Monday, June 20, 2011

Art, in the Style of Julie Nutting

Caution:  This post contains shameless promotion of my new favorite book.  Proceed at your own risk.

So, after waiting (impatiently) for my copy of Julie Nutting's book, Collage Couture, to come in the mail, it finally got here last Wednesday!  I have had an absolute ball looking through the book and designing paper fashions!

If you don't yet know about Collage Couture, well you are missing out!  Not only is the book beautiful to simply look at, it also contains excellent tutorials on painting backgrounds onto canvas and other substrates, and of course the best part of the book, drawing and designing lovely girls and their fashions!  Julie presents the material in an fun way, encouraging us girls to don our tiaras and connect with that little girl that may have been forgotten amidst the busyness of the everyday.  And if that wasn't enough, she even includes some of the most fun gift ideas I've ever seen!  I couldn't stop flipping to the gift section of the book and brainstorming all of the ways I could bless the ladies in my life with a gift, Julie Nutting-style.  I may be knee-deep in patterned papers for a very long time.

And now, for the reveal, (drum-roll, please) I give you my interpretation of Collage Couture girls...

Jenny:  She likes to make up stories using characters she meets on the street. 

Elle:  She hates playing the piano in front of others...but she's very good.

So there you have it, friends!  Run, don't walk to get your copy of Collage Couture!  (And no, Julie did not pay me to write this...I really do love this book that much!)

Oh, and if you're needing a little extra inspiration, I highly recommend watching old episodes of Project Runway on, and feel good about the fact that you don't have to hem anything!

Happy creating!


  1. Awesome Katie. This is Vicki Anderson. I saw your post about the book a few days back and decided to create one for my daughter who will turn 30 nxt week. I'm hooked! I'll share it when I get a chance to scan it. I love collage. Thanks for inspiring me!!

  2. Awesome, Vicki! Can't wait to see it! And if you haven't already, check out Julie's work at It's really quite stunning. :)

  3. I always feel inspired every time I come here! Getting ready to start school soon?

  4. Katie;
    I LOVE your girls, and the little sentence that goes with each one. I really love the music note paper you used for the secon one too! LOVE them! I pre-ordered my Collage Couture and I adore it! I have made a few on my blog and with the neighborhood girls. Julie Nutting even contacts me when she sees my posts - I feel so special!
    Big hugs and many blessings.

  5. So your mixed media art had me curious therefore I came to investigate! I love it! I saw a print of the girls' favorite verse: For God did not give me the spirit of fear... And I was thinking I wanted to get it but you have inspired me to make my own!