I'm taking 2015 session of Lilla Rogers' Make Art That Sells Assignment Bootcamp and believe it or not, I've already fallen behind. I didn't get my first month's assignment done in time to make it into the class gallery, but I did make myself a promise this year that I will get all the assignments done and better late than never! The topic was to create a journal cover inspired by Edwardian brooches, a subject matter that I would never have picked on my own but really ended up loving. Here is my design—in my mind the design is tone-on-tone and embossed, so very rich and textural. I couldn't help expanding the motif into a repeat pattern...it was just screaming for it! Now, on to month two!
I took a lot of time off over the holidays since the boys and my husband were home for a couple of week and we were super busy with family stuff. While the time off was nice, by the end of winter break I was starting to feel cranky from not making any art! Still, getting back to the studio this week I've felt kind of aimless and had trouble getting back in the swing of things. I decided to combat my bad mental soundtrack of "I'll never have any more ideas or ever make any good work again" by just playing with some collage bits and making something just for fun. I've been wanting to do an illustrated alphabet for a while, so I started there, with E for elephant. We'll see what come next!
Thanks to everyone that voted for my Kittens in Mittens design in the recent Spoonflower contest. My design made the top 10 which I am thrilled about. The print is now available for sale here. I can't wait to get my own hands on some yardage...this would be so cute on a tote bag or to sew up a knitting needle organizer.
This is the seamless repeat pattern that these papercut icons turned into! It's my submission for the upcoming Spoonflower contest, with the theme of Kittens in Mittens. I scanned the pieces, along with some handmade textures, and then built the pattern in Photoshop. It won't be available for sale in my shop until I order a test swatch.
Moths? Butterflies? Lightning bugs? I'm not sure but this new little group of patterns needs a name. I was thinking "Fly Me to the Moon" or "Magic Garden" but neither seems quite right. Leave a comment with your idea for the perfect collection name. If I pick yours, I'll send you a free goodie in the mail in time for Christmas!
Sweet holiday mini cards (3" x 3") just added to my etsy shop this morning! I also dropped a batch off at Northern Clay Center—my former work stomping grounds—for their holiday shop. While I was there, of course, I had to stop and drool over all the amazing pottery (and add items to my wish list for Santa). Hopefully, there will be some of these little guys left for sale at my holiday open house on December 4.
Look what arrived in my mailbox! A bunch of holiday happiness in the form of Spoonflower swatches. These Christmas goodies are now available in my Spoonflower shop. Also, you can order them as wrapping paper, too.
I designed a book! I finally got a copy of the finished product in my hot little hands last weekend and I'm so excited to see how it turned out. Friend and fellow NE Minneapolis artist Sarah Whiting received a MN State Arts Boards grant this year to publish a book of her collection of photos and interviews of Northeast Minneapolis artists and studios. She asked me to the do the graphic design for the project and it was a real treat to work with such gorgeous photos on such an amazing project. We kept the layout super clean to showcase the photos but with some special little touches to keep it current and fun. The book is called Open Studio: Faces and Stories of Northeast Minneapolis Artists. Printed by Bolger Printing, it has a library of congress number, ISBN number and everything—it's the real deal. Hopefully I'll have a few copies on hand to sell at my holiday open house on December 4.
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While working on my new designs for Silhouette this week, I got a bee in my bonnet about working some of my shapes up in to some holiday patterns. Once I get started making patterns it's hard to stop. It's amazing what a difference color choice makes! Which colorway do you like best? Lime and teal, or red and turquoise? Click on the images to see them larger.
I was asked to come up with some designs for a Confucius Day card inspired by contemporary chinese brush painting. I had a great time getting out my watercolors and inks and playing around. The final artwork was built digitally using a mix of scanned painted elements, mixed with additional "painted" art created directly in photoshop using a selection of Kyle T. Webster's amazing watercolor and ink photoshop brushes. I LOVE love love these brushes—they really look like watercolors, using my wacom tablet to paint. Plus, you can "undo" any accidents or strokes that you don't like, unlike real paint. You really can't tell what started as a scan and what I painted digitallyMy client selected the design on the left, and we're having it printed on a heavy art watercolor paper. Can't wait to see the final product!
Yesterday the hubby, Eli and I enjoyed a tour of the new addition to Eli's school, Yinghua Academy, including a sneak peek into the brand new gym. It's so fun to see my logo design for the Dragons decorating the new gym wall! August will bring the installation of the new gym floor, and then we'll be ready to cheer the Dragons on in style.
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I just finished up a tour poster for The New Standards announcing their current Minnesota Arts Tour. It turned out to be a fun chance to play with type! The band wanted something clean, polished and contemporary, but still with an artsy twist.
I added a "music collage" band at the side for a friendly touch. For the type treatment of the band's name, I started with one of my current font favorites, Arquitecta by Latinotype. After setting and adjusting the type in Illustrator, I brought it into Photoshop and used a layer mask to create hand sketched lines across the type using my Wacom tablet. Super easy, but a classy result!
Happy to make work for such stellar musicians...be sure to catch one of their upcoming shows!
Have you wanted to try your hand at hand papercutting, but didn't know how to get started? I've added the first design in my new line of downloadable hand papercutting patterns to my etsy shop! Pretty much all you need is an exacto knife, paper, and a self-healing cutting mat to get to work. Lovebirds is sweet, easy-to-cut, and adorable in a frame. The digital download includes a pdf pattern sheet along with a sheet listing materials and packed with my cutting tips and tricks. More pattern designs will be added soon! Please note, this is a digital download, not a physical product.
Don't want to cut by hand? Check out my SVG cutting file here to use your Silhouette Cameo or other home cutting machine.
For the past six month's I've been participating in Lilla Roger's Make Art That Sells: Assignment Bootcamp. Each month provided an assignment brief and other goodies along the way, with a monthly gallery of all the projects created. Our final assignment was to create wall art with the theme of a favorite drink, something inspiring we would hang in our own space. I decided to work with the collage techniques I've been playing with after taking Mati Rose's Daring Adventures in Collage E-course and this is what I submitted. The e-course was fun ride with lots of inspiration, and as always, the push to keep making good art!
Check out all the amazing work created by my fellow bootcamp classmates on the class gallery!
As I've been exploring more layering of textures and patterns in my new collage work, I've been hankering to try my hand at stencils. I thought I'd start out low tech, seeing what I can do quickly and cheaply with basic stencils cut on my Silhouette Cameo using materials on hand. I used one of my patterns inspired by Moroccan tile designs, converted into SVG cutting files (available here).
- Cut the stencils using basic card stock
- Use blue painters tape to hold them in place without tearing the paper
- Apply paint using a pouncer, making sure to push the paint completely into the cutout spaces. (I used Liquitex Basics acrylic paint)
- Remove the tape and stencils, and instant success!
I'm excited to use these in some projects I'm working on. I also tried using easy tack spray to hold down the stencil, which worked well, but left a tacky feel on the finished design that I didn't like. The cardstock seems perfect for using a few times and tossing, but doesn't seem like it will hold up super long for multiple uses, so I plan to experiment on cutting more stencils out of some different materials to see what I like best. I'll keep you posted!