Monday, March 31, 2014

Tea Time!

I love vintage blue and white china and I took that as my inspiration when I started working on these teacup prints...but of course, I had to try a little girly color also, in anticipation of the lovely colors of spring.  Which do you like better?  (I'm leaning toward the classic blue and white, but think the one with pink and green is awfully sweet for spring and summer.)

Well, since I couldn't decide, I've added both to my Society6 shop...and they're available as prints, note cards, cell cases, tote bags and more!  

I think I may need a to buy myself blue chintz and daisy mugs for my tea! 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

sweet wiggly jello!

Jello!  That was this month's topic for Lilla Rogers MATs bootcamp.  I have to say, I'm not a big fan of jello, unless it's in the form of a jello shot.  But the stuff with canned fruit? Blech. I really struggled with this subject matter. I spent a lot of time working on a view from above, but my designs really looked like flowers, not so much like jello or jello molds.  So I went back to the drawing board, and started with the fruity stuff.

My original impulse was to go quite bright, and I was heading toward a hot pink and orange color palette, when Lilla gave us a new palette to try - nougat! Dusty pinks, gray, lavender, muted blues, etc. I went a tad brighter than the palette Lilla suggested, but did use several of the colors.

I used hand carved blocks for the jello, fruit, flowers and cake stands and scanned in several of my sketches that I used to create blocks to create the white line work.  I've wanted to play with adding in hand drawn line work to my patterns, and this was the perfect opportunity to experiment... I think it worked quite well!  And on the bottom, you'll find my jello mold / flower garden.

Oh, and in case you are wondering, yes, there will be jello on my 2015 calendar!!

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