Letter H

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While sketching ideas out for my Letter H over on the Happy Happy blog, I ended up with a few little drawings that I hated to let go to waste. I thought what better than to make a fun pattern with them?! So many cute things that start with the letter H! 

In other important news, I received a copy of a book I illustrated called We Love Nature! Can't wait to show you some of the 200 illustrations I made for the it! 

I'm off to start getting things ready for my daughter's SECOND birthday party this weekend! Where does the time go?!

Bonjour!

Well, instead of being productive and getting any work done while my daughter naps, I decided to create a few patterns from some of the icons in my scrapbooking assignment. I love me some fun patterns! mercipattern1

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I was lucky to be interviewed by the lovely Kate over on her blog - KMericks. Check it out if you would like to read more about mwah!

And so much goodness coming out of Make Are that Sells. Did you see Dotty Wren Studio? A collective with 4 of some of my very favorite artists! Congratulations you guys!

Now really, I have to go get some work done!

Make Art That Sells Part B – Week 3 – Scrapbooking

The 3rd week zipped by of course! I think a lot of my classmates were thinking the same thing about this weeks theme. Scrapbooking?! Let's just say, it was never a market I thought I would be interested in. Of course, Lilla was able to change my mind and I opened myself up into the world of creating illustrations for the scrapbooking market. There is actually a lot of fun little pockets in the market where I see great work being made. Have you heard of Amy Tangerine? Her scrapbooking designs are pretty cute!

It took me a couple days to actually dig in and start to enjoy the assignment. This week was all about vintage cameras and typewriters and the idea of "recording your life." My theme finally clicked Saturday morning...24 hours before our assignment was due. I was attracted to the idea of a cute cat recording her time in Paris. She writes letters to her mother and father, takes pictures, and eats macaroons. Now, I don't think I would mind being this cat for a week or so!

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Fun right?! I also had the opportunity to work with my illustrations in a new way. I am currently in Design Garden's Create Hand Drawn Vector class with Sabina and this past Friday's lecture was all about, a new way to me, of creating vectors in Illustrator. Before learning Sabina's technique of scanning and working in Illustrator, I had a 20 step process of scanning the images, opening in Photoshop, saving each individual image as a bitmap and then opening them in Illustrator. Let's just say it used to take me a very very long time to do my work. I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to learn Sabina's way!!!

Make Art That Sells Part B – Week 2 – Children's Apparel

Zipping right along here! Just finished week 2 of Make Art That Sells part B which was all about the children's apparel market. It just so happened to be the week I was most interested in and unfortunately I was out of town. That's my luck for you! I have no experience in this market and would love to learn more about it. This weeks theme was all about camping. I knew I wanted to come up with a twist on the theme, so after days of sketching out tents, logs, vintage thermoses, and cute cuddly bears, I came up with the idea of little wee woodland fairies "camping" in the woods. I love the idea so much! I got back from my trip with 2 hours to draw, scan, and digitize before having to turn it in!

This is my final piece, I am so happy with what I came up with in the short amount of time. Pretty thrilled!

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Black Swan

blackswan1 Even though I have deadlines looming, contests to be nervous about and a rambunctious child to watch... I can very easily block everything out and sit down at my desk and create work just for fun. Too bad it doesn't work that way for my actual paying projects. Those take much more time and patience. Over the weekend someone mentioned on the MATS facebook group Tigerprint's recent contest called for a black and white pattern. While I normally love color, I thought this would be fun challenge.

Above is the pretty swan and floral pattern that I created for the contest. It might not be a winner, but it's always nice to get out of my comfort zone and come up with something fun!