March 9, 2011


I am going to spotlight someone very close to me today... Myself! Ha .

So without further adieu

 Tell us a bit about yourself
(name, location, affiliations, and personal stuff).
Hello Friends, its me Danica!  I want to live inside a saltwater cave.  I dream of financial freedom, funded by my art or whatever you wanna call it.  I live in West Fort Worth with my wonderful husband Computer Chip and our three little boys Davis, Elliot and Andy. ( also two dogs Draxel and Chewy and a cat - NO NO)
I love being in love with my college sweetheart.  We have normal marital issues - Bills - Kiddos - Lunch Money - Miss Communications - you get it huh?  We  will be married for 100 years and I cant wait to see what the future holds.   

Personally I come from a family of "say it like it is" kind of people.  
Think John Mayer - Say
Just Say what you need to say-   We are all humans trying to make it in this mad mad world!

I Feel Lucky To Have Found etsy!


I am a proud member of ETSY FORT WORTH - Hola!!!

I just joined etsy817 - yo  I need to meet up with those chicks or I will probably get booted soon- lol

What is the first thing you can remember
making by hand?
Well I talk about it on my blog so it might be a little redundant -
So I will just re-post so you can skip it if you have read it.
"I remember silly things like the fountain pens she had made that said , " Stolen from BJ's China Shop" and the coke machine that always had ICE COLD bottled cola inside! One time she was teaching a class, the ladies in the class were painting roses on tiles. Grandma Betty set me up my own spot with brushes and paints and my very own tile! I squiggled some paint on the tile and was proud! She then came over to me and press my thumb into black paint and pushed it firmly onto the white tile. I had a thumb print! But that was not all...she then had me find the thinnest brush... and told me to dip it into the black paint. She guided my hand in adding a tail and ears and a nose. We had turned the thumb print into a mouse! COOL! She smiled at me and said. " Try to make another." I did I made two or three more. Then right then is were I felt unlocked~ I painted a wedge of cheese in the middle of the mice. When she saw it she praised me and showed her class. She made me feel like I had a gift! That was only the beginning of our artistic moments together. Grandma always had this blue paper in a closet for us to draw, paint and cut, glue whatever on. I loved staying the night with her. "

What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?

That is a bit hard for me to nail down- I truly find inspiration all around me.  However, lately I have found it right on etsy and I have started a series of paintings called, "The Girls Of Etsy"

Another thing I have been in love with is to take paintings and manipulate them on them computer.

What are your favorite materials?

Blank Canvas, Watercolors, Fountain Pens, MAC Glue

Any tips for selling handmade stuff?

No Way-  I need to learn this one myself- lol 
If you really are ready to sell your wares -  Then read, read, read
I say, " Just Google It!"

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

I am a freelance make-up artist

What handmade possession do you most cherish?

While I have LOTS and LOTS of Cherished items- I mean LOTS!  My most cherished has to be a White Ceramic Cat my dearest Auntie Charlotte made in the 70's and a cook book she made for me on my wedding day-  it holds many family secrets-  like use a mix and hide the box- hehe

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
New Estians listen up-  I do not have a clue- lol  Sorry
Read the forums, contribute where you can ( like in any community),  Take better photos then you did the time before- and get better each time-  MACRO those babies- edit with something like Picasa or the like.  Save your images for blogs and such.  Oh yeah blog-  its fun to look back to my last 3 years- lots of growth.   Set Reachable Goals. Keep on Keepin on even when you want to throw in the proverbial towel.  You Can Do It-  and remember practice makes perfect!  This picture below is a free class online-    Research.   Remember it is also 80% acting and storytelling.

How do you promote your work?
I pimp a lot in the Featured Seller Chat rooms- yes guilty as charged
Come Holiday season you will find me in there at least one night a week.

I dont Tweet-  It became to much to keep up with, for me,  might work well for you
I do local shows like The Cowtown Indie Bazaar

Please describe your creative process how, 
when, materials, etc.

I am luck enough to have my very own FLOWERBEDHEAD Studio- in an unused bedroom in my house.   I live in it.  I normally draw and paint in bed after boys are in bed and hubby is gaming or fixing someones jacked up pc-  that is why I love love watercolors!  I am a lazy artist.  

I carry a sketch book with everywhere-  it is also like a journal for me-  my kids will one day read my journals and know the REAL Mom-  but not until I have met my maker- lol
Speaking of my maker.... I am a very proud Christian Human.  I stumble and fail but my God is always there to hold me.  You can check him out in the Holy Bible-  I like "The Message" translation.  I belong to a community of amazing humans in fort worth and we throw down on Sunday nights with  a band and open mic.  I love those people.  In fact I love all people and they are a big part of my creative process.  Live, Learn, Love, Leave Light

What first made you want to become an artist?

My grandmother had a big role in that.  I naturally have a burning passion for art and creative processing.  I see a need for more art in the world.  Passion + Need = My Calling

Well that is it.  It was fun interviewing myself for you to laugh at- I hope.

  If we have never met- reach out let be pals!
danica gowan on Facebook

  PEACE, LOVE and Paint!


Where we will be MARCH 19th

I have been gathering supplies- scissors - pencils - paints - collage papers - ect
For the Cowtown Indie Bazaar -

I will be there facilitating free  miniature art projects for
ages 0- 103 hope you can come see me and support
The Handmade Movement.

We are going to make ATC's
What is that you ask- lets ask

Question: What is an Artist Trading Card or ATC?
"I've heard people talking about swapping artist trading cards. What are these?" -- C.P.
Answer: An artist trading card (or ATC for short) is a tiny, original piece of art created with the intention of swapping or trading it with another artist, not selling it. The one rule an artist trading card must adhere to is the size. An ATC must be 2.5x3.5 inches or 64x89 mm. (Why? That's the size of the original collectible sports trading cards.)
On the front of an ATC an artist creates an original work to showcase their art. It can be a one-off, part of a series, or a limited edition. On the back the artist puts their name, contact details, title of the ATC, number if it's a limited edition, and sometimes the date it was created.
Artist trading cards can be made in any medium and using any technique, whether it's painting, drawing, or collage. You are really limited only by your imagination and materials. (For some great ATC ideas and techniques, read Art in your Pocket: ATC.)
Who you trade with and whether you trade one of your card for one of someone elses, or think it's more valuable and want multiple cards, is up to you. You can also trade cards you've received if you don't want to keep them. The whole aim is to be creative and communicate with other people being creative.
Regular trading sessions are organised in larger cities and although face-to-face trading fits the original intention of artist trading cards better because you're meeting new people, trading by post also happens. You can find other ATC creators through groups such as the Flick Artist Trading Cards. An international postal trade is organized by Copy Left in which you submit 20 cards and get a mixed set back.
An ATC created with the intention of selling it is known as an ACEO (short for Art Cards, Editions and Originals). ACEOs are often sold on EBay. Why the two names when the only difference is that the one is sold and the other not? Well, neglect that difference and you could find yourself in the middle of an argument between someone who believes all art should be for sale and that ATCs exclude non-artists, and someone who believes art cards is a distinctive form of art and shouldn't ever be sold.

SWAPPING IS encouraged!!
Make Three, Leave One, Take One
3 of something makes a collection - so you will leave with your very own collection!
Come On Out-  IT"S FREE!!!


Julie {isCocoandCocoa} said...

Yay Danica!! It was fun to read more about you :)

Margaret said...

I love this post; it just flows so well and honestly! As I read it I could hear your voice. I am glad you featured yourself and I am glad I met you!

Misty said...

Love this are truly one of the most charismatic people I know!