Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sherri Haab's "Resin Jewelry"

I am so excited to work on resin this holiday season (is it too early to get excited about the holiday season?) Here is an excerpt from Sherri Haab's DVD craft workshop, "Resin Jewelry."

Monday, August 25, 2008

Bubble Magnet Tutorial

Thursday, August 21, 2008

I posted this some time ago but it's been brought to the light again. I think I still like it. I find that the most frustrating part of poster design (freelance design) is how you have to change the design to fit all the information they want on there but didn't tell you originally. So you design it with a certain amount of type in mind and then find out right at the very end all the additional type. I think it's too easy for people (me included) to think of type as something different than the design as a whole. Type isn't separate from a poster, it IS a poster.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Santa paper

OK, it makes my eyes bleed just a little being this small...but who doesn't need Santa paper in well, August.

Rhetorical question.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Encore Poster

Poster I did for a show this last spring. The designer is doing an encore show in October and so hopefully you'll be seeing these out and about here pretty soon.

Monday, August 18, 2008


I was working on this just on a whim but ended up liking it very much.

Studio update: My new studio is now basically filled floor to mid way with boxes. I have no table yet b/c it couldn't fit through the door. I could just put a plank across the boxes or stack all the books I don't know where to put and then put the plank on that.

It will come together. I know I just need to give myself the time to get everything moved and put away.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Paper Mache Flowers

Thursday, August 14, 2008

So it begins

I've been waiting for about a week now for all the parts to arrive. Yesterday the final pieces came, and I know am the proud owner of a digital camera and a macro lens. Let the eye ball photographs begin. No leaf, cat, or Creative Catalyst employee is safe.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Nicky Vector

I came across this lovely profile on flickr and the owner was nice enough to let me use her image. It's been months but here is a draft. I've been holding onto it for awhile because I wanted to use my own patterns. I'm starting to have enough now that I have design options.

I can tell I have some things to fix with the vectors and layers but mostly I like how the colors are coming together.

(Thank you Nicky!)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Thank You Card

Z and I crashed a potluck on Friday, and I'm using it as an excuse to make a thank you card. All patterns here are mine. Some of them are dangerously close to damask. (!!!) Have I mentioned I'm excited about pattern making? Yeah....

In other news, I'm moving. Chaos. BUT tonight I'm getting some expert advice on how to set up my new studio.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Patterns Day 5

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Patterns Day 4

So apparently this is pattern week. That wasn't my intention at the onset but it's been a fun way to let my brain decompress between editing chapters.

Here's some more.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Patterns Day 3

Found an image of a friend and thought it could be a great shape. I'm surprised at how well it works. I'm going to pursue this one.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Patterns Day 2

More patterns I'm working on. Some come easier than others. I think the red columns has potential to morph into more intricate designs. Part of pattern making is understanding the simple designs that the more complex designs rest upon. I've been carrying a great book on pattern making around with me wherever I go but haven't really read more than 15 pages. I'm going to a water park this weekend. Maybe I'll be able to find a quiet corner and breeze through some chapters. RIGHT!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Dotted Circle Pattern

I've been making up work hours all weekend on my home computer. Because it has no internet, I'm probably getting a lot more done (or why I'm working today at home again) but I need to find something other than email checking as a bribe to get through a difficult editing chunk. My solution: pattern practice. My goal is to come up with X number of patterns for Christmas so that I can use mostly my own papers in this year's cards.

The first image shows the evolution of one pattern attempt. I still need to add one more circle probably. That need becomes pretty clear when you look at the second set of images. But for the most part I like it. It's not super original, there is paper all over like this, but it's a good starting place. Most of the papers I enjoy using most in my work are pretty straight forward. The day I master damask is the day I'll really feel like I've accomplished a massive goal. Until then, I'm pretty happy with my dotted circles.

PS- You can see the inspiration for this paper in my header. It's the green circle one second in from the right.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Digital Scrapbook Attempt #1 (like ever)

I am not a scrapbooker. My sense of design doesn't extend beyond about 4x6 inches. But when I look around at some of the art people are doing, I can't help but be intrigued. There are some amazing graphic designers who have never probably considered themselves as such in the scrapbook world. What intrigues me most is digital scrapbooking. It links up a lot with what I'm already doing but adds the photo element. I'm getting a camera soon and I think this is something I will slowly edge into. Here is attempt one. Images always come out darker when I move from Illustrator to PSD to jpg. I have a lot of negative things I could say about it but I won't. I'll be negative when I've tried a few and am not completely overwhelmed by the square format.