Watercolor Wednesday: Craft Monster

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Craftness Monster watercolor illustration by jeffrey johnson of Red Herring IllustrationMy first year of doing art and craft shows as part of my job was full of learning experiences. The very first thing I learned and what I always tell people that aren’t sure about having enough work to show was, “There’s nothing like needing to have the work to make you do the work.” The second lesson came about halfway through November. A girl walked up to my table and said “Oh, I saw all your stuff at another show.” As she walked away, I made a vow that I would always have at least something new at each show from then on.

Watercolor Wednesday is an opportunity to experiment

I came out of the holiday season this year with a pretty severe case of burn out. I felt like all of my creative equity had been used up, but there was still work that needed to be done. In addition to the regular work coming in, the studio flooding over the Christmas break making things for myself just seemed like too much. So I kind of took a break.

While getting personal things back in order, I started looking for artwork that inspired me. On Instagram I stumbled across Iraville, a wonderful illustrator from Germany, and I fell in love with her style and her speed painting videos on YouTube. Watercolor Wednesday is partly about having new work, but it’s also an opportunity to experiment with new styles and techniques. Armed with inspiration, I just needed a project to get started on.

As it turns out, I have no shortage of projects. The largest right now is Craft Monster, a maker showcase I approached the Saint Louis Craft Mafia, and the Saint Louis Science Center about last year. The Craftness Monster is our mascot, and it just seemed fitting for her to be the first Watercolor Wednesday painting of the new year.

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