I’m sorry this didn’t post yesterday. I got caught up with some things. Better late than never, right? I’ll be more prompt next week.
Welcome to the second installment in my new blog series, Tuesday Transfers. If you missed the inaugural post, you can catch up here.
While this week does still feature image transfers, it’s the first time I’ve experimented on a surface other than wood. A few months back, my sister and I saw this idea and simultaneously turned to each other with a look that read, “We could totally do this.” It’s become a habit with us lately. We’ll be in a shop, see a shabby chic home décor piece and instantly shoot the other that look—we could totally do this. Why haven’t we done this, yet? We are totally doing this TOMORROW.
Anything you can do WE can do better.
I’m kidding. We really aren’t that full of ourselves. Similar to many creatives, we just like pulling inspiration from other works of art. I do it all the time. I’ll be browsing my Instagram feed, see an inspirational quote about dreams posted by a friend, scroll down to a random picture of clouds and BOOM. Idea. Typography piece with that dream quote, interspersed with graphics of clouds. Then, since I don’t ever write things down, I’ve forgotten the idea five seconds later because I’m too busy commenting on my friend’s adorable Lo-Fi picture of her cat.
You win some, you lose some.
Anyways, moving on. After browsing Etsy, Kristen and I realized a bunch of other people came up with this idea before we did. Regardless, we persevered. End result? Coasters.
This first set features Ampersands on top of vintage handwriting. Similar to my other art pieces, I created these designs using a combination of Illustrator and Photoshop. Only, instead of wood, I then transferred them to tiles of tumbled marble. After sealing them with a protective coating of polyurethane to help protect against condensation, I added felt tips to the underside’s four corners and voilà! Marble coasters.
This ampersand coaster set of three is available in my Etsy Shop here.
Next up we have my recent obsession with birds on a wire. Is it weird that while I can’t stand to be close to a real live bird, I love drawing silhouettes of them? It’s a mixture of their crazy annoying squawking and the fear of getting pooped on that leads to my aversion of them. In pictures, they are silent and poop-less, therefore instantly more likable. If you like birds, this coaster set is available in my Etsy Shop here.
Because I live in Memphis and the King of Rock-n-Roll is everywhere, I couldn’t not create a set featuring a bust of Elvis Presley.
I also made a set featuring black guitar headstocks, but I can’t seem to find the images of them anywhere. I’ve already sold both the guitar and Elvis coaster sets, but I’m sure I’ll be making more sometime soon.
This next set didn’t turn out quite as I imagined. It includes a damask pattern in three different hues. Though with the distressed, vintage look, the pattern sort of blends together into a solid color.
Next go-around, I think I’ll add in more contrast to the design to see if that helps. This damask trio is available in my Etsy Shop here.
Last up today is my favorite, go-to quote.
So many books, so little time. -Frank Zappa
In honor of steadily approaching
D-Day Valentine’s Day, I did these quote coasters in three shades of red.
They’re available in my Etsy Shop here. Great Valentine’s gift for avid readers and book lovers.
That’s it for today. Check back Friday for my second Etsy Friday Finds. One hint: mint green.
– lindsey archer