Oh hey! If you are here it's probably because you emailed or messaged me with a question. Thank you so much for taking the time to reach out to me.
Please know I don't mind answering questions, but I am a busy mama and wife :) Between keeping up with my boys and drawing and running Pen & Paint it's quite hard to answer every message individually.
Do you license your work?
Yes I do. I have had the honor of working with Uncommon, Papyrus, & Workman Publishing along with other companies. I am very interested in licensing my work so please contact me for more information.
Do you accept wholesale orders?
Absolutely! There are several brick-and-mortar stores that carry Pen & Paint products. Please contact me so we can get one started.
Do you do custom drawings/illustrations?
Some of my favorite designs have come from custom requests. If you are interested in one you can contact me. Please keep in mind I may not be able to accept your request at the time, but I'd love to hear what you are looking for.
I have a quote I'd love to have you design a print with. Can I share it with you and it not be considered a custom order?
YES. I always love hearing your ideas. If you have something special, silly, or encouraging and you want to see in as a print please let me know. I cannot promise it will end up in the shop, but I'll definitely add it to my list and let you know if/when I create it.
Do you do blog design/logo design?
I have done some blog and logo design in the past. I am currently not doing any. I can recommend a few friends who do blog and logo design: Heather, Aimee
Do you still paint?
Yep! I love my paintbrushes. It's just much easier to put a pen down than it is to clean paint brushes when you have little people at your feet. When I get a chance I still love to create smaller paintings and you will find them in the shop.
What kinds of pens do you use?
I found a set of Faber Castell Pitt pens my husband bought years ago. I started using them and fell in love. Sometimes I color with Prismacolor Markers & watercolor pencils. I haven't ever used Sharpies to sketch but I have several artist friends who love them. And I just recently tried out Micron pens, but they weren't my style.
What kind of paint & supplies do you use?
I use acrylic paint on stretched canvas. I have just started to try using watercolors though I don't like it very much yet ;) I've never used oil paint or gouache paint, but I definitely want to try them out.
Where do you buy your supplies (canvases, paints, pens)?
I purchase supplies from all over the place from my local craft store to online art supply stores to Amazon. I love a bargain so if it's on sale I stock up! I can always suggest try finding supplies at Michael's Stores. They always have great sales and coupons.
What is your process of turning your work from a drawing into a print? Thank you for understanding I won't be sharing exactly how I do things, but I can give you a break down. I draw a sketch, I upload it to my computer making it a digital image, then I color it. I have a couple of my pieces I colored by hand and have made a reproduction of them with no digital color added.
I suggest searching for e-courses in illustration. I am not teaching any courses or providing any instruction currently, but I know there are many talented artists out there who provide those types of things.
I love to draw too! Can you tell me how to get started creating art prints?
As I mentioned before I'm not currently providing instruction or classes. However, the internet is your friend! Search for illustration programs (sorry I can't recommend one but I know there are lots out there). I know you can try some programs free for 30 days. Do your homework. Search for e-classes that provide instruction on the programs you are interested in.
What kind of printer do you use?
I currently use an Epson printer for all of my printing in my homes studio. I spent a long time researching to find the type of printer that would work best for my type of work. I suggest looking through reviews on the different printers you are interested in to find one that will best suit your needs. Simply do a search on Amazon for the model number and printer you are interested in and read what customers are saying. I found this very helpful in helping me choose mine.
If you aren't ready to commit to a printer find a local print shop in your area who can make test prints for you. That way you can see what your work will look like on paper.
I hope you found this helpful! Please know I am not trying to ignore any messages or emails, but I get lots of questions and this is the best way for me to address them.