tuesday transfers 02.05.13

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.

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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.

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This ampersand coaster set of three is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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They’re available in my Etsy Shop here. Great Valentine’s gift for avid readers and book lovers.

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That’s it for today. Check back Friday for my second Etsy Friday Finds. One hint: mint green.

– lindsey archer

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tuesday transfers 01.29.13

I’m in the process of establishing a routine rhythm for my blogging schedule. Others refer to it as consistency. I know. Crazy concept, right?

To launch this newfound consistency, I’ve decided to introduce two new blog series that will hopefully help me keep to some sort of regular writing schedule. The first of which premieres today—as you may have noted by today’s blog title—called Tuesday Transfers.

I really wanted to post these on Mondays so I could call them Monday Morning Wood because apparently I have the mental maturity of a 13-year-old boy and that title makes me giggle. Every time. Then I decided it would probably be best for everyone if I went with something a little less prepubescent boy and a little more grown-up adult woman.

So, Tuesday Transfers it is.

This new blog series is going to be all about my art pieces. Due to the fact I physically transfer images to wood and other surfaces to produce these art pieces, the title fits.

My sister and I are hoping to participate in more than just the Cooper Young Art Festival this year. For this, we’re going to need a substantial inventory to keep up with what we hope will be an increase in sales. By posting finished products weekly here on my blog, I’m hoping it will keep me from my usual artistic process of wait until the last minute. That’s the goal, at least.

If you want to learn more about my actual process of transferring images to wood, you can view my blog post about it here.

First up today, we have two pieces featuring one of my favorite—as well as most popular—quotes:

So many books, so little time.  – Frank Zappa

Unfortunately, this red piece has already sold.

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This version with black graphics against a yellow painted background is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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Next up are two of my Memphis Typography pieces, the first of which is comprised of 31 words/phrases that encompass the attractions and hot spots of my lovely hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. With blue and black ink on a painted white background, this block features the following phrases:

Levitt Shell, Memphis, Beale Street, Tigers, Grizzlies, Autozone Park, FedEx Forum, National Civil Rights Museum, Elvis Presley, Graceland, B. B. King’s, Rock-n-Roll Blues, Memphis Cotton Exchange, Arcade Restaurant, Redbirds, The Zoo, Lorraine Motel, Stax Museum, Sun Studio, Orpheum Theatre, BBQ Fest, Poplar Ave., Memphis in May, Pink Palace, Botanic Gardens, Huey’s Restaurant, downtown, midtown, The Pyramid, Mud Island & the Peabody.

As these usually don’t last very long in my Etsy Shop, this one sold last week.

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This next version features only black graphics on a teal painted background. Slightly larger in size, this block is more for hanging on the wall, as opposed to resting on a mantle or bookshelf like the white/black/blue piece. To fit the different size and shape, I switched around the typography and added in a few places, resulting in 33 total Memphis places:

Levitt Shell, Memphis, Beale Street, Tigers, Grizzlies, National Civil Rights Museum, FedEx Forum, Autozone Park, Elvis Presley, Graceland, B.B. King’s, Rock-n-roll Blues, Memphis Cotton Exchange, Arcade Restaurant, Redbirds, The Zoo, Lorraine Motel, Stax Museum, Orpheum Theatre, BBQ Fest, Poplar Ave, Memphis in May, Pink Palace, Botanic Gardens, Huey’s Restaurant, Downtown, Midtown, Mud Island, the Peabody, The Pyramid, Sun Studios, Cooper Young, & Mississippi River.

This Memphis wood block is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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I don’t know why I’ve recently become obsessed with the birds on a wire theme, but I absolutely love it. Which makes no sense considering I hate real, live birds almost as much as I hate wiener dogs (a lot). Both are yappy and annoying.

This block features black graphics transferred to a painted blend of gray, yellow and white. It actually matches my recently updated bathroom perfectly, where it is currently hanging until it sells in my Etsy Shop here.

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That’s all the wood pieces I have for today. To view my full Etsy Shop, you can click here.

Check back this Friday for the premiere of my next blog series—Etsy Friday Finds.

– lindsey archer

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