Saturday, April 2, 2016

Stronger Than You Know Hand-Lettering

I made this as a reminder for myself!

I put all sorts of symbols in this piece. I used bold strong letters to portray the idea of strength. I added thorny rose brushes to the letters, for growth and to symbolize protecting what is beautiful within us during those challenging times. 

The leaves on the trees are changing colors in autumnal hues. Change is constant in life and when trees lose their leaves it's to conserve their energy during the trials of winter. 

I wanted to show the roots of the trees, since I feel like my roots and family are the source of my inner strength.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Snowflake Pattern Design

Another holiday collection completed! I wanted to play around with snowflakes and more geometric designs.

And thanks to the magic of the Photoshop, I really dig them in a non-traditional hue like these violets. 
Wouldn't these make adorable pajama bottoms? I think I need to whip up a polar bear to match this collection. Yep, that's what I need to do next! 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Holiday Surface Designs

I've been working away on my surface design portfolio. Being a Christmas nut and learning that half your portfolio should holiday made my inner elf quite giddy. So I've been taking some bead designs from the last few years and translating them into surface design patterns. 

I want to add a few more collections, but this is a good start! - my portfolio just had a facelift. Stop by to see what's new.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Children's Decorative Plates and Dinnerware

Just wanted to share my two finished boards from the MATS home decor assignment.  I decided to make two boards since there were two styles that emerged from my explorations. We started out looking at antique Staffordshire pottery and that lead me pearlware dishes for children that had the most delightful floral motifs and lettering.

I may revisit these and offer them as wall art later on, I could totally see these in a kids room. That cheetah though, he needs a story! I'm going to use him a series of illustrations with my cat that I shared yesterday. Should be fun. Our next assignment is children's books. so he will cross over.

And that's the bonus from taking Make Art That Sells - you start off with the inspiration from the assignment but that leads to many more ideas and avenues to explore.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Make Art That Sells Progress

Working on my next Make Art That Sells course. I'm enrolled in the self-paced MATS A which covers fabric, home decor, children's books, wall art and the gift market. I finished the fabric assignment, I'll share that soon. But first I wanted to show these plates that I'm working on inspired by Staffordshire pottery. I liked the kookiness of the pastoral outfits and the silly and aloof cat figurines, so in my brain a mashup was needed. 

I decided to work on some portfolio pieces that would fit in with my children's illustration and made plates with kids in mind.
These are in progress, I'm still tweaking and thinking. I also need two more designs for a set of four plates. I had a few others started by they weren't exactly in the same style and ended up going in different directions like this adorable monkey below that I transformed into a little pirate.

I imagine a little tropical island with all these creatures. Do you remember the island on Bed Knobs and Broomsticks? I don't know why that stuck with me as kid but a place like that popped into my head while making these.

Not sure if this guy goes with the set. But I certainly love him! I definitely giggled out loud a few times painting these over the weekend. 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Make Art that Sells Week 5

This was the final week of Make Art that Sells Home Decor. This week was all about designing for wood. I created a few pieces incorporating textures that we created earlier in the week.

I revisited the spoon idea for wood, which would be super awesome for tossing up a fresh salad, don't you think?

Some mixed media textures I created for this week. Learning to layer them in Photoshop was a challenge. Again, the class flies by so quickly all these just seem like jumping off points for many, many more ideas. Which is awesome! 

Part of our homework this week was to create a page with our favorite pieces from each week to create a rounded home decor collection. Ceramic, wood, metal, glass and fabric with my Monarch & Milkweed themes. I had to adjust the colors from my fabric week to fit in more with the collection. That was a challenge for me, keeping a consistent vision from week and week and learning to use the trend board more than going off on my own tangent. 

I ended up redoing and touching up the first three weeks to create a more cohesive collection and honestly by the time I got to week 4 it was easy to see what I needed to change and wasn't working from the earlier weeks thanks to the weekly reviews of each assignment. 

If you've ever thought about taking MATS or Lilla's bootcamp, just go for it. They are priceless and packed full of great insider information that will help you grow by leaps and bounds as an artist. Can't wait to see where my artwork is in a month from now! I'm going to jump into MATS A for the month of March. I'm addicted! 

And because it all springs from the same source, my designs have spilled over into my bead and jewelry business. I thought you might enjoy seeing them.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Make Art That Sells Week 4

It's week 4 of Lilla Roger's Make Art That Sells Home Decor Course. This week is all about designing images for ceramics. This course is life-changing. I can't explain or put it into words all I've learned in the last four weeks. I can tell you I'm not the same artist I was 30 days ago. Each assignment is challenging but things I started out struggling with are no longer struggles: honing a style, creating a cohesive collection, whipping out my Photoshop ninja skills. 

Above is the board I submitted for this week's assignment. I have a garden/farm vibe going with some similar motifs from previous weeks and adding in houses, chickens and plaids. One of the things Lilla says is people buy your joy and create products you would want, so each week that's what I do. What would I want in my home or give as a gift. 

I had so many icons this week and had two color stories going on, so I separated them into two boards.