My Story



31-Days of Care - A New Project

But first, a story…

Coming into 2017, I knew I wanted some things to change with my creative business.  I had begun to feel overwhelmed with all of the moving parts.  I was also feeling a bit scattered and directionless in my creative practice.

With this in mind I set-about the process of stripping everything away to get back to what is most essential.  For me this was about removing the blocks and barriers to engaging in a consistent creative practice and then sharing that with you.

In deciding to make the move back to Blogger I thought I had solved the problem.  What I found instead was a huge emotional wall that replaced the physical one.  Instead of becoming easier to share my work in this new home, it felt harder.

I noticed myself becoming avoidant, feeling unsure of my words, and wondering if it was “okay” for me to share certain things in this space.

This is not at all what I expected!  Never being one to shy away from a challenge however, I got to work.

I reconnected with my creativity coach (who absolutely rocks!) and started taking an art business class online (which has been AWESOME!).

I also began focusing on building more consistency into my creative practice and sharing more on Instagram & Facebook.

In addition to this, I’d been thinking about ways to give back to the community through my art.  Specifically, I wanted to use my art to help provide some financial support to a local or national non-profit organization.  I was looking for organizations whose values were aligned with the mission of Karla’s Mixed Media Studio. In exploring the different organizations, I identified 2 that seemed to fit.  Of those two, I decided to focus on the local organization first.

Once I figured out where I wanted to contribute financially, I set about the task of figuring out how.

This last week it finally clicked!  I’m excited to share that starting next month I will be embarking on a new art project.

The 31-Days of Care Project

Starting March 1st, my goal will be to create one whimsical female portrait a day for 31-days on a bookmark.  I chose bookmarks because of my ongoing affinity for books with pages that turn!

At the end of the March, these bookmarks will be offered for sale and 35% of the profits will be donated to a local non-profit!

This year I have chosen to send my donation to the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition.  

Taken from their website, the following is the mission of the CAIR Coalition:

“The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition strives to ensure equal justice for all immigrant men, women, and children at risk of detention and deportation in the DC metropolitan area and beyond through direct legal representation, know your rights presentations, impact and advocacy work, and the training of attorneys defending immigrants in the immigration and criminal justice arenas.”

To learn more about the CAIR Coalition and the work they do, please visit their website.

As the child of 2 immigrant parents, this issues hits home for me.

If this resonates with you, I’d love for you to follow along and support my 31-Days of Care Project

I will be posting a bookmark daily in three places: my blog, on Instagram, & Facebook using the hashtag #31daysofcareproject.  Please feel free to share and repost these images (with attribution @kmmsart #kmmsart) with your network!

I’m looking forward to creating art that can help others in a tangible way over this next month.

This is the first time I’ve ever embarked on a project like this so I’m feeling both nervous and excited about sharing this intention publicly. 

That said, I feel that now is the time to show-up and be a loving force of connection in the world.

Wishing you more peace & joy than your heart can hold!


P.S.  If you have any questions about this project or any suggestions/recommendation please feel free to let me know in the comments below.


  1. So inspiring, Karla! And always, such a great mixture of solid planning designed to support your dreams. I want to be like you when I grow up! :)

    1. Thank you Cyncie!! You're so sweet and I greatly appreciate your support. :)