Monday, March 13, 2017

Best of 2016 Update!

It's been a while since I've updated the blog, so I thought I'd start with a 2016 Year in Review and reflect on all the new work I created this year! Phew.... time for a video game break! xoxo L

"Snow White," Acrylic on Hardboard. March, 2016.

"Josephine," Acrylic on Hardboard. April, 2016.

"A Girl With No Name," Acrylic on Hardboard. May 2016.

"Red," Acrylic on Hardboard. June, 2016.

"Sue 2.0," Acrylic on Hardboard. July, 2016.

"Imagine," Acrylic and Watercolor on Watercolor Paper. August, 2016.

"Wednesday,"Original ACEO (art card). Ink on Watercolor Paper. October, 2016.

"The Ink Kimono," Ink on Watercolor Paper, for InkTober. October, 2016.

"The Grand High Witch," Acrylic on Hardboard. October, 2016.

"Joy," Acrylic on Hardboard. November, 2016.

Finally, for the end of the year I did a few small Christmas works for The Bad Apple Artist Collective #BadApples12Days Art Challenge.

"Starry Night," Acrylic and Watercolor on Watercolor Paper. December, 2016.

"The Nutcracker," Acrylic and Watercolor on Watercolor Paper. December, 2016. 
"Candy Cane" Acrylic and Watercolor on Watercolor Paper. December, 2016.

"Wreath," Acrylic and Watercolor on Watercolor Paper. December, 2016.

You can check out the creation process of all these works on my video art blog, Art NuVogue here. And of course find prints any any available originals in my online shop here.

I'm so excited about all my new projects coming up in 2017! Stay tuned!

Leilani Joy

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Leilani Joy + Lifebook 2017

Hello everyone!

I have some wonderful & exciting news! I am going to be teaching on Life Book 2017 ( next year! I can't wait to collaborate with this amazing team of creative educators and help you guys create your very own Lifebook!

And even MORE exciting news is that I am giving away 1 space on this amazing year long art course! (a $120 dollar value!) Watch my YouTube video annoucment if you want to find out more about Life Book 2017 ( and if you want to find out how you can win a spot! :)
“What is Life Book?”

Life Book, is a celebration and honoring of YOU” it's a year-long mixed media art class organized by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.

Tam is joined by 22 incredible art teachers (including myself) who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! The Life Book is all themed around self-development and healing, and you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month, and by the end of the year you will bind all your works into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can
treasure for the rest of your life!

There is absolutly know previous art experience or training required and it's completely open to all ages. You can find out a lot more about the Life Book (and FYI- it has been joined by over 12,500+ people in the past!) by checking out my link (

With the Life Book, I will be teaching two classes that I'm very excited about! One entitled, “Style Self Discovery” where I will guide you through rediscovering your early artistic influences and helping you discover an artistic style that's unique to you!

Then I'll also be teaching a BONUS lesson that I'm calling the “The Cut Paper Protection Goddess” This lesson will focus on conquering your inner insecurities and self doubt while creating a gorgeous one of a kind Protection Goddess from a collection of cut paper collage elements that I'll be providing you to work with!

Official Registration for the Life Book opens on October 3rd 2016 and the classes begins on January 1st 2017.

So if you want to start the year with a fabulous creative BANG and spend 2017 with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, learning more about art and how to be kinder and more loving towards yourself, be sure to join once registration opens! :) Keep this page ( bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

A special day is coming up soon- so I wanted an extra special way of inviting my favorite ladies to be my bridesmaids! I started with a little watercolor portrait of each girl....

Then I used my button maker machine from American Button Machine (in 2.5" size) to create individual pocket mirrors for each girl.

Then I took a little trip to Michaels and picked up these items....

  • 4 Square Craft Boxes
  • Recollections: Wood Embellishment Tags (12 pc)
  • Recollections: Floral Embellishment Tags (48 pc)
  • Bead Landing: 20lb Hemp Cord 
  • Organza Bags in Aqua
  • Celebrate It: Paper Crinkle in white
I then created some printable burlap hearts to fit the exact size of my boxes (about 3 in by 3 in each).

I embellished each heart with my message and wedding date and added some little faux stitches using a sharpie. I then cut out each heart to be placed inside the box.
Next I "popped the question" on each of the little wooden tags.
Finally, I assembled each of the boxes and here are the final results!!!
... They all said "YES." ^_^

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The "Polite" Commission Decline!

So we've all been there...

 "Hi there- Can you paint a replica of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling in my baby's room and make it look JUST like Michelangelo? But also I have a very tight budget... like I can only pay you $5.00 maximum. When can you start?"

It's often difficult to keep things professional and not respond with...

So to make a little easier on you I'm sharing the patented LEILANI JOY POLITE COMMISSION DECLINE! Guaranteed to get you out of an awkward payment explanation while maintaining professionalism and rapport with your oh-hell-no-it's-never-gonna-happen-client.

All jokes aside, when someone contacts you for a potential commission, it's a compliment! That person loves your work enough that they really would like an original custom piece of their very own. In most cases, that person isn't trying to take advantage of you or your time. Most likely they are simply a little naive about proper artist etiquette and the going rate for your services.

As a preemptive measure, it's a good idea to have your commission guidelines available on your website- what you will or won't do, turn around times and other policies. You can see an example of mine here:  

I would also recommend having at least an approximation of your rates so people can easily access this information and have an idea of it before contacting you. These things will cut down on the amount of are-you-serious-wtf-requests you receive.

BUT! If a commission request does make it through all your well placed booby traps you may have to actually politely decline. I prefer to reply rather than ignore, because again - this person is well intended and probably loves your work and may be a long time customer.

So below are two different ways to wriggle out of your sticky situation. One for a commission that doesn't fit the type of work you do OR you just don't want to do it, and a second one for outrageous budget constraints that would have you working for 5 cents and hour....

The Polite Decline #1:

Dear ___________

Thank you so much for your interest in my commissions! I truly appreciate all inquiries for new projects! However, at this time I will regrettably have to decline this commission request. I am currently focusing on work that fits into my existing portfolio. While I love a challenge and new ideas- I typically focuses on ________ . If you'd like to commission something similar to my current body of work please review my commission rates and process here insert link to your website. Thanks again, and I hope you'll consider me for a future project.


The Polite Decline #2:

Dear ___________

 Thank you so much for your interest in my commissions! I appreciate all inquiries for new projects! However, at this time I will regrettably have to decline this commission request. My minimum is ___________ for a ___________ (whatever they requested). Have you thought of checking out Deviant Art for your commission concept? There are some very talented artists on there that may be able to work within your budget and may be better suited to your needs. 

If I can be of further assistance or answer any other questions for you please don't hesitate to contact me back. 


Well, my work here is DONE! Hope this helps! Feel free to add or change these as needed. It might not hurt to also offer them a coupon code for your online store as a token of your appreciation. and Remember it's ok to say "NO." Sometimes it's better to decline than torture yourself doing a piece you hate- especially for next to no money! 

XOXO Leilani

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Works In Progress!

As you guys know, I really enjoy sharing my process and seeing the process of others. I thought I'd share some behind the scenes shots of my most recent works. xoxo L

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Leilani Joy's Disney Works for Wonderground Gallery

Hey Disney fans! I'm proud to present my finished works commissioned by Disney for their WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA. These pieces made their official debut last weekend on August 16th 2014 and my original "Tick Tock Tink" found her forever home that very day! "Maleficent" and "The Queen's Way" are still available for purchase and Wonderground also offers beautiful double matted giclee collectable prints and postcards! The originals, prints, and postcards will be available until sold out at Wonderground Gallery, OR you can order via email or by phone! Wonderground Gallery is happy to ship worldwide! Contact or by telephone at: 877-560-6477. Just let them know you are interested in Leilani Joy’s artwork from WonderGround Gallery and they would be happy to let you know what is currently available. All images are officially Disney licensed. All rights reserved. Be sure to visit for more upcoming events!

 "Maleficent" 14x30" Acrylic on Wood Panel. Available. $5,500.
  "The Queen's Way" 16x20. Acrylic on Wood Panel. Available. $3,500

 "Tick-Tock Tink" 16x20" Acrylic on Wood Panel. SOLD. $3,500

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Leilani Joy Does Disney!

Very excited to officially announce this news! On Aug. 16th I'll be appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA. to sign and debut my latest pieces in collaboration with Disney! I'll be at the gallery from 2 - 4pm to sign prints! Event Info:

More Details in my latest vlog:

Don’t live in California?  Luckily, Disneyland’s WonderGround Gallery is very happy to ship worldwide and takes orders via email at:  or by telephone at: 877-560-6477.  Just let them know you are interested in Leilani Joy’s artwork from WonderGround Gallery and they would be happy to let you know what is currently available.

Here is a sneak peek of my Disney works in progress! All images are ©Disney and an official licensed Disney products. All rights reserved.