Archives: Handmade

Chart It Out.

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Handmade, Process

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I have never completed a color chart.  I have made the little color wheel with primary, secondary, etc but that doesn’t count.  This week I finished a full color chart using all of the colors in my pan, 22.  It took days but I highly recommend you do it.  All of the color combinations, from just two colors each, blew my mind.  All of the greens and blues alone is enough reason to do this.  I have taken online classes where the teachers discouraged buying green and now I can really see why.  The rainbow of warm and cool greens you can get from mixing are endless and rich.

Such a great exercise.  It’s a little like learning to type.  First you are pecking at the keys because you aren’t sure where they are but eventually you have the keyboard memorized (in this case watercolors) and it is just one more thing to do to get you more comfortable.  I used this tutorial for mine.

Do it too and come back and share here.  You can do it, I can’t wait to see!  :)

Bookwhale

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Book Worm, Etsy, Handmade, Illustrations, Process

I’m sure you have heard of bookworms, but have you heard of bookwhales?  They are a real little subculture and so interesting.  These particular whales gather in their cozy knits and talk about their favorite stories.

They chit chat when they attend their weekly book clubs of course.  Fascinating.

This cute little guy is available in my shop.

I would love it if you would say hi, comments are my favorite.  Have a great day!

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Bunny Invites

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Handmade, Illustrations, Life, Work in Progress

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1st Birthday

I have been killing projects left and right.  One of those projects was getting everything together for my baby girl’s first birthday in a little less than three weeks.  I wanted to do something different and add my own design as well.  Didn’t think I would be able to do it but her birthday falls in spring and then bunnies came to mind and then “Some Bunny is turning ONE” appeared.  I’m happy with the invites and since they are out now, I can share with you.  These were created in AI and I was able to make my handwriting into a vector illustration for the type.

Plans are still underway but I wanted to document some progress.

I’ll tell you more about the other project VERY soon.

My First Fabric!

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Handmade, Prints

raspberry bird and leaves fabric

A long time ago I painted a watercolor of green leaves and someone had suggested I make a print out of it.  There is a great site called Spoonflower where you can submit designs and they will turn those designs into fabric.  So fast forward probably three years later and I have made my first fabric.  I love how it looks and the quality is just better than I imagined.  There is a blizzard coming so I scanned in the fat quarter proof I ordered.

raspberry bird and leaves fabric fat quarter

What do you think?  So now I have one print for sale and I can’t wait to make more.  Whenever I can get more time I want to learn how to screen-print as well.  Never done it and would love to see what it’s like.

Sale!

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Etsy, Good News, Handmade, Illustrations

sale!!

I’m having a 20 percent off sale in my Etsy shop!  Just use the code “BIRTHDAY2012″, the sale ends Monday, August 20.