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25% off Etsy Products

Hello! I wanted to formally announce that between now and April 30th, you can receive 25% off of any purchase from my Etsy shop using the coupon code SPRINGFEVER. I sell one of a kind hand-stamped clothing and original wall art. Both are perfect for spring and summer and they also make great gifts. Take a look! [The “I sell on Etsy” image to the right will take you to my shop]

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Small Sketches

Something I’ve noticed in the past few years is that I really like grouping lots of small pieces together to sort of create a larger piece of art. I haven’t done it very much myself, but I’m drawn to work like that. Last year when I took the online class Practice Based Research in the Arts, I stumbled upon a series of drawings, paintings, and prints titled “The Lost Boys” by Eduardo Nasi. Individually, some of the pieces are very good, but I think the series as a whole is much stronger. I love the repetition of the characters and the variations in style and media.

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Anyway, I want to incorporate that into my own work about diabetes. I think it will help me explore new ways of portraying that theme and it will be beneficial to have a larger body of work to refer to and be inspired by in the future.

I haven’t really started this process, but I’ve been making small ink pen sketches recently and there are elements in those that I plan to use again.

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Thanks for reading and have a great weekend! :]

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Only 3 More Days of Free Shipping on Etsy!

Hey guys! There are only 3 more days to take advantage of free shipping on all items in my Etsy shop. Wall art prices range from $8-$25 and hand-painted clothing prices range from $10-$65. Wall art makes a great last-minute gift ;] Use coupon code HOLIDAY2013 to receive free shipping. Have a great weekend!

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Matisse/Preschool-Inspired Collages

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A few weeks ago, I started a new body of work exclusively for my Etsy shop. The artwork, which is a series of paper collages, was actually inspired by my time spent student teaching at an elementary school this year. My cooperating teacher and I were doing a lesson with the pre-k and kindergarten students based on flowers in the springtime (it was April at the time). We read Eric Carle’s book, The Tiny Seed, and then the kids were free to create big flower pictures using shapes cut out of paper. I cut endless flower petals, leaves, stems, and circles, but it was worth it because the results were awesome!

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It was really interesting to do this lesson with both preschool and kindergarten. The kindergarten students were mostly very concerned with making their flower look like a generic daisy while the preschool students were much more free with their compositions. The latter reminded both my cooperating teacher and I of Henri Matisse‘s bold paper cut-outs. I loved the way they looked and several months later, I was still thinking about them.

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I have a pretty large collection of paper, so I decided to put it to use. I cut out lots of circles, leaves, and petals and mixed them up in a box. When I create a collage, I pick out a few shapes and arrange them based on the best way I think the colors, patterns, and textures go together. Then I just glue it all down and give it some kind of outline in black ink as a finishing touch.

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I’m really happy with the way these are turning out. These pieces are very different from the other work that I’m doing right now, which is very personal and has a lot of symbolism and meaning. The collages, on the other hand, are simply labeled as a series of compositions because I want the viewer to decide what they are looking at. I create them purely from an aesthetic point of view and leave the meaning up to the viewer.

The collages come in a variety of small sizes with the smallest being 8″ x 10″ and the largest being 14″ x 17″. They will go on sale in the next two weeks! Thanks for reading :]

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Coordinated Chaos

For this piece, the assignment was to draw a still life (from observation) and then flip the paper upside-down and draw the exact same thing on top of the first drawing. After this we chose one color to use along with variations of gray, black, and white. I filled in the drawing with different patterns and mediums, merging some spaces and emphasizing others. The result was very interesting, although I wish I had chosen a different color. Oh well! :P

Click on the thumbnails below for more detailed views!

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