Tuesday, August 20, 2013

My First Sponsor Event ... in Sweden!

I started offering digital stamps in my Etsy store in May, and I have been contacted by a lot of people who host blog challenges of hand made cards using digital stamps.  I'm booked as far ahead as Christmas of 2014.  Who would have thought?

Anyhow, my first sponsoring event is taking place in September in Sweden.  This one is called Scraptraff, and it's a 3-day event.  I have been in contact with the chief organizer to work out the details of donated prize and goodie bag fillers.  I won't be able to physically be there, but it sounds like a fun event, and I'm happy to be a sponsor. ^_^

http://fruarnaliljascraptraff.blogspot.se/  -- the blog is in Swedish, but you can use the translation button found at the top right ... to get the gist of the articles. ^_^

The next one I'm sponsoring will be in October. :D  It's a blog challenge.  I'll talk about it some more I'm sure when it gets closer to the event.

Speaking of events, I'd like to mention an all-originals auction going on at the Femme Thou Art Collective.  Sadly, I'm not seeing much traffic to the auction album or hearing much buzz on Facebook just yet.  This is a week-long event that runs through next Monday, the 26th.  The theme is "White Lady".


I very much like the piece I made for this event.  If it doesn't sell, I'd be happy to hold onto it a little longer. lol XD

Monday, August 5, 2013

Lately, I've Been Doing Nothing But Watercolor

When I started participating in the Sketch Fest back in January of this year, I started painting with watercolor again after not touching this particular medium in a really long time after discovering the joy of digital art-making (Let's face it, the ease of 'undo' and 'erase' makes experimentation much cheaper, which makes me take more risks, which further leads me to be more creative in many instances.).  Around the same time, I also discovered the tiny pictures called ACEOs.  At first, I found the 2.5" x 3.5" size terribly claustrophobic and limiting, but being a person who was already into fine details, I soon figured out that it wasn't nearly as bad as it seemed at first. I painted a LOT of original ACEOs during the first half of the year.  First ones were in colored pencil, then I gradually shifted to include watercolor, then ink and watercolor, which I find myself to be most at home with.

When I first "invested" in the cheap "penny sleeves", little plastic bags to slip your ACEOs into, which I learned was a standard procedure, a bag of 100 seemed like something I would never be able to go though.  I honestly thought, "Gosh, these are going to last me a lifetime.  Even if I did a lot, it'll probably last 2 years."  Boy, was I wrong!  I'm already in the second stash of 100.  I've lost track of all the originals I've painted and sold, not to mention the prints made in that same size for collectors that I offer through my Etsy shop.

In July, an inspiration struck and I started a series of Flower Sprites ACEOs.  These are tiny little whimsical creatures inspired by flowers.  They are relatively simple and easy to do a series of without being torturous or anything.

In fact, these babies are quick to sketch out, quick to ink, and quick to paint and finish.  And more often than not, they're pretty easy to sell.  Originals usually get snatched up by collectors quickly when I post them on my facebook art page.

Painting these babies in quick succession definitely got me inspired to try different approaches to my art.  I'm once again, pretty comfortable with watercolor (after not playing with it for decades lol).  I've also switched to sepia/brown ink for my pen in recent month as part of the experiment.

"Himalayan Blue" (5" x 7" on vellum) was painted incorporating the approaches I was using with my Flower Sprites ACEOs.  I'm really liking the new ink & watercolor style. I finally feel like I've found what I like. ^_^

"White Poppy" (5" x 7" on vellum) followed quickly after the blue poppies.  I'd like to do red and lavender as well, and maybe some orange/yellow, too, to complete the poppies.  Poppies, though, are one of my recurring themes from early on.

"White Lady" (11" x 8.5" on vellum) is my most recent one that I just finished.  This is larger than the previous two, mainly because I wanted to work on this quickly because it's for an auction event and you never know how these things go -- sometimes it goes well and other time it's a total disaster. ^^;  So yeah, I didn't want to commit too much of my time and effort.  Things at this size is like a nice stroll in the park whereas a smaller piece can make me feel like I'm walking on a tight rope at times.

Although I'm still not happy with the extra post-processing original pieces require (before I can turn something into prints, that is), I do enjoy the organic feel of working with water, salt, alcohol, and paint.  It's been wonderful to get to know the medium which was my best friend through my elementary school and middle school days (and that's a long, LONG time ago!).