Well it"s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around here, if only in my head. My imagination is full of snowflakes and twinkle lights all aglow. Walks in the winter snow and skiing through the woods. Eggnog lattes. Unfortunately, out my window the rain is pouring down and the weather quite balmy. Not so good when you live in a ski town. I am thankful for Faye Browns creation of this years #adventchallenge2014. A month-long challenge of christmas prompts to illustrate, photograph, sketch and be inspired by. I have been enjoying every minute and have to admit it has helped me get in the spirit of the Christmas season. I have included a few of my favourites to date. I will admit I am already a wee bit behind, but that's ok with me now ( I had to talk myself down the first day I missed, but now I realize it really is all Ok:) I like to use these challenges to try new things. Maybe a new combination of colors or some different hand drawn textures. Anything that gets me excited to jump in and get immersed. I have found this challenge to be a good exercise for practicing my hand lettering and characters, yes....those things with eyes. Why is it always so much easier to just draw a flower? I will be tweaking all of these designs in the New Year and making them ready for art licensing gigs, but for now it feels good to get some new ideas down on paper. I can play around with them later and add the on trend colours and style. There are loads of gorgeous designs over on Instagram under #adventhallenge2014. As Faye says herself, popping by the challenge daily is like opening up your very own advent calendar. I have been enjoying all the colour and interesting interpretations of Christmas. There is still time to join in if interested. There is no pressure to create everyday, but if you have some time and need a little christmas inspiration then this is an easy place to start. Get a head start on your Christmas designs for 2016! All info on Instagram under #adventchallenge2014 Below are links to a few of the designers creating their own advent calendars, either as part of the challenge or own their own accord. Groovity Genine Delahaye Flora Waycott Dawn Machell The Print Tree Tracey English Sally Payne Mondaland Lindsay Buck Rebecca Stoner Happy Holidays to all!Read more →
A little shout out and ask for support for my friend and colleague Deborah Velasquez. Deborah has recently launched her Kickstarter project The Large Print Project For those not familiar with Kickstarter, it is a crowdsourcing, fundraising platform for all creatives. Individuals dream up a project and ask for support to help back their project. It is a successful platform, with 44% of projects reaching their targeted goal to date. Deborah is a maker. Her passion is art and design, whether it be hand carving her stamps or silkscreening her scarves.The goal of her Large Print Project is to raise funds to purchase the silkscreen equipment necessary to produce larger, multi-color works of art. The equipment will help create and make in larger quantities and help move her creative business to the next level. Deborah is passionate about her work. She is a supportive friend and colleague in our design community, always offering up advice or encouragement. I have enjoyed watching her growth over the past few years.I admire her tenacity. She is always learning and always available with an open mind to discuss new ideas and projects. She enjoys the challenge that art provides and is always ready to tackle a project. This is her biggest one to date!Read more →
Help bring Deborah's project to life. She is half way there ~ her deadline is December 10th. Backers can donate anywhere from $1 up. The beauty about being a backer is you even receive a little present in return! Really! A nice little thank you for your support. (You have to visit her page to find out more!)
All details are over here on The Large Print Project. I love her video and watching her in action. Always in amazement that she never gets ink on those beautiful rings of hers too!
Happy Halloween from all of us here in Tapleys Farm, Whistler B.C This neighbourhood is not for the faint of heart when Halloween rolls around. Fifty decorated homes, 500 screaming children, 20,000 pieces of candy, bonfires, mulled wine, music, fireworks...Utter chaos. I have my tickle trunk full of costumes from naughty to nerdy all ready for last-minute costume prep. There are always the token few who don't like to dress up, but then can't resist getting in the spirit of it all. I guarantee my hand painted snowflake pants will be coming out to play, but I am not sure what will be accompanying them this year. I like to leave my costume to the last-minute ~ always have, always will. Sharing a few Halloween inspired sketches and artwork created for A Fresh Bunch. Halloween is one of the top commercial holidays and I am realizing that I will be needing to create a lot more art licensing work for it. This is a start! Hope your Halloween weekend is full of mini chocolate bars. Best of luck staying out of the Halloween candy! I have failed miserably.Read more →
Indigo 2014, the creative textile and surface design show, is now live in Paris! This is what the past 6 weeks of my life have looked like in preparation. Creative chaos at its finest. Sketching, sketching and more sketching. Reviewing all my old notes for Make Art that Sells. Driving to the store to pick up more Sharpies! Dozens of children's motifs all waiting to be patterned. I am amazed at the amount that just didn't make the cut. They will all have their time though. No art work is ever wasted, it will always find its place somewhere. I completed 20 mini collections in total for Believe Creative Studio. It look me quite a few tries to start, but I finally fell into my groove and the style that is mine and a style that worked well with the Believe Creative Studio style. There were definitely moments. Many moments. Moments of doubt, insecurity, and creative exhaustion. The belief that I didn't have another creative drop left in me.That frantic moment of "I got nothing!" Those were the times the music got cranked and fun times were had playing in the snow. Anything to clear the mind. I have to admit that despite the highs and lows~ I loved every moment of it. I loved the challenge of following a brief. I loved stretching my imagination and trying to think like a child. [caption id="attachment_5235" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Still waiting for my Sharpie sponsorship....[/caption] As this was my first experience designing with a studio, with an end goal in mind, there were many lessons learned. A few of these I thought I would share with you. 1. Work around a theme and stick with it.Explore a subject and immerse yourself in it. I made the mistake of jumping around from brief to brief and had a few moments of confusion. 2. Finish one piece of work before you start another. This is a matter of personal preference of course, but I found I would sometimes get stuck and instead of working through it, I would just start fresh with a new pattern. As a result I have many pieces of unfinished work. I know that I can work through them, but I won't. I love a big, blank page of possibility. I like starting. 3. Turn off all social media. Learn what distracts you and get rid of it. Many people made comments about my lack of participation in my social media world this past month. (which also included blogging...sorry) I just found that at the end of the day I was mentally exhausted. Now, however I feel like I can whip off pattern after pattern. I have upped my pattern making stamina. 4.Explore your favourite kids store and see what they are doing. This definitely helped me with my playfulness and use of colour. It also helped me with the sizing of my motifs. Rosie also made a great suggestion - borrow a piece of children's clothing to give you a sense of sizing. Your motif has to read well small. 5. Stop in moments of frustration. Don't push yourself to create. Walk away. I found that once I cleared my mind and relaxed, inspiration came flowing back. 6. Play happy music. Invite young friends over to draw. I was lucky enough to get to spend an afternoon babysitting Thomas,a young friend of mine. He was very quick to give advice and show me how a dinosaur is really done. He was also a little put out that I didn't have one light sabre in my collection...or a narwhal (a what?). I would have liked to post his drawings, but the smarty pants took them with him after I threatened to use them (with commission of course:) One thing is for sure - designing for children makes you happy. I often caught myself with a smile on my face. Unfortunately, I cannot share any of the designs until after the show, they are top secret! A big thank you to Rosie and Vincent of Believe Creative Studio for all of their hard work ~ critiquing, organizing and for being supportive and enthusiastic. I would also like to thank all of the guest designers who were very quick to offer support and answer questions.It is always nice to meet others from all over the globe. I wish everyone of you the best of luck! Thanks for the fun!Read more →
Happy to be here today to wish you all a Happy Valentines! I am joining in with Believe Creative Studio today to participate in a lovely bloghop sending love from all of us....to you! You should be arriving here from MaryJane Mitchells blog. If you would like to start from the beginning, hop on over to Rosie's blog. I have really enjoyed the past two months spent as a guest designer for Believe- Creative Studio.The past 8 weeks have been fun designing for the children's market. We are all ready for the big show - Indigo, Paris Feb 18th -20th, 2014 It has has been quite the roller coaster ride of emotion preparing designs for the show.I have loved every moment of it. I will share all my lessons learned with you next week on the blog. Today, is just a glimpse into the lives of the other guest designers behind Believe Creative. Zoe Dieteren-Brenchs blog, a designer all the way from the Netherlands. Have a lovely weekend! I will be back blogging on a regular basis next week. See you then!Read more →