Been painting a lot of flowers (sunflowers,poppies,daisies,spider mums) this week as I prepare new art for Surtex....loving my Luma concentrated watercolors. I was introduced to these when I designed bathing suit prints years ago...Below is a shot of my table...
We had Spring Break last week so I had to resort to painting at the beach....Are you feeling sorry for me yet?
The lovely people at Sakura gave me this travel watercolor set when I visited them at CHA. And speaking of CHA, I heard my new Oceanside Collection was one of the top sellers for Creative Imaginations at the show. I am so happy with how it turned out. Met with my art director today to go over the new releases for the summer and I am very excited about the new designs coming out soon.
Thanks for taking the time to read the studio blog I am truly grateful for the support of my licensee's, fellow artists and consumers of the products that my art is on. I have neglected this blog and it amazes me when I pull up my stats that people have been visiting even though I have not updated often, so thanks from the bottom of my heart for checking in to my little art licensing studio..
This is the most crazy month for those of us in the art licensing and the surface design industry. Our big tradeshow Surtex is in May. I'll be posting more on my FB page than my blog so please come on over and "like" it to get updates on the studio. In the mean time I'll just post a pretty picture to hold my place while I work away. xo-
I love doing product mock-ups! I've been playing around with a new mockup template. As a designer, I need to show my art on different product types and it's so FUN to see it mocked-up. Keep your fingers crossed that they become "real" product...
Today I'm hosting my friend Traci Bautista's online book tour for her fabulous book Doodles Unleashed. Traci and I have been colleagues in the mixed media world for nearly ten years and I've enjoyed visiting with her yearly at CHA and catching up with her online. Love, love, love her first book Collage Unleashed and this new book is a must have for any art library.
Traci and I both LOVE to use resist techniques in our artwork and she has some wonderfully inspiring art techniques using resist and stencils in the book. Below Traci shares some images and info about using her product Collage Pauge for resist.
In Doodles Unleashed, I share a few techniques using Collage Pauge in other ways than an adhesive, one of my favorite painting techniques is to use it as a resist. It is applied with a brush or applicator tipped bottle to draw and paint designs on the page, once it’s dry I paint over it with acrylic or watercolor to reveal the design. Additional variations include adding glitter, mica or foil for added texture and sparkle. Here are a few examples...
My wonderful licensing partner, Creative Imaginations has generously donated a few packs of Ocean Foil and Sticky2's for me to give away on my blog in celebration of Traci's book. Here is a link so you can see how amazingly easy and fun these Foils and Sticky2's are to use. I've also posted a photo below.
All you have to do is tell me what your favorite time to doodle is. Mine is pretty typical, when I'm on the phone:-). Leave your answer in the comments below and I'll pick a couple of names and announce this weekend.
Head on over to Traci's etsy shop to purchase a signed copy of Doodles Unleashed and also don't forget to hop over to her blog to see more of her art and also catch my free tutorial. You are going to LOVE this book.
The winners of my Doodle's Unleashed Foil giveaway, chosen at random: