Friday, December 29, 2017

A New Year Means A New Calendar


2018 is just days away and I can't seem to get my brain wrapped around that. 
Although planners, both digital and paper, are more in fashion than ever, I still enjoy having a calendar hanging on the wall. Perhaps that's why I like illustrating them so much.

I have 3 calendars available for 2018 and each one is a little different, both in how it is illustrated and how it is designed.

This is my first year doing the "Stitched" title and I love this calendar. It is a traditional wall calendar and most likely the one that will be hanging in my studio. I combined watercolor, ephemera and stitched paper to create the art. This title also has a coordinating journal and infuser tumbler.

It is available on the Lang website where all calendars are 50% off. But hurry, I understand that this one is almost sold out!

Also, I am happy to report that there is a 2019 version of this title AND I am currently working on 2020!








I have been creating art for my "A Stitch in Time" Note Nook calendar since 2016. This one has a nifty little double pocket for each month. It is handy for holding coupons, receipts and all those other little pieces of paper that you can never find a place for. For that reason, this one hangs in my kitchen. You can also find this one on the Lang website for 50% off.




While I find this hard to believe, I started creating art for the "Family Plan-It" somewhere around 2007. The format has changed somewhat along the years, and this version has way more bells and whistles since the original came out. There is a pocket, a weekly white board planner and stickers galore! This title is on sale at Amazon but I believe you can also find it at Costco and Barnes and Noble.
I really love creating the art for these calendars and I am thrilled to say that there will be a fourth title added for 2019. It has been an honor and a treat to work with the folks at Lang over the years. I hope it is something I will be doing for many years to come.

Happy New Year everyone and thank you so much for following and reading my blog.

xop

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Holiday Gift Guide - Books and Other Useful Things

Because I love giving books and other useful things as gifts, I thought I would put together a list of some of my favorites for this year. Fortunately, I am lucky to know the artists behind these books and journals, which made giving these as gifts, all the more special. 


"ART OF WORK" by Brian Foster Forward by Elizabeth Gilbert



This beautiful book explores the process and passion that goes into designing and creating the furniture that Brian builds for Groundwork in Philadelphia.
Each piece of furniture is a unique piece of art with a story to tell. To be walked through Brian's vision is a magical experience. Actually knowing Brian and his partner, Ernie is a pretty magical experience. The photography and photo styling are stunning and the writing gives a wonderful insight to the creative thinking process. 
To order or to see more about this book, click here - Groundwork


"HAPPY HOUSEPLANTS" by Angela Staehling for Chronicle Books




I tend to buy and give books based on the illustrations and this one is no exception. I have always been an admirer of Angela's work and when she told me she was writing and illustrating a book, I couldn't wait to see it. Over the summer I got a sneak peek and I became an even bigger fan of hers. Just looking through these illustrations brightens a winter day and puts a smile on my face. I am smiling right now just looking at the cover on my screen-really! You (or your gift recipient) will love this book even if you have no intention of adding houseplants to your home.
Available at Amazon


"SPACE CADET" Poems by Matty Cardarople




To be perfectly honest, I haven't read this yet. That said, Matty is one of the most amazing, inspiring, creative and positive people I know. I love everything he does. He is a hilarious inspiration to pretty much everyone he comes in contact with. 
In Matty's words 
I hope this book motivates you to create your own art, gives you encouragement, and brings you some joy. You can also spread the lessons you have learned about the universe from this book to others. I'm happy you're here on planet Earth."
He's the best and you can find his book in his etsy shop


"The NEXT! Planner" from Ronnie Walters




Know someone with a creative mind? This is the planner for them.
There are pages for "to do" lists, reminder pages to remember who to reach out to, progress tracking pages, sketch pages and even a spot to put all those little scraps of paper with our next million dollar idea that we all have. Don't you hate when you lose those?

These are available through Amazon


"ASSORTED JOURNALS" by Nancy Archer
Nancy is another one of my art crushes, I love her style and color palettes. She has a beautiful collection of journals, note cards available on her website



"New Adventures Spiral Journal"-Paula Joerling (that's me!)



Well I couldn't leave myself out now, could I? You can find this journal at Lang and while you're there, you can check out my calendars for 2018. More about that in the next post.

Have a wonderful holiday and thank you so much for stopping by!