I can't tell if January is flying by or moving like molasses. I've all of a sudden become very busy! I've finished some new art recently, had new prints made, and I also have some commissions and pop-up shops coming up!
Did you know that yesterday was National Handwriting Day? Happy Belated! One of my goals this year is to learn a little hand lettering. Right now I can fake it, but I want to learn more about how to do it correctly. I've gotten some book recommendations, and I've also found that videos are helpful. Watching when to lift the marker and how to create the strokes is a great way to learn technique. I picked up a few sizes of brush tip markers and marker paper from AC Moore so I've been playing around with those. I really like the Faber-Castell markers. The ink flows really nicely. I also want to pick up a set of Tombow Markers. I've heard good things about them. Side note: If you are learning hand lettering, do yourself a paper and pick up some Strathmore Marker Paper. It is so amazingly smooth which is really nice to work on, but also protects your markers...especially if you are using brush tip.
Happy New Year! This last year has definitely been an intense one with a lot of ups and downs, but I will focus on the ups. I officially launched my business as an LLC in 2017, which was very scary. I do not know the last time I have had to do so much math or fill out so much paperwork. There was a lot of guesswork and asking questions this year, but there is a great group of ladies in Babes in Business that are so kind and willing to help in many different ways. They were a huge help! S.C.O.R.E. of Ocean County was also a great help in the very beginning when I was overwhelmed with government forms.
I’m Rachel, an art teacher by day and a freelance artist and pretend chef by night. You can find my art locally and online, and my cooking adventures in my blog.