Aloha Mixed Media Canvas

For today’s Designer Connection Blog Hop, I bring you a lovely vacation themed mixed media canvas collage painting of a beautiful beach somewhere off the shore of Kauai.

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Artist & Designer Alex Colombo

AlexColombo - The Blue Sun

Last year, illustrator and licensing artist Alex Colombo, interviewed me about my style, themes and technique. Since then we have got to know each other more through social media and today I want to share with you all about her background and the wonderful things she is doing with her art and blog. Alex Colombo…

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Mixed Media Canvas Painting Collage Workshop

Colorado Mixed Media Workshop

In this 3 hour Mixed Media Canvas Painting Collage Workshop, designed by artist Cherish Flieder, students learn techniques to artfully use many mediums together for both professional art and personal craft applications. They are guided through the process to make a unique canvas creation that embodies a theme of their choice. Students explore how to combine the use of watercolor, colored pencil, markers, acrylics, collage elements and embellishments like embroidery, buttons, beads, fabric scraps and more. See examples and get inspired to mix and match elements to make your art fun and vibrant!

If you are interested in participating in future classes, contact Cherish to be added to the wait list.

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CHA Winter 2012 Experience

I am excited to share some snapshots from my recent CHA experience. I have attended these shows since 2007 and I can easily say that it was the best yet!

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Ebook for Web Educators

It’s always fun when a new book that you have helped to develop comes out. So, I’m excited to share with you Best Practices in Web Development Instruction. just recently released by iThemes. The best news is that it’s a free download!

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Quality vs. Quantity

When I am exploring an idea or practicing a new technique, quantity is what makes me a better artist each time. As they say, “practice makes perfect.” However, if you are seeking quality, it isn’t helpful to just keep going and going without stopping every now and then to evaluate the work and the process. This process becomes our teacher and shows us more about quality.

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The Meaning of a Pear Tree

Recently, I updated my site header to include a pear that I painted as a part of my “Partridge in a Pear Tree” art licensing collection. It is now going on my Directory of Illustration ad for 2012 as well as a new run of business cards. So, I got to thinking, what does a PEAR or PEAR TREE symbolize anyway? Since it is an embedded part of my updated branding I just had to find out.

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Dala Horse Wall Hanging

A quaint little Swedish Dala Horse Wall Hanging designed by Cherish Flieder with embroidery and button accents featuring her illustrated Dala Horse Ribbons.

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Lovey Dovey – In Studio Process

After sketching the desired image for Lovey Dovey in my sketchbook, I re-drew my line work onto the watercolor paper. This picture shows the watercolor/embroidery process at stage 2. You can see the sketch lines on the Arches paper and the palette is mixed and ready to go. The color is washed on to the paper in steps until the desired depths and forms are developed. Stage 3 is embroidering the art and the final step is to scan and edit the finished piece so it is ready in a digital format for reproduction.

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Interview on being a children’s book illustrator

Do You Want to be a Children’s Book Illustrator?

Recently I was interviewed by Carolyn Edlund of Artsy Shark about my journey into children’s book illustration.

Check out this article to find out:

How I got started on the path of creating children’s book illustrations
9 basic steps in the process of illustrating a children’s book
5 top suggestions for artists interested in becoming children’s book illustrators

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Adobe Illustrator Tricks Event – Repeat Patterns

CAI-Cherish-Illustrator-Repeat

Tonight at the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, I am honored to be on a panel of Adobe Illustrator expert illustrators of all genres with the Colorado Alliance of Illustrators. I will be teaching how to make a seamless repeat pattern in Adobe Illustrator CS5.

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CHA Memories & Craft Month Designer Blog Hop

As a CHA designer member, I have been privileged to attend and show my art licensing and design work at five of the recent shows in Illinois and California. Each show has brought me unique insights on trends and introduces me to new products and techniques.

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Love Letters Are Key

Here is a charming vignette I created with watercolor paper, embroidery and Sizzix ScoreBoard Pro Frame & Frame Back w/Stand Die by Eileen Hull. I accented the design with a lovely little key and my brand new Love Letter Embroidered Ribbon by Renaissance Ribbons.

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1st Monday Blog Hop – 365 Days of Crafts

A new blog ring of professional designers and crafters has launched! The theme is 365 Days of Crafts: “A totally cool new website with year round inspiration.” I am honored to be asked to participate in the ongoing display of creativity. Just look for the logo on our blogs and that will keep you hopping right along with us.

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Ask Debbie Mumm

Debbie Mumm’s story could be lifted from a textbook for success. Start small, find a niche, and promote yourself. Study the market and connect with everyone from the manufacturer to the consumer. We had the chance to listen and learn first hand from this very successful licensed artist.

Debbie Mumm will be a part of the monthly Art Licensing Ask Call Series on February 16, 2011.

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Photoshop CS5: Painting & Mixing Brushes

This Thursday Evening at the Community College of Aurora, I am honored to be on a panel of Photoshop expert illustrators of all genres with the Colorado Alliance of Illustrators. I will be presenting tips on using the new painting and mixing brushes now available in PS CS5. The new oil-like painting features are simply amazing. If you are in the area, I would love to catch up with you then. Best!

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