(I have all of these little doodles handing above my desk.)
1. Take more photos. For my birthday last year my boyfriend got me a digital camera. It wasn’t one a REALLY nice one, but it was a pretty good upgrade from the one that I had. And it’s good enough for the amount of pictures I take on a weekly basis… which is none. So I resolve to take more pictures this year. And to do things that are worth taking photos of.
2. Read. Funnily enough, sometimes librarians don’t have enough time to read.
3. Publish a book. If you want to be technical about it, I’ve actually published 3 books. But those were all “limited editions.” I would like to write/illustrate a kids book, and then mass produce it and sell it independently.
4. Do and Die… this is just my code for “finish all of the video games that I’ve got on my list.” Which is a lot.
5. Have a gallery show. So this is a little fact that not many people know about me: I’ve actually got a pretty sweet studio and gallery space. It needs a little paint and some light fixtures that aren’t florescent, but I dream of getting it all fixed up and hosting a few gallery shows, one being a show of just my work.
6. Have a booth at a fair. (Like how I misspelled it in my drawing? Go me.) Every year we have a art fair type of thing at our carnival. I schemed about having a booth this year, but I didn’t have any idea what kind of products I would sell. Well now I’ve decided, so it’s time to start producing!
I bought this journal from the artist JILL BLISS and fell instantly in love. It’s the notebook that I keep with me at all times. The work that is featured within its pages is inspiring, and the design of the book itself is just as breathtaking.
The focus on detail that her plant life illustrations have just blows me away. One leaf in her drawings is so complex that you could lose yourself in it for hours.
Her color choices take these scientific line drawings out of the world of facts and into the world of fantasy.
Once again, this posts artist was Jill Bliss. If you liked her work, please take a look at her site. Or order one of her journals! They really are a treat.
Past inspire me artists:
The bag itself was a white elephant gift. It smelled slightly like an attic and was blindingly gold. But when I looked at it, all I could see was chevron print. (inspired by the clutch in this post by Elise from A Beautiful Mess)
The process itself took me about 4 hours. I didn’t use any fancy supplies, just the things I had around the house. (Acrylic paint, a sharpie, and a notecard, to be exact.)
First I did some tests inside the fold of the bag. I made sure to test all of the supplies I was planning on using before even starting. I hate it when I get half way through a project and realize that I can’t make it look like I want to just because the supplies are cooperating.
Then it was stencil making time. (Inpsired by this diy from Refinery29) It took me about 10 minutes to make one with a ruler and a notecard. It was totally worth the time though, because there’s no way my lines would have looked half as nice without it. The notecard was convenient because it was flexible, and I was able to bend it around the edges of the bag. I just used the permanent marker to trace the pattern, mainly because I knew that half of the stripes would be black in the end.
First I just colored in whatever I wanted with black. It took a lot of patience (I think I watched a whole movie) and a vented window. Then I used my accrylics to paint in the white parts. I also wanted to keep some of the glitz, so I decided to leave some gold peeking out. IMPORTANT: If you want to leave some of the underneath pattern showing, be sure to find some way to mark it so you don’t accidentally color it. I didn’t mark it on the front… so there was no little line of gold.
After that, it was smooth sailing. Not a lot of work for a one-of-a-kind bag. :]
Five out of nine is not too bad, if I do say so myself. :]
1 year ago I made my first official post on this blog. I had just gotten back from an amazing vacation, and I was on the top of the world.
This year I’m not as giddy. I have had some set backs in the last year, but I’ve decided that my circumstances have changed in a way that makes this a perfect chance to finish some big personal goals.
Mary Kate McDevitt does the kind of work that I would give my left foot to be paid to do. Her text based pieces are fun and lighthearted, and manage to capture essence of whatever message they are trying to convey.
“It is also worthy to note that this poster was all hand lettered and hand printed without the help of a computer.” – from Mary Kate’s site.
You can tell when a work is hand made. It’s the imperfections that give it away. By imperfections, I’m not referring to mistakes. Instead, I am referring to the lack of symmetry, the unevenness of the printing, or the fact that not all the lines are vector-straight. I’m a strong believer that “imperfections” like these that show that a piece was made with a hand that loved what it was doing, which makes the art worth so much more in my book.
Bridal Shower Invite (made for a client)
Another thing I like is that the “quotes” she uses seem to just be messages to herself. Her work is not just inspiring for the artistic aspects.It’s inspiring for living.
Cheers. I hope you have an inspired day.
I’ve been dreaming of having my own printing press ever since I did my independent study using a Vandercook printing press my last semester of college. And since I visited the type truck this fall… well that only fed the flame.
Above was the print I made while in the type truck. It was so amazing to work with a press again. Have a look Movable Type blog. The owner is SO nice, and her work is awesome. It’s definitely worth the drive if the truck is ever in your area.
To have a printing press in my home? I would swoon. This drop dead goregous space is for Studio on Fire. (They do gorgeous work btw. Check them out if you have time.)
But for now I’m looking into printing methods that aren’t so… heavy.
So here’s a round up of at home printing methods I’ve found. I know there’s tons more floating around the internet, and if you happen to have some links that you think I would be gaga over (you’ll most likely be right) please leave a comment.