I wrote that opening paragraph to this blog post almost a month ago....I am ashamed to say that 9/1/17 was my last post and that is just not acceptable. I know this but somehow the days and weeks have flown by and I have to get myself back on the BLOGGER TRACK!
I have such a renewed urgency to create more art that not only grabs the attention of the viewer but art that makes people smile. I have both a solo show coming up in March 2018 and an outdoor festival at the end of this month that both need my attention. I will be posting much more about that as the time draws closer.
I don't do many outdoor shows, but I purchased a tent a couple years back and have yet to even use it. Well on September 30th that will change as I am one of the art vendors for the Chalk Festival at Skye Canyon up on Mt. Charleston. I have to make sure I have plenty of prints on hand as well as magnets and cards. It should be a lot of fun and hopefully I will sell some art and make some new art friends.
For this blog post this morning, I really just wanted to recap for you a few of my newest art creations that came to life the past few weeks. First, I wanted to show you my granddaughter birthday art I created. I only have 2 granddaughters out of 9 grandchildren and they both of September birthdays that are only separated by 2 years and 1 day. They both also are the tiny owners of some ginormous dogs- one has two very large intimidating dobermans and the other has a giant goofy, gangling great Dane that is just a giant clumsy mess. This theme has been one for several years that has been running in my head as a fun children's story but that is a goal for another day.
Using a mixture of original art and digital downloads, I created this fun and colorful art to give to them for their birthdays. I decided to try the printing quality of RedBubble and am very happy with the small tote bags I ordered for them. The colors are bright and the bags are well constructed. The image is printed on both sides and I thought it would be so much fun for them to have their image on a tote bag. THEY DID!
Here is the only picture I took of the two tote bags. I have them laying on the coffee table with a large pile of stickers I had just finished cutting out. As soon as I see that these stickers are going to generate sales enough to justify it, I am going to be investing in a cutting machine.
I've added a number of new stickers to my Etsy Shop that you might just want to check out.Julie Townsend Studio Etsy Shop
I am also very excited to present my country coasters....I've been working on perfecting a method of transferring my art onto a stone travertine 4 x 4. They are super cute and I already have several orders to process from Facebook. These will also be listed on my Etsy Shop eventually as I refine the process and make certain that the sealer I am using holds up as claimed. Who knew that Modge Podge made so many varieties. These are sealed with the dishwasher safe formula but it takes 28 days to fully cure according to the instructions on the bottle. I don't think I would run them through the dishwasher but you do want them to stand up to wet condensation from melting ice and the heat generated from hot beverages.