Month: January 2017

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“Feminist Killjoy” Custom Lettered & Embossed Trinket Plate

A new custom piece due out the door means a new opportunity for a video .. this time showing the process of hand lettering on ceramic plates meant for display on shelves, as a part of gallery walls, or even to be used as a catch-all for jewelry. (They are strictly decorative and mustn’t go through dishwashers!)

The Ranger embossing pen sticks well to the surface, so long as it is properly cleaned and dried, as the pen is loaded with very sticky ink for the embossing powder to stick to. I loosely planned out the design before going for it. I used Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder and my Heat It! craft tool. It takes longer to get the powder to melt on ceramic than on paper, and you have to be careful not to get too close and scorch the surface while at the same time getting it to melt evenly.

Overall I definitely think it’s worth it for the result.


 

To shop some of the items used while making this piece, check the links below:

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“You Are My Stars” Watercolor & Hand Lettering Card Design

il_570xN.1061798686_pxgyAs Valentine’s Day is around the corner, I thought I would show how versatile our Custom Tie Dye Galaxy Greeting Card listing can be.

Because the idea is to start by masking off a shape and some splatters that will eventually give a “galaxy” effect, we can really start with any basic shape. One client was celebrating an anniversary and asked for a heart shape, which turned out super cute! We played with the color concentration a bit during the painting process and the effect turned out differently than our other examples, which turned out to be a fun and original twist.

In the video below we wanted to show how our triangle design can be utilized to showcase any sentiment you can imagine. Not only is lettering easy to incorporate, but illustrative elements can be added as well.

I hope that this peek into our process of creating original custom cards shows how much time and dedication goes into each and every detail. We sincerely love working with our clients to deliver services that create lasting memories.


 

To shop some of the items used while making this piece, check the links below:

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#52CafeCards Challenge – Card 3 – Coffee

The #52CafeCards Challenge by Marta of Maremi Small Art (Facebook group page is where most of the action happens) continues!

“Coffee” is next, and this one is rather special to me, as I am quite passionate about it. Not only do I love the taste and admire the art of making a good coffee beverage, but it’s part of my job and has been ever since I was a teenager.

I started as a barista when I was 16 and stopped at 19 when I was in school and pursuing design internships at marketing firms. For a long time I left the coffee world and never thought I would return.

Now, as I’ve been making an effort to build my own legacy, I also found the process (working from home) to be rather solitary .. and an itch to get back behind the espresso bar ensued.

On a whim, I got right back to it on a part time basis and I’m so glad I did. I can’t drink much caffeine anymore because it does horrible things for my anxiety levels, but decaf is a wonderful thing – and it tastes so delicious!

So being that coffee is part of how I make a living and has been for a lot of my life, I knew I had to go hard and use a super-concentrated batch of coffee as “paint” in my crafting.

I tried a bunch of random techniques involving layering and building up texture with masking tape, which turned out to be a lot of fun. I really love how mixed media lends itself to happy accidents. I was so worried for a moment when at one point I thought I ruined my project, only to find out it was totally fixable. I’m really learning a lot with these tiny cards!

Can’t wait to see what the letter “D” will bring for next week’s challenge. I hope you’ll stick around to find out with me!


 

To shop some of the items used while making this piece, check the links below:

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#52CafeCards Challenge – Card 2 – Bubbles

The #52CafeCards Challenge by Marta of Maremi Small Art (Facebook group page is where most of the action happens) continues!

We are technically on week 3, but I have been playing catch up as I had a late start. I’m squeezing this one in and am hoping to do the third this weekend before the 4th theme is released.

So far the weekly themes have been “art” and and now “bubbles.” I enjoy how simple these themes are. There are no rules, aside from the size requirements.

I had made a stencil with my silhouette portrait digital die cutting machine as soon as I got it for Christmas and I’m so glad I did. I also had a cheap pack of acetate to use for just these purposes and it was rather difficult to figure out the cut settings, but absolutely worth it. I can tell I’m going to get a lot of use out of this three-size circle stencil and I’m anxious to cut more.

I used a bunch of techniques on this card and none of it was planned. I knew I wanted to use the paper I had kept to recycle and that was about it. Along the way I thought embossing with gold and lace stamps might be fun, especially to see the bubbles coming up as if from begin the gold design. So I played with that.

The title “let them pop” came from my brain as a way of saying “let things be.” None of the bubbles themselves are illustrated as popping – but all bubbles some day will pop. That inevitability is almost reassuring. Just as this process of miniature card-making has become.

Stay tuned for the next installment as well as more updates to the shop, coming soon!


 

To shop some of the items used while making this piece, check the links below:

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#52CafeCards Challenge – Card 1 – Art

In an effort to continue to flex my mixed media muscles I’ve decided to partake in an art challenge and host it on the Pigmentology blog/YT channel in an effort to keep myself accountable. Not only does this process of filming myself as I work tend to be quite helpful to me (I love looking back on things and seeing how my processes change), but I love watching others make things, and I’d love to be able to contribute to the community of makers and crafters of Youtube.

The #52CafeCards Challenge was started by Marta of Maremi Small Art on her Facebook group page. The idea is to start with a pack of playing cards (you don’t have to, but I happened to have a pack lying around that I never use) and each week transform one into a tiny work of art.

So far the weekly themes have been “art” and “bubbles.” I’ve only got “art” done so far.

I am really interested in using this as another opportunity to NOT THINK. Which has so far been really helpful.

Because my background is so immersed in digital design, I am very used to planning out every aspect of what I do before I do it. When it comes to this kind of work, I can decide on a few elements and possibilities, but really let the moment direct me as I go. Intuition takes over when I’m not totally sure and that is where the best magic happens.

When I’m done, I think perhaps I may bind all the cards together into a tiny book. We will see!

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Mixed Media “Word” Series Part 1 – “Life” – Video + Work for Sale

Welcome to a series that will be taking place on the Pigmentology blog and Youtube page, where we will publish a process video and advertise a listing for the finished piece.

This series will focus on various mediums at once, so I’m putting it under the “mixed media” blanket, though there will be a definite focus on watercolor techniques.

For the first piece, I picked the word “Life” as it seemed like a sufficient word to start with. I have a hard time with overthinking and setting some sort of parameters, or introducing a starting point/theme, is often helpful. I actually compiled a whole list of words to choose from, but you’ll be seeing each theme as the videos are revealed.

My plan is to go into the process without much planning except to stick to the theme. The goal is to try to think as little as possible. As soon as I start thinking to much, I stand up and walk away. (I actually finished this piece within a few hours, but over the course of a couple days.)

In the end I was quite happy with my progress and excited to see where this series takes us!

If you’d like to buy this piece, it is for sale on our Etsy. If there happens to be a demand for more than the original, I will be happy to make prints.


 

 

To shop some of the items used while making this mixed media piece, check the links below:

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2016 Holiday Review: Fun with Hand Lettered Shaker Ornaments

For our first holiday season, I knew I wanted to focus on making greeting cards and other paper crafts – but I also felt a pull towards crafting a knick-knack with them.

I found round plastic tree ornament baubles on super sale at Michael’s and that’s when the fates decided. (I guess I believe in shop sale fates?) When I first got them they were 50% off and when I went back to restock my stash they were 70% off so I mean I felt quite proud of that find.

I used my white Molotow acrylic paint pens to draw names and words on the outside, then refined the brush calligraphy effect with matching paint and a small round brush. Depending on the client or recipient, the insides were filled with different colors of chunky glitter and strips of shimmery/matte card stock.

I also made little gift boxes out of card stock so that the ornaments would have a little home to get to everyone safely.

We are so grateful to have made connections with customers new and old. This business is a seedling, it’s my little baby, and each person we get to create with is a beautiful experience that adds to our repertoire. Can’t wait to go into machine-mode making ornaments for everyone next year!

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