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Niki Jin Crafts is Back!

Last you heard from me (from this blog, anyway) was almost two years ago when I said goodbye and went exploring new directions. I started another blog (it ... didn’t last), and wrote a post here and there for my portfolio website, mostly talking about my professional art and design work. Nowadays I stick to posting mostly to Instagram.

So what have I been up to? Life has been busy, taking care of two young kids and building a freelance career doing book design and illustration. In between, I keep myself busy with various projects related to my art.

I let go of Niki Jin Crafts for a little while, but recently, it came back to my mind. I thought about what I want to do with this site. Just let it sit there? Delete it? Well no, I’m not ready to get rid of it quite yet! It could use a little updating, though, that’s for sure. I’ve given the site a new look (I hope you approve!) but that’s not what you’re here for, right? We need some new content, of course. I promise, new stuff is coming…

Easter Egg Doodle a Day, Part II

Happy Easter, everyone! In my previous post at the beginning of the month, I set out to create one Easter egg each day leading up to today. I had a lot of fun with it. I found that I not only liked coming up with the different designs, but I also enjoyed finding creative ways to photograph the eggs for posting on Instagram. In addition, I entered a few of them into a Martha Stewart egg decorating contest, and one of them (the patchwork design) ended up being a top 50 finalist.  So all in all, it was a great crafty, creative exercise with some unexpected results. Here are the final eggs:

























Easter Egg Doodle a Day

Well, it's April, and it's FINALLY starting to feel like spring is here in my neck of the woods. A cold spring, but as long as the snow is melting… It has been a long winter, and I am ready for some colorful flowers and green grass. 
For the past few years now, I have enjoyed decorating eggs during the Easter season. It's a fun way to express my love of pattern and color. I try to pay special attention to each egg and make every one unique. Here are some that I've done in the past.







For most of my eggs, I just draw on them with permanent marker. I haven't really experimented a whole lot with other techniques, though once I did use food coloring to paint on some Cadbury mini chocolate eggs, which kind of worked like watercolor paint. It was a lot of fun, and adorable! 



Usually I only do a few at a time, but this year I am going to attempt an Easter-themed doodle-a-day challenge. Hopefully by the time the holiday is here, there will be 20 eggs total. If you would lik…