Why I'm Obsessed With Otomi

Last summer, I took a weekend trip to San Antonio and one of my friends suggested I stop by a store called Fiesta On Main. I was in search of Mexican embroidery dresses and this place was the jackpot! They had rooms upon rooms filled with Mexican embroidery dresses in all different colors, patterns, and styles. I always say that someday when I'm a grandma, my daily uniform is going to be Mexican embroidery dresses. I can't wait.

After sifting through the masses of dresses and choosing a few favorites, I stumbled upon a pile of Otomi placemats and table runners. I was in awe! I loved the colors and how each piece was completely different from the next. I immediately had the idea to frame four of them and hang them in a grid in my apartment. Fast forward about six months later and I finally got around to getting these babies frame!

Custom framing can be a little intimidating, which I why I always use Framebridge to frame my off beat art pieces. I chose the Marin frame (it's my all-time favorite!) which has a light natural wood frame with a bright white mat. In a couple of weeks I got my artwork back and they turned out even better than I could have imagined! I hung them in a grid above my couch which adds the perfect pop of color to my living room. Keep scrolling to see my framed Otomi finds and check out even more inspiration to see why I'm obsessed with Otomi.

xo Carm

otomi print
otomi print
otomi print
otomi print
otomi print
otomi print
otomi print
otomi print
otomi print
otomi print

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Art For Those Who Hate Messing Up

Last week was a doozy! On Valentine's Day, I had to coordinate this event for Loot Rentals where we gave away 16 free weddings. It was so much fun, but A LOT of work went into it. By Wednesday, it felt like a weekend was necessary so I took Thursday and Friday off and just relaxedddd. I had to pick up some fabric from JoAnn Fabric for a photo shoot next week and ended up buying all the supplies necessary to PAINT! I got really into it and it ended up being so relaxing and fun. Just what I needed.

I started by gathering inspiration. I love Katie Craig's work and Kristen Ley's work, so I pulled some photos of their work, found some color palettes I liked on Pinterest, and just started painting! The best part about abstract art is that you really can't mess up. And even if you do, you just paint over it and keep going.

I started by painting a base layer, letting it dry, adding another color detail, letting it dry, etc. But if you want a more organic look, you can start adding more colors before the other ones dry and see how they blend together. The more I paint, the more I feel like I'm developing my own style and techniques. It's so fun to see what comes off of the brush! Below you can see my first three painting: "Sherbert," "Peach Lemonade," and "Toothpaste."

xo Carm

abstract art by carmen collins
abstract art by carmen collins
abstract art by carmen collins