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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:

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More #PatternsWithAnika part 2

Anika tagged me in a post for the #100daysproject and I really want to do it. I’ve wanted to do it in the past and have enjoyed watching other people tackle the project. My only question now is what to do for my project. I keep having different ideas, do this, do that, just make sure to do something (anything) everyday and share it, no wait, I need to focus my energy in one direction, but wait, I don’t want to be stuck doing the same thing for 100 days. Blergh. It starts on the 19th, so I still have a day to stew on it. In the meantime I should wrap up sharing the rest of my #patternswithanika from february and march.

I shared week 1 here

Week 2 was themed Chocolate
The theme for @letsmakepatterns #patternswithanika last week was chocolate and my idea was to make a pattern where I could include all sorts of candy. When I was drawing and painting samples of the different kinds of candy I just ended up really focusing

I am one of those freaks of nature that isn’t obsessed with chocolate. BUT, I do LOVE candy! So when I saw chocolate I thought I’d do a pattern with a lot of different kinds of candy, but my mind just kept only going to those gummy raspberry candies with the hard little balls on the outside. They are one of my favorites. I decided to stop fighting it and just go with that.

Week 3 – Hearts

Week 3 #patternswithanika #hearts. I had different ideas but then ended up just continuing these hearts that I started painting on Valentine's Day and added pattern with a white gel pen.

Pretty self explanatory, watercolor and gel pen

Week 4 – Red & Pink

I started this week's #patternswithanika while riding in the back of a bumpy vehicle. The theme was pink and red. Pencil, watercolor and gouache.

Watercolor and pencil in my sketchbook. So many times I end up doing a pattern and finishing it after it is fairly dark out and the resulting pictures don’t really do it justice

Week 5 – Avocado

It started out in my sketchbook and then I scanned it and created a repeating pattern while at work. Did I mention that my computer DIED a few weeks ago during a brownout from a windstorm? What a pathetic way to go out. I haven't been able to scan or do a

I turned to the computer to do this. I think I sketched it in my sketchbook and then scanned it and worked on it in illustrator and photoshop.

Week 6 – Pine

I got a jump on Week 6, #patternswithanika - the theme is Pine. The car air freshener was a sketch in bw and the rest was digital.

Another piece that started out as a sketch and then scanned and worked on in illustrator and photoshop

Week 7  – Veggies

All week long when I thought on the #letsmakepatterns / #patternswithanika theme of #veggies, I thought of sugar snap peas. In the end I decided to stick with the pea pods alone. We grow them in our garden and every year there are more and more... Still,

Back to my sketchbook. This was a combination of watercolor and pen and ink illustrations.

Week 8 – Emerald

The final #patternswithanika - #Emerald. I used #watercolor, and salt, with subtle effects because I'd let it dry too much before applying it, and I finally got a #uniballsigno

Watercolor and gel pen in my sketchbook.

That is all for now. Stay tuned for the 100 days project. And if you are participating too, let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear about your project. And if you haven’t heard about it before, check it out here and feel free to join in on the fun.

More #PatternswithAnika

After #PatternJanuary, Anika continued on with 8 more weekly themes, and somehow I stuck to those as well.

Week One was Bouquet, which in reflection, was my absolute favorite finished pattern from the group. I took a lot of progress shots, so I’m devoting a whole post just to this pattern.

My #bouquet pattern for #patternswithanika. I keep playing around with it and making different versions that I also really like: repeating pattern, spots of color in the background, or the background elements all individually colored. This is the original

To say I loved the outcome of this pattern is an understatement. One of those situations where I question “that came out of me?!”

It was inspired by my contributions to the #tinyposie hashtag (looks like I need to do an update post with my whole collection so far).

Good morning! My second #tinyposie incorporating #goldenrod, #queenanneslace, #heatheraster and some weed things in the back.

I referenced my #tinyposie pictures for the flowers

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and my hands for the rest

2.16 sketch

drew everything in pencil (I’ve probably said this here before) but there’s always this part of me that thinks pencil is not for “finished” pieces. I’m definitely getting over that and loving the quality more and more. It has to be the right pencil and the right surface.

Work in progress on my #patternswithanika #bouquet #pattern. If you haven't guessed, it's inspired by my the tiny poise hashtag, primarily #robayretinyposie and I can't wait to share the rest!

and then used watercolor to paint

Tiny Posie Bouquet more color

I pieced it all together in photoshop (top picture in this post) and then here is a variation which shows what it might look like in a more repeating style, and I added more color, digitally, to the background.

#PatternJanuary Recap

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I put together this collection of all 31 days of my Pattern January pieces. I’m pretty happy with it and proud of myself.

Dear Anika, You ROCK! Thank you so much for coming up with this awesome project. It was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. Not only did you come up with this awesome challenge, but you are such an incredibly supportive and creative inspiration. You challenged me to create a new pattern every day in January, but you also challenged me to do and be better! I hope you know that you are a gem, and not even the kind of gem that my parents used to call me as a kid, when they’d sarcastically say “what a gem”  and then roll their eyes dramatically. No, you are the kind of precious gem that one doesn’t find often and when one does, one holds on to it, and tightly. Thank you again for putting yourself out there, for prompting other people to do the same, and for just being yourself.

Week One Pattern January

Week Two

Week Three

Week Four

#PatternJanuary is now over and Anika has officially decided to continue on with a weekly prompt, Wahoo! If you are interested in participating, follow @aisforanika and @letsmakepatterns on instagram and don’t forget to check out the hashtag #patternswithanika. Week one theme was Bouquet and week two was just announced, Chocolate.

#LittleArtBook watercolor pen flip through

I just found this little art book I made a while ago and then forgot to share. It’s just office scrap paper from my work stapled together with a little white binding cover. The pages are filled with random watercolors, as I experimented with my watercolor pens.

Since I made this book I made the mistake of letting my 5 and 2 year old nephew and niece also paint with my watercolor pens and now I need to buy new ones, sad face. Seriously though, stabbing straight down motions at full force will ruin your watercolor pens, folks!

 

International Zine Month and Grass & Stars III

Zines for #littleartbook
Some of my zine collection
Apparently July is International Zine Month, so I figure no better time than now to announce that (after years’ long hiatus) I have finally created issue 3 of my zine, Grass & Stars.

Grass & Stars my first zineGrass & Stars No. 2

Props to any readers that remember my zine, or have even bought or swapped for one in the past. Here are the first two issues. The first zine I ever made was in a matchbox!

zine swap 2015

The new issue, like my very first one, was made for a swap. I was invited by Lelaina Lloyd late last year to participate in an art zine swap and it was exactly the push I needed to make my next issue. The swap was completed mid June (above) and so I am finally sharing it here. It had a size and page count requirement, and so I’m excited to say this is the largest zine I’ve made so far. At first I had no idea how I was going to fill 20 pages of content, let alone what it was going to be about. When the idea of luck came to me, it made perfect sense and everything else fell into place.

Grass & Stars III zine

I had so much fun working on the zine and it was hard not to spoil it all on instagram. I definitely did share lots of sneak peaks though, so I will share them here too. There are plenty of things that I LOVED SO MUCH that I still want to share pictures but I know it wouldn’t be much fun if someone got the zine and realized they’ve already seen it all on instagram.

A little somethin'-somethin' I've been working on

This is a little thumbnail of a coloring book page. I’ve been kinda obsessed with the idea of a fingers crossed emoji for a while, wishing there was such a thing, making my own fake ones and then this. Just last week I bought an enamel pin that also looks like this.

Here's a little peek of a fun grass brooch I've been working on today.

Yes, a set of felt brooches were made specifically to be featured in the zine.

It's totally a fake, held together with hot glue on the back, but ya know, you gotta make your own #luck sometimes 😉🍀

A four leaf clover of course, only, it’s fake. I hot glued the fourth petal, as I shared on instagram, sometimes you just have to make your own luck!

Forcing myself to sit here and do something. Working on a night version of the quilt field spread I did before. #LittleArtBook

Here’s another work in progress that made it into the zine.

Of course these are just snippets that I hope entice you into wanting to see more. This issue contains original artwork, articles, a comic, coloring book pages, a lucky penny pinback button and more!

Issue no. 3 is now available in my etsy shop, and as usual (and in the spirit of zine making) I’m always open to swaps! Just leave a comment or message me!

This Postcard is a Sculpture (Box)

Everything is Connected postcard book by Keri Smith

Last year I bought Keri Smith‘s postcard book Everything is Connected. It’s been fun because I decided to send postcards to people when I think of them, and when I do, I just randomly open the book and whatever postcard it ends on is the one they get. Oddly, each postcard that I sent  (I think 5 so far) has been perfectly suited to each person. I wanted to share one that came back to me recently in an unexpected way recently!

Postcard Sculpture Keri Smith

The postcard above was selected for my favorite college teacher, Michael Bennett. He was the head of the Art department at the Community College I attended, and I took many jewelry and metalwork classes with him, amongst other Art classes as well. It seemed fitting that he got a postcard saying to make a sculpture from the postcard. Of course I just imagined that he might fold it up into a paper crane or something and just set it on a shelf.

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A few weeks ago he showed up at my work to visit, tell me about a show he is curating at the local university and to surprise me with this present. He made a joke that he was the teacher but here I am sending him an assignment. He took my postcard and made me a box sculpture from it! So, you can see the original postcard says “this postcard is a sculpture” and he changed it to say “a box sculpture” and that the object should be exhibited at “Robyn’s House”.

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He built the box and transferred the images of the original postcard, the altered postcard AND wrapped the edges with a repeated pattern transfer of an Art-O-Mat painting of mine he purchased (from the machine purchased in his honor when he retired). The picture above (left) is of him purchasing from the machine, from Kishwaukee College’s site, with a picture of my painting he purchased.

1.29 artbox back

The inside of the lid has a transfer of the written side of the postcard, stamp and cancellation and all! The back (or bottom) of the box has an image transfer of the original postcard.

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The inside is filled with little reproductions of the postcard, fronts and backs!

I was so thrilled and honored to get an original piece by such an important person in my life. Not only that, but it is kind of a collaboration with his, my own work AND the fabulous Keri Smith as well!

edit to add one more postcard that I sent from the book:

From the #kerismith postcard book, a card I made and sent to a friend. #showandmail #mailart

The first postcard I sent out from the book was this one in May 2014, which was just an empty sign and I designed the lettering. It was just the beginning of projects that I started using cut up Gelli Prints from and I liked this one so much I’ve been thinking of using the idea for a series of cards or notepads.

Late night #sketchbook designs #robayre

I’ve filled a bunch of pages of designs but have just been sitting on them and stalling, not sure what to do next.

I Luff You #LittleArtBook Don't forget to enter to win a little art book by hashtagging and participating in the @littleartbook community

Beaded necklaces in the shop

It’s been a while since I have listed any new beaded necklaces, but it’s been something I’ve been wanting to do for a while.

Feeling spread so thin with to-do lists a mile long and then today I wake up with a sore throat and feel achey all over. Please just let me make it through the week.  Just painting beads at midnight the evening before a big sale because that's how I roll

I went a little wild and made tons of beads. Now is the fun part of decorating them and assembling.

I finished 5 to take to a craft show last week, but the show got rained out, so now I have just listed 4 new beaded necklaces in my etsy shop robayre! These all have simple leather cords that are adjustable, so if you like to wear them long or short you can do either.

turquoise red orange

A turquoise and red/orange little ditty

green leaf gold

This was my first time making beads in representational shapes. Of course I had to make a leaf!

pink

Pinks, wood, and black and white

Peach

And last but not least, a peach necklace.

There are more to come so keep an eye on the shop! Have a great weekend.

Little Books

Earlier this year my friend Joon (instagram and etsy) sent me this little book that she made for me, and I treasure it so much.


Book by Joon Wilkinson, music by Grandaddy – Am180

I finally got around to making the above video to share with you. I don’t know if Joon really knows how much she was speaking my language. We both really love making treasures from what might otherwise be scrap papers.

I immediately had to make another little video of a book that was given to me as a child.


Book made by my grandma, music Detektivbyran – Rymden i en lada

They’re almost the exact same size! The pages move quickly so you may not have been able to read, but it was made by my grandma for me in the spring of 1980. I would have been 2 years old at the time.

It’s just one of the many things that probably helped form my aesthetics and I’m sure contributed to my love of little stapled books.

I remember when I first realized how much I loved making little stapled books. I was working at the local weekly newspaper and as offices often do, we used old scrap paper, quartered up, as note paper. I started stapling the edges like a binding and doodling on the pages, writing notes to coworkers and making lists, etc. on pages.

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They kind of resembled this. I actually made an animated gif of this complete book which can be seen here.

staple books

Or this. Over the years I’ve made plenty of staple books and variations on them. Here are some more books I’ve made below.

4.30.11 Mailart little books

cicada

Day Two- mini books


Robayre Patterned Books

scratchpad unfinished thing-a-day, day 2 scratchpad

Moleskin fun

5.20 Mailart books backs

Day Two- mini books

And then of course I often have little books in my etsy shop, but eeep, when I just went to go get the link I saw a frightening low quantity of little books. I have plenty made, so perhaps that should be a project for Friday, photograph and list little books to my shop.