Friday, November 14, 2014

Sketchbook Peek

Happy Friday! I thought I'd share some peeks into my process this week with a couple of pages from my sketchbook and a test print that provided some interesting results. 

I've always loved birds, so as an exercise I sketched a couple of them as quickly as I could (from photographs). The loose style is in stark contrast to my usual meticulous approach...and I like it!

So in keeping with this new more spontaneous style, another day I worked on a design that started out as an abstract doodle and turned into a flower (the one on the far right). From there I kept playing with the style to see what I could come up with. 

And finally, here is a photo of a test print from the scribble dots note cards. I was trying out different sized dots for the design. I accidentally printed over a previous test. I kinda like the pattern the overlapping dots created.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

New Items in the Shop!

I'm excited to say that I've added two new note cards to the Etsy shop!

This pattern is a fun, hand drawn take on the classic polka dot. I'm offering this pattern on two different stocks: kraft and Clover. The kraft gives a rustic pen on paper bag look. The Clover is a bit more polished; glossy black on vivid green.

If you haven't yet, head on over to the Etsy shop to see my other items. More coming soon.

Friday, October 3, 2014

New Item!

Happy Friday, everyone! It's a new month and I'm excited to offer a new item in my Etsy shop! These note cards are printed on kraft that has that great paper bag texture and is perfect for letters of all kinds. (Get it, "letters" of all kinds? Okay, okay, I never claimed to be a comedian!)

October is shaping up to be a pretty busy month with a few fun projects and events on the horizon. So many craft fairs and art festivals... What do you have planned in October?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bee Happy Friday!

So a few days ago I posted a peek at my sketchbook page full of "scribble bees". Today I'm offering my bee pattern as a free wallpaper download for your computer screen or phone. Enjoy!

I'm sure these bees will be making their appearance on one or two new items for my Etsy shop soon.

Click on the image above for the monitor wallpaper; click below for the phone wallpaper. As always thanks for checking out my little blog!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sketch Page Peek

I thought I'd share a little bit of what I've been sketching lately. I call these "scribble bees" because, well, they started as scribbles and grew from there.

(Just for you curious types, these were sketched with a Staedtler 0.3mm liner pen.)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Happy Friday!

Okay, so I know that most of you are probably anxiously awaiting the beginning of autumn. I like autumn too. But I LOVE summer and I plan to bask in the last remaining days of warm weather and long days while it's still here. Then I'll embrace all that autumn brings. In the meantime, I thought I'd play around with some photos I took while in Florida last month. Here is one. Fun with Photoshop!

What do you think? Are you ready to see summer go or are you clinging to your shorts and flip-flops?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Big News!

Hello, it’s me. It’s been a while, but I have some exciting news!

Four years ago I started this blog as a creative outlet and a way to share my home décor and design projects. I always hoped to put my designs to paper and create goodies for others to enjoy as much as I do. Last year I stepped away from the blog for personal reasons, and recently I have been concentrating on re-branding The Domestic Plate and designing my first paper good products.

I am excited to announce that I am finally ready to offer a few of my items for sale in my brand new Etsy shop.

Working with sophisticated programs in graphic design is great. Everything can be so wonderfully precise. But my artistic side craves the inexact nature of hand drawn elements. I’m drawn (no pun intended) more and more toward images with evidence of the human hand and the media that was used to create them. All of my little goodies feature hand drawn (or painted) illustrations and lettering.

My creativity is often sparked by quotes. The name for this blog (and my new design shop) comes from a line in an Edna St. Vincent Millay poem. That line kept repeating in my head as I contemplated starting the blog and the shop. Likewise, a quote I found on Pinterest gave me the final push I needed to finally commit to opening my Etsy shop: “Find something that makes you happy and use it to make others happy!”

So, head over to my shop and take a look. It is my hope that you will find something that makes you happy. And check back; I'll be adding new things soon.
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