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What's New? Art Prints!

Studio UpdatesAbby Leigh EckerComment

I've been getting a lot of inquiries lately about offering prints of some of my original artwork. I'm starting small with the idea of art prints and I've started an open edition of giclee prints for two of my watercolors, Delight in the Little Things and St. Simons Light. I am extremely impressed with the quality of these prints. The inks are high quality and archival so these prints are made to last. They look just like the originals and are even on textured cotton paper to enhance the watercolor painting. For now, I just have these two watercolors available but I'm also working on a new series that will eventually become fabric yardage. I'm excited because it's something very different than what I've done before, a whimsical watercolor series that I plan on offering as open edition giclee prints. I'm being very vague about the subject matter on purpose because I want it to be a surprise! 

Archival Giclee Art Prints are available in my Etsy Store, enjoy and Happy Monday!

Delight in the Little Things

Studio UpdatesAbby Leigh EckerComment

As promised I'm sharing my submission for round 1 of Lilla Rogers' Global Talent Search. Please check out all of the other amazing entries here and on this pinterest board. I'm so happy that I was able to participate in this amazing opportunity!

"Delight in the Little Things" by Abby Leigh Johnson of For the Love of Pattern (GTS2014 Round 1)

"Delight in the Little Things" by Abby Leigh Johnson of For the Love of Pattern (GTS2014 Round 1)

Above is the finished piece, "Delight in the Little Things". I used watercolor and hand embroidery.

Below is the original ink drawing (left) and watercolor before the hand embroidery (right).

For more information about this project please refer back to my original post about my submission to the Global Talent Search. The original artwork is for sale in the For the Love of Pattern Etsy Store and I'm considering eventually having a small selection of prints available in the future too. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

Studio Update: Global Talent Search

Studio UpdatesAbby Leigh Ecker2 Comments

Today I wanted to share a top secret project that I've been working on. Ok well, it's not that top secret but it's for a competition so I cannot share the finished piece yet. I'll only be sharing a snippet of my work and inspiration used for the project. I'm participating in Lilla Rogers' Global Talent Search this year. I found out about the competition through social media and thought it would be something fun to get my creative juices flowing and end the summer with. There is something exciting about being part of a collective project and being able to connect with other artists through social media. I decided from the start, that although it would be awesome to be selected to move to round 2 & 3, no matter what I would still have fun and just be happy to be a part of this global talent search. 

The first assignment was to create an individual piece of wall art with the theme of little terrariums. It was a fun project to work on and luckily I have a nice selection of terrarium style plants around the house that I used for research and inspiration. The project was left open to our choice of style, media and interpretation of the theme. We were able to choose from children or adults as a demographic and had to include at least one word in the piece. I decided to use the combination of watercolor paint and hand embroidery as my media for this project while sticking with my detail orientated style of line drawing. It was easy for me to choose a saying instead of just one word. I've always felt that the little things in life make the extra difference to brighten your day so I chose the phrase, "delight in the little things". I think the saying goes well with the theme of little terrariums, how they are fun to create and compliment the spaces they adorn. 

Detail view of "Delight in the Little Things" watercolor & hand embroidery by Abby Leigh Johnson of For the Love of Pattern

Detail view of "Delight in the Little Things" watercolor & hand embroidery by Abby Leigh Johnson of For the Love of Pattern

I'm excited to see all the work that was submitted once the round 1 gallery is published and I'll also be sharing my entire work of art once it's published on the Lilla Rogers site. Good luck to everyone that is participating!

Enjoy & Happy Monday!

Color Studies

ColorAbby Leigh EckerComment

Color is my favorite part when it comes to design. Color is just as important as the design. It brings the design to life and controls the mood. Throughout the design process, I make sure to allow time to work on color studies along the way. Then when the designs are set in black and white it's easy to start adding in color and figuring out which color palettes work best for each design. I keep a color file in my studio where I collect images from magazines, paint chips, my own photographs, drawings and personal color studies. I also keep a color palette board on my Pinterest page as an easy way to collect images that inspire me. Both of these types of files I can go back to frequently to aid in creating color schemes. I use Pinterest as a quick guide and rely more on my personal colors studies and explorations for more in depth color choices. 

Below are some of my personal color studies with watercolor & gouache paint. These are fun quick studies, collections and color recipes. I always make sure I write down the color recipe, which makes it easy to recreate if necessary. This comes in handy when mixing your own pigments for screen printing and I find the more I explore and experiment with color the better I am at mixing colors. 

More online resources for color: Blogs & helpful palette builders.

Adobe Kuler

Paletton

Design Seeds

Play Crafts Palette Builder

Color Collective 

How do you create your own color palettes?