French Bread-Themed Sketchbooks

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mixed media sketchbooks covered in french bread packaging by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Call me creative-crazy but I’ve been collecting product packaging I consider pretty for over a year or more.

To me, “product packaging” is literally ANYTHING that is used to cover a box, wrap food, grocery bags, and the like.

Most of my product packaging stash has been just sitting in a box, collecting dust. For months.

Yet every time I’d bump into my stash, I’d think:

“I need to do something with this.”

Finally, just yesterday, I bumped into my stash once more while searching for a notebook and that was it. I’d had it. I decided I had to do SOMETHING with at least one of the packaging papers.

And so there I was, sifting through the stash when I saw it:

French bread wrapping paper 🙂 “European Style.”

Don’t ask me why this particular food product wrapper was calling my attention but it was.

I immediately found myself with scissors in one hand, glue in the other.

Before long, my two mixed media sketchbooks were completely wrapped in this once-french-bread-covering paper.

Honestly, I know it may sound ridiculous (for those that are unfamiliar with the joy paperie projects can bring) but I was beyond giddy-happy with the visual outcome. I kept staring at my sketchbooks all evening long feeling so excited to draw in them over the weekend.

Perfect timing to feel so drawing-inspired as it’s a long Labor Day holiday weekend 🙂

~ Enjoy

Mayra Ruiz-McPherson



Acrylic Painting: A Starting Point

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acrylic painting in the starting phase by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

This acrylic painting “starting point” came about because my teenaged son accidentally squeezed one of my blue acrylic paint tubes yesterday afternoon *sigh*

But once I saw the accidentally squeezed acrylic dollop on the coffee table, my mind began to wonder how I would possibly rescue the paint.

Then it came to me.

I decided to use the paint to begin an acrylic painting of a vintage doll I’ve had in my possession for more than 10 years.

I’m excited to push this painting forward and will share my progress over the coming weeks.

Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

My Illustration Design Studio Is on a Comeback

Illustration and art design studio in Sterling, Virginia

I still need some kind of curtain or window valence.

And wall hangings.

And to get those boxes removed removed from the lower right corner area of this pic.

But compared to where my studio was yesterday …

Piles of art, design, and business books

… there is CLEAR improvement!

Because yesterday, I wasn’t even able to get behind my desk, let alone bring up my office chair.

And don’t even get me started about the piles of books all over the other corners of the room! 🙂 Thankfully, those are mostly all gone now, too.

This is what happens after a move.

Everything gets messy with boxes and piles of crap everywhere.

Digging out takes time and I’m so excited to be almost there.

I’m so happy to finally get my design studio back in order’ish … it’s like 85% there.

I love seeing all my used art and design books on my shelves!

Do you see how my shelving unites can’t barely breathe, lol, with just how many books they carry on their shelving shoulders?

I try so hard to not keep busying books — used or new — but I’m a hard core bibliophile and just can’t seem to help myself. I enjoy every single book you see on my shelves. I rely on them constantly for reference, insight, and inspiration.

Until next time,

Mayra Ruiz-McPherson