tuesday transfers 05.28.13

Forgive me, for I’ve been absent lately. It has been a month since my last blog post. Now I feel like I’m in a confessional booth, despite the fact the closest I’ve ever been to Catholicism was serving as a bridesmaid in a Catholic wedding. Instead of offering up excuses, I’ll just be honest. I’ve been tired. And lazy. After my day job and freelance work, I’ve wanted nothing more than to crawl into my overstuffed living room sofa and veg out in front of my television to watch all of the season/series finales piled up on my DVR. It has been joyous.

Nonetheless, I’m back and the blog has some catching up to do. If you’ll bear with me, this next week is going to be post-heavy. We’re starting with a Tuesday Transfers (just two days behind) featuring my latest art transferred to salvaged wood. To see all of the Tuesday Transfers posts, click here and scroll down.

Since it’s graduation season, these first two pieces were inspired by the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” which my mother gave me for my own graduation from high school. I created a hot air balloon graphic to accompany the book title. For the Etsy listing photography, I used my sister’s small, decorative metal plane as a prop. This first piece, with the black graphics on the coral/peach background, is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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For this more colorful red and teal version, I swapped out the background books in the Etsy photo for a more neutral color scheme, so as not to distract from the wood art piece. This hot air balloon graphic with the map/vintage writing superimposed on a few of the colors is one of my favorite designs I’ve created. Plus, I think this Dr. Seuss book title makes the perfect graduation quote. This piece is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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Moving on from graduation gifts, the next four salvaged wood pieces are pure Memphis art. Starting with the King of Rock-n-Roll, we have an Elvis Presley silhouette graphic on a teal painted background. A special thanks to my sister for lending me her metal guitar home decor to use for an Etsy listing photography prop. This Elvis art piece is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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If you’ve never heard of “Choose 901,” please take a moment to visit here. It’s a great website that allows people to share and showcase some of the great things the City of Memphis has to offer. You can also follow them on twitter here. If you have something awesome to tweet about Memphis, be sure to add the #Choose901 hashtag. I made these next two pieces to resemble their logo. The first blue piece has already been sold to a local customer who ended up special ordering a group of them to use as unique graduation presents. So, I guess I lied about moving on from graduation gifts. My bad.

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This yellow and black Choose 901 version is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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This last wood art piece is a showcase of my love for my hometown of Memphis, TN. It features a silhouette of the state of Tennessee, with a pink heart graphic over the city of Memphis. I’ve seen this pop up all over Etsy…in prints, jewelry, etc., so I thought I’d put my own spin on the concept with a graphic print transferred to a salvaged wood block. This piece is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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I get to close with some good news today. Some of my art, as well as some of my sister’s pieces, can now be locally bought in Cooper Young’s new shop, Kindred Spirit Style. I’ll be blogging in more detail about the shop and its wonderful owner, Patti Yancey, sometime later this week. In the meantime, if you’re in the Cooper Young area, be sure to stop by 2172 Young Avenue and check out the shop. They are open every Thursday thru Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Again, I apologize for the lack of posts recently. Check back tomorrow for a new Etsy Treasury!

– lindsey archer

etsy friday finds

Welcome to the latest Etsy Friday Finds. I know today is actually Saturday, but we all have an imagination, so let’s pretend it’s still Friday. If you missed this week’s Tuesday Transfers about my latest chalkboard typography obsession, click here.

My latest Etsy Treasury is flush with purples and corals and…well, summertime. Now, if we could just get Memphis on board with what summertime actually means, that’d be great. Unfortunately, Memphis weather is suffering from bipolar disorder and keeps switching  from winter to summer, to a little spring and back to winter—all in the course of a week. Say it with me. Bipolar.

To browse all of my Etsy Friday Finds posts, click here and follow the thread. CLICK HERE or on the screenshot below to go directly to the full Etsy Treasury to explore, click around and mark your favorites. Or, you can click the images and links listed below the screenshot to go directly to each item’s listing or Etsy Shop.

Happy Treasury hunting.

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#1 – brown & purple tribal arrow leather clutch from etsy shop Grace Design
#2 – adjustable galaxy ring with orion nebula from etsy shop Juju Treasures
#3 – peach coral teardrop statement necklace from etsy shop Nestled

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#4 – san francisco victorian house illustration art print from etsy shop Anna See
#5 – purple/plum/wine vintage home decor books from etsy shop Ambito Art and Design
#6 – coral flower drop handmade earrings from etsy shop Octavia Bloom

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#7 – 1960s vintage purple sundress from etsy shop Hopscotch and Soda
#8 – cottage chic coral wall flower vase from etsy shop Country Living at Heart
#9 – grey and coral butterfly cocktail fascinator from etsy shop Ella Gajewska HATS

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#10 – under the same stars mixed media art print from etsy shop elise mahan fine art
#11 – lilac vintage 3-level side table from etsy shop Red Rhino Revamp
#12 – violet transparent round vintage eyeglasses form ety shop MOD Vintage

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#13 – pink nautical knots statement necklace from etsy shop Ylleanna
#14 –  set of three purple prep dipping bowls from etsy shop Claylicious

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#15 – four corners sun eco-friendly necklace from etsy shop Nature as Muse
#16 – vintage purple scandinavian rag rug from etsy shop 86 home

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Which one of these treasury items is your favorite? Know of a great or unique Etsy Shop (I mean, there are so many)? Mention or link to it in the comments below so I can check it out for my next Etsy Treasury.

I’ve got a busy weekend ahead of me, but hopefully I’ll still have time to finish a few art pieces for next week’s Tuesday Transfers. I also have a play-by-play I’m working on writing up about the process of painting my latest commissioned piece.

Stay tuned.

– lindsey archer

tuesday transfers 04.23.13

As a graphic designer, I tend to design in fads. Like, I’ll discover a new font and use it in everything for about a month until I find another new font I absolutely love to the point where I start using it in everything and look back on my old designs with a why did I use that first font OHMIGOD it’s so NOT as awesome as I thought blah blah I’m so dumb. Sort of how people look back on old photographs and think to themselves, “Holy sh*t, what was I wearing? Why did I think that haircut was okay?” Except for me, it happens about once a month instead of once a decade.

Chalkboard typography happens to be the latest fad train I’ve jumped aboard. Ever since I stumbled upon the work of graphic designer, Dana Tanamachi, I’ve become obsessed with the trend. If you’ve never seen the time lapse videos of her creating some of her work, please go here now. Warning: the talent she exudes will suck you in until you’ve watched all of them.

Welcome back. So. Chalkboard typography. I’m not really all that talented with actual chalk, so I’ve tried my best to recreate the chalkboard look for today’s installment of Tuesday TransfersA few weeks back, I created a few quote art prints with my take on chalkboard typography, which you can see in the typography prints section of my Etsy Shop here. Then, I went a bit further and transferred those art prints onto wood pieces.

First up today is an Albert Einstein quote I’ve never used before:

Creativity is contagious; pass it on.

This wood piece is available in my Etsy Shop here. To keep the focus on the actual wood pieces in the Etsy listing photography, I used only white props in the background for this first piece.

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Next up is one of my go-to quotes by Frank Zappa:

So many books; so little time.

For these photos, I propped the wood piece up on a few books (minus their decorative dust jackets), but kept the all-white vase in the background. I was afraid this set of photos would look too busy, but I actually like how they turned out. This wood block/bookend is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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Another quote I love to design around is this great gem by Ernest Hemingway:

Write drunk; edit sober.

I mean, how else are you supposed to write/edit? Very sage advice, I must say. I accented this design with my typewriter vector. This wood piece is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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It seems as though I haven’t created anything Elvis themed in a while, so I decided to play around with this popular Elvis Presley quote:

When things go wrong, don’t go with them.

For added design, I included a vector of an Elvis Presley silhouette I created (available in a marble tile coaster set here) about a year ago. Can you tell I re-use vectors a lot? This wood block is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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Again, to see all of these wood pieces as simple prints, visit the typography prints section of my Etsy Shop here. To see more of my Tuesday Transfers posts, you can follow this thread here and scroll down.

Thanks to a few friends, my sister and I were able to replenish our dwindling pile of salvaged and reclaimed wood this weekend.

Say it with me. Jack. Pot.

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With our brother’s help, we were able to turn all of those large pieces into ready-for-art sized pieces, as shown here. That means we’re ready to start stockpiling artwork for our 2013 Cooper Young Art Festival Booth, all of which I’ll be documenting here on Tuesday Transfers.

Come back soon.

– lindsey archer

etsy friday finds 04.05.13

Welcome back to Etsy Friday Finds. I apologize for the brief hiatus. If you missed Tuesday’s post about the recent storybook baby shower I threw at my house last weekend (that monopolized every ounce of my free time over the past month…in a good way) click here.

We’ve had some pretty crappy weather in Memphis, TN, lately. It seems like it’s been rainy and dreary and cold for months longer than it was this time around last year. When I checked the weather forecast yesterday, I may have performed a teensy, tiny, extremely uncoordinated happy dance in my office (after I closed the door because I work with all men and they probably definitely would have thought I was crazy, if they don’t already).

Why? I was finally greeted with that adorable little sunshine graphic listed next to above 60° temperatures. FINALLY. I mean, I missed my first co-ed kickball game this week due to the dumb, unnecessary rain. Do you have any idea just how excited I was to play some kickball?

In honor of the beautiful spring/summer-ish weather, my latest Etsy Treasury is all about springtime. Bright yellows, greens, some birds, etc. To browse all of my Etsy Friday Finds posts, click here and follow the thread. Happy Treasury hunting.

CLICK HERE or on the screenshot below to go directly to the full Etsy Treasury to explore, click around and mark your favorites. Or, you can click the images and links listed below the screenshot to go directly to each item’s listing or Etsy Shop.

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#1 – yellow painted mason jars vases from etsy shop Huckleberry Vintage
#2 – Heywood Wakefield yellow children’s chairs from etsy shop Charlie’s Nest
#3 – gold foil “anything, not everything” print from etsy shop Charm And Gumption

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#4 – pyramid triangle necklace from etsy shop Petite & Co
#5 – blue and green vintage book collection from etsy shop Collectors & Company
#6 – mint stone & gold lace edge statement necklace from etsy shop lovelikestyle

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#7 – 1950s dress form mannequin from etsy shop jessjamesjake
#8 – geometric mountain 5×5 art wood block from etsy shop Red Tiles Studio
#9 – mint birdcages ceramic tile coasters from etsy shop little coaster gnome

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#10 – vintage 1940s art deco green lamp from etsy shop charlie’s nest
#11 – yellow mandala rainbow geometry print from etsy shop the magic of hands
#12 – abstract spring tree landscape painting print from etsy shop Corissa Nelson Art

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#13 – vintage bushel laundry basket w/stand from etsy shop Hunt and Found
#14 – yellow Howlite turquoise round beads strand from etsy shop Biji Bijoux

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#15 – original illustrated portrait print from etsy shop Bret Pendlebury
#16 – vintage Anchor Hocking amber serving bowl from etsy shop a2ndlife vintage

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Which one of these spring trend items is your favorite? Know of a great or unique Etsy Shop (I mean, there are so many)? Mention or link to it in the comments below so I can check it out for my next Etsy Treasury.

Happy Friday, everyone! The weather here in Memphis, TN, is absolutely beautiful right now. So, if you’ll excuse me…a patio with an ice cold beer is calling my name.

– lindsey archer

tuesday transfers 02.26.13

Welcome to the latest installment in my new blog series, Tuesday Transfers. This blog would have posted first thing Tuesday morning, but I started coming down with some type of head/throat/nose funk. Last night, I had the washer and dryer running as I edited the photos of these latest wood pieces. Once my bed sheets and duvet cover came out all warm and fluffy, my newly made bed appeared extremely inviting. I kept looking back and forth from my computer—sniffling and coughing and sniffling and coughing—to my nice warm bed and well…the bed won. Nothing can compete with fresh, clean, warm sheets. Right?

Due to the same head/throat/nose funk that seems to not be going away any time soon, I’m going to keep this post short and sweet. Or just short.

My Typography City Prints were the first type of graphic art prints I made when my sister and I decided to have a booth at the Cooper Young Festival last year. They were my best sellers at the Fest, as well as being rather popular in my Etsy Shop. And, well…

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Right? So, this round of Tuesday Transfers features four versions of my Memphis City Typography Prints on wood.

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The typography is the same on each piece, comprised of 31 words/phrases that encompass the attractions and hot spots of Memphis, Tennessee. Due to the nature of transferring the ink and distressing with sandpaper, each piece turns out slightly different. These first two feature black and blue graphics on light gray and white backgrounds. The white background wood piece is available in my Etsy shop here, while the light gray background is available here.

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The next two feature black graphics on painted blue and mint green backgrounds. The blue wood block is available in my Etsy shop here and the mint green is available here. As always, the edges and backs are all stained in a red oak finish.

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Thanks for stopping by for Tuesday Transfers. Check back this Friday for Etsy Friday Finds. I also have a post planned about the piece of furniture I recently upcycled—an antique cedar armoire—and some catching up to do on Project 365. Bear with me. March is going to be a busy month here on the blog.

– lindsey archer

painting premiere

I get to start this post off with some good news, which is always nice. The paintings I’m about to show you, as well as the pieces I recently wrote about here and here, will soon (if not already) be hanging in an art gallery. Nicole from Allie Cat Arts approached both my sister and I on Etsy about showing some of our stuff at her gallery in our lovely neighborhood of Cooper Young. Located at 961 S. Cooper, the gallery is only two blocks from our house.

I’ve never had my work in a gallery before, so I’ll be honest. I am freaking out a little. It always feels good to have someone you’re not related to appreciate your art, though it still seems slightly unreal. Now, for those who message me on Etsy asking if I have a shop in Memphis, I’m one step closer to saying yes. Next time you’re in the Cooper Young area, please stop by Allie Cat Arts to see some of our work, along with the work of other great local Memphis artists.

Now that that is out of the way, let’s talk about some paintings. These are the last of my first round of experimenting with gel medium I don’t know what I’m doing series. We’ll call it EWGMIDKWID for short. This is one of the first abstract skylines I painted using the mixture of gel medium and acrylic paint. While I like the coloring and the actual size of this canvas the best, the paint could have been thicker. I wasn’t quite sure what the gel medium would look like once it dried, so I was somewhat shy with slopping the thick, white, glue-like substance onto my canvas. What did I learn? Gel medium dries clear. I shouldn’t be shy.

For those who are wondering, these skyline/cityscape paintings are not reproductions of any actual skylines or cityscapes. I went more of an abstract route and painted random building shapes and sizes. We’ll call it Skyline à la Archer, as in it came straight out of my head instead of from a real picture. Or, you can use your imagination and pretend it’s your city and I painted this just for you. Regardless, I plan on attempting a few paintings that resemble real city skylines. Some day. Maybe soon.

This next blue skyline/cityscape is my favorite. Well, other than the big ass blue canvas, which happens to be remarkably similar to this one. Because I got over my shyness with using the gel medium, this painting is extra heavy on the texture. When I first envisioned what I wanted to accomplish by mixing gel medium with my acrylic paints, this is it. It only took me eight or ten tries to get it right. Not bad. Plus, I love how the yellows and blues ended up blending together here.

This last acrylic painting translated very well into a print, which I hope to add to my Etsy shop very soon. And unlike the skylines/cityscapes, this is an actual reproduction from a real city. While still slightly abstract, I modeled this painting off of the Hernando de Soto Bridge, which connects Memphis, TN to West Memphis, AR—via Interstate 40. I feel this bridge is an iconic part of my city’s skyline. I love creating art pieces around it, so I definitely have more Memphis bridges in my future.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, these three paintings are now available at Allie Cat Arts. Fellow Memphians, if you’re in the mood to support some local starving artists, please stop by and take a look at all the great pieces Nicole has hanging in the gallery.

Up next is another Project 365 post. Stay tuned.

– lindsey archer

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