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Custom Matting Illustration with Creative Process or How to Draw a Custom Mat

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A few months ago I was contacted by a wonderful customer of mine whom asked if I would create a custom mat for her sisters wedding invitation. She gave me full creative liberties which is what I look for in a client these days.

I asked her for a few colours and a few images of what the wedding theme was and then went to town so to speak. The creative process follows with the final illustration above. You can click it to see more detail. Below is the beginning ink drawing rendered using Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens. I rarely if ever use pencil first and drawing directly with ink on paper.

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Starting colour detail…

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Adding in more colour detail using Prismacolor Verithin coloured pencils and placed a deep cream sheet of paper behind mat to represent invitation colour. I purchased the pre-cut archival while mat from Michaels Crafts.

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The final size of the mat will fit a 5×7 inch invitation and fit into an 8×10 inch picture frame. I first met Elizabeth here in Saint John, NB last Summer while she was on a cruise vacation with her husband from Massachusetts, USA.

The DIY Deck in Pictures

My feet on the new deck!

When I purchased this home a couple of years ago the side stairs and small 3 by 3 foot landing were in pretty rough shape, but still usable. By the beginning of this Summer they were detaching from the house and were unsafe to continue using. My Dad and brother dropped by about a week ago and built this new 6 by 8 foot deck and staircase for me in one day.

This is the story in pictures… (click them for a larger image)

My Dad (John) the mason and younger brother (Stephen) the journeyman carpenter are awesome! I love you both and the new side deck rocks!

An FYI a RIP and a DIY – it’s the end of the miniature greeting card sets

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I began designing and creating these sets of cards in late 2008 and shortly after listing them for sale in the Art Shop. They were an instant success, with people buying them who spanned the globe living on five continents.

FYI – About a month ago, I was diagnosed with mild to moderate tendonitis in my left wrist and hand. And while, yes, I am right handed, I use the left hand simultaneously and just as much as the right hand when doing studio work, artwork, assembling, packaging, cutting, gardening, cleaning, dishes and typing and want to keep the left wrist from becoming too damaged to use at all. Preventative medicine?

RIP – I have about 14 packages of cards left in six different sets. Once they sell out, I will not, in the foreseeable near future be creating more.

DIY – However, I will be releasing and selling the awesome digital file that is associated with each set of cards; 10 patterns wrapped into one download in total. That means, you’ll get the high resolution print files with illustrations included, instructions for creating and packaging them and the supply list too. Expect this pattern to be released later this summer.

The 2011 Printable Fine Art PDF Calendar is Here!

It’s been a long time in the making but here it is! Each page features a beautiful full colour illustration for each month of the year. The calendar is 14 pages and includes both a front cover page and back cover page.

This calendar is in printable PDF format and optimized to print onto 8.5 by 11 inch sheets of your favorite card stock or fine art paper. After printing simply cut the page in half to create the finished calendar pages that measure 4.25 by 11 inches, punch a hole and loop through with a ribbon to hang. Or use your favorite clip for hanging.

Easy to follow instructions are included on the first page of the PDF.

Have fun making calendars for your friends, family and co-workers!

UPDATE – the sale in now over. You can buy it on HandamdeCloud and on Etsy. It will automatically download to you from HandmadeCloud while I’ll email you the file if you purchase it on Etsy. And do use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY and you’ll get 25% OFF your entire order.

This digital PDF calendar is licensed for personal use only and not intended for commercial use.
(Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada License)

And PS… The completely handmade by me and ready to hang on your wall sea life inspired wall calendars and mandala and floral inspired desk calendars are in stock and ready to ship too.