Hello, friends! I hope you’ve all had a great week so far. I’m a week behind on blog posts, so if you were looking for one last week, sorry about that!
Some of you have been wondering how I create my artwork and prints, so I thought it would be fun to share a bit of my process. I mean, who doesn’t love a good ‘before’ and ‘after’ photo transformation?
Step 1: Getting it on paper
First, I come up with an idea. My artwork is inspired by current fashion, vintage style, and anything that strikes me as beautiful. I draw what I see in my head, or I start by working from a photo and going from there. I use a pencil to lightly sketch the outline. Erasers remove any unnecessary lines when the initial drawing phase is complete.
Step 2: Enhance and emphasize
Sometimes I will use ink to enhance my outlines if I feel the painting calls for it. I use archival ink, which doesn’t smudge when it gets wet, so it’s great for using with watercolors! However, I skip this step altogether if I’m going for a softer look.
Step 3: Color
Now comes the fun part – color! It can take me awhile to begin this step if I’m having trouble deciding on a particular palette. As you may have noticed in my shop, I tend to gravitate towards brighter colors and pretty pastels. I like the happy, positive energy that these hues bring to my artwork. I almost always use watercolor paints because they are versatile and fun to work with, but on rare occasions I’ll use colored pencils or art markers instead.
Step 4: Going digital and making copies
If I want to create a print for my shop, I use my Epson scanner (once the painting is dry, of course!) to send a high resolution copy of the image to my computer. I open the file in Adobe Photoshop to size it and remove any extra texture from the watercolor paper. Once the file is enhanced and saved appropriately, I send it to my printer, and they use specialized equipment to create a very close replica of the original painting. These high-quality reproductions are called giclee prints (say it with me: ZHEE-clay). The results of the giclee printing process are beautiful and definitely outdo any replicas I could attempt to create at home!
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the giclee prints I’ve been working on for Spring 2017! (Some of them may look familiar if you follow me on Instagram.) Keep an eye out for them at the beginning of March, and be sure to hop on the mailing list to receive an exclusive extra discount.
Which one is your favorite? I’d love to hear your thoughts!