Marigolds, Hummingbirds & Dia de Muertos

Feeling inspired by the Día de Muertos festivities in Los Angeles yesterday, I embarked on a little research project about art inspired by the Mexican holiday. In the process of reading about José Guadalupe Posada, Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera, I read about The Legend of the Cempasuchil Flower  and the story of Xóchitl & Huitzilin…

Skeletons & Balloons – A Super Simple Lettering Lesson

In honor of the season, we decided to put together a lettering lesson inspired by skeleton letters. This super simple process is something kids of all ages (even those of us who just refuse to grow up) can do. The best part is, we included video instructions for each letter of the alphabet, so you don’t even have to read!

A California Native Celebration of Fall in Los Angeles

Fall is in the air in Los Angeles. No, we don’t really have “fall colors” or “sweater weather.” At least not yet – we get a little of that in February and March. Fall at our studio is a low of 57 degrees with a high of 75. Sometimes we get an occasional burst of…

Get in touch with your inner Grandma

Welcome, everyone. We’re kicking off a new feature at the Factory – “The Artist of The Month.” Each month we’ll feature an artist, give you a brief rundown of their life and career, then follow up with an art project based on said artist. It’s your own personal art history class, without the grades. Have…

The Power of Flower Portraits

Art history is filled with a great variety of flower portraits. Get this doodle art flower portrait inspired by Georgia O’keefe’s Single Calla Lily (Red) at Art Kit Factory.

This is Your Brain on Art

Recent studies are showing how new physical connections occur in our brains when we create something. These are the same connections that make us better able to solve complex problems, come up with novel ideas and boost our emotional health. A study conducted by scientists in Germany in 2014 found that the act of art creation…

Flower Moon & the Art of the Flower Portrait

It is May 10th and today is the night of the Flower Moon. The Comanche tribe called the full moon in May the “flower moon.” But this month’s full moon has other lyrical names like “strawberry moon” and “milk moon.” It also has some more practical names like “moon when the ponies shed.” But I digress. The Flower moon…

The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring, Tra La!

In a land of clear colors and stories In a region of shadowless hours, Where the earth has a garment of glories And a murmur of musical flowers. -Swinburne Happy First Day of Spring!! We have been celebrating spring for millennia. Who isn’t excited to see the promise of a lovely lazy summer with longer…

The Science & Technology Behind Impressionism

Impressionism is often considered the first modern art movement. Both the emerging science of color theory and the new technology of the film camera significantly impacted the philosophy and work of these artists. Our Wish You Were Here Art Kit To Go is inspired by Impressionism and the Science & Technology that inspired it! Surprising Color…

Recharging in the Trees

Have you ever heard of “forest bathing”? Its the Japanese practice of going into the forest to commune with the trees. There is even an association for it. The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy says: Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. In Japan…

All You Need Is Love…

First I have to tell you that we are having a special Promotion at Art Kit Factory! Free shipping on orders over $30. Use the promocode: VALENTINE We’ve also just created a special Valentine Doodle package for just $12. It comes with an original art Valentine! Read on to see the work in progress. On…

Love, Love, Love.

We are preparing for Valentine’s Day at Art Kit Factory – and we are all feeling a little mushy about it. So, dear reader, we are sending you a Valentine in advance of February 14th with this free downloadable Doodle Art Bookmark Coloring Page!

Resolve to Keep Happy

Every year, we have a unique opportunity to start off on January 1st with a vision of our better selves, and many of us use this opportunity to make our list of resolutions. I’ve found that picking specific resolutions like “save $10,000” or “go to the gym 5 days a week” or “stop eating ice cream…