One of the things that I have been working on in the last while, is, rather than individually drawing and painting each piece as in my pendant necklaces, I am reproducing my characters and designs to be made into other items. One of these new items is charms made of shrink plastic. These fun, brightly colored pieces are durable and lightweight, and work well as necklaces, key chains, even zipper pulls! The great thing about reproducing my own art, is that it allows shoppers to purchase multiples of the exact same design; perfect for party favors or even bridesmaid gifts!
The other product is custom coffee mugs. I love these! I have given these as gifts; they can even be personalized through custom ordering. The one pictured with vines and ladybugs, was a custom order for a high school friend - her mom and mine were besties for a long time until my mom passed away 12 years ago. It was extra rewarding for me to create this design for this special lady at the request of her daughter! She was so thrilled when she received it!
Hello! Wow, I've been gone a long time - Whew, what a year! Between caring full time for several months for a lively 10 year old who needed to be driven back and forth to school 40 miles away every day - to our new family business, FASTFIRE Camera Strap, for which I am now a full time employee, life has been a blur!
Things have calmed down some now, so I've spent the first few weeks of the new year regrouping and reorganizing my art business and my studio. As far as my business goes, I am going to continue with Etsy, but I am venturing into more areas with my art; focusing more on drawing and painting and design, less on jewelry. Don't worry, I still have lots of goodies in stock, and there's always special requests!
Below is a cute Rooster I did with gel pens for an art challenge I participated in.
I've also begun to play around with surface pattern design - I'm a total newbie - but I'm hooked! I have a few designs in the works to add to my library! I'm hoping to incorporate one of my designs into my new studio decor! Here is a sample of it!
Well, it's been nice chatting with you today; I will catch you up on more of what I've been up to next time. I promise, it won't be another 10 months! Blessings!
Okay, about this Sewing Sunday thing. I do love everything creative - everybody knows that, but I mostly spend my time drawing, painting and making jewelry. I also like to sew, but I have to admit - I'm more of an artist than a sewist. Oh I learned to do a little sewing growing up; my mom was a seamstress -she did work for interior decorators in the 70's and 80's making drapes, bedspreads, you name it. She even made some things for Jackie Onassis and Neal Sedaka! But....that was Mom, not me. I was too busy being a teenager to sew! Well, when I grew up and got married and moved to Florida, I began teaching myself to sew a little more. Mom helped long distance over the phone the best she could - this was waaaay before the internet, cell phones and digital cameras. All this to say, I am self taught when it comes to sewing as well as art, so I still have a lot to learn. Plus, I am too impatient to do things by the book and I always want something that doesn't exist in a pattern, so I improvise! Sometimes I use a little of this pattern and a little of that one, or sometimes I make my own. No wonder we never have tissue paper when I go to wrap gifts! So, enough of the back story - today I wanted a new top and I had some white crinkle cotton that I'd been saving for just the right moment. I took out a tank top that I have and traced around it onto my tissue paper ( it's aqua), had to do a little piecing together, cut out my fabric and set to work and Voila! A new summer top!
What do you like to do on Sunday? Have you sewn anything lately? Please comment - let us know what you've been up !
Here it is - my new top!
Here is a mini messenger bag I made another time.
Life is so busy sometimes that I have to grab snippets of time to do what any artist should be doing - art. But then I sit down at my desk, thinking I'm going to create something awesome, only to find... NOTHING. My mind is totally blank. The dreaded Artist's Block. What to do? Whether you're an artist that draws or paints or if writing is your thing, we all struggle with it sometimes. My Daughter is a writer and runs into the same thing - we discuss this often. It seems to me that there are different kinds of Block. One type is If you've already been on a roll, working away and suddenly - the flow stops. That may be a good time to get up and go make a sandwich or take a walk. But then there's THIS kind - can't even get started! Well, Mollie says she has found that just writing anything at all helps to jump start the creative process. So that's what I've started doing - just draw something – anything. If you're trying to accomplish something specific, try working on something that's different from that - a different style, different medium, etc. When I'm working, I usually like to start in pencil (with my eraser handy) and carefully draw something that's in my mind, and when it's what I want, I outline it in ink. But today, not knowing what to do, I decided to just pick up my trusty micron 000 pen and just go for it! Whatever comes out. Just quick sketchy lines and a scribble of color and - voila- now I feel like I can get somewhere! Works for me. Here are my quick sketchy daisies.
And here's one I did a few days ago - Girl with flowers, colored with Prismacolor colored pencils. Isn't she sweet?
What do you do to beat Artist/Writer's block?
Okay, so here I am, I'm finally going to start a blog. I've been wanting to do it for a long time - I actually have had a page set up and waiting for a while! The stumbling block for me? I'm not really a writer; I'm not a word person, I'm a picture person. The thought of having to have something significant to say is extremely daunting to me. So, you ask, why do it? Well the best way to overcome your fears is to face them, right? But it's more than that - I want to know you and I want you to know me. Then it came to me - I'll just share my story through my art. That being said, here's a little bit about me.
As I said before, I am a picture person. I have always loved to draw, in fact, I would draw even when I shouldn't be drawing (like in class!). I was a daydreamer, and it came out on paper (hence the name Dream Out Loud Art!). I actually have part of a book cover (remember when students would cover their school books with brown paper bags?) from my German class. I guess I found drawing hairstyles more interesting that Mr. Shaterian. No, I don't speak much German!
Here's something from before High School - I'm guessing I was about 12 - homemade paper dolls! My friend Leigh and I had so much fun with these! Okay, so this was the sixties - dig those groovy threads, man!
So,I hope you join me now and again; we'll talk about art, life home, God and everything in between. If I run out of words, I'll show you the pictures!
I'm a wife, mother and artist - lover of all things creative! This is a place to share about art and life - past, present and future: growing up in the 60's and 70's, having (almost) finished raising kids, and of course, sharing my journey into the world of art!
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