Category: Illustration

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CutCardStock Design Team Project 7 – “Just Because Why Not” Greeting Card and Envelope

We are so pleased to be working with the CutCardStock team! Each month, using their products in order to make two themed projects, and hosting step-by-step DIY instructions on their blog.

On our blog, we will have full YouTube videos showing the process as well. So be sure to check both places to get the full story!

Our seventh project is a greeting card “Just Because” – using watermelon inspired colors and flexing our hand lettering muscles, with heat embossing through a stencil, and ink blending as well.

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Custom Hand Painted Lettering and/or Illustration for Home Decor and Beyond

If you live in the Detroit Metro area and are looking for something hand-painted to add to your walls, please don’t hesitate to ask for a quote! There is something altogether special about hand-painted work that goes straight onto a wall or the side of a building. Murals, signs, etc. It’s a craft that was almost lost to the digital age but has been held onto for dear life by those who value authentic touches.

In the featured example, Pigmentology was asked to brighten up an old-fashioned pantry door. I’d be happy to sit down with you to visualize whatever it is you are dreaming up for your home: whether it be rustic garden signage, a trendy bedroom mural, something bright and colorful for the kids’ play room .. you name it!

My hourly rates are based on the complexity of the job and I only charge gas money to those outside of a 30 mile radius from Ferndale, Michigan. For pricing specifics, don’t forget to fill out our quote estimate form.

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CutCardStock Design Team Project 6 – Father’s Day Envelope Art and Brush Calligraphy

We are so pleased to be working with the CutCardStock team! Each month, using their products in order to make two themed projects, and hosting step-by-step DIY instructions on their blog.

On our blog, we will have full YouTube videos showing the process as well. So be sure to check both places to get the full story!

The sixth project features a custom envelope to accompany the handmade card we last made for Father’s Day. We are carrying over the wood grain themes, this time opting for a brush calligraphy sentiment.

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Some of our favorite new Redbubble products!

For a while I have been refining some designs for release with print-on-demand sites as a way of getting our work out into the world a different way. I’ve done a lot of research and landed on starting with one avenue for now.

So, Pigmentology is happy to release it’s first little line of products on Redbubble. There is now an update to the site navigation (up top) that will help you easily get to either our Etsy or Redbubble shops.

I will admit I am less than happy with the sizing offered (wish it would go up to a 5X as more inclusive for plus sized folk) but I am inclined to introduce other vendors as a possibility for us down the line.

I am very happy with the variety offered as I am interested in creating textures and patterns as well as typographic designs for Pigmentology products – am anxious to hear what you all think!

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New stickers in the shop and some misc. updates!

We’ve got a bunch of new sassy sticker designs up at our Etsy shop that we hope you’ll love. We are also planning on getting some of these designs up on Society 6 and Redbubble so we can make some t-shirts and other such products. Many things in the works!

There is also a 100 day challenge going on our Instagram now that we’ve finished our first brush lettering alphabet, though I’ve had to put it on pause for a bit as I’ve been too wrapped up in a few projects. I’m working through a bunch of macro watercolor paintings and taking video with a macro lens. So far there are 5 videos up and 95 more to go.

I’ve decided to put the #52CafeCards on hold indefinitely, as I was having a lot of fun, but it was becoming more of a chore than anything else and not really a priority for me. Perhaps I will come back to it when I have some extra time.

For now, stay tuned for more products, as that is the goal .. making and making to add more things to our tiny shop!

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Detroit Wildflowers Watercolor Process and Digital Prints

detroitprintprocess1We knew from the beginning that we wanted to submit a piece to Artworks Detroit that spoke to the pride of living in and around Detroit.  Our vision came from the way empty yet overgrown fields in the city can invoke all kinds of feelings in those who happen upon them.

detroitprintprocess2After selecting a canvas that had been properly treated to accept watercolor, we traced on the letterforms using guidance from a very old set of die-cuts and used masking fluid to keep them white while painting around them. At different stages of the painting process the masking fluid was lifted to paint over the letters or to check to be sure the contrast was coming through appropriately.

The whole process was quite an experience, as we’d never used a watercolor canvas before and it performs much differently than regular paper. But we are quite happy with the end result and are hopeful it will sell at auction so that the proceeds will go towards those in need.

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If you’re interested, digital prints of this artwork are currently available in 8.5×11 format through our Etsy. If needed, we can always add more sizes or options – just let us know if that’s something you’d like!


 

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

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Custom Ink Blended Wedding Congratulations Card With Illustrated Moose and Bear

Near the end of ink blending the background.
Near the end of ink blending the background.

Among our first custom projects is this card for Amanda, who wanted a custom card to congratulate her brother and his bride on their wedding day. They happen to affectionately refer to one another as “moose” and “bear” which made for the opportunity to add some illustrations. The background is ink blended onto a wood grain texture that was stamped with embossing ink and treated with clear embossing powder to create a resist effect.

All illustrated and lettered elements were executed by hand using either a kuretake fude pen or pentel pocket brush pen, then colored in using copic markers. I sincerely hope all our custom card orders continue to be as adorable as this one!14225390_1051579188295924_463735998336882327_n

On deck we have a number of watercolor commissions and embossed trinkets to go out, plus I just finished a set of bachelorette invites that I’m particularly pumped about. I bought this tattoo printer paper that is supposed to work pretty well, as I thought it’d be fun to include in the gift bags – then I thought I mind start offering it as a store item as well if it works out! So more on that later.

Also also also I’ve got a bunch of holiday card ideas started already because it seemed practical. I think they will all start as hand lettered illustrations, go through digital, come out as prints, and I will add embellishments/embossing. Will bring down the cost and I can do sets. More on that later as well.

Okay done rambling! So happy to be up and running, yay!


 

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