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Pattern January 2018 part 2

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Pattern january

Day 11 – Rhymes with itten. I still want to add color to this pattern

Pattern January

Day 12 – Ogee.  See more process images on instagram

Pattern January

Day 13 – Make up. I made circles in a “makeup” color palette and then drew a few patterns over them.

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Day 14 – Tropical. This is my favorite pattern from the whole month. It was a very time consuming watercolor piece, much larger than showed here, but I think it was worth it.

Day 16 #patternjanuary - “Circle or Cube?” Another one that came to me as I fell asleep the night before. All I could think of was Qbert. Only, the original vision had the line work done with a blue ball point pen, shading in watercolor, and all of it wou

Day 15 – Circle or Cube? I immediately thought of Q-Bert

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Day 16 – Antique. This piece was inspired by the tiny fabric patterns from the 30s. While I was working I decided to try only half with the additional dots and leave half plain, because I rather liked the plain, but once I scanned it, I liked the more detailed part of the pattern after all.

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Day 17 – Instrument. Another favorite. A wax paper comb. I drew the combs in Paper by 53 and then added the wax paper and music notes in photoshop.

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Day 18 – Stay Warm. Watercolor illustration and then assembled at the desktop in photoshop

This is a hot mess. Day 19 #patternjanuary -#chevron This is a piece I started years ago at the peak of my chevron obsession, and not even halfway through I decided I was over chevron. I decided to hunt it down and finish it. It looked lame, so I thought

Day 19 – Chevron. This was my least favorite pattern from the month, mostly because I’m tired of chevron pattern.

 

Day 20 #patternjanuary - Favorite Food. But who can pick just one? I can see this as an ongoing pattern as I think of other things to add. It started out pretty straight with seedless watermelon then started getting oddly specific with my grudge with jimm

Day 20 – Favorite Food. Illustrated in pencil and watercolor with added cheeky comments

There will be one more post coming to wrap up Pattern January

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:

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More 10 year Etsy Anniversary Celebrations

As I said before, my Etsyversary party is not over yet!

Day 22! Some of you may remember this from last year. I didn't intend for this to be today's #robayre100days but then time slipped away as I played with it. When I originally designed it, I didn't know quite what to do with it, but when I began #The100Day

I’m offering this letter writing paper as a free download through the rest of the month! Insert party emojis here, wooooo! I originally created this stationery in 2015, using watercolor lines in what is becoming my signature stationery style, and added a dotted writing line, but I never knew quite what to do with it because the image area bleeds off the edge of the paper. When I was creating my to-do list for #the100dayproject I added it. I’ve finally tackled the file, and now it is available for download! Get it now for free while you can because I will add it to my shop after the month is over.

Robayre Watercolor Lines Stationery Set

This letter writing paper is set up with 2 vertical sheets on an 8.5×11″ horizontal paper, and the image bleeds off the edge. If you are printing from home on 8.5×11″, make sure your settings are set to print at  landscape, 100% (actual size), best or high quality printing, centered, and print to the edge of the paper. You could also print it out on larger papers and crop it down or print it reduced for super mini stationery papers, cute! Print it back to back for double sided stationery. Once it is printed, cut it in half for two 5.5×8.5″ sheets.

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Let me know if you download it and use it, I’d love to see pics of it in use (#robayre), or if anyone tries printing it out on different types of papers, etc.

This is the part where I get all legal on you: This stationery was created and copyrighted by Robyn Wells in 2016. This stationery is for personal use only and may not be reproduced, transferred or sold and profited from in any way. Make good choices, be good people, follow the golden rule. Thank you very much

The download is hosted on Google Drive, so you may need to be logged into google, not sure. Download here: https://goo.gl/ENkbMn

As I promised, the party has not ended. I'm still celebrating my 10 year #etsyversary and it's time for another giveaway, only this time everyone wins! I'm offering a free printable stationery over on my blog today (link in my profile). Get it now while i

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.

DCWV Little Art Book

A page detail of the #LittleArtBook  I've been working on. Pages are 4" squares and (4) 2" inch squares, like pictured here.

When I first found out about Project Life I was so excited because I thought it seemed easier and the people I saw doing it were using it in a much more artistic and creative manner. I saw it as a potential way for me to combine scrapbooking AND art journaling. Breaking up the pages into smaller bite size pieces seemed so much more approachable and less daunting than full 12×12 pages, or even smaller pages… Woah, while typing that I just had a flashback to this “scrapbook” from 2005 (below). It wasn’t project life, but just a small scrapbook that I thought would be smaller and also easier in the same way that Project Life seemed.

2005! This "scrapbook" was an attempt to bring scrapping together with art journaling.

I searched Flickr but apparently I never shared any pages from it. It was really meant as a personal book, so there aren’t many pages that I felt comfortable sharing, but above is the first page of the book. At the time, my mom and sister were really into going to these scrapbooking and stamping classes, but it still seemed so planned out and lacked the freedom of expression I was looking for. Around 2002 or 2003 I bought this mini album (pages 7×7″) with the intention of combining scrapbooking and Art and then didn’t actually do anything in it for a few years. I love that it has those strips of woven paper in the background. That is something that found it’s way into a lot of my artwork during college. Always green woven magazine. Fast forward past this, and even past my attempts at Project Life.

The living room floor work space, still going strong. I've been bingeing Rita on Netflix today. Just about to finish season one. But before you get too critical, I did mow for about an hour and still got in my 11,500 daily steps. 🎨📺🌾:da

I found this super mini DCWV Insta scrapbook I bought at JoAnn Fabrics (Ooooh, looks like they are super reduced and I might pick up more filler pages for only$1.50!) The album caught my eye because it was next to the Fuji Instax Mini cameras. I have a Fuji Instax Wide and have been wanting to buy an album to hold my pictures for that. The pages were not really suited for the wide pictures, but I did notice that some pages would hold 2×2 pictures which I thought might be perfect for printed out instagrams. And then of course there is always this desire to combine scrapbooking and art.

Good morning and happy Friday!

But instead of scrapbooking/art journaling, I ended up taking this book in the direction of Art and design alone. I obviously have the a thing for little Artist’s books. After I made that tiny Matchbook piece for the Strike Away Show I was really wanting to work more in a super tiny format. So booom! This album was perfect. I just cut up a bunch of watercolor pages into 2x2s, as well as some 4×4 pages, and started having fun. If you were interested in doing something like this, you could use Project Life or any PL styled scrapbooking pages.

Watercolor and white gel pen

I mostly stuck with watercolors, but some pages have gel pens (white and gold) as well as colored pencil and regular graphite pencils. (side note, I’ve been becoming more and more obsessed with the quality of pencil line work, and have been using it more and more in my art and design lately)

For the last week or so, I've had tons of art supplies spread out over the living room floor and have been creating, lying down in my little makeshift studio, each evening. Matt hasn't complained about the mess yet.

If you follow me, or the Little Art Book, on instagram you’ve probably seen these pages (and seen these pages again). I tried to make sure there was something in each picture for size comparison since the book is so small.

Little art book

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As usual, when I first started this project I was just having fun and had no expectations. Now that I’ve shared some of these pages and it’s time to make some more, I’ve got this self imposed “This better be good” feeling, immediately followed by the “I’m afraid I’ve lost my mojo” feeling. Tale as old as time.

One last side note: these pieces were all made, not in my designated art studio room, but spread out, and lying on the living room floor while listening to music or watching netflix.

#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!

 

Illustrated Invitation

Woodland Theme Baby Shower Invitation

I’m back with the illustrated invitation I promised to share. The invitation was for the baby shower of my friend Ann (of A Beautiful Party). Ann and her husband are expecting a little girl and her name will be Maybellene, nicknamed Maybe, thus the “Baby Maybe” in the bunting above. The shower had a Magical Woodland theme.

Woodland Theme Baby Shower Invitation

I was given the task to design the invitations, and I think that it was probably thought that I would just whip something up on the computer, but when you’re at a computer doing stuff for other people all day at work, the idea of getting to design something how you want is kind of thrilling. I decided I’d rather illustrate it using watercolors, but then I worried that maybe I had bitten off more than I could chew. Would the idea in my head translate or would I wish that I had just kept it simple and put something together entirely on the computer?

I started out by sketching out a rough design in my sketchbook.

Woodland Theme Baby Shower Invitation

All along the way, from sketchbook to end result, I was sending proofs to my friends that were hosting the party with me, to see what their take on it was and to make sure no mistakes were made. They were the best type of client, and I wish all customers (at my day job) were so easy to please.

Once I had a layout, I scanned my sketch in and printed it out several times. I used Prismacolor markers to create 3 different color schemes. I did a neutral/natural color theme, a purple and mint (the baby’s bedroom colors… only I didn’t really have the right purple and mint in markers, so keep in mind it was just to get a rough idea on the colors), and then a full color theme which was a more robayre.

Woodland Theme Baby Shower Invitation

After we selected a color, I proceeded with the watercolored layout. After that was done I scanned it and added the text on the computer.

Invitation envelope

The invitations were sent out with the envelopes pictured at the top of the post because I was in such a rush to get them out, but ideally I would have had some red or blue envelopes like these. Even though I had my moments of fear that the invitations would end up a flop, I was happy with the end result and proud to send them out.

Playing around in my studio tonight

Is it still considered blogging daily when you just post a 15 second long video? Yeah? I think so to.

Pattern

Bicycle Pattern

Remember yesterday when I said I missed riding my bike to work? Well, this morning it was warm enough, 50 degrees, and the sun was shinning, so I rode my bike. It was great. I felt awesome when I got to work. By lunch it was misting, so that ride home wasn’t so fun. I may still be able to eke out a few more rides this year.

The time change is kicking my butt tonight, so I’m just dropping in to share this little thumbnail of a work in progress pattern. It is watercolor and ink. The under drawing in pencil will be erased and more detail added.

All right, another great day, time to hit the hay.

Monday Morning Inspiration

After getting my Zutter (spiral notebook binder) I had the idea to create some original patterns to have printed and use as covers for a series of notebooks (staplebound as well as spiralbound). Here are the instagrammed patterns I’ve created so far.

Painting a pattern for a project I have in mind
Robyn Fun Fact: I paint (watercolor and acrylic) with a hair dryer nearby because I'm too impatient to let layers dry.
An idea I had in my head
Another pattern for my potential project #art #pattern #stripes #beautiful #wip #watercolors

I’d like to eventually make a whole bunch so that I have a collection from which to choose the best.  I would be remiss to make this post and not mention the inspiration I have been receiving on instagram with Anika’s #patternaday. I love all the patterns people are sharing.