's the pencil sketch...

And the final digitally colored illustration...

A good reminder as we start the week!


Saturday, April 23, 2016

{#100daysofyourtruth update)

Happy Saturday!

I thought it would be fun to share my first five illustrations for my #100daysofyourtruth project!

If you don't know what the heck I'm talking this post.

It has been so fun reading all of your submissions and choosing one each day that speaks to me. 

Here are the first five...

If you have a truth you want me to illustrate, leave it in the comments or send it to me at!


Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Good morning friends!

First of all, if you haven't read my last post, I shared all the info on a super fabulous Mother's Day Etsy print sale. So head over there after you read this, ok?  

Last night I was scrolling through my Instagram and came across @elleluna and her ‪#‎the100dayproject‬ which begins today. 

It reminded me of a lettering project idea that came to me a few months ago. One where I do a handlettered illustration of quotes you submit to me! Your feelings, your secrets, your truths...anything you want to share! 

So for the next 100 days (fingers and toes crossed I can keep up with it!) I'm going to letter one of your submissions each day. That means I need your help! Send me your words...preferably 10 or shorter, and I'll illustrate it!

Your quote can be as honest, raw, silly, etc. as you need it to be. It can also be a quote from someone else but I'll need to know who to attribute it to. You can leave it in the comments here, or if you want it to be anonymous, email it to me at 

I really hope this project will be freeing for all of us! Follow along each day on my Instagram @mandyfordart or #100daysofyourtruth!


Monday, April 18, 2016

{Mother's Day Print Sale}

Are you Mother's Day shopping yet? How about inspiring prints from my shop for all of the moms in your life?

Now through Sunday night at midnight EST I'm offering Buy 1 Get 1 FREE on all prints in my Etsy shop!

And I've added lots of new prints to choose from...

That means two 8x10 prints for $18 or two 5x7 prints for $15!

Directions for the sale:
  1. Add the print(s) you want to pay for to your cart.
  2. In the notes to seller at check-out let me know the print(s) and sizes you want for free (of equal or lesser value).
  3. Gift all of your mom friends with inspiration!
Sale is good now through midnight EST on Sunday, April 24th.

Happy shopping!



Tuesday, April 12, 2016

{sabbatical ramblings}

So before I get into this, let me first say that this post contains a lot of first world problems. You might think I sound like a spoiled brat and to be honest I do as well...but it is how I feel so I'm going with it. And maybe my honesty will help you feel better about something you're going through. 

I've been on sabbatical from my job for over a month now and it has been the biggest rollercoaster of emotion that I was not prepared for. Or maybe I was...I was terrified at the start.

For a good part of the past 5 weeks I've felt lost and disoriented. I had no clue how ingrained my weekday routine was in my subconscious. How much it defined me to have a place to go every day from 8-5 with a set list of responsibilities. 

Sure, the idea of not having to go to work for a good chunk of a time sounded fabulous, but boy it is easier said than done to quit cold turkey and figure out what to do with yourself.

I posted this photo to my Instagram this morning...

And while the caption was true, it isn't the whole story. 

A few hours later and I am sitting in the same spot, coffee cold in my mug, fighting a tension headache, and honestly a pretty big panic attack about what the heck to do with myself today. It is like I've forgotten how to be myself...or am I relearning a new way to be? 

Change has always been super hard for me and I thought I had gotten better at it, but nope, still a struggle. Like doing work from home...huge hurdle for me to overcome. Trying to focus is nearly impossible. (Especially when there is cat puke to clean up and a rug that needs a good know the FUN stuff about being home all day.)

And then there is the tremendous pressure I feel to make huge strides with my art during this time. I'm feeling like a bit of a failure right now because I have no idea what direction to go. Do I create another coloring book? Do I work on prints? Do I keep submitting my artwork to companies for licensing opportunities? I want to do it all but even with this break there isn't enough time in the day. I'm trying my hardest to listen to my intuition, to God, and also pay attention to signs around me to keep me on the right track. Trusting in the universe and all that jazz.

Being home like this is most importantly allowing me to do more for the boys, more for Dan, more around the house. Which is wonderful and overwhelming all at the same time. Like right now I should be doing the dishes right? That pan containing last night's mac-n-cheese isn't going to clean itself. Oh now wouldn't that be nice?  

I know in the long run this break from routine is going to be good for me. I'm going to learn a lot about myself. They say any good change is painful and scary in some way, right? 

Welp...hello fear...please do something good for me. Meanwhile I'm going to microwave my coffee and carry on. 




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