Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer of Color Week 6: Raspberry, Tangerine and Lemon






Summer of Color is a 6 week blog party, hosted by Kristin of Twinkle Twinkle, celebrating (you guessed it) COLOR! This is the 4th year of SOC, but my first time participating. Each week a color palette is announced as a creative prompt. This week's colors are Raspberry & Tangerine with a Smudge, Splash or Pop of Lemon.



This is it, folks. My last post for SOC4. This has been so much more fun than I could've imagined. Kristin's palettes challenged me and inspired a lot of new work that I feel very proud of. It's been quite the fruitful Summer, despite the fact that it raced by so quick I barely got a glimpse of it.

To those of you who've stuck with this challenge as well, give yourself a high 5! (I guess when you high-5 yourself, it's really just called clapping, huh?) It's a real accomplishment to stick to anything for 6 weeks!

Oh yeah, art! This week I  painted another portrait. I call her the Raspberry Queen.


And some close-up shots...

The raspberry crown. Fashionable and delicious.

 I didn't know what color to make her eyes because I didn't want to stray from the palette too much, and eyes just don't come in those colors, but this orangeyness actually worked out pretty well.

The lips are my favorite part. I tried to make them look stained, as if she'd been eating berries.

This piece is available as PRINTS, CANVAS PRINTS, PHONE CASES AND CARD SETS.


Fellow SOC-ers, please keep in touch! There's a zillion different ways to subscribe to this blog over in the right sidebar, or you can keep in touch via my facebook page. Hope to see ya there! XO

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer of Color Week 5: Red, Royal Blue and Light Blue


Summer of Color is a 6 week blog party, hosted by Kristin of Twinkle Twinkle, celebrating (you guessed it) COLOR! This is the 4th year of SOC, but my first time participating. Each week a color palette is announced as a creative prompt. This week's colors are Red & Royal Blue with a Smudge, Splash or Pop of Light Blue


I can't believe it's week 5 already! I'm already getting nervous about what's going to keep me busy once this challenge is over.

I'm very happy with my entry this week.Unlike last week, as soon as I saw the palette, I knew what I wanted to paint, and the whole thing went along...swimmingly. (Pun! Zing!)


I had to include a close-up of the face because I think this is just the cutest fish face ever. Does anyone else baby-talk to pet fish the way we tend to do do with dogs and cats? "Who's a good widdle fishy? Blubber is! Yes he is! Blubber's a good boy!" No one? Just me? Fine.

I made an animation of the process, too. The compression makes it look kind of cruddy, but you get the idea of the progression of it. This was a rare occasion where I did the whole painting in one loooooong (8 hour) session. There were snack and potty breaks, but otherwise I was in a major painting trance.


This piece is available as POSTER PRINTS, CANVAS PRINTS, AND PILLOWS.

I think it makes a particularly lovely pillow.

http://www.zazzle.com/betta_fish_painting_pillow_throw_pillows-189229605236565985?rf=238764628746754987





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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer of Color Week 4: Pink, Apple Green, and Dark Green




Summer of Color is a 6 week blog party, hosted by Kristin of Twinkle Twinkle, celebrating (you guessed it) COLOR! This is the 4th year of SOC, but my first time participating. Each week a color palette is announced as a creative prompt. This week's colors are Pink &Apple Green with a Smudge, Splash or Pop of Dark Green.



This was a rough week for me. I could not make up my mind on anything. I thought this was a great palette, and I had a million ideas...but, I kept starting things and then deciding I didn't like them. My inner critic was particularly loud and obnoxious this week, I guess.

First, I started this painting.


I like it, but it wasn't the best representation of this week's palette, and  it could be stronger in other colors. Plus, I just really didn't feel like painting a whole bunch of flowers. So, I ditched it for the time being and moved on.

 I decided maybe I was just burnt out on painting in general, so I thought I'd try making an art journal page instead.


See how it seems to be missing the actual journaling part? Yeah, that's where this idea fizzled out.

So, next I decided I should do something totally different. Step outside of the comfort zone! Explore new horizons! Abstract art!

OK, I don't even understand abstract art other than having a vague idea of what I like and don't like (and no clue why) but, I recall fumbling through a few requisite abstract works in school and having them be surprisingly well received, so...why not?



Behold...a cave painting done by a 6-year-old cave girl....or something. But, hey, it's loose! Looseness is good, right? Next!



Yep, those are some marks on a page. How does one know when an abstract piece is finished?


Am I losing my mind? I don't know if I like or hate these pieces, but....I had fun making them. So, there's that.

Finally, I sat down with some watercolors and a couple of episodes of Scrubs on Netflix and created something I actually like. THIS is my official piece for the week... I think. I dunno. I'm frazzled. I need a week-long nap. And some pizza.


Instead of my product collages that I've been doing every week, I'm just featuring some of my pinback buttons this time. They're 25% off for the next 2 months with the code SELFEXPREZZZ.


Spiral Rosebud Pinback ButtonYellow/Teal Geometric Flower Button Good Times- Mint- Pin Cute Piggy Pinback Buttons
Hello Summer Watermelon Slice Pin watermelon slice print button

They're all customizable, too. You could write your name or a joke or a quote or whatever you like on top of one of my patterns to awesome-ify it!

Thanks for stopping by!You can see the work of other SOC participants here.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer of Color Week 3: Lavender, Grey and Plum




Summer of Color is a 6 week blog party, hosted by Kristin of Twinkle Twinkle, celebrating (you guessed it) COLOR! This is the 4th year of SOC, but my first time participating. Each week a color palette is announced as a creative prompt. This week's colors are Lavender & Grey with a Smudge, Splash or Pop of Plum.


My first thoughts on this palette were that these just weren't very "me" colors. I rarely choose any kind of purple as my main color, and if I do, I tend to go for a bluer shade. However, I like a challenge, and I ended up doing not one but two paintings in this color scheme, and a few extra things as well!



This first painting went a little darker than planned. I'm titling it Allium after the purple flowers. I think they're actually related to onions or something. My cousin Damian posted a photo of one that her husband had picked for her last week, and I told her I wanted to paint them, so when a purpley palette was announced for this week, it was perfect! The addition of the dragonfly was suggested by my friend, Kim, who is also participating in SOC.

I also made this little animation of stages of progress.


Prints of this piece are available here.

And for the second painting...

I just had a craving to do a portrait and I wanted to do something a little lighter with this palette.

I did an animation for this one as well.

I don't have this one up as prints yet. I'll include a link with next week's SOC post.


Next up, a collage of my products that fit in this color palette.


1. Nautical Ropes Custom Monogram Flip Flops in gray.
2.Boss Lady Tee in Eggplant.
3. Lavender and Dots iPhone 5 case
4. How I Roll Jacket in gray
5. Custom Monogram Wedding Stickers
6. Custom Thank You Wedding Stickers
7. Purple MegaDoodle Lunchbox
8. Custom Photo Luggage Tags
9. Flourish iPhone 5/5s case in lavender.
10. Purple Quilt Pattern Kitchen Towels
11. Purple MegaDoodle heart stickers
12. Custom Family Crest Tees in Asphalt

I also used this week's palette for a few pattern designs. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with these yet.


These are made with my Floral Ornamental Photoshop Brush Set.

Lastly, a couple designer insider FUN FACTS!

*I searched for images of statues to use as reference for the statue in my Allium painting, but eventually went with this photo of a real girl by Loretta Lux.


*I had no intention of creating a celebrity likeness with my portrait, but as it turns out, I think she looks like a mix of Kate Moss and Blake Lively.



Thanks for stopping by!You can see the work of other SOC participants here.

NOTE TO MY FELLOW SOC FOLKS: I have a little issue with reading white text on black background (it gives me migraines), and I've noticed that lots of participants in this challenge have that color scheme on their blogs. So, if you've visited and commented and I haven't reciprocated, it's probably just because I can't stick around your page long enough to comment. Sorry about that!


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Monday, June 23, 2014

Magazine Journal- June 18-23


 I had a lot of fun with this page. I love making things look sewn because I can't sew at all with a real needle and thread. The Diet Pepsi "patch" thing was particularly fun to make. You can get your own "lemons" shirt here.



On this page I used a piece from my Handwritten Summer Word Art Pack.
 



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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer of Color Week 2: Coral, Teal and White.



Summer of Color is a 6 week blog party, hosted by Kristin of Twinkle Twinkle, celebrating (you guessed it) COLOR! This is the 4th year of SOC, but my first time participating. Each week a color palette is announced as a creative prompt. This week's colors are Coral & Teal with a Smudge, Splash or Pop of Bright White

I have used this color palette to inspire me this week in a handful of different ways. First, a new painting:





Several years ago I bought a stranger's scrapbook from The Urban Ore in Berkeley, and it was full of all these gorgeous photos from a woman's tropical travels throughout the 50's-70's, but there wasn't one single photo of her. This painting is inspired by that scrapbook, and what I imagine she looked like. I call it "Palms".

Prints of this piece are available here.



Secondly, I've put together a collage of my products that fit in this color palette as a moodboard, and also as a bit of shameless self-promotion.


1. Teal Zebra Compact Mirror
2. Country Floral Baby Bib
3. Knobby Heart Flip Flops
4.Teal Zebra Minx Nail wraps
5. One Badass Mother Tee
6. Flower Girl Pinback Button
7. Customizable Coral Pet Bowl
8. Teal Zebra Wallet Phone Case
9. Navy and Coral Flourish iPhone 5 Case


Lastly, a few of my designer insider FUN FACTS!

* Here are some leftover items from the stranger's scrapbook that I mentioned. I've used most of the contents in collages and junk journal pages.



* The sample names that I use on my customizable products are often names of characters from TV shows or movies that I'm watching as I design the products. I was watching True Blood while designing the pet bowl I featured today. Here are some Thank You cards that must've been made while watching The Vampire Diaries, because the name "Ian Wesley" is a combination of the names of the actors Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley. And this Wedding Plate was designed while watching Dirty Dancing (John "Johnny" Castle and Frances "Baby" Houseman).



*Sometimes I actually go online shopping to determine what the figures in my paintings will wear. I chose these two items as inspiration for the outfit in this week's painting.



Thanks for stopping by!You can see the work of other SOC participants here.

NOTE TO MY FELLOW SOC FOLKS: I have a little issue with reading white text on black background (it gives me migraines), and I've noticed that lots of participants in this challenge have that color scheme on their blogs. So, if you've visited and commented and I haven't reciprocated, it's probably just because I can't stick around your page long enough to comment. Sorry about that!


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