holidays and etsy

The holidays are coming. If you’re looking for a one of a kind gift, check out the eight pointed stars I’ve painted. I also have one of a kind holiday cards.  They are in my online Etsy shop here.

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What have you been up to this week?

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hex signs

I have several Pennsylvania Dutch inspired hex signs still available on my etsy site.

Hex Sign

Hex signs are a common motif of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, frequently seen painted on barns in central and eastern Pennsylvania. Often taking the form of stars within circles, these designs grew out of the Fraktur and folk art traditions of the mid 1800’s. Some believe that the term “hex” has occult connotations, as the word is derived from the German “Hexe” and the Dutch “Heks”, meaning witch. In recent years, hex signs have come to be used as talismans to ward off bad fortune.

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These hex signs were painted with the intention of creating a sense of plenty in the home where it is hung. Each hex sign features an eight-pointed star on a 15” x 15” fence board. Slight variations in the wood’s character reveal upcycled origins, with designs painted with acrylic and a polymer varnish used as a sealant. Some of the works also contain collaged paper.

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Enjoy your week!

k

 

 

hex signs and art show

It’s two weeks until my First Friday art show!

Come join me on December 4th at stripe Men and see my hex sign series ‘Abundance.’ The ‘Abundance’ series was painted with the intention of creating a sense of plenty in the home where it is hung. Each hex sign features an eight-pointed star on a 15” x 15” fence board. Slight variations in the wood’s character reveal upcycled origins, with designs painted with acrylic and a polymer varnish used as a sealant. Some of the works also contain collaged paper.

If you like the signs and can’t make it to the show, you can buy them in my etsy store.

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What have you been up to this week?

k

 

happy valley news

It’s been a fantastic week, lots happening in happy valley. The garden is in now. We’re having a drought, so it will be interesting to see how I can water less, but still have a small garden.

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Also, got news last week that my hex sign art was chosen to be featured at a local store called Stripe Men. It’s an awesome store in downtown Santa Cruz right off Pacific Ave for men decorated in mid century furniture and vintage items. They provide an inspirational playground for customers to find products from some of the best local talent, like me 😉 The art show is on Friday, December 4 from 5-9 PM  and the art will be on display and for sale through out December. Super EXCITING. Everyone is invited.

Lastly, I am super stoked to be featured a couple weeks ago on a blog called a Daily Dose of Pattern. Check out may pattern and if you like patterns, check out Esther Bley’s patterns. She does some really lovely work.

What have you been up to this week.

k

frakturs and hex signs

Hi! It’s raining here in Santa Cruz. An event that has only happened three times since December. So, it’s quite exciting.

Through an old friend from Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania, I’ve discovered fraktur art. I’m super excited to try some of this in the coming weeks. What do you think? It fits well with my hex signs.

Fraktur art, like hex signs, is also a type of Pennsylvania Dutch, German folk art. Frakturs were made for special occasions in life like births, marriages, deaths, etc. The pieces originated and were common in Pennsylvania, where I grew up. Frakturs are usually ink and watercolor and contain beautiful fonts. I’m particularly interested in the motifs for patterns. Here is a typical fraktur.

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I love this fraktur for a motif for a repeating pattern.

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Talking about Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, here is the completed collection of hex signs and am looking for a local Santa Cruz store to feature them for the First Friday Art Tour in Santa Cruz. They are also for sale in my etsy shop. The hex signs are on square, 15 x 15 reclaimed fence board. Here is some of the pieces in the collection.

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I’ve also been creating patterns with them in Photoshop. What could you envision these patterns on laptop skins. shower curtains, tea towels?

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Let me know and have a GREAT week.

k

happy valley happenings

Life has been busy here in Happy Valley with the holidays, family, grandson turning two, creating and learning. I just started taking Module 2, Creating Your Professional Identity a Pattern Design class from the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton. I’ll post about it next week.

Below are some repeats that I’ve created from scanning my hex signs. Not sure what I’ll end up doing with the patterns. I just liked the process. I took my painting, scanned it and turned it into a pattern. So simple yet so fun.

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What have you been up to this week?

k

pocket note books & hex signs

I’ve got hex signs and pocket notebooks for sale in my etsy shop. The hex signs are 15 x 15 on reclaimed wood. The pocket notebooks were watercolor paintings that I turned into a repeat pattern and have them created into journals. They were inspired by the birds I see here in happy valley and my own imagination.

The journals are printed in full color on 100% acid free recycled paper interior and exterior covers, the pocket size journal is the perfect addition for your commute or travel bag. They are $12 plus shipping.
Each pocket journal is handcrafted with care in the USA.

  • Dimensions: 3.5” l x 1/8” w x 5.5” h; 0.1 lb
  • 48 pages of blank, lined, grid, or checklist page inserts.
  • Printed in full color bleed on 100% acid free recycled paper; hand made in the USA.
Let me know if you would like it blank, lined, grid, or checklist page inserts.

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Have a GREAT week.

k