Monday, July 30, 2012

3 Out Of 2 People Have Trouble With Fractions Poster

green chalkboard with a message written in chalk
I did the math pun, 3 out of 2 people have trouble with fractions on a mock chalkboard.

The green chalkboard was made in Photoshop and the chalk font is Chalkduster.
Available on Etsy

Friday, July 27, 2012

WWJD Who Wants Jelly Donuts Poster

fancy pink donut box poster framed on a wall

I need this box of donuts.The pink striped box with the draped ribbon invites you to even greater pleasures inside.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Merde Ballet Toe Shoes Poster

pink toe shoes poster

I learned merde while I was doing an oral college French midterm. I swore and the teacher corrected me. I dropped the class but I do remember some words. I have a talent for languages; I can swear in French, German, Spanish and Latin.

Merde is also used by ballet dancers to say their equivalent of "good luck or break a leg."

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Never Argue With a 90 Degree Angle Its Always Right Poster

right angle poster with text
right angle poster with text framed

My daughter is a math major so I've been making math posters for her dorm room. OK, math and Deadpool...

Never argue with a 90 degree angle, it's always right. The poster contains 4 right angles and the square indicates that it's a right angle.

 Available on Etsy

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Removed Poster Made From Cirlces of The Image

staple remover with numerous circles covering the image

I enjoy photographing unusual closeups and the dots make this even more fun.

The color is the original, I photographed the staple remover on a yellow backdrop but the lighting made everything this delightful green. Serendipity is a wonderful thing.

The multiple circles were done in Illustrator by making a reversed clipping mask.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Bicycle I Want To Ride My Bicycle Poster

vintage bicycle illustration with text

This poster was inspired by Queen's song Bicycle Race. I ride my bike almost daily and miss it when the weather is too bad for riding.

The missing bits of printed color resemble a screen printed image. You can fake screen printing by taking a black and white image that has no grey tones and do a live trace of it, ignoring white. You then change the black to white and place it over the image. Since the white bits are now a vector you can change size as well as un-group the lot and eliminate some of the areas.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Victorian Houseplant and Planter Poster

These wonderful vintage botanical illustrations are from the Graphics Fairy. I put them in Illustrator, did a live trace and changed the color to Pantone. The original black is now a Pantone shade, then I painted a lighter shade of Pantone on another layer. Pantone is wonderful choice since you can easily alter the intensity without changing the opacity or color. Make sure you change the colors back to CMYK or RGB after you are done since some home printers have problems with Pantone colors. I think the stripes tie them together nicely and reinforce the vintage look while staying modern. Available on Etsy

 framed illustration of a Victorian potted plant
framed illustration of a Victorian potted plant

framed illustration of a Victorian potted plant

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Raining Watermelon Seeds Poster

raining watermelon seeds framed poster

I'm a little obsessed; I've painted chairs, tables and baskets to resemble watermelons. Who wouldn't love something so tasty and beautifully graphic.

The song, It's Raining Men was on the radio and I thought what else could it rain. Watermelon seeds look like water droplets and a design was born.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Minneapolis Skyline Lake Harriet Poster

illustration of the Minneapolis skyline with a lake in the foreground

When you stand on the shore of our beautiful Lake Harriet, you can see the Minneapolis skyline in the distance.

I took a photo and turned it into a travel poster.

 Available on Etsy

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Lunch Time Portrait Drawing

ink drawing of a young man
I feel like such a lurker, this young man didn't know he posed for a portrait.

He was drawn with a Micron pen. You don't get nice line variation but Micron pens travel well and don't smudge

Monday, July 16, 2012

Barbie Took A Little Time To Rethink Stilettos Poster

poster of a woman falling through the sky

Perhaps she should have purchased the Dream airplane rather than catching a ride with GI Joe.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

I Found This Humerus Poster

skeleton with a top hat holding out a bone

I was feeling punny. A top hat wearing skeleton is holding out a humerus, an arm bone.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Wine and Happiness Poster

wine bottle shape and grape photo with text

You can't buy happiness but you can buy wine and that's kinda the same thing.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fezzes Are Cool Doctor Who Poster

argyle pattern made with fez framed poster

Fezzes are cool and so are bow ties. The background has an argyle pattern with a fez center. The banner resembles a bow tie and the blue square represents the top of the Tardis. 

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My Baby Wrote Me A Letter Airmail Poster

airmail letter illustration with text

"The Letter" has been performed by many famous bands including The Box Tops, Joe Cocker, Trini Lopez, The Beach Boys and Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

Rolling Stone ranked it as one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

2012 July 3 Artist Journal Page Itasca State Park

page from artist journal itasca park
We went to Itasca State Park the day after a lively storm; about half of the park roads were closed due to fallen trees.

The temp in the parked Jeep said it was 114 degrees but the actual temperature was significantly less. The reading corrected after we drove it away from the baking sun in front of the cabin.

A man in Osage was using a chainsaw as a weed whacker.

A snake landed on Nissa when she opened the cabin door. He slithered into the cabin and attacked the broom when we tried to encourage his departure. We were very brave while under attack.