Saturday, July 31, 2010

Photo of the day

Taken with FXcamera Toycam for Droid

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Sketchbook Project 2011 Day 1

My library card
It's official - I'm a participating artist =)
My very own UPC code
First Entry!

I took the first step and completed the first page in my sketchbook today. It was easier than I thought. I was suddenly inspired by something and went for it. I also wanted to test out my Sakura pen on the paper more than anything else since so many people have complained about the thinness of the paper. I will agree - the paper is more for jotting than drawing. At least it can't hold up to wet media. Many artists I know are rebinding their books. Didn't feel like going through all that and I kind of like the idea of just using what I have. If the ink shows through on the other side of the page - so what? Doubt I will be painting in here anyway. Maybe pen and ink, MAYBE watercolor? Don't know yet. I like not knowing and not having a plan. I think my sketchbook will really be more of a sketchbook with line art. It's how I sketch after all. I also glue things down in my sketchbook so it will be interesting to see how this thing holds up to collaging. Maybe use my sticker maker vs. using wet glue that might warp the paper? We shall see. I will blog as much of the process as I can - so stay tuned!

Oh and would like to mention that I twisted Laura Zarrin's arm and she is now participating in it as well! Yay! 
Join the Facebook group to keep in touch with other artists' taking part in the project.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Trend Alert - Ombre

n. A French term meaning "shaded." Usually a multicolored stripe, with colors graduating from light to dark. The color effect is woven into the fabric. Generally produced by arranging different tones in the warp.

I am LOVING the Ombre trend right now. It's everywhere - clothes, bags, shoes, rugs, curtains, and graphics. I am especially loving the trend in men's fashion - HOT! My favorite is the orange v-neck sweater. Wonder if I could convince the hubby to wear something like that? 

Have you created anything lately referencing this trend? If you haven't, you should! It's as easy as creating a gradient in Photoshop or Illustrator. The trick is choosing the right colors and blending them just that it resembles a dip-dyeing technique. If you are clueless as to how to create gradients here is a decent tutorial.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Sketchbook Project

Have you heard of the Sketchbook project yet? It's a project artist's can participate in by paying $25 for a blank moleskine sketchbook, fill it with sketches according to the theme they pick, and have their book travel the country to libraries in Brooklyn, Chicago, and Atlanta to name a few cities. The coolest thing about it is that you can see how many times your book is viewed online! I think it's a brilliant idea and a cool way to get your name and art out there. I'm definitely taking part - will you join me?

Sign up by Oct 31st here. You can pick your theme, or get a theme randomly picked for you - you can also pick a color for your book! I would love to hear from all my artist friends and know who will be taking part in this - as I will visit the library in Brooklyn to view the books firsthand. So - who's in?? Comment below to let us all know if you will be taking part! And while you're at it grab a button from the site for your blog/website to show you are taking part too!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Holiday designs coming soon to Tiny Prints

I wrapped up holiday design submissions for Tiny Prints not too long ago and just heard back about which designs were chosen. Here is a sneak peek at three holiday designs debuting in September for the launch of the Holiday Season. All photos are FPO (for placement only) - I downloaded them from Google images. Tiny Prints will be using their own photography once they go up on the site. I like to add photos instead of just gray boxes - I think it looks more finished and I feel it sells the design better.
This design is called Vintage Holly and is a three panel, accordion style card. The back is still to be designed.

Sweet Holiday will be available in 3 colors as well as in multi-photo (below), flat (shown here) and foldover. Matching address labels and gift tags (see below) will also be available.

Hot off the Press Design available in 3 colors, in flat, folded, and multi-photo (shown below)

I wanted to give the type in my Hot off the Press design a letterpress look to it but was failing miserably until I found this wonderful free tutorial on : Creating Editable Letterpress Style Text. This kind of effect is usually done in Photoshop, but I was working in Illustrator and needed to text to be editable as I might have needed to change the copy. It took a few tries but I finally got it to work. I think the background color really played an important part. As you can see the blue colorway is the best example of the effect. I just wish I could tweak it more in AI. Then again, that's what PSD is for.

Sorry to ruin your summer vacation with Christmas - but that's how it is in my world - Christmas is always in July! Don't forget to visit Tiny Prints in September for their Holiday launch. Wouldn't hurt to order your family holiday cards early, would it? *hint, hint* =)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Target Tuesday

Found these gorgeous prints in the kids clothing section at Target. I might get my daughter one of each - they were all so affordable. Skirts, tunics, tanks, dresses, and yes, even a jacket (fall, already?) All were adorned with funky florals, both retro and vibrant. And for $9.99 and up!

This is why I love Target so much. Feeling totally inspired to draw some flowers now! Which is your favorite floral?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New Collection - Groovy Greenery

Just finished this collection and asked my fans to help me come up with a name for it. Believe it or not that is my LEAST favorite thing. I always get stumped and come up with silly names. But with all the suggestions I managed to come up with Groovy Greenery. I figure it encompasses the color scheme, theme and the feel of the patterns all in one. It's kinda groovy, isn't it? My inspiration - Henna and Ikea.

I have so many ideas going in my head right now for my next collection but it's hard to stay focused with having to stop and feed little ones. I'll have to dig through my rough sketches and idea book. I was up until 4am last night working on Groovy Greenery! But when you are on a roll and it's QUIET in the house you just have to plow through! Hopefully tonight I will get the same creative high and finish another collection. Fingers crossed!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Le Papier Studio: New Studio Tour!

OMGosh! I am totally DROOLING over Le Papier Studio: New Studio Tour! Have you seen her space? To DIE for! Cheers to her success and moving to her new dedicated work space!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Childhood Inspiration

Thanks to Scoutie Girl for the great post on childhood inspiration. Hers was The Chronicles of Narnia. For me there were several inspirations. I couldn't choose just one! Disney was by far the most influential source of inspiration. It's what fueled my love of drawing and made me want to be an artist. I used to trace Disney characters until I had that annoying lump on my middle finger from holding my pencil too tight and pressing down too hard on the paper. 

Sesame Street in the 70's was was most definitely a source of inspiration for many kids. Certainly was for me. I had a collection of story book records that I used to listen to religiously in room. Most of them were Disney but I also had The Sesame Street Fairy Tale Album which was amazing! Every important fairy tale told with sound effects by your favorite Sesame Street characters - what could be better than that? Another favorite was Tina the Ballerina. This story with it's music was just mesmerizing for me. Made me want to dance like a ballerina! But nothing made me really dance like a true kid of the 70's like Mickey Mouse Disco. My sister and I danced like maniacs in our room to that record! Only in the 70's! 

Last but not least my dearest Winnie the Pooh. I just adored him. The Blustery Day was probably my favorite Winnie-the-Pooh story. Now I want to get on Ebay and find all these records. I can't believe I don't have most of them anymore. Oh and a record player would be good too. I miss the days when childhood was so simple!

Hope this post inspired you to remember your own childhood inspiration. What are you waiting for? Go post your own story! =)

New items in my Etsy shop!

I have been meaning to list these for a while. I had submitted these designs to Tiny Prints a while back but they rejected them. That doesn't sounds very positive, does it? LOL Tiny Prints is VERY particular about what they add to their line. They want to make sure the designs are unique and have enough detail that there is a perceived value to their product. They also try to maintain a certain 'look' - one that isn't reminiscent of any of their competition. So these designs aren't BAD, just not Tiny Prints worthy.  =) Whatever their reason for not adding them to their line I didn't want the designs to go to waste. I'm all about recycling! Plus I got great feedback and was encouraged by my Twitter friends to list them on Etsy. I love Twitter! 

I was thinking of printing some out and taking proper photographs as well as purchasing matching envelopes (colored) for them. Might be fun to have colorful envelopes. Are you more likely to purchase invites or stationery if colored envelopes are offered? I wonder...Anyway, I hope you enjoy them and feel free to spread the word to anyone you know that might be in need of cute birthday invites! If you refer someone to my shop and they make a purchase I would love to send you a little thank you gift! Just leave me a comment here or convo me on Etsy or message me on Twitter or Facebook.