The “Art” of Recycling

Something “new” I’m working on, out of foam stencils, coated in several decades of cracked spray paint and reclaimed wood from my neighbor’s old deck. Still just playing around, but I have big dreams of a rather large, custom art piece with hand painted details to hang over my couch. There’s something very calming about not only the process of making art, but also imagining ways to breathe new life into old objects, formerly destined for the dumpster.

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Dreaming of Spring

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Counting down the days til spring as I work out the larger details of this farmers market drawing, using my smaller sketch as a guide…if I close my eyes, I can almost feel the warmth of the sun on my bare toes as I walk among the stalls, choosing fresh produce, baked items & flowers to bring home…

Ink Drawing Complete for Culinary Herbs Illustration

Culinary Herbs Ink Drawing and Watercolor Wash by Shalom Schultz Designs

Finished ink drawing and watercolor wash for my Culinary Herbs illustration. The black is separate from the color to make it easier to ‘clean up’ once scanned in and will also allow for printing on other backgrounds. As summer draws to a close I get one step closer to finishing my forever herb garden!

Fresh Art

Watercolor fruit and vegetable farmers market sign paintings by Shalom Schultz Designs. Vintage style typography design. Watermelon, peaches, tomatoes. Country cottage style art.

Look what I just found in storage! I painted these for my very first craft show back in 2005…10 years later I’m not so sure about my decision to mount them on wooden planks with twine for hanging (probably why they didn’t sell). But now I’m really glad I still have them because I still love the ‘laid back’ artistic style (which I’m trying to get back to) and now that I have better equipment I can scan them into my computer and sell them as prints. I might just have to re-frame the originals and put them up in my kitchen.

Stamps With Style

US Postal Service Farmers Market Forever Stamps. Vintage style graphic design, signage and typography. Watermelons, sweet corn, cantaloupes, tomatoes.

I just had to take a moment to rave about these gorgeous US postal stamps! I LOVE vintage graphic design & typography and, while these stamps designs are brand new, they definitely get my heart beating. In my mind, I’m immediately transported into the middle of a bustling farmers market on a hot summer day – sipping ice-cold lemonade as I browse through vibrant displays of plump and juicy fruits and veggies spilling out of antique wooden packing crates. I’m thinking a weekend trip downtown to my local market is a definite must!

Graduation Table Top Decorations with Mason Jars and Lids

Mason Jar Table Top Decorations for a Graduation Party by Shalom Schultz Designs. Green herb plants in clear jars, wrapped in burlap and black & white ribbon and hung with chalkboard tags made from mason jar lids.  Hand drawn words of congratulations in chalk.

Lately, it seems that if I’m not outside gardening, I’m putting my freehand skills to use designing mini ‘chalkboard’ signs (hint: it’s just black paper glued to mason jar lids and a white charcoal pencil) for my husband’s college graduation party next week. Four years ago, at age 32 he decided to go back to school to study computer programming. He’s already accepted a new job offer and before the end of this month will be leaving the construction industry to follow his dream! I’m so proud of him and happy to have an excuse to spend so much time being crafty. 🙂

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!

Embroidered Ink?

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Finished the last of the ink work for my Jane Austen-inspired art piece. I love to do ‘real’ embroidery as well, but drawing this was a lot of fun. Now it’s time scan it into my computer & digitally combine it with the watercolor artwork I painted separately to create the final product.