Monday, August 4, 2014

LA SCBWI Conference 2014

I just returned home from the LA SCBWI annual conference. It was the most exciting, awe inspiring event that I have ever attended. I was surrounded by a community of peers that feels like a family to me and I had the experience of meeting artists and authors that I admire (including Aaron Becker whose next book, Quest is coming out at the end of this month). I also had the honor of being awarded the Mentorship Award for my portfolio along with 5 other brilliant artists Dorothia Rohner, Kahryn Ault Noble, Suzanne Kaufmann, Robin Rosenthal, and Ana Aranda Balgazar! I am absolutely on Cloud 9!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Lemonade Stand - Process


Hi everyone! I am working on another new print and I wanted to share a little bit about my process :). I have started the "Lemonade Stand" in honor of summer. It just cannot be helped.

Today, I finished printing the second color on this piece. You can see, in the top picture, that the print is already beginning to emerge in just two colors! The second image (below) shows my palette. It took me three tries to mix the color that I was looking for this time. After I found it, I used the palette knife to smear a line of ink across that palette that would be just as long as the brayer (the rolling pin-looking tool above the mixed ink) so that I could roll the brayer up and down through the line. This created a nice patch of ink that I could then roll onto the woodblock (on the left). After  my woodblock had been covered in yellow, I took each piece of paper (there are 15!) and pressed it down on top of the wet ink. Using another tool called a barren (it is a small, circular tool that has a handle to fit my hand) and my arm strength, I pushed the two pieces together as hard as I could so that the ink would transfer onto the paper to create the image in the top photo.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Sneak Peek





Here is a sneak peek of the latest children's story that I have been working on by a lovely author named Niki Clainos! We are in the final sketching phase before the finals! The finals will be completed to look like the "Little Librarian" piece! Can't wait to show more. :)

Spring Green


Just completed this recently for the 2014 Postcard Project. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tea Time

In the spirit of spring and hoping for good weather I created "Tea Time" to celebrate fun times outdoors with friends. I am thinking about placing prints in my Etsy shop to sell. Anyone have any thoughts? 


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Snail Mail

Another new piece using the same method of printing each piece separately, cutting them out, and then layering them all on the same piece of paper. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Little Librarian

Working on my portfolio while nailing down my process. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Moon Baby


This is a 6 x 8 painting that I created today!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sneak Peek


Sneak preview of a new character!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Birthday Card


Here is my latest greeting card design! It is a hand printed card so all of the letters were carved backwards! You can purchase it here in my Etsy shop. 


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Postcard Project

Postcard project completed for a marketing campaign for a client. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine's Cards






Here are the latest woodblock prints hot off of the press. I did a series of greeting cards in the color schemes above. The inside either says "True Love" or "Forever. They are all available for purchase in my Etsy shop! Come by and take a look.