Friday, July 29, 2011

Pies Fabric for Robert Kaufman!

Remember that pie print I told you about I was working on for Robert Kaufman? Well I just got word it is going to be available in stores in September! It will be part of their confections collection. Previews are already up on the sight under Pink Light Design. My name is not on the website because I designed it under Pink Light Design for RK but it will be printed on the selvage. It will be available in three yummy colors: strawberry, berry, and banana. 

 Would love to hear what your favorite colorway is and if you purchase the fabric and make something with it PLEASE let me know because I would love to share it with my readers! Maybe I will add a flickr pool later where you guys can add the photos of your craftiness. I know Jenni 20 Designs is already planning on making something with it. What would you make?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

2011 Sketchbook Project - Now digitized!

Hey everyone! My Sketchbook Project has been digitized! If you didn't have the chance to view it on tour you can check it out in it's entirety at the new Art House Co-op site. Unfortunately, I will not be participating this year with a baby on the way. I have enough on my plate! Thinking of doing my own sketchbook just for me to share with you. Would be nice to keep it instead of say goodbye to it forever.

Happy Sketching! =)

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Big Reveal: Custom Plate for an Awesome Scrapbooker!

If you are a fan of mine on Facebook and follow me on Twitter you may have caught me mentioning a special custom plate I was working on that I could not share until it was in the hands of the buyer due to the surprise nature of the design. Well, that buyer is my cousin's wife (whom I have never met in real life but I adore her more than some of my real family!) Teri of TeriBeri's Creations.

She saw my post with the first hand drawn plate I did and loved it so much she commissioned one for her brand new scrap booking room. Which is so cute and I am so jealous of her amazing little creative niche in her home! It is my goal to have a studio in my home but I am waiting until we move to a bigger house - no room in this little tudor and I have wayyyy to much stuff!

Anyway - she received the package today and she LOVED IT! I am SO HAPPY too because she gave me 100% creative license. Didn't even give me a quote to use or anything. All I had to go on were the lovely photos of her space and where the future home of the plate would be. She has already uploaded a video to YouTube and blogged about it. I think it looks GREAT on her shelf, don't you?? I love how CUTE her reaction is when she opens up the box - you have to see the video. The quote I thought was perfect considering her love of scrap booking. I had a few runner-ups but this one I think suited her sunny personality and the room. =)

Loving Teri's plate? I am now taking custom orders over at my etsy shop!

Friday, July 08, 2011

Experimenting with Chalkboard Ceramic Paint by Pebeo

Tried out the Pebeo Chalkboard paint for ceramics last night. Here's the plate I made. I used a metallic bronze and a teal paint for the border, alternating each color. Still have to bake it to set the paint, then I can try chalk on it. Pretty neat and fun project. I just wish the chalkboard paint went on a bit smoother. Wondering if baking it will change the texture a bit. I'll let you all know. =)

I think this plate would be cute hanging in a hallway, kitchen, or little nook above a table to write little love notes or reminders.....don't you? Or maybe as a decorative name plate? A wall of them would be nice too! How would you use it?

News, Venting and MORE Mr. Darcy!

You may or may not have heard the news...but I am expecting my third child January 2012. Crazy, I know. I'm a glutton for punishment. My life has been crazy, upside down, and stressful since I found out for so many reasons. Stressful, mainly, because my pregnancy has been so debilitating which is so frustrating for me. (Round the clock morning sickness anyone?) 

Much of my work has been put on hold and I have been forced to turn down new opportunities because - quite frankly - I have lost my design ability. It's like invasion of the body snatchers. I find myself now in this strange body that has all these ailments, that can't think straight or draw to save my life. It's like I have FORGOTTEN how to or, better yet, am a completely different person! And those of you that know me will know how annoying that is for me because I am a bit of a workaholic...always juggling a million projects at once. Nowadays, simply making up a shopping list is too much for my little pregnant brain to handle. Try making said list with a 5 year old and 3 year old fighting in the background - it becomes IMPOSSIBLE.

My concepting/designing self may have up and disappeared but I have found that my ability to use my hands is still intact. Thank God for that. Luckily, I had some jewelry making supplies handy and made these pendants over the period of a few days. You have already seen my hand drawn plates. I think my next thing will be trying embroidery. Anything creative, that will keep my hands busy. 

Like most creatives, I get depressed when I am not making something. There is something 'lacking' when I can't design or create. Since my designing skills have come to a halt, (you should see me trying to come up with a Christmas card concept - like pulling teeth) I have taken up crafting. At least I am making something. I am still dying to get my design brain back because it's been ages since I have made a pretty pattern or invitation and it's killing me. But for now I will be content with crafting. 

These aren't listed yet, but they will be soon. Keep checking the shop. Hope you like them. =)

Have a great weekend!

xx Liz (or someone that used to be her)

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Barnes & Noble Classics covers by Jessica Hische

I've always loved the work of Jessica Hische....but since seeing her work on the covers of these B&N Classics I think I am now crazy stalker obsessed with her. Especially with these new covers for my favorites - Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre. Seriously, Jessica.....I would totally leave my husband for you. Same sex marriage is legal now in NY.....we'd make a great couple. Do you like kids? Call me! ;)

See the rest of the collection here and buy them here.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Hand drawn ceramic plates using Pebeo Porcelain Pens

I have had a bunch of Pebeo Porcelaine 150 pens in my art supply box for months now. A while back I tried the black out on an Ikea mug I had and loved the results. Then I used them to create a gift for my daughters Pre-k teacher. I bought a ceramic travel mug to school and had the kids sign their names all over it - the teacher LOVED it! I highly suggest this idea for a unique gift. But last night was my first attempt at hand drawing a design in color on a plate. I doodled a bit in my sketchpad first to warm up then just went for it. I've seen a few blog posts out there were people use carbon paper to trace a design first and then go over it with a pen but I, as you may or may not know, love to live dangerously! I wasn't sure what exactly it was going to end up looking like. I just went where my pens led. And here is the result!

I started out from the bottom up with the flowers and vines then filled in the dead space up top with the type. I was originally going to draw the outlines in black and then fill in but neither black marker was working. Might have to return them as there is no reason they should be dried out if they have never been used. I like the way the full color turned out though. Really excited to try out the paints that I received in the mail now! I bought some metallic colors and chalkboard paint! Soooo many possibilities!

Hoping to make some more soon and list them in my shop. Just have to find a packaging solution first! If you have any suggestions as what kind of designs you would like to see in the future feel free to let me know in comments. Love to hear from my readers! Happy Fourth of July! =)

xxoo Liz

UPDATE 7/12/11: Just listed this plate but I don't know how long it will last! Here's the link.