Wednesday, September 17, 2014

coming soooooooon (said in a ghostly voice)

Hey everyone! Working on some fun Halloween pictures that will be available in the Persimmons Studio shop very soon! Boo.
 
Have a super day! xo Kim

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Be Brave

The fabulous art that you see was a spontaneous and unique piece I made from the Be Brave digital download. It took me less than an hour and was very easy. I printed out the digital download on my home printer and used regular copy paper. I trimmed the edges of the standard letter size paper. One thing you will notice about my craft projects is that they are quick and easy.

The supply list for this project:

sheet of copy paper (Letter size)
acrylic craft paint (3 colors of your choosing)
paint brush
water
plastic palette or plate with dividers
picture frame
scrapbook paper for matte border
glue or double sided tape

The process:
1. Print out digital image from Persimmons Studio on standard letter size copy paper. Trim edges if necessary.
2. Pick three colors of acrylic craft paint in contrasting colors.
3. Mix water and paint to a very translucent consistency. I recommend having a scrap sheet to test the water's dilution.
4. I started by painting the edges and the background. I didn't worry about bleeding over the lines. I tried to make the outer edges darker than the middle to create the illusion of depth. Then swiped some stripes over the top of the background color. All of this was done using the same color.
5. Next I painted a few accent in the watercolor red, then the letters in a blue.
6. Once finished I laid a few heavy books on top of the image to prevent the paper from becoming wavy from the moisture. It doesn't take very long to dry.
7. Once dry I used double sided tape to affix the "be brave" image to the scrapbook paper to simulate a matte border. Placed in frame and hung on the wall.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sunshine and Coffee with Leah!

We asked you to do some projects with our downloads and a few brave souls dug in and really made some phenomenal projects. One of those wonderful ladies was my friend Leah. Isn't she adorable? Her necklace was a project with a download too but we will share that one a little later! For this project she chose the Sunshine and Coffee print and wait until you see the results! Look for tutorials and project ideas from our customers every week. Oh and if you want to make this easy and fun  project the link to buy the print is at the end of this post!

My name is Leah Norem and I am a stay at home mom to two boys ages eleven and six.  They are wonderful and unique, and I adore them. They make my life exciting and never leave a dull moment.  We also have four cats.
I haven’t met a hobby that I didn’t like.  I love making things with my hands and enjoy the process as much as the finished product.
 
You can find more about Leah here.....



 

Project 1 - **painted Sunshine and Coffee sign**

Sunshine and Coffee digital download
 
wood board
gesso
Sunshine and Coffee image printed on plain paper with toner

gel medium (Golden)

acrylic paint/brushes

oil based marker (Sharpie)

jute twine cord (Bevis Rope)

 

I primed a wood board with gesso in the area I wanted the image.

With a toner based printer, I printed a copy of the Sunshine and Coffee digital image on plain paper.

Since the image has words on it, I had to mirror the image before printing. 

I spread gel medium on the image and applied it to the prepared board. 

Once it dried for a few hours, I held the image under running water and rubbed the paper off and allowed the wood to dry. 

I used acrylic paint to paint the image and an oil based marker to outline the words and images. 

After the paint was dry, I trimmed the wood board to the size I wanted with a circular saw, drilled some holes, and used twine cord to hang it.
 
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YAY!!!! Go Leah! WE love this project so much!
 
You can purchase Sunshine and Coffee from our shop HERE!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Yay!

The blog is going to be going through a few changes soon. Like less Kim rants and more projects and fun Persimmons Studio stuff! If you think ... wow I will really miss the Kim rants ... no worries I will keep them going on my new blog HERE.

If you know me you know I looooove giving things away. This month I created a coloring page that can double as a worksheet. So teachers, you can print these off and have your kids figure out ways to show more love and compassion by filling in the space at the bottom! I see this one hanging in classrooms all across the world. :)

Friday is the BIG LAUNCH of the new Persimmons Studio online digital download shop. We are starting with almost 40 fun black and white images just screaming to be made into something colorful and unique! A few people rose to the challenge I put out there and have created some totally amazing projects with the downloads already and we will share those with you starting next week! While the free image challenge is no longer available you are encouraged to share whatever projects you make with the images you purchase! The more we share and encourage each other the better and better we can all grow together! It's kind of exciting isn't it?

So get ready for Friday but in the meantime feel free to print off this months free download. Oh and don't just color it .... live it! We all need more love :)

Smooches....
Kim

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Crafting Evolution

As I write my first Tuesday post, I feel like an introduction to my experiences as a crafter is necessary. From an early age, I had this desire to create or build something, but I couldn't define it. Once I tried to make a sculpture out of odds and ends in the garage. All I remember was a board, hammer, nails, a golf tee, and the distinct sense of failure. There were other attempts to build or create things, but they too ended in failure.

A view of Kelly's craft room
My hands couldn't re-produce what my mind could see. So, I gradually began trying to quell the creative urges with no fail crafts like cross-stitch, quilting, and scrap-booking. I had learned to sew at a young age, but I became bored with anything other than straight line, so quilts and curtains were my limit.

Exploring new crafts to try was expensive as well. Today, I am a serious thrift-store shopper, but back in those days my values were a bit different and leaned pretty far towards...dare I say...materialistic. Shopping was and is my weakness, but when you have expensive tastes, it is a recipe for disaster. I tried and tried to quit spending money, but it was so hard. The thrill that came from walking out of the store with all those new beautiful things was exhilarating. My first attempt to reduce spending was to only shop the clearance racks, but I was still spending too much money. That is when I decided to compromise with my addiction, and restrict myself to spending no more that $2 on a single piece of clothing, and no more than $5 on any one item. This actually worked for me, as my choices for shopping were now reduced to thrift-stores and rummage sales. Every object that I needed or wanted had to be painstakingly sought, and I flourished under my own self-imposed spending restrictions. I enjoyed the challenge and was pleased that I was able to drastically reduce my spending. It did nothing to decrease my hoarding tendencies, but I digress.

So as my values regarding my purchases and lifestyle changed - this seriously affected my crafting choices and projects. I was looking for ways to save money, but also express my creativity. The financial hardships that I and many other people experienced in the last dozen years or so are likely the cause and surge in popularity of recycling, reusing, and DIY. But enough about how economics can influence and alter cultural norms. The truth is the truth...I am a nerdy thrifty crafter. Arts and crafts should be enjoyed by all. And although a fair number of self-described non-artists have been spreading a rumor that artistic talent is a gift you are only born with, I protest! Artistic talent is also a learned process. This is the main reason I am so excited about Persimmons Studio!

Given the opportunity...everyone can develop the skills needed to express their creativity, so we can all make our hands do what our minds can see.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Time to FLY!


August FREE coloring page!

Ok here we go! Kelly and I have been working hard behind the scenes....me drawing and scanning and Kelly putting together the blog and shop. We hoped to be ready by now but you know how it goes....SO we are shooting for an end of August launch of dozens of new drawings ready to be used with your brilliant minds!

In the meantime Kelly and I are going to start blogging some fun ideas using the downloads of Persimmons Studio art and oh so much more. When we brainstormed this idea a few months ago the idea was that ...sure we could put my art on giftware with a big company... but that kind of conflicts with our way of life. We are not too keen on the idea of producing an excessive amount of products (even if that isn't of my concern really) that may end up in a landfill. Instead we want to give YOU the power to use the downloads and create one of a kind gifts using our ideas and your creativity. In the future we will include small run products and handcolored prints but for now we really want to get the digital art in your hands and put you in charge of spreading our love.

So we need you! If you are an artist or crafter or even just someone who dabbles in making let us know if you would be interested in being a featured creator! We will send you one free digital download to use in any project you can dream up. All we ask is that you in return do a blog post for us on your blog that we can also post on our blog! If you don't blog no problem. You will need to take 2-4 quality pictures of your project and write a brief description of how you did it. If you are unsure of how to do that we can send you a template so it will be super easy. Also we would like a picture of you and any links or other information you would like to share with our readers. It is really that simple. So how do you get in on this good good deal? Just email us at info@persimmonsstudio.com Include a little dity about yourself and links to your blog or website so we can verify your commitment. This offer will be limited to 20 people that we choose to participate based on quality and fit of style.

If you don't want to be featured but create something with any of the free pages found on this blog or on my facebook page (find that here) send a picture! We will put those in a gallery on the blog to inspire and encourage everyone!

Once the shopping site gets closer to completion we will start doing fabulous tutorials from both us and you!  Oh the fun we will have!

Your doodling friend....Kim

Monday, April 14, 2014

Big News Coming Soon!

HELLO!

I've decided to come back to the blog I love and know how to manage. Wordpress was not fun for me. So yay I'm back!

Since I've been posting on this blog I have made a ton of changes. I've been working hard trying to figure out my next move and what direction I want to go in and I think I've found it.

I have never been much of a business girl. Well I guess that is a little not true....being in the business of selling art for over 10 years...but I never enjoyed the whole business end of things. Spreadsheets and bookwork and computer stuff beyond a blog and listing on etsy. BORING. So I put a little note to the universe on facebook that I want someone to come and believe in my work and help me grow a business that can actually make some money. Kelly came my way...I will share much more about her in the weeks to come. :)

We are still trying to figure out our plan and with her amazing organization and sense of business I think it's possible that we will build one heck of a crazy company that will feature my illustrations and financially support her and I and hopefully a few more people in the future. Our ideas are big and bold and I am so freaking ready.

So stay tuned! Persimmons Studio is going to be bumping it up a notch or two and I can't wait for the ride!

xoxoxo Kim