Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Ho Ho Ho! Christmas Cards Are Here!

This year I decided to be ambitious and make my own Christmas cards. It cost a ton more to make my own cards than it has to buy them ready-made in the past, but I think it was worth it. I had a lot of fun gluing, cutting, punching, and deciding on the right design. I went through a few failed prototypes before coming up with the design you see above. Inside each card is a modern holiday sticker that I believe compliments the slightly mod exterior of the card. In the end, I made THIRTY cards. Maybe you will be getting one in the mail soon!

Materials: Red card stock, yellow card stock, paper, paper tree cutouts, snowflakes cut out using a paper punch, stickers, Elmer's Glue Stick.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the time I had last night to sit down and draw this lovely lady with her gorgeous blue hat. I think she's quite chic!

Update: This drawing is now available in the shop!

Materials: Prismacolor colored pencils, Strathmore Medium Drawing paper (9x12).

Thursday, November 15, 2007

More Shoes!

I figured that since I have not been very artistically active in the past week (my sincere apologies for the lack of fresh posts), I would put up an image I've been thinking about a lot lately. Yes, it's more shoes. I created the above image in Adobe Illustrator a few years ago, based on a photograph I took of one of my all-time favorite shoes, a lovely pair of ballet flats by Nine West. (Which I am still wearing; that's how awesome they are.) I'm thinking that I want to get back into this shoe series (it's a great opportunity to work in Illustrator again) and maybe put some prints up in the store to see how they go. If anyone has comments, let me know!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Completed Collage

I completed my collage tonight. I'm rather happy with it. I struggled with whether or not to get really detailed, and in the end, decided that simple is usually best for me. The background was painted with several shades of acrylic yellow paint on top of a square of 9x9 craft wood. I used paper Mod Podge for all of the paper cutouts and then sealed the entire thing with a final layer of Mod Podge. The sun was created using two shades of vellum paper. I traced over the vellum with some glittery puffy T-shirt paint to get a 3-D effect.

(Materials: wood, acrylic paint, paper Mod Podge, cardstock, handmade papers, vellum, T-shirt paint)

Sunday, November 4, 2007

First Steps

Tonight I began working on a new collage. My first step (as you can see above) is to paint the background with acrylic paints. I never really painted with acrylics until about a year ago (I had always painted in oils), but I've found that I love them much more than oil paints. They are bright, don't smell, and dry very quickly; the perfect medium for an impatient girl like me! I'm not exactly sure what this collage will turn out to be, but I am thinking of continuing my series of bird collages. I'll show you the results when I'm done!

(Materials [so far]): wood, acrylic paint

Thursday, November 1, 2007

My New Shoes

I love shoes, but I hate drawing them. Since I wasn't feeling up to going full-throttle with a drawing last night, I decided that a good sketch would suit me just as well. I find drawing shoes to be a huge chore (I always mess up on the perspective), so I figured they would be a good subject for me to work on. These shoes are my newest pair, and they are simply DIVINE; black patent leather, shiny, and oh-so-trendy for the season. I hope you enjoy the drawing.

(Materials: graphite pencil (B, F, and 2B) on Strathmore Medium Drawing paper)