Monday, December 17, 2012

Cell Phone Knots

I made some charms as Christmas gifts this year and I taught myself how to tie a Pan-Chang knot.
This is the tutorial I followed if you want to make your own! Pan-Chang Knot

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sketch Binder

After I graduated from college I started keeping a sketch binder instead of a sketch book. It is great because I find myself scanning sketches a lot more and manipulating them in the computer, so I can just pop them out and then put them back in when I am done! I also have a second binder where I archive old sketches when I don't want them in my book anymore. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Day of the Dead month

While Day of the Dead is traditionally only celebrated for one or two days, I celebrated for nearly a month! I just couldn't settle on one medium for my sugar skull design. I started with the felt pin, then made some paper skulls, and ended with Adobe illustrator to make my buttons, (which are available in my Etsy shop!)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Wedding Invitation Flowers

This past month I created two very special paper flowers based on wedding invitations. The first one (gold and white) was inspired by a friends wedding invitation and given as a gift to the happy couple. In the second flower, I used the insides of their wedding program and photocopies of their invitation for the peddles.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

2012 Iowa State Fair Fine Art Exhibition

I am excited to say that my illustration "Working in Studio" was accepted into the 2012 Iowa State Fair Fine Art Exhibition. The Exhibition will run the 9th through the 19th so if you are planning to make a trip to the fair this year you can stop by and see it in person. 
The very cool framing was done by Van Doren's Custom Picture Framing.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Custom Paper Flower for Shelly Beach

Last week I was commissioned to make a special paper flower and crane earring set as a gift for the author Shelly Beach. I was asked if I could use some of the text from her books, Self-Talk to make the earrings and some of the pages from Precious Lord, Take My Hand for the book flower. This was my first time with a custom order and it was requested that I not harm the books themselves (normally I recycle book pages for the petals of the flowers) so it was a bit of a challenge. But I think that they turned out well, if I do say so myself :) 
 If you ever have a special project that you think I could handle don't be shy! Shoot me an e-mail and we can talk

Friday, June 1, 2012

2012 VBS Shirt

Westminster Presbyterian Church asked me if i could design a tee-shirt for this years Vacation Bible School and this is what I came up with. The animals are part of this years theme "Sonrise." I sketched the design out first and then finished it in Adobe Illustrator.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Recycled Pencils on Etsy

Good news! You can now buy some of my recycled pencils online!
I have gray, blue, green, and assorted sets for sale on my Etsy page.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cute Monster Mugs

Remember the cute monster contest I entered awhile back? I didn't win but I did make some mugs!

Monday, April 30, 2012


Have you had a chance to explore Pottermore yet? I have been pouring through it for the last couple of weeks and was inspired to do a little self portrait. Done with markers and cut paper.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Be True Magazine

I have some exciting news to share this week! The local newspaper puts out a free publication called Be True and the spring edition featured some accessories from the Plaid Peacock.  They picked two of mine, numbers 10 and 11.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Bunny Card

Happy Easter everyone! I hope the bunny brings you lots of treats!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Lion Rampant

For my brother's birthday I designed and spray painted a rampant lion to a Masterlock file box. My lion is based on the one depicted on the Royal Standard of Scotland.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Man Rapunzel

The challenge was to take an existing character and draw them as the opposite gender.

I tried a different technique with this one. I inked the drawing by hand and colored it with gray scale markers. Then I scanned it and added the color in photoshop. It is probably not something I would do again in the near future because it was about twice as much work as just coloring it with colored markers in the first place. I do like how it turned out though.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Studio Update

I am always interested to see other people's works spaces and I thought you might too. Remember that work bench I made last year? I am now quite settled in. You can also see part of the second work bench that we made for Richard. It wasn't quite as complicated because we didn't need to fit a flat file in it.

And of course our dutiful helper Oliver Wiskers in her favorite spot, right in front of where I am trying to work.