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Augusta Market Poster

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At the end of last summer, Brooke commissioned me to paint a poster for the Augusta Farmer’s Market.  Here’s the premise she wanted:  Digger the Otter (who is the mascot for the market.  I hear they have a guy in an otter suit walking around these days) is a fun-loving, family-friendly party animal who loves scampering around the river and pal-ing around with the market goers.  HOWEVER, there is this mischievous beaver named BLOCKER who DAMS things.  He ruins all Digger’s happy plans and is always lurking around looking for ways to cause mayhem.  Then she was like….”And maybe there could be a beaver in an otter suit….”

Well, I didn’t take it that far.  I’m not sure I could tell the difference between a real otter and a beaver in an otter suit. But I did want to capture the exciting feeling of community at the market, as well as the diversity of the vendors.  It was fun imagining all the characters and figuring out how to fit them into the space.  Oh, and that’s me on the right selling bread!

One of the main focal points at the market is the big fountain that explodes into the air in the middle of the square.  It looks like its coming out of a thing like the metal cages cities build for their trashcans.  Kids play around it all summer, and I feature Digger here flying high on the fountain with a lemonade in his hand.  Blocker is lurking below, plotting, no doubt.

watercolor and pen



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Aurora + William Sage Green Wedding Invitations

Aurora was my first bride from abroad!  She was so easy to work with, even though we live on different continents.  She gave me such lovely details about her wedding vision that I was able to design these sage green, art-deco informed wedding invitations that we both love.

I’m just starting to recover from the INSANITY last week.  Not only was it Master’s Golf Tournament week here in Augusta, it marked the beginning of a lot of changes for our little family of two.  More details to come on that front.

I didn’t have the energy to think or move after baking at the restaurant  11pm-8am every night…but it was pretty fulfilling to stock the dessert case every day and come back that night to find it empty.   We even had a famous golfer come eat at the restaurant.  I think it was Greg Norman (the “Shark”)(?).  He signed a bunch of menus for people.  When they told me about it, I was like, “…Who?  Is he famous?”  For living in a golf crazed town, I know nothing about golf.  I would like to keep it that way, too.

I knew it was time for a day off when, on my 6th night in a row working that craziness, I looked down and realized I was wearing two different shoes.

I designed a monogram that I printed on the backs of all the envelopes, and I really like how it pulls the whole invitation suite together.

Probably the most time consuming part of the whole process was mixing the ink color exactly right.  The ink always looks a lot lighter in the jar than it comes out on the paper, especially after it dries.  So I’d mix ink, print the image, rinse out the screen, wait for the ink to dry, compare it to the photoshop file I sent Aurora, sigh in frustration,  mix more ink, make sure the screen was dry and print again.   Usually I don’t have an exact color I’m trying to match,  I just fiddle with the color until I think it looks good.  I tried using interior house paint for awhile for this reason, because I could just pick out a precise color from a sample paper and have the hardware store mix it, but the paint always ended up drying (permanently) in my screen.  I’ve heard of mixing floetrol or other substances with the ouse paint to keep it from drying in the screen, but I haven’t been able to find it locally.  If any readers out there have experience with this, I’d love some advice.

Anyway, it was worth it, I’m happy with the results!

The RSVP card featured a little illustration of a serene cow and a peaceful fish.  I guess they don’t realize they’re going to be eaten by ravenous wedding guests.

I always have fun when hand-lettering takes center stage.  Thanks Aurora, for letting me be a part of your wedding celebration!


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