So I am a HUGE proponent of educational gifts for kiddos and unique gifts for adults. Jo Arty Jo has both. AND THEY ARE AWESOME! Seriously. If you have kids on your list for Christmas, consider these coloring sheets. They will really force your little munchkins to concentrate on staying in the lines and they will open their world to creative geometry and art! If you have men and women on your list, check out these original pieces of art because they are fabulous. Also, be sure to check out this inspiring interview, enter the giveaway, AND check out that discount! Holiday deals aren't over yet!
Hi Jo Welcome! Tell us a little bit about yourself and your awesome original drawings.
Hi and thanks! I am a stay at home mummy and self taught artist from St Albans in the UK. At the moment I am more than a little bit addicted to drawing with my black fineliner on white paper. I love the contrast! I occasionally add some color too, but usually stick to just the one. My work is mainly abstract, some zentangles. I draw whatever pops into my head, I find it very therapeutic and relaxing after a long day!
I am particulary addicted to making ACEO (art cards, editions and originals). These are collectable art cards which measure 2.5” x 3.5”, baseball card size! They are a way to collect affordable original art, fantastic idea- I like being a collector as well as an artist!
Besides all of the drawings you have in your Etsy store, what else do you like to do?
My life at the moment is run by my little boy. I am so lucky to have him and not have to go out work. I draw and work on my shop while he is asleep. When he is awake I run around after him, take him to fun places, have play dates and generally try to keep him occupied and entertained. He is almost 20 months and has a LOT of energy!
What first drew you to drawing?
I have loved to draw for as long as I can remember. I started drawing more recently since I became a stay at home mum- I opened my Etsy shop so I have a hobby and second income, and to give myself some ‘me time’.
What advice would you give to aspiring artists and Etsy shop owners?
Always create what you love. There is no point trying to create something because you ‘think it will sell’ if you don’t LOVE it. Art is about being inspired, loving what you do, and letting this shine through in your work.
Where else can we find you?
In addition to such inspiring words, JoArtyJo is hosting a giveaway here at A Girl and Her Scout! Jo will be giving away a set of 3 printable zentangle coloring pages:
The winner will be chosen (via a random assorter) on December 5th so be sure to get in your entries by then!
To enter, head over to her Etsy Store, Jo Arty Jo, and leave a comment here about your favorite item(s). Additional entries for: 1) becoming a first time follower of A Girl and Her Scout 2) Posting this giveaway with a link to my blog on your blog 3) Posting this giveaway with a link to my blog on your facebook and/or twitter 4) “Hearting” or adding Jo Arty Jo to your “Favorites” on Etsy and/or 5) making a purchase out of her store (one entry for every purchase). Be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry!
In addition, until 31 December 2011 she will be offering a 15% discount to all A Girl and Her Scout readers! YAY!!! Just use key word “girlandherscout" at check out to receive your discount.