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Happy Friday!

July 22, 2011

Happy Friday you guys! Hope everyone is getting excited for the weekend whatever your plans may be. Just a reminder this weekend is the Ace Hotel Summer School Printmaking Workshop that I will be teaching in Palm Springs. I'm looking forward to sharing my process with others and printing some custom notecards and stationery!! Here is a link for the event again, in case you might want to come out to the desert and partake: ACE SUMMER SCHOOL. It is going to be a blast and I am equally excited to check out the hotel itself as I have heard amazing things.

Lastly, you may now subscribe to this blog! Wonderful reader Jillian alerted me to some issues with the previous subscribe button so I have removed it altogether and added a fun little link to the sidebar images. There is also a form a little further down where you may simply enter your email to subscribe.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Renegade Wrap-Up

July 18, 2011

I posted some pics from Renegade SF (and will have some up from Renegade LA shortly) to my  facebook fan page. It was great meeting new vendors and getting to put faces to the names of the bloggers and tweeps I converse with. I'm halfway done with the month's shows and next up is the Ace Hotel Printmaking Workshops then the Unique LA Summer Show. July, you are so crazy!

Renegade Images



New Screenprints On Wood

July 18, 2011

I just added these new wood prints to the shop. The designs have been hand-screenprinted on 11" x 14" pieces of birch wood, cut and sanded. They look great framed or by themselves leaning against a wall or mantle. You can easily add mounting hardware to the back if you choose to hang them unframed. Either way the nice warm tones of the birch and non-uniform wood grain adds something really special to the ink adorning the surface. So far I have the Lion, Owl, and Red Fox as wood prints and I am sure I will be adding more designs soon, too. It's really fun to print on non-traditional materials!

Lion print on wood

Owl print on wood

Fox print on wood


I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I am one of the artists teaming up with the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs to bring you a weekend of printmaking workshops July 23 + 24th! The event is going to be epic with printmakers and designers from Portland and California engaging in 2 hour workshops over the course of two days. On Sunday after all the workshops are over there will be a special show-and-tell gallery to exhibit the pieces made in the workshops. You will also have the opportunity to purchase goods from the artists themselves. On top of all that there will be a special design mentoring session by Graphic Designer Matt Goldman, dj's from KCRW, local bands, and much more! I mean, it's summer, it's going to be in the poolside clubhouse, it's the Ace Palm Springs, what more could you ask for in a fun and educational event? Visit the Ace Hotel's calendar for all the details and info for the weekend's festivities: Ace Summer School. The hotel is offering special deals and room rates for folks who want to come down for the event. So trek on out to the desert and spend a hot summer weekend getting artsy with us!



Kyle Durrie- Power & Light Press- Kyle will have her Moveable Type Letterpress truck on site.

Matt Goldman- MFG- $1/Minute interactive speed-design-dating. Get your learn on with Matt as your mentor.

Justin Krietemeyer- National Forest Design- Join Justin for a screenprint and multimedia poster workshop.

Erin Dollar- Craft show buddy and talented printmaker, Erin, will be showing you various ways to print your own unique patterns using lo tech materials.

.....And me!

And lastly,  Renegade LA is this weekend at the Los Angeles Historic State Park. I'll be there at booth #157!



Tomorrow we pack up the Golf and head up California's picturesque coastline towards San Francisco! We are very much looking forward to the drive up and even more excited to be vending at our first out-of-city craft fair. We did the Holiday Renegade show in LA last December and had a blast so I am sure this time around will be no different especially in awesome SF! The plan is to leave pretty early in order to take the scenic route! We will take Highway 1 (PCH) all the way up through Santa Barbara then the 101 to San Louis Obispo. From there we will hop back on the 1 for the best part of the drive (from what I've been told) through Big Sur before hopping back on the 101 near Castroville (home of the world's largest artichoke) for the rest of the journey into SF. Should be a long day of driving but with beautiful sights and scenes along the way. See you soon SF!



Golden Gate Bridge

Renegade SF Flyer


Snapshots /// Lemonade

July 03, 2011

Today I made...lemonade!

Nothing better than a homemade glass of lemonade on a hot summer day!


Lemons sliced in half

Lemons juiced

(Juice 5 or so lemons)

Simple syrup

(simple syrup made by mixing sugar and boiling water)


(my audience!)

Sliced lemons

(Mix juice + syrup with water to taste, add sliced lemons for garnish)

glass of lemonade

Easy peasy! Happy Summer!


Hope my American readers are all having a wonderful 4th of July weekend! Renegade SF is next weekend so we're working pretty hard doing this:

Screenprinting on wood

- yes, that's a screenprint on beautiful birch wood!

...and this:

Building our booth

- Cesar building our new booth structure:

...and taking a few breaks here to enjoy some of these:

Beer break

Monday will actually be more relaxing...we hope!




Grand Central Art Center

June 26, 2011

I'm very happy to announce that my screenprints are now available at the Grand Central Art Center in beautiful downtown Santa Ana. The art center, which is a partnership between Cal State Fullerton and the City of Santa Ana, is a mixed residential, commercial and educational complex taking up a full city block in the downtown Santa Ana Artist's Village. The center is one of many galleries you can visit during the Art Walk on the first Saturday of every month. The Grand Central Art Gallery and Project Room feature exhibitions and projects by internationally noted artists and now you can find my prints in the Sales Gallery! Very exciting!




I am in love with the color Mint, or Magic Mint if you are Crayola inclined. Its not quite green and not quite blue but the perfect frosted combination of the two. This color invokes pleasant feelings of cool calmness but is just punchy enough to make a powerful statement. I've got this color on my toes and in my feather extensions and am toying with the idea of dyeing a strip or two of hair in the shade! Summer is officially upon is and Mint is certainly the hot color of the season so below are some fun items you can purchase or be inspired by. Enjoy!

Mint MoodboardL-R: Mint mouth, Tribella Watch- Nixon, Envelope Clutch- H&M, Bridal Shower Invite- Moonscape Handmade, Runway Styling, "Create" Embroidered Art- Merriweather Council, Beach Days Button Soap- HelloCrafty, Hello Kitty Nail Polish- Sephora, Rose ring- Irregular Choice, Chair Painting-  Michele Maule


Design Menu

June 23, 2011

Here's another gem of design humor via Colin Harman. This really hits the nail on the head for us Graphic Designers. Brilliant!


A Design Resolution

June 22, 2011

Simply put and so true! I actually want to make one for Illustrator promoting the organizational benefits of working in layers. I just love getting files that are one huge group.

Via Chris Streger Design:

Design resolution image


Snapshots /// Orlando

June 17, 2011

In an attempt to personalize my blog and allow my readers get to know me better, I am starting another new series called "Snapshots" where I will be sharing photos of various places and things in my life.

Here are a few images to kick the series off from our trip to Orlando last week. I actually may do a couple on Orlando as we had so much fun visiting our "hometown" with family and friends. I say hometown in quotes because Orlando is actually not where we were both born but where we have spent a number of years, Cesar growing up and me going to college. It is also where we first met. (Perhaps more on that in another post!) Cesar was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Orlando with his family when he was 5. The funny thing is Cesar has no Puerto Rican blood, nor do his parents. His mother is Lebanese and Italian and his father is Mexican and Cuban. On top of that, his mother was actually born and raised in the Dominican Republic...you still with me? My story isn't quite as colorful as his. I was born in Pensacola, Florida to a Greek-American mother and Irish-American father and moved to Tampa for a year then onto Orlando for 6 years to finish school. Long story short, Orlando is certainly "home" and although California is amazing we miss Florida dearly!

A cleanly shaven Cesar and I happy to be in hot, sunny Florida, me poolside, the swans at Lake Eola, Cesar filming a line in downtown Orlando