Leftovers, Shmeftovers!

Good evening troops! D'ja just wake up from your Turkey-Day food coma? Or have ya been up since the buttcrack of dawn getting your (cough-INSANE-cough) holiday kickoff shop on? Either way, here's a couple things you should know:

KLATCHAPALOOZA is LIVE! If you've not yet, now's the time - to get on Facebook and join this closed group: Klatchapalooza Handmade Art Market - 20 artists and makers holding a 4-day pop-up shop featuring all new handmade art and gifts EXCLUSIVE to this event! (see? I SAID NO LEFTOVERS!) It's only on Facebook and only until December 1st. Better get there, cuz most items are one-offs and once they're sold that's it. First come first served, so if you see it & like it, I suggest you BUY it. Here's a sampling of what *I* made for this market -

These are the first of my all-new collages & paintings available ONLY at the Klatch!

These are the first of my all-new collages & paintings available ONLY at the Klatch!

I have a handful more items to list over the next 3 days, to keep my stock fresh, so plan to stop by once a day to check it out. I know several other's are doing the same. OH! ALSO! Another reason to get in on this --> FREE. STUFF. Oh yeah yaheardme - tomorrow (Saturday Nov 29) is our one day doorprizeapalooza too! EVERYONE in the members list is entered in the random draw for some 15 participating-artist-donated prizes, valued at approx $20 so - how can you resist THAT? 

DOORPRIZE DAY Rules & Rgs!

DOORPRIZE DAY Rules & Rgs!

Annnnnd finally, in the "spirit" of BlackFridaySmallBizSaturdaysomethingwhateverSunday and CyberMonday - lemme just go ahead and offer you a 25% off discount code for BOTH my etsy shop and webstore - good RIGHT!NOW! thru Monday, December 1st

Yay! Discounts!

Yay! Discounts!

Just go to the "Available Art" page right here on gemgirlart OR follow the link to my etsy shop and use the code SHOPSMALL14 in the checkout at either place to get 25% off your order :)

Now go have a great weekend, and THANK YOU for supporting independent makers & artists!

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Studio Sunday Nov 9 2014

Hello! This week in the studio ...

I created and produced 100 "Pieces of Flair" - buttons & biz cards to be included in SwagBags my friend AimΓ©e of Mazer Design and @BeyoutifulByAimee is giving out at an Art &Craft market next weekend -

Biz card + freebie button + discount code x100 = whole 'lotta swag!

Biz card + freebie button + discount code x100 = whole 'lotta swag!

I started producing the first new works that will be available EXCLUSIVELY online at the KLATCHAPALOOZA HANDMADE ART MARKET - a four day sales event only on Facebook to be held over the Thanksgiving / Black Friday / Small Biz Saturday / Cyber Monday (Nov 28th - Dec 1st) Click the link to join the Facebook group - buyers will "queue up" online and be admitted to the group when the sale goes live on Nov 28 - and you don't even hafta bring a tent or sleeping bag or have someone hold your place while you run to the bathroom! There are more than twenty artisans who will be offering a minimum of a dozen (each!) new & exclusive works during this event! Prices will probably range from $10/15 to $150 or thereabouts - so definitely will be something to appeal to everyone! I will have brand new InspiRainbow artblocks, and a completely new collage series I came up with just for this event: 

The 'ol paper scraps box is gonna see some action!

The 'ol paper scraps box is gonna see some action!

Ideas are coming fast! Faster than my hands can work ...

Ideas are coming fast! Faster than my hands can work ...

Sneekpeek of my first finished piece - framed, even!

Sneekpeek of my first finished piece - framed, even!

So be sure to hop over to Facebook to pre-join the Klatchapalooza group, and to catch sneek peeks of works from some of the members on social media - just search the hashtag #KLATCHAPALOOZA on Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and of course, Facebook. If you have any questions about the event, hit me up and I'll do my best to answer them ASAP! 

Now I gotta get back to the salt mines! HiHo!

Studio Sunday Nov 2 2014

Good chilly Sunday morning, folks! 61* in usually balmy Florida right now means we are getting our first real taste of FALL - while I know a LOT of my friends in other parts of the US are already dealing with snow, so - I'll just keep my long-sleeves-long-pants-socks-n-scarf-wearing-but-oh-it's-nice-to-have-the-AC-off-and-windows-open! mouth shut ;-) 

So here's this week's recap of what I worked on in the studio -

Trying a couple new things with acrylic paint on canvas boards
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Layers of paint applied with brushes, fingers, scraped down and splattered

Layers of paint applied with brushes, fingers, scraped down and splattered

Same technique as above with white applied, leaving open circles showing the paint underneath, and some randomly highlighted with circles of ink

Same technique as above with white applied, leaving open circles showing the paint underneath, and some randomly highlighted with circles of ink

For the accent circles I used Derwent Inktense Blocks that I got a while ago and only recently started using - and I LOVE THEM! such vibrant colors, so luscious to use, they blend great, and have become my new favorite art supply. I lucked out and got a super deal on the big 72-color set on Amazon, but there was no color swatch included, so I decided to make my own. I looked online for their color chart - if you click the PDF link next to the chart graphic, it will pull up all 72 colors - printed that out for reference (and to keep in the tin with the blocks) and then went about making my own painted swatches.

Derwent Inktense Blocks with Color Chart and Painted Palette

Derwent Inktense Blocks with Color Chart and Painted Palette

Derwent Inktense Blocks - hand-drawn & painted palette

Derwent Inktense Blocks - hand-drawn & painted palette

Derwent Inktense Blocks 72 count tin with framed handpainted color palettes

Derwent Inktense Blocks 72 count tin with framed handpainted color palettes

I started with the larger one (modeling it after one I'd seen on Pinterest, but quickly realized it wasn't going to work how I wanted, and also that the Pinterest one was using the Inktense colored PENCILS, and not the blocks.) Also, pretty sure I messed up the number of shape-forms - was supposed to be 8 x 9 = 72 and I didn't use the Ink Black or Antique White blocks, so I either miscounted or skipped over a couple colors, or - most likely, some combo of both. But, I still thought it's look cool so I finished it. Besides, I'm an artist, not a mathematician! 

The second one I decided to do in a more standard palette design, and I gridded it for 70 spots since I wasn't gonna use the Black or White here, either. Also, I applied the ink differently - this one I used a wet paintbrush and swabbed each block in turn and filled in the square, where the previous chart I actually colored the form in with the block directly, then used a wet brush to "activate" the ink. I think you can see a pretty distinct difference between the intensity of color from a direct to paper application versus using the brush to pull color from the block first, more like regular pan watercolors.

Then I framed them up for fun because I just happened to have two perfect-sized frames* I got at the thrift store a few weeks ago (.99 and 1.99, respectively!) and also how nice do they look, like actual art! 

And that's really all I accomplished this week! I do have my next set of Art-O-Mat watercolor blocks started, I have two more "in the style of" artworks I want to try when I can squeeze them in, and a couple gift paintings I need to get started on. (Because OMGCHRISTMAS.)

*an upcoming planned post is a how-to on framing - I've briefly mentioned before how I frame most of my art, but I will be doing a whole show&tell just on that topic in the near future ...

Ok then, enjoy the rest of your weekend, and have a great start to the new week ahead!