Do What You Can

Oh gosh, where to even start. This month was very tough. It was definitely a transition stage and it didn’t go quite as smoothly as I had planned. I was very lonely and I had a hard time keeping my mind in a healthy place because of that. When my mind isn’t happy, I have an impossible time creating beautiful things or even wanting to do art at all and when you are full-time, that’s unacceptable.

Some days were great and I did art the entire day and other days it was hard getting myself out of bed before eleven o’clock (I’ll write more on why that isn’t the biggest deal in the world later). Creating is mentally exhausting. If I don’t get it just right when I’m sketching or I don’t like the final outcome, I get frustrated. I’m learning to accept the things I create that I don’t like because it’s all a part of the process. It would be crazy for me to think that everything I create, I’m going to be in love with, right? Right.

I have a game plan now. When I have a plan, I am one dangerous individual. I had a plan when I first started this thing and then I went through the motions for a while when I was experiencing my first holiday season (barely keeping my head above water). I picked up another part-time job so I have more human interaction (and funds) and I’m very excited about it. It’s a little boutique in Wayzata right on Lake Minnetonka, perfect for this summer. There is a stationery store right across the way and a bridal boutique upstairs, perfect networking opportunities for me. I’m hoping this will just get me up and going more because it is not as fun as I thought it would be to be stuck in my apartment all of the time…with only my own echoes. I’M SLOWLY DYING OVER HERE.

Long story short, March was an interesting one and I think I can do better in April.

1// I started eating cleaner and working out for my mental health. Killing two birds with one stone here and sketching lemons and then juicing them.

2// A cute little casual sketch: destroyed boy friend jeans, iced coffee, and leopard loafers with a pop of pink

3// A custom illustration for a giveaway winner. Love this look.

4// My summer wardrobe sitting out as workout motivation.

5// A late night paint session. Trying out new techniques. My mood definitely showed up on the canvas.

6// Trying to bring Spring.

7// Sweaters and a cup of joe.

8// Watermelon print.

9// Playing around with gold paint.





I’m Katie, the brand strategist, designer, dreamer, and entrepreneur behind Artful Brands. Dreamy typefaces, clean layouts, and soft color palettes are my love language— but more importantly designing strategic brands that book.


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  1. O.G.B says:

    I know I have said this before but I just love seeing you as a designer….seeing what you do, and seeing you grow and your designs grow( expand) with it. Looking at the color in your work, the creativity in your environment, the growth of your business…It’s all so inspiring and uplifting. Though I certainly do not design anything as a living ( or even as a consistent hobby), I actually work better away from isolation so that I really focus on everything around me but then I am very shy individual who is not pursing any type of design/art-making for a full time job. Maybe a few hours then I am done *ha*. Nevertheless, I wish you the best in April :). God Bless!

    • ryanmkatie says:

      I literally can’t get over this comment. Thank you for blessing me with this, especially during a time where I feel like I am struggling. I can’t thank you enough. I posted it to my Facebook page and I just keep coming back to it. I hope I can pay it forward and bless someone with kind words as you have done for me.
      All my love,


      • O.G.B says:

        Aw You are so very welcome. If I can help build up in anybody in something, I am always happy/glad to do so when it is done in truth. God Bless 🙂

  2. KiKiMac says:

    i’m sure a part-time job will be lots of fun and you’ll get to see the right amount of people to keep you inspired! best of luck.

    • ryanmkatie says:

      Yes. Absolutely loved the part time job. It’s at a high fashion boutique. I get to touch Chanel all day! LOVED IT. Thank you so much for your encouragement. I really appreciate it.


  3. Ashley says:

    Sounds like you have a better plan to make things go smoother for yourself. It’s all a learning curve and it looks to me like you are rockin’ it even if you feel like you aren’t at times.

    • ryanmkatie says:

      Yes! The part time job was awesome, mainly because I got to talk to people LOL. For some reason, I work better for myself after I work for someone else. I appreciate your constant encouragement. I wish I didn’t need it, but I do.


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I’m Katie, the brand strategist, designer, dreamer, and entrepreneur behind Artful Brands. Dreamy typefaces, clean layouts, and soft color palettes are my love language— but more importantly designing strategic brands that book. I believe in creating a life and a business you love, creativity over competition, and designing with equal parts passion and purpose.




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