Interview with Fiber Artist Mandi Smethells | Maker of Imaginative Fiber Wall Hangings

I’m so excited to introduce everyone to fiber artist Mandi Smethells! Her imaginative fiber wall hangings are just the thing to brighten a room. You can find Mandi’s work in her Etsy shop, and follow her on Instagram and Facebook. Mandi’s work was also recently featured in the Mollie Makes magazine!

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Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your journey with sculptural fiber arts?

I am a full time fiber artist living in St Paul MN. This “job” is a dream come true and something I have been working towards since the moment I decided as a child I wanted to be an artist. I only discovered fiber art a little over four years ago, and I have been obsessed ever since. I spent several years working in weaving techniques, and felt driven to discover new ways of working with the fibers and colors I loved so much. Eventually the sculptural elements I was adding to my weavings started to stand alone and are now the wall hangings I create.

Fiber Art Wall Hangings by Mandi Smethells Speak to the Beauty of Nature | Minnesota Based Fiber Artist | "Being a mom, and observing daily the wonder and imagination of my children is my biggest inspiration." #fiberart #wallhanging #sculpturalwallhanging #fiberartist #homedecor #interiordesign #interiordesigninspo #wallhangingideas #cozybedroomideas #livingroomdecor

What is like as an artist/creator in Saint Paul?

I feel so fortunate to be a fiber artist in this vibrant community. Neighboring Minneapolis has a wonderful Center for Textiles (I teach a few classes there), and there are so many incredible artists working in the area. The seasons of Minnesota impact my work as I “feel” different colors and shapes associated with the weather. It’s inspiring!

Fiber Art Wall Hangings by Mandi Smethells Speak to the Beauty of Nature | Minnesota Based Fiber Artist | "Being a mom, and observing daily the wonder and imagination of my children is my biggest inspiration." #fiberart #wallhanging #sculpturalwallhanging #fiberartist #homedecor #interiordesign #interiordesigninspo #wallhangingideas #cozybedroomideas #livingroomdecor

Where do you draw your inspiration?

I definitely have developed a collaborative relationship with my older daughter who is nearly seven. We have brainstorm sessions to discuss colors and shapes, and she will even sketch ideas to work off of! She will tell everyone she meets that she suggested I make a sun. Being a mom, and observing daily the wonder and imagination of my children, is my biggest inspiration.

Fiber Art Wall Hangings by Mandi Smethells Speak to the Beauty of Nature | Minnesota Based Fiber Artist | "Being a mom, and observing daily the wonder and imagination of my children is my biggest inspiration." #fiberart #wallhanging #sculpturalwallhanging #fiberartist #homedecor #interiordesign #interiordesigninspo #wallhangingideas #cozybedroomideas #livingroomdecor

 

Fiber Art Wall Hangings by Mandi Smethells Speak to the Beauty of Nature | Minnesota Based Fiber Artist | "Being a mom, and observing daily the wonder and imagination of my children is my biggest inspiration." #fiberart #wallhanging #sculpturalwallhanging #fiberartist #homedecor #interiordesign #interiordesigninspo #wallhangingideas #cozybedroomideas #livingroomdecor

Do you ever receive custom requests?

I frequently have the opportunity to create pieces based on beautiful spaces, often nurseries or children’s rooms. I truly enjoy imagining the families spending time in these spaces with my work, and it brings me joy.

Fiber Art Wall Hangings by Mandi Smethells Speak to the Beauty of Nature | Minnesota Based Fiber Artist | "Being a mom, and observing daily the wonder and imagination of my children is my biggest inspiration." #fiberart #wallhanging #sculpturalwallhanging #fiberartist #homedecor #interiordesign #interiordesigninspo #wallhangingideas #cozybedroomideas #livingroomdecor

Fiber Art Wall Hangings by Mandi Smethells Speak to the Beauty of Nature | Minnesota Based Fiber Artist | "Being a mom, and observing daily the wonder and imagination of my children is my biggest inspiration." #fiberart #wallhanging #sculpturalwallhanging #fiberartist #homedecor #interiordesign #interiordesigninspo #wallhangingideas #cozybedroomideas #livingroomdecor

What has business been like on Etsy?

I am so very busy with orders and all the other facets that are a part of being a “one woman show,” and Etsy has made it so simple for me to manage listings, shipping, sales data and marketing. I value anything that makes my life easier, and I do find a lot of new customers through the Etsy marketplace.

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10 DIY Hand Lettering & Calligraphy Kits!

10 Hand Lettering Calligraphy Kits! These kits are great for hand lettering for beginners! #learncalligraphy #learnhandlettering #handlettering #handletteringfonts #handletteringalphabet #handletteringforbeginners #handletteringkit #etsy #shopsmall #calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #typography #calligraphyalphabet #calligraphyforbeginners #calligraphysupplies #handletteringsupplies

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I’m so excited to share these 10 beautiful DIY hand lettering and calligraphy kits with you! These kits will have you hand lettering like a pro in no time!

Brush Lettering Kit from Wildflower Art Studio 

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This Brush Lettering Kit from Wildflower Art Studio on Etsy is the perfect kit for beginners. The kit includes the following:

 Step-by-Step Instructions

Brush Lettering Guide with Illustrations

2 Fine-tip Brush Pens (black ink)

2 Wide-tip Brush Pens (black ink)

1 Gold + 1 Silver Brush Pen

4 Practice Alphabets

Sketchbook with 16 pages of tracing paper

Project Guide (including ideas for creating your own brush-lettered Greeting Card & Coffee Mug)

1 Blank Greeting Card and Envelope

3 Blank Tags

1 Sheet of Blank Cardstock

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Modern Calligraphy Kit from Amber Wilson Designs

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This modern calligraphy kit was designed to take the anxiety out of learning modern calligraphy. This kit can be purchased three different ways – as an e-book, an e-book with pens, a physical book, or the physical book with the pens – you choose! The full kit contains:

 90-page spiral bound workbook *including THREE fonts*

9 different lettering tools:

2 Tombow Dual Brush Pens

1 Tombow Fudenosuke

1 Artline Stix Ombre Brush Pen (color varies)

1 Pilot G2 Pen

1 Tombow MonoTwin

1 PaperMate Flair Pen

1 Pencil

1 Eraser

LIFETIME ACCESS to extra copies of the worksheets.

Support from the artist

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Modern Calligraphy Starter Kit from Angelique Ink 

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This classy modern calligraphy kit from Angelique Ink is perfect for those interested in getting into modern pointed pen calligraphy! The kit contains:

1 Personalized Name Card

1 Oblique Pen Staff (or straight pen staff for left-handed)

2 Pointed Nibs

1 Bottle of Sumi Ink with Dropper

1 Hand-crafted Wooden Inkwell with Standard Dinky Dip Vial

1 Notepad of Calligraphy Practice Paper with Traceable Alphabet

Sheets and Guidelines

1 Beautiful Screen Printed Tote Bag to Hold Your Supplies

1 Beginner Booklet to Guide You Through the Practice, With Full

Alphabet Exemplars, Warm Up Exercises, Tips and Tricks, and

Guidance for Developing Style and Finding Supplies

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Brush Lettering Starter Kit from Aria Paperie

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This starter kit from Aria Paperie is perfect for beginners! The kit contains:

22 pg Intro to Brush Lettering Terms, Basic Strokes, the Alphabet, and More

1 Tombow Dual Brush Pen

1 Pentel Sign Brush Pen

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DIY Water Brush Lettering Kit from Winterbird

 

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This beautifully curated kit from Winterbird is perfect for those interested in hand lettering in watercolor! This kit contains:

4 Royal Talens Ecoline Watercolor Jars (various colors)

1 Pentel Aquash Water Brush (Small)

1 Pentel Aquash Water Brush (Medium)

1 Tombow Fudenosuke Twin Brush Pen

1 Sakura Pigma Micron 03

1 Blending Tray with 10 Wells

2 2ml Droppers

1 Canson XL Watercolor Paper Pad

Blank Paper Sample of the Artist’s Favorite Paper for Water Brush Lettering

40 pg Booklet with Instructions, Practice and Some of the Artist’s Best Water Brush Lettering Tips

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Calligraphy Starter Kit from Rachel Carl

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This beautiful calligraphy starter kit from Rachel Carl comes in a gift box and a short instruction page – this kit may be easier for those who have already tried their hand at calligraphy. The kit includes:

1 Oblique Pen Holder

4 of Rachel Carl’s Favorite Nibs

Small or Large, Black or White Ink Bottles

4 Ink Holders

1 Wooden Ink Well Holder

1 Calligraphy Journal for Practicing (you can customize this with a name)

2 Exemplar Alphabets of Rachel Carl’s Signature Modern Calligraphy Font as well as a an additional Calligraphy Style Alphabet

A short instruction page to get started

1 Nice White Storage Gift Box with label

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Modern Brush Calligraphy Kit from Dashing Letters

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This stylish modern brush calligraphy kit from Dashing Letters would make a beautiful gift or starter kit for yourself! The kit contains:

60+ Page Modern Brush Calligraphy Workbook + Guide

12 Digital PDF Files of Brush Guides

1 Tombow Dual Brush of Your Choice, Hot Pink 743, Dark Teal 346, or Black N15

 1 Tombow Fude, Soft Tip

Tracing Paper Pad

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Kids Brush Lettering Calligraphy Kit from Kirsten Burke Designs

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Looking for a kit good for the kids? This brush lettering calligraphy kit from Kirsten Burke Designs is perfect! This kit contains:

Special Calligraphy Carry Case

2 Brush Pens

1 Watercolor Paint Pallette

1 Small Fine Brush for Lettering

1 Large Brush for Mixing

Variety Pack of Folded Cards & Envelopes, Metallic Cards for Lettering, Blank Luggage/Gift Tags

Worksheets Designed for children ages 9+

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Hand Lettering Starter Kit from Cellar Designs

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This clean and simple hand lettering starter kit from Cellar Designs includes the following items:

1 Resource Sheet with the Artist’s Favorite Products

1 Info Sheet with Calligraphy Terms

Worksheets Teaching Basic Strokes, Upper & Lowercase Letters, Traditional & Modern Calligraphy Styles, Etc.

Canson Marker Paper

1 Tombow Fudenoske Hard Tip Brush Pen

1 Tombow Dual Brush Pen

1 Tombow Mono Eraser

1 Free 5×7 Cellar Designs Hand Lettering Print

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Beautiful Modern Calligraphy Kit from By Moon and Tide

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This stunning modern calligraphy set from By Moon and Tide comes with a personalized journal and classy elements, and you can choose between a kit for right handers and one for left handers. The kit includes:

A4 presentation box

Personalized Journal

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy Book (32 Pages)

1 Jar of Black Calligraphy Ink

Black Oblique Pen Holder

High quality calligraphy nib

10 Blank Gift Tags

Brush Lettering Pen

Starter Pack of Paper with Printed Gridlines

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If you’re the type of person to learn more easily from video tutorials, check out these awesome hand lettering classes on Skillshare! The Art Spectrum has partnered with Skillshare to give readers 2 free months of Skillshare Premium

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Hand Lettering: 4 Easy Steps to Modern Calligraphy

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Interview with Artist Sam Pletcher

It’s my pleasure to introduce everyone to artist Sam Pletcher! You can check out Sam’s Etsy shop and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and check out her website!

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your journey with art?

Art is something that I’ve always done, even before I knew what I was doing was considered art. It sort of just pours of my ears, even when I’m not really paying attention, I’ll find myself sketching or creating some random rearrangement of the things around me. I tell people a lot of my practice comes from not being able to sit still, and that is one hundred percent a true fact. My embroidery work began out of a desire to make my mark onto clothing but to also give my hands something to do while relaxing, (which sounds a little backwards) like watching a movie or talking on speakerphone to my mom. And before embroidery, it was doodling, and before doodling it was friendship bracelets and before that, it was making lanyards at camp. (It is no shock that I have given many homemade gifts over the years.) So armed with all of this energy and love for making, I entered college where I studied art, and was taught the importance of segregating art and craft, which just generally confused me. A lot of what I create in my art is based in my knowledge of crafting, as I think is pretty common for most artists, particularly female artists. Craft is an accessible form of art, in my opinion, so it seems pointless to exclude it from the conversation.

What is life like in Portland, Oregon? Any favorite spots that get you inspired?

Portland is an awesome place to live for artists. The rainy times can make for some great introspective creative moments, especially in the winter because the rainy gray season does provide kind of a natural “hibernation” almost, where you can kind of hunker down and get really focused on your art. That may not sound super exciting but the best part about rain is that it literally makes Oregon so green. The trees, the grass, the flowers (the roses in particular) everything grows like crazy thanks to the rain. And once the winter is over, you can really see how beautiful this place is. Being born and raised in the Midwest, the most magical thing about living in Portland is that I can drive to the ocean in less than two hours. It’s magical, it’s healing and it’s very cold.

As far as in town, it’s so hard to pick a favorite place to get inspired because I find new exciting spots all of the time. The City of Portland has an amazing public art program, so there are murals and sculptures and interactive pieces of art all throughout the city, some of which are gigantic and hard to miss and others that are only three inches tall and only available to the most observant. Downtown Portland houses America’s seventh oldest art museum, the Portland Art Museum, which is filled with wonderful works and is always worth spending the afternoon in. I could keep going on about Portland, but I’ll stop myself there. It’s obviously an amazing place to live and I’m glad I’ve found it.


Can you tell me a little bit about your first solo show? What was the venue? How did it go?

My first solo show was super fun and definitely nontraditional as far as most art exhibitions. The venue was at an awesome vintage candy store here in Portland (Candy Babel on NE Alberta St), that features lots of different bright colors of candy in glass jars among cool unique vintage furniture pieces. And somewhat unsurprisingly my artwork fit in really well with the décor, since both are quirky and colorful. There was great feedback from friends and strangers on my art during the opening reception and throughout the entire month my show remained up. I can’t wait for more exhibitions, I definitely have plenty of ideas.

What are some of your go-to art products?

My favorite paint to use on fabric is Jacquard Fabric Paints, specifically:

Textile Color, a nice semi-opaque fabric paint

Lumiere, a pretty metallic sheened fabric paint that covers dark backgrounds

Neopaque, a fabric paint like the Textile Color, but goes on dark backgrounds

What is your like process for creating your hand-painted t-shirts?

Each shirt is totally unique, since I hand paint every one. Currently, I’m choosing to paint a one of a kind set of images on each shirt, which is time intensive but very rewarding. The way I approach creating the designs is very similar to doodling out a train of thought. I’ll pick out maybe four or five colors of paint and then I stand over the shirt and think. Starting the piece is always difficult, since you need to come up with that first image to paint. I don’t like to begin with a specific idea or theme or train of thought in my head, because it doesn’t feel as organic as when I let my brain roam freely in my associations of different objects, just thinking about and picking one at a time. It is such a small difference, I know, but I really enjoy stepping back once I finish a shirt and finding the common thread or small narrative I created through my painted doodles. I think someday I may paint shirts that are not all one of a kind, and maybe focus on one image on many shirts, but for now I am enjoying my slow process!

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Interview with Australian Painter Jaqueline Burgess

Interview with Australian Painter Jacqueline Burgess #australianart #australianartist #wildlifeportraits #artists #art #painting #smallbusiness #etsy

It is my pleasure to welcome to the blog Australian painter Jaqueline Burgess! Originally born in South Africa and now living in Australia, Jaqueline’s paintings are inspired by a strong sense of place. You can see and buy Jaqueline’s work in her Etsy shop or on her website. You can also follower her on Facebook and Instagram.

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Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your journey with art? 

I was born in South Africa, and at 19 decided to travel and see a bit of the world. For 9 years my love of drawing and painting led me to a variety of part-time work – I painted murals, decorated restaurant and bar menu boards, illustrated, painted commission pieces for private homes and ended up teaching art in a London school. I communicate through my art, It brings balance and grounding to my life and it encourages my children to always create.

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What was life like living in South Africa? Can you talk about how living there has inspired your work? 

South Africa is so unique and diverse in its culture that naturally a sense of creativity and adventure became an inherent part of my personality. Surrounded by the Zulu and Indian cultures brought about a colourful and somewhat decorative approach to my art. Through most of my works, reference to pattern and subtle ornamentation is present in the compositions.

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What is the process like creating one of your wildlife portraits? 

Painting something from nature is always a special process. I begin with sourcing photos online for inspiration, a couple of sketches later I sit down with paint and brush to bring the drawing to life – finishing with the animals eyes is the most exciting part.

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Interview with Australian Painter Jacqueline Burgess #australianart #australianartist #wildlifeportraits #artists #art #painting #smallbusiness #etsy
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What are some favorite materials you use in your work?  

I love painting with Derivan Matisse Ink and Liquitex Acrylic paints.

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What have been some of your favorite exhibitions and projects over the years? Are there currently any upcoming or in-the works projects or exhibitions?

Each year I set myself the goal of painting a portrait for the Archibald Prize. In 2016 I submitted my entry of a portrait of my eldest daughter and her friend to the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and was selected as a semi finalist. Last year I was asked by a gallery in Melbourne called Otomys to create a group of seascape paintings for their sister gallery in Sorentto.

Interview with Australian Painter Jacqueline Burgess #australianart #australianartist #wildlifeportraits #artists #art #painting #smallbusiness #etsy Last year was also a huge step in opening a joint family business which comprises a coffee shop and art gallery /gift store called Sketch Coffee & Art in Towradgi NSW (follow us on Instagram and Facebook!). The concept of the store is to serve local and fresh produce, with local roasted coffee. Customers enjoy the gallery space and peruse the gift store whilst enjoying breakfast and lunch.

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Interview with Australian Painter Jacqueline Burgess #australianart #australianartist #wildlifeportraits #artists #art #painting #smallbusiness #etsy

Interview with Australian Painter Jacqueline Burgess #australianart #australianartist #wildlifeportraits #artists #art #painting #smallbusiness #etsy Sketch Coffee & Art houses only Australian and locally made artworks, textiles, ceramics, stationary, jewellery, photography,  and homewares, to name a few, alongside a rotation of my own large artworks on canvas. Its a very special corner of Wollongong that encourages the locals to get creative with monthly sketch competitions. Sip coffee whilst you sketch- people love it.  I have also just recently released a textile range of beach Sarongs and scarves called WEAR THE ART as well as soft furnishings for the home.

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Interview with Rachel Roe | St. Louis Based Artist & Graphic Designer

Interview with Rachel Roe | St. Louis Based Artist & Graphic Designer

It is my pleasure to feature artist and graphic designer Rachel Roe on the blog! Rachel is a St. Louis based artist and you can check out her Etsy shop, her website, and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Interview with Rachel Roe | St. Louis Based Artist & Graphic Designer

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your journey with art?

My name is Rachel Roe. I am an artist and graphic designer based in St. Louis, MO. I work from my backyard art studio — a space my husband built for me to encourage my career as a full-time artist.

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in graphic design. So out of college, and for 4 years after, I was a full-time graphic designer (doing art on the side) working for a company that wasn’t fulfilling or pushing my creative limits.

Interview with Rachel Roe | St. Louis Based Artist & Graphic Designer

I’ve always had an interest in art but I never thought I could do it as a career — partly because of the sheer logistics of it but also partly because it was a scary transition from my comfortable job as a designer. But after a few encouraging voices and a leap of faith, I quit my 9-5, and started my career as a full-time artist.

Interview with Rachel Roe | St. Louis Based Artist & Graphic Designer

What is life like in Missouri? Any places in the area that inspire you or that you generally like to hang out?

I live in the outskirts of St. Louis so I get the hustle of the city but also the serenity of hiking trails, rivers and lakes all around me.

I’m lucky to live close to some pretty amazing/inspiring art museums. However, lately I’ve been trying to rely less on inspiration and more on discipline. Inspiration and motivation can be oh so fleeting. I’m learning I may not always be motivated but I can always be disciplined.

Interview with Rachel Roe | St. Louis Based Artist & Graphic Designer

Can you tell me a little bit about your vintage uniform series? What was the impetus behind the people being faceless?

The vintage inspired pieces were initially created around my admiration for vintage uniforms. By abstracting the faces and settings, the piece becomes more about the uniform and the type of persona it creates rather than focusing on a specific individual. The fluid/abstracted brushstrokes compliment the piece making it feel like a faded memory.

Interview with Rachel Roe | St. Louis Based Artist & Graphic Designer

Interview with Rachel Roe | St. Louis Based Artist & Graphic Designer

What are some of your favorite art products/materials?

I love painting on birch wood panels. Being able to see the grain beneath the paint adds a natural element to the overall composition.

What have been some of your favorite projects and/or commissions? Any exciting paintings, projects or upcoming events in the works?

I’m always honored when people ask me to paint a commissioned piece of their loved one. I’ve done faces, families, dogs and buildings. It’s always crazy for me to be painting, painting, painting and all of a sudden… I stand back and there’s a personality staring back at me. Faces aren’t always the easiest things to paint but they sure are rewarding.

Interview with Rachel Roe | St. Louis Based Artist & Graphic Designer

I’m currently preparing for my first big art show. I’m producing tons of new works so it’s been so exciting watching my studio fill up with art.

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Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast

Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist #animalart #animalpainting #artblog #etsyartist

I’m so excited to introduce everyone to painter Elizabeth Boudreau! You can find Elizabeth’s work in her Etsy shop, Whimsical Weasels. You can also follow her on Instagram.

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your journey with art?

Sure! My name is Elizabeth Boudreau. I’m a working artist in Athens, GA, creating illustrative wildlife paintings. I graduated in 2017 from the University of Georgia with my BFA in Drawing and Painting. Since my childhood growing up on a farm in the state of Washington, I have always held a special relationship with animals. In my adult life, that relationship has turned into one of creativity and compassion.

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One of my greatest pleasures in life is travel. I love to see the world, visit obscure corners of the globe and experience the wildlife and culture. Many of my travels have resulted in projects during and after the trip. An example that comes to mind is my Costa Rican field guide book, created almost entirely during my stay and displaying the creatures observed in person. This past summer I had the joy of visiting South Africa, where I was spoiled with wildlife! The result: 72 art cards to result in one large composite poster.

Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist #animalart #animalpainting #artblog #etsyartist

Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist #animalart #animalpainting #artblog #etsyartist

You see, I love drawing and I love animals. It’s heartwarming to have the chance to pursue my passion.

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What is life like in Athens, Georgia? Any favorite spots that inspire you?

Life after graduation here is a creative journey! I spend most of my days in my studio, creating personal and custom pieces. The area has many artist-friendly venues that showcase and bolster the careers of young artists. I recently developed a great relationship with Trio Athens, a gallery that shows and prints for local creatives. It’s also fun to see quirky art projects pop up around town, like knitted gnome trees that hide around unknown corners. It’s the spunk like this that keeps my love for Athens burning strong!

Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist #animalart #animalpainting #artblog #etsyartist

Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist #animalart #animalpainting #artblog #etsyartist

Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist #animalart #animalpainting #artblog #etsyartist

What is the process like behind creating your animal paintings – do you sketch, then paint? How do you go about finding references?

Typically, I begin by lightly sketching out the basic shapes of my subject, creating a composition that feels right. After the main sketch is laid down, I boldly delineate the subject in preparation for my favorite part…COLOR! My primary medium is gouache, sometimes layered with watercolor or marker.

Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist #animalart #animalpainting #artblog #etsyartist

The true delight in painting for me comes from troubleshooting. I adore the feeling of satisfaction when a troublesome area suddenly resolves with a resonating ‘ding’ from the light bulb in my mind. It is a constant process of layer, step back, observe, tweak, move on. It is so satisfying to see a piece come to fruition.

References for me are a staple, helping me create anatomy and structure in my figures. Most of my reference material comes from photos during travel.

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What are some of your favorite art products/materials?

Oh, there are many great materials floating around! I will list below some staples in my studio, materials I heavily trust:

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Any exciting paintings, projects or upcoming events in the works?

Yes! The studio is in full swing right now preparing for the DragonCon art show! This is my first year participating and I am very excited. A few commissioned pieces are in the works and always ready for more. I love to create and see the joy my art gives others.

Click here to shop Elizabeth’s Etsy shop!

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Artist | Crafter Interview with Weaver Rebecca Riel from Riel Finishings

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It’s my pleasure to introduce Rebecca Riel from Riel Finishings! You can follow her on Instagram, as well as check out her Etsy shop and website. 

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Can you tell me about yourself, your journey with weaving, and the story behind your shop? What’s life like in Manitoba, Canada and the balance between being an artist/crafter and a mother?  

My name is Rebecca Riel, but most people call me Becca. I have degrees in Political Science and Social Work, but after having my son two years ago, I decided not to go back to work. At the time we were living in a very small town in rural Manitoba and childcare was limited. While on my extended mat leave, I became a little stir crazy and got really into DIY projects. I actually started with woodworking and re-finishing furniture. Until that time (like many other people I’m sure!), I had always said “I’m not the creative type.” I now realize it’s not that I wasn’t creative – it’s that I had never given myself the opportunity to BE creative.

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I had always excelled in academia, but never explored my artistic side. As I got further down the DIY rabbit hole, I started signing up for some workshops – one of which was weaving. I have to tell you that I was a disaster at my first workshop! I tangled my warp thread so bad, even the teacher was surprised (haha)! In any event, I fell in love that day – despite the fact that it didn’t come naturally to me at first. So I took my loom home and slowly traded my woodworking projects for fiber projects. I had the idea to try to weave a map in the shape of my home province of Manitoba and suddenly people were asking to buy them. It started with friends and family but sort of organically grew into something else. Last fall, after much encouragement from loved ones, I gathered up the courage to open up an Etsy shop and haven’t looked back. That’s how Riel Finishings was born. It’s pretty much the ideal job for me! I’m someone who has struggled a lot with anxiety in my life, and I find weaving so therapeutic. The fact that I get to do it as my job now is just unreal to me!

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How do I balance being a mother and an artist? In short, not very well! I am so grateful for how busy I have been since my shop opened. That said, sometimes it gets a little overwhelming. We have had to seek some childcare for my son, just so I can keep up – and most of the time I still feel way behind. My house is usually messy and I don’t cook as often as I’d like. That said, I wake up every day being so grateful for this opportunity and the growth I’ve experienced!

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Can you tell me a little bit about your ‘mapestries’? How did you term that awesome phrase?! 

The most popular items I sell at the moment are “mapestries” (map + tapestry). While I began weaving maps of my own province of Manitoba, gradually I started getting requests for other states and provinces. The term “mapestry” came to me one night at 3am when I was up with my son. It literally just popped into my head, in a rare moment of genius!

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What kinds of yarn and looms do you use and recommend?

Yarns: I love using a variety of textures in my tapestries. My favourite yarns to work with are hand spun and hand dyed, which I source from other small shops around the world. I’m also passionate about using recycled and reclaimed fiber in my work. You can frequently find denim, mudcloth, and recycled wool in my tapestries. They look unreal, and are also better for the environment. In terms of yarn I would recommend, it really depends on your textural preferences. I would caution against using anything acrylic, because it totally messes with your tension. Some of my favourite yarns to weave with are from: Knit Collage, Fly Yarns, Love Fest Fibers, Divinity Fibers, and Silk Divine.

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Looms: I have a LOT of looms! Some of them are handmade, but my favourites are from Lost Pond Looms and Funem Studio. Both companies make excellent looms in a variety of sizes – really perfect if you’re just starting out.

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 What have been some of your favorite projects and commissions?  

I was recently commissioned by a resort in Manitoba to weave some tapestries for their suites. This commission was the first larger-scale order I’ve ever received, which was a huge milestone for my business. The catch is that they wanted me to weave a buffalo. Yes, I said buffalo and I’m not talking about the place, I’m talking about the animal! When I read the request, I instantly panicked! If you have some familiarity with weaving, you know that some shapes are more difficult than others. I figured there was no way I could do this tastefully, but I challenged myself to give it a try. To my complete surprise, it turned out really well and I’m proud I was able to push through that challenge. I’m somebody who has always been a little insecure. I worry about failure and about what others think of me, and the thing about art is that there’s no room for those fears. You have to push through them. I try a lot of different things and they don’t always work out, but that’s okay, because sometimes they do and it’s magic!

Artist | Crafter Interview with Weaver Rebecca Riel from Riel Finishings #weaving #wallhanging #moderndecor #homedecor #apartmenttherapy #wovenwallhangings #etsy #etsyfinds

Artist | Crafter Interview with Weaver Rebecca Riel from Riel Finishings #weaving #wallhanging #moderndecor #homedecor #apartmenttherapy #wovenwallhangings #etsy #etsyfinds

Do you have any advice for artists and crafters just getting into weaving?  

I don’t have much in the way of advice for new artists, because, well, I myself am still so new! I would have to say that it’s really important to find your own voice as an artist/weaver, which sometimes means pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. When I put on my artist hat, I try not to let the rational/analytical side of my brain rule, and instead follow my heart and my gut. Sometimes that is the scariest feeling, it means being totally vulnerable and putting yourself out there, but you will never know what’s possible until you take risks. If you would have told me when I first opened my shop that by April I would have a waiting list of commissions, I would have laughed in your face.  So I suppose at the end of the day, it’s really important to believe in yourself and just keep weaving. Oh, and never take yourself too seriously! Weaving is all about exploring different fibers and textures – it’s as much about the journey as it is about the final tapestry.

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Interview with Illustrator Signe Gabriel

It is my pleasure to feature artist Signe Gabriel on the blog this month! Signe is a Danish illustrator from Lund, Sweden. You can check out her Etsy shop, follower her on Instagram, and peruse her beautiful artist website to see some of her outstanding collaborations and projects. You can contact Signe for commissions by sending her an email: hello@signegabriel.com.

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Can you tell me a little bit about your journey with art? What inspires you, and what is life like in Sweden?

Like many other illustrators I was always drawing and painting as a child and just didn’t stop doing it as I grew older. However, no-one in my family are artists or even have their own business, so it took me some time to realize that the thing I wanted to do – which was, basically, drawing and painting all day – could actually be my job. I am from Denmark and started working from Copenhagen, but one year ago I moved across the bridge to Lund in southern Sweden where I live now. I live with my partner and a few friends in a really old house – all of Lund is really old, and I feel very inspired just living in a place like this. My imagination is always going, and I make up stories around the things I see, and this is really where most of my inspiration comes from, as well as old fairy tales and Scandinavian folklore. Before I moved here, I was already painting Swedish-ish nature and houses, so I think I was just meant to move here.

Lately I have started writing a little as well, putting words to all these stories I make up all the time. Really I think the picture book is an amazing medium. First of all, as an illustrator it is fun to have to make a whole bunch of drawings that have to work together to tell a story, and second I think it has so many possibilities and directions to go in. Picture books can be both fun, poetic, or educational. I think this is the direction most of my work will be going in the future.

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What have been some of your favorite children’s books and magazine projects? 

I have been lucky enough to work with Taproot Magazine a few times, and I always really enjoy illustrating articles for them. They focus on craft, sustainable living and homesteading. I love working with them, I feel like their themes are a natural fit for me and the articles are always interesting.

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For some reason, I have been doing quite a lot of food illustration, which is also always a fun challenge. We see pictures of food all the time, so imagining food in new ways is a fun challenge. I like making tiny chefs running around arranging huge plates of food.

For the last few months, me and my partner have been working together on a children’s book about depression. It has been a heavy subject to dive into, but also a really rewarding process, and it just feels so important, which is really motivating to me. We are almost done now, and hopefully we will find a publisher for it.

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What have been some of your other favorite projects or commissions?

A really fun commission I had last summer was creating a map for a conference center in Malmö. They own a whole block of historic buildings in the city center, and needed a map for their clients to be able to find their way. All these houses are different, but they are all painted bright yellow, and in the summer there is pink flowers growing everywhere. I got to sit in the sun and drink coffee and sketch and look at people for a few weeks. It is commissions like that that make me feel like I have the most awesome job in the whole world.

After spending time on commissions it is always nice to be able to spend some time with my personal projects. Here I can really pour myself into it and express myself just the way I want. Often, these are the projects that turn into posters for my Etsy shop.

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Do you have any advice for artists pursuing their work as a business? Has your artist website and Etsy shop had a positive impact on your business? 

My main advice for artists that would like to turn their work into a business is to make a good website. This is your window to the world and your chance to tell your story, so put a lot of work into it. Also, something I force myself to consider every once in a while, is whether or not the content on my website really shows only my best work. As artists we keep developing our skills, so sometimes we have to take down old favourites. It is better to show only a few, really great projects. As soon as you have a website running, send emails to all the people you can imagine working with!

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Etsy has definitely had a positive impact on my business. It feels great sending a poster to the other side of the world to someone who for sure would never have heard about my work if they hadn’t found it on Etsy. In Scandinavia, not a lot of people now about it, but I have been able to direct people here to Etsy via my website.

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Interview with Artist Nathaniel Armstrong

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 It is my pleasure to introduce artist Nathaniel Armstrong! You can find Nathaniel’s work in his Etsy shop and follow him on Instagram @nathanielarmstrongart. You can also contact Nathaniel directly by email to inquire about commissions.

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Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your journey with your art?

     Hi, first of all thanks for the interview. I grew up in the state of New York in a city called Oneonta. Currently I live near Seattle. I remember being young and I would draw things occasionally. They were mostly surreal and fantasy pencil sketches, inspired by things I liked: Lord of the Rings and The Simpsons. If you pulled out my old sketchbook you would see a lot of people fighting with swords. These drawings were a lot of fun, but I didn’t consider it a career option really. I went many years without drawing or painting much until halfway through college. After nearly failing Chemistry 102 as a Geology major, I decided to pursue visual art genuinely. I have been making art regularly since then- about seven years.

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Drawings by Nathaniel Armstrong #drawings #nathanielarmstrong #draw #artist #findnewartists #artblog
Drawings by Nathaniel Armstrong #drawings #nathanielarmstrong #draw #artist #findnewartists #artblog #ballet


Where do you draw your inspiration?

      There are definitely weeks and months that I don’t want to think about making art. I want to mention how important music can be as an inspiration. The textures, compositions, and melodies in music are a natural companion to art. I like albums as a way of listening to music and if there is a counterpart in visual art it would be a “series”. There are times when I get excited about an idea and I want to make a series of five or twenty. It is nice to explore an idea and then put out a chunk that feels satisfying- something that musicians do really well.

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What are your favorite materials and processes that you use in your work?​​

     As much as I like drawing and painting, digital art is an exciting new tool. I usePhotoshop often as well because it allows me to do things I cannot do with traditional media. In the same vein, playing an instrument is another tool that has helped me challenge myself in a new way. But, there are a few different materials that I like especially. Black and white pens on tan or gray paper is a look I like. Starting with a medium tone paper is nice because I can work on highlights more directly.

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Drawings by Nathaniel Armstrong #drawings #nathanielarmstrong #draw #artist #findnewartists #artblog

What have been some of your favorite past or current projects or commissions that you’ve worked on? Do you have any in the making?

One of my own favorite projects is a series of small house drawings. I got carried away and I made about twenty. They were all four by six inch ink drawings of houses. Some were houses that I had seen around town and some that I had made up. It felt nice to commit to an idea and pursue a lot of possibilities. Another example is a few years ago I bought some acrylic paint and canvases and I started painting regularly for the first time in my life. I gained appreciation for abstract art by failing to become a good painter. Trying to find realism in paint was a challenge for me; but, I painted at least twenty canvases.

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Drawings by Nathaniel Armstrong #drawings #nathanielarmstrong #draw #artist #findnewartists #artblog

As far as the future, I think it would be a great to make books, albums, videos. I would like to write stories and music and combine that with artwork in some way. Album covers, posters, typography, and animation are also formats that I hope to continue working on in the future.

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Interview with Printmaker Kat Lendacka

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It is my pleasure to introduce Kat Lendacka, a printmaker from the UK. Please make sure to give her Etsy shop a visit!

l me a little bit about yourself and your journey with printmaking?

I am a printmaker and my favourite technique is lino cutting. I live in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom, with my family and a whippet called Spot. After studying Graphic Communications (Illustration) and working in the graphic design industry for some years, I gradually moved away from sitting at the computer all day to using my hands (although a bit of computer work still remains)!

Interview with Printmaker Kat Lendacka #linocutartist #etsyartist #uniqueartprints #originalart #printmaking
Interview with Printmaker Kat Lendacka #linocutartist #etsyartist #uniqueartprints #originalart #printmaking

I was born and grew up in Litomerice, a rather picturesque small town approximately 40 miles north of Prague in the Czech Republic. My first ever try at lino cutting was when I was about 13 years old with a retired art teacher and an academic painter, to whom I used to go for art lessons with several other youngsters. I wish I liked the man more! I might have done a lot more lino cutting! Next time I had a go was while a first year student of Graphic Communications (Illustration) degree at Northampton University. This time, I fell in love! Linocut images appeared in many of my student graphic projects as well as in the final major project.

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It still took some years before it became my every day obsession due to a full time job, lack of space and then babies taking over my time and the house! In the last 3 years, lino cutting has taken over the dining room and conservatory which are essentially my make shift studio. It is also where I run very small workshops.

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Where do you draw inspiration from? Do you use references for your work?

Inspiration for me is everywhere. While walking our dog, exploring the countryside with the children, day trips to old cities (Oxford being my favourite), visiting my old home town Litomerice which is adorned with the most beautiful old houses! Animals in the British countryside and some fabulous gardens (Coton Manor Gardens being my absolutely favourite place on Earth). There are also a few artists that I find mind blowing  – Angie Lewin, Emily Sutton being a couple of them.

Interview with Printmaker Kat Lendacka #linocutartist #etsyartist #uniqueartprints #originalart #printmaking

Interview with Printmaker Kat Lendacka #linocutartist #etsyartist #uniqueartprints #originalart #printmaking

Your work is so detailed. What does the process look like for one of your multicolored animal prints?

In the last 2 years, I have moved away from only black and white (one layer) images to multi block lionocuts. I prefer this technique to reduction linocuts. Using various materials (Japanese Vinyl, soft lino and old flooring vinyls), I like to cut out shapes and play ‘jigsaw’! Usually, I stick to 2 – 3 colours.

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How has business been these days? Are you working on any new and exciting projects?

What next? I am happy doing what I am doing, more images as they pop into my head. Grow my Etsy shop. Pluck up courage and try a couple of art fairs! Experiment with some more products. But most importantly, have fun (as my Uni teacher Ian Newsham used to say ‘if you are not enjoying it, you are doing it wrong!’).

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