Sunday, June 19, 2016

Studio Sunday - Week 5 of Creating Collections for Home Decor and HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful Father's Day here in the northeast!!!  Tons of sunshine and a lot of reminiscing!  Happy Father's Day to all the Dads I know out there because I know it's one of the biggest, most important jobs you will ever have in your life xoxo

Finally, I'm finished and at the risk of the possibility that someone infringes on my copyrights, I'm sharing the entire body of work with you here.  This was one of the best workshops I have ever taken!  It made me disciplined and happy about creating a huge body of work that I can honestly say I am proud of.  Enjoy it but please remember, I created this artwork and I am publishing it on this blog for viewing purposes only.  None of the artwork or images posted here can be used by anyone other than myself for any reason.  None of this artwork can be used without express written permission by me, Margaret Applin, and requires a signed license agreement be in place.

Thank you - Margaret






I should have lots going on next weekend so stay tuned!  Have a fantastic Father's Day and a super creative week!!!

Margaret

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Studio Sunday and Week 4 of Creating Collections for Home Decor (Lilla Rogers)

Tea Towel C2016 MargaretApplin Designs

Wow!  Everything here is covered in pollen!  Today the sun is finally shining again and it feels warm and summer like outside.  I'm going to have to tear myself away from the studio and take care of things outside for a change.  I just completed week 4 of the Lilla Rogers and Margo Tantau workshop, Creating Collections for Home Decor, and I have been working every moment of every weekend creating art for products.

This week we had to create hand lettering, which was a challenge for me, but I think I pulled through ok.  Here are a couple of trinket dishes where I exhibited my fonts.  Of course, I can't just write out a word, I have to create an entire alphabet so I can use it again and again!!!
Trinket dish C2016 Margaret Applin Designs

Trinket dish C2016 Margaret Applin Designs


I love playing digitally with these fonts and here is an example of a set that I created using the Stabillo Aquarelle pencil and water and the different looks you can get with it in Photoshop and Illustrator.  I love the last version where I can layer color like in the trinket plates above.  I've got to go back and do the same thing in lower case so I have a complete set :)

Handmade Fonts C2016 Margaret Applin Designs

I hope you all are have beautiful weather and a super creative weekend!!!

Margaret

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Studio Sunday, Lilla Rogers Workshop and New Tools

Hello!  Can I just tell you that I haven't ever drawn as much as I am currently in Lilla's Creating Collections for Home Decor workshop with Margo Tantau!!!  Three weeks into the five and I have a collection of imagery that I really love and can't wait to put it on products!  Here is another sneak peek.


I have a little transparency problem going on here but it will be fixed!  Do theses look like Holly Hocks? LOL  Once I have finalized the complete collection look book, I promise to share (at least part of it) :)  I am finally stretching myself and trying out new (for me) styles of creating imagery and loving Illustrator.  I'm playing with my sketches and spot color like below.


Still a lot of experimentation going on LOL  Anyway, it's huge fun and I would love to create a brand new portfolio with this as a jumping off point.

NEW TOOLS

When Barbara and I were at the National Stationary Show in NYC, we found these:


I can't wait to try this and will be excited about how it might also add to my sketches.  Additionally, I just received this:


I've got a plan......

Stay tuned and have yourself a wonderful weekend!!!

Margaret



Sunday, May 29, 2016

Studio Sunday and Zendoodle Workshop Issue 3

First things first.  Happy Memorial Day!  I'm giving thanks to all service men and women who have and still are serving our country in the name of FREEDOM!!!!  Thank you and be safe. XOXOXO

Funny story...I stopped by Barnes & Noble on the way home Friday after work and found this!!!!!


I must have missed the notification email!!!!  It's here!!  My first published article since 2014??  I'm super excited about this issue because it is jam packed with big names such as Alisa Burke, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and Christine Adolph (which means that I'm super happy to be along side them in this issue)!!!  Unfortunately, the artwork that I loved the most was not included so I am showing you NOW RIGHT HERE!!!


This was taken from my cellphone but you get the idea.  When I receive the artwork back I will provide more close ups.  I want to just take a minute to talk about what the article is about.  

ROTATIONAL DESIGN

What is it?  I define Rotational Design as a COOL, OUTSIDE-THE-BOX technique to create layer upon layer of medallion designs UNIQUE to only YOU!  I have much more information for you but I'm short on time at the moment.  I promise a video if you promise to help it go VIRAL!!!!  Just kidding!  I promise a video UNCONDITIONALLY!!!!

Lets create mini stencils and use them to build amazing medallions!!!  THIS IS WAY BETTER THAN SPIROGRAPH!!!!  Anyway, read the article!  Don't worry if it doesn't make sense, I will explain everything step by step with much more!  You don't need my Medallion Master Template stencils to get started, but you may find you would like to have them around.  Take a look at the 7 stencil designs only at Joggles.com!  Stay tuned for a video release date!

I have a quick but really special story to tell you about this magazine.  While at Barnes & Noble realizing the issue was on the stand, I almost knocked over the woman standing next to me in my flurry of excitement!  This woman, Cheryl Riello, and I started a brief conversation about the magazine and my article.  What a sweetheart!!!  She and I had our own little celebration moment which I am so grateful for.  After exchanging emails, Cheryl actually asked me to personally sign the issue!  Thanks Cheryl!!!  You have no idea how much that meant to me :)  I feel like a little Rock Star!

Enough about my stuff, Cheryl is an artist herself and I was floored when I visited her blog and realized the incredible art dolls that she has made!!!!!  Please check out Cheryl's blog HERE and if you are a lover of art dolls, you will not be disappointed!!!!  I think she is Sculpty Queen!!!!  I love meeting other like-minded artists in person.  We meet soooo many artists on-line and I have great ones but sharing your artistic thoughts and ideas with those people in person is priceless.

I'm leaving you here with a tiny art peek at the workshop I'm taking, Creating Collections for Home Decor with Lilla Rogers and Margo Tantau.  This week's assignment was to create designs for fabric (you know I was all over that!)


Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend and try to grab some creative time for yourself!

Margaret







Sunday, May 22, 2016

Studio Sunday and Lilla Rogers Workshop

Well, I bit the bullet and decided to take the MATS Creating Collections for Home Decor since it was the last time it was being run in 2016.  I've had the art licensing bug now for a while and really want to up my game.  I can't share everything but here is some of the artwork I created this weekend.



I've got to get designing again for more than one reason and this workshop will make drawing a habit and the knowledge I gain from the workshop about creating home decor products using different substrates will be priceless.

The studio isn't quite together yet, but with my desk and computer set up, I'm good to go for the time being.  One thing I am loving is forcing myself to use my big WACOM tablet.  (Thanks again, John Wren, for passing this on to me!)  I intend on using it every time I design until I get really good at it.  The goal will be to ditch the scanning of hand-drawn imagery and do it directly into the computer!  We'll see how that goes LOL

Promise to share more next week!!  I hope everyone is having a wonderfully creative weekend!!!

Margaret

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Studio Sunday - Quick Trip to NYC

I am slowly unpacking and organizing my new studio space!  Sorry to be away for so long :(  I'm running away with Barb from Joggles.com for a couple of days to attend the National Stationary Show at the Javitz Convention Center (which happens to be exactly where Surtex is)!  I'm missing that whole scene and feel like I'm ready to starting designing again.  We will see.  I promise to have new content next Sunday.  Until then, enjoy a few fun past designs!!!







Sunday, May 1, 2016

Studio Sunday

Happy Sunday everyone!  I am in the middle of my move to the house I bought.  
Be back next weekend.


Margaret

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Studio Sunday, Free Giveaway Winner and Upcoming Move

Happy Sunday!  We've got beautiful blue skies here today and the grass seems to be getting greener which is a great sign!  Hopefully we won't see any more snow.  I know you are excited to find out who has won the set of the new Garden Party rubber stamps that launched last weekend at Joggles.com.


I cut out all the fabulous comments from my blog post and mixed them all up in a bowl and pulled the winner's post!

Congratulations Tina!!!!!!


I hope you enjoy my new stamps and send pictures of what you create with them!!!  Send me an email (mapplinhapp at gmail dot com) with your mailing address and I will get these right out to you!

Over the next few weeks, I will be gearing up to make my next move to a new location!  I'm purchasing a house and will be closing this month!  It's a nice feeling to know that this will be the last move I make for at least 10 years but the thought of packing, organizing and cleaning 2 houses before being able to get settled again is not something I'm looking forward to LOL.  The good thing is that we (me, my sister, niece and nephew) will be moving only a few miles from where we currently are and can take our time preparing.

I promise to share pictures soon!  
Margaret