I recently got some Christmas cards printed up with one of my hedgehog paintings and I am VERY excited about them. This is actually my third time trying to make these cards; I had some problems with my print shop. Well, two print shops. But third times a charm and thanks to Minuteman Press in Redmond, things are looking good.
You can buy these cards in my etsy shop both individually and in packs of five. Order soon so you can get them by Christmas! (Order by December 19th to get them by December 24th- sooner if you want to send your cards in the mail! More info from USPS here)
Here’s just a quick idea for you. Use some vinyl to put a basic recipe on your bread machine. I cut mine using my Silhouette machine, but I suppose you could do it by hand.
I found that every time I wanted to make a loaf of bread to go with dinner, I had to pull out my computer, pull up the pdf of my bread machine manual, and look up the basic recipe and the order I needed to add ingredients. Now, when I want a basic loaf of bread, the recipe is already there. I still look up other recipes at times, but even then I can refer to my machine to check the order to add things.
Tomorrow I will be participating in an art show at a local animal shelter. After my recent blustery day show, I am pretty excited to be doing an indoor show.
As typically happens, this week I got ideas for several new projects that I wish I could complete by my show. I started working on some new Christmas ornaments.
I’ve accepted the fact that I won’t get that many done by Saturday so I probably won’t have them out on my display, but I am having lots of fun and am excited to sell them at a future time.
Lately, my daughter has been asking us to tell her stories. After several stories about princess Allie, I introduced the character of the dragon. Now she always asks for dragon stories. I’ve been having so much fun telling the stories, that I really wanted to illustrate some for her. However my human drawing skills have never been great; animals are my thing. But I decided that I should try because the worst that can happen is I draw something really ugly. Here’s a peak at how my sketches have been growing and evolving. (Please excuse the poor quality of these images- I took them with my cell phone)
Here is the first person I drew out. She looks about the quality that my daughter would draw. Okay, maybe a little better. Her people look like scribbles.
I realized I needed to shift the eyes down a bit and work on proportions. Better, but still kind of goofy looking (and not in a good way). Here is my second try.
Third time was the charm. She looks pretty cute at this point.
Now I moved from my little sketch pad and tried to recreate my drawing on my watercolor paper. This is typically what I create my final pieces on.
Finally, I added in a dragon. He ended up looking a bit like a pet dragon, so I drew his tongue hanging out and made him look like he’s staring at that ice cream cone.
So that’s a peak into my process. The image is still in pencil so I may do a few edits/additions before I add paint and ink.
What do you guys think? It’s mostly just for fun and to show my daughter, but I do want to do it well. The one thing that is troubling me now is that in the stories, the dragon is more of a friend than a pet. But I thought this could be similar to a Mickey/Pluto kind of relationship. Thoughts?
A couple of months ago, I had a custom request for a greeting card made from one of my science paintings. This inspired me to have several cards printed up.
You can now buy individual cards of each of my science paintings or a 3-pack with one of each.
What have you been working on lately?