My new printer/scanner came in! Now I just need to get it set up and then I can start putting together all the individual components of watercolor & ink artwork into the final layout. When finished, the quote will be in the center of the oval border, the single lace motif will be a faded repeating pattern in the background & the tea set will be arranged below the quote. You might be able to tell that I’ve deviated a bit from my original plan. The graphic designer in me likes having the freedom to change my mind, which is why I’ve created each component as a separate ‘layer’. Going forward I’d like to break that habit, so I can produce final results more quickly. But for now, it’s exciting to be so close to the finish line!
Stumbled across this little gem today while sipping coffee & browsing Instagram for artistic inspiration (best thing to do on a chilly Sunday). @liz.sofield.designs hand-carves her stamps with beautiful simplicity that emphasize just the right details. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot more of her work! http://goo.gl/QRMKyX
In many ways, I believe this is the main lesson I was meant to take away from my 30s. So many things that I once considered ‘concrete’ aspects of my life have either dissolved, been turned upside down or I am simply seeing them with wiser eyes & evaluating their worth differently now. I heard someone say recently that you spend much of your 30s ‘editing’ (physically & figuratively) all the stuff you collected in your 20s & when I heard that it just clicked with me. Some of the changes & decisions have been more difficult to accept than others, but I’m learning to appreciate the difference between quantity & quality. In this case, less is definitely more.
I originally sketched these orange designs back in 2008 as ideas for felt appliques when I was envisioning an Etsy shop filled with handmade pillows…while my artistic endeavors have definitely shifted, I still really like these concepts (which ultimately proved to be much too complicated for applique patterns) & I’d love to breathe some new life into them. Maybe if I traced them over in ink & added some splashes of watercolor in the background they would work as a fabric pattern or even an art print? I’d love to know your thoughts…
This is one of the most inspiring interviews I’ve ever watched. Grace Bonney of the hugely popular design blog, Design Sponge, shares her insights into running a successful online business for 10 years and how she deals with the ever-changing landscape of internet marketing & social media. A wonderful reference for small business owners everywhere. Click the link to watch the video, http://www.marieforleo.com/2015/03/grace-bonney/
Happy First Day of Spring! I tried out a brand new (to me) technique with this piece, using pastel pencils & a white paint pen on a piece of textured, green paper for a ‘chalkboard’ effect. I also drew it completely freehand, without any preliminary sketches. Very different from how I usually work, but I like the overall whimsical & slightly imperfect effect. Will definitely be doing more like this.
Felt like coming home to be back with my paints last night & to finish up the last piece of the puzzle I need before I can begin the digital design phase of my Jane Austen inspired art piece. I was aiming for the color of tea with cream & honey as I painted this single motif which, once scanned & digitally repeated, will become my antique lace background.