December 9, 2012
Is there anything cuter than artwork made out of baby footprints? Well, maybe Gretchen’s 4.75 year old footprints (which were surprisingly larger than I was expecting. Funny since I help her put her shoes on EVERY DAY). I spent way too long on pinterest and google-images getting ideas for this. The heart and butterfly ones I totally and directly ripped off from ideas I found online. The other ones were inspired by some I found on pinterest, but altered a bit. My favorite is the momma & baby elephants (which I can take 95% of the credit for), made out of both our handprints. Awwww!
December 8, 2012
I am SO SO SO EXCITED about this job. The request was for a rural village winter scene. Christmas lights. People shopping. And a coke truck bringing holiday cheer to a Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC. It puts me in the mood for Christmas! And a Diet Coke. On ice. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
December 7, 2012
Lately I’ve been doing a bunch of these super tiny illustrations. No, really. Super tiny. Like 50x50mm. They’re for a lovely company in Seoul. Working with a 16 hour time difference can make my brain hurt a little, but they sure are nice to work with! Here’s a few of my favorites. I’ve enlarged them a tiny bit so you can see more detail…
They like the colors to be super bright, so I’ve been consciously picking a really saturated palette. It helps to have them so colorful, especially with how small they are.
I often feel this way in the mall too…
When I first read this image description, I was thinking, “Wait, WHAT? Joan of Arc returning triumphant from battle in 50x50mm?” Creative cropping made it work…
Don’t steal guitars.
No yarn haired babies growing in this cabbage patch.
It’s not magic, it’s an ILLUSION.
July 25, 2012
Yeah, I know, all I ever post about are baby showers. I really have been working a ton & I’ll post some of my illustrations soon. But have you been to a Book Themed Baby Shower? SUCH A GREAT IDEA. The moms register for books, or you can bring a copy of your favorite children’s book. It’s so fun to see everyone’s favorites. (There’s always a copy of “Love You Forever”, so I guess not everyone is as creeped out by that story as I am. Do you remember that one? The mom crawls across the floor to rock her son every night while he’s asleep? EVEN IN HIS 30′s? Boundaries, honey. That’s all I’m sayin’.)
Here’s the invite I made for my sister’s baby shower. 10 points if you can figure out what I photoshopped onto this Dick & Jane illustration.
I got them printed at overnightprints.com, my new favorite printers. They had lovely rounded corners and were so cute. SO CUTE.
The back of the invite explained we were doing a book-themed shower and included these bookplate stickers (again with a vintage Dick & Jane illustration. They’re just such sweet little illos, aren’t they?)
If you’d like to use them for your next book gift, here’s a high res copy to print: BabyShower-Bookplate. (I printed them on full sheets of sticker/label paper. A full sheet, no labels “pre cut” into it. Then I cut around the grey line with scissors. Yes, it cuts off part of the greenery on the left, but it’s cool. And yes, it took a while to cut 50 of these guys out. I must really love my sister
*the photoshopped part is the monkey baby in the pram. I originally did it as a joke because Adriannie loves monkeys. But then she thought it was funny & we had to keep it. Monkey babies are so UGLYCUTE! I also gave the girl brown hair to match my sister.
March 28, 2012
I’ve got some exciting news. I have a new ebook available on iBooks for the iPad! Leave a comment below if you’d like to be randomly selected for a free copy. I’m hoping to have copies on the kindle & nook soon too. Woo hoo!!!
Click here to download the iBook app.
I think this one might be my favorite set of illos…
More babies should be dressed in black, don’t you think?
***Thanks for all your love and support friends! I’m closing the comments on this post and hope you lovelies who commented enjoy your free download!!!***
March 10, 2012
I am surrounded by friends & family having babies right now. I love it! Not only because I get an inbox with pictures like this:
…but because I get to help throw BAY SHOWERS! Last fall was my sisters, the “Future/Space Travel/Renaissance/Descendant of Greatness” themed shower (you had to be there. Or know my sister…) Next week it’ll be a slightly more conventional “Puppies and Sports” themed. My baby shower philosophy is:
-Everyone wants to see the gifts
-But they don’t want to sit there for too long
-Give them good food
-And keep it under 2 hours
Keeping with that theme, in oh-so-humble opinion, Baby Shower Bingo is the perfect game. The guests are forced to pay attention to the gifts if they want to win the BIG PRIZE. And it doesn’t suck up any extra party time. Have I sold you on it yet? If so, here’s a print out you can use for the next Baby Shower Bingo game you host. This will print out on standard 8.5×11″ paper, just trim it in half.
Here’s a PDF in BLUE:
March 4, 2012
So apparently I’m one of the last people on the planet to try out Freezer Paper Templates. I’m helping to host two (TWO!!!) baby showers in the next two weeks. At one of them, it was suggested that we have the ladies decorate onesies. I had visions of how this would go. It wasn’t pretty. I can’t stand to see a good blank onesie go to waste, and I wasn’t sure how we could make onesies that anyone would want to, you know, actually PUT ON THEIR BABY if we had a craft-paint free-for-all. (Wow, this makes me sound like such a craft snob. Shoot.) So after a little time on pinterest and a little time on google images, I stumbled across FREEZER PAPER TEMPLATES!!!! I won’t go into all the details since it’s been covered oh so many times, but I found these two sites helpful:
Making Freezer Paper Stencils
Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial
Here’s what I came up with:
The one tip I might pass along to y’all that’s not included in the tutorial links above is that when you’re cutting your template out, make sure you keep the corner’s sharp. For example, don’t try to cut out the elephant tusks the same time you’re cutting out the head. Go back and cut them out after you’ve got the basic shape of the head already cut. Also, I may have fudged a little on the rooster feathers cause the ones there are so detailed. I’m not THAT much of a perfectionist.
And if you’d like a copy of the stencils I used, here tis (except for the bow-tie, which I just freehanded) (disclaimer – I did a google image search for “silhouettes of animals”, etc. It’s very helpful for this type of craft…)
October 29, 2011
My friend Ann asked if I’d do a painting for an auction she’s having to raise funds to fight Chron’s Disease. This is what I came up with. Lately I’m loving paintings of words and only words. And it’s not often I get to actually PAINT anymore, so it was fun to do! (And FAST. Bonus points for that…)
I did a few illustrations for a math book about kittens. SO FUN. The illustrations were for an oversize book, so they were pretty huge. It was a challenge to make an image that looked good close up AND far away.
I’ve done a bunch of little spots for workbooks lately too. I love these jobs. They’re fun and quick. And when I say little, I mean LITTLE. This is the full size image:
And I got to work with my favorite group of 7-year-olds to create the Class Pumpkin for the Harvest Festival. I took the class out in small groups so they could all take a turn making our pumpkin into R2D2. Their teacher told me that if we had lights and sound effects we would win. We took it a step further & made it STAR WARS THEMED. That’s the trifecta right there (lights, sound and STAR WARS!!!). You can’t tell in this picture, but the buttons glow (buttons made from a squinkies container & the knob is made from a paint bottle top). And I downloaded a few MP3s from amazon of the Star Wars theme. My girls were THRILLED when I told them we got to keep the Star Wars music. I had to take it out of the car after 3 days though. (You can only listen to the Star Wars theme so many times before you start getting twitchy, even if it IS performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic….)
We’re making this craft at the class Halloween party on Monday. It’s a little box that you print out & fold together. (I’d say this is a age 7+ activity. We made one before & definitely had to take it step by step…
I think that’s it for now, but stay tuned. We’ll be doing lots of crafty things for the holidays!
September 7, 2011
Tree Painting in Corner
A few weeks ago I helped my dear friend finish her kindergarten classroom. She moved classrooms, so got to pick some new crazy colors for the wall. (And yes, I realize there’s a typo on the wall. It’s been fixed. Of COURSE I forget the apostrophe on the wall of a classroom. Of course.) This tree was a little tricky because it covered 1/2 a white wall and 1/2 a yellow wall. I think we pulled it off. Also, since everything is better with a little sparkle, we glued on some rhinestones and brushed on some Magical Glitter Highlights.
We added about seven bees flying around the classroom (how many do you see in this picture?) (Don’t strain your eyes, there’s only one. Next to the door.) And some flowers for the bees to visit.
Close up of flowers - kindergarten mural
…here they are close up so you can admire the *BLING*.
In case you can’t tell, her classroom theme is “Busy Bees!” She asked for a beehive. But when I first painted it, the interaction of the colors I chose with the orange wall make it look more like a pile of dung instead of a beehive. This is what it looked like after the 3rd attempt. Try, try again!
Have you ever tried to paint a mural on a brightly colored wall before? It was kind of a challenge! But fun. The last mural I painted was in E’s room when she was a baby. That was SEVEN YEARS AGO. Dude. (Add nostalgic sniffling here).
I have one more thing I want to share with you. We’ve been in our “temporary apartment” for over a year now, and I decided we needed to revamp the girls room. To make things a little more festive we hung up….
PENNANT BANNERS!!! And twinkle lights! And I jerry-rigged the paper parasol in the corner to make a lovely & delightful lantern. (I love $5 projects that completely change a room!) The pennant banners were made with a combination of fabric scraps and vintage pillowcases. And I AM IN LOVE and plan on making about 100 more.
What are you in love with?
July 13, 2011
Hello Friends! How’s summer treating you?
I’ve been super busy with lots of projects, which is great! (You know, except for the piles of laundry that may or may not get done this week…) And I’ve had a pretty big variety of jobs lately. And lots of animals. Animals are always fun to draw.
Here’s an illustration from an educational book I finished up this week. Happy fun times with animals!!!:
And an article for a magazine about what to expect when you have to put your horse down:
The art director said, “What can you come up with for an article on euthanasia?” Gulp.
So tell me, what would you have done? And what are you working on?