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Zodiac Cupcakes

I am sure I am not alone here. One day I was so bored at my part-time job I hopped on Instagram and looked up some art challenges. This particular challenge was someone's birthday challenge. I was to draw a blue velvet cupcake.

How fun did this turnout!?! I took the zodiac sign and turn it into the cupcake plate and put the constellation on the icing. Then an idea was born. I would make 12 cupcakes, one for each zodiac sign. The icing would be a galaxy and the constellation would be there as well.

I didn't know at the time what I would do with them exactly, but I knew they were a super cute idea.

First, I sketched out all 12 cupcakes and zodiac cake stands.

It was time to pull out the light box and trace them onto final copy paper. This time around I was going to be using watercolor paper. I was not still debating on how I was going to color the galaxy, but this paper would work with any medium I finally choose. This happens to be Cold Press, 140 lb paper, in a 6-inch by 6-inch square.

With it being time to color I had to make a decision. I knew I wanted to try and make the stand metallic which lead me to using markers over watercolors. Markers gave the cupcakes a nice bright, saturated color. The constellation was added with white gel pen. 

Upon finishing the cupcakes I realized they would make some super cute birthday cards. 

For the powers that be -- These are currently available to be part of your next greeting card line. Feel free to email me



Ch Ch Changes

If there is one thing that is consistent with Sara Hickman Designs it is that I change with the changes that head my way.

When I started out on this journey it was to make a difference. I wanted to empower teachers to make learning fun again. Academic does not have to equal boring, repetitive, or busy work. Somewhere along the way, I think we as teachers and parents have lost that. We teach them how to take a test. We are worried when they can't write their letters at 3. We tell them at the start of the year you have to have this score on this test to move on at the end of the year.

How does that make learning fun?
Who wants to spend their kid years doing an hour and a half of homework in the 3rd grade?
Who wants to have homework in Kindergarten?

Don't get me wrong not all of life has to be fun and games, but when they are kids -- they need to be able to be kids.

Studies have even shown the more senses you get involved while learning the more active the brain is absorbing the …

Monday Muse Edition 5

So I am totally in love with that is Steampunk right now. The earthy colors, the sumptuous Victorian attire, with the mix of hardness from the antiquated props and the ingenuity of a world that never was ...

I mean really top hats, ruffles, corsets, skeleton keys, gears, and cogs. 

I decided I would pull 3 similar, but different schemes for your weekly inspiration. They are all so beautiful in their own ways.

Seriously, how can I work this into my life without looking like I am wearing a costume?
See you next time! We are getting close to pre-season football ya'll. Fall is right around the corner!

13 Reason Why You WANT to be in the Cool Kid

1. Because being a cool kid is the 'shhpoopy' - as it is said around here.
2. Because being a cool kid gets you cool shhpoopy. (Like Fa La La Friday Graphics)
3. Because being a cool kid gets you free shhpoopy. (Like free coloring pages)
4. Because being a cool kid is something that everyone wanted to be at some point and time.
5. Because being a cool kid puts you in the know.
6. Because being a cool kid gets you attention.
7. Because being a cool kid is special.
8. Because being a cool kid is like being a VIP.
9. Because being a cool kid is way cooler than just being a kid.
10. Because being a cool kid gets you discounts.
11. Because being a cool kid is good for your health. (Coloring may relax you. Relaxing is good.)
12. Because being a cool kid is just way awesome.

and last but not least ...

13. Because being a cool kid is just cool.

So, I ask. Would you like to be a cool kid?

Fill out this form right here. I will hook you up with some free coloring pages!