Monday, November 7, 2011

Wedding Certificate

This was such a nice project to work on. First of all, Jennifer from Joie de Vivre is such a sweetheart to work with. And secondly, the story of the couple that I did the certificate for warms my heart. Apparently, Ed is 90 and Angie is in her 70's. They had both lost their spouses after being caregivers for about 10 years. Ed signed up for online dating and Angie's kids signed her up. That's how they found each other and fell in love.
There are pencil lines for each of their wedding guests to sign the certificate.The script here is pointed pen and the body copy is italic.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sonoma Logo Design

I'm excited to show you a logo design I did for a new online magazine. I've been working with the lovely founder, Erica, and have seen the site develop into something quite wonderful.
Sonoma Christian Home is up and running. There are some great articles, photos and recipes. Now it's time for me to design her business card. I'll keep you posted on how that goes!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Fabulous Animal Rescue Project

A friend just introduced me to a great blog! The Fabulous Animal Rescue Project is a global artistic effort to inspire people to reach out and help animals by raising funds for no kill animal rescue groups, sanctuaries, and shelters. With donated images of some incredible artist's animal art, they sell handmade greeting cards, buttons, magnets, and pocket mirrors.
80% of every sale is donated to the chosen charity of the month. The painting above, of bunnies from Bunny Luv Rabbit Rescue, is one of two that I donated for the cause. I'm really excited to be part of F.A.R.P.!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Me and Deb

I surprised my friend Debbie with this watercolor painting of the two of us for her birthday. Knowing Deb embraces how we age and is comfortable with some gray hair and lines, I did the portrait to reflect our age (mostly : ) If I had had my way, we would have no wrinkles and probably look at least five years younger!

When Debbie and I first met, it was as if we had known each other our whole lives. We started asking each other the usual questions,
you know, where did you grow up, go to school, jobs, groups, etc. We discovered that we were born at the same hospital, the same year, just one day apart, and, her last name started with a G and mine with an H. In those days (yes, the olden days) moms and babies weren't sent home right away, babies were in the nursery side by side alphabetically. Aha, that's how we knew each other!

Sunday, August 21, 2011


I'm so excited to share my very first digital font with you!
It launched on on August 12th. I originally hand lettered the alphabet with a stick and sumi ink then scanned it into Fontographer and created the resulting digital font. This encourages me to come up with more complex and interesting fonts in the future!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Polymer Play

I took another class at Create art retreat in Costa Mesa recently. It was called Brooch the Subject and was taught by the very talented Laurie Mika. I had never worked with polymer clay before this three hour class. Laurie showed us these two construction ideas for our small pieces. She gave us so many creative techniques to use...rubber stamps for texture, acrylic paints applied with our fingers, attaching various doodads. It was so much fun and Laurie was a great teacher.

I was telling Cody, my creative 15 year old friend, about the class and we decided we would get together for a polymer play date. I made the one on the ball chain and Cody made the cup. Didn't she do a great piece?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Journal Style

This past week, I treated myself to a few art classes at Create, an art retreat in Costa Mesa, California. Saturday's class was Sketching and Watercolor, Journal Style with the fabulous Jane La Fazio . I first found Jane through her blog and fell in love with her art. I was so excited to take a class from her. What a talented artist and totally delightful person! Because of how rarely I draw, I tend to struggle with it and then consequently I don't like doing it. Jane created a relaxing environment which made the experience so enjoyable and stress free. She encouraged us to illustrate the props she brought to class by really carefully looking at them. We first drew in pencil, then outlined our image in waterproof black marker (Pitt pens by Faber Castell). Then, using a water brush by Niji, we filled in our illustrations with watercolor. The water brush is a synthetic brush tip and the hollow plastic handle of the brush contains the water you need to use in your painting. It took me a while to get used to the water brush. Okay, I confess, I cheated and also used my traditional paint brush. I found that easier when I wanted to pick up excess water or color from my painting.

In the second half of the class, we were to draw 3 items that related to our day in class. From the props, I chose a ceramic tile and a bird. Then since I had been vacillating between the tradition brush and the water brush, I chose those for my third image to help define my day. Jane nudged us to pick up our pace, which is part of the key in capturing images while journaling. I found the speed really helped to keep my work fresh. This was a very fun class!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Silver Charm Necklace

On occasion I make necklaces and bracelets to sell. I saw ball chains being used to make jewelry at a craft show and got hooked on that approach. I think they look like silver beads and they're much easier to open and close than a regular clasp. The last time I made jewelry was November of 2010 for a trunk show I put on with a couple of friends. I just completed this one at the request of a customer who has purchased my jewelry before. Each piece I make is unique, which is a fun challenge for me as well as being nice for the customer to know they've got a piece that's one of a kind.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Yin Yang

A friend of mind, Raphael Natale, was attending a networking group and asked me to do a mask for him using his words that represent his behavior modification model. (He does great work, check it out!). I bought a white plastic mask and was originally going to color the black side and then letter directly onto the mask. When I realized the mask surface was all curves I was concerned the lettering may not come out well. I decided to use torn bits of japanese papers to define the white and black sides of the mask. I then did the lettering by hand and scanned it. I printed the black lettering on white, then did a reverse in photoshop to make the white letters on the black background. I then tore the words out of the sheet and decoupaged them onto the mask. It was a bigger project then I had expected but I had such fun doing it! Raphael loved it and will continue to use it for his seminars.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Floral Gift

On January 19th my Aunt Eva celebrated her 70th birthday. She had invited her children and their children as well as me and my brother to join her for a garden party. I would love to have gone since I absolutely adore her, but she lives in Sydney and it just wasn't feasible for me to go. She's an amazing woman with an adventurous spirit. With teaching as her career, she has volunteered with the Peace Corps many times. Her last round was on Vanuatu for a year and a half.

Knowing that she loves to garden, I made this piece for her. I hope it makes it to Australia safely and I hope to make it there one day soon myself!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Love is in the Air

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, Sugar Paper has created a very sweet line of cards just for the occasion. I'm happy to have my calligraphy incorporated into some of their great designs! Check them out on Sugar Paper's blog.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

New York

The girls at Sugar Paper showed me the lettering sample "Thinking of You"as inspiration. Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. created the card above.

Here's my twist on that style with "New York".
It's a brand new lettering style for me. Because the lettering is actually drawn and built up rather than simply lettered with one pen nib, it's much more time consuming. Shown here is a proposed design for a moving announcement.

You can also see my lettering of New York here.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Wedding for Two

recently had the privilege of working on an event with some of the most talented people in the event business! Lisa Vorce of Oh, How Charming contacted me to do menus for an elopement she was designing. The photography is by Aaron Delesie and is absolutely gorgeous, that coupled with Mindy Rice's floral design the location, Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse , Barker Decor and Susan's announcement from Papel Paper and Press ...beautiful. Here's the link to Style Me Pretty, one of the sites featuring this lovely event. There, you will see a gallery of photos that will take your breath away!