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I’m so excited to announce that my Journals are now available for purchase in my Etsy shop! I’ve had the amazing company ecojot help me out by manufacturing them and I think they’ve turned out great. 100% recycled materials and 100% fun! Each journal measures 5x7inches and has 80 lined sheets. They are just small enough to throw in your purse and take with you wherever you go. And with four different designs to choose from there’s at least one you’ll like, or maybe more! Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Entering the Global Talent Search this year was my opportunity to take a creative brief and interpret it with fresh eyes. An opportunity to create another piece of artwork to stretch myself and make something that I was proud of. And I am proud of these piece. I went through at least 3 rounds of revisions before finally settling on this one. I loved the opportunity to try something new. Even though I didn’t make the top 50 out of 999 participants that submitted artwork, I’m ok with it. Here’s to even more opportunities to create great art!
I’ve also been busy doing the briefs from the MIID Summer School. I had a ton of fun with this brief creating a tribal theme for wrapping paper on boxes. I love the way these turned out!
I wanted to share a few of my latest projects with you.
The first one I am most excited about! I’m going to be updating my Etsy shop with lots of fun prints and these super fun journals! More to come on those once I get them back from the manufacturer, but I couldn’t wait to share the good news! They are going to be 4 different designs and quantities will be limited, so make sure to mark your calendars for the end of this month! Which one is your favorite?
The Amsterdam journal was part of a collection that I worked on together with the lovely talented ladies over at Happy Happy Art Collective City Collections. If you’d like to see the project as a whole, go here! They are incredible and it was so much fun to work on!
This is another project that I recently illustrated for the Happy Happy Art Collective Alphabet. A continuing project that is so much fun to work on. I hope to do more letters in this style as it was a lot of fun. The only problem is I’m not sure if I could do the whole alphabet in this style, as you can see, the letter Q was a difficult one. Quail and Queen were about the only nouns! Ha ha!
Not only did I sign up for the Global Talent Search (wahoo! We just got our first assignment today!) but I’ve also signed up for the Make It In Design Summer School, both the advanced and intermediate tracks. It is definitely pulling me out of my normal illustration style so don’t judge to harshly. It was rather fun though. The first was supposed to be inspired by water ripples. I originally hand dyed some fabric using some Shibori techniques, and then using photoshop and a lot of layers created this pattern. What do you think? Would you have a pillow made from this fabric?
The intermediate track was supposed to be inspired by retro geometric swimwear. I’m not the best at geometrics, so again, way out of my comfort zone, but I was able to get something that I liked. I feel like the top print could be little fishes. So cute!
Well, I’ve still got some big projects in the works and I can’t wait to tell you more about them when I can. I recently designed my brother-in-laws wedding invitations and am working on a few logos, so when those are available to share, I’ll make sure and share them here. I hope you are all having a wonderful day. Please let me know what you think! Thank you!
I’ve been trying my hand at some brush work. I just purchased this pen after reading up on it and I must say I am very pleased with it! The best part is that you don’t have to keep dipping your pen over and over again in the ink. I have found that it dries out easily though, but nothing a quick dip in a cup of water can’t solve!
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I like to remind myself often that TODAY IS A GREAT DAY! I know that our attitude determines a lot what happens in our lives and I also know that when we keep a positive grateful attitude our lives are happier. I hope this quote will remind you of that! If you are a member of my Newsletter List, then you will receive this quote as a free printable. If you are not yet subscribed, you can do so on my blog’s sidebar as well as my websites homepage. Happy Day!
Do I have a fun one for you this month! I’ve been working on my brush and ink work and decided to put it on a card. And to make it more fun, I’ve added watercolor dots, for those of us who like a little fun in our day! But for those of you with more modern dad’s, here’s a plain ‘ole black and white version! Happy Father’s Day to all of the amazing Dad’s out there! I sure have a great one! He taught me to be honest and work hard at everything you do.
I also have a great husband who is an amazing father to our two precious children. How blessed I feel to have him in my life. I love you Chris!
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SURTEX 2014 was an explosion! An explosion of emotions and exhaustion. One minute I was filled with excitement for the possibility that I could be there the very next year showing my work, and the next moment was one of exhaustion, thinking about how much work it would take to show next year. So many amazingly talented artists sharing their work with the world. I couldn’t believe how many great artists I met. Thank you for taking even the smallest moment to talk with me. I hope that I didn’t offend anyone, because that for sure was not the intention. The intention was just to tell you how incredible you are and I hope you know that.
I got to meet so many of my design crushes at SURTEX this year (including the girls from Happy Happy): Jill Howarth, Tammie Bennett, Emily Balsley, Lauren Minco (we missed you Denise), Zoe Ingram, Elizabeth Olwen, Carolyn Gavin, Helen Dardik and Allison Cole! I mean, HELLO! What a line-up!
I know many have come before me, but I’d thought I’d add my two cents about walking SURTEX. I have to say, first off that the talent in that room was incredible. I can hardly believe all the talent!
SOME TIPS FOR WALKING SURTEX
1. Wear comfy shoes. TOMS were great! We were putting in around 7-8 miles a day, just walking around the Javits Center and NYC to get lunch, dinner, etc. So you’ll need some comfy shoes.
2. Bring a pen and paper to take notes.
3. Bring business cards. Mine were mostly handed out to fellow artists (mostly from the MATS classes), but a few others were handed out to other people. I didn’t come home with even one of my cards. I think I made about 100 business cards with mini button magnets in them.
4. Book an apartment or hotel near the Javits Center. Within walking distance if possible. We used airBnB to book a space, and found it reasonably priced, compared to some of the hotels nearby.
5. Take the time to eat! Three meals a day is great, plus a few snacks. Think snacks high in protein, Lara Bars, or almonds are a good choice. There’s a great little market, called SUNAC, just North of the JAVITS that has delicious FRESH food. We got fresh fruit and omelets for breakfast and fresh green salads for lunch. And don’t forget a water bottle. You’ll need to drink often.
6. If you do find yourself talking to an artist and someone else walks in the booth, excuse yourself and come back later if you can.
7. Walk the NSS show as well. We were able to collect the whole alphabet in Letterpressed cards, as a scavenger hunt. So beautiful! And it was fun to walk around and get the cards.
8. Savor the moment and take it all in. Write your feelings down. What excited you the most about SURTEX? Was it the talent? Do you feel your art is ready to show? Of not, what can you do to get it ready? Make a 1 year plan. (That’s what I plan to do!)
9. Take time to enjoy other parts of the city. I walked the Highline, but wished I had just one more day to explore other parts of the city as well. I was there Sunday-Tuesday and could have easily spent a week! Ha ha!
10. Smile! Don’t forget to smile and have fun! I loved encouraging other artists and telling them how incredible they are! It helps boost their confidence, plus keeps you going as well. Smile people!
Well, hopefully that helps a few of you who might be thinking about walking SURTEX next year. It definitely solidified the fact that SURTEX is for me! I can see myself doing very well here! Good luck to everyone who has showed and who plans to show at SURTEX!
I hope you all are enjoying the beautiful Spring weather. I know I sure am, and we’re prepping the garden and the apple trees. Here’s to hoping for a good harvest and a beautiful Spring.
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I thought it might be fun to have an Easter round-up of all of the fun Easter crafts and printables that I have done over the years. These are so much fun to make. Enjoy and Happy Easter!