Butterflies as Autumn Arrives!

Fun design trick to try, in this video begins August 18th.
I just finished up entering 2 design competitions on Spoonflower.com.  One is with Moda fabric company - Botanical Sketchbook - and the other is 1 yard with 4 different butterfly themed designs in each quarter.  You can see my entry, here, for each contest.
Butterflies by the Yard
Butterflies and Lotus Pods
(the repeating design that caused the next part of this post - a video for you to try it out too!)

Because of the design I wanted to submit, I ran up against a design skill that I don't use much as most of my fabric has been banners, panels, or pillows that fit a fat quarter or yard.  For the butterfly competition, however, I wanted to create a repeating design that was larger than a swatch, but not an entire fat quarter.  In other words, I had to relearn to step-and-repeat a design.  This trick - using only paper and scissors - helps explain the concept of step-and-repeat, or creating a continuously repeating design.  So, I created a video, testing out the trick to show how to create your own wallpaper.

Autumn isn't far away!  See the Autumn Leaf Faery's dress (starting August 22nd) with acorn cap crown and the upcoming Harvest Moon Faery (Sept. 22), here at The Faerie Project page of this blog.

Art By The Book - Reviews

Do you ever see art books that you simply must have just to find that they were a waste of your time?  I've started a series on my channel called Art by the Book where I show one of the step-by-step exercises from the book on video.  That way, you can see if it is the type of thing you were looking for, the difficulty level, if the genre is what you thought it was, and also how much success was attainable in that short of an amount of time - only one exercise.  The truth is, I haven't put any books I don't like on the channel or the blog, because the trick to finding an art book is finding what you are looking for - not that it is bad or good.  They are all good with the right person.  The blog is called Art by the Page (because Art by the Book was taken, though not in use).  Have a look and find a book - it could be just what your art needed.

New Work with Crayons - Wax Resist - and More Art Journal Experiments

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A Gallery Of Sorts

I just added a new shop - supposed to be a gallery - for the paintings I do to create fabric designs, book illustrations, and just for the things I like to create! This little mini-Etsy reveals a sample of the 18 active listings now in my shop. Where is it? Etsy.com! I haven't had any luck with the basement (detached) studio idea, and what was in my yard for fair weather art shows has been torn down. It is my hope that this shop will not zero out as all the other things I've done online have been determined to do. But the google analytics number has been compromised. I know you care and it is reciprocated!! Please do visit the shop: RavenArtGallery for a closer look or something to buy. 

Original paintings are priced with hourly painting/drawing, art supplies, and the cost of listing and promotion, shipping, and packing - so they are more pricey as they are a 1 time, artist signed, deal. Most are available in prints, which do not take as much time to create (reproductions of the originals), so their price is based on creating the print - ink, paper, processing - and shipping, framing, matboard, and retail listing.

My newest product  is a little twist on the older banners that many people already have. They are a little piece of artwork on a banner, rather than a canvas. Custom orders are accepted. There is the usual assorted oddity that I am known to create - especially at odd times, for me, like these. Gnomes, owl dolls, and my new Yoga Mat Sack kits. Retro Apron Wrap Dresses are something I have been working on, but am not quite able to yet provide for the shop.  They are gorgeous colors and designs that I hope to be able to stock in the shop by summertime.

Celebrate Spring with a new banner for your home, or art on eco-canvas. Shop Raven Art Gallery

The Faerie Project is Underway

I haven't updated in a while - in fact The Faerie Project is halfway done!  This August video will be The Autumn Leaf Faery Dress with Acorn Cap Crown.  The second part is also in the same video - which is the stand that the dress hangs from, although the dress could hang from a hook, or pull, or knob, or the ceiling.  Its as gorgeous as autumn in all the vibrant colors and the wings are made of leaves.  In the video, I mention a recipe to preserve leaves to keep them soft and pliable, but I have added it before the release of the video on August 22nd on my blog with Art Supplies I use in my videos.

Autumn Leaf Faery

A Request From This Studio

I am trying to get my Facebook page to achieve the 'goodies' that Insights offers.  So, I need LIKES to my studio page: Raven Art Studio.

This page isn't exciting - not yet - I have plans for better games, apps, and interactivity with Insights.  Your help has been appreciated over the years.

Happy V-day Weekend!!