Some of my favorite recent art pieces are these tiny 2" x 2" canvases, which are just large enough to add a small design to but still leave a big impact:
I added some simple feather trios to these little guys because, dang it, feathers are the best. These, along with other mini canvas designs, are going to be available at the upcoming Beehive Bazaar, from May 7-9 at the Feather & Fir booth! It's coming up quickly!
I've been fiddling about a lot lately with watercolors and contour illustrations, and tried a new way of combining the two:
I wanted to try out a new watercolor approach that wasn't as layered or detailed, and a little more abstract and free flowing. I really like the way it all turned out! I'm definitely going to be doing this some more!
One of my favorite pieces I've made for the the Beehive Bazaar is this 5x7 Mountain Mother handlettering piece in three different colors:
I based these off of a green one I made for my own living room, but I liked the way it looked in other cool colors as well.
If you liked the columbine contour drawing from the last post, fret not. It's not the only one available...I made a few more! Then I also made some variations in gold (and white!) on black:
While each piece of art is slightly different, all of my art is original because I'm crazy like that. So, how do I make so many pieces of the same design on paper that is too thick or dark for a lightboard? Guys. It's due to little miracles called tracings.
It takes a long time to illustrate something from scratch. I sketch and correct my lines, and keep sketching until I get the design in a place I like. To save on time, as soon as I have a design I like, I make a tracing of it. Then, to make the transfer process as seamless as possible, I take 5 steps.
Cover the back of the tracing with graphite:
Tape that sucker down to the final paper so it doesn't slide around:
Begin tracing the lovely illustration:
Check traced lines and double check placement by lifting occasionally (thank you, tape!):
Keep tracing until piece is finished:
After that, I carefully remove the tracing, trace the final piece with my media of choice and then erase the pencil lines. Ta-dum! (There is a lot of tracing, which is why it's called what it is.) It can be tedious, but it ends up being much quicker than starting an illustration from scratch every time.
This post will also be going up on the How-To page for easy reference.
I've been working my little buns off getting things ready for the upcoming Beehive Bazaar, and one of my favorite pieces so far is this columbine contour:
Columbines are one of the most delicate and delightful mountain flowers, and I wanted the illustration and colors to reflect that. Luckily, one of these should be up for grabs on Instagram @beehivebazaar! Make sure to follow them and keep your eye open for it to win your own for free!