Dark Waters

Dark Waters Print 8.5″x11″ On high quality 300lb matte card stock. Signed by Artist.42713208_10216646437211105_74312507702902784_o

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Little Mermaid

Little Mermaid

Little Mermaid Digital Illustration by Diana Almand

Star Wars Nerd Alert!!!

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Impact is imminent! I am so looking forward to being a part of the upcoming In A Galaxy Far, Far Away show in Dallas, TX.  Opening reception 7p-10p Wednesday Aug. 20th. We’ll be adorning the walls of the Janette Kennedy Gallery through the end of August with visual works from our Collective’s finest minds exploring a dimension beyond sight and sound We’ll showcase our artists’ various takes on material that keeps comic-cons a-jumpin’, theatre projections a-rollin’, and Stan Lee sleeping on a huge pile of money. Resistance is futile.  I’m so geeking out at the prospect of getting to create a couple of pieces that will not only pay homage to one of my all time favorite series of films; but, will have a lasting impact on the art culture here in the DFW area.  Come on out and have a look around and help us raise a few Imperial Credit Coins for a great cause! See you there?

XOXOXO

Diana

Convention In My Hometown!

I’m super stoked to announce that I will have a table in the Artist’s Alley at the first ever comic convention in my hometown of McKinney, TX.  This should be a great time for everyone and it’s incredibly kid friendly; so, I hope to see everyone there! It looks like there will be a good amount of artists and guests to keep everyone entertained and hopefully quite a few cosplayers will be out and about.

The Con is from April 4-6, 2014 SO mark your calendar now!

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What I Want Today

I have been watching videos for the past couple of days that show all of these wonderful techniques for using Derwent Inktense Pencils and I must say that I’m intrigued.  They seem to have a vast array of uses and can be used on all sorts of materials from wood and paper to FABRIC!  The colors are bright and can be blended in to each other for a nicely shaded look.

Here’s the product description straight from the company:

Inktense Pencils

Pencil to ink in just one wash.

Pen and ink offers strong, intense colour combined with a translucent effect. Now you can enjoy these distinctive qualities in an easy to use pencil. Inktense has a highly blendable texture and comes in a range of 71 jewel-like colours, plus a non-soluble outliner which allows you to draw outlines that are permanent, even when water is applied. Apply pure, vibrant dry colour then wash the pigment out completely to leave an ink-like effect. Once dry, the colour is permanent and can be worked over with other media. The possibilities are endless, the results stunning.
Inktense pencils can be used on fabric to create interesting silk paintings and unique quilting projects.

I like the idea that I can paint straight from the pencil as well.  All it takes is a waterbrush and you’re ready to go!

Here’s a couple of videos to give you an idea of the range:

This one shows what you can do with a simple stamp 🙂

The next two show Inktense Pencils on Fabric and I absolutely LOVE how bright the colors are! Continue reading

Spray Paint Custom T-Shirts? Heck Yes!

So, today I’m thinking about new ways of getting a custom look to my wardrobe and I just happened upon this!  I love Threadbangers and when I was scrolling through and saw this particular post I knew it was the perfect thing to share.

Today is a great weather day here in Texas to get outside (where you don’t have to worry about ventilation issues) and do some spray painting on an old t-shirt. Who knows what kind of craziness you could come up with! Here’s the tutorial and I’ll post pics of how mine came out later in the day in the comments section so please be sure to check back and see how it went for me.

FKQHYQ1F5QTFYCF.MEDIUMBe sure to post photos with your shirts to so I can see what you did.  I can’t wait! Continue reading

Spring Is In The Air ( Well, Almost Anyways)

Hello everyone! I have had my eye on planters at a couple of stores this week and I’ve decided that since spring is about to get sprung I’d find some really cute ways to display my artistic side out in my yard.  I came across a couple of really cute tutorials on how to turn drab and ordinary terra cotta pots into showcase pieces. Crafty Chica has a fabulous site with a ton of how to posts so please be sure to go and check it out!

Here’s the first one that I really love:

flashback-flowerpots-finished-620x750Crafty Chica gives a great tutorial on how to do it and just think THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS! 🙂 Continue reading