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Journal Sparks Virtual Book Tour

Journal Sparks virtual book tour

In the beginning of 2016 I was contacted by author, artist and teacher Emily Neuburger to be included in her new book Journal Sparks. Fast forward through all the hard work Emily did to build this amazing book, and the book is FINALLY out by Storey Publishing this week. Now, not only was I invited to be included in this gorgeous book, but I get to be part of the virtual book tour, share a project, AND give a copy of the book away to a lucky reader!

To say that this book is stunning is an understatement. I got my contributor’s copy in the mail last week and then promptly purchased another to share with my family. It’s a book for all ages, so as I am digging into it, I am also excited to share it with my niece and nephew as well! I can honestly say that being included in a book like this is a long time dream come true. The book is packed full of inspiring projects, beautiful art papers, stickers and more.

While trying to decide which project to feature the book kept opening up to the Imperfect Paper Quilting project (pages 82-83) and I took it as a sign. Not only do I love quilting and quilts, but I love layering bits of paper and collage.

Journal Sparks virtual book tour

The Imperfect Paper Quilting project can be as simple or complex as you would like to make it, and I love that Emily encourages the reader to be loose and imperfect. Just as I like to work! I made the spread above first, using a more traditional quilt pattern theme and put it in one of my handmade 4.25×5.5″ jotters. The project calls for at least 3 different papers, but I found an ad in a newspaper that had a great color scheme, orange, turquoise, and mustard yellow, and cut out triangles to paste down. I left white space in between the “blocks” and sewed over one side to drive home the “quilting” theme. I love how the word MAKE was a happy accident.

Journal Sparks virtual book tour

Next I decided to go bigger in my square sketchbook, and took a more loose interpretation. I looked through images of quilts I’ve pinned for inspiration, and found that the ones I’m drawn to are more modern and scrappy. I used scrap gelatin prints leftover from envelopes I’ve made. The “graph” style papers are what are printed inside the envelopes, as a security print.

Journal Sparks virtual book tour

And here’s the finished piece. I also fed it through the sewing machine and kept it very simple, so as not to compete with the already colorful and patterned papers.

Now, onto the giveaway! Here are the rules:
1. This giveaway will take place from now (Thursday, April 20, 2017) and will close in one week, and a winner will be announced on Thursday, April 27th.

2. Leave a comment on this post, the post on instagram, OR the post on Facebook. One entry per person.

3. Only open to US residents.

4. Don’t forget to follow Emily and myself on instagram

AND Guess What!? Storey is also hosting a giveaway, so visit this link for an extra chance at winning your own copy AS WELL AS an amazing artist’s kit from Dick Blick.

And then for those that aren’t interested in putting their luck in the hands of fate, my sister brought to my attention that while it is normally $16.95 (a super deal for the quality of the book in my opinion), it is a top seller at Amazon right now and is going for only $11.56, so you maywant to snap it up now while the getting’s good.

 

 

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#Robayre100Days 2017 Edition and More News

I’m doing the 100 day project again this year. Last year during the project I focused on finishing up a lot of already started stationery projects and getting them listed in my shop.  Here is a link to 2016′s 100 days. It kept me very productive and I enjoyed being part of the community of other creative and prolific makers, so naturally I’m going to participate again.

This year for the 100 days project (starting on April 4th, 2017), I am focusing on getting already existing work (especially patterns) up on POD (Print on Demand sites). Last year I closely followed and was SO INSPIRED by my friend Julie’s posts about artist’s making passive income. I’ve had a Society6 shop (where I upload images and customers can get art prints, or products with my images printed on them)for years, but it is pretty neglected. I also want to finally get some of the patterns I designed printed onto fabric using Spoonflower. I’ve had an account with Spoonflower since they first opened up and I had to be put on a waiting list and be invited to join. And then… nothing. I NEVER actually printed anything. Fast forward to present day and I am using the 100 Day Project to remedy this quandary. I have 2 kind of selfish goals 1. to get a cell phone case of my own artwork for my own phone and 2. order fabric of my own artwork to sew a bunch of things.

On the first day I posted this over on Instagram: I’m laying down some groundwork to help me stick it out. 1. My main focus will be to get my work ready and up on POD sites. I’ve had a society6 shop for years but have not kept it up at all, and I want to finally get a lot of my favorite patterns up on spoonflower, and explore other options as well. 2. If it takes longer than 100 days, so be it 3. If I want to switch up focus on things for a while, so be it. 4. If I only work on something for 15 minutes a day, so be it. 5. Most importantly I want to work on something creative and productive each day. 6. I’m gonna stick with my general #robayre100days hashtag. Here we go!

Mail themed #robayrepatterns in progress, I want to add a few more things like a stack of letters wrapped in twine and maybe more packages.

I immediately dove in and worked on this vintage mail pattern. Cleaning it up, making it a repeatable pattern, etc. Untitled

I made it with 4 different backgrounds, pink, blue, gray and white and uploaded it to Spoonflower.

Happy Friday! Yesterday I did more #spoonflower research and listed all three color ways of the fabric pattern from the other day (I couldn't decide, so they all went up). My research inspired me to work in collections, so today I made a watercolor stripeFor days 8 & 9 of #robayre100days I figured, if I have these elements together already, I might as well make into a printable stationery set. Yesterday I put it together, printed it and used it to send some #30lettersin30days (image 2), and then today I p

While I had it so close, I figured I might as well set it up as a digital (printable) pdf stationery set and painted a striped watercolor piece in the style of many of my other stationery sets, and uploaded it to etsy.

This #robayrepatterns (my favorite from 2017#patternjanuary ) was what I intended to work on during the first week of #robayre100days but I hadn't saved the right file to my jump drive. Now it's time to get to business.

Next I wanted to work on my barn quilts pattern but before I got too far I realized I should have taken the vintage mail pattern and uploaded it to Society6. That opened a whole new can of worms because it had been so long since I had really dealt with Society6, that I had some learning curves. One thing that was GREAT to discover, was that if you upload original art files that are HUGE, it will enable other products immediately. Before, I had to customize each image to fit very specific dimensions for a mug vs. a cell phone case. Now, I can just re-position things on their website.

Before proceeding with the barn quilts pattern, today I realized I should have listed the vintage stationery pattern over on #society6. So I logged into my poor neglected society6 account and started trying to get an idea for how things work now. I've had

Another thing that is pretty great is that since I first opened my society6 shop, they have gone from offering art prints, mugs and cell phone cases, to a huge variety of additional products like towels, rugs, shower curtains, zipper pouches and more. For the next several days I just worked on adjusting the existing 24 patterns I already offered and enabling more products on those, like this handspun yarn, which was the very first pattern I uploaded there and my most popular product so far. I’ve uploaded a few more patterns now and am still doing research. One thing that was shared with me, and was very insightful was a Free Skillshare class on passive income, by top Society6 seller CatCoq, (you just have to create an account and log in to watch). Incidentally, Cat was also interviewed by Julie (mentioned above) in her passive income artist’s interview series. So, that’s where I am now with my 100 Day Project. And if that wasn’t enough, I also committed to participating in the #30Letters30Days project as well.

Journal Sparks by Emily Neuburger

AND! Tomorrow (Thursday, the 20th) I am participating in a virtual book tour for Emily Neuburger‘s new book “Journal Sparks“. Check back here, and/or instagram and facebook for a peek into a project from the book and a chance to win your own copy.

#robayrepatterns part 3

I'm gonna try and attempt #patternjanuary #letsmakepatterns. I had such a fun time last year, you should play along too!

Part 1 can be seen here

Part 2 can be seen here

Day 21 #patternjanuary #folkart I decided to go with barn quilts and these were done in watercolor. My mom introduced me to barn quilts, and we attended a lecture and took a workshop last year on them. Did you know they are a relatively new (like since th

Day 21 Folk Art – I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one. This is probably my favorite from the whole month. Last year the barn quilt author and artist Suzi Parron came to speak at my mom’s quilt guild, and then we did a workshop with her as well, where we got to make our own barn quilts. My mom has been obsessed for years and it was so interesting to learn about them. The most fascinating thing being that they are a brand new art, as in this century! Don’t they seem like something that should have been around in Amish country for hundreds of years? This pattern is going to be made into a fabric, for sure!

Day 22 #patternjanuary #bicycle I actually made this pattern in 2013 but I don't think I ever shared the full thing. It has been stapled to a homasote board ever since and needs to be cleaned up and worked into a repeating pattern still. As you may know I

Day 22 Bicycle – This pattern was kind of a cheat, in that I made it years and years ago, but I don’t think I ever shared it fully. Maybe I posted a pic of a bike or two, but never the full thing. I have even made little pinback buttons of the bike illustrations pictured here. I penciled in the bikes, then inked them, then painted very wet and loose watercolor around them. In case you don’t know, I love bikes. My own bicycle in particular, and if you haven’t heard it before, I have bought my same bike FOUR times because I love it so much!

Day 23 #patternjanuary #pomegranate in a #littleartbook. #robayrepatterns

Day 23 Pomegranate - When I think of pomegranates I think of my mom and how she seems to take pleasure it preparing a pomegranate. She’ll prepare everything, gathering the fruit, a bowl, a knife and towel, opening it up and peeling it and filling a bowl full of the juicy gem like fruit pebbles. I also think about how much I love pomegranate too, but have way less patience and thus end up buying Pom juice in the fun shaped bottles for a rare treat. This pattern is a nod to the fruit and the juice in an abstract form, in a little art book.

Day 24 #patternjanuary #rain This wasn't my first attempt, the first one was a flop but I really like how this one came out.

Day 24 Rain- If I remember correctly, I had a different plan for rain, but it didn’t really pan out, so last minute I just did this with my Aquash water brush pen, and navy blue watercolor, and finished it off with splatter, and voila. It’s one of those patterns, that I wish they all could all be so quick and easy-peasy.Day 25 #patternjanuary #blackandwhite I used my #gelliarts mini rectangle and my hand cut paper stencils. They are all secondary prints, printed once through the stencil, then removed the stencil and printed again. There's something about printing like th

Day 25 Black and White – Last year I won a set of Gelli Arts mini shaped plates, and this rectangle one was my absolute favorite. I decided to make a pattern using just black on white paper, with my hand cut paper stencils.

Day 26 #patternjanuary #turquoise and decided to channel pal @ohsoniceshop and sketch a bunch of turquoise rings.

Day 26 Turquoise -  I was trying to go for that silver and turquoise ring thing. Turned out more meh than I had hoped for.

Day 27 #PatternJanuary #string. I think I've done this before, but it's an attempt to recreate a picture from a bajillion years ago, of a hand spun yarn I made, dyed with koolaid. This was made with #gouache and #coloredpencil #robayrepatterns

Day 27 String – I thought of this picture of handspun yarn I made years and years ago from fiber I dyed with koolaid. This also turned out more meh than I had hoped for. Day 28 #patternjanuary #floral - This theme is like the swan and house theme... my head is filled with too many ideas and it kind of paralyzes me. I'm putting this out there now, but it's definitely a theme I want to return to. #robayrepatterns

Day 28 Floral- Floral is another one of those pattern themes that I would love to explore, more, more, more and more of! This was just a quick pattern that I imagine being reproduced on fabric, but in a way that is reduced so the pattern is fairly tiny.

#patternjanuary #kaleidoscope I just piled a bunch of my pretty papery bits down, took a picture and then made this digitally. As I was starting out the first one I made looked too bland and boring so I added more tiny pieces of paper to break up the spac  Photo

Day 29 Kaleidoscope- This pattern started out from the picture on the bottom, and then I assembled into kaleidoscope circles on the top on the computer. It came out way more busy than I had envisioned. That is funny because I restarted once when I deemed the first pile of collage papers to be too plain and basic.

Day 30 #patternjanuary #plaid I actually wanted to make a hand painted buffalo plaid Christmas card for 2016, but didn't get to it, so, how about as a Valentine? #robayrepatterns #letsmakepatterns

Day 30 Plaid – Last year I had the idea of making a greeting card for Christmas with “buffalo plaid” that I would make from loose watercolors. I never got around to it, so this theme let me finally make that pattern that I wanted to do.

Aaaaaaand my final #patternjanuary, themed #fruitsalad When I think of fruit salad I think of my friend Henry and how we are both VERY opinionated and united about what fruit salads should be like in restaurants. We've all been there, disappointed by a fr

Day 31 Fruit Salad – I’m pretty opinionated on my fruit salads. There are few things worse than ordering a fruit salad at a restaurant and when it arrives it is just cantelope, honeydew and a grape. That is NOT a fruit salad. Fruit salad needs to have a LOT of variety. I built this sketchy fruit salad pattern on the computer and I rather liked how it came out.

#patternjanuary 2017

And here the full collection. At the end Anika asked people to answer a questionaire on how the month went:

  • 1. My favorite pattern – the barns/barnquilts for the Folk Art theme for the detail and subject matter being close to my heart.
  • 2. Favorite prompts – swan, home, and floral. These are prompts that made me overflow with ideas and I want to go back to them and do more, more, more. The swan and floral themes were ones in particular that I already had plans for in my head prior to starting patternjanuary.
  • 3. Biggest challenge – sleep. It’s something that I struggle with regularly anyway. My natural sleep habits would have me up late because I’m most productive and creative late at night, but I have to work at 6 a.m. Last year I finally stopped fighting it and started going to bed around 9 p.m. but the week before January I was on vacation so I slept like I wanted, meaning up late. Then working on patterns, wanting to do them justice, I ended up staying up late furthering the bad sleep pattern. I have been surviving on little sleep for the month (and being late to work more often than not, as well 😱)
  • 4. Most frustrating moment – had to be the times that I allowed myself to fall behind schedule because I was so overwhelmed by the prompts that I really wanted to do amazing stuff. I still haven’t finished the dollhouse pattern.
  • 5. Most popular pattern – rain. Funny because it was one of the simplest and quickest patterns I made after my first idea flopped. But I have to say that almost all of my patterns this month out perform my average posts. Thank you everyone, for the support!
  • 6. Biggest surprise – citrus. It felt like the biggest dud, especially since I was feeling so rusty AND because the picture of it was taken at night, but it got so many likes and comments.
  • 7. Proudest moments – being featured on other accounts and people reaching out to me about future projects due to these patterns ❤
  • 8. Patterns I want to redo – almost all of them need additional work, and as stated above the dollhouse one was never completed, and I want to do additional swan, house and floral patterns, but as for completely redoing, there aren’t any I’d scratch and start over.
  • 9. Goals for next time – maybe stick within one medium? My pieces were all over the place from digital and hand drawn, to watercolor, and collage. Although I do think that allowing myself to mix it up helped me to stick it out. I worry that if I limited myself to one medium that I might get bored and throw in the towel. I just thought of another goal and that would be inspired by @jessee_artschooldropout who made her patterns, finalized them and then uploaded them to spoonflower all in one go. That is amazing.
  • 10. Plans for February – catch up on all the things I neglected during January. I have so many things that I need to do that I’m a little overwhelmed where to begin. But number one should be to clean off my work table so I can get back to serious work

#robayrepatterns Part 2

I'm gonna try and attempt #patternjanuary #letsmakepatterns. I had such a fun time last year, you should play along too!

Part 1 can be seen here

Happy Friday the 13th! I'm playing catch up this morning. Here is my #patternjanuary for #tile, a return to this #littleartbook after it recently returned to me from a long journey away. My dream floor tile is bold, graphic, and black and off white. #robaDay 11′s theme was “Tile” I worked in watercolor and used my little 4×4 scrapbook pattern journal, with bold and graphic patterns that would work well as floor tiles, and since the pieces are small and set next to each other or “tiled” so it works that way as well. And yesterday's #patternjanuary for #brush. Elements were drawn in #paper53 and then assembled in photoshop and this a cropped version. #robayrepatterns #letsmakepatterns Day 12 Brush – I built this pattern in Paper by 53 and then did some more assembly in photoshop on the desktop. Ask me how excited I was when I read that 2017's #pantone color of the year was #greenery. Green is my favorite color and I love that @aisforanika used it for a daily topic.
Day 13 Greenery – Which also happens to be the name of Pantone’s color of 2017, and made me extremely happy to hear because most of the time when I hear what the color is I’m fairly disappointed. I painted some blades of grass and cut them out scrapily to layer, and then added a handpainted Pantone chip.

The topic for today's #patternjanuary is #ice and all day I kept rolling the word "ice" around in my head, trying to come up with ideas. Soon enough it translated to Nice, which then became Niiiiiiice 😂 so here is my finished piece. When I think of #N

Day 14 was Ice. All day when I was at work I kept thinking “Ice?” Which then quickly translated to Nice, and then soon enough “Niiice”. So I cut out the letters from gelliprinted papers, and placed it over a scribbley grid.

I've been planning on a swan themed stationery for a bit, so I was so happy to see today's #patternjanuary theme was swan/flamingo. I went to bed last night thinking of all the possibilities. I think I'll probably upload a few! Here is one made from the tI forgot to share this more finalized stage from yesterday. The original plan was to add another color layer to the background, but I'm digging this black and white so far. I need to scan it, just in case that next step screws it all up #robayrepatterns Day 15 Swan or Flamingo? I had been wanting to do a swan pattern for a long time, maybe even since last year’s Pattern January? I have done two so far, but still have more ideas I want to do. The first one is a pattern made from a tiny handcarved stamp I made, over a watercolor or gesso background, and the second one is gesso over a black watercolor background. I didn't want to share my next #pattern until I shared more of my swan patterns, but they still aren't done so here is #Bright for #patternjanuary. My idea was scribble-like rainbow suns, and I built most of it in #paper53, and assembled it as a repeating
Day 16 Bright – Going back through these patterns I remembering how many of these I actually really loved. It’s funny how time goes by and only one or two struck out as “really great” but that is not true. I love this one so much I want to reproduce it as a fabric and maybe on some other items.

Yesterday's #patternjanuary theme was #palm. I remembered a pattern of hands I drew last summer with the intention of making it into a variety of different patterns, so why not one more? I combined the two types of palms that I first thought of, palm leav

Day 17 Palm – On this day I used a preliminary pattern I made last year and turned all these hands into palm leaves.

Did you know that Ukulele rhymes with "at"? When I read that the theme for yesterday's #patternJanuary was "Rhymes with at" I immediately thought of Matt. I got him a ukulele for Christmas and he's been playing it daily, so ukulele was a natural subject m

Day 18 Rhymes with at – I chose Matt, and since I bought him a ukulele for Christmas and he plays it just about daily, I decided to paint a bunch of ukes. I placed them over another pattern I made last year and these ukuleles might end up being used for another project.
I've been hung up on this #patternjanuary for #home. Similar to the swan theme, I have SO MANY IDEAS that I want to come back to, and such high expectations, and it's not coming together perfectly and in the meantime I'm falling further and further behind

Day 19 House – This is another one of those themes that makes me want to do a bunch. I had the idea of a pattern of dollhouses. I did this sketch and inked it, and watercolored it, and drew it and others, and played with it at the computer and so on and so forth and nothing was clicking so I just ended up sharing this and promised to do more, but shhhhh, I still haven’t yet. I have it blown up so great in my head, but I’m not sure if that means it’s this style or that style and I need to sit down and really think it out before I finalize it.

#patternjanuary day 20 #BakedGoods - I have been wanting to make and decorate (and eat) sugar cookies since before Christmas. The kind with royal icing that hardens perfectly smooth. These are pretty tame, but the ones I want to make are gonna be a rainbo

Day 20  Baked Goods – Before Christmas I had this idea in my head that I wanted to make sugar cookies and then decorate them with piles of royal icing and sprinkles and confetti. It never happened and so this pattern was tribute to that. I thought for sure I might do it with my niece and nephew for Valentine’s day and it still didn’t’ happen and still hasn’t :(

Stay tuned for one more post to finish up Pattern January!

#robayrepatterns 2017 part 1

I'm gonna try and attempt #patternjanuary #letsmakepatterns. I had such a fun time last year, you should play along too!

I just looked at my blog and was floored to find that I haven’t updated this whole year! I am in disbelief because in my mind I had updated weekly during #PatternJanuary. I’m in such denial that I’m looking around like “Who deleted my posts?!” The whole month of February I was under a cloud, in a funk, and definitely in a rut. Spring is officially here and I have turned the page and feeling like a spring bear emerging from winter hibernation. Time to get back to it. Time to get back to everything. Thanks to Anika‘s organization and promotion once again, I participated in Pattern January and had a super productive January.

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Day 1 was “J is for” and I cut out the days of the month from gelli printed papers. I really like this pattern and would like to scan it and clean it up and possibly put it up on some POD sites for fabric or a phone case or something.

I'm feeling super rusty in my creativity. Even after thinking about today's theme (#citrus) for #patternjanuary all day long, this was all I came up with. Also, this is the first time I've probably touched my watercolors in months. Here's hoping things ge

Day 2 hit me. This is real. A whole month of daily practice and I had not been regularly making or creative in the slightest for a month or more. The theme was Citrus and this was all I could come up with and muster. I felt SO RUSTY and recognized it, but pushed through it, rather than throwing the towel in.

Today's #patternjanuary #snowman is based off of an actual miniature snowman (with button eyes and twist tie arms) I made 6 years ago. You can see a picture of him in my stories. This was created with the #paperby53 app #robayrepatterns

Day 3 was Snowman. I was still feeling unsure of myself and ended up searching my flickr images for inspiration. One nice thing about having been uploading images regularly on flickr for an eternity, is that I have an easily accessible library of images to reference. I picked this miniature snowman I made on our front porch when we lived at the duplex and built it in Paper by 53, on my ipad.

Today's #PatternJanuary theme of #keys reminded me of a pattern I made to (iron-on) print on fabric, ages ago. I used a bunch of clip art keys. I loved the pattern but always felt bad that I had just used clip art. Today was my chance to make a pattern wi

Day 4 – Keys. I reminded myself that even though I love the idea of doing super simple and basic patterns, where I am able lay down a couple brush strokes and voila, it’s finished, the truth is, that when I dig in, spend a lot of time and do the hard work, that is when I get really good results. I grabbed a variety of keys and painted them in watercolor. Here is a progress picture of just the keys with their references.

Good morning and happy Friday! My first repeating #pattern for this #patternjanuary.

Day 5 Octagon. One thing I love about Pattern January is that everyday I have a new theme and since I work a day job, I am thinking about that theme all day long before I get home to actually work on it. On this day I wanted to take some of my irregular geometric shapes used in my work but as silhouettes, and combine them with the striped watercolor lines, as seen on many of my banners, and stationery. The funny thing about this one was that Anika, ended up doing such a similar pattern, it was awesome!

Not too shabby for someone who's never been to a desert. #patternjanuary #desert #robayrepatterns

Day 6 Desert, I was pretty impressed that I came up with this, having never been to the desert in my life

#patternjanuary #mermaids this is pretty much what I planned, but I think tomorrow I may go back in and add details, even if only just scales to the tails. Also, I wanted to do seaweed, but as I was discharging my paintbrush between colors I realized I wi

Day 7 Mermaid watercolor, more to come on this pattern hopefully

Today's #patternjanuary theme was #cutandpaste. I could do this theme everyday 😄❤😄❤😄❤😄

Day 8 Cut & Paste, pretty straight forward and probably one of my favorites

Today's #patternjanuary was themed #fan. Fan didn't thrill really me, but that's what this is about, pushing through until you can find that spark. When I had the idea that I could do more of an abstract shape, and make it into a repeating, fairly geometr

Day 9 Fan – pen and ink in my sketchbook

#patternjanuary #numbers. I try not to look ahead on the prompt list for the month, but if I had, I might not have done a pattern of numbers the very first day. This is now my second for the month. This pattern idea came from a set of pinback buttons I ma

Day 10 – Numbers. This one was inspired by alphabet pinback buttons I’ve made for my shop before

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for 2 more parts!

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2016 Kusudama Ornament

And the finished result #robayrekusudama made from #gelliarts printed paper #gelliprinting I'll post more to the blog shortly.

Every year since 2008, Matt and I make a Kusudama ornament. I always reminisce about how the first year I thought we’d make enough to decorate the whole Christmas tree. Two hours later (racing each other the whole time to make as many petals as possible) we had ONE ornament finished and it was the size of a soccer ball. Now, we finally make them ornament sized and only aim to make one a year. We are up to 9, though only 6 of them are small enough to hang from the tree (it took us a while to get the size right).

Making messes

This year, like every year, I wondered “what are we going to make the ornament out of?” The first few years we used old catalogs and magazines. Then for a few years we used origami paper, then wrapping paper and finally last year an old page-a-day calendar. This year it occurred to me that I could MAKE my own paper. I looked at my Color Inspiration board on pinterest and was instantly taken with this picture of a pillow on a chair. So, pinks and rust as a base with pops and accents of color and pattern.

Trimmed down, hand printed papers for our annual kusudama ornament

I printed, double sided, on the paper using my gelli arts plate and hand cut paper stencils, and trimmed down the paper to 3″x3″. It actually worked better than a lot of the other papers we’ve used because with the additional layers of paint, it was that much more sturdy. The origami paper ornaments have a tendency to get banged up corners because the paper is so thin and fragile.

See previous Kusadama ornament posts here

We follow this 2 step tutorial each year.

Autumn 2016 Chalkboard

Chalkboard calendar autumn 2016

Of course it wouldn’t be fully into the next season before I post last season’s chalkboard. This year has been SO full and busy.

Previous Chalkboard Calendar posts right here!

Robayre100Days part 5

Day 44/100 #robayre100days did some more printing tonight but didn't hit the same groove from yesterday. I should have spent my time 1. cutting new stencils to truly get fresh materials or 2. drawing or painting over some of the prints I pulled yesterday

For the final installment of my 100 day project recap I’ll be covering my gelatin printing and work that came from that, over the 100 days

Day 45/100 #robayre100days cutting paper stencils

We'll see how this paper stencil goes #gelatinprinting #gelliplate #gelliarts

I just posted a bunch over on snapchat about the paper I use for cutting paper stencils. username : robayre (same as everywhere else) #gelatinprinting #gelliarts #gelliartsprinting #paperstencils #robayrepaperpiles

I have some catching up to do. Day 86/100 #robayre100days #robayrepatterns a new handcut paper stencil

From the get go, I’ve been working with my own hand cut paper stencils on the gelatin plate. I want the resulting work to be mine alone. Part of my interest in cutting comes from 7 years doing paste up at the local newspaper. I just may have been told I have a way around an Xacto knife! For a while I tried some acetate, but I think the fact that the plastic is non-porous, just resulted in prints I wasn’t too crazy about. Now I stick exclusively to paper or cardstock, but mostly paper. I’ve been printing for a few years now and still have all the stencils I’ve cut. The first few prints using a new cut stencil are very sensitive and fragile and could tear easily, but after you build up some coats of ink or paint, it makes the stencil stronger and stronger. I haven’t had to retire any yet!

Day 42/100 #robayre100days tonight I worked on some gelli prints because I want some fresh material for some #paperproducts. Fresh material = stuff to cut and paste. I'm kind of excited because I set up a table in the basement to work on, seeing as my wor

#robayrestencilstack pushing back, trying to push through

Day 63/100 #robayre100days I worked on some sewing and some printing and talked with some folks to work out some things about pieces in progress (thank you @shealwayslovedlarking and @murojewelry) but didn't really have a picture that captures that, so pl

#robayrestencilstack

Good morning! #robayrestencilstack #handcutstencil

Whenever I’m working on gelatin prints, the stencils will get new layers of color, so they are ever changing. As I flip through the folder I keep them in, I’ll notice beautiful compositions of color and pattern in the layers. I’ve been keeping a collection of these captured images at #robayrestencilstack  It is my hope some day to permanently adhere some of these, and either incorporate them into other work, or make them their own Art pieces. The only problem is that it means I’d have to remove them from my usable collection, and/or cut new ones to use again.

Today for #robayre100days I once again worked in my studio but don't really have anything to document and show. So I present to you this #robayrepaperpiles which still technically fits in with my paper theme. If you haven't seen it yet, don't miss the giv

scraps from collage cuttings

After 5 printmaking classes (serigraphy, lithography, relief, intaglio and an independent study) where I never really did monotypes or monoprints, I never really think of my gelatin printing as printmaking. But every once in a while when the color build u

Day 75/100 #robayre100days playing with scraps and #robayrepaperpiles to design a new stationery paper

 Pushing paper around

Just looking at some #robayrepaperpiles. Pattern prints made from my hand cut paper stencils and a Gelli arts plate

Gluing paper down. To see the full thing, check #littleartbook 63/100 #robayre100days #robayrepaperpiles #the100dayproject #cutandpaste #collage

Always gluing some down into little art books

I'm gonna say 49 AND 50/100 #robayre100days because I worked on a whole bunch of projects including computer work, test printing and gelatin printing. I revisited my master project list and I'm feeling much better. #the100dayproject #100dayproject #worksp

Pushing things around before gluing anything down. Day 96/100 #robayre100days

Another shot of day 70, a stack of envelopes. Now to design an accompanying stationery paper 🙌

Pushing paper around this week, day 88/100 #robayre100days stay tuned to see the a stationery paper that I made from this #robayrepatterns #robayrepaperpiles #robayrepaperpilecollage

Day 80/100 #robayre100days glued some paper down #Robayre

I put together some collections to make some letter writing stationery set headers, using the gelatin printed papers

Day 90/100 #robayre100days I wanted to make a BW collage using my gelatin printed patterns as a stationery header. You can see the original had a little bit of color in the previous post, and other minor adjustments. Also featured, my black flag notepad p

Day 91/100 #robayre100days test printing this color collage stationery header

I just love how these two sets came out, a color version that comes with handmade envelopes from original prints available in my shop here, and

Who wants to send some fun mail? Day 93/100 I added this #stationeryset to my shop. It includes the collage header letter /writing paper and envelopes made from one of a kind gelatin prints (using my handcut stencils) The inside of the envelopes are print

What is black and white, and read all over? This stationery set, and many others, in my shop right now. Day 94/100 #robayre100days

and a black and white set that comes with gray envelopes available in my shop here

That wraps up coverage on the 100 day project, whew! Read the other installments First part, Second part, Third part, Fourth part

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Robayre100Days part 4

Back for part 4 of my 100 day project. First part, Second part, Third part

Another one of my goals for the 100 day project was to get my etsy shop back up over 100 listed items. In my shop’s glory years (when I averaged a handful of sales a week over several years) I had around 100 items listed in my shop at any time. When I let things slide I realized I had gotten down to less than half that. I’ve been working steadily at bringing it back up again and I think I was around 80 items when the 100 day project began. I did get up to 100 items, but with sales and items expiring, it has dipped below and comes back up again. Now I’ve realized that I really need to get it closer to 110 or so to stay above 100.

A sampling of the paper products that can be found in my shop. It was so fun to arrange, and hang them up like this.

This is a little out order, this was my post for day 100. When we bought our house there was a whole wall with pegboard in our basement and one day when I was down there I had the idea of hanging up some of my stationery sets to get a group shot. The lighting is not so great down there, but this was fun to put together. It’s really satisfying to see the collection.

Because I'm the absolute worst, day 27/100 #robayre100days is finally padding the #stationery I made for my nephew... for Christmas. In my defense, I did give him a few sheets at Christmas but then my computer died and then I ran out of ink and then a spa

This project was long overdue! Last Christmas my nephew (5 at the time) wanted stationery because he has a couple of pen pals. I designed this “adventure” set for him.

I'm capturing this point because I have a feeling that it might all fall apart shortly. #roar

I painted the headers in watercolor, based on things I thought would interest him, dinosaurs, space and treasure maps. When I gave it to him at Christmas, I just printed a few sheets of each and gave them to him loosely. My intention was always to have them in a large notepad for better stability when a little kid is writing in it, so I did just that for the 100 day project. I finally made it into a notepad. 1 single notepad, for my nephew. The bottoms are lined for littles who are learning to write, and the pages alternate with illustrated headers and fully lined sheets. I’d love to design a companion set, and I would love to offer these in my shop, but they would really need to be printed commercially because it takes a lot of time printing and assembling, since each header is significantly larger than the types of headers I print on my regular stationery sets.

Day 51/100 #robayre100days a watercolored background for product pictures. I'm not so sure about it. I may keep adding to it? We'll see.

I painted some large watercolor patterns to use as additional backgrounds for taking product pictures over. A few years ago I drew out a large scribbly grid in a graph paper style and have been using it a lot. I wanted to make a few others so I’d have some variety.

Day 52/100 #robayre100days orange!

I made these checkered watercolors above and a black and white stripe in watercolor too, but I still end up using the old grid one mostly anyway. I think they are too busy and too colorful/saturated. Oh well.

34/100 #robayre100days playing around with a tiny bouquet pattern stationery idea #The100DayProject

A simple lined stationery paper set with the tiny posie theme

Day 65/100 #robayre100days added this #tinyposie stationery paper set to my shop #the100dayproject

I made it using elements from my tiny posie pattern I amade during patternswithanika earlier in the year. This set is available in my shop here.

Watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones tonight and was inspired to paint this for day 36/100 #robayre100days #carveouttimeforart

Inspired by flags during a battle scene on Game of Thrones, I decided to make a notepad. I painted a few of these flag posts before settling on one I liked.

Originally I thought the flag had to say something, but then when trying to decide what that phrase should be it occurred to me that it should be left plain. That way, each sheet could have something different scrawled on it, or left blank, as the user se

And tested it out to see if I’d be able to write my own messages over the printed black. Success!

Day 38/50 #robayre100days i made a notepad of this, which will be listed tomorrow. I also made a few stickers for fun. The stickers are blank but have a glossy top so you can write on them and then wipe it away to change it up. I'd probably do more, but o

For fun I cut down a few of the headers and made them into stickers, where the gel pen was printed on the protective coating, so it can be wiped away and changed as needed.

Day 38/100 #robayre100days in the shop! Each sheet is customizable, using gel pen (see previous post). I also worked on some other things in my studio today, but no pictures to share. #The100DayProject

And the final notepad, which was printed on a natural speckled paper. These notepads are available in my shop. LOVE how it came out. It’s rare that I am inspired and then able to start working on something immediately. That helps so much! I need to make a bar graph that shows how the likeliness of a project coming to fruition declines rapidly as time passes.

Day 96/100 #robayre100days envelopes from my recycled envelope and stationery sets. I altered my listing, so that they can be purchased in sets of 2, 5, and 10 envelopes (each envelope comes with two pieces of lined stationery paper)

Another goal I had for the 100 day project was to update some photos from some classic oldies from my shop, like my recycled envelope stationery sets. They used to be a top seller and I had a lot of returning customers for just this product, but when I let my shop slide they kind of got forgotten about. I still love the product, but I think I need to breathe new life into the listings.

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I made a bunch of new envelopes to replenish my stock. I use an old shoe box (as pictured above) to sort and categorize the envelopes. It helps when assembling them, so I know each pack gets a good variety.

Day 98/100 #robayre100days My recycled envelope and stationery sets have been in my shop since 2006. The envelopes are all handmade from a variety of hand selected, eclectic papers, so no two sets are the same. I designed the accompanying four, fun styles

And here was an attempt to take a new product picture. One thing people have told me before on a number of occasions is that they don’t understand or know what this product is, and even though I love this picture, I don’t think it helps clarify that. I detail what the product is exactly in the listing, but I think most people look at the picture and decide from there if they are interested or not, and so many may not even get to the details of the listing. Maybe the craziness of this pic would make people click just to find out exactly what is going on? I just don’t know how to photograph this product in a way that makes sense, because all the envelopes are different and the stationery designs are a variety as well. If anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear it. Another item on my list for the 100 days (but that I never got to) was of a video that would show what the sets are like.

Looks like I will be back with one last post to wrap things up. Catch up on the previous posts here:

First part, Second part, Third part

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Robayre100Days part 3

Back again with another installment.

The first reason I chose to focus on paper products for my 100 day project was because I had so many letter writing paper sets already designed or in process, but just not produced. It felt SO GOOD to finally cross them off my to-do list and put them out in the world! SO GOOD!

I finally listed this #tinypencil #stationerypaper set on etsy. Catching up with #robayre100days since I didn't post one yesterday

I created this pencil themed stationery set using the pencil illustrations I made earlier this year for Patterns with Anika. I still want to make a skirt with fabric printed with the pencil pattern on it.

Day 20/100 These letter writing paper #stationery sets are FINALLY available in my etsy shop (link in my profile). They are made from my watercolor and penciled design, printed on an offset press AND THENNNNN each sheet is hand silk screened with the gold

I don’t think I have ever shared this set on the blog before, but it was probably the first set that came to mind for projects that I wanted to wrap up. I’ve literally had the original rough sketch, AND the base for the original artwork for this set stuck to the door in my studio for YEARS. It is also probably the first stationery or paper product that I created where the lines were my own scribbled lines, rather than inserted digitally. I painted the frame in watercolor, drew the lines in pencil, scanned it and had it printed professionally. The last step is what really kicks it up a notch, because I personally silk screen print each gold metallic swoosh around the edge. These sets really make me swoon.

  #robayre100days cleaning up a scan 19/100   A video posted by robyn wells robayre.etsy.com (@robayre) on

Here’s a little video of me trying to clean up a scan. This was a piece that I made on a whim and then it sat forever needing to be completed.

26/100 I've had it. I can't tell you how much time I've wasted on this piece trying to get a digital version to look like what the real thing looks like. Is it so much to ask? Apparently. #robayre100days #100dayproject #The100DayProject #hello #pullingmyh

I scanned it and tried cleaning it up, then scrapped it and tried to redo the piece entirely, and scan it afresh, and clean again, just to go back to the original and spend an eternity cleaning it up.

#Hello, Day 53/100 #robayre100days, still chipping away at this piece, I hope tomorrow to get good product pics and list it.

I really liked the quality of the pencil and watercolor on the rough cold press paper, but it made for a nightmare to clean, meanwhile keeping all the great texture where I wanted it.

This watercolor and pencil Hello #LetterWritingPaper is in my shop finally. . . . . . . . . . #dailydoseofpaper #stationery #paperproducts #mail #sendmoremail #snailmail #etsy #etsylove #etsyfinds #penpals #snailmailrevival #stationeryaddict #stationerylo

I finally conquered it and had fun taking pictures for the product listing.

10 year Etsyversary Stationery

This might look familiar to you as I created this stationery and offered it as a limited time, free printable download, during my 10 year anniversary celebration.

Robayre Watercolor Lines Stationery Set

This fun digital set is now available in my shop

I'm revisiting this strawberry pattern from last year for day 25/100. I also added it to #society6 and spent tons of time to make the pattern work for leggings but then wasn't really happy with it, so I pulled it. #robayre #robayre100days #The100DayProjec

Another process shot, while I was setting up a layout.

Day 31/100 #robayre100days strawberry letter writing stationery set

I attempted a time lapse for day 29/100 #robayre100days Do you know how hard it is to paint lines when there's a tripod in the way? And then I ran out of space on my phone, so needless to say, no timelapse. I embrace the wobbly lines, but the tripod was r

The strawberries for this came from a few years back. I drew them in pencil, then colored them in very roughly with neo color II watercolor crayons, and then went back in with a wet brush. I think I’ve mentioned it here before, but I took one illustration class in college and one of the things I took away from the class was the importance of scanning while in process and then working over the printed scans. I’m sure I picked it up, because as a graphic designer I know the importance of saving files that way as well. This piece was one that was done in layers that way.

Aaaaand, I finally listed this strawberry stationery as well day 66/100 #robayre100days #the100dayproject

The Strawberry Stationery can be found here in my shop

Anyone remember helping hands in Windows? Circa stranger danger heyday. My folks had one in our window, and the My Favorite Murder podcast mentioned them in a recent episode. Day 56/100 first step in #robayre100days #robayrepatterns (sketch) I scanned it  73/100 #robayre100days #progress #wip #stationeryaddict #sketch #stationerydesign #paperproducts

And here are a couple projects I started, but didn’t finish during the 100 days project

I was looking back through instagram earlier this week and realized that I actually did 3 different daily projects this year (This one and 2 pattern a day months) and I am really proud of myself for all the work I’ve done. That’s it for now. Thank you for visiting and following along on my 100 Day project follow up, stay tuned for more installments, and if you missed the previous ones, you can find them here:

First part, Second part

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