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20 Ways To Be Artistic Even If You’re Not Frida Kahlo

You probably love Frida Kahlo. I mean, her life was tumultuous and painful but her art was incredible. Her paintings were incredible and, to be honest, there is always something new to learn about the Mexican artist. But no matter how much you love her, there’s a small part of you that probably wants to be her… Right? Well, now you can! In fact, you can tap into your own creativity and artistic ability with these 20 fun products. Just don’t be surprised if your new artistic hobby becomes a bit of an obsession. Don’t worry, though. Frida would approve.

1. Frida Kahlo Triple Pencils Case

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I really love this pencil storage case. It’s super cute and has a lovely quote from Frida Kahlo that inspires me every single time I look at it. Honestly, it’s super cute and would be perfect to store any of your artistic needs (including some of the other items on this list!).

2. Day of the Dead Postcards

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You may have heard of the coloring book trend but you probably haven’t heard of coloring book postcards. These are an extrovert’s perfect artistic creation since you get to spend some alone time coloring and then send your oh-so-pretty postcards to friends.

3. Sharpie Permanent Markers Ultimate Collection

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If you’re going to be artistic, then you are going to need some markers. I’m a big fan of colorful, fine-point Sharpies because they allow you to get creative while being very precise with how you color things. They’re pretty and, hey, come in this huge pack.

4. Scratch Art Rainbow Mini Notes

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These mini notes are like fancier post-its that you can actually use to get a bit more creative. The kit comes with a wooden point so that you can point, write and draw to your heart’s content. It’s definitely a very pretty way to leave notes for your co-workers.

5. Color Your Own Water Bottle Kit

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I love carrying my own water bottle and this color-your-own kit actually makes it super fun. You can pull up your favorite of Frida’s art and try to recreate it or you can simply create your own designs for this one. There’s so many options that you’ll love it.

6. JOYJULY Nail Art Kit

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Nail art is a great way to get creative and this kit is an easy way to start. Although you can always go to your favorite manicurist for something fun and pretty, haven’t you always wanted to try it yourself? Now you can!

7. World Map Color Me Coloring Standard Size Pillowcase

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There’s different models of pillows that you can color but this world map version is my favorite. It comes with the markers you need to decorate it to your heart’s creative content. Just don’t be surprised if your friends are constantly jealous by your creative genius.

8. Day of The Dead Face Paint Makeup Kit

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This is a very basic Día de Los Muertos face painting kit but it’s one that you can have a lot of fun with. It’s definitely a good way to practice for your next venture into doing this kind of makeup on your face and is something that you can even try on your friends.

9. 3D Printing Pen

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Have you ever doodled and wondered what would happen if your doodles came to life? Well, this 3D printing pen is made for that. You can doodle all kinds of things in all kinds of colors, and each one will be like bringing your own creations to life.

10. Craft Crush Paper Bowls

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Years ago, I made a paper bowl that lasted me for ages. It was pretty and oh-so-unique and definitely caught the eye of anyone who visited me (since I put it on display in a prominent place). You can do the same with this adorable creation.

11. Day of the Dead Coloring Book for Adults

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As I mentioned, coloring books for adults are a huge trend right now and you can get into the spirit with this Day of the Dead coloring book. The best part, though, is that this is a cat version… So for all of you creative and artistic cat ladies out there, here’s your perfect gift.

12. Tree String Art Kit

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String art is a really interesting and unique way to create very unique art. There are many options out there and, trust me, this thing can keep you busy for hours. If you get really creative, you can look for string art that uses different colors for a truly technicolor experience.

13. Metallic Colors Gel Pens

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When you’re picking out your next art project, have you thought about metallic gel pens? They’re one of the most unique ways of coloring (whether you color that pillowcase or coloring book) and will make your items sparkle and shine. So pretty, amirite?

14. Party Tissue Paper Pom Poms Kit

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Making paper flowers is a really genius life skill that you can use in your pursuit of creative projects. This kit comes with everything you need to make them and, thankfully, you can decorate to your heart’s content. It’s a really fun way of letting your creativity shine.

15. Sequin Art Sugar Skull Sparkling Arts and Crafts Picture Kit

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Don’t be fooled by the young girls in that image. This is definitely perfect for those of us who are, ahem, older too. I absolutely love something sparkly and using sequins to decorate this gorgeous sugar skull is a perfect treat.

16. Jewelry Making Supplies Kit

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Just like with your nail art, you’ve probably thought about what it would take to create your own jewelry. Although this is a more serious creative endeavor, it’s easy to get obsessed once you begin. The tools that come with this are just what you need to get started… though you may never be able to stop.

17. Creativity Flower Crowns

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You can make flower crowns in many different ways but this kit that’s made for kids but perfectly fine for adults is a good starting place. Whether you’re making one for your Halloween outfit or just because you love to wear them, you’ll have fun with the actual DIY experience.

18. Make Your Own Soap Science Kit

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You probably haven’t thought about making your own soap ever since you saw Fight Club, amiright? Well, now you can do it wyourself with good smells, pretty colors and plenty of glitter. What else do you need for your next girly night in?

19. 142-Piece Wood Art Set

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For those that want to have a serious hand at art, then you might want to try this Art 101 kit. There’s tons of different products for you to draw with. All you really need is a sketchbook and you can go for it. The best part is that this starter kit is pretty cheap.

20. Color Your Own Great Paintings by Women Artists

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If you want to make great art like Frida Kahlo, then you can start by trying to duplicate some of her art — and the art of other great women artists. Take those coloring Sharpies, metallic pens and various coloring pencils and just go to town with your creativity.


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This Houston Artist is Bringing a Touch of Whimsy to Her Hometown

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This Houston Artist is Bringing a Touch of Whimsy to Her Hometown

Art is often the manifestation of our emotions. It manifests the artist’s intentions and projects them onto the audience. Though we don’t all experience art in the same way, the visceral reaction we have to an especially moving work of art is universal. Through the lens of its artist, art makes us hope, feel as well as heal. For Texas-based Mexican-American artist Shelbi Nicole, the desire to share these feelings with her audience is what drives her to create.

Named one of Houston’s Top Ten artists back in 2014, Nicole is a Texas transplant originally from Oklahoma City. Using bold color and shapes, it’s her goal to put feel-good vibes out into her community. Working in a mix of media but a painter at heart, Nicole’s work can be seen all over her adopted home. Whether it’s through murals, in private and public art collections or through her newest interactive art installation, this artist is committed to drama and whimsy.

Recently, FIERCE caught up with Nicole to talk about the intention behind her lively art and see her latest installation.

For Shelbi Nicole, art was an instinctive passion to pursue even from an early age.

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In fact, the medium of painting became a therapeutic tool that helped the artist evolve into the woman she is.

“I have enjoyed creating since I was very young, which was when I discovered my love for painting,” Nicole told FIERCE. “I suffered from depression and found the benefits of painting to be extremely therapeutic. Painting has tremendously helped me combat depression and in a lot of ways been essential to my well being. Once I discovered the impact painting had on my life, I wanted to identify first and foremost as an artist.”

Drawn to abstract forms, Nicole traveled to France at 18 to study her craft. Exploring the numerous art museums Europe has to offer, she grew into herself as an artist. Her search to find her own voice as an artist took her to Miami. There, the vibrant colors of the South Florida Latinidad inspired her and made their way into her permanent color palette. Having found her signature style utilizing abstract shapes and vibrant colors, Nicole made her way to the University of Houston for her formal education.

“I think my constant exposure to so many different cultures has influenced my work,” Nicole explained. “Especially being back in Houston, the most diverse city in the U.S.”

Since then, Nicole has been a cornerstone of the local Houston art scene, literally leaving her mark all over the city.

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Putting her skills as a mural artist to the test, Nicole beautifies the Houston Metro through her work with Mini Murals. Mini Murals is a multi-city project aimed at bringing color to unsuspected places utilizing electrical boxes as mural space. The pop of unexpected art that these pieces bring to local neighborhoods is completely on message for this dynamic artist. With her mix of abstract and geometric shapes and bold use of color, Nicole has contributed a dozen mini murals to Houston.

Aside from her many projects with her own design firm, Nicole has collaborated with everyone from local artists to big name corporations.

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“The last two years of my life have been some of my most successful, thus far, with my art endeavors,” Nicole proudly shared. Last December, the artist teamed up with jewelry designer Kendra Scott to create the “Korridor.” Next to the Kendra Scott jewelry store in the posh community of Rice Village, the bright mural space is a combination of Nicole’s colorful sensibilities and Scott’s elegant forms.

Another such collaboration matched Nicole with the largest rodeo in the world. The tremendous Texas event — once headlined by Selena herself — is also an opprotunity to take in arts and culture. This year, the artist won the opprotunity to paint in her own style a 6-foot tall ceramic boot for the Rodeo’s Boot Row. Nicole is only one of six artists chosen to execute a design for this piece that lines the Rodeo’s entrance.

Still, perhaps one of Nicole’s biggest collabs have been with coffee giant Café Bustelo.

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The Cuban coffee company established these pop-ups around the country for some time now. Not only do they bring their bold flavors, the pop-ups also invites emerging Latinx musicians and artists. For Nicole’s project, the people behind the iconic yellow can connected her with fellow Houston artist Gonzo247. At a Café Bustelo pop-up event in Houston’s art district, the two artists worked together to create a unique art piece to embody Latin flavor and culture.

While these accomplishments are impressive in their own right, the project that Nicole is most proud of has been five years in the making.

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A larger-than-life visual funhouse, Nicole’s newest exhibit — Whimsy World — is a colorful, interactive fantasy world. The exhibit debuted in Houston during February of 2019. It opened to rave reviews as Houstonians explored Shelbi’s brilliant dreamscape.

“What inspired me to create Whimsy World was an intense desire to showcase my work in a solo show that was unconventional and much more interactive,” Nicole explained. “I’d lost interest in traditional art shows and the lack of color in most gallery settings. I wanted people to be able to feel like they’re inside of one of my paintings rather than just standing back and looking at a canvas.”

The multi-experience installation spans several rooms, each with its own touches of magic. From a hand-welded claw foot tub and in-door rain cloud dripping with hundreds of crystals to the abstract paintings spilling over the canvas and onto the studio walls, every inch is art. Even the bathrooms — with their fierce boss lady Beyoncé motif — are a spot worthy of Instagram.

For Nicole, Whimsy World is a culmination of her artistic voice and the joy she hopes her art creates in others.

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“I want to encourage everyone to understand the endless possibilities there are, when it comes to how we experience art,” the artist confessed. “It can be a feeling, a moment, a world that you enter that brings joy and elicits feel-good vibes. That is the intention of The Whimsy World and I hope everyone can experience its magic.”

For Nicole, the future is as bright as the art she creates. An extended version of Whimsy World will be debuting in Sugarland, Texas March 15th-April 27th. The installation will include 8+ brand new fixtures. The Sugarland show will also feature a new main attraction — a mirrored art room hand-crafted by the artist. Nicole is also planning to take Whimsy World to audiences beyond Texas.

Shelbi Nicole’s dedication to sharing her positivity and light with the world is evident whenever you see her art. It’s a reminder that through artistic creation, we can share who we are and what we want the world to be.


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These Fantastical Book Illustrations By Latinas Are Worthy Of ‘Twilight’ And ‘Harry Potter’ Covers

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These Fantastical Book Illustrations By Latinas Are Worthy Of ‘Twilight’ And ‘Harry Potter’ Covers

Social media has made it even easier for creators to share their art, ideas and techniques with each other and with art fans. Places like Instagram and Twitter are especially great platforms that help get unknown artists seen for the very first time. It is with that in mind that the #VisibleWomen hashtag was started.

Created back in 2016, #VisibleWomen was started by artist Kelly Sue DeConnick. The motivation behind the hashtag started because of the common narrative in the comic industry that there are no female artists. By using the hashtag, Twitter users are declaring that not only are there tons of women artists, but they are just as capable as their male counterparts.

Since it’s inception, #VisibleWomen has regularly trended and provided much deserved exposure to these artistas. The campaign has broadened to include artists of all kinds and from all over the world. There’s no denying the talent of these mujeres — especially the ones hailing from the Latinidad.

Here are 20 very talented Latina artists you’ve just got to check out.

1. Gloria Felix @GloriaFelixArt

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A LA-based Mexicana, Gloria Felix is an illustrator and visual development artist. Specializing in character development and environmental rendering, she is a freelancer and background artist at Darker Co. Studios. Felix’s work is embodied by the genuine and expressive characters captured in her slice-of-life illustrations.

2. Geraldine Rodriguez @GeryRdz

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If the fantasy of fairy tales is your thing, the artwork of illustrator and digital artist Geraldine Rodriguez is just your speed. The Mexican artist specializes in Children’s Literature illustrations. Represented by Bright Agency, Rodriguez’s art is recognizable through her use of light and the whimsy of her subject matter.

3. Amanda Corona @sanagie

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With a subject matter and style that draws from pop culture, Mexican artist Amanda Corona brings her flare to freelance illustration. Definitely not afraid of color, her use of bright, complementary tones make her creations pop. Whether enjoying her original creations or her take on your favorite characters, Corona delivers a dynamic piece.

4. Vanessa Morales @phonemova

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Specializing in strong women and fantastic creatures, Vanessa Morales is a Mexican artist and illustrator. She works in Children’s Literature but also makes comic covers and games. Sporting lots of bright, complimentary color, Morales’ work focuses on fantasy, nature, and her Mexican culture. Be sure to check out her Mayan-inspired take on Sailor Moon.

5. Sofia Davila @sofa_sofiaa

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Puerto Rican sequential artist Sofia Davila specializes in soft colors and highly stylized characters. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, she creates comics. Check out her comic “Retale” for a peek at her imaginative world and gorgeous characters.

6. @Monarobot

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Inspired by Mayan mythology and culture, Mexican artist Monarobot brings this aesthetic to all of her art. Located in Chiapas, she often takes recognizable characters from pop culture and gives them a Mayan upgrade. Monarobot also creates original takes on Mayan monsters — all in a style and color palette that will remind you of the lost empire.

7. Fanny Rodriguez @charratastic

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Mexican illustrator, designer, and writer Fanny Rodriguez mixes fantasy and fairy tale with unique style and bright colors. She currently produces her webcomic “Malicious Magic” but is soon to be published in print. Her graphic novel — “Fantastic Tales of Nothing” — is set to debut in 2020.

8. Alejandra Elena Gámez @themountainwith

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Mexican comic artist and illustrator Alejandra Gámez excels at building worlds that are beautifully mythical as well as charmingly strange. She is the author and illustrator behind popular comic “The Mountain With Teeth.” In 2018, she published her first illustrated book — “Más allá de las ciudades” — which portrays an eerie, dream-like take on the world. Gámez is now working on her next book releases.

9. Nicole Janér @njjaner

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Brazilian illustrator and character designer Nicole Janér is a born story teller. With her cool-toned color palette, her creations portray her appreciation of mysteries and the mystical. It’s hard to tell what we love more: her uniquely stylized character designs or the fanart she creates of our favorite figures.

10. Amber Vucinich @mbrleigh

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It’s easy to recognize a piece created by Chilean-American artist Amber Vucinich. It’s got to have pink, it’s going to be bubbly and there’s a good chance you’ll recognize her subject matter. A storyboard revisionist on Disney’s animated series “Rapunzel’s Tangeled Adventure,” Vucinich has turned her love of fanart into a fulfilling career.

11. Hannah Cardosa @hannahcardosa

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Freelance illustrator Hannah Cardosa creates her art from her home in Rio Janeiro, Brazil. Working in a limited color palette, Her depictions of the female form are anything but simple. The precise color choices and graceful arrangements found in her work are especially evident in her Mermaid series.

12. Mariana Avila @marinaavilal

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Whether it’s Marvel, Star Wars, or Disney, Mexican artist Mariana Avila can create it. The freelance character artist and illustrator creates doe-eyed renditions of some of our favorite pop culture figures. Her seamless pattern works also show a talent that would be at home in Children’s Literature.

14. Karla Díaz @karladiazcomic

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Chilean comic artist and illustrator Karla Díaz uses her adorably stylized characters to tell the stories of her comic worlds. The creator of comics “Non-Non,” “Coffee Shop” and “Cute Sins,” her work ranges from the cute to the Not Safe For Work. Diáz’s style and work is influenced heavily by Japanese manga and anime.

15. Juliana Motzko @julianamotzko

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Brazil’s Juliana Motzko makes work that she hope’s touches people’s hearts. Represented by the Bright Agency, the illustrator creates whimsical pieces that would be at home in a child’s picture book. If you check out her feed on social media, you’ll notice that Motzko has a soft spot for depicting animals — especially penguins.

16. Monique Alencar @pijamallama

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Located in Brazil, Monique Alencar is a talented 2D artist with a knack for dynamic character designs. Specializing in comic covers and concept art, she uses a bright palette and various styles in her illustrations. While she’s very talented at depicting the human form, her illustrations of cats and dogs are what really caught our eye.

17. Karla Alcazar @ohhaikarla

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Mexican illustrator Karla Alcazar uses a muted color palette, distinct style and delicate figure drawings to tell her stories. Dedicated to drawing girls and plant life, she is interested in editorial work and illustrating for Children’s Literature. Her sweet-faced figures might seem simple at first glance but detail is worked into every inch of her pieces.

18. Isadora Zeferino @imzeferino

Twitter / @imzeferino

With vibrant colors and her charming style, Brazil’s Isadora Zeferino creates worlds full of vivid magic. The freelance artist specializes in comic book covers, graphic novels, and editorial work. Though her Instagram feed is a thing of beauty, her art book is page after page of loveliness you’ll want to get your hands on.

19. Brenda Failache @BreFailache

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Brazilian illustrator and 2D game artist Brenda Failache excels both in uncanny fanart and her own personal creations. A freelance illustrator, she loves to illustrate girls, game characters and all things Brazil. Failache also works creating images for educational games and book covers.

20. Victoria Maderna @vmaderna

Twitter / @vmaderna

Argentina’s Victoria Maderna is an illustrator and painter. Often working in gouache, she enjoys painting animals — both real and imaginary. Besides her cute and furry renditions, Maderna also creates comics dealing with the supernatural.


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