100 Day Project Update - New Collection Coming!

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Currently, I am on day 79 of the 100 Day Project, which formally wraps up this month. To be honest, I am behind and might not ever catch up and that is going to be ok… in fact, I’m going to turn these lemons into lemonade!

I have wanted to try releasing my work as a ‘collection’ for some time. This means, rather than one at a time trickling onto IG when they are done, when the series is complete I plan to release the final 20 prints together here on my site.

I’d like to use this opportunity to let more people know about my work and to seek collaborative partnerships with interior designers and other professionals who cross promote artwork. If you know of anyone who fits this description and you think might be interested, please forward my website link along.

As a recap, I chose a select group of 20 from the first 79 days of the project to add to my shop for the time being, take a look here! These are very affordably priced and so sweet to have as a set or a single print in a frame.

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Thank you for your support!

Creative Flow

Recent print from my 100 Day project

Recent print from my 100 Day project

This week I thought I would share a recap of some recent projects with links. I love making, experimenting, and learning new things. My regular creative practice includes a lot of experimentation in a range of different media:

Printmaking studio view

Printmaking studio view

Printmaking - I have a small space in my home where I've set up my inks and papers, to do hand printing. I have taught block printing and gelli printing, and made a few short videos on my current work which is a ‘transfer’ monotype using a plastic bag. With this method, I'm completing the 100 Day project with #100daysofprintmaking and really enjoying myself. 

Some links:

·       A quick video of my current process:

·       A short video on Instagram of a recent print

·       Two gelli printing tutorials on the Get Messy free blog: 

 

Painting – I paint using oil paints and cold wax medium, which thickens up the paint and allows for layering and mark making. Some of these pieces are in the portfolio section of my website here.

 

blockprinting meets journaling

blockprinting meets journaling

Collage/Mixed Media Journaling - Collage holds a special space in my daily making. I love experimenting with combining papers, enhancing patterns, and of course using my own stamps and prints in my collages. I find this so relaxing and enjoyable. A few pages have been shared in Brush Magazine, and some are on my website here.

 

Public Art: I also completing a public art project for my church this fall which will be a labyrinth on 12’ x 12’ canvas. During the process I have made a journal about the process and a full size labyrinth out of sticks in my yard. I'm loving this and excited to see where it leads. The end date of this project is October 16 when it will be presented at a community reception.

Buddy with the Labyrinth this Spring

Buddy with the Labyrinth this Spring

Some links:

·       Labyrinth Journal flip thru: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu1RdiWEXKk  

·       Walking the 12’x12’ Stick Labyrinth in my yard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfQtI3_CK_M&t=46s

 

Illustration - Although I am doing less of this at the current moment, this informs my work, my comfort level with color mixing and watercolor. I have some examples of watercolor illustration on my website here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little trip through my art making world. Feel free to email me with any questions!

100 Day Project - 50 days complete!

I have been happily rolling along with the 100 Day Project this year and thought I would share a little round up of some recent posts. I picked #100daysofprintmaking as my focus, and I have for the most part explored transfer monotypes. I shared a short process video on my You Tube Channel here. Please subscribe to my channel to be notified of future videos.

I have more recently been incorporating stencils cut from Dua-Lar film that I had on hand for other projects and I am liking the silkscreen effect that is coming across. I shared a link to this product on my resources page waaay at the bottom under ‘other recommended supplies’ if you are interested.

Hey, don’t forget! Prints are for sale too! They are $40 each which includes a backing board and mat cut to 8”x10”. Easy to slip into any standard frame that size. Or I could also send to you or a friend in a simple, matte, black wood frame for another $35. An example of the framed option is below the gallery. They look so great in the mat and frame!

The full collection of prints is on my Instagram page and many (but not all) are also on my shop page. If you see one on IG that isn’t on the shop yet, email me with the print number and I will get it set up for you. I’m making them faster than I can post! Thanks and enjoy!

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The 100 Day Project - Printmaking... a Process Video

I’ve been having fun experimenting with my 100 Day Project this year. I focused on printmaking, and came across a few videos by artist Dan Tierels where he uses a plastic bag to make his prints. Have a look at his youtube channel for his style and technique.

I decided to give it a whirl. I want to work loose and abstract for this project and experiment with color combinations. I made a video of my process completing a recent print (which I shared over on Instagram a few weeks ago).

Here is the link to my YouTube channel and the video is below! Like and subscribe to get updates when I post new videos!

Thoughts on #The100DayProject and new work!

Split, from the universe series, oil and cold wax monotype 2019

Split, from the universe series, oil and cold wax monotype 2019

Have you heard of this project? It is an online (mostly Instagram I think) accountability exercise to do something for 100 Days. Can be anything, eat vegetarian, go running, learn a skill, meditate, clean out your house… or also art related projects. Last year I did illustrations, see the blog post here and here.

I considered doing those again, but my heart just wasn’t in it. I also have been trying to learn ProCreate on the iPad, and thought maybe that could be a great way to learn. In the end I picked something that “lights me up” a bit more and I have really been having fun with it. See more over on Instagram. I did post a few new prints for sale in my shop at very reasonable prices too.

Marsh Side, from the line and pattern series, monotype 2019

Marsh Side, from the line and pattern series, monotype 2019

This project can have some challenges. I was most worried about getting too busy for it, or getting burned out on my project theme. I chose #100daysofprintmaking for 2019 because I am loving working on printmaking right now and also I can do some of this work in batches, which helps for those days when I am swamped with work and life.

My first series of work is my “universe” series of monotypes using oil paint mixed with cold wax, and exploring resist and pattern. They are deceptively simple! Definitely exploring more here, especially with the subtle resist effects.

The second series which I just started sharing on Friday, are monotypes using a plastic bags to apply the color. Artist Dan Tirels shows some excellent videos on the process at his YouTube channel. Messy, loose and fun, I am exploring color and pattern in this series. Also, I’m working small here… finished prints are around 5”x7” and they really very sweet.

All prints are for sale, of course, and will be in a few upcoming exhibits this summer!

Original 100 Day Drawings for Sale

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When I started this project the idea of selling the prints didn't even cross my mind! Thanks to some encouraging words from friends near and far, I have decided to offer a few different ways to get your hands on these drawings. 

In my shop you'll find the following

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1) Originals:  I have posted originals of the drawings that are most suitable for display. The ones I am offering will come signed and ready for you to frame as you wish. Prices range from $10 to $50 per print, which includes standard domestic U.S. shipping. Contact me first if you require international shipping.

2) Printables of a single image: I am offering a limited amount of images that you could print yourself at home. These include the word "Digital" prior to the title and noticeably cheaper; around $5 a piece.  You could frame a few of these up for a nice kitchen decorations!  A few, like this artichoke, are on vintage papers too. The digital images are for personal use only and not for resale. 

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3) Collage Ephemera and Stickers: I have a few sticker sheets, 3" round grapefruit stickers, and some ephemera pages on vintage papers available as well. These range in size and price but are pretty affordable. The digital images are for personal use only and not for resale. 

If you would like a specific image or custom order (i.e. something on vintage paper that isn't), let me know and I'd be happy to put that together!  Please note, that some of the originals are on odd sized paper (wishing now I hadn't done that, right?) so that is why not all of the illustrations are available as originals.

Email me with any questions! Thanks for your support!

My 100 Day Project Step-by-Step

I thought I would share my process for the illustrations I did for the #the100dayproject. I started back in April thinking I would have a theme for each week, and I got (happily) stuck in the land of fruit, veggies, and flowers. After the mid-point I started branching out a little to give myself some variety. I have done a number of drawings that I never posted because they just didn't turn out. Like a pineapple, papaya, a bunch of birds, a thistle flower, some herbs... there are quiet a few! My daughter actually has the pineapple drawing hanging in her room - pretty sweet! 

I start by sketching out a few illustrations. Usually I do more than one, and then I land on the style I like the most. Then I darken the outlines and trace it onto watercolor paper using the light in the window. I am usually working on more than one drawing at this point. Once it is on watercolor paper, I add the micron pen detail, erase the pencil lines, and then start to add watercolor. Sometimes I do the watercolor first and leave the pencil lines until after.

Clean water for watercolor is the most important suggestion I could make in working with watercolors. I keep three water jars nearby. Depending on the colors I'm working with, I use one for yellow, one for red, and one for blue or green. If I am using a purple or black that will change it up. Working with muddy water really ruins the final result. I start with my largest brush and add washy color. I try to be patient and let each layer dry before adding smaller and smaller details of color. Letting the color dry in between layers especially at the beginning is also super important. I love the washy effects and happy accidents of working wet-on-wet, but this works best for me on a small scale at the very end of the process. For some of my flowers, I Iet the paint puddle and dry. These little birds in my example photos became more delicate with final details.

The painting comes together and this is where it becomes more of a daily project. Some finish quickly and others take a few days, so that influences what I post when. You can see the entire collection on my website, or on Twitter, where I have pretty much only posted these drawings. On my Instagram I have posted daily art making with this project as well, so there is lots more art overall to see there. 

I have put a few items on my Society6 page as well. Is there a specific drawing you would like a print of? Let me know!!  Next year I will sell originals, but I didn't even think of that when I started this 100 days ago....

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