Freebie Alert: Succulent Background

Freebie Alert: Colorful Succulent Wallpaper

Hey Guys, 

In honor of the new website design I have a freebie for you guys to download. Do you remember this succulent pattern from a few weeks back? Well now you can put it on your own phones or laptops as well. 

ALSO, bear with me here, but if you haven't had a chance, check out the Etsy store. I've got some great new pieces in there that would be perfect for summer. Here is the link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CoffeeandPenArt 

 Mockup from freepik.com 

Mockup from freepik.com 

Download your own file below and don't forget to share with your friends. 

 

 Right Click on the photo above. Save to your computer and place as your background. This file works best for tablets and computers. The one below works for all phones. 

Right Click on the photo above. Save to your computer and place as your background. This file works best for tablets and computers. The one below works for all phones. 

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Cell Phone Background Freebie

 Right Click and save to your phones gallery. Then place as your wall paper. I have a lighter one below too if you prefer that. Make sure to credit Coffee and Pen Art. 

Right Click and save to your phones gallery. Then place as your wall paper. I have a lighter one below too if you prefer that. Make sure to credit Coffee and Pen Art. 

That's all I have for you guys today. Hope you enjoyed the freebie. Don't forget to share pictures and tag @CoffeeandPenArt on your Instagram photos if you use these. I would love to see where you are using them. I'm also looking for collaborators so if you love my work just send me an email or a message. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Have a great week guys, 

Hiba M 

@CoffeeandPenArt 

Embracing Change

Hi guys, 

As many of you may have noticed, Coffee and Pen Art has moved. I had been considering this change for a while, but with all the things going on in the past year (more on that later), just did not have a chance. I wanted a site that would give me a chance to change, evolve and expand as an artist and a person. Its difficult to let go of the past and embrace the change in the future. 

Growing can be an unconscious decision, or a conscious decision. Unconsciously, you are growing from your squiggly circles of a 3 year old (darling daughters current obsession) to an adult-ish 'something' year old with a little knowledge of colors, lines and materials. Conscious growth is using that knowledge and expanding on it, through challenges, classes and experiments, whether you are a 3 year old, or a 'something' year old.

As an artist, your art is always growing and expanding. My art from 3 years ago, is completely different than my art today. The experiences that have gained through taking classes and self experimentation will always be the most valuable source of growth. Through experimentation, I found my current obsession with acrylics and resin, along with using watercolors in new and different ways. Through challenges, such as the #100daychallenge (by Elle Luna), you see how your art evolves within those 100 days. Your moods, your surroundings, your materials, all impact your art and challenge you to show how you feel through your brush or pen onto a nondescript material. These challenges force you to stay true to who you are, to show up every day, even when you don't have the energy to and to experiment. 

Your confidence in your work also grows as you get more feedback and start submitting it to pieces. This past year has been a tremendous growth for my confidence in my art. Submitting my portfolio to the Annapolis Art and Wine on the urging of a close friend, I was shocked to see the acceptance in my email one morning. At a general conversation, I openly described myself as an artist, not only as a passion but also as a professional. This willingness (although often times fearfully) have led to commissions and collaborations that when I first started Coffee and Pen Art, I would not have imagined. 

Look for more information, product launches and items coming soon on this new website. In the meantime, I leave you with these parting words; 

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.” ~ C. JoyBell C. 

Being a Mom/Artist

Being a mom who is an artist and a mom artist are not always mutually exclusive. In my mind, a mom who is an artist separates the two significant parts of her life in blocks. These can be divided into the blocks of time, when at one time she is just a mom and at some times she is just an artist. 

The other type of mom, or the mom artist is the one who is always a mom and an artist. Even while being a mom, they are thinking of the painting on the easel or how to involve their kids creatively. I think all the mom artists I have met are mom artists. I know I am definitely one of them. We struggle to find alone time to paint and one of our favorite alone time activities would be to create. These alone moments can be when the kids are finally in bed or when they are in the care of someone else. The rest of the times, we try and paint around the kids. We make them their own little corners of the studios or get them their own supplies. In my case, I have placed my studio next to the play room so I can keep an eye on the girls as they play. There are moments when the older one wants to create with me, and often times I let her 'help' with the backgrounds that I know will have layers on it. At other times, she sits next to me and creates her own masterpieces for daddys' office. She loves joining in and her current favorite hobby is to draw and color, even in school.

Studies show that kids benefit greatly from being exposed to art and other creative projects. Painting, drawing, constructing and building all help children develop fine motor skills, increase cognitive development, assist in building math and language skills and increases critical thinking. An article published by the Michigan State University Extension suggests the following to help kids grow as creative individuals, 

  • Let them explore a wide variety of mediums
  • Focus on the process of developing (i.e. the process of drawing) rather than the final product
  • Ask the child to describe their own picture to you rather than asking them what they drew (i.e. tell me about your picture, what was your favorite part, what color did you like?)
  • Support their creative endeavors (within reason) but don't lead so they are free to explore the final product

So while we create our own paintings and artwork, lets let the kiddos grow and develop with their own pace.