From the bottom of our hearts, we'd like to wish you the happiest holiday season. It's been an incredible year and we are so looking forward to what 2017 has in store.
Our shop is going to be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 21 through Tuesday, Dec. 27. All orders placed during this time will be shipped on Wednesday, Dec. 28. Inquiries will also be responded to at that time. We are looking forward to taking a break to spend time with family and friends and hope you all do the same.
Week 2 of my 52 week art challenge is here! This week I went with a terrarium. It's been on my bucket list to create for so long and this was a great chance to finally do it. I love how it turned out and think it will be making it's way to the shop soon.
Hop over to Instagram and use the hashtag #spankysartparty to see what everyone has been working on. So many great pieces have been rolling in. And, it's not too late to join in on the fun. Jump in at any point, it's okay! Just do what you can. You can always go back and catch up later if you want to.
This year one of my goals was to improve my pattern design skills. One of the main ways I've been working towards this is by participating in the weekly Spoonflower design contest. Every week is a different subject matter giving me the chance to create a wide range of patterns. This week's contest is extra special because Spoonflower teamed up with Moda Fabrics for the annual Fabric8 design challenge. With over 800 entires and I was lucky enough to be one of 100 semi-finalists. Of those 100, 8 finalists will be chosen to create a whole collection based on their submitted design. And those 8 will be narrowed down to one winner. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that I get the chance to be one of the finalists. I would so love to create a collection that has the chance to be picked up by Moda. Below, I created mock-ups of a tote bag and pillow for some inspiration of what this pattern can be turned into. Now I just need to learn how to sew.
I've been doing a little sketchin' lately, ok a lot of sketchin'. This one started out as a "quick & simple" design for this week's Spoonflower contest. Half an hour max.. I was only going to draw the jar. Haha, right. Four hours later I had an entire page filled with everything the word pickle could bring to mind. I lose hours in my sketchbook. One minute it's 10am and the next thing I know Steve is in the kitchen making dinner. It's a very magical thing.
This week's sketch hit the scanner and quickly turned into just the darn cutest pickle pattern I've ever seen. I love the little sprigs of dill and the polka dot spices in the background. If you're on Spoonflower, hop over to vote in the contest. It will be open for the next few days before they announce the winner.
I've been experimenting with pattern design lately and today my very first collection is launching for sale on Spoonflower. It is available in fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap! How fun is that?
Below is a peek into my process from my sketchbook and an up-close shot of one of the patterns. Check out all of the designs on Spoonflower for more details and ordering information.
So today I thought it would be fun to show a little glimpse of my illustration process. This is something that I've been working on for a while now and I ended up writing a detailed explanation of the entire process, where I go into specifics on each step. If you're interested in seeing how I do it, hop over here and get the whole scoop.
Our new Father's Day cards are here. Seven to choose from, each card is printed on a heavy, recycled cover stock and paired with a blue or natural colored envelope depending on the card. All designs are hand drawn and produced in our studio. Visit each shop listing for additional details and images. Don't forget, Father's Day is June 16th.
Outside: (bouquet of screwdrivers)
Inside: "Screw flowers. Happy Father's Day!"
You're the Man
Outside: (mallard + wood grain texture)
Inside: "You're the man. Happy Father's Day."
Back: (wood grain texture)
Cheers to a Smooth Father's Day
Outside: "Cheers" (glass of scotch)
Inside: "Wishing you a smooth Father's Day."
The Ultimate Man Card
Outside: "The Ultimate Man Card" (manly collage: mallard, t-bone, rifle, pipe, canoe, oar, football, swiss army knife, hat, cigar, scotch glass and a golden plaque)
Inside: "Happy Father's Day."
Back: (tufted leather pattern)
Tools He'll Never Have to Use
Inside: "Tools you'll never have to use. You're welcome. Happy Father's Day!"
Back: (hand drawn plaid pattern)
Dad You're Super Rad
Inside: "Happy Father's Day"
Stepdad You're Super Rad
Inside: "Happy Father's Day"
I'm back today with another life lesson. The last couple weeks have been quiet for me and I had to put down my sketchbook and pencil. Working all day and drawing all night has been putting tremendous strain on my wrist and I've been dealing with some carpal tunnel issues. So to rest and heal I have been limiting the time I spend sketching. This has not been easy and there has been more than a time or two where the husband has walked into the room to catch me drawing. And with that fact I think this is the perfect life lesson for everyone (myself included) today.
Day nine of the Life Lessons hand lettering group project: Be good - most of the time. I believe in being good. I am a rule follower by nature. I don't like to make waves. I think that you should obey the traffic laws and in general just be a good person. I also think there is a time and place to break the rules. I'm not talking about major laws here. I'm talking about the rules we as a society, and as individuals, put in place. The ones about how you shouldn't tell someone you don't like their new hair cut when they ask or keeping quiet just for the sake of politeness. Sometimes you have to speak up. And sometimes you just have to drink coffee at 1am. You know it's not a good idea at the time, but it doesn't matter. The fun you have doing it outweighs the consequences. The risks you take in life are often the things you remember the best.
This life lesson is extra special because it has been submitted to the Minted + West Elm design challenge. Submissions close on 4/26 and voting will begin. If you get over to Minted keep an eye out for my lettering!
More information on this project and how to join in can be found here. View the entire collection on Pinterest.
So I have a big announcement and I need your help if you can spare just a minute. I recently entered the Minted and PEOPLE's Most Beautiful Quotes design challenge. For this challenge I created two hand drawn lettering quotes and I would love so much if you could go to Minted.com and vote for me. The winners are going to get a chance to be featured on PEOPLE.com! How amazing would that be? Voting is open until Tuesday, March 26th at 9am PST.
The links to both of my pieces are here:
Search for Perfection
Thank you so much to everyone who can spare the time! It means the world to me.
I'm excited to announce the official kick-off of my hand lettering project - Life Lessons. I've spent a lot of time already planning this out, coming up with ideas and working on sketches. I've had this one waiting to post for a few days now and could barely stand the excitement. So here with go with Life Lessons Day One: Tip your waitress.
And if you want to join in on the fun please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org - the more the merrier! I will give you access to the Pinterest board where you can pin your own work. Make sure you tell us a little about it in your pin and that it links back to your website or blog if you have one.
The official details for my daily project previously talked about are here. As I mentioned before, I've been pulling a lot of inspiration from other designers' daily projects and decided to start one of my own. Lately I have been spending a lot of time exploring hand lettering and have really been loving it. So it seemed fitting to base my project on that so that I can sharpen my skills and build up some work.
Some of the rules I posted before were:
1.) I want to do something unique. and 2.) I want create my work based on a theme.
I know hand lettering projects aren't unique so I am basing all of my drawings on the theme Life Lessons. This will give my project the uniqueness I was looking for and also focus it to hopefully make a cohesive collection.
3.) I want to showcase varied styles of work within that theme.
This is something that will need to be focused on with every new drawing. It is easy to get comfortable in a certain style of work so I really want to push to have varied pieces.
4.) I want this to remain a fun endeavor.
With that being said the illustrations I do can be very time intensive and to make quality work I can't (and don't want to) rush through them. I'm starting out with a 30 day project. I will be posting new pieces on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
And as part of this project it would be so much fun if others joined in. Anyone can join, the more the merrier, and you don't have to use my Life Lessons theme or even my rules. The only requirement is that you are creating hand lettering and it needs to be friendly for all audiences. I've created a Pinterest board where I will be posting all of my new work in addition to here on the blog. To join this project send me a quick email: handletteringproject at gmail dot com with your Pinterest user name. (ie: www.pinterest.com/jaymesloan - jaymesloan is my Pinterest user name.)
I wanted to give everyone the details a little early so they can plan ahead. This project officially launches next week on March 20th.
View the Project
Day One: Tip Your Waitress
Day Two: Those Shoes Weren't Worth It
Day Three: Your Mom Was Right
Day Four: First Things First - Coffee
Day Five: Finish this project first before starting the next
Day Six: Write it down.
Day Seven: Use Your Vacation Days
Day Eight: Stay home if you are sick - Don't be a hero.
Day Nine: Be good, most of the time.
I've been spending a lot of time lately in my sketchbook working on hand lettering projects. This is the latest one. What do you think? I'm sort of in love with it. When Steve and I were in Savannah we stopped in the Paula Dean store and, of course, she had a hey y'all cast iron sign for sale. I wanted it, bad, but it was heavy and didn't want to risk exceeding Delta's bag weight maximum. But that sparked this idea and I'm glad it did. I created a gold and a warm shabby chic cream version. Below those are the original sketch and the inked piece before I worked on it digitally.
I've been doing a lot of experimenting lately with hand lettering and discovered this video by Ryan Hamrick for Holstee. He talks about how he got started and his passion for creating his stunning work. I especially love that he talks about how he couldn't get the time to move fast enough when he was working regular 9-5 jobs, and now that he is doing something he loves he wishes he could slow it down instead. I remember having these days working office jobs, looking at the clock every five minutes thinking an hour must have passed since the last time I looked and just feeling that devastation when I realized it had only been five and a half minutes. Its funny how the days fly by now when I spend them in my studio. It's after 5p.m. before I even know it and I'm wishing for more time.
I thought it would be fun to share a recent piece I've been working on. It's fitting for the topic of this post today and I am really loving how it turned out. It's going to be part of my new personal portfolio site that I am working on to show some of my recent design and lettering work. I can wait to launch it to show off all my new goodies.
Recently I submitted a design for a Minted.com designer challenge and I'd like to invite everyone to visit Minted and vote. If you aren't familiar with Minted, it is an online community of designers that create and submit designs for Minted to sell online to shoppers looking for a unique, professionally designed piece created by real designers. Its a great place for people like me to collaborate and connect with other designers and create unique pieces that have the chance to be seen and purchased by millions of people everyday.
This design was inspired one day by dreaming about adventure. Adventure inspires growth and growth lets you really spread your wings and fly. I love the texture and earth tones mixed with the playful hand drawn lettering.
Wishing everyone a very happy holiday filled with cheer.
Hennel Paper Co.
This year we are having a small gathering for our Thanksgiving dinner and I thought it would be fun to illustrate our menu for our guests. Just the basics really and pretty much all I can be trusted to cook, but it is sure to be a delicious feast. From our family to yours, have a very wonderful and yummy holiday. xo