Wednesdoodles: Holiday Preparations



So I’ve been spending most of my studio time on preparing for the holidays.  You might have already cringed a little when you read the title of today’s post. YES it’s true I am gearing up for the holiday season already with Double Dare Print Studio. We are actually even a little behind if you can believe it!

It hasn’t been all holiday greeting prep though. Last week Argyle Fine Art in Halifax asked me to be a part of a really neat art subscription program they have. They got in touch with the idea that they’d like their monthly art print subscription to be interactive this month. I created an illustration that could be coloured in by the recipient! Here’s what I came up with:

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If you are interested in the monthly subscription program give Argyle Fine Art a call or send an email! The subscription is totally affordable and makes a really neat gift for yourself or a friend!

Ok so, here’s what’s been cooking in the studio for Double Dare Print Studio:

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My process for coming up with greeting card ideas is to first determine how many designs we need, and then get sketching. I like to play around with different papers, markers and pens. Sometimes switching up your tools really helps get the creative juices flowing. It’s important that I think of them as being a collection. This time around I drew most of my ideas on the same paper, with the same types of pens and markers.

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The image you see below is a design that has been brought into illustrator. I find Adobe Illustrator to be extremely helpful. It allows me to make changes quickly. I can get a feel for colour and even change the composition completely if I need to. It’s a really useful tool!

holidaypinecones3Once I have the sketches to a place that I am happy with, I take the original drawings into illustrator, and work with composition, size, and colour. Our biggest concern next to weather or not the design LOOKS good, is to make sure that it will translate to a screen print. If the design is too small or detailed, it sometimes won’t print!

Other than preparing for the holidays and meeting deadlines for Christmas craft show applications, I am busy gearing up for my first year in a graphic design program here in Halifax! I am super excited!

That’s it for now!


15 thoughts on “Wednesdoodles: Holiday Preparations

  1. I’m pretty happy to see that there is someone that does the same hobby in holidays. I always travel with a pack with everything to make handmade postcards. At the end of holidays I send them. Nice work!!!!

  2. Question for you! What did you use to get those beautiful thin white lines on your black paper? I’ve been looking for a marker or something similar to make tiny lines on dark paper. Beautiful work by the way!

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