Archives: Illustrations

Handmade Watercolor Birthday Party Invites.

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Handmade, Illustrations, Life

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I really can’t believe my oldest is turning three next month. It’s makes me happy and sad at the same time, I guess all of these milestones do that to us parents. Focusing on the joy though and that brought to mind rainbows. Addy loves her Violet toy that reads stories to her and one of the stories is about a rainbow party so a rainbow party was born. I took Z with me on a hunt for birthday invites but I couldn’t find anything so I decided to design my own.

I sketched out the design on regular computer paper, then I drew the placement (lettering and rainbow) on 5″x7″ watercolor paper with a soft pencil. I painted it and refined some areas, then it was time to scan it in and print.

I love how they turned out, maybe this will become a new tradition.

What I’ve Been Working on No. 6

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Etsy, Illustrations

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Our baby girl Zoe is 6 weeks old this week and has so much personality. Addy is doing great with becoming a big sister. We’ve been holding down the fort, enjoying the warm weather and getting used to being a foursome. Right now I would LOVE to go out to eat at a restaurant, a date night would be amazing. I’ll just keep daydreaming. ;)

Two new prints are in the shop, the one above called “5 Little Chairs” and a succulent painting called, “5 Little Cacti”.

What I’ve Been Working on – No. 5

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Etsy, Illustrations

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I’ve been working overtime so I can re-open my shop and today is the day! I now have three new mixed media illustrated watercolor girls added to the shop. The one above is called Orange Top Knot Girl.

Also, I’m offering more sizes: 4×6, 5×7, 6×8 and 8×10. As a thank you and to celebrate I have a 20 percent off promo going on, just enter APRIL2015 as the code. Promo ends Sunday, April 5 at midnight MTN time.

Follow me on Instagram (@fluximagery) and once I reach 300 followers (I’m at 219!), I will have a giveaway (shipping worldwide).

Thanks for your support and have a great week!

What I’ve Been Working On – No. 4

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Illustrations, Process

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The Make Art that Sells (MATS) class has had a break for March which was a perfect excuse to take another class even though I’m on maternity leave. (I’m crazy if you didn’t already know.) But seriously, the class is called CreativeGIRL: Storybooks and Studious Girls by Danielle Donaldson. It has been perfect and I knew what I could handle so this worked out great. The class doesn’t have a deadline, it has a work at your own pace schedule and you have lifetime access to the content (for as long as the site is up and running).

My friend Christie told me about the class so we are taking it together. Her art has grown so much so definitely follow me (@fluximagery) and her (@christiedrahnak) on Instagram.

Getting back into action with watercolor and I love the way Danielle teaches. So many techniques and lessons finally clicked for me. Love it.

What I’m Working on – No. 3

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Illustrations, Life, Process

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So I made the biggest rookie mistake in the book with my Make Art That Sells class and didn’t verify the due date/time. I thought for sure the deadline was 5 p.m. EST, 3 p.m. MTN. So I went to upload my image to the January Assignment gallery and low and behold, it closed at 3 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. MTN. What time was it? 1:04 p.m. MTN. Womp.

Lesson is definitely learned. Here is my finished journal cover based on Edwardian brooches. This was not easy because I have been away from Illustrator for awhile and all of the facets, I had no idea how I was going to accomplish it. Using Divide in the Pathfinder was helpful as well as using Object, Path, Divide Objects Below (wonderful tutorial here).

I learned a ton about how I like to work: step by step and compartmentalize the process. Then let it go. IE. Finish sketch phase, finish design phase, finish color phase, etc. Going back and tinkering is crazy-making.

Also, the end goal is to be done, not perfect. I want my best work but if you never finish anything, you don’t accomplish anything. In my humble opinion.

Now it is time to relax and play with my little one.