Thursday, November 14, 2013

Party Paper {Make Art That Sells Week 10}

I made it! School is officially out. Meaning, Make Art That Sells with Lilla Rogers is over. What a whirlwind the last five months have been! I plan to do a post to summarize my projects and thoughts about MATS, but for now, I am going to focus on the final week : Party Paper.

What is party paper? Well, simply put, it encompasses paper goods associated with a party - paper plates, napkins, cups, tablecloths, crepe paper streamers, etc. Lilla asked us to focus on Ukrainian and Bavarian folk art for our inspiration, as birds and florals are such an important theme in party paper goods. 

Wow. I had SO much fun perusing folk art inspiration. I already utilize many elements of folk art in my illustration so I knew this was going to be a good fit. First I started filling a page with the amazing patterns I was seeing on Ukrainian Eggs (I have always been a huge fan):


During my research, I stumbled across some fantastic folk art in the fashion world:

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These were from the Spring 2013 collection of fashion designer Mara Hoffman. Gorgeous, right? I was completely smitten by the background images. Turns out this was a collaboration between Mara and Ukrainian folk artist Maria Primachenko. I had to find out more. Oh my gosh. I was blown away by her work - the color...the patterns...the creatures! I had to start drawing. I filled a page with Maria-inspired doodles:


At that point, I knew where I wanted my pieces to go. I drew up a round plate and a square napkin.



Now came the fun part - adding color! I wanted it to be bold and bright. I ended up putting the bird on a white background and the giraffe on a black background for maximum POP. Here are my finished party paper goods!


I had a blast with this assignment. In fact, I recently acquired a tired, old toy chest that we are going to utilize in our mudroom as a storage bench. I just put a fresh coat of black paint on it, and I have now been inspired to do some folk-art inspired hand painting on it to give it a little personality. I can't wait to share it!

Thanks again for following my journey through Make Art That Sells. It has been a wonderful experience! Check out some of my other classmates, while you're at it: Denise • Ine • Sam • Johanna.


12 comments:

  1. These are amazing! Are you sad it's over? :)

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    1. Thanks, Jen! I am a bit sad, because I love learning, and I got so many portfolio-worthy pieces out of it. But, with that being said, it will be nice to be able to focus on the rest of my life for a while! Part B was a bit much since I had so much client work on top of class. Now I can relax. Ha! ;-)

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  2. I couldn't love this more!!!
    –Cassandra

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    1. Aw, thank you Cassandra! I had so much fun with this one - I'm glad it shows! xo

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  3. These look amazing and the designs by Maria Primachenko are beautiful!
    Really considering signing up for make art that sells but i always worry that I wouldn't have time for it!
    Lauren
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    xxx

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    1. Thank you, Lauren! I highly recommend Make Art That Sells, even if it presses you for time. I have learned SO much and have gotten some really amazing portfolio pieces out of it. :-)

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  4. Yours turned out AMAZING emily! Love Love Love it! Along with everything else that you created for the two courses!

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    1. Aw, shucks, Denise! I really enjoyed this assignment. It was a good way to end the class! Hope to see you soon! xo

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  5. These are amazing! Thanks for the links... can't wait to check out more Ukranian folk art

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    1. You are so welcome! It is beautiful - you will be sure to enjoy it!

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