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Free Fabric Color Swatch Downloads for Illustrator

tee color mockup

I made some swatch libraries to make my design life easier. One color swatch library is based on the Bella + Canvas 3001 t-shirts (the super soft ring-spun cotton collection I use).

Why not share them? Here’s a free download.

They probably aren’t for everyone, but if you use Adobe Illustrator to design t-shirts to be printed on B+C 3001 series, or the other tee collections below, these will make your color mock-up life a little bit easier.

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Mid-October Musing

Saltwater Veins V

2020 Edition

Paintings

There are a couple of conversations happening on my easel right now. Like the first presidential debate of 2020, except they’re getting along. Different values, same stage. Actually, my paint forms and oil paintings have the same values – just different ideas about getting there.

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Beach Painting

beach plein air sunset beach cape may point

I had a few hours between jobs and wanted to paint but it was 80 degrees and sunny.

My wacky schedule has me juggling paint and down time. I’ve been dipping my toes into plein air situations, despite being fussy about painting scenarios. These recent open air paintings on paper have very little to do with what I’m doing – aside from opening potential to strike up conversations about purchasing work or raffle tickets.

To me, this plein air thing is more of a skill-building exercise than anything else. I don’t typically do these types of beachscapes, nor do I prefer to work quickly, or in public. I don’t like talking while painting. Heck, I don’t even like listening to music with lyrics at my easel. 

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Wildwood [Arts] Nights

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Homemade Pastel paper

Pastels will probably find their way into the series on my easel. Fume-free is appealing and I have some paper to work with.

Karen Margulis had an interesting idea in a pastel paper video. She mentioned covering an unsuccessful watercolor with clear gesso and reworking it in pastel.

As someone who’s been on a liberating roll of painting over paintings, I’m inspired.

Here are a couple share-worthy DIY pastel paper videos.

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Wash your hands

Friendly reminder: wash your hands. Hand covered in oil paint in front of a painting.
Friendly reminder. Coronavirus. Go wash your hands again. Oil painting in progress in the background.

That’s one of the wet paint booby traps on my easel in the background.

I’ve been painting so much during this coronavirus catastrophe that I got a blister on my middle finger. I don’t want to accidentally flip anyone the bird by sharing a picture. Plus manicures during social distancing…

I was an early adopter of the whole self-quarantine thing too… apparently mildly and appropriately paranoid. Like, I skipped MadJam and everything.

I’m grateful to be healthy and pray my loved ones are able to stay healthy too.

Okay, wash your hands again.

<3

#21dayswithoutdancing

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13 Spotify playlists for making paintings

I tend to listen to instrumental music while drawing or painting. An art teacher once told me that music without words like jazz & classical keeps the brain’s creative side engaged.

Maybe there’s something to it, maybe not. Regardless, the groovy stuff comes out with my paints.

I polled Instagram to find out what others listen to in the studio. Their answers are in the IG Art Studio playlist below.

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