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Sweetwater Surf Shop

I was recently commissioned to paint Sweetwater Surf Shop on a surfboard. The piece was different from my normal portrait painting – in style and theme – but I enjoyed the process and love how it turned out. It will hang in Sweetwater Surf Shop in Wrighstville Beach, North Carolina, so, if you are ever in the area, swing by and take a look!


I prepared the surface by lightly sanding the top of the board, and then priming it with clear gesso. I used acrylic, graphite, and paper college as well as a palette knife and rounded brushes of different sizes to create the image.

photo 5Last, I sealed the piece with three coats of Mod Podge! One coat was applied with a brush and the two other coats were spray applications. Quite a fun piece to paint!

What do you think?

Surf’s Up!

Laura Kirar Guernica Lounge Chair by McGuire Furniture – Yay or Nay?

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I saw this chair on Instagram a few days ago, and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I don’t  like fringe in fashion, which you see a lot of these days, especially on bathing suits, so when I saw this fringe chair, I didn’t even know what to think. However, my mind keeps meandering back to it…

It is the Laura Kirar Guernica Lounge Chair by McGuire Furniture. “It requires 3,500 holes to be placed through the honeycomb caning, then the artisan uses a custom-made needle to place and knot the contrasting smooth and textured leather laces of varying lengths to create the fringe.” Wow!

So, what’s your vote? Yay or Nay? Comment below.

Happy weekend!

P.S. Yay or Nay? is a new feature on Tink Makes Art. I’d love for you to join the conversation!

Design Bloggers Conference

It’s been several weeks since the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta, and I can’t seem to stop thinking about all the amazing things I learned from blogging (of course!) to SEO (probably the most useful!) to networking (exhausting but completely necessary!). I was honored to attend the conference with designer (and boss lady!) Michelle Murphy and social media guru Austyn Laures, my two teammates from Demi Ryan.

Instead of giving you a full recap of all my takeaways, I’ll show you a conference summary through some snapshots. Down the road, I may write a post here and there about the conference focusing on specific learnings, so be on the look out!

Breakfast of Champions

My view. Each day started with amazing breakfast and coffee served on ceramic tableware versus paper plates and cups! It’s those little things that matter. We arrived early to get good seats close to the stage…because I am blind!

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Austyn and I attended the Oscar Viewing Party hosted by Traditional Home and Sunbrella. We toured the urban loft designed by Alex Gaston as seen in Perspective Atlanta, which is sponsored by Sunbrella and Lonny.


Apparently these yummy things are called “Pizookies!” A pizza and a cookie in one! As you can see, we were pretty excited. It was delicious!

Candice Olsen

Michelle, Austyn, and I with the lovely, hilarious and talented Candice Olsen. Candice was one of the keynote speakers and walked us through some incredible before and after shots of her projects.

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And, a little photo booth fun at the Peacock Alley showroom in honor of the Dwell with Dignity Atlanta project. Dwell with Dignity is a non-profit group of Interior Designers and volunteers that creates beautiful homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. Demi Ryan was a sponsor of the Dwell with Dignity Atlanta project video:

Did you attend the Design Bloggers Conference? What were your biggest learnings? Comment below, and provide a link to your photos or recap on your blog!


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