Megan O'Dea Jenkins

Wishing you smiles and laughter every day.

Perfectable Spectacle February 13, 2012

What a title, huh?  My sister, who is so creative herself, messaged me on Facebook a week or so ago and said she’s looking for a print of glasses but couldn’t find one. Of course I said, I can make you one! Easiest project ever and it turned out just perfect. Here’s a little step by step.

I told her to send me a few photos off the inter webs of styles that she likes.  This one happened to come from Warby Parker, which my sister just purchased from, are you familiar with them? Warby Parker sells vintage inspired glasses, very good prices, and for every pair purchased, they donate a pair of glasses to one of their non-profit partners.   The other cool thing is they send you glasses to try on at home in a fancy box, then you send them all back and let them know which one you chose! Very good experience.

Anyway, I took the image into Photoshop, simplified it, sized it to final painting size  and printed it out.

I had a 9×12 canvas board in my closet so I measured it off to 8×10 as that’s the size of frame my sister had.

Got out my tub of paints even though I only needed black and white!

I wanted the white background to be warm so I mixed in a little yellow and brown paint.

You can see the difference here between the original gesso canvas board and the warmer white that I painted.

I centered the print out on the canvas and taped it down.

Next step was tracing the image using graphite paper.

Graphite paper worked pretty good!

Because the painting was so small and I had to be precise, the paint needed to be really easy to work with so I mixed it with matte medium. It just makes the paint a little thinner and not as sticky so therefore easier to work with in small spaces.

And there you go!

Not exactly precise but looks pretty good.

Kate loved it!  Easiest project ever for me!

It looks good above her desk. See that chalkboard? That was an old cabinet door, and a Christmas present from me last year!  (can you tell I upgraded my camera? Now i just need to be better about lighting, I should have turned off that desk lamp!)

Her apartment is super cute, she’s a really good decorator.  See that “Work hard and Be Nice” sign? She found that at one of our favorite stores, Voila!

This is a painting in her apartment that only took me 3 years to complete :). Well, I started it about 3 years ago as it was going to be a birthday present for her, then I got tired of it when I was 75% of the way through and it just sat on my easel in my art room for 3 years before I finally picked up my paintbrushes again and finished it up!  Merry Christmas to Kate this year!

I’m lucky to have Kate as my sister because she loves decorating with my artwork!  This is one of my favorite paintings from my art school days at Iowa State.  We had to take  a painting we like, this is a Georgia O’Keefe and paint it in a different style than the original artist. I can’t for the life of me remember what style I was trying to attempt!  But I think it turned out super cool.

Back to the glasses, what do you think? I love them and so does Kate which is all that matters!

Smiles!

Megan

 

Polka Dot Flowers & Purple Butterflies November 20, 2010


How could anyone resist doing a special project for this cute little blond hair-pig-tailed girl?

In addition to that precious little smile, she also has a precious pink and yellow bedroom, a little girl’s dream, right?

So her mom didn’t have to twist my arm to create some cute artwork for these gynormously tall walls!  I sketched out a design using her bedspread and pillows as inspiration.  We are starting on one wall for now but will add another soon, I just couldn’t wait to share the progress!

First step was sketching the art on the walls with white chalk (thanks Rosie for the recommendation!)

If you look very very very close you can see the faint white lines.

 

 

And I mixed up a beautiful light fluffy purply violet color.

 

 

And started with that cute little butterfly in the corner.

 

 

Then the periwinkle colored flower with polka dots in the middle.

 

 

Then the bright pink flower!

 

 

To finish it off I added some white polka dots and green stems and leaves.  SO CUTE!! And I heard the little one loved it too!

 

Hope your day is filled with polka dot flowers and purple butterflies!

Smiles,

Megan

 

My First Belly Cast October 23, 2010

 

Being a Cyclone (and celebrating our HUGE WIN over Texas today!) in Nebraska is tough, this big red N is EVERYWHERE!!  But I didn’t mind doing a Husker themed project for a good friend of mine because this particular project was something I had never done, decorating a belly cast!!

 

 

 

We started with a few different ideas that I sketched out.

 

 

And after trimming up the loose ends of the belly cast to give it a nice, clean shape I then sanded it and applied gesso just like you would on a newly stretched canvas. I used a 4B pencil to freehand sketch the chosen design on the gessoed surface.

A little blurry but there it is after applying many layers of acrylic paint.

And a side view shows the double red stripes, just like the Huskers have on their game day pants!


I used a black Sharpie marker to do the lettering (blurred here for privacy reasons) which worked out really well. Then coated the entire piece with a matte spray finish.   I glued the ribbon to the back with fabric glue and it feels like it will hold up really well.


This is going to look so cute in Dylan’s Husker themed nursery!

 

Smiles!

Megan

 

Frosting Flowers October 4, 2010

I visited Justin Gaffrey‘s incredible gallery in Seaside, FL this summer.

It was the amazing painting sitting in the sun outside of his gallery of colorful flowers and the words  to the song You Are My Sunshine that peaked my interest. That was the song my Mom sang to us when we were little tykes, I love it.

But the most intriguing thing I learned about this artist is that he used to be a chef, so the fact that he paints with a palette knife and his flower paintings look like thick, bright, delicious frosting covering an enormous and beautiful canvas full of color was not surprising.  Some of his flowers can be 2 inches thick and his paintings can take up to one week to completely dry. Incredible!

Justin’s work is inspiring me to be more abstract and free in my acrylic paintings, it’s difficult,  but a little painting I’m working on is coming together nicely, I’ll be sure to share it when it’s complete.  For now, I will browse Justin’s site daily for inspiration.

What is your creative inspiration?

Smiles!

Megan

 

What a Summer September 19, 2010

This summer took me many places: awesome guitar festival in Chicago, family trip to Florida, friends trip to Colorado, lots of golf, trips to the zoo and the Joslyn and much more.  The one place this summer didn’t take me was to my art room so, I took this cool, drizzly fall weekend to finally spend some time in my cozy little studio.  Between football games this weekend I was able to make a tiny little dent in my very long project list.

Here’s a sneak peak at a couple projects I’m working on:

This might be one of the cutest and brightest little girls bedrooms that I know of. What little one wouldn’t love pink and yellow and purple everywhere?  My friend Amy painted this cute room all herself, yellow on the top of the walls and pink on the bottom. These are sketches of the room, trying to figure out the composition for replicating the flowers on the bedding as flowers on the walls, big, HUGE flowers!

One of these tiny little sketches will hang ever so creatively in the Husker themed nursery of my friend Sarah’s little one, Dylan.  Belly casts seem to be all the rage these days for those expecting little ones and are definitely a very unique way to commemorate such an incredibly special day!

This is only scratching the surface, many more projects coming up. In the meantime I’ll keep visiting my favorite blog Design Sponge for creative inspiration as well as those listed on the right of this page.

Smiles!

Megan

 

Trendy Elephants For Baby June 2, 2010

I just knew my friend Cindi would come up with something so adorable for her new baby’s nursery, she has an amazing eye for design and color, must come from her mad graphic design skills at a local ad agency.  When little Aaron came into her and her husband Warren’s life it was a wonderful miracle and I knew they would have so many memories they just had to have somewhere to keep them!

Seriously SO CUTE!!  Note the elephant on the changing table, elephant mobile, elephant quilt and what are those circles on the walls?  I HAVE to find out.

Her creative pals at the ad agency threw a very cute shower complete with the elephant theme!

I fell in love with the elephants and wanted to incorporate them into the memory box so I used white Prisma Color to draw them all over the box.

And continued with the green, brown and white color theme.  What a beautiful photo Cindi took of little Aaron all wrapped up.  And I was able to use a lot of fun buttons found in various antique/junk stores.

Here are a few shots of the inside cover and inside of the box.  You will probably notice a few themes – rick rack, fuzzy white poofy ball things and the fun little letters.

With inspiration from my friends Karla and Lynn, I’m starting to have a little fun with the wrapping by incorporating elements from the memory box into the entire gift package. Karla actually made the striped clip I used to clip the card to the bag.

She took a mini paper clip and glued an old poker chip to it then covered the poker chip with fun paper!  How creative!

I hope to visit little Aaron again soon and spend some time with the new Mom and Dad!  And I hope that between all the golfing, concert going, gardening and traveling I’ve been doing I can spend some more time blogging. Speaking of traveling, have you ever heard of a rose rock?  It is the state rock of Oklahoma where I just spent a great weekend with Brian and his family.

I’m so grateful for this precious and intricate little souvenir from my trip to Oklahoma.  Thanks Di-Ann!

Smiles,

Megan

 

Who Would Have Thought – a Memory Box For First Communion April 18, 2010


A few months ago my Aunt Jody came to me with a great idea, her little nephew J.T. was about to participate in his First Communion and she wanted to get him something meaningful, fun and something he would keep forever. Now, you may remember me mentioning my Aunt Jody here, she is an artist herself creating beautiful cookies, cakes and other amazing desserts!  She even surprised me with these beautiful cupcakes for my birthday!

And as you can see I was so surprised and appreciative, she is always doing these special things for my sister and myself.

So I wasn’t surprised when she had the excellent idea to give J.T. a memory box to celebrate his first communion and keep those memories for life.  I scoured the internet for ideas – she gave me free range on what it would look like, did I mention Aunt Jody is not only an amazing aunt but the best customer too, FREE RANGE to do WHATEVER I WANT to do!  I knew I wanted something with color even though when you think of first communion you think fluffy white dresses, well, I do anyway!  And I wanted to make it light-hearted with a touch of “kid”.

I created a really simple water color illustration of the chalice and host for the cover of the memory box – I wanted the process to go quick so I dried the paper with a hair dryer allowing me to create the entire piece in one night!  Here’s a little sample of the “kid” part of the box – blue rick rack. I love using rick rack and buttons on these memory boxes.

The one request Aunt Jody did make was that she didn’t want the event information to be the focal point of the piece.  So I had a little fun with it and put it on the inside of the box along with a space for a 4×6 photo.  The photo corners stick to the paper real easy and are a nice detail on the piece.  I found the fun letters at Hobby Lobby and have been using them a lot lately.

The gold paper is such a beautifully rich color, my camera doesn’t do it justice, but I fell in love with it as soon as I opened that paper drawer at Dick Blick!

And another touch of rick rack to cover the seam where the paper joined.

And here it is tied with a beautiful black bow.

The best part of this project was the excitement and delight on Aunt Jody’s face when she saw it for the first time. I’m so happy she was so happy with the end result, I can’t wait to hear what J.T. thinks about it.  What types of gifts did you receive for your First Communion and do you still have them tucked away somewhere special?

Smiles!

Megan