Drawings, handmade artwork, Illustration, Typography, wedding

Custom Wedding Chalkboards: Process

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I am so excited to share these new custom pieces for a wedding with you!

I was recently asked to make chalkboards for a wedding. Each chalkboard was hand-drawn by Yours Truly. I am quite pleased with how these have turned out! These were a joy to make and are something that I look forward to making for other happy couples in the future.

 

Some people have asked “How did you do it?” Well, loads of practice, a T-Square, Chalk, and chalk markers. Here are some progress shots showing the beginning sketches and the final pieces.

bar_menu_process1Bar menu work in progress

In-progress shot of the Julia Child piece. Here you can see my super-cool crafting gloves that help keep my hands warm and keeps them from leaving marks on the chalkboard. And my favorite markers. :-)

 

julia_quote_process3Julia Child Quote: work in progress

 

The chalk works, well, a lot like the layers function in photoshop…unfortunately there’s not “undo” button here. A steady hand and reliable preliminary sketches are quite important.

julia_quote_process1Nearly done…but still a ways to go! :-)

Here you can see the sketches made in chalk on the left and the final drawing on the right. Throughout the lettering process, I made some slight changes to the size and shapes of the letters. Before I got to this phase, I did several measured layouts on graph paper. Once I got the design just the way I wanted it, I drew it on the actual chalkboard.

julia_quote_process2Julia Child Quote: work in progress

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Artwork, Graphic Design, Typography

Chalkboard A-Frame Artwork: Vegan Foods Demo

This weekend we will be hosting a Vegan Foods Demonstration and Tour!

I was asked to make an A-Frame for the event:aframe_veganfoods

No animals were harmed in the making of this A-Frame :-)

The A-Frames we use measure 2 x 3 feet. They are sturdy, durable, and reusable. I generally use mostly white chalk and white chalk pens to do the lettering.

Artwork, Drawings, Illustration

The Fearless Flyer

This illustration was made this week to be used in some printed signage and decorations for our Fearless Flyer. I sketched this fine flying fellow using pencil and my trusty Papermate Flair. (My favorite affordable felt-tip pen for inking detailed black and white drawings.)illust_flyerguy

I love his iconic Steampunk vibe.

He will  be colored and printed in black and white.

cards, etsy shop, Greeting Cards

New Card Design: Buffalo

I’m proud to announce my new favorite greeting card design. This design was hand drawn and hand lettered by yours truly. It’s printed in black ink on white or craft cards and is available in my Etsy Shop!

 Made in Buffalo CardIsn’t he cute?

Truly handmade in Buffalo, each card is hand folded and scored.

Made in Buffalo CardCraft paper card has a nice earthy look.

Send a “Hello” from Buffalo!

Spread some BuffaLOVE!

Made in Buffalo CardHand-drawn and hand-lettered. Detail.

Artwork, etsy shop, Graphic Design

New Business Cards for Pink Toe Press

I recently gave Pink Toe Press‘ business cards a bit of an overhaul. If you remember from before, the old cards were very detailed and had an illustration of the Pink Toe Press “coat of arms”.

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The old design: GREAT for postcards, a little too detailed for business cards.

I wanted to give the business cards a bright bold look with simple colors that lend themselves well to the shapes and colors in the Pink Toe Press logo. I chose this design that not only features the logo but makes sure you know each item coming from Pink Toe Press is hand made.

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The NEW printed business cards. How lovely!

I prefer vertical business cards. Vertical is sometimes a risky choice, but I knew I could make it work for this project. I chose to use one of my new favorite fonts: Lulo for much of the text on the card. As this is a small canvas, I wanted the most legible, aesthetically pleasing font I could muster. Functionally, I wanted to be sure to include the social media information on the card, but did not want to be obtuse about it. I included that information in pink under where it says “buttons/cards/totes”.

I printed the cards at home using our Cannon 9000 Mark II printer (love that thing!) and printed them on heavy-stock bristol paper. Because of this, they are thicker than standard business cards and are matte on the back for writing down notes or other pertinent information. They are so pretty, I though they could even be used as tags for tote bags in a pinch!

I feel this project was a success. What do you think?

Drawings, New Artwork

El Sol y La Luna

This pen and ink drawing of the sun and the moon is one of my new favorites. I think I’d like to make this piece in to a tattoo (or temporary tattoo!). This was hand-drawn on paper with only a ballpoint pen. This drawing is Inspired by Italian and Mexican folk art.

There is a framed original for sale at the gallery.

Artwork, Drawings

An Oldie But a Goodie

I’m not sure if you know, but I have a fondness for Waterbears. They are teeny-tiny critters that live in water and can thrive in extreme temperatures and can even survive outer-space!

This little illustration was made with pen and ink. It’s something I created a little while back, but I do still enjoy it.

Graphic Design, New Artwork

Make Me Wine

I am one of those people who judges a book by its cover and picks her wine because of its label. Needless to say, I was pretty excited when approached to design a wine label recently. Although this is not the actual label design (it’s more of a practice run), I am very pleased with how this came out. Made from a drawing of mine, this label is meant to look as if it were made from an etched plate.

Next, I’ll share a mock-up picture of the label on a bottle.

*The drawing is based off an old photograph from the Library of Congress that I found on Flickr.