Gift Market

Five weeks goes very fast- our final week in MATS A focuses in on the Gift market. This is a very diverse market with a wide variety of items from canister sets ,trinket dishes decorative boxes, to dishtowels and pencil cases- this market supplies items to Gift shops and Mainstream stores for customers looking for either a gift to remember a friend or a gift for themselves. Our Mini assignment was to first look around and see what we ourselves collected, that item we found hard to pass up or the thing that people always buy for us. Now, I have a lot of books and stuffed animals (i based my assignment last year on that see it here) so i wanted to do something different. I finally landed on using the idea of sewing and sewing objects as my theme. To get the ball rolling,  i painted some spools because i love their shapes and started to think how i could use them in my final piece.

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Then for our main assignment we were to take our collection and use it as the inspire for a Pencil/Cosmetic/Container Pouch. For additional inspiration, I found this piece I had started a while ago but never finished. It reminded me of some of the fairytales where the local seamstress falls asleep and when she awakes she finds her little mice friends have been busy at work! (if thats not a story, it should be! ) 🙂


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I like the challenge of of making diverse images and I love to illustrate pieces that look like they are stitched, so i began to build my piece in Photoshop with the additional criteria that it look like it was really sewn, including the lettering on the patch i wanted to include

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So I use a series of brushes that mimic stitches and start to assemble my pouch idea

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Using a pseudo-mirror image gave the piece a rich look , a piece loaded with details and here’s my final – it’s Sew Lush! 🙂

MATS A and B and Bootcamp by Lilla Rogers are terrific ways to stretch and grow and to add great portfolio pieces, I would HIGHLY recommend checking these classes out- to find out more about these classes, please check it out here. Check back here for more posts soon! 🙂

Gift Market

Wall Art

On to week 4- Wall art. We were given a 2 color palette and for our Mini assignment, we were asked to paint and find textures in those 2 colors. so i pulled out my watercolors and played for a while….


The assignment was to take my collection of colors and make a collage for my final Wall art piece. I decided to do my piece digitally so the next step for me was to physically cut out  shapes scan them in, and play with composition.

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After i was satisfied with the placement, i used the shapes i had hand cut and watercolor i had painted and scanned in to template my final piece. Then i drew some line work, scanned that in and continued with my collage.

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And here’s my final piece done in Digital Paper collage called “Promise”. I liked working with the limited palette and combining the hand drawn/cut shapes.


next:my final week in MATS A – Gift market. 🙂

Wall Art

The White Cat- Children’s Book Illustration

In MATS A , this is my favorite week- the Children’s Book market! I love developing characters and one thing i learned last time i took this class was that Art Directors in the market are looking for a range of emotions in the characters portrayed.Our Mini was to sketch kitties, so i started off trying for an expressive face


When we received our assignment, we found out our kitty was to be a Princess from an old French fairytale, The White Cat- so then i set out to sketch kitty princess. in the story she is sad for most of it so i made sure that look came across

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After finding my pose i started with color. i wanted to have a very limited palette so i kept the hues minimal and used a previous piece as inspiration

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one fun thing about illustrating for kids is including lots of details- i had her fan in her hand made of mice silhouettes and she also was wearing a black lace veil

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the story also mentions that the castle has a doorbell pull chain made of diamonds and shaped like a deer foot, she gave the prince a magic acorn and walnut, and there are white gloved hands that are helping attend to the characters, so i made sure to allude to those as well on my cover

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and here’s my final Piece for The White Cat by Comtesse D’Aulnoy (with hand-lettering,btw) 🙂


Next week: Wall art 🙂

The White Cat- Children’s Book Illustration

Floral-speak- week 2 MATS A

For week 2 we got the category of Home Decor, specially, design a set of 2- 4 plates- our mini assignment was to look at the world of Staffordshire pottery for inspiration – here are some of my sketches- i was immediately intrigued by the animals and stylized florals i was seeing….

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I have always LOVED what Anthropologie does with plates and using their style as my inspiration, i went with a woodland, floral, fantasy inspired piece with animals and flowers as subject matter. Some of my early process looks like this:

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i started off by establishing my color palette and also i painted some hand done elements to incorporate into my art ( i love to mix digital and hand-painted and drawn art!)

i chose a fox and rabbit because those are some of my favorite animals to draw and they are a lot of fun to stylize. Here’s more progress- i wanted to make sure they were both unique to themselves, but in the same family style-wise…..

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…and here’s the final piece- i will be doing more animals for this series- i love doing their speech bubbles with flowers, because i imagine that’s how they would communicate 🙂

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next week: Children’s Book Art 🙂

Floral-speak- week 2 MATS A

Back at it again!

Well, with Fall coming and crispness in the air, it feels right to go back to school , so here i am again in Lilla Roger’s MATS A class to do a deep dive and learn and grow some more 🙂 – our first assignment was Bolt Fabric with a vintage kitchen theme featuring casserole dishes and pasta. i have experimented with a lot of looks and my mind went immediately to this piece i did a year ago:

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i wanted to incorporate some text so i started to play with hand lettering

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them i sketched out the elements i wanted to put into my design:

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and here was my final result- free and sketchy with a vintage fabric vibe- It was like playing with puzzle pieces and i still have more elements to play with- i did take some and make coordinates with them for this collection.  🙂


-next up: Home Decor week- see you soon! ❤

Back at it again!

Round 2 for Global Talent Search – in and done! ♥️

Well it’s it’s finally in – my piece for the Global Talent Search for round 2 is done!I am both nervous and excited and i know i gave my all, a 150% 🙂

First off, I love collecting things and tins and boxes are some of my fav things! 🙂 I had a vision right away of a display in Antoinette’s store with tins of cookies and tea (that could be re-purposed to hold little treasures) and then tins that were just fun to collect . I read the brief multiple times and started jotting down notes:


then i sketched and sketched and finally came back to this

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after that, i started to paint out some of the elements i wanted to include and scanned them in…

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i also still couldn’t get an earlier Bootcamp assignment out of my head and i felt Antoinette would have love an Edwardian bug brooch too 🙂 So in it went!

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i was inspired by a picture of a stillife in a magazine that included a wall hanging with a bird that reminded me of the fragile delicacy of Chinoiserie art . I was hooked!  I kept seeing that as my background and after that, the piece started to evolve ;

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We were also told we could include hand-lettering if we so chose to, and since that is my new challenge to me,  i decided to include some of that in my piece as well 🙂

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Now i usually go for bright colors and character work but this time want to show other things i like to do, like still lifes. Also, this time i wanted to really explore creamier neutrals in my palette, so i went back to the brief to see what colors i felt would resonate with our Antoinette and started to build my art (the brights at the bottom on the tea canister piece shows some of the brights from our brief but i used them as accents 🙂 )

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Somehow, though,the background was bugging me i couldn’t quite get it where i wanted it- so i tried different backgrounds options ( I remembered what Lilla said about being nervous, it was because i cared- oh yes indeed! 🙂 )


…and landed here 🙂 -so here it is, my final piece – please stop by the gallery, see ALL the gorgeous entries and vote for  me (whoever is picked for People’s choice will win the sixth slot in the final round!) i’d really appreciate it! – now i’m off to vote! 🙂

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to see everything and cast your vote- here’s a link  🙂 Enjoy!


Round 2 for Global Talent Search – in and done! ♥️

Wow! I’m a Semi Finalist! :)

well, i found this morning that i am a Semi Finalist in Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search (check out Lilla’s post here) If you want to take a peek at the top 50, please go here.


Here’s my entry – to see some of my process to this point , please check it out here.


I am very grateful and humble to be counted in this company- the talent is this group is top-notch! i have a busy week ahead, but i am ready to go! And it’s due on my Birthday- my present to me will be a piece i am proud to stand behind- send prayers and good thoughts my way- thanks! Stay tuned! 🙂

Wow! I’m a Semi Finalist! :)