Head In A Hole

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in BLOG | No Comments

Some very good friends got married over the weekend and they asked me to create a “face in the hole” board for their reception. They’re pretty rad so of course, I agreed. I’ve never made something this big before but I think I figured it out pretty well. Plus, I got to harass some of my neighbors by asking if they could come over and stick their heads in a hole for me. Here’s the process all laid out.

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I cut out face holes and then prepped the board with a few coats of primer.

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I sketched the design onto a paper stencil.

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I cut out the stencil and traced where the elements needed to go then started painting.

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This ended up being the color of the elephant. Custom all the way.

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I wanted to make sure the face holes weren’t scratchy so I lined them with tape.

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The finished prop. The trees, hair and shirts are all paper cut-outs while everything else is painted on. The only problem is that I forgot to take my own picture in it at the wedding!

Negative Space

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in BLOG | No Comments

I’m still working on art for this year. Last post, I was thinking about using paper as the stencil but that’s so two weeks ago! I’ve moved on. After much experimentation, I’ve developed a new method for making stencils. Well, the method is new to me. I’m sure all kinds of people have already done this. Anyway, I’ve been coating my transparencies with tempera paint, then removing the paint to reveal my design. I’ve also just been painting right on the transparency. The images below will probably explain it better than I can.

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Materials used to make this design: tempera, a sponge and a toothpick.

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Experiments in negative space. The best part is that if I mess up, I can just wash the transparency and try again.

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Close up.

Spring Cleaning Sale & New Song Posted

Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in BLOG | No Comments

So much news! Check out my newsletter for all the details on the sale: http://eepurl.com/bVjjvz

Also, I posted a new song from my dorky music project. You can hear it here: http://www.theheated.com/music/sneaky-preview/

Click the image for details on the spring cleaning sale!

Click the image for details on the spring cleaning sale!

More Ideas

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in BLOG | No Comments

This is the time of year that I work on the art I’m going to use for the rest of the year. I’m feeling a bit blocked, or rather, I have a lot of ideas but am running into roadblocks with execution. I’ll keep trying. I’m really into the idea of creating stencils from paper but haven’t been able to get the lines small enough for my liking. I want thin, fine lines but I haven’t been able to cut the paper that thin… yet. Anyway, there’s more work to be done but here are some sketches of ideas.

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Buildings, right? I’d like to create detailed versions of some unique San Francisco architectural details.

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Patterns, right? I could make random patterns.

Trends 2016! SF Etsy Shout-Out

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in BLOG | No Comments

Huge thanks to the SF Etsy blog for giving The Heated’s botanical napkins a shout-out in their most recent blog post. You can check it out here: http://www.etsysf.com/blog/the-romantic-and-the-ecologist-trends-2016

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In Progress

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in BLOG | No Comments

I like to set aside the beginning of the year to work on new designs. This time, I went through my notebook until I found an idea that seems worth working on a little more. I’ve got it in mind to turn this into a paper print. So, this is how I fumble my way through the art.

Oh, I've got loads of sayings like this that I'd love to share with the people.

Oh, I’ve got loads of sayings like this that I’d love to share with the people.

 

I'm thinking to do an arrow as the underline for "honesty". Anyway, first pass.

I’m thinking to do an arrow as the underline for “honesty”. Anyway, first pass.

Summer Renegade 2015

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in BLOG | No Comments

Summer Renegade is always a blast and it’s coming up soon! I’ll be sharing a booth with the lovely Krank Press in the Herbst Pavilion.

Renegade Craft Fair – Summer 2015
Saturday July 18th and Sunday July 19th
Fort Mason Center – Festival Pavilion & Herbst Pavilion (The Heated will be in the Herbst Pavilion!)
Booth #300
San Francisco, CA 94109
11:00 am – 6:00 pm both days
FREE TO ATTEND

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New Designs For 2015!

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in BLOG | No Comments

I’m really excited about this new batch of designs for 2015. I used a new technique to make the California Coastline stencil, which I pictured below. Also, I’m so pleased to add the bench design from guest artist Michael McConnell. Anyway, check it out and if you are interested in buying any of these new kids, visit my etsy shop.

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Cute, right?

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Aww.

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California Coastline.

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Detail shot.

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I created the California Coastline stencil using copper wire.

BENCH

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I love the way Michael McConnell’s design came out.

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Don’t you want to go sit there?

Culture Trip Shout Out

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in BLOG | No Comments

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be a part of the SF Etsy’s Summer Indie Emporium. It was a really fun show and not only did I hit my sales goal for the weekend, I surpassed it! The Culture Trip saw it fit to choose their 4 favorite booths from the show and The Heated made the cut. Check it out: http://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/california/articles/the-4-best-booths-from-etsy-s-summer-indie-emporium/

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Making The Art

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in BLOG | No Comments

Burning a screen is all about blocking out light. Lately I’ve been trying to come up with new ways to create stencils. Normally, I draw designs in black ink, then print that image on a transparency. But lately, it occurred to me that there are a lot of ways to block out light. What I’m trying to say is that I’ve had an artistic breakthrough and I’m excited to try out a bunch of ideas. This is the part where I throw it all at the wall and see what sticks.

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This is a decorative screen from a hardware store. It will make awesome geometric patterns for me.

 

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The windows of the building are from window screen material. The spire is cut from paper. Then I taped the whole thing on to a transparency.

 

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Wire? Wire blocks out light, right? I guess I’ll find out. If it does, my possibilities just blew wide open.