Thursday, December 11, 2014

Pink and Yellow Paint Palette

Believe there is good in the world wood sign, pink & yellow girl 9x12 print, note card and bookmark with pink & yelllow pantone paint
"Believe there is good in the world"
Happy Holidays Everyone! I was at Hobby Lobby last week, found this sign and thought it was a perfect match for Pink/Yellow girl from The True Colors Collection. I may keep this for myself, just as reminder everyday!
Upclose image of Believe there is good in the world wood sign, pink & yellow girl 9x12 print, note card and bookmark with pink & yelllow pantone paint
 Pantone paints in photos.
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Prep with Custom Holiday Cards

Ho, Ho, Ho

Shake up the happiness, Wake up the happiness, Shake up the happiness, It's Christmas time.....Had to start out with one of my favorite Christmas songs by Train.
This year, I wanted to use images from The True Colors Collection as part of my gift giving packaging. With several online print offers, Zazzle recently had the best offer with 75% off their invitations just before or right after Thanksgiving, of which, I could not pass up.
Purple Girl 1 from The True Colors Collection with Season's Greeting flat scalloped invitation from Zazzle
Upclose photo of Purple Girl 1 from The True Colors Collection with Season's Greeting flat scalloped invitation with green back from Zazzle
Zazzle has hundreds of holiday invitations and photo holiday cards on sale, along with other personalized products. Zazzle offers a large selection of invitations, cards, stationery, and stamps to complete your holiday look. The invitation designs range from stylish, traditional, and whimsy.
Green boy & girl 1 from The True Colors Collection by Noami Foster on flat bracket invitation with black back from Zazzle
Upclose photo of Green boy & girl 1 from The True Colors Collection by Noami Foster on flat bracket invitation from Zazzle
I chose 3 different paper design this year, with pre-made layouts provided by Zazzle designers. If you are needing some cute & beautiful invitation for any celebration, just click on the banner below to begin your search.
~ Happy Holidays!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Passion for Red and a Passion for Type

red converse, red pattern scarf, red girl 1 bookmark from The True Colors Collection by Noami Foster
Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Red is a very emotionally intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. (read more)
the word love chip board with red glitter, pop rocks candy, crayola red hot crayon pack, just my type book, red journal, red girl 1 bookmark and notecard from The True Colors Collection by Noami Foster
Red Girl 1 inspired - photo 1:
  Red Converse from Journeys
  Red Scarf
  Red Girl 1 bookmark from my ETSY shop
Red brings text and images to the foreground. Use it as an accent color to stimulate people to make quick decisions.  (read more)

Red Girl 1 inspired - photo 2:
  Love: chip board and glitter from Hobby Lobby
  Pop Rocks candy from Fuzziwig's Candy Factory
  Crayola Red Hot Crayon pack you can find at any Target store.
  Red Girl 1 bookmark and notecard from my ETSY shop
  Book- Just My Type & Journal from Barnes & Noble

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Monday, August 25, 2014

I Believe In Pink

"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."
~ Audrey Hepburn
Pink note pad and matching pencils, white plastic sign, pink girl 3 note card from The True colors collection with pink ribbon and pink butterflies
Pink Stationery:
Use these items for your FALL events.
  Pink note pad, pencils, and white sign from Michaels 
  Pink ribbon and butterflies from Hobby Lobby
  Pink girl 3 note card at my ETSY shop
Pink cadillac cake mix, pink straws, pink cake sprinkles, pink gumdrops, pink girl 3 note card and bookmark from The True Colors Collection by Noami Foster

Pink Party:
Use these items to personalize invitations, baked goods and gift ideas.
  Pink Straws from Michaels 
  Pink cadillac cake mix, pink gumballs and pink sprinkles from Target 
  Pink girl 3 note card and bookmark at my ETSY shop

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

A spa for anyone

The right candle, soap and book, make for a relaxing time.
Green Girl 2 from The True Colors Collection
is a must with your reading material.
Green Gilr 2 bookmark from The True Colors Collection, The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis, stress relief soap and eucalyptus candle, both from Bath and Body works.
Bookmark:
     Green Girl 2 from The True Colors Collection.
Book:
     The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
Spa Set:
    Stress Relief soap from Bath and Body Works
    Green wash cloth made by hand (tutorial to come)
    Eucalyptus mini candle from Bath and Body Works

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Little Nedra

What's new to the collection?

Green Girl 3 - Little Nedra!

My sister had only one birthday request: create a drawing just for her to add to The True Colors Collection using the color green. I've never taken a request before, but it is my sister who is not just a fan but a supporter.
Drawing, using prismacolor pencils, of an african american girl wearing a green head wrap and scarf
The weather was perfect at this years Denver Chalk Festival.
Even got quoted in The Denver Post.
street painting using dry chalk pastels of an African American girl wearing a green head wrap and green scarf

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Something New - Something Borrowed - Something Blue

Blue Girl 2 from The True Colors will
compliment any Spring wedding party.
Blue Girl 2 print, note card and bookmark from The True Colors Collection by Noami Foster
Blue Girl 2 from The True Colors Collection  •  Prismacolor Pencils
Something New:
         Blue bracelets from Forever 21
         Blue purse from Street Level

Something Borrowed:
         Blue flip flops from Just Noami Christmas In July 2013 project.

Something Blue:
      Blue Girl 2 9x12 print, note card and bookmark. Shop The True Colors Collection.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

When I hear music

Songs That Inspire...

The song inspiration for The True Colors Collection is True Colors written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly.
Over the years, songs that inspire, touch our hearts and have great meaning have been added to list of musical inspiration. Here's just a few. Hope you enjoy it.

True Colors Collection Spotify Playlist 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Patriotic Girl

What's new to the collection?

Patriotic Girl!

Last year I was invited to be an artist at Sarasota Chalk Festival, themed: "Legacy Of Valor".
I was asked by the event planners to create a piece representing children.
Patriotic Girl drawing unfinished for the True Colors Collection by Noami Foster
I had not completed the piece prior to the chalk festival, but I knew what I wanted the piece to look like.
Patriotic Girl 1st of chalk drawing at Sarasota Chalk Festival by Noami Foster
It rained the 1st half of the day when I started the chalk drawing. I had reduce the size a foot on all four sided to ensure the piece would be complete my end of second day.
Finished Patriotic Girl for The True Colors Collection by Noami Foster
This last month, I finally finished the Patriotic Girl. I had never used white Prismacolor until this piece.
I happy with the final results.

Like to see the entire collection? You can view the entire collection on flickr onejdesigns
I have the opportunity to travel the country participating in chalk festival: view a few on my youtube channel
Interested in a few pieces? Visit my online shops zazzle/onejdesigns and etsy/onejdesigns

Thank you for visiting my blog and for following the adventures of The True Colors Collection
~ Noami

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Out in the open

The Denver Chalk Festival was the first
chalk festival I had ever been a part of.

I always admired artist who could create beautiful works of art on the ground. For years I wanted to try it but never had the courage to do so. At the True Colors Collections first gallery show in 2008, I met one of the festivals volunteer during First Fridays and they have invited me to sign up to be an artist at the festival. As a kid a played with sidewalk chalk but never ever tried creating a piece of work. The first day I had so much anxiety about drawing out in the open where people could see everything you are doing; I was use to showing the final product.

Halfway through the day, I finally hit my groove and was able to relax and just enjoy creating. I met a lot of people that day, so humble and grateful that anyone would come out and draw on the ground. It was great energy between the artist and the public.

Pink Girl 1 Denver Chalk Festival 2008 by Noami Foster
See start to finish images of Pink Girl 1 - Denver Chalk Festival 2008

Thus, began my journey across the United States, sharing The True Colors Collection in a different way, being an advocate for children and youth through the arts and helping other organizations reach their financial goals. It has been a great blessing to have been able to travel and do what I love to do.

Check out my video about the collection - right here.



You can see the entire collection on my Flickr portfolio, view video from different chalk festivals on YouTube and see what brings me inspiration for the collection on my pin board.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Inspiration Is Everywhere!

What Inspires You?

Often times I am asked "Where do you get your inspiration?"

My 1st answers is always: Children. In regards to how I choose the color, it's based on the emotion of the children and what you want people to feel. The inspiration can come from numerous places, this month I created a Color-Of-The-Month board giving examples of how you can see and receive inspiration from things you see regularly.

Inspiration is everywhere, All you have to do is SEE IT!



Monday, March 10, 2014

The True Colors Collection Branding

Separate Us!

By profession I am a graphic designer and last year I had the challenge of separating The True Colors Collection brand from my graphic/web design business and this was the result.

Re-Design: separate onejdesigns brand from The True Colors Collection brand.
Client: myself – onejdesigns
Challenge: Create two separate brand identities. ( PART 1 )
(Read More)

True Colors Collection onejdesigns labels stickers

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Orange Fest

Orange Boy 1 Orange Fest get together.

1. Start with a good book.
2. Soothing cup of tea - I enjoy Jasmine Tea.
3. Color coordination is key:
    This orange wristlet holds all I need - including my bookmark, Thank You note card and writing pencils
.
4. Finally, meet up with friends for good tea, book reading and fellowship.

Looking for Alaska Orange Boy 1 Notecard Bookmark orange pencils cup of jasmine tea orange jeweled wristlet by Noami Foster
Orange Boy 1 Bookmark and Notecard including matching pencils by Noami Foster

In photographs:
Orange Boy 1 Note card and bookmark from my onejdesigns shop
Twinings Organic Tea
Mug from Barnes and Noble Cafe
Looking For Alaska by John Green
Orange studded wristlet from Charming Charlie
Personalized pencils from Oriental Trading Company

Monday, March 3, 2014

Gallery Show at Cheyenne Mountain

Collection returns to Cheyenne Mountain Library.

I was truly blessed to be asked back to hang part of the collection at one of the Pikes Peak Library District branch libraries, Cheyenne Mountain Library. The first time I showed their was December 2012, where I was the Featured Artist of the Month. What a great way to celebrate the collections 7th Anniversary. Thank You! Pikes Peak Library District for the invitation.

part of the true colors collection hanging at Cheyenne Mtn. Library gallery by Noami Foster
Part of the True Colors Collection hanging at Cheyenne Mtn Library gallery by Noami Foster

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

7 years of adventures

The True Colors Collection

March 2014 marks the 7th Birthday for the True Colors Collection.
I look forward to sharing stories from my adventures and experiences.
Every piece has a story.

floral background with True Colors Collection logo overlay by Noami Foster for onejdesigns

You can see the entire collection on my Flickr portfolio, view video from different chalk festivals on YouTube and see what brings me inspiration for the collection on my pin board.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Libraries and Art

Art & Books just a few of my favorite things.

I love books and have a dream of having my own reading room someday.
I'm super excited to have part of the True Colors Collection on display at Ute Pass Community Library, a branch of the Pikes Peak Library District. I like this library, it has a separate section just for kids & teens, the gallery wall space makes for a great entrance.
Part of the True Colors Collection hanging at Ute Pass Library in Cascade, CO True Colors Collection at Ute Pass Library by Noami Foster
art by artist Noami Foster ©2014
It was a beautiful drive up to Cascade, CO - how nice is the view from the corner. Though my mom does not like mountain driving, she came with me anyways, kudos to mom.
Mtn at intersection of Ute Pas & Hwy 24

Hwy 24 & Ute Pass
Thank you for visiting,
~ Noami

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

My favorite art tools

Well, Hello there - I know it's been a while!
A lot of changes has happen since my last blog - I am happy to be back blogging.
It is about 7pm on a Thursday evening and I am planning for a gallery show for February and March at the Pikes Peak Library District.

One of the most commonly asked questions about the collection "Are these watercolor?". The answer: NO! So I wanted share some of my favorite tools I use when creating a piece for The True Colors Collection. I found these products to be the best products for what I want to accomplish.

Dust Brush:  I erase quite often and it is best to use a brush and not your hands. Your hands have natural oils and can smear your drawing.

Kneaded Eraser: reminds me of putty, you can knead the eraser into a point to erase small areas or smash for big areas - it's just a fun eraser to have.

Paper Stumps: again, I try not to use my fingers to blend because of the oils and these stumps work great for blending. (they come in a variety of sizes - check your local art/craft store)

Gamsol: I've been using Gamsol in the last few years; it is an excellent mineral for blending colors and works very well with Prismacolor Pencils. LOVE IT!

Prismacolor Turquoise Pencils: These are the best, you can get them in hard and soft lead, ranging from very light to very dark. I use a wide range for texture and depth.

Prismacolor Color Pencils: My favorite color pencils EVER!. That's all I can say - just try them if you haven't.

So, that's a few of my favorite tools. Let me know what you like to use.

Thanks for visiting The True Colors blog
~ Noami

• Visit Prismacolor.com for other products
Dick Blicks for art supplies
• You can find some of these art supplies at Hobby Lobby and Michaels

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