Yearly Small Desk Calendar

on May 3, 2018

Every year I design a new desk calendar.  First I pick a theme, and then I illustrate the theme with thirteen, original watercolor paintings.  The next step is researching quotes to match each illustration.  I then choose a style of calligraphy and letter each quote.   The next step it to scan each painting and each piece of calligraphy.  Then I design the calendar itself.   The calendar is  then ready to send to the printers.  When it comes back from the printers, it comes in a huge stack.  I spread it all out on a large surface like my dining room table and separate all the calendars into 13 pieces for each calendar.

This is my twentieth year designing these little calendars.  My process has changed quite a lot since I first began this little project.  I used to design them all in black and white and hand paint each one.  This was before color printing was affordable.   Last year I added a CD case to each project.   The CD case flips open to become a stand for the calendar.

I always do this project in the summer, so that it is ready for sale in September, through the Fall so that everyone can get one before the New Year starts.  My theme this year is called FISH.  That might sound boring, but I had a lot of fun designing each colorful fish with their own unique personality.

I hand letter and hand paint each image and quotation. Then I have it printed.

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Altered Tags

on November 14, 2017

One of the trends in the art/craft world today is altered tags. I usually purchase my chipboard tags but you could also cut them out of chipboard. I then paint both sides of the tag with Ivory White Folk Art paint. Next I either paint color on the tag or add some decorative paper, pick out a saying and letter it in Calligraphy. Then each little tag becomes a miniature mixed media as I add flowers, keys, hearts, or other decorative embellishments. They are little one-of-a-kind art pieces. They can be hung on your wall, your door or your mirror, or be a special gift for your friends.

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Handmade Books

on November 14, 2017

These last couple of months I have been focused on making handmade books. There is something about cutting the chipboard, making a spine, and then pages and pockets that is so fascinating to me. I cover the covers and pages with decorative paper and then the real fun begins; the embellishment. Tucking in sayings, and places for you to put your pictures or journaling cards is the best part.

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