Posts Tagged ‘red’

cow editorial

December 26, 2013

Remember this sneak peek?

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Here’s the full image (sans title)!

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I drew this to accompany an article about a friend’s (Rachel Crawford) experience working as a caterer whilst being an undercover vegetarian. This was fun because I had to draw it for 2-color printing for it to be eligible for submission.

We didn’t make it in that issue but who cares, look at my cool calf saint!

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this post is brought to you by polka dots

September 2, 2013

It’s Labor Day weekend which means that my favorite season is coming to an end. I wanted to put up a quick summer-y post before it’s over but first, this…

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Isn’t this gif hilarious? Every time I look at it I think, “gettin’ my craft on, getting my craft on!”

Anyhoosey, on to the polka dots!

This is a lanyard.


It is the lanyard that I have used to fish my keys from the bottom of my purse since college. It is sturdy, colorful and convenient.

It is also the lanyard that has caused one of my clients, on more than one occasion, to mention that I am 30 and far too old to have my keys on a beer lanyard. OH AM I NOW?

It’s true though, beer lanyard = not so classy, so I decided to ramp up my game by putting together this polka dotty creation.


Vastly improved!

While I had the sewing machine out I whipped up another project. My dude had just discarded a pair of grey dickies that fit me perfectly and I was determined to make them into a cute pair of shorts. After cutting and hemming they were almost there but needed something more.


So, I polka dotted them! Since they were a hand-me-downs I had no fear using whatever supplies I had lying around, namely watered down acrylic paint and a pen bottom, to create the dotted pattern.


The pattern makes them much more fun and they are easily my favorite shorts right now. Also, the paint dots haven’t budged through regular washing and drying so have no fear substituting regular acrylic for fabric paint yourself.

So with that, I hope  you are checking your inbox before you head off to a BBQ to enjoy this, one of the last days of summer. Have a great one!

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quilt art

August 12, 2013

Continuing on in sewing-related posts, check out this amazing quilt!!


You see what she did there? This quilt was handmade by one of my dearest friends, Chelsea, as a gift and she surreptitiously included one of my paintings into her design!

Here are some close-ups.




I love the texture. This is a sturdy quilt!


I am honored to the the recipient of a gift such as this. The (wo)man hours alone are staggering. You can follow Chelsea’s other quilting projects on her blog, The Bumbling Quilter. She and her husband also keep bees, get it?

Recent posts of mine on the Surprise Industries blog:

Surprise in Design: Mirrors

It’s Not a Party Until Someone Splits Their Pants

Surprising First Memories

Surprise in Design: Wordlessness

Surprise in Photography: Levitation

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big painting project

June 12, 2013

I just completed a big painting project. I painted a wall in our living room red!

Here’s the before:


haha, i caught my dude taking a nap!

And here is after:


The color is “neon red” by Benjamin Moore. How’s that for a jolt of color?

My lack of recent updates can be attributed to a number of exciting things that I’ll be able to show you soon. Stay tuned!

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completed embroidery project

April 15, 2013

This weekend I had time to finish the embroidery project that I started last month. I still need to frame it, but here it is on the hoop!


Here are a few detail shots of the stitches.




I don’t think I’ll be giving up my pen for a needle but as far as embroidery as a form of illustration goes, I like it.

I really, really like it.

KTB monogram

August 30, 2012

Here is the monogram that started them all. I painted this EONS ago but had to keep it a secret until the recipient’s birthday finally rolled around earlier this month.

Happy  birthday again, Kat. :)

If you’re in the market for monogram I take orders! Please click here for details.

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sketchbook preview

July 25, 2012


stop-motion preview

July 4, 2012

Good news, everyone! Last night I shot a new stop-motion featuring the talented Sarah Klinger. Here are a few pics to pique your curiosity while it’s in post-production.

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wedding suite and printed materials

November 19, 2011

It may come as no surprise that I designed all the printed materials for our wedding. Here are some really marginal pictures of most of them.

The Save the Date:

The bridal shower invite:

Our neat-o triple fold invitation:

the front

the back of the rsvp card

the inside

The Menu/Programs:

The poor picture quality doesn’t do them justice. It was a learning experience and not everything was perfect (hello RSVP cards with no name line)  but we were pretty happy with the results!

It was certainly a fun design challenge to keep the themes consistent without being boring and repetitive.

DIY wedding photo booth

November 13, 2011
the in-laws attack!

when in-laws attack!

I have seen few things produce better laughs than the results of a photo booth at a wedding reception. Unfortunately, renting them can run into the thousands, however, given a little favor-asking and some elbow grease, you can achieve similar results for much less.

The two things that make photo booths great are:

1. A lack of supervision

An unattended camera is going to produce much less inhibited results than one with a professional clicking the shutter.

2. Booze

Speaking of lowering inhibitions, there’s nothing like a little booze to get the funny bone warmed up, provided you’re over 21, of course.

First you need to find a DSLR, or digital SLR. You’ll definitely want to go digital for this because it will be no fun to see dollar signs every time someone hits the shutter. Next you’ll need a tripod and a remote leash. The remote leash is so that people can take pictures of themselves, while standing in front of the camera.

Lastly, you’ll need some fun backdrop for people to stand against, here’s mine:

I’m not sure of the total cost, but between the roll of kraft paper and the accordion paper decorations, I’m pretty sure I managed to keep it under $30. Luckily for us, our “photo booth” got a lot of love and a little wear and tear, but that just meant there were props! Here are some of my favorite images from the night.

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