YES, I'M BACK and Save the Date!!

Well, yes, I am back!  If you are still here with me, then FABULOUS!  There was so much that I was leaving behind here that it's been really getting to me so I needed to renew my presence as the original ScrapWisdomCollage girl!

I have been working really hard on surface pattern designs as I will be exhibiting at SURTEX May 18, 19, and 20, 2014!  It's hard to believe that it is already 2014 and in 5 months, I will be in NYC presenting my artwork to the world!  With still so much to do in order to prepare, I will be fairly quiet here but will jump in every chance I get.

I thought I would share a couple of designs that I have been working on.  I'm really excited about how much fun I had creating the feathers for this design!  I have been having to push myself  to draw more and what I discovered is that if you push one design, you can create additional depth and interest by also creating layers that will interact with one another.  My feathers started with a solid background image that I used as a guide to sketch the inner details with that would lay on top of the solid design.  Then I created a third layer for my image by separating my scanned image in Illustrator.  

Now I know not everyone has Illustrator but this design process can work even without it.  All you need is your drawing paper, a couple of pieces of tracing paper and a black marker.

I'm sure you can see what I am talking about here.  So I challenge you to take any image and think about it in layers.  These could be 3 stamps you carve or even hand-cut stencils!  Feel free to share them if you would like me to put them up on my blog!

The design below was created by layering simple line drawings.  I'm trying to stylize more and step back from realistic forms as I find I spend too much time trying to make them perfect.  I'm trying to stay loose, open-minded and focused!  We'll see how that works :)


I can't share everything right now, but stay tuned and circle the date on your calendar for February 13, 2014!  If you liked my live webinar in February last year, you will love what's coming up soon!  I will share more details as soon as I have them!

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!!  


I love both of these designs. Glad you are back!!!
HollyM said…
As always, I love your designs! I just know you will do well. I'm happy to see you back!
I know what you mean about trying to make something perfect . I find it really hard to stylize but would very much like to do more of it.
Monica said…
YAYYY!!!!! You did it!!!!! I'm so very proud of you!!!!
For me, Atlanta starts off in just a couple of days (but won't be present in person this year!). I have big news, and would love for you to visit my blog over the upcoming week to see (I'm allowed to share my new products line on January 8th!).
Hooray for you at Surtex!! Horaaayyy!
Monica xoxo
Ima Weed said…
Just watched your Paint Print Layer Collage video at Craft Daily and it is so informative, I know I will be purchasing it. I am bookmarking this site and will be back for the webinar info. Great Good Luck to You 2014!