Archives: Illustrations

Red Pigtails Girl Watercolor Video

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Illustrations, Process, Video

How has your week been? Mine has been challenging to say the least. My oldest’s birthday party is Saturday so I’ve been working on all of the rainbow themed goodness. So many balloons! I love parties and getting to spend time with our friends. Three years flew by, Addy is quickly turning into a big girl.

I’ve had time to sketch but not paint, hoping this will change next week. For now, here’s a real time watercolor painting video. Don’t forget to give it a thumb’s up and subscribe. :)

Have a great weekend!

Purple Afro Girl Watercolor Print

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Etsy, Illustrations

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I think I secretly want an afro…not so secret anymore. I call my little girl’s hair her “Fro Fro” and she calls everyone’s hair that now. “Let me do your fro fro, I am going to make you Elsa!”. Mission accomplished.

Purple Afro Girl is now in my shop!

The Global Art Gathering.

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Illustrations, Process

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We had the month of March off for Make Art That Sells (MATS), so I was able to focus more on watercolor. Now that April is here, our assignment was to start off with hand lettering. Pretty new to me but I used my new Skillshare class skills from Mary Kate McDevitt’s Lettering II class and Jon Contino’s Layouts for Lettering class as well. The “mini” assignment was to letter the words “Global Art Gathering”.

So I worked on that for the first week, then we learned that our real assignment was a real live poster event brief! The Global Art Gathering is an event in Brighton, UK in June and the members of Bootcamp have a chance to have their poster chosen as the poster for the event. My inspiration was the famous vibrant beach houses and the calm that can take over when you go to the beach. The poster size is 20″x30″ so I first sketched out some thumbnails. When I tried to complete a tighter sketch at 8″x10″ that was a disaster. I’m comfortable drawing small so I broke down the size to get down to a proportionally correct sketch at 5″x7.25″.

I brought the sketch into Illustrator and used the pen tool for the shapes and lettering. I worked in black and white so I could focus on the bones of the design. Then I enlarged the document to 20″x30″. Once I had all the elements down, I used the color palette provided in the brief and added color. I added textures in Photoshop using smart objects. Here is the gallery for April with all of our Bootcamp posters! The other entries were amazing, can’t wait to see whose poster is chosen. Learning tons from this class and it just feels good to see a project from start to finish.

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”.