You guys, I am so excited to announce the launch of my T-shirt designs for Clean Food Dirty Girl! Check them out here.
I've been collaborating with Molly Patrick and Luanne Teoh of CFDG for T-shirt designs for a few months, and we have 10 winners ! For the process and path that led us here, check out my previous posts here, here and here.
My artwork is now available on the CFDG website for T-shirts, mugs, totes, caps and other merchandise.
And while you're there, subscribe to Molly's newsletter for weekly whole foods, plant-based recipes. Molly's emails are full of wisdom, great advice and touching stories, always infused with a healthy dose of humor. I love getting her email every Saturday in my inbox and trying new recipes! I've made a whole bunch of her healthy and delicious recipes such as the Cheesy Sauce, Tahini Crack (aka T-crack), Rich Dessert Bites and the Simple Veggie Bean Soup, just to name a few.
So head on over to Molly's website to check out some yummy recipes and to see all 10 of my artwork designs in action :-)
Thank you so much Molly, Luanne and Clean Food Dirty Girl for allowing me to tell your story! What a fun and captivating experience!
Beets are one of the most nutritious veggies out there, and every time I cook or juice them, I fall in love all over again with their rich red, almost purple color! It's like nature's best watercolor! So for this T-shirt, I made the humble beet the ambassador for the Clean Food Dirty Girl message to eat more 'whole food plant based' foods.
You can take the girl out of the 'dirty', but you can't take the 'dirty' out of the girl! In this tongue-in-cheek design I wanted to play with layers of puns and to bring in references personal to Molly. I used the turquoise color of her fab headphones for the bathtub and added the kitty, since she loves cats so much. But this may be the only time you'll ever see Molly anywhere near a chandelier!
Molly's cheesy sauce, one of my favorite Clean Food Dirty Girl recipes, is what brought us together and is what started this fun collaboration. So I definitely wanted to design a T-shirt featuring this golden yumminess.
Every time I get one of Molly's emails with a new recipe, I get hungry. Like in 10 seconds flat! Like, feed me now!! This is what I picture when I think of Clean Food Dirty Girl: a mouth always hungry for tasty and nutritious plant based food.
This is my view of the Clean Food Dirty Girl chick: she has an edge, and she's not afraid to show she cares about her body and her well being. She's proudly wearing a whole foods plant based statement earring to show who she is. We are all complex being with varied interests and so is the CFDG community. Don't be afraid to express who you are, in any way that rings true to you!
T-Crack (Tahini Crack) was a popular suggestion for a T-shirt from so many of you. This is one CFDG insider joke you'll be happy to explain every time! I was inspired by Molly's consistent message to practice self-love and self-acceptance and to act the same towards others. I used a rainbow of pride colors as the background for the T-Crack message as an extra layer of meaning that felt so appropriate and uplifting for this T-shirt, and also as a personal touch to Molly and Luanne's story.
As soon as the T-shirts went up in the store, I ordered a test sample, and it was so exciting to get the package in the mail and trying on my very first T-shirt design :-) Super psyched!
Ella Studio in session! More Clean Food Dirty Girl T-shirt designs explorations at lunch.
Testing out some ideas inspired by bad ass Ruby Rose, who is right on brand for CFDG. I love it when I push my skill into gritty and loose!
Ella Studio set up, complete with hot pink tape!
You guys, I'm so excited to be working on a commission to design T-shirts artwork for Clean Food Dirty Girl. You may remember my connection with CFDG from this post a while back, when I was so inspired by Molly Patrick's plant-based cheesy sauce that I simply had to paint her portrait using it.
Since then, I connected with Molly and Luanne Teoh (Molly's partner) on their Facebook group, and we are now collaborating on artwork for T-shirts and other merchandise to represent the CFDG brand.
These are two of the designs I'm working on right now, a mouth hungry for plants and of course, something to represent that yummy cheesy sauce.
My day job as an architect keeps me plenty busy. Some days, and some weeks for that matter, it's hard to find the time to paint. But I am determined to keep my passion moving forward, and sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.
Enter Ella studio: on days when I'm super busy with my day job, when I have to work late or my days are full of project deadlines and meetings, I carve out a little time for myself at lunch to paint. Sometimes this time is as short as 20 or 30 minutes. Sometimes I manage to paint for my full lunch hour. But no matter how little time I have, my car is always the perfect solution to squeeze in a few minutes of painting. I have a Hyundai Elantra, affectionately known as Ella. And since I started using her as my portable painting studio, she has become Ella Studio! And I've grown quite fond of my little special universe.
This is my Ella Studio process, with my little portable painting set up at hand, and taking photos with my iPhone. Hey, whatever works, right?
So what if I end up with a rainbow of watercolor stains on my clothes? I mostly wear black and grey anyways ;-)
OMG! I just made the most amazing plant-based 'cheesy’ sauce this past weekend, and I am in heaven!! And I owe this enlightening experience to none other than Molly Patrick of Clean Food, Dirty Girl - you can find the recipe here** along with a full mac 'n cheese experience.
Not only is this vegan cheesy sauce so tasty, but its beautiful golden yellow brought on some painting inspiration, as I was busy stuffing myself ;-)
So I serve you (on a platter, duh!) an entirely whole-foods, plant-based portrait of Molly, the creator of the most amazing cheesy sauce! Ta-dah!!
Molly's hair is made out of the golden cheesy sauce, of course, ha! And you'll be happy to know that no blueberries, strawberries or cranberries were harmed in the creation of this portrait: all leftovers made it into my morning smoothie today!
Here's my blank 'canvas' and color palette of gold yellow cheesy sauce and blends of blueberries, strawberries and cranberries. Oh, yeah, and my 'paintbrush' :-)
If you haven’t come across Molly Patrick before, she is an extremely funny and engaging person who is passionate about making whole-foods plant-based recipes as tasty as they can get and equally passionate about delivering them to those interested in the least boring way. And, let me tell you, she's wildly succeeding at both!
As is the case with this awesome cheesy sauce, recipe here. I finished making it and dug right in with some Ezekiel toast and had to pry myself from the bowl of golden yumminess before I ended up putting it all away! Later in the day, I even added it to something healthy, steamed broccoli, instead of just chowing it down by itself! So proud of my self-restraint!
I've been following Molly for over a year now, and I am one of the lucky peeps who get her Saturday emails: I look forward to each email as it is delivered to my in-box with a freshly created yummy recipe of the week and a focal point of conversation. Recipes go from the best plant-based mac 'n cheese using this cheesy sauce, to meat lovers-approved plant-based meatballs, to a dee-lish turmeric vanilla latte. And each recipe comes with a great story that I can always relate to on a deeper level than meets the eye.
Molly is nothing if not honest and a straight shooter. She is courageous in sharing her stories in a way that allows her to become open to all of us, to reach out and connect with a vulnerability that I find very inspiring. Her empathy and compassion ooze from every single story and always somehow connect back to food and to how what we eat affects how our minds and bodies feel.
You might think, how are these things connected? The best way to find that out is to subscribe to her free newsletter here and find out over the course of the following weeks. And you also get a free recipe book when you sign up! Yum!
You can also find Molly and her cooking adventures on Facebook at Clean Food Dirty Girl and on Instagram @cleanfooddirtygirl
Most of all, check out Molly's website, which has TONS of free recipes, and lots of advice on how to be gentle with yourself on this journey of eating foods that give you energy, make you happy and keep you healthy, no matter if you are also eating meat or not. You will find something yummy (and entertaining) if you want to throw some healthy meals into the mix regardless of where you are on your personal journey towards a healthier you.
Thank for all the great recipes, Molly! Looking forward to the next one!
**Spoiler alert: if you have a sensitivity to colorful language, please tread lightly.
I find Molly to be very down-to-earth, funny and engaging, and her passion for health, plant-based eating and self-discovery are qualities I deeply admire.
That passion comes in all forms, like great tasting healthy recipes, enriching stories and also very *specific* language at times ;-) While I appreciate her humor, and I hope you will have the same reaction I do to her inspiring stories and to her direct style of communication, I realize this may not work for everyone, so please keep that in mind as you visit her site.
I'm Cristina Tudor, a Beverly Hills fashion illustrator. I paint live illustrations at fashion, retail, entertainment, bridal and lifestyle events for clients such as David Yurman x Galia Lahav, Badgley Mischka, Bloomingdale's, Warner Bros. Studios, Diptyque Paris, Ted Baker London, Eric Buterbaugh x Beverly Hills EB Florals, and Survey Monkey, among others.
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