Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Altered Book

I started this altered book with my friend Arlene in May 2013 and I am just now getting back to it. Yikes! The name of the book is "The A to Z Adventure Journal". The concept is to use one full spread per letter of the alphabet, do 2 or 3 spreads and send it around. I did the first two (Airplane and Boat) and Arlene did the following two (Compass and Desert). I decided to do EAST for the letter "e". Not sure what "f" will be yet, maybe FOG or FERRY or FOUNTAIN or even FORTUNE TELLER! Let's see what happens, it's an adventure, right?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ornaments Gift Wrap Contest

I remember the silver tinsel Christmas tree we had when I was little. I would watch it glow at night and it would transport me to another world full of magic and fairy tales. I did believe firmly in Santa Clause and imagined the world he lived in to be all sparkly, all the time. To this day,  I love sparkly objects because they bring back that little girl in me and the magic feeling of that Christmas tree. I wish I could add a little glitter to this design for the Spoonflower Ornaments Gift Wrap contest, but if you squint a little, I bet you can see it sparkle! See all the entries for the contest and vote here!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Turn Over a New Leaf!

"Turn Over a New Leaf" is the title of my entry for the annual Spoonflower Tea Towel calendar Contest. A new year means new beginnings and is always so full of potential. To 2015, the best year ever! Vote in the contest here!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Les Parapluies de Sophie

Another Spoonflower entry, this time for the Umbrellas themed contest. I titled it "Les Parapluies de Sophie" because when I was naming my little illustrations in photoshop, they started to feel like characters: Para coeur, para fleur, para fraise, para pompom, para pois, para ligne, para froufrou and para sol. "Les malheurs de Sophie" by la comtesse de S├ęgur was one of my favorite books when I was young and I think Sophie would have like these cheerful little parapluies. Almost makes you wish for a rainy day! See all entries and vote here. Thank you for your vote!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Musical Chairs

Here's my entry for the latest "tables and chairs" Spoonflower contest. I drew a bunch of chairs and tables, scanned them and started playing with them to create a pattern. Somehow I couldn't fit the tables in, but I could probably fit it them in the collection somewhere on a different fabric. This design reminded me of playing musical chairs with its little row of mismatched chairs.  Are you ready to sit down when the music stops? See all entries and vote here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Big Fat Art

Last week I took another workshop with Jane Davies at the Pacific Northwest Art School. The name of the class was "Big Fat Art" because we worked on large pieces of print making paper. I love working big because you can't get too precious about your work, you really have to use your whole arm to make wide gestures to cover the entire page, so you end up with interesting mark making techniques. We worked with color, line, shape, pattern and layering. Another super fun and inspiring class with an incredibly talented group of women! Jane is teaching again next year at the same school on Whidbey Island and I would recommend you register early if you are interested, her classes do sell out quickly.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Port Townsend Open Studio

This year, I decided to participate in the Port Townsend Studio Tour taking place this weekend, August 23rd and 24th, where 36 artists will open their studios for demonstrations and display of their work. For my demo, I will show how to do a monoprint using a gel plate with acrylic paints, masks and subtractive techniques to create a variety of interesting textures. It’s a fast, fun process and it’s all about layering and letting go!  My studio will be open from 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday and I will be also be selling paintings, greeting cards, wrapping paper, fabric and other items. Please stop by if you are in the area!