"RADOST by Martina Sestakova" handcrafted scarves, bags, tops, and pillows will be featured at this cool event! I paint and take photos and turn them into textiles that tell stories of our unique lives. All of my designs are colorful and will bring much joy to your day. My scarves, featured at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, have names and come with short stories of inspiration. Stop by to chat with me about creativity and style.
I am honored to participate in "The One House Project" at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD. Many artists - 298 to be exact - came together to tell stories of immigration to the US. This exhibition is organized by ArtWatch DC. Check out this cool feature on Voice of America!
When we finished our watercolor class today, one one my students sat back and said, “It’s revitalizing, isn’t it?” Indeed, art is a powerful tool for self care and discovering and regaining of energy we spend during our busy days. Today we painted a window scene. All of them ended up so different.
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A lovely time to be had at the Takoma Park Holiday Art Sale at the Community Center. I was there with my RADOST scarves and spent the day chatting about creativity and textiles that tell stories of our lives. Thank you for having me!
It's always such a pleasure to hear from my customers. Check out feedback I receive for my textile design work and art classes. And let me know what you think! I would love to hear from you.
Wow! Colors are so wonderful! Today, during a private lesson, we played with the concept of inspiration and how one can start a project with a positive and excited outlook. We drew words and then painted them as colors, shapes, and textures. My student loved it and she drew on her intuitive creativity quickly to create an array of abstract watercolors on yupo paper. Can’t wait to see what we create next!
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Yay for fun collaborations! I am excited to introduce a line of original art celebrating anything and everything French created for Bonjour Books DC, a unique bookstore in Kensington, MD, owned by the lovely Jennifer. Stop by to check out these watercolors on yupo that make for lovely gifts and bright home decorations. Thank you, Jennifer, for having me!
Ooh, what a happy place where one can play. Yesterday, in a private class, we explored marks of all kinds: lines and dots and circles in pencil, pen, crayon, marker, charcoal, and watercolor. We also tested inks on yupo paper. This is a great exercise to build awareness of how one’s eyes and hands work together to create interesting patterns.
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We are just starting off this week but I already have a fun activity for you for next Saturday. Over 30 local artisans will be at the Takoma Park Holiday Art Sale in Takoma Park, MD, on December 8 (10am -4pm) and I am one of them! Pop over to see my latest colorful RADOST designs and watercolors on yupo. Thank you, City of Takoma, for being such a fun community!
And they are all up! Thank you so much to my customers who kindly added seven of my watercolors on yupo to her new home in Chevy Chase, MD. May these paintings bring color and joy to your home. Need new and fresh art for your home? I am happy to help!
Today’s story behind a textile design of mine. A new day, a new RADOST scarf. This one is called “Hearts Full of Love” ... “Aunt Martina, turn this painting into a scarf,” I was told by my 6-year-old niece. And here we go! This textile pattern honors the beauty of creativity: I painted these lovely hearts in watercolor on yupo paper (what a cool artistic medium!). And it celebrates love: the caring support that our family and friends bring into our lives. When this scarf rests around your neck, may it be a reminder of warmth and kindness.
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Thank you everyone who came out to Greenbelt for the annual Festival of Lights. What a lovely art and craft fair! I am so happy to be able to participate in it for 2nd year and share my colorful RADOST textiles that are full of stories and positivity. See you all next year!
It's quite a delight to celebrate one's birthday. And it's even better when - while celebrating - one can engage in a creative activity. I had so much fun leading a little private class during which we celebrate a young woman's birthday and worked together to create beautifully colorful mandalas. Thank you, parents, for this opportunity!
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"RADOST by Martina Sestakova" handcrafted scarves, bags, tops, and pillows will be featured at this cool event! I paint and take photos and turn them into textiles that tell stories of our unique lives. All of my designs are colorful and will bring much joy to your day. My scarves, featured at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, have names and come with short stories of inspiration. Stop by to chat with me about creativity and style. Can't wait to meet you!
Two private art classes today. Very different students; two different projects. Lessons learned for me? Kindness opens doors to people: “fear” of art (as in not being able to do it) goes away. There is a moment of hesitation and then there is freedom to play. To test out ideas. To turn a blank page into an opportunity for joy. I am so grateful to be able to explore art with my lovely people.
“You are crazy like me. And that’s a compliment.” ... I was told today during a watercolor art class. By a 93-year-old lady who knows about life. She said that I am always smiling when I am around - when I am around art. Yeah, art will do that to you.
SOLD “Joyous Souls” ... Caring and deep relationships are essential for our well-being. This painting ponders souls meeting and affecting each other and also appreciates the beauty within each of us and what we bring into every relationship we have with others. This warm yellow seems to really warm up my heart; there is much texture and dimension to this artwork. Original watercolor on yupo paper; 4” x 6”.
"Thanks Martina, I wear my three scarves all the time and I am hoping my friends will enjoy these XMAS gift too."
-Gail (Maryland, USA)
I just finished painting a few abstract watercolors on yupo and was going through photos of my art on my phone. I feel so fortunate to be able to share my creativity and Gayle at @oaktheshop in Kensington, MD, has kindly been showcasing my paintings at her cool shop. Thank you so much! I will be bringing in new pieces soon so stop by to support this small business.
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I am excited to have a set of my watercolors on yupo displayed at a home of one of my customers. They recently moved and my collection will welcome their visitors as they first step into the apartment. I am grateful for this opportunity. We spent time selecting the paintings and then looking at how to install them best on the wall. Stay turned for the final result!
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Brand New Lines of Scarves! Check Out "Kensington ... Where the train stops" at GALA in Kensington, MD
I am excited to introduce two new RADOST scarf collections at GALA - Artisan Jewelry and Gifts! Hop over to check out a brand new series of scarves - called “Kensington... Where the Train Stops” - celebrating the cute town of Kensington and read the story behind my “Hearts Full of Love” designs. So much color! So much fun! Looking for specific colors? I am happy to make these designs just for you. GALA opens at 10am on Thursday so come visit this Kensington gift shop.
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Stop By Juried Art and Craft Fair - "Festival of Lights" in Greenbelt, MD, on December 1 and 2, 2018!
"RADOST by Martina Sestakova" handcrafted scarves, tops, and pillows will be featured at this cool event! I paint and take photos and turn them into textiles that tell stories of our unique lives. All of my designs are colorful and will bring much joy to your day. My scarves, featured at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, have names and come with short stories of inspiration. Stop by to chat with me about creativity and style. Can't wait to meet you! To learn more, visit www.RadostByMartinaSestakova.com.
I worked at a art/craft festival over the weekend and while chatting with a customer, she said to me: “You put all of your passion into this. Don’t you?” Yeah, I love what I do. My days are filled with colors and lovely people. I paint and I design and I write the short stories that go with my colorful @radostbymartinasestakova scarves. I am so grateful. Pop over to @galaartisansto see a lovely selection of my designs.
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Thanks Lycée Rochambeau for a fun day! Winter Fest turned out to be a sunny day filled with lovely conversations about art and creativity. I made new friends and customers. So grateful to be able to share my colorful RADOST scarves at this cool event.
“Come over here. I need to tell you something.” A student in my watercolor class called me over and then she said, “This is so gratifying. Painting. I have never done anything like this. I never knew I could. Thank you.” ... Ok, can someone wipe off the tears running down my face?
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