I received permission from my client to post progress of my commissioned illustration! I'm having a TON of fun with this elf border!!! This is the rough version, I will be drawing this true to size in pencil all over again within the next week. ✏️✨
Here is my digitally colored version of the green man! Which I will be printing at a much larger size than the etching. Exciting!! 🌿I currently have two new pieces I'm working on, alas they are to be kept secret until further notice. One is a commission 😱 and one is for the Michigan Artists Gallery in Traverse City. Between the secrecy and my having just finished a week of shows, presentations, and jurying, I haven't had a lot to post. I hope to also be working on some new cards soon so I will have something to show you! Thanks for bearing with me friends ✨✨✨✨
I was a guest in the studio of @eloceramicart this evening, completing the oh so fun task of hand sanding copper plates! My metal skills are woefully underdeveloped, and it really helps to have help from someone who knows much more about metal than I do! Copper has to be perfectly blemish free before coating with the etching ground, so that means no tiny scratches or nicks that could possibly hold ink later. Thanks Emily! ✨✨✨
I had a wonderful time on the panel today for the Artist Career Series workshop on Choosing and Applying to Art Fairs! I hope everyone who attended feels they learned a lot from all of us! Special thanks to @palmerpark_artfair , @mintartistsdetroit for putting this on, and @knitsewfabulous for the photo!
I've partnered with Integrity Shows, the people behind many great art fairs in southeast Michigan, to help bring you a workshop this Sunday about Choosing and Applying to Art Fairs! This is the first of their new Artist Career Series workshops to help new artists break in to the art fair world. When I was starting in the biz a few years ago, I would have LOVED to have had this kind of resource available to me, so don't miss out! This Sunday at 1:30, at the Scarab Club in Detroit. I've posted the link to register in my profile, use code ABC to get $5 off. Hope to see you there! ✨✨✨✨✨#tbt to the most professional photo I have of myself 😂.
Surprise!! Here's my brand new digitally colored version of #puffthemagicdragon ! This piece was a lot harder to color than I thought it would be, but I'm quite happy with the final result. I will also be watercoloring some original etchings as well. So exciting! ✨✨✨
ALL the Puffs! 😂 It's so exciting to see them all together. Thanks to those who pre-ordered! Your Puff prints are shipping out tomorrow! You can still order at the special price up until midnight tonight, then I'm closing my Etsy for about a week for updates and adding international shipping! ✨🌎🌍🌏✨
I spent ALL day pulling prints in the studio! I pulled a ton from my new plates, as well as some old favorites, once I start I always end up pulling more prints than I originally planned 😂. All Etsy pre-orders ship out on Wednesday! There's still time to get my new etchings at a discount, just click the link in my bio! ✨✨✨
My Puff the Magic Dragon etching is complete! I could not be more happy with how this etching turned out. When I pulled this first print, I had this euphoric feeling, that I really only get from pulling prints. You have to peel the paper off the copper, and it's face down, so you can't see the result until you do. So the very first print, when it turns out this well, is so amazing to see for the first time as you lift it off the copper ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨Available on Etsy for Pre-order now!!
Time to show you the etching of Puff!! This copperplate went into the acid 6 different times, all in intervals of 3 minutes for a total of 18 minutes. In between I covered sections with my asphaltum. Swipe to see more pics of the process! ✨✨✨✨
When etching is your medium, the plate itself becomes the original. All prints pulled from the plate are originals as well, but the plate is one of a kind. This is what an inked up plate looks like, all ready to go through the press. To me it's an object of delicate beauty ❤️
Thanks to @jfergy55 for some aerial shots of my marathon etching day, here I'm working on my Green Woman copperplate, I'm stopping out some of the inner lines of the leaves. These plates were some of the smallest I've worked on, which makes painting a tar-like substance on with detail quite a challenge ✨✨✨