I just finished this blog header for my book blog Books for Kids. I am super happy with the way it turned out. I actually drew the frog twice. The first time I drew him, he was cute, but the second time was better! I really wanted something bright and cheerful for my book blog. I review kids books, anything from picture books to middle grade novels, so I wanted something that would reflect the content.
I have always had this slightly unhealthy obsession with drawing frogs. I don’t know why, but I just think they make adorable characters and they should be illustrated as often as possible. I used to catch frogs as a kid. There was a little stream by my house and there were dozens of penny frogs that lived in the grass by the water. My friend and I would go down there with a jar and catch them until we had far too many to comfortably fit into one jar, then we’d let them go.
Call me weird, but I love fonts. I just bought this one called Flower from DaFont.com. Isn’t it gorgeous? I can’t wait to find a use for it. I just know that it is going to be perfect for a project one of these days.
I thought of the phrase “There is nothing in this world more beautiful than a daughter” a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to create something for my little girls’ room, and I felt like the opportunity presented itself when those words popped into my head. I drew the daisies in pen and ink first, then painted them in bright watercolors. I spent a lot of time holding the brush as far away from me as possible while I was creating the splatters, but I got pretty messy anyway. I scanned the painting and made all the adjustments I wanted and added the text at the top. I can’t wait to get this up on the wall!
One thing that I love to do is enter competitions. I don’t win as often as I enter, but it doesn’t seem to deter me. I created these two greeting card designs for a teen themed competition. The idea was to create an encouraging birthday card for a teen (the star card), and a sweet Valentine’s Day card for a teen (the floating mailbox card). The cards may have been a little too general for the theme, but I did like the way they turned out. One of the great things about competitions is that even if you don’t win, you have another great design to add to your portfolio and pummel potential publishers with.
I just finished these lovely little postcards for Gillian at Gold Adore. I love doing custom work. There is something extremely satisfying about filling a need or solving a problem that someone has.
Gold Adore is a beautiful Etsy shop full of unique vintage jewelry. I really encourage you to check it out. I always thought that vintage jewelry wasn’t for me until I saw Gillian’s shop. She has great taste and I fell in love with several of her items right away. Be sure to visit her Etsy Shop and her blog.
GOLD ADORE (Etsy)
BABES AND BLING (blog)
If you would like to meet Gillian in person, you can attend the Etsy wedding expo “To Have and To Hold”. It’s happening on April 28th in New York City. Find more details here: http://www.etsy.com/wedding-event