Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What?! MORE Inktober?

Hi guys -

I am pretty busy getting things ready for the art shows and working on projects with the WeHa Artists Emporium and preparing for a big school visit, but I am still taking a little time each day to participate in Inktober.  Here's the latest batch.
BLIND        Inktober 2017       j. c. phillipps

CLOUD        Inktober 2017       j. c. phillipps

DEEP        Inktober 2017       j. c. phillipps

FILTHY        Inktober 2017       j. c. phillipps

GRACEFUL       Inktober 2017       j. c. phillipps

JUICY       Inktober 2017       j. c. phillipps

SHIP       Inktober 2017       j. c. phillipps

TRAIL        Inktober 2017       j. c. phillipps

Today I am heading off to a great new space that the art group has acquired for our Holiday Art Market.  I'm armed with measuring tape, masking tape, and my sketchbook.  We (Stefanie and I) need to see how big the space is and how many artists we can fit in it.

Thanks so much for stopping in.  I hope you all have a good week!

Monday, October 16, 2017

More Inktober

Hey y'all!  I've been busy getting ready for the upcoming holiday art shows and sometimes that's just not exciting stuff to share. (ooo - I bought some paper bags.) So I thought I'd just show you this past week's #Inktober entries.  (I missed one day due to making something else - but I'll show you that too.)

So here's INKTOBER.

FAT              Inktober 2017                    j. c. phillipps

FIERCE                 Inktober 2017                j. c. phillipps

MYSTERIOUS             Inktober 2017               j. c. phillipps

RUN                 Inktober 2017               j. c. phillipps

TEEMING                Inktober 2017           j. c. phillipps

I missed one day because I was busy working on another piece for the Gorey Pop collection that I have up at a local restaurant.  A piece sold (one of my Wes Anderson inspired drawings) and since I was such a Tom Petty fan, I figured I'd do a Tom Petty piece.

Don't Come Around Here No More      2017    j. c. phillipps

I need to start kicking my prep into high gear now.  There's always so much to think about and do before a big art show, and I was moved to another space so I have to work out my design for the new area.  But it's all fun and exciting.

Hope you're having a great week!  Thanks so much for stopping in.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


This year I decided to participate in Inktober.  Inktober is a month of ink drawings (or paintings, I suppose) where you post one drawing each day in accordance to the daily prompt.  I haven't done it before, but a friend sent me their info and prompt list, and I thought, What the heck! 

I missed the first few days, and joined on Day 4: UNDERWATER.  Since then I have been making 6" x 6" daily drawings to play along.  Here's the collection:

Inktober Day 4: UNDERWATER      2017       j. c. phillipps
Inktober Day 5: LONG        2017        j. c. phillipps

Inktober Day 6: SWORD         2017         j. c. phillipps
Inktober Day 7: SHY            2017             j. c. phillipps
Inktober Day 8: CROOKED           2017           j. c. phillipps

Inktober Day 9:  SCREECH           2017          j. c. phillipps
Inktober Day 10: GIGANTIC           2017           j. c. phillipps

 If you're on Instagram and would like to see my Inktober Project on a daily basis, you can follow me at @JCPhillipps.  If you're on Facebook, you can find this album on the Handmade by Julie Phillipps page.

Thanks so much for stopping in!  Have a great week!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Softies, Softies Everywhere

Six weeks until Open Studio Hartford!  It's hard to believe that the holiday season of arts & crafts shows is nearly here (mainly because it was so hot last week.)  But today is a little more autumn-feeling.  I am wearing a sweatshirt and noticing red and brown leaves on the grass.  It's these little things that help signal my brain as to what's to come and what I need to focus on.
Once upon a time, I only did one craft show: Open Studio Hartford.  This year I have three!  Open Studio Hartford, a weekend at West Elm, and the WeHa Artists Emporium Art Market.  That's three times the product I usually have to have on stock.  But - because of the increase - I've been busy making things all year long.  So I'm actually in good shape.

The other day I went into the basement and laid out all of my softies.  (This is how I do inventory.)

Softies by J. C. Phillipps

I've gotten into a nice little habit of cutting my fabric in the morning, doing the handwork while watching TV during my lunch break, and then finishing the little creature off in the afternoon or evening.  I've churned out quite a few that way.  But it seems like there are plenty of cute little guys in the mix.  I can probably stand to ease off a bit.

Here are a couple recent favorites.

Raccoon Softie by J. C. Phillipps

I loved this shifty-eyes Raccoon so much that I basically used the same pattern to make a shift-eyed fox.  I used a striped sock for the tail and I'll need to find another one if I want to make more raccoons.

Fox Softie by J. C. Phillipps

Then I thought, If I'm doing shifty-eyed creatures, I should probably do a rat.  So I did.  I love his scraggly whiskers.

Shifty Rat Softie by J. C. Phillipps

Sometimes  like to do stubby arms and legs because then I can just make them part of the body, but I did like the long limbs of those recent three.  And sometimes I eliminate the arms and legs altogether.
These very simple sleeping kittens have been a big hit each time that I've made them. 

Sleeping Kittens by J. C. Phillipps

 I have a ton of pink fleece, so I might have to make a couple pigs and a flamingo before I'm through.  But really - unless there's a crazy rush on handmade stuffed animals - I think I"mm good. 

Now I have to take stock of my prints.

Hope you all are enjoying some cooler weather.  Happy Autumn!
Thanks so much for stopping in!