It’s All Coming Together Now

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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!

Another Lazy Sunday

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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

Still Figuring Out Who I Want To Be When I Grow Up

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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.

What In The World Am I Going To Do With All These Oranges?

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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…

Interview with Design Sponge Founder

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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/

If Only I’d Listened…

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A little humor for your Monday morning. 3 days after it was officially declared ‘Spring’ here we woke up to freezing rain. Ugh! Wish I could cancel all my plans and spend the day coloring with my 3 year old… Hmm, maybe I will. I’ve got plenty of coffee & chocolate on hand. What else do I need?

Spring is Here!

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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.

Painting Antique Lace

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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.