Sunday, June 19, 2016

Studio Sunday - Week 5 of Creating Collections for Home Decor and HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful Father's Day here in the northeast!!!  Tons of sunshine and a lot of reminiscing!  Happy Father's Day to all the Dads I know out there because I know it's one of the biggest, most important jobs you will ever have in your life xoxo

Finally, I'm finished and at the risk of the possibility that someone infringes on my copyrights, I'm sharing the entire body of work with you here.  This was one of the best workshops I have ever taken!  It made me disciplined and happy about creating a huge body of work that I can honestly say I am proud of.  Enjoy it but please remember, I created this artwork and I am publishing it on this blog for viewing purposes only.  None of the artwork or images posted here can be used by anyone other than myself for any reason.  None of this artwork can be used without express written permission by me, Margaret Applin, and requires a signed license agreement be in place.

Thank you - Margaret






I should have lots going on next weekend so stay tuned!  Have a fantastic Father's Day and a super creative week!!!

Margaret

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Studio Sunday and Week 4 of Creating Collections for Home Decor (Lilla Rogers)

Tea Towel C2016 MargaretApplin Designs

Wow!  Everything here is covered in pollen!  Today the sun is finally shining again and it feels warm and summer like outside.  I'm going to have to tear myself away from the studio and take care of things outside for a change.  I just completed week 4 of the Lilla Rogers and Margo Tantau workshop, Creating Collections for Home Decor, and I have been working every moment of every weekend creating art for products.

This week we had to create hand lettering, which was a challenge for me, but I think I pulled through ok.  Here are a couple of trinket dishes where I exhibited my fonts.  Of course, I can't just write out a word, I have to create an entire alphabet so I can use it again and again!!!
Trinket dish C2016 Margaret Applin Designs

Trinket dish C2016 Margaret Applin Designs


I love playing digitally with these fonts and here is an example of a set that I created using the Stabillo Aquarelle pencil and water and the different looks you can get with it in Photoshop and Illustrator.  I love the last version where I can layer color like in the trinket plates above.  I've got to go back and do the same thing in lower case so I have a complete set :)

Handmade Fonts C2016 Margaret Applin Designs

I hope you all are have beautiful weather and a super creative weekend!!!

Margaret

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Studio Sunday, Lilla Rogers Workshop and New Tools

Hello!  Can I just tell you that I haven't ever drawn as much as I am currently in Lilla's Creating Collections for Home Decor workshop with Margo Tantau!!!  Three weeks into the five and I have a collection of imagery that I really love and can't wait to put it on products!  Here is another sneak peek.


I have a little transparency problem going on here but it will be fixed!  Do theses look like Holly Hocks? LOL  Once I have finalized the complete collection look book, I promise to share (at least part of it) :)  I am finally stretching myself and trying out new (for me) styles of creating imagery and loving Illustrator.  I'm playing with my sketches and spot color like below.


Still a lot of experimentation going on LOL  Anyway, it's huge fun and I would love to create a brand new portfolio with this as a jumping off point.

NEW TOOLS

When Barbara and I were at the National Stationary Show in NYC, we found these:


I can't wait to try this and will be excited about how it might also add to my sketches.  Additionally, I just received this:


I've got a plan......

Stay tuned and have yourself a wonderful weekend!!!

Margaret