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New Art!

New Art!

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE!

There’s so much life and art stuff to catch up on here, including “thank you’s,” so bear with me! Everything was put on hold after I took JohnnyV to the ER on May 5th with a numb, gray foot. He was bedridden all May, had aortobifem surgery in June, and then recuperated in bed for several weeks after. But he’s here, and he has his foot! Some surgeons say this is just about the worst surgery for the body to handle, a 9.5. He is a trooper, for sure, especially after having three surgeries in 2013!

We had some extremely tough days, but we got through it thanks to my Mom, who flew in the day before surgery to help me while John was in the hospital, and my BIL, Tommy, who arrived for the final hospital days and helping us the first week JohnnyV was home! Additionally, my SIL, Nan, sent tons of food with Tommy, and my friend, Colette, brought meals over, which helped when I was too exhausted to cook. Being a caregiver ain’t for sissies!

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Neighbors (Fred, Ryan) took turns cutting our grass, friends (especially Andy) hauled heavy things that my back can’t handle, and did errands for us (Bruce & Pat, Dale & Dorsey). We had angels who gifted us above and beyond, and we are very grateful – you know who you are! 200th item soldYou sure find out who really cares when you go through a major crisis. When I put out the call that we would have huge medical bills and other expenses, clients almost emptied my etsy shop.
We recently sold our 200th (!!!) item from the EDA shop, and the purchaser of that 200th item got to pick out whatever she wanted, which was a hand-painted henna elephants tray. Congratulations, Nancy B!

TRINKET TRAYS, JEWELRY TRAYS, COLORFUL PAINTED BOWLS
14598684338313111625octavia3_tbRecent bowl subjects: sharks, turtles, flamingos, dots, hearts, finger labyrinths, MidCentury Modern abstracts, pumpkins, peacocks, nebulas, French Bulldogs, puffer fish, seahorses, whales, and octopuses! If you’re upset that you’ve missed out on a certain item (a lot of times the items are sold on Facebook before I can ever get them into my shop), note: VIP Club members get notified when items will be listed,  so they get first dibs. I am so grateful for my collectors!
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peacock feather henna peacock bowl fall leaf bowl pumpkin bowl boston terrier pawprint bowl pumpkin bowlflying swans

HOW-TO: DOTD FIGURINES

DOTD figuresHalloween mode begins! For the last few years, I’ve done some sort of DOTD project, including painted skulls and purses. This year: fingurines. Here’s a brief “how-to” if you’d like to make your own (these are in my shop). Step 1: gather thrift store figures. Step 2: scrub and degrease them. Step 3: spray with adhesion promoter. Step 4: spray black. Step 5: draw a few “bone” guidelines with white water-based pencil. Step 6: paint white bones. Step 6: embellish design with other colors. Step 7: wipe away leftover pencil marks. Step 8: spray with clear coat. Step 9: enjoy what you made, or give them as gifts!

janasignCustom Sign: Bellydance camp needed hookah and dinos!

Fun work has come across my desk, but the most interesting recent piece was a custom camp sign. The request: “it’s for our bellydance camp, and has to have a hookah and dinosaurs”! Each sign is handpainted (not vinyl lettering), and is designed to your specs, with creativity to bring your idea to life in a colorful way. (Photo: my client and her daughter with the finished sign at a drum and dance camp in Stuart, VA.)

Do What You Said You Would Do

0405871 fabricFirst rule of business: do what you said you would do! The woman who was supposed to sew our camper awning literally forgot about us, even after I sent our own fabric to her! This isn’t a guess – she TOLD me she forgot when I contacted her to find out why there was a delay when it didn’t show up when it was promised. Then she mixed ours up with someone else’s, shipping them to the wrong homes, and I had to deal with the shipping mess the day after John’s major surgery. You think she’d offer a discount for the wait and the shipping hassle? Nope. She’d come highly recommended for her work, but that is not good customer service. I refuse to mention her name. When someone PAYS you and sends materials, their project GOES ON YOUR CALENDAR so you can ship items as promised. DO WHAT YOU SAID YOU WOULD DO. And if you screw up, make it up to your customer.

THANK YOU so very much for your patience and continued patronage while John was recuperating. It really means the world to us, and helped pay the bills while our world was topsy-turvy. Things are far from “normal”, but looking a LOT better! Thank you!!

Until next time (and beyond),
be kind and patient to each other,
Eclectic Dawn

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Creating An Adult Coloring Book

Creating An Adult Coloring Book

Skelly on a rusty bikeHappy Halloween! Just a few days away from a spectacular full-moon-on-a-Saturday Halloween! Buckets of candy? Check! Skelly on a bike? Check! Costume? Not yet…but I’m working on something. I could give out candy in my civvies, but where’s the fun in THAT?

Roasted Pumpkin SeedsHow To Roast Pumpkin Seeds

I am seriously addicted to freshly roasted pumpkin seeds, and I look forward to them all year long! As I pull pumpkin guts, I place the seeds in a bowl of water. I rinse and swish them around in a colander in the sink, removing the last of the pumpkin shrapnel. Soak the seeds in very salty water for about an hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place drained seeds in a shallow baking tray (with sides), and sprinkle with salt (or add cayenne or garlic or butter). Put in the oven for 20 minutes, take them out, stir them so they all get premium heat exposure, and then put back in the oven. I keep repeating 20 minute cycles until they are crispy. Allow to cool, then store in a jar. See how long you can make them last! They DON’T last long here.

Using garden photos as reference.Huzzah! “My Mother’s Garden” Adult Coloring Book is off to the printers and should be in my etsy shop soon! Almost half were sold during pre-orders.
(EDIT: available here on EDA and in etsy shop!)
I had such a great time creating this one, there will be more. The next? “Ocean Rhythms”! This flower garden book is unusual in that the artwork is done in an artist’s sketch style instead of computer-generated line drawings, so as you color the pages in, you become the artist! Here are the steps I went through to create this sketchbook-style coloring book:

  1. Select 25 photos of Mom’s garden (the book will be 26 pages, including intro).
  2. Create sketches using the photos as reference.
  3. Ink the sketches with a fine-line marker, so they’ll look crisp in the book.
  4. Erase all the pencil lines (note to self: buy electric eraser). Double check to make sure all pencil is gone.
  5. Scan each at 300 DPI.
  6. Do digital touch ups, add borders/text, and then export as a cpt, flattened jpg, and pdf, using Corel.
  7. Create front cover and back cover graphics in Corel. Export cpt, jpg, pdf.
  8. Create cpt with interior intro page text. Save as cpt. Export as jpg and pdf.
  9. Create pdf file including ALL the flattened images. Basically, the book as a pdf.
  10. Triple check that EVERY word and page looks EXACTLY how it should. Check it again. And again.
  11. Upload files to printer and place my order for a proof copy.
  12. Approve hard copy proof. Finalize full order.

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We’re going to be featured in Vintage Camper Trailers!

Another huzzah! We just got word that our vintage camper is going to be featured in the November 2015 issue of Vintage Camper Trailers magazine! *happy dance* If you love vintage trailers, VCT is an invaluable resource of materials, ideas, and rally schedules, and the photos are downright amazing. Vintage trailer folk are a special breed, for sure, very generously sharing info and kindnesses at rallies and across the internet. Look up VCT on Facebook or their website, and when you subscribe, tell Paul that Eclectic Dawn sent you!

Tiki book
Click for etsy shop.

If you need a great stocking stuffer for the adults, how about a little book of tiki history, drink and food recipes, and even a few sketches to color in?
Grab your copy here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/187636839/tiki-drinks-food-recipe-book-treasures or you can grab a copy here on EclecticDawnArts!

shirtWe’ve added more dance items to our zazzle shop in a huge variety of colors and styles, such as our most popular “5,6,7,8 Dancer Clocks”: bellydancers, leaping modern dancers, in orange, blue, green, purple, aqua…with various beautiful background designs, and we’ve added WATCHES, too. ALSO, a whole new category of “I Heart Dance” items! I adore this swing shirt as comfy practice wear!

And so begins the holiday dash of Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year’s! It always seems like such a blur, with so much to create, to clean, people to visit, and events to attend.
Lola and Pumpkins
NOTE: If you are considering a commissioned piece for Christmas, my schedule is filling up quickly.
“Now” may seem early to you, but we have a lot of people expecting us to create unique gifts for them, and if you want one done, too, you need to order early enough for us to 1) fit your special gift into the paint schedule, and 2) ship it in time for Christmas. I can’t stress this enough: NOW is the to make your commission request!

Yes, we’ve been busy, but we also take time out to relax, and I hope that you do, too. Take a walk in the woods, hug a tree, call an old friend, or gaze at the stars. Enjoy the full moon Halloween this weekend and the joy of all the youngsters running around playing make-believe! Now go carve those pumpkins! 🙂
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With much Gratitude Attitude,
Eclectic Dawn

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