Category Archives: Handmade by Andrea

100 day project…progress

100 day project…progress

I’m loving the new studio! It feels so grown up to have a space like this.  One that doesn’t have my personal projects and paperwork strewn on the tables, one where the storage is down stairs and out of the way, one where you walk in to a beautiful storefront before you walk through the classroom and storage are.  This move was a long time in the making and I’m so very grateful for every part of it.  It is a huge validating reminder of how important it is to wait on Divine appropriate timing rather than pushing my own agenda!  Coming to a place where I am (was and will be) willing to wait and rest in the unknown has been one of the greatest lessons and blessings in this whole process.

As I started this new adventure of 176 Race Street I knew that it would be important to document the first days in a creative way.  I started the #176RaceStreetfirst100days hashtag on instagram to keep myself motivated to make something every day.  I am doing the projects on 3.5″x3.5″ cards (a.k.a. zentangle tiles) that I have taped to my office window in a 10×10 grid.

It has been really fun to see the empty cards get filled up.

here are a few of my favorites so far..

and here is what the wall looks like 39% complete

So far I’ve learned a few things  1.  It is easier to make something when I have scheduled the time  2. on days when I don’t feel particularly inspired I give myself permission to  just throw down some color with the premise that something is better than nothing and done is better than good (sometimes) 3. it is incredibly rewarding to see a project take shape by having the blank pieces up ahead of time it is keeping me on track.

I’m already thinking ahead to what I’m going to “do” with my pieces when I complete them.    Honestly they will probably just stay there for a while..then maybe make it into a binder of some sort or maybe sell them?  What do you think? A few of them would qualify to be part of my 1000 houses project…more on that in another blog post!

One of my favorite pieces was done during a session of “truth cards” I lead at my church.  I want to do more of that!  Anyone interested in a session of “truth cards” join me this Sunday (sept 10) from 1-2:30.  Click here to register.




My latest obsession


I LOVE watercolor…and don’t even get me started on abstract …. Photo realistic art is not my goal.  I am fascinated with and hold in high regard those who can create realistic looking images.  I’m more interested in a playful exploration of mediums and tools which is why this process and finishing result hits my sweet spot combining 3 criteria for my time spent creating.  1) color filled, 2) simple, 3) functional.

Now, before you challenge me on that last criteria…You are correct…not all art has to be functional.  I am a lover of process.  An enjoyable process in which I learn and grow as an artist is enough of a function for me.  After getting this question time and time again in class “what do you ‘do’ with it?”  I finally came up with the response….”what do you ‘do’ with a massage?”  or “what do you ‘do’ with a meditation session?”  There is intrinsic value in simply enjoying the process and a beautiful token of my time spent creating is a huge bonus as far as I’m concerned.

And without further blabbering on my part…here are some of my playful abstract watercolor “master sheets” ready to be turned into mini books (appx. 4″x4″)

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As you can see…I progressively have a difficult time leaving white space…even when I know that white space is so lovely in the finished product.



I’ve developed a template/design to insert these folded single sheet booklets into a hard cover.



I’ve really enjoyed not only making these mini journals but actually working in them.   They are the perfect surface to practice hand lettering and zentangle inspired art.


If you are in the bay area and are interested in making one of these beauties for yourself, there are 2 workshops on the calendar currently.

Wednesday, May 10 from 10am-12pm (click here to register) OR

Sunday, May 21 from 10am-12pm (click here to register)

If neither of those dates work for you and you still want to take an in-person workshop, consider using our “pick your class” option by clicking here.  Find a date/time that works for you (and preferably a couple of friends!) and request it by using the RSVP option.  In the notes section type Abstract Watercolor Mini Journal.

If you’d just rather purchase a pre-made journal of my original artwork, click here and buy one in my etsy shop.  I’ll also have a tutorial up soon (ish) for you to purchase if you’d rather make your own at home.

Thanks for reading!

Final Fourteen – Day 13


Another Freebie today is my rendition of 2 Corinthians 12:9,10



This should be the perfect size to print out  as a book mark and not coincidentally the perfect size for the margin of the ESV Single Column Journaling Bible.

Though I can pick apart my lettering and be self critical…it’s all about GRACE…so there you have it.


Final Fourteen – Day 11

Final Fourteen – Day 11


This sparkle will brighten up any home and is the perfect customized gift for friends or family.

I was totally inspired by Lexi’s creation

Lexi Grenzer’s Collage that inspired my “Glittered Monogram”

Hop on over to ETSY to pick one up for only $15 today (normally priced at $22)

The piece shown is 9″x 12″ though some letters require a 12″x 12″ canvas.



Final Fourteen – Day 9

Final Fourteen – Day 9


Today’s offering is close to my heart.  It is a piece I designed a few years ago and have loved ever since.  I’ve made dozens of them, taught a  class in making them many times…and now finally have listed them in my etsy shop.  Each Rosette is unique so what you get when you purchase today’s deal is a totally handmade lovely one-of-a-kind piece.  Jump on this sooner rather than later though because I have only listed 5 of them in the shop…you might be able to twist my arm to make some more…or you can sign up for the class I’m offering next Monday afternoon.

Today only…$35…tomorrow…$50

Hop over to my etsy shop and snatch them up while they last.