I have been working on making products for the craft fair in Peabody, Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Glenwood School. I have made plush Christmas Tree warm and fuzzy blankets that measure 50x70". I have also made a new painting on wooden panel (to the right) 16x16" Sunrise Christmas Tree with gold embossing and rhinestones. I will also have scarves that have prints made from my other paintings and prints. (See bottom, right.) More products soon to come!
Be merry, be happy, stay warm, and keep creating! :)
Christmas trees! This will be my next product coming soon to my Etsy shop in Minky Fleece!
My process began with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Next, I drew tshapes to mimic needles with a fine tip black marker. After drawing, I cut the shapes out and began building the trees. I took pictures of them and edited in Photoshop. Once the Photoshop editing was complete, I brought my images into Illustrator to streamline the color process and build my repeat pattern. I am very excited about this design. I have the design out now to be printed on Minky Fleece.
I am offering a special through December 25, 2018 - anyone who favors my Etsy shop will receive a 25% off in my shop! I even have some items that offer free shipping! The link is below to my Etsy store. I will be adding new products (like the above pattern) as we get closer to Thanksgiving!
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It has been an abstract summer! This summer was life changing for me! Along with getting my alcohol ink paintings getting printed on fabric through Spoonflower, I also started hiking and exploring the outdoors. This is my passion and I would love to travel more; letting the great outdoors influence my work. I want my passion of colors, through abstract design, to be worn through clothing. People should wear joy! I am continually working on my scarf line and will be soon announcing my menswear tie line and plus-size, sporty dresses which can be worn on all types of occasions. Enjoy the last days of summer! God bless and keep creating. Please, shop my Etsy store at: www.etsy.com/shop/DawnStratchko
This month I have been attracted and engulfed by the passion of abstraction. Due to the recent loss of my beloved best friend, my emotions have changed and soul saddened. This person is no longer sick and I am glad he is in heaven. I now truly feel what an artist feels. I have an emotional story now to tell of my life - it is real - love is real - emotions are real. I am no longer afraid of letting go any longer. It seems these emotional images are coming through my work now and now know what I am supposed to be doing. I was going to write a book about it, but instead feel I can show my best through my artwork. The images are coming through when I paint. I hope everyone will enjoy my journey of passionate life through painting. Painting is my passion.
I have been experimenting with alcohol inks and have fallen in love with this new medium! I began using the alcohol inks on Yupo paper, but have found that it is expensive. Continual use of Yupo paper will get costly. After searching YouTube channels, I found and experimented that one can use freezer paper. It is very affordable and be found at any grocery store. Another method, is to prime board panels used for acrylic painting with KILZ primer.
Application and Use Instead of using the method of applying the ink by droplets from the bottle, put a few drops in a palette and use a paintbrush. Instead of using water to clean the brush or to spread out the ink on the paper or primed board, use rubbing alcohol. What I experienced was amazing, that was a step beyond watercolor! You can also mix the colors of inks to create your own colors and adding the white mixing medium, you can create pastels and muted colors. You can also let the inks dry on your plastic or glass palette and reuse them at a later date- just add a drop of alcohol! Have fun!
PLEASE USE ALCOHOL INKS and RUBBING ALCOHOL in ventilated area - THESE CAN BE FLAMMABLE!
As a gift, Rich took me to see the Georgia O'Keeffe show at the Peabody Essex Museum. I was greatly inspired by her when I was young and in high school. She will always be a great, strong woman icon in my life - she is one of the reasons I paint. She was always so bold and was never afraid to represent herself in her own way; not conforming to society standards. Her strong spirit is felt in all of her work. As an artist, I felt at times that I had to conform to what is popular, or what is selling, or what is "on trend". I have realized now, it is perfectly fine to be different, to rise up and stay true to your heart. God wants each and every one of us to rise and share our own gift with others. I do not understand why we have fear, that sometimes hold us back in our lives. We have to release this fear and let God and nature in. Due to this reawakening of artistic spirit, I broke out my old calligraphy set and starting lettering again. Once my still-life study painting was complete, I superimposed the lettering over the painting to make cards. Keep painting and keep rising. God bless.
My latest technique I have learned from Bonnie Christine from the Roost Tribe is making a repeat pattern design from watercolors or gouache paint. I have begun to experiment with gouache due to the very nice layering attributes the paint has to offer and the beautiful colors. It is best to choose hot press and bright white watercolor paper instead of the cold press. Cold press paper has a rough texture, hot press paper is smooth with no texture. It is easier to scan in your watercolor on a scanner better with hot press.
I like to listen to music or an audible book while painting - be free and fluid! Make sure your flowers or images do not touch. Do not be exact about color at this point; just have fun!
Scan your work on your flatbed scanner and import into Adobe Photoshop. Adjust the background to bright white. Select one image and import from Photoshop to Adobe Illustrator.
In Illustrator, set up your document the size of a square (500 px x 500 px). Build a new library of color harmonies from your favorite colored photos. For each color, have a nice range of 5-7 colors of the same hue. Next, use Illustrator's Image Trace feature to trace your one image (flower). Your goal is to get it to 5-7 colors only. Using your color library, select one flower and only use 5-7 of the same color library to recolor that one image. Repeat these coloring steps for each image until each image is colored. Keeping control of your color harmonies will help you when you go to press. It will also make a huge different when using the new recolor tool in Illustrator.
Once each flower or image is complete, begin mirroring, repeating and resizing your images for a repeat pattern. Apply a mask over the image the same size as your canvas (500 x 500px). Viola! Repeat pattern is complete! Enjoy!
I am wishing everyone a very happy new year! Last night we said goodbye to year 2017! I pray that 2018 brings design opportunities that generate a living income for me. I have begun this year with Skillshare lessons from Bonnie Chirstine with her Watercolor class. The above design is the first finished design I have created. In the midst of Massachusetts freezing cold weather, I have to keep focused on Valentine's Day and Spring. As a designer, I also have to begin thinking of Birthdays, Anniversaries and LOVE! Staying focused on creating a cohesive collection is my goal for 2018.
I will be teaching on Saturdays this January in Clinton, MA at Biff's Local my design classes.
I believe God created each and every one of us with a certain gift that we are to share with others. Sometimes we know at an early age what our life purpose on earth is, with others, it happens later in life. We are where we are in life, at this exact time, based upon the decisions we made in our life and the people we interactive with on a regular basis. The person that you spend most time with is yourself - are you happy?
I recently watched a sermon by T.D. Jakes from The Potter's Touch. I was moved as he passionately discussed about reaching your goal. He said that the intended goal has never moved, the circumstances did! According to the Book of Exodus, it took forty years for the Israelites to reach the Promised Land of the Canaanites, when in reality, it should have only taken them a few days. How many times in life have we let our circumstances change our destination? How well do we manage our circumstances? Stay focused on what brings you joy and happiness. Things will happen in life that bring sadness and pain, but keep that dream alive inside of you. Have hope. During the hard times, reach out to others and give. It is during the act of giving to others, you will experience joy and peace in your heart. There is always sunshine after the rain.
Merry Christmas and may the Spirit of the Lord be with you always. God bless.
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