Artist Feature: Rachel Marvin Creative

You guys. Today's artist feature combines everything I love - florals, fonts, and a dose of absolutely loveliness! Rachel of Rachel Marvin Creative creates some of the most beautiful invitation suites I've ever seen - just wait til you see them below!!


What inspired you to open your shop?
After designing my own wedding invitations and creating and assembling each piece personally by hand, I fell in love with the process and the way contemporary design and classic paper making came together. Having just graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design & Illustration, I was working for myself as a freelance designer/illustrator, while dabbling in art prints and small stationery projects on the side. With the arrival of our daughter, Skye, there arose a desire to stay home to embrace the joys of motherhood while still continuing to pursue my interests in design and illustration. I then decided to take this desire along with my design background and love for illustration and printed goods and make it into a full time, home-based business. Since then, my small, one-woman studio has slowly developed into this design and print shop, and has continued to grow as I have come to love what I do!
Vintage Bike Print
What is the process of creation like?
My creative process varies depending on many factors, but usually begins with some form of inspiration, whether that be from other design trends, fashion, nature, God + my family.

Sometimes I will sit on an idea without working on it for weeks, grabbing a little inspiration here and there and waiting for the concept to evolve before even going to my computer or sketch book. Other times I just feel like creating something new without any idea of what I am going to achieve; just seeing what can happen with a blank page and pen or tablet is such a great and inspiring thing in and of itself.

Woodland Floral Invitation
Your invitation suites are absolutely stunning, where do you get the inspiration for them?
Much of my inspiration at the moment comes from a mixture of classic, botanical etchings and modern, clean-cut geometric shapes. I love mixing the two. Having studied the age-old process of letterpress printing and art mediums such as watercolor + oil painting and graphite rendering during my college career, I tend to enjoy mixing organic appeal and hand-lettered styling with the more contemporary trends of bold typography and bright colors. I like to think this contrast blends nicely to create a whimsical and nostalgic aesthetic.

Nautical Anchor Invitation
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your products?
The backstory for the Nautical Invitation Collection I have up in my shop was actually the best "aha!" moment for me, because it was the first wedding suite I created, laying the foundation to what my shop is today. It was actually a custom project for a friend from high school, which I worked on not long after creating my own wedding invitations. It was kind of like the icing on the cake as far as assuring me that this was something I loved doing. It made me realize that this was the perfect way for me to utilize both my love for illustration and design, combining them to represent wonderful events and moments in life.

Little Squirt Invitation
What is your favourite item in your store?
At this time, my personal favorite is a toss between two items from my Nursery/Baby shower collection - My Animal Parade Art Print + Little Squirt Baby Shower Invitation, only because these both represent personal events that I look back on with fond happiness. The Art print is actually a version of the First Birthday Invitations I made for my daughter, and the whale invitations are also drawn from the invites I made for her baby shower. So as you can see, I definitely create things that I would put in my own daughter's nursery. That all goes back to what really inspires what I do!

Animal Parade Print
What's next for you & your shop?
As far as what is next, I am hoping to be able to just continue what I am doing and in the meantime create new pieces and also develop as an illustrator and designer. God has truly blessed me with such an amazing opportunity to be able to do what I love while still being a part of my daughter's day to day life. My shop has already become much more than I ever imagined it would be, and I am very excited to see what the future holds.

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Thankyou so much Rachel! I loved hearing more about how your shop came to be - can't wait to see what you create next!

You can keep in touch with Rachel on Etsy & her website (which is launching soon!).

What's your favourite from her shop? I love her art prints,  but I think my favourite is still her Woodland Floral invitation suite :)

xo,
B


Artist Love: Chelcey of WhatThePrint (+ Giveaway!!)

The first thing I think of when I visit Chelcey's shop, WhatThePrint, is fun. Her shop is so fun! From cheeky hashtags, to colourful florals and lovely motivational prints, she has everything and keeps it fun & fresh. So excited to have Chelcey here on the blog today! And there's a little giveaway for you too :)



What inspired you to open your shop?
I started my shop on a whim after moving into my first apartment in 2011. I searched everywhere for affordable art prints, and finally just decided to try my hand at making my own. From that point forward I fell in love with the design process and typography. It is incredible to me how quickly my shop has grown! My motivation comes from my drive to do what I love for a living. I don't believe in wasting your day away doing something that you can't stand just to make a pay check. I want to be able to support myself and my future family based on a creative business that I have built. I believe in creating a life that you love and that everyone should follow their personal bliss in life. This shop just happens to be something that I am wildly passionate about.

Bloom Where You Are Planted
What is the process of creation like?
I typically start off pinning to a mood or typography board on Pinterest and end up getting distracted by things on Instagram. I have always been a very visual person so I have to be careful not to draw too much inspiration from these places. A lot of my designs come from a to-do list in my notebook that I keep with me at all times to jot down ideas as they come. I draw inspiration from what's going on in my life at that moment and the current trends in the creative world. From there, I sketch the design out in my sketchbook. Depending on the look I'm going for I will either switch over to my computer and design it digitally with fonts, or I will use a brush pen and paper to make the design come to life.

Do All Things With Love
A lot of your work features awesome type, do you have a favourite font? 
I am loving the fonts Libby and Kailey lately! They seem to be popping up everywhere in my work. I am working on perfecting my hand lettering and just started dabbling in calligraphy so those two are pretty high on my list!

Hashtag Selfie
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints?
Absolutely! I was goofing around one day and just started writing out things like "#selfie" and "#ootd" when I decided on a new print line! The social media hashtag prints are pretty high on my favorites list right now, and I love that they weren't planned out at all. I'm hoping to add to this collection as time goes on. They're just so fun!

Love What You Do
What is your favourite item in your store?
My favorite item right now is my "Love What You Do" hand lettered print. It is the first print that I launched of my hand lettered collection and it is a concept that really resonates with me as I work towards building my brand and businesses.
Creative Minds
What's next for you & your shop?
I have very big plans for WhatThePrint in the next few months! I am working on new designs every day and I am beginning to add printing services for those who would rather have a print shipped to their front door. I will also be adding a one of a kind section to my shop in the near future where you will find original hand lettered prints, canvases, pillow covers and more!

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Thankyou so much Chelcey! I love that you followed your passion & opened your shop! Your love of design definitely shows through your work :) Can't wait to see your new products!

If you'd like to win a downloadable print from Checley, enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below!

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Be sure to check out Checey's blog (which is gorgeous by the way!!) and stay up to date on her shop on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. And if you can't wait to download a print, Chelcey has kindly offered 10% off with the code WTP10!

xo,
B

Artist Feature: Kate of Live Love Studio

I know I probably say this way too often, but I just love all the talented artists I feature here! And when the backstory to their shops is just as awesome as the stuff they sell?? It gets me even more excited!

Kate from Live Love Studio just seems to radiate kindness and creativity and genuine goodwill for others. I love that a portion of every sale goes towards a local food back - art that gives back has so much more meaning. I am so thrilled to have Kate here today! And ps, there might be a little giveaway too!


What inspired you to open your shop?
All in all, the love of God. I felt a deep need to use passion for design to DO GOOD in this world. It's so much more than me and my little business, I wanted to use design to help people meet some real needs. Not only do I create each piece to inspire love, laughter, peace, and fun...but with each purchase, you are providing a meal to a hungry tummy in East Tennessee through Second Harvest Food Bank! Im hoping its a win win win for everyone!

This Girl Is On Fire
What is the process of creation like?
Words come to me before anything else. I have a journal packed with midnight ramblings and ideas, then when the time is right, one will just POP out to me and I immediately have the design created in my head. My process varies, and sometimes there are large droughts and then it all comes at once like a tidal wave! Im so grateful for it! Creativity isn't at all from my doings, honestly, its totally a gift from God.

Sweet Heavenly Molasses
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints?
Sweet Heavenly Molasses I love You, came to mind when thinking about how much I love my kids...as well as Sweet Heart Sugar Baby.

Mini Hello Notes
What is your favourite item in your store?
It would probably be my MINI HELLO NOTES or the MISTER ELK print! Both of them just make me happy.

Modern Elk
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Thankyou so much Kate!! I loved getting to know more about your shop & work. 

Kate has generously offered to give away one 11x14 print to one of you! Enter using the Rafflecopter giveaway box below. (and be sure to let me know in the comments what your favourite prints are!)

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Be sure to check out Kate's shop, her website & blog, and Instagram to stay inspired :)

xo,
B

Woodland Tea Party

peonies, tea, moose, invitation suite
A few of things I've found on Etsy recently that I've fallen head over heels for. Dark florals, tea o'clock, a minty moose, and the most beautiful invitation suite (in my opinion anyways!) If I was making an Etsy Treasury around these 4 things, that's what I would call it - a woodland tea party. Doesn't that sound lovely??

I'm hoping to get my artist features series back up & running again - know anyone I should feature? Or do you have an Etsy shop? Let me know!!

xo,
B

Artist Feature: Nicole White

I am so thrilled to share Nicole White's work with you today! Her store, Designs by Nicolina, has been open for over 4 years and has over 7000 sales - congrats Nicole! I loved her style the minute I saw her store and I hope you enjoy today's interview & feature :)


What inspired you to open your shop?
I was going to school to become a graphic designer, when my best friend got engaged. During the process of planning her shower, and looking for invites I wasn't impressed and couldn't find exactly what I was looking for, so I created some. The guests loved them so much I decided to open an Etsy shop. I was 19 years old and it started with 5 invites and no clue about what I was doing. It has since evolved for sure, and now it is what my husband and I do full time.

Donut Sprinkle Invitation
What is the process of creation like? 
I take inspiration from a lot of things. I have always been in love with vintage advertising posters, bold prints and typography. Sometimes my prints and invites come from things I have sketched or fully thought out and others are totally spur of the moment ideas that I just have to sit down and make them come to life.

Good Things Come to Those Who Hustle
So much of your work features awesome type, do you have a favourite font? 
I have kind of a font problem! I am loving In and Out script right now. It is very old school script typography and goes well with lots of block fonts. I really love mixing fonts, especially TREND; I use some elements of that in my logo.

See Life Through You Coloured Glasses
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints?
I think everyone has times that they struggle with feelings of inadequacies or negativity, and I had kind of an ah-ha moment when I realized that happiness finds happy people. If you strive to look for the good, and be happy you will be a happy person!

A Macaron Afternoon
What is your favourite item in your store? 
I think right now it is the print I just mentioned, happiness finds happy people. It changes on a daily basis but right now that one really speaks to me!

Treat Yo Self
What's next for you & your shop?
We have a really big Indie Fair in Atlanta, Georgia coming up at the end of June that we are prepping for. It is the hardest show to get into that we have applied to and we got in! So we are excited for that. We are also working on expanding our line, so hopefully some screenprinted items very soon!

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Thankyou so much Nicole! I love that quote, - "happiness finds happy people" - so true! Joy & gratefulness are so often overlooked, but are so important (and something I'm always working on!)

Be sure to check out Nicole's shop to see more fabulous prints & invitations, and don't forget to check out her blog as well!

xo,
B


Artist Love: Judith of The Smitten Collection


Today I am so excited to be featuring Judith, creator & owner of The Smitten Collection. Her shop is filled with lovely & inspiring prints. Keep reading to find out what her current favourites are & how she creates her prints!

Hustle, Darling
What inspired you to open your shop? What is your goal or motivation behind it?
My sister was my main inspiration and drive. She motivated me to share my prints. What continues to motivate me is family. They are always so interested in what I do, and support me. My husband, step-daughter, Mom, and Mother-in-law are always asking questions about the latest print, new orders, and make me feel so supported. It’s nice when people you care about love and care about what you are designing as an artist.

The Cat's Meow
What is the process of creation like?
Most of my inspiration I get at late hours while I am unwinding or in my home studio. Listening to music or reading are always a good place to start to get my creative juices flowing. I always keep a pen and notebook by my bedside; in case inspiration strikes I am sure to have what I need to jot or sketch. I usually show my designs to my sister or husband, and get feedback. They are always there to offer great constructive criticism. When I create a new design I usually don’t go back to it until a week or two later. Sometimes between that time a new layout comes to me, and I’ll sketch it and come back to it. It’s always nice to see how designs change, although some never go through those stages.

Have Courage Little Sparrow
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints?
Oh, totally! I recently shared the story behind the Chicago Love print on my blog, but “Have Courage Little Sparrow” has an equally sentimental story behind it. I gave my niece, who is now 7 years old, the nickname “Little Sparrow” when she was a wee little thing, and it stuck. This print was inspired by her. If it’s one thing I want to pass on to her it is to have courage.

Besos
What is your favourite item in your store?
I was recently asked this question, and answered it by choosing the Gold Flamingo print. It’s so tough to pick just one. One day I am crushing hard on the “Hustle Darling” print and the other “Jet Set”. I see them all as my little children. Today my favorite is the “Besos” print.

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Thankyou so much Judith :) I love reading the story behind your 'Sparrow' print, and I'm loving your 'Hustle Darling' print too!

AND, until April 10th, you can get 20% off with the code 'YAY20'!

Be sure to check out The Smitten Collection on Etsy & Brika, as well as Judith's blog and Facebook.

xo,
B

Artist Love: Reva of Daughter Zion Designs


I was introduced to Reva's shop, Daughter Zion Designs, at the end of last year, and I knew immediately that I had to feature her :) Her work features some of my favourite elements - watercolour, calligraphy, florals, and more - blended so elegantly. And she's Canadian. So it was just a matter of time until she made an appearance here!

I'm so excited Reva agreed to the feature - there's even a little giveaway for you at the end! - so please keep reading to find out more about her gorgeous shop!
Small Things
What inspired you to open your shop? What was/is your goal or motivation behind it?
My husband, Josh, was the final push for me to open my shop, plus lots of friends and family. I've always been a maker of lots of handmade things, and I couldn't tell you the last time I bought a card for someone. I've always been the one in our family to make all my cards by hand, usually with unique lettering. My goal when I started the shop was to just make at least one sell. I thought that if I could sell at least one of my pieces, I'd be stoked. When I launched my shop, it was at 1 in the morning, so right after publishing my first listings, I went to bed. I was thrilled when I woke up to more than one sale the next morning! Currently, my goal is to use my talent for the glory of God. Most of my pieces are leaning towards scripture and faith filled words. My motivation behind my shop is 1 Corinthians 10:31 "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

Genesis 24:67
What is the process of creation like?
When I come across quotes or scripture pieces that stand out to me, or when someone emails me with a custom request, I usually start with a sketch. I loosely work out lettering styles, to see what's going to fit in the space of the design. If it's a custom request, the customer gets the sketch emailed to them to see if it's something they like, or if any revisions need to be made. From there, I usually do another more refined sketch, and trace that onto my final paper. Then I head in with ink, using a pointed-pen to the calligraphy or hand lettering. If there's going to be an colour, I use watercolour as my main medium. Sometimes it will be painted on before lettering for a background, or after, if it's floral works or other illustrated elements around the lettering.
You Make Beautiful Things
Where do you find inspiration for your prints and/or cards?
I read my Bible everyday, so I often find scripture references from there. Sometimes I'll come across great quotes on Pinterest, or through listening to music. Mumford and Sons have definitely helped me out a lot! For colours, I take pictures of beautiful flowers that I come across going on walks, or in my family's gardens. My mom and grandma have such beautiful gardens, so when I'm there in the spring and summer, I take the time to snap a few pictures for reference.

Wander
You use watercolours & calligraphy (like the one below!), two of my favourites! When did you first start using those mediums?
I love watercolour and calligraphy! I've been a watercolour lover for the last few years, but have used it off and on for the last 15 years. I learned from the greatest art teach I've ever had, Cindy More, and think of her often when I pick up my brush to paint. I first used a pointed-pen in high school, and I completely hated it! I couldn't even tell you what you made me pick it up again. Over the last couple years, I started using it regularly. India ink and Sumi inks produce such beautiful, rich blacks, and I just fell in love. i bought books, watched YouTube videos, and took Molly Jacques Modern Calligraphy class on Skillshare. If anyone is interested in learning calligraphy, I would definitely recommend her class. Now I make sure that I'm purchasing quality inks and nibs, and comfortable nib holders. (Paper Ink Arts and John Neal Bookseller are both excellent resources.) Be patient, and practice practice practice! And trust me, from experience, even left handed people can be successful calligraphers.

Oscar Wilde
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints? 
My Oscar Wilde print had a small 'aha' moment. This piece was originally a custom order, which I now sell as a print in the shop. I was looking forward to creating this piece for the customer, but when I opened the message with their inspiration photos, which was 4 different photos of flowers and painting styles, I didn't know what to do. The inspiration photos were all so different, in completely different painting styles, and I was flabbergasted as to how I was going to pull these all together. Usually I don't do much in terms of sketching out the watercolour parts, especially flowers, as I like them to develop more organically. For this piece, however, I felt that I needed more planning to make it work. In the end though, I was so happy with how the flowers turned out! I love that this customer trusted me enough to get all their inspiration pieces to work together.

Daughter of the King
What is your favourite item in your store?
One of my favourite pieces in the store is the Daughter of the King card. This was one of the first pieces I ever made. It means so much to me, as it rings so true to me as being a daughter of Jesus Christ. A close second, if not a tie for first favourite, is Beautiful Things, which comes from the Gunger song after the same name. I could listen to, and sing, this song over and over. You can listen to their live version here.

A whole load of new items are coming to the shop soon! I've been working lots for the last coupe months on new pieces, plus new fun things in the shop! I've fallen for Project Life, and have been working on creating something fun for others who use this scrapbooking method. I've also been working on a wedding line, which I'm hoping to launch soon! Keep an eye on the shop and blog over the next couple weeks to see the release.

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Thankyou so much Reva!! I'm excited to explore some of those calligraphy links - need to buy some new nibs & practice! I think the new wedding line will be gorgeous too - exciting stuff!!

Reva was sweet enough to offer you guys a chance to win one of her cards, which could totally be framed as a print too :) Enter via the Rafflecopter box below!

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If you can't wait to win the giveaway, Reva is offering 15% her shop with the code GALLERYNO8 until March 30!

You can follow Reva & Daughter Zion Designs on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest, as well as her shop & blog of course!

xo,
B

Artist Love: Ashley Gardner of Printable Wisdom (+Giveaway!!)


Good morning!

I am so glad to introduce Ashley of Printable Wisdom - her shop is filled with so many beautiful design, all of which you can purchase and print yourself!! She has everything from art prints, to invitation suites, to wine labels & more.

Check out the little interview we had & keep reading to win one of her art printables!

What inspired you to open your shop? Who do you imagine shopping there?
I had always created typographic art to hang in my home, and finally amassed so many designs that I couldn't possibly display them all! That's when I had the idea that other people might enjoy them too! I started off with just wall art using Bible verses and quotes, but now I carry printable stationery, organizational packs, invitations, gift tags, wine labels, and recently launched a wedding invitation line (that I am so super proud of). I imagine crafty, DIY-minded people shopping at Printable Wisdom. People who appreciate graphic design, whimsical illustrations, and bold wall art.

Proverbs 31:25
What is the process of creation like?
I usually do a little clipart and font browsing to inspire a new design! I'll pick one element I really like, and just let the overall piece fall into place around it!

'Beth' Printable Wedding Suite
Much of your work features beautiful type, do you have a favourite font?
My very favorite fonts at the moment are all hand-calligraphy inspired. I can't get enough of them! My own calligraphy is *okay* but nothing like you can get with today's fonts using all of the fancy swashes and swirls! My most recent addition is Dasha.

Hebrews 6:19
There's a whole section of your shop dedicated to scripture prints, is there one that really resonates with you? A favourite verse?
My favorite verse is Hebrews 6:19 "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure" - I love the design that features an anchor with a blurry seaside photo inside of it with this verse below.

Home Sweet Home
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints?
My "Home Sweet Home" printable was initially sketched out and I wanted it to be this elegant European street. It ended up looking nothing like what I wanted it to be! I was so disappointed that I stuck it in my desk in my pile of "scrap paper". Then, when cleaning out my desk a few weeks later, I came upon it and loved its quirkiness! It's now one of my most popular designs. I've found that I like different styles on different days, and to not discard things just because I don't like them right then!

Custom Home Drawing
What is your favourite item in your store?
My favorite item is my custom home portrait. I love drawing them, and I haven't had a disappointed customer yet! They always turn out so surprising and detailed. I love it when people tell me all of the special details they'd like added (a cat in a window, handprints on the sidewalk). This is the most fun item to create!

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Thankyou Ashley! I love the idea of giving someone a house portrait when they move! And I love the quirkiness of the 'Home Sweet Home' print too :) The verses & quotes you choose are so lovely, and there's so many florals too!! Can never get enough florals for spring!!

Ashley was kind enough to offer someone a printable of their choice! You can never have enough art :)

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Ashley is also offering 10% off with the code 'GALLERY8' in both her Etsy shop & website until next Thursday! You can follow Ashley's blog, Twitter, Facebook & Instagram to stay in the loop about her lovely products. She also offers a little bonus & discount when you sign up for her newsletter!

Thankyou so much Ashley! Hope you guys love her work as much as I do :)

xo,
B

Etsy Love: Holiday Spirit


One week to go!! I'm loving the festive spirit that's everywhere lately :) And we may even have a white Christmas this year! Last year it snowed just after - the 27th I think? But there is something pretty magical about a blanket of white on Christmas :)

I know most of the holiday shipping deadlines have passed, but why not order a little treat for after Christmas? Winter can be so long, it's important to have some pretty around! Those gemstones are so fun, and the gold touches are appropriate any time of year.

Hope you're having a lovely week!

xo,
B

Artist Love: Patricia Vargas

Very excited to have the artist behind Parima Creative Studio here today :) I adore Patricia's work, and you'll probably recognize a few of her pieces that pop up on Pinterest quite a bit! I featured one of her type prints a few weeks ago and am so glad she was able to answer a few questions about what inspires her creative process.

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Who is your perfect customer? Does she have a story?
My perfect customer is someone who is not afraid of color and being a little bold. This person has an eclectic style that includes a bit of glamour and elegance to their decor.

The Garden
You use such bold, vibrant colours, why? 
I think that color is one of the most beautiful things this world has to offer. It has the ability to change moods and set tones in an instant. I use bright and rich colors because they are the ones that give the most sense of joy and positive energy. I sometimes will create pieces that are more toned down and peaceful, but bright and bold colors is where I live.



The graphic elephants & flamingos are so fun, what made you start that collection?
The animal silhouette prints are composed of elements that I created over a long period of time, but not necessarily for this purpose. I created the patterns almost a year ago, just for fun. I have an entire folder on my computer with several dozen different patterns. I didn’t know exactly what to do with them, but I knew that they would serve a purpose one day. The flower elements, are from my flower prints. I really like way they look and wanted to incorporate them in another aspect of my work.

I love the way text looks when it’s created by images. So I had originally decided to combine the flowers and the patterns together within text. I played around with the idea and in the process found that the surface area of text was too limited and wanted something larger that would better highlight the combination of elements. Animals came to mind. I immediately sketched up an elephant, and added the flowers and patterns. I instantly fell in love with the way it looked, and soon I created different flower and pattern combinations.

After the success of the elephants, I decided to create a flamingo version (at the time I had no idea they were in style), and those have taken off as well. I plan on adding a whole zoo of them in the near future.

A Beautiful Life
I love the prints that mix your beautiful paintings with lovely type, what inspires those combinations? I have a whole collection of quotes that I have written in different stages of my life. They are words I try to remember and live by so I wanted to write them out in a way that could be beautifully displayed and continue to inspire me. I played with different fonts, patterns, and images until they looked just right.

Falling Roses
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints?
The thing I love about art is that most often than not there are “happy accidents”. Elements that I didn’t mean to create, but now it’s there and it works! A lot of my work is composed of “happy accidents”, as I am constantly experimenting with different techniques, mediums, shapes, fonts, and colors.

Coral Gold Focus
What is your favourite item in your store?
I love all of my pieces. There is a little piece of me in each one of them, and I often time have a hard time saying goodbye to an original piece when it gets sold. I secretly want to keep them all to myself. Though it is an amazing feeling to know that someone (especially someone who is not related or a friend) loves your work enough to want to hang it in their space. But the one I love the most is the Coral and Gold piece. It is the one that started it all for me. The one that encouraged me to pursue my dreams of becoming a full time artist. There are only prints available of this piece. The original stays with me as a constant reminder of how far I have come and to never stop pursuing my dream.

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Thankyou so much Patricia! I love your answer for that last question :) It's always one of my favourite answers to read (I ask it to every artist I feature), but I love that you keep Coral Gold - I'm such a sentimentalist like that too! Truthfully, I don't know how artists ever sell original work haha

You can find more of Patricia's work in her etsy store (she even has iPhone cases!) & read more about how she got started on her website.

Hope you're having a lovely week!

xo,
B

Artist Love: Holly Sharpe

Does anyone else get a little nervous when they email others about possible blog features? I don't know why I get a bit worried, but I do and I'm always so thrilled when I get a 'yes!' in reply!

You may recognize Holly's work from my Etsy post a few weeks ago. I adore her work and was so excited when she agreed to a little interview & giveaway for you guys!! You can check out her shop here, and keep reading to find out what inspires her gorgeous art!

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Sketch V
Who is your perfect customer? Does she have a story?
I wouldn't say that I have a perfect customer. I would just like to think that people buy my work because it either inspires them, or helps their mind to wander or simply because they think it is beautiful. So I guess their story is just to have an appreciation and awareness of these things.

Peacock Girl II
What inspired you to start selling your sketches & artwork?
I guess when I first started to sell a few drawings this made me realise that people actually wanted to buy my work, so this prompted me to continue doing what I was doing and hopefully the demand would still be there. Aside from that, I wouldn't have enough space to keep them all!! I don't plan on ever stopping creating artwork so it has to go somewhere!

Daze
Some of your pieces have a very 'mixed media' & layered feel, what's your jumping off point? 
I always start with an idea, concept or feeling, that I can't exactly put into words, but I just build on this feeling and then the artwork is in some way my translation of this idea/feeling. Since this idea is often relatively complex, the mixed media/layers helps lend itself to convey whatever it is I felt the urge to convey.
Fashion Illustration
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints?
A lot of my work has come from so called accidents. Which either come about from sketching, or taking things to the next level - like when I think a drawing isn't working, I am not scared to ruin it, so I try something different or crazy and often that is when I have 'break throughs'. Or on the odd occasion when I am feeling really angry or more passionate than usual, I just feed this into my work - which sometimes works and other times doesn't... and probably ends up making me more emotional than to begin with! Photoshop is also a great tool to experiment and put things together easily that you maybe wouldn't have otherwise thought of, or had the time to do. Photoshop is a super fast way to test out if something is going to work or not. There have definitely also been some 'aha' moments amidst the 'accidents'. It's hard to pin point them exactly, but usually I need these moments to take my work further and to expand/develop a series of drawings/illustrations.

Afterglow
What is your favourite item in your store?
Hard to say.... it changes all the time. For now I think I would say, the original drawing of 'Afterglow'. It was part of a recent commission I did for Derwent pencils.

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Thankyou so much Holly! Loved reading about your design process. The way other creatives work is always inspiring to me :)

If she wasn't lovely enough already, Holly has offered the gorgeous print below for one of you to win!


'Tribal Girl' (colourway) - A4 hand-finished and signed, digital print on 100% recycled cotton rag, beautifully textured and thick. Due to the handcrafted nature of this paper the edge of the paper has a natural, slightly torn finish. Hand-finished with ink and pen to bring out details and/or colours, this means that each one is unique.

I've left the image quite large, so if you open it in a new tab you can see the gorgeous texture of the cotton rag. I'm a wee bit jealous I can't enter this one :)

You can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below (might take a second to load):

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xo,
B

Etsy Love: Grey Area


One of my favourite things about Etsy is discovering new shops. There's so many hidden gems with the most beautiful products. I love the prints above - some bold and graphic, while others are softer and wispier. Not all are new-to-me shops (I featured Chloe back in May!) but I love all of them.

What have you been finding & loving on Etsy lately?

xo,
B

ps, find more things I love from Etsy!