A 2016 Success - Tea Towels

Hi there. How are you?

It's the week between Christmas and New Years and I'm in a contemplative mood. I'm thinking about my progress in 2016 and what I can do better in 2017.

After doing my year end accounting, I was feeling pretty blue, pretty defeated. Monetarily, 2016 was pretty pathetic for my art biz.

Then, I started thinking back at all of the new things I made this year. The new connections I've made, the wholesale accounts I've gained and the successes I've had. I DID make some progress.

Over the next few posts, I'm going to celebrate my successes in 2016 and look back at what I've made. Sound good?

First up: Tea Towels

This year, I introduced 2 new tea towel designs, both of which started as drawings in my sketchbook. Let me show you the process.

Veggies are a hit!

I introduced my veggie print tea towel at a holiday craft sale I did earlier this month. I'm happy to report that it sold like gangbusters! They went over big as gifts for mom and grandma. I've just got a handful of these left.

The origin story

In January of 2016, I took part in a 31 day drawing challenge with Creative Bug. (See all of my drawings here.)  Each day, participants were given something to draw. The Day 17 prompt was root vegetables and man did I have fun with that.

My Day 17 drawings turned into a pattern for a tea towel.

My Day 17 drawings turned into a pattern for a tea towel.

The magic

I scanned in my drawings, and with some Photoshop and Illustrator magic, I turned them into a pattern. Then, my friends at Merchop screen printed them for me. This is my favorite tea towel design to date!

The detail

I'm so impressed with the detail in this print. Merchop has got this tea towel printing down!

My tea towels have sold so well in 2016 that I am excited to make add a few more designs to the collection in 2017.

Have a tea towel design idea for me?

I'd love to hear from you.

Leave a comment or send me an email. 

Until next time. Ciao!

2017 Coloring Calendars Are Here!

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The 2017 Coloring Calendar is here. Click to purchase!

The 2017 Coloring Calendar is here. Click to purchase!

2017 Coloring Calendars are Here!

After many months in the making, I've got 12 new hand drawn calendar pages for you to color and enjoy. I'm so pleased with how these turned out and am excited to send them out into the world.

Printed on a nice thick cardstock, you can color with sharpies or any other marker on this 2017 coloring calendar.

Printed on a nice thick cardstock, you can color with sharpies or any other marker on this 2017 coloring calendar.

Color with any Media

Each page in this spiral bound calendar measures 5.5" x 8.5" and are single sided so that you can easily share or hang your colored creations. The calendar was professionally printed right here in Carbondale on a nice heavy card-stock, so feel free to coloring with any tool of your choice. I've colored here with Sharpies and other permanent markers, and there was just a tiny bit of bleed through onto the back side of the page.

The spiral bound calendar comes with a small hole in each page so it's easy to hang.

The spiral bound calendar comes with a small hole in each page so it's easy to hang.

Ready to hang. Easy to gift.

Believe it or not, the holiday season is almost upon us. At just $17.00, these calendars make a great gift to keep on hand for any creative on your list.

With a small hole at the bottom of each page, this calendar is easy to hang in your home or office. I hung mine on the wall just above my computer so I can easily refer to it.

The calendar illustrations look cool colored and uncolored.

The calendar illustrations look cool colored and uncolored.

Looks cool uncolored

Not into coloring? The 12 hand drawn illustrations can stand on their own without color. I most likely won't color my own calendar.......I honestly don't have the patience for coloring. (Crazy, but true.)

2017 Coloring Calendar - HALF OFF!
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PROCRASTINATOR'S SALE! All 2017 calendars are now half off.

Color all year long with my new 2017 coloring calendar. Featuring 12 original line drawings that are as pretty uncolored as they are colored, it makes a fab holiday gift.

DETAILS:   Each page in this spiral bound calendar measures 5.5" x 8.5" and are single sided so that you can easily share or hang your colored creations. The calendar was professionally printed on a nice heavy cardstock, so feel free to coloring with any tool of your choice including colored pencils,  water-based markers, crayons, Sharpies, and other solvent-based markers.  With a small hole at the bottom of each page, this calendar is easy to hang.

SHIPPING & DELIVERY: Your calendar will be packaged in a poly sleeve and sent via USPS in a rigid stay-flat mailer. I take pride in my pretty yet sturdy packaging. Orders typically ship 1-2 business days after purchase.

OTHER INFORMATION: Please be aware that all monitors display colors differently. There may be some variation between what you see on your screen and what you see in real life.

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Act fast. These won't last!

If you enjoy my artwork and blog, please share this post and my sale with your friends.

Ciao!

Ready to Go Big!

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After weeks of directing all of my attention to my soon to be released coloring calendar, I was itching to make some original works. I had a stack of small 4"x4" cradled hardboard panels in my studio and decided to use 'em up.

Here's what I made:

Small, abstract pen drawings on colored paper. All are now for sale in my shop. Click to purchase!

Small, abstract pen drawings on colored paper. All are now for sale in my shop. Click to purchase!

The first 4 featured black ink on colored paper.

Very quickly, I could see a new style emerging in this collection. The focus on negative space that permeated my work for a time was gone. This new work is reminiscent of plaits or woven strands. I liked where this was heading.

Small ballpoint pen drawings on paper, each in a different color of ink. Click through to purchase!

Small ballpoint pen drawings on paper, each in a different color of ink. Click through to purchase!

Then I got a set of assorted colored ballpoint pens.

It was "Back to School" time, and I picked up a set of 8 assorted ballpoints for $1.50. I don't know why I'd never used anything other than black ink in my years of ballpoint pen drawing. I do know that I'm hooked and can't wait to do more drawing with my expanded color palette!

My newest sketchbook drawing got me thinking big. I'm ready supersize these drawings!

Now, I'm itching to "Go Big."

I really enjoyed working on this full page spread in my Moleskine the other day.  This drawing measures just 8" x 10", but it feels expansive in comparison to the tiny 4" x 4" squares I've been making. There's room to move and experiment and I liked that. I've come to the conclusion that It's time to go big!

I'm thinking my next piece will be made with same royal blue ink. Or maybe red? All I know is that I'm going to work larger, and I'll be sure to let you know how it goes!

That's all for now. Ciao!

P.S. All of the pieces shown in this post are now for sale in my shop. At $50 with free shipping these ready to hang beauties make a lovely gift. Want more than one? I'll give you a discount. Get in touch!

BOGO Birthday Print Sale!

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Last weekend, I celebrated my birthday with a most awesome trip to California wine country. We enjoyed incredible food, fabulous wine, so many beautiful views, and a epic time with dear friends. It was certainly a birthday to remember.

I had such a good birthday celebration that I've decided to keep it going just a little bit longer with a.....

All prints are buy one get one free in my Etsy shoppe until 9/11/16. Click to shop!

All prints are buy one get one free in my Etsy shoppe until 9/11/16. Click to shop!

Birthday BOGO Print Sale!

Purchase any print in my Etsy shoppe and get another free. (YES, FREE!)


Here's all you have to do to get the deal:

  • Purchase a print (or more).
  • Let me know which free print(s) you'd like in the notes section at checkout.
  • You'll get one free print for every one you purchase.
  • Unfortunately, fabric prints are not included in this sale.
  • Purchase 2 or more prints and I'll throw in an extra 5" x 7" mystery print as well!

Do act fast!

My inventory is limited. That means if you've got your eye on a piece, you'll want to order today. Sale ends Sunday, September 11th at 10 PM Central time.

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Ciao!

 

The Ebbs and Flows of Creativity: Part One

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For the past few weeks, I've had a burst of creativity. Things were flowing. Making was easy! After many years of consistent studio practice, I know that you have to take advantage of these creative bursts when they come.

For months now, I've planned to make a coloring calendar. I started making drawings for it way back in March, shortly after I'd finished "Elegant Abstracts."

Here are a few of my early illustrations:

A selection of my preliminary sketches for my new coloring calendar. All completed in my trusty Moleskine sketchbook with a Pilot Precise V7 pen.

A selection of my preliminary sketches for my new coloring calendar. All completed in my trusty Moleskine sketchbook with a Pilot Precise V7 pen.

Then I got stuck.

Really stuck. I couldn't make a drawing suitable for coloring to save my life! I was so frustrated, so disgusted with myself.  When I get to that point, I know it's time to give it a rest, so I put coloring calendar work aside. Maybe I'd come back to it. Maybe not.  The creative spark was gone and it was time to move onto other things.

In mid July, I caught the creative spark once more.

It started with this one (that I didn't end up using) but I was back in the groove and ready to pump out some work!

My sketchbook drawing from July 15th. This was my first foray back into my coloring calendar in months!

My sketchbook drawing from July 15th. This was my first foray back into my coloring calendar in months!

While creativity was with me,  the coloring pages flowed. In two weeks time, my coloring calendar was complete. Things were going so well in the studio that I actually made more drawings than I needed and was able to leave out some of my earlier, less polished drawings.

Here's a sampling of what I made during my creative burst:

A selection of drawings I that I made for my forthcoming coloring calendar.

A selection of drawings I that I made for my forthcoming coloring calendar.

I'm happy to report that my 2017 monthly coloring calendar is now complete and at the printer! Do join my mailing list if you want to get your hands on this limited edition offering. Right now it looks as if I'll just do a run of 50, and mailing list members will have first dibs!

I don't know exactly how I caught the wave of creativity again.

BUT, I do know how to make conditions conducive for creativity to find me. (More about that next week!) If the subject creative practice interests you or you're struggling with finding your creative spark, please do yourself a favor and pick up Elizabeth Gilbert's recent book, Big Magic. Seriously, it was a game changer for me! 

That's all for now.

I'll be back next week to continue my story about the ebbs and flows of creativity and share some of my newest original work. Ciao!