Sketch dump – lots of flowers

Hello hello! It’s a rainy Tuesday here in the ol’ Boston area, but it’s supposed to get HOT today. I’m looking forward to it, actually, even if a lot of people’s idea of the worst weather ever is Hot and Humid. It’s just… we haven’t had rain in forever, and my tiny rooftop garden (which I want to post about!) needs some love!

Anyway, time for a sketch dump! I draw nearly every day, probably about 6 days a week on average – I usually draw in the mornings before I go to my day job, which means I wake up really early. I actually felt weird about it for the longest time, like, maybe I’m doing it wrong? Aren’t artists all supposed to be night owls? Am I not a real artist because I’m a morning person? But you know what, it’s okay. Artists often work weird hours in general, whether it’s morning or night.

Anyway! A few sketches from last week!

Green and pink girl with flowers
Done with watercolor
Done in ink in my old Moleskine cahier. Moleskine paper is... really really bad, haha.
Done in ink in my old Moleskine cahier. Moleskine paper is… really really bad, haha.
Watercolor painting - I was super inspired to do this one, so it only took a few hours to do, and most of that was waiting for the paint to dry!
Watercolor painting – I was super inspired to do this one, so it only took a few hours to do, and most of that was waiting for the paint to dry!

What have you been working on lately?

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Freebie: Printable weekly planner!

I desperately need a planner of some sort. I’ve always been a planner girl – just a plain, simple planner, nothing special. In college I kept medium size soft-cover planners for writing everything in. I definitely didn’t take the time to decorate them or anything – it was just a way to keep myself organized. Since college I haven’t needed to keep a planner because the only things I had to manage were either in my work calendar or they were just social engagements. But now that I have to juggle commissioned design work, scheduling and keeping track of art, art shows, and more, and also ten tons of other projects, all on top of my 9-5, I need something more to keep myself organized.

These days everything has gotten so fancy and beautiful when it comes to stationery! I’m impressed! But a friend made me a midori traveler’s notebook cover, and I’ve been trying to use it as much as possible. Buying a completely separate planner just didn’t feel right, so I decided this morning to whip up some weekly planner pages.

Planner pages all ready to go!

I made them as simple as possible – just boxes for each day of the week, plus a to do list, plus a space for notes. That’s it! I specifically didn’t want lines on mine so I could write as much or little as I wanted, plus be able to put little sketches or doodles in them. I might even turn it into a mini-sketch-a-day page!

I made it so that two templates fit on one 8.5×11 inch page (standard paper size). This way they should fit pretty much anywhere – they fit fine with some trimming in my traveler’s notebook, and I’m really excited to use them.

Journal pages in the traveler's notebook
Feel free to spy on what’s going on with me next week!

And since they didn’t take very long, and since it was a fun project, please feel free to download them for your personal use (or give as gifts!). Let me know if it helps you out!

Click the image below to download the template (or right click and hit Save Link As)!

Template

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My new printer

For the longest time I scoffed at printers. They were cheap plastic, the ink was expensive, the print quality wasn’t even that great for the price, etcetera. Iin my defense, printers from 5 years ago weren’t nearly on par with printers today – the technology has gotten far better, both from a hardware and software standpoint. But for the time being I’ve just used a black and white laser printer for the little printing I ever did.

Just last week I, the Queen of Frugality, splurged on an engagement present for myself! I bought the Epson Artisan 1430 wide-format printer, using a discount Rob had. I haven’t opened my print shop yet, but this will be perfect in preparation for that. I’m also preparing my artwork for a super secret popup shop that may be happening here in the Boston area soon! I wanted to have full control over my prints and start producing them in a way that will ultimately be cost effective, and given that I just don’t have a color printer at all, this was the thing that made sense.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Look at the SIZE of this thing! It’s huge! Check out my (large and dusty) scanner for scale beneath it.

I had to clear off an entire shelf so it would fit. And I couldn’t be happier with how it works! The quality is really good, and it prints up to 13×19 inches, which is ridiculous. I’ve since printed out so much stuff, including making some of my artwork into stickers!

stickers

LOVE. One of the tacos is hanging out on my laptop right now, and yes, that’s Neil deGrasse Tyson. I can’t wait to make even more – I have so many ideas. Honestly, the stickers turned out so much better than I thought they would! They’re crisp and gorgeous, and they stick so nicely and feel so good. I love how this is letting me put my creativity into something tangible, something that I can hold and see and use. This printer is letting me actually hold my digital artwork in person, and letting me reproduce my traditional artwork, and it’s bringing me so much joy!

So yeah, definitely an investment but one that I’m happy I made so far! What’s bringing you joy today?

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