Holiday Orders for Recipe Illustrations

I'm still accepting a couple more Custom Recipe Illustrations for the Holidays! (through Thanksgiving) If you want some details, drop me a line at Jessica@firstpancakestudio.com or check out the listing on Etsy.  Here's some of my favorite custom recipe prints from last year:

 Croquetas de la Abuela

Thanks to the link on BuzzFeed I've been getting lots of requests this year!  I love hearing people's stories about their family recipes and seeing photos of them cooking in their kitchen's.  

Grandma Sember's Stuffed Cabbages

 

It reminds me that while the holidays are often busy and stressful... I really do look forward to spending time with my family and preparing a delicious meal together.  

Snail Mail

Last minute entry into the Spoonflower Calligraphy contest this week... Winner gets featured in Uppercase, one of my favorite magazines!

 I still love receiving letters written by hand and thought it would be fun to do a print full of snails, ink and swirly calligraphy lines.  The print had to be in black and white which is not something I've done in awhile, but I ended up enjoying a lot. 

Be Mine!

Valentine's Day is coming soon, so I  thought it would be fun to illustrate my own set of  Valentine printables inspired by some vintage valentine's I saw on Pinterest.  (scroll to the bottom if you want to download a copy to share with your valentine's)

As a kid I always looked forward to Valentine's Day,  I would painstakingly stamp, glue and glitter 30 or so cards for each of my classmates! Probably because this was one of the few occasions I was allowed to break out the glitter.

Unfortunately, I don't have as much time to throw glitter around these days...  (I'm just finishing up knitting Christmas gifts) However, I still love sending out mail to my friends and family to let them know I'm thinking of them.

Isn't Valentine's about all the people you love? Your sister, parents, grandma, bff, oldest camp friend, aunt, new sister-in-law, coworker and your husfriend?

I like to think so!

I hope you'll also enjoy sending these in the mail to your favorite people.

valentines_printable_2014

Here is how to do it:

click on the link above

It will open in a new window.

Right click on the image and select "save as".

Open up the image and PRINT.

Chili Recipe Illustration

Happy Friday!  Here's  another Custom Recipe I wanted to share!  I was thrilled when Kristi contacted me to do this chili and pickle recipe for her husband.

She had some great ideas for details to include, such as the red LeCreuset.

I had a lot of fun working with this palette and coming up with simple geometric patterns that would give it a Tex-Mex feel.

There still time to fit in custom orders for Valentines... So shoot me an email if you want me to illustrate your favorite recipe for someone you love.  Hope you cook something delicious this weekend!

Personalized Presents on Etsy!

So excited to be featured on the Etsy blog with other fabulous illustrators and artists making custom orders for the Holidays!  Some of my other favorites: name plate, Home for the Holidays illustration, Under the moon cufflinks, Morse code necklace, and Custom Doll in an animal suit!

There is still time to order a custom recipe print in time for the holidays- Prices range from $100-$350 and include shipping within the US.

 

 

Etsy Sale!

We are moving very soon!

Succulent pencil case - $12

As I look around the studio I realize now would be a good time to get rid of some of my inventory... and have less things to box up.

Cupcake notepad -$7

Squid Notepad- $7

Fruit and Lace notebook- $7

Starting today use code: MOVING in my Etsy shop to receive 20% off all orders over $15.

Succulent pencil case- $12

Fruit Notepad- $7

Have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend and check out the sale... From now till the end of June! 20% off!   I'll be adding more items so keep your eyes peeled!

Holiday Shopping Shout Out!

Thanks to my friends at They Draw and Cook for including me in their monthly newsletter of holiday shopping ideas!  If you are looking for a small stocking stuffer for a cook, then check out their Best Illustrated Cocktail Recipe Book & The Colorful Vegetarian book.  Both have absolutely beautiful illustrations!  Each book is $9.99!

If your looking for inexpensive and funky art... look no further than RI based Tiny Showcase.   They feature work of some of my favorite artists and if you were still thinking of buying one of my umibozu print, they've got those too!  They've also got a good deal going... Buy two prints and get free shipping!  Some of my favs include:

 

A collection of WPA-era US Travel Bureay Posters as reinterpreted and screen printed by Providence's Head Light Hotel. The two pieces are available for purchase as a set for $65 or below individually for $35 each

 "Untitled (Living Things)" by LandLand. $20 - Love all the patterns in this!

And Ester Pearl Watson's  "The Future Passed Over a Fake Dinosaur." $20  Tiny showcase also donates $250 from the sale of each print to a charity of the artist's choice so it's really a win-win gift!

Lastly, my friends at Hudson Seed Valley Library wanted me to share a special discount code.  Use code "packart" to receive free shipping through Dec 20th.   I just got some seed baskets I ordered from them in the mail and they look great!

Also, Starting in the new year I'll be sharing my blog posts exclusively on The First Pancake page on facebook. So if you want to be up to date on the latest news and any special discounts ... like my page!!

 

 

Custom Recipe Illos for Sale!

You may have noticed a new tab on my website saying custom recipes!  Or on my Etsy page... I'm pleased to announce I can now take commissions of your family's favorite recipes.

This is something I've been wanting to do for awhile, because I think these would be a lot of fun to work on.  The above recipe is my Mom's Mac and Cheese!  (One of my absolute favorite recipes!) I think a custom recipe illustration with hand-lettered title is an awesome and personal gift!  I'm planning on printing these at 9"x 12", but since the final is digital I can easily print multiples or larger.  If you have questions or want to place an order email me: Jessica@firstpancakestudio.com  HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

Quilt Market Recap

So I survived my first Quilt Market!! I went armed with postcards, swatches of my work and some portfolios on my ipad to show art directors.  The first day left me feeling completely overwhelmed... so much fabric to look at, so many people and everyone seemed too busy to talk.

Luckily I was not alone and was able to meet up with the ladies who ran The Printed Bolt's REPEAT contest as well as Michele (winner of REPEAT!)

Me, Ellen, Madeleine and Michele hanging out in Carolyn's booth!

After a rough day of walking the floor we hit up the Modern Quilt Guild's meet up that night.  This was the place to be!!! Michele and I immediately spotted a few of our favorite designers and decided to be brave and go talk to them.

Carolyn's block of the month quilt "Local" in her first fabric line; Architextures.  

 Through out the weekend we managed to talk to: Melody Miller,  Rashida Coleman-HaleCarolyn FriedlanderLizzy HouseAmy ButlerAnna Maria HornerTula Pink and Sarah Watson.

This is Michele and I chatting with Anna Maria Horner!!

Let me tell you... every single one of these ladies was even more fabulous in person!!!  Each of them took the time to speak to us about our experiences at our first quilt market, or their approach to design, what they think of the Modern Quilt movement, etc.  It made me so incredibly happy.....

I'm definitely encouraged to continue designing fabric and maybe even attend the spring quilt market in Portland, Oregon this year...

Quilt Market Prep

I've printed my postcards and cut fresh swatches of fabric! I'm on my way to the International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas to show my fabric designs. Anyways, I'm looking forward to meeting designers, fabric companies and some of the fabulous people involved in The Printed Bolt REPEAT contest! Wish me luck!

Take a Hike samples

I ordered some samples from Spoonflower to see how "Take A Hike" would print. My samples arrived very quickly because I ordered them as a collection of swatches. (Also the cheapest way to get swatches)

It's so exciting to open up the envelope and see all of my fabrics!!

Some of them are a little off in terms of scale

and the colors are a tad muted, but overall I love them!

I'm trying to use my handy dandy Spoonflower color chart to fix the color, fingers crossed it works!

Take a hike!

It's the final round of the REPEAT contest. I'm thrilled to have made it to the very end! Here are the final colorways for my collection; Take a hike.

It was quite a challenge to get all of these patterns and color ways done in under two weeks!

I'm leaving tomorrow for an exciting trip and I'm not sure how much internet access I will have.

but I wanted to share these patterns before I get back because I had a lot of fun working on them.

Here are two additional patterns I made, but did not submit for the contest; a stripe pattern and a chevron.

I'll be excited to see what the other finalists; Michele and Krissy come up with.

I think Ive learned a lot over the duration of this competition and I would love the opportunity to share my work at the quilt market!

Go check out the other finalists: http://theprintedbolt.com/ and vote for me for the Reader's choice award! Thanks guys!

Flea Market Patterns

It's round FIVE of the Printed Bolt's REPEAT contest. This is the last round of the contest before the final round. If I make it to the final round I have a 1/3 chance of winning the prize money, a trip to the Houston Quilt Market and having a quilt constructed in my winning collection.  How amazing would that be?  So go vote now and help me make it to the final (Voting closes Sunday night) 

I was really excited about the Flea Market theme and had a blast creating "Field of Fortune." (above) When working on my secondary patterns I always try to imagine each pattern as an important component in a collection.

I usually make some patterns at a larger scale, smaller scale, have less color, have a geometric feel or an organic feel.

 This round I really loved them all and it was tough choosing which to submit.  Ultimately I chose the blue version of the one below.

Anyways, I'm really happy with how all of these turned out.  I feel like I managed to push myself out of my comfort zone a little and still create work that feels like it's coming from me.  This round we have some seriously exciting judges: Carolyn Friedlander and Kim Kight.  I'm really looking forward to hearing what they have to say because I love Carolyn's new quilt patterns and I always read Kim's blog True Up.   Fingers crossed!

Under the Ground

It's finally here! Poster #2 for Fertile Underground!
I had a lot of fun doing the hand lettering for the title and the bottom info.

This time around I did the design and gladly handed it off to a silk screen expert to do the actual printing of the posters. I can't tell you what a relief that was!

One of my favorite parts is this mouse... I drew lots of mice as a kid.

Fertile Underground was awesome enough to give me a dozen or so prints to sell. Thanks again to Kristina for doing such an awesome job printing these!

I'll have them up in the Etsy shop for sale with the first poster! I just finished the design for poster #3 and I can't wait to see it printed.

Fertile Underground Posters

I have quite a few projects I've been working on since I last posted. Today I wanted to share this one with you. Fertile Underground is a local group mostly comprised of farmers and artists working hard to open a grocery and cafe on the West Side of Providence.

There store will feature organic, local and fair trade food as well as baked goods once their kitchen is done. There are very few places to find local fruits and veggies on the West Side, so I know they will be very popular once they open!

When I saw they were looking for an artist to design an edition of 4 silkscreen posters to promote their store I jumped at the chance! (An opportunity to do some printmaking, draw food and experiment with hand lettering?-Im soo in!)

And it's been awhile since I've done any printmaking...

And I've never done a 4 color print.

I had forgotten how much work goes into making an excellent print, before the ink is even opened....
First I did some quick veggie drawings, finished them in ink and arranged them digitally. Then, I colored the poster, separated them into layers on the computer. I printed them out onto large pieces of acetate, coated the screens, exposed them and TA-DAH!!!!

The screens were all ready to go.
This week I teamed up with my amazing friend Andrea to complete about 80 4-layer prints for Fertile Underground.
After a lot of hard work and deep conversation about unicorns we managed to get a good rhythm down and we finished!

These posters are on pieces of paper 19"x 24", so I hope they will eye catching when they are hung up!

I have 10 available for purchase, so contact me if you want one!

Seeds and Puppies

Fall is here! So is my drawings of veggies from last week; more eggplants, tomatoes and peppers. Doesn't this palette feel like Fall? Although I'm more of a Summer fan, I am looking forward to cooking comforting foods with lots of squash.
Speaking of comforting...
My family got a puppy! I went home for the weekend to indulge in cuteness.
SHE'S SO FLUFFFYY! We drove to the middle of Virgina to pick her out and after much debate we named her Addie. (I was partial to Mochi or Olive) She's driving our other dog, Lexey completely crazy. Lexey is almost 15 and would rather be left alone. We are all hoping Addie will calm down a bit and they can be friends. Here's her sneaking up on Lex and nibbling on her foot while she's napping.

Yay puppy love!

Just Beet It!

Sadly, our CSA was put on hold for the last two weeks. : ( It seems like a lot of work to run a farm! Luckily I have a few tricks up my sleeve!

I didn't like beets when I was little, and I thought my Grandfather's borscht was one of the grossest foods imaginable. However, all of that's changed in the last few years, now I love a good beet! ( Especially with goat or feta cheese.)
These babies were roasted, diced and put into a tart filled with onion, goat cheese and walnuts. Delish! I also love the pink, vibrant color they leave on everything!

Thanks to everyone who came to the opening! It was a blast to see everyone's work and people reminiscing over their fav teen shows. Thanks again to Liz for putting the whole thing together! If you go to my website EmuAttacks.com you can see the pieces in full.

Eggplants, tomatoes, and a pepper

Even tiny veggies taste delicious!

The BF's stepmom gave me this dazzling, white eggplant form her garden. A few days later the CSA gave us these two beautiful purple ones. We got a ton of tomatoes last week, my favorite being the grape tomatoes! I bought some mozzarella cheese, basil and ate it all up!