Blushed Design | 2019 Updates

Blushed Design | 2019 Updates

What a pleasure it is to be here serving you in 2019. So much of 2017 and early 2018 left me with doubts and struggling to even be here before you as a business. With that being said, I am still learning and evolving as a mother and a business owner and am making a few changes as we step into the second quarter of 2019!

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Must Have Art Supplies For Drawing and Painting

I am often asked about my favorite art supplies and which tools I use regularly.  Rather than attempting to answer each individual question one at a time, I thought I would draw up a handy little list that I can update as needed.  Hopefully you will find this blog post helpful as you pursue your own artistic endeavors.  If there is something that you think should be added to this list, let me know! I would love to have an excuse to try something new!

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Drawing Supplies

Pencils:

If you already know what lead you use, THIS PENCIL is my current favorite drawing pencil. I’m obsessed with this holder—I love the weight and the fact that my pencil isn’t a little nub by the end of a project! I’m going to purchase a second one. I have B lead and HB lead.

For a more "mechanical pencil" feel, I like THIS ONE.  While I personally prefer the one I mentioned earlier, I have carried this one around quite a bit.  It's a great back up for me (I have a 0.7mm, but would go for 0.5mm if I was shopping again).

If you are not sure which pencil lead you should use, I recommend starting with a few different leads (like THIS KIT) and experimenting to find your favorite and what works with your style.

Erasers:

Yes, I have an entire section dedicated to erasers! But I find them to be super helpful if you have the right ones.

My “ride or die”, take to a desert island eraser is definitely a KNEEDED ERASER. I can use these this to perform so many different tasks—from lightening a sketch to getting some heavy duty mistakes off the page. While it’s no substitute for a good WHITE ERASER (the heavy lifters of erasers—good for those BIG mistakes), It’s the one that I carry around with me when I travel. If everything I had were lost in a fire, the first thing I would get would be a Kneeded Eraser.

For those of you who are looking for an extra “treat” for your drawing kit, I have just the thing! I recently invest in a Tombow MONO ZERO eraser and I LOVE it. It has the power of a traditional white eraser, but in the precise, fine tip packaging of a mechanical pencil. I love it for working out tiny details and cleaning up my more delicate edges. I purchased the round one originally but went back for a back up and the square tip. Round is still my favorite, but I use both!

Ink Pens:

A recent favorite already has a cult following: MICRON.  I love the smaller sizes, as usual, and the fact that the ink is waterproof.  Yes, waterproof.  I use the 01 the most, but I love the 005 for details and the 03 for larger items of emphasis (or for letterpress designs). THIS is a good set to start with.

I have used FABER CASTELL since college and have always loved the XS size.  I prefer to work with one size and just go back over my lines to thicken and add emphasis, rather than switch between sizes and styles.

Paper:

For pencil and ink illustrations, I generally use this BRISTOL PAPER or Mixed Media paper (a new love).  I like the smooth texture.  Perfect for the fine details of a colored pencil portrait or a small ink contour.  For sketches themselves, I generally just grab a sheet of computer paper or whatever sketchbook is handy.  I am not picky—I just want to draw! haha

Colored Pencils:

I used Verithin colored pencils for years while I was creating exclusively colored pencil portraits.  They are very easy to use and have a hard lead which helps you to get that soft, airy look.  For more realistic and lifelike portraits, I love to use Prismacolor's other pencils—they have a more of an oily base to them, so they blend like a d-r-e-a-m and look more like a painting.

Watercolor Supplies

Paints:

I learned to paint with a small traveler's kit, similar to THIS ONE BY WINSOR AND NEWTON.  If you are just starting out, or find yourself short on time to learn and explore, these pans are really convenient.  While I generally use tube paint now, it is because I am more aware of what colors I love and use regularly.

Brushes:

I recently purchased and am loving the PRINCETON NEPTUNE watercolor brushes! The silicone squirrel brushes are so soft and fluid, I’m really enjoying them. I (almost) exclusively use round brushes, so I purchased a size 6,8, and 10, but if you want some variety, they also have a few sets that include a little more variety that I may test out in the future.

If you’re just starting out, I recommend THIS SET. It’s a pretty good kit that’s still affordable and a great way to find out what kind of brushes you like to use. Because these aren’t strictly “watercolor” brushes, they don’t hold as much water and are a little easier to control for beginners.

Paper:

I have heard wonderful things about ARCHES, but I haven’t made the leap yet into that luxury. Partly because I’m cheep, but mostly because I just really love working on Strathmore 300 Series Watercolor Paper. It handles the watercolor the way that I want it to and it’s affordable! I did try out the 400 series and hated it, but have friends who adore it, so to each her own!

Filming Tools:

Phone holder:

I film my videos entirely on my phone, so I really depend on this Gooseneck phone clip to get the job done. I love how easy it is to manipulate, the fact that I can use it on a variety of different table widths and that it’s white :) She mostly lives on my desk, but I love that it’s easy to move and use in different parts of my house.

 

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June 2017 Desktop Calendar & Home Goods

It's had to believe that it's already June.  Maybe it's the "baby brain" that everyone told me about before our son was born (It's real, in case you were wondering), but time is going by so quickly now!  I am excited to welcome summer, the sunshine and the flowers.  The misquotes can stay away, however.

My friend, Katie, requested Hydrangeas a few months back and I am finally accommodating. I confess, I was intimidated at the very idea of painting these beautiful but complicated flowers!   I'm open to any other requests / inspiration for upcoming calendars, so feel free to send over any thing that you are dying to decorate your space with!

Download this and another free desktop calendar design HERE

I have also added this hydrangea watercolor to a few of my Society6 items!  Some examples are displayed below.

Watercolor Home Decor | Society6

I am learning that preparing for baby means that I am thinking a lot about getting the house clean and organized.  My business flow is tighter than ever and I am itching to finish all of the unfinished projects that I see.  Can you say "nesting"?

While I was running around like a crazy person, I was forced to consider, again, the current state of our pillows.  I am a pillow girl.  I love a good pattern, I love the comfort of having about 200 pillows around, and I am picky-picky-picky about the feel of and pattern on my pillows!  I used Society6 to create my Christmas pillows a few years ago and had a good experience overall, so I thought I would explore that option again.

Three hours later, I have a whole collection of home decor and accessories that are littered with various watercolor floral patterns that I have created.  While I am still trying to decide what to order for our own home, I thought I would share the current collection with all of you!  Below you will find a few samples of the items available:

A Sweet Little Distraction

I've been a little quieter than usual over here the past few months.  And if you don't follow along on my instagram, then I am sure that the photo below will clue you in a little bit more ;)

After a hard to face PCOS diagnosis this January, my husband and I began fertility treatments.  If you have or know someone who has gone through a similar season, you know what a roller coaster it can be.  I was even more thankful for Blushed and my beautiful brides for the distraction that they provided and the excitement that they gave me despite our questions and hurt.

In July, we were thrilled to find out that we were expecting a new distraction with our first sweet baby!  It was a very exciting time but also a very scary time as I grew sick due to the medicine (hormones—woo!) and we wondered if we would be able to keep this baby.  Fast forward through the typical sickness and fatigue of the first trimester, I am now enjoying the growing bump and energy that comes with the second trimester!

As I look forward to the traditional hustle and bustle of the Christmas season ahead, I am again thankful for those of you who are celebrating with us and wishing us well.  It will be hard to be on Maternity leave during the craziest few months of wedding season (Baby Blushed is due at the end of March), but I know that we will make it.  Thank you for your constant encouragement and friendship.  It means more than you will ever know.

Also, if you have faced a PCOS diagnosis or another form of infertility, I would love to chat with you.  You don't have to feel alone in this, and I would be honored to listen to you, cry with you and eventually celebrate with you.