I had started a few months back sketching portraits of friends/bloggers I felt inspired by, which I didn't share with anyone because I had no idea what to even use them for. I had wanted to make something special for these ladies but just wasn't to sure what. After careful consideration the mister and I discussed laser engraving on woods. I have always struggled with figuring out which artistic medium I loved best. I feel like I've tried them all, and I have had success with each of them but they never left me feeling wowed about my work. I figured it didn't hurt to try something new so I'd give wood engraving a try. My personal illustration style is very graphic and has an overall stylized look to it so I figured maybe this would pull off nicely if cut with the right woods with a speciality vendor. The bigger question in my mind though, was how in the world do I even find a vendor to work with me. I did a lot of searching, I mean A LOT. I checked locally around town first but didn't have any success. I started googling laser cutting and came upon tons of options but nothing seemed appropriate to me. Then I turned to Etsy which was the best idea yet. There are so many talented people on Etsy that I was sure I would find someone. I reached out to a dozen laser vendors and asked for help, but most of them either didn't have the capability of cutting woods, were way to busy with their own thing, or they just didn't care to help for one reason or another… but then there was Cindy! I saw some of her work in her shop and could just tell she'd be perfect. After chatting with her a bit I was blown away by her knowledge and willingness to help me figure out this thing. It was a great start to an even better partnership. We spent a good month of emails and test files before we achieved what I was envisioning but all of our hard work and patients surely paid off. I'm so overjoyed with how all of these came out and I can't even begin to thank Cindy enough for helping me. We are working closely together to bring many more exciting things to life and I'll share them as they come along but today is it's all about the "Divine Nine".
DIVINE 9 CAMEOS //
So some of you may be wondering well what I'm going to be doing with all of these pieces I've made. Well, honestly, these 9 will be traveling to each of these lovely ladies as a thank you for being so sweet and special. But this surely isn't the end of them. There will be a limited run available in the shop tonight, Wednesday April 4th at 5PM CST. They will also be available as a brooch. There is also a limited edition print which will be available tonight too; you can see this print below. UPDATE // As of 5PM CST there are now a handful of these lovely items in the shop. Thanks for all your support. :)
CUSTOM CAMEOS //
After careful consideration I will be offering up custom one-of-a-kind cameo's too. That's right, you can have your face or your sweet little kiddo or spouses face doodled by me on a custom Cameo. They will be available as necklaces or brooches and after I figure out all the details of them (over this next week) I will be sharing another post that they are ready to go.
I wanted to THANK YOU all so much for being patient with me as I shared sneak peeks and got everything in line over the past few weeks. Everyone's support in general about my artwork has made this all so enjoyable and I can't wait to share with you what's next to come. You "Divine Nine" ladies out there, I hope you enjoy your pieces, it's been so much fun and thanks for your support thru this.
A quick note that I'll be taking a break from blogging, just for a couple days, but I do have a guest blogger tomorrow so please come say hi to her. But this has all been a lot of work an late nights on my end to get it all ready. I'll be around twitterland and instagram if you'd care to say hello but I'm gonna spend a few days off with the mister to relax and catch up on other things. Happy Wednesday, enjoy the pictures and I'll see ya all real soon!
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Meet and say hello to Jenny // frecklewonder.com
Meet and say hello to James // bleubirdvintage.typepad.com
Meet and say hello to Nicole // pussycatvintage.net
Meet and say hello to Rachel // smileandwave.typepad.com
Meet and say hello to Katie // skunkboycreatures.blogspot.com
Meet and say hello to Kaylah // daintysquid.blogspot.com
Meet and say hello to Chantilly (aka Thursday) // mygirlthursday.com