Sunday, November 16, 2014

Holiday Craft Shows!

I am excited to share that I will be in 2 upcoming holiday craft shows in the local Phoenix area!

First up on December 5th is the 9th annual Crafeteria, hosted by Frances Vintage boutique.
Last year was my first year participating and I am thrilled to be selected again for this year's event!  I know it will be a fantastic night for all!

Second is the Holiday Pop-up Market hosted by Botanica at the Farm at South Mountain on December 13th.
This is the first year for the event, and it will take place in the beautiful rustic environment of the Farm.  Really looking forward to this!

If you're in the Phoenix area, stop by and say hello!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Hissyfits Hullabaloo

My table!
The Hissyfits Hullabaloo fall 2014 craft show was held last Sunday, November 2nd.  Hissyfits is a kids clothing resale shop in Phoenix that hosts a craft show twice a year, in spring and fall.  This is my first time participating, and the turnout was awesome and I had a great time!  I got a bit sun burnt (thank god for sunscreen) being out in the sun for 5 hours, but it was worth it. For this show, I took mostly greeting cards, some pendants and pins, and some 5x7 and 8x10 prints.  The greeting cards were the best sellers, especially the Christmas cards with hedgehogs, which completely sold out! (Note to self: MORE hedgehogs) They sure seem to be popular!

I managed to walk around and browse when things slowed down toward the end of the day.



There were lots of great vendors selling jewelry, kids' clothing, toys, etc., but my two favorites were Pockets with Posies and Sighfoo/Starving Artist Bazaar.

Pockets with Posies booth

An owl I bought from them!
Pockets with Posies is run by Stephanie Garcia, and everything she sells is impossibly cute!  I bought a plush owl from her to add to my collection.

Jennifer Syfu with her booth

Hilarious postcard from Sighfoo!
Both Sighfoo! and Starving Artist Bazaar are run by Jennifer Syfu, whom I remember from last year's Crafeteria.  Sighfoo! features plushies made from recycled wool sweaters and Starving Artist Bazaar is her line of glass jewelry.  The plushies are funny and cute, the jewelry is just beautiful!

As an added bonus, I was included in a write-up by a local blogger, Jennifer Lind Schutsky, on her Hawks and Honey blog.  Check it out here!

A big thank you to Nikki Cox at Hissyfits for putting on the show!  Looking forward to the spring Hullabaloo!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Craft Fair this Saturday!


This Saturday I'll be at the Heart of the City Boutique and Craft Fair in central Phoenix.  I'll have a table for the Goomie's World Etsy shop, selling my greeting cards, prints, and jewelry.  The craft fair is hosted by the Children's Ministry to raise funds for camp experiences for kids.  Good fun and for a good cause!  If you're in the area, stop by and say hello!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

8th Annual Crafeteria

At my table!
The 8th annual Crafeteria hosted by Frances Vintage boutique was held last Friday, December 6th! Had a great time, despite the very cold weather (for Phoenix).  Bundled up in my hat and fingerless gloves, I braved the cold for 4 hours while chatting with holiday shoppers, friends, and downing cups of hot tea. At my table were prints, greeting cards, pendants and brooches.

The turnout was awesome!  People already started showing up right before 6 pm when the event started. Since it was my first time at Crafeteria, I was not quite sure what to expect sales-wise.  But soon I had my first customer, and the night was a success!  The weeks of preparation were definitely worth it.  Next time, I would bring more Christmas cards, as they almost sold out.

A big thank you to Georganne Bryant of Frances for hosting this annual event and supporting local artists and businesses!




Saturday, November 23, 2013

Crafeteria Feature on the Frances & Smeeks Blog

The 2013 Crafeteria is coming up soon!  Today, the lovely people at the Frances Vintage boutique in Phoenix has featured me on their blog. The Crafeteria is on December 6th, and from now until then, the Frances/Smeeks blog will be running features on the participating artists.  Check it out here!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Crafeteria 2013!

Received some exciting news this weekend!  I have been selected to participate in the 8th Annual Frances Vintage Crafeteria in Phoenix on December 6th!


I am thrilled and honored to participate!  Over 200 artists applied and 45 were selected, so the competition was stiff.  I'm just so excited as the event has become bigger and more popular over the years.  There will be live music and food, and you can shop for some special handmade gifts for the holidays.  So much fun!

I will be posting more about the event in the weeks to come, and sharing some of what I will be creating with you all.  For now, time to get to work!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Floyd Cooper at Tucson Festival of Books


This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 5th Annual Tucson Festival of Books at the campus of the University of Arizona.  It was 2 days jam-packed with books and information galore! 

This year's line-up of children's books authors and illustrators included Peter Brown, Jerry Pinkney, Matt Phelan, Lester Laminack, Adam Rex, SCBWI Arizona members Molly Idle and Lynne Avril, and the gentleman whose book appears above, Floyd Cooper.

The one-hour presentation given by Floyd was a demonstration of his painting technique, a subtractive method where he removes paint with a kneaded eraser. He learned this technique when he briefly worked for Hallmark cards and has been painting this way since 1983.  Most of his picture book illustrations are painted on a 15 x 20 Bainbridge board, including spreads.  He begins by spraying the board with Krylon fixative, then sketches in his drawing with an orange Prismacolor pencil (the pencil lines dissolve as paint is applied to the painting).  A very thin wash of burnt umber oil paint is applied next, which remains moist and workable for about 6 hours.   He then builds up the illustration by taking away paint with a kneaded eraser, which leaves highlights.  Below is a 5-minute video from the workshop where he talks about this method:


After the highlights are established, local color is added with thin layers of paint. Depending on the piece, Prismacolor pencils and/or pastels are added as well. Below is a printed example of a finished illustration:


In the latter half of the workshop, we had a hands-on opportunity to try out his technique using charcoal and a kneaded eraser.  It is definitely a different way of thinking and working.  He makes it look so easy! I found Floyd Cooper to be a very warm, humorous, and generous artist.  I felt very fortunate to be able to have a front seat at this workshop.  Definitely worth the 2-hour drive from Phoenix!