Friday, April 28, 2017

Go Figure

I have a new work space and a happy little fig tree lives outside my window. I'm told it produces heaps of fruit which make for a tasty jam, if the birds don't get to it first. It will be several weeks before the figs are ripe, but in the meantime they've inspired this design. Here's a look at my process for carving and proofing a print. 





He'll need some more work before I'm ready to call him done, but it's coming along nicely. I'm looking forward to brightening him up with a watercolor wash over the final prints once they've cured. 


For more process pics and videos, follow me on Instagram @smallfoxpress


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Nesting

It's been eight months since my cross-country move back to California, and I'm only just now beginning to unpack art supplies and find my creative groove again. 

Now that I've got a physical space dedicated to making, I'm eager to start taking commissions and finally feel excited about diving back into my own projects. 

First up: Cabbage roses and a pair of sweet mourning doves.






I've really been enjoying taking colored pencils to my stamp proofs. It's a fun and therapeutic way to experiment and gets me excited for future watercolor washes and digital designs.




Fun tip: After coloring with pencil, rub your piece with a lightly oiled Q-Tip. It adds a nice sheen, blends the colors seamlessly, and really makes the picture pop.



Friday, August 19, 2016

Pop Up Event Saturday, August 20th!

I've been gearing up for a pop up event tomorrow at Tin Top Handmade in Old Town Winchester. I'll be set up on the walking mall from 11:30 - 3pm, so if you're in the area, drop by and say hello! I'll have tons of prints, cards, framed and matted pieces, along with some other odds and ends, so there will be a lot to peruse!   

These teeny tiny matted mushrooms are my new favorite!


Also love these new hand-painted moths.



 Really excited to meet some new folks and share my work tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Pen and Ink Florals

I recently bought a wonderful new fountain brush pen by Kuretake, and have found it's the perfect tool for inking flowers. 



I also picked up a fountain pen converter so I could fill the pen with a nice waterproof india ink and watercolor over my drawings.


I've got a long way to go before I master the brush pen, but I'm pretty pleased with these early experiments!




Thanks for coming by! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Garden Friends Coloring Book

I've just published my first coloring book, and am so excited to share it with the world!




The book features thirty-six of my hand carved linocut prints, including this sweet little mouse. This version has been handprinted and given a watercolor wash.



There are flowers, birds, butterflies and more! Pages are printed single-sided to prevent bleeding.

I pulled out my Prismacolor colored pencils to color my copy. They blend well, and really pop with a dab of of mineral oil. 


Preview more of the book by visiting my Instagram account @smallfoxpress

Friday, June 24, 2016

New Shop!

I'm so happy to announce my new shop through Redbubble! 
It lets me put my art on some really fun merchandise. 

Just check out these awesome stickers!


Love these colorful throw pillows.


The best part is that seeing my work on all these different surfaces
is really inspiring me to make some new art!

More work, coming soon :-)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

New Tees, Totes, Prints and Pillows.

I just added a ton of new items featuring my prints to my shop on Society6!

Now to try and decide which to buy for myself. 

Yay, wearable art!