S1E2 I'm going to start shortening the title so it's WBF :D That way I don't have to type it out, haha. Today I am sharing a framed crochet spiderweb that I put together. I found the piece of crochet at a thrift, it must have been a table runner or something. I framed it and put a couple of Halloween spiders in it, as if they created a crochet web. Sometime soon I will share with you the actual cobweb I am crocheting, it is pretty rad. Until then....enjoy. ;)
S1 E1: The event that few have been waiting for.....Wattsalot's Black Friday! What it is: Creepy stuff that I create, mostly spray painting figurines, and posting them on Fridays. I will not say what Fridays or how many. I will not say if it will just be spray painted silhouettes or other creations. Who knows where it will go, some Fridays may just be inspiration posts. This is purely for my enjoyment.
Black. Friday. It even has a logo;)
Black. Friday. It even has a logo;)
Now, I grew up hearing tons of ghost stories, living in a few haunted houses, and walking through cemeteries and the woods with my parents for fun. My family...I will have to write comics about them one day. I would say that my childhood was a parallel version of the Addams Family. And now, I create from it, along with patterns and trendy stuff. It totally makes sense.
Black Friday creation story: It all started with this post: Creepy Story Book Animal. Now I realized at the time, that this was definitely a "good sense of humor" DIY project. If you know me in person, I am a bit comical. Sometimes I think I am hilarious and others (particularly internet beings)might not get it. So, I was talking about this and my creepy crafts with my awesome pals Sarah Lodato and her husband Sir. Thomas Lodato, and we were saying how funny it was that I seemed very serious about grabbing a can of spray paint and turning this bunny into the "most awesome bunny ever" in my eyes. So simple, so elegant, a real DIY knockout. Haha. And we started talking about how these should be catalogued-the figurines and whatnot. Then Black Friday came up. I have Sarah to thank for the sweet name. If it becomes cool, I will owe her infinite drinks!!
HERE IS THE FIRST.......BLACK FRIDAY POST.
This, is the bird statue that Sarah and Thomas got for my birthday and the spray paint to transform it. Awesome present!! And so Black Friday begins with this bird. Yesss. Here are some process photos, and the finish.
Again, these silhouettes would go great in kids rooms;) Muahaha.
I love making things almost as much as I love drawing. Like I said in the last post, I wanted to share the promo mailer I sent to Chronicle Books late last year. They are one of my favorite publishers. I love and collect a lot of their stationery. They put so much craft and beautiful design into all the books they put out. For me, they are a dream client. After working at International Greetings, where we were often expected to make our own template for the stationery we designed, it became easy for my to imitate the packaging that I find in stores. So that is what I did with this Chronicle mailer. I wanted them to be able to picture what their product would look like, in full dimension, with my art on it. I created a postcard book based off of on of their formats, and also made a little promo book of my Timber and Leaf collection so they could see other work that I do. The response was really great, we shall see what happens with them!
Here are a few clips of the flat web version, I sent them a separate submission via email with these:
And here is the making of:
|I only used six real postcards, the thickness of the book was created with white foam core. I used thin hot glue to make the postcards on top flip like pages and detach if needed.|
|These are the loose postcards before they were inserted, and then the back of the design before folded.|
And then this is the Timber and Leaf mailer. This collection will also be produced into fabric later this year by Blend:
|Double sided, bound by stitches and put on a ring with grommet holes.|
And the package before I wrapped it up and mailed to the art directors. I sent two, luckily I got some straight forward contacts from agent Abi at Red Fox Literary:)
Here is a pile of new work that I have done over the past few months that I haven't shared yet. I also have another post to share some new pattern work, and a mailer that I created to send to Chronicle Books. That will be later! It's funny, now that I work for myself I spend waaay more time working. But, it is what I want to be doing with my time now. I am obsessed!! I love it.
Here are two new fashion pieces that I pitched to Chronicle as a notecard series of girls and their designer dogs. I had a great response from them, we'll see if they move forward with this idea! If not I can license these babies at Surtex.
New children's work! I have been developing a body of younger work to beef up my children's book look. There will be more where this came from!
|The seals play when the bears sleep|
|Scene from Thumbelina|
This is a baby board book that Abi(my agent) is shopping around to publishers, she wrote it! It will be a series of books of Hippo saying friendly words and greetings in different languages. It's so weird to see my work so young! I had fun with this. Abi is awesome.
This is a commission I did for a woman here in Atlanta. Her grandmother wrote this poem and she wanted it illustrated, so I did that for her and I had such a good time doing a piece that is so personal.
Here is the Cavendish Cover that I talked about in the last post. Woohoo! I looove doing creepy stuff!
Lastly, here is me dressed in Steam punk attire for a convention that I never ended up going to. Haha! We got there and realized it wasn't right for the money, so we are saving these outfits for DragonCon this year!! Hopefully some of the Firefly cast will be there this year again, I might nerd out.
|Spray painted toy gun, yuss.|