Design Work, Greeting Cards

Cards by katesartz now on Redbubble!!

Hello everyone! Taking a small breather from my colour series and other art to update on my card line that I mentioned in this post here. (The designs in that particular post were not chosen after all, and may do something else with them later. See more relevant designs below..)

My Redbubble can be found here.

So, since the winter I’ve been planning and editing my cards from 2018, picking out the good ones and organizing a little. I was contemplating for a while of what to do with them and where to put them. If anyone’s been following my Instagram, you’d know already that I picked Redbubble, at least for now. Maybe in the future I’ll make them available to other sites. But Redbubble was the most basic and simple site for me, plus an on-demand printer makes it hassle-free and one click shopping for customers.

Without further ado, here’s the gathering of designs I chose to edit into greeting cards:

In total, there’s six designs. However, only three actually made it so far on my Redbubble, with different messages on the front (and blank inside) to choose from:

The three messages are broken down into three ‘categories’ of sayings on the front of the cards:

– Congratulations
– Best Wishes
– Thank You

The reason I picked these variant of sayings was because of the simplicity and basic yet variety of ways to display them. If you’ve noticed, they work with all three of those designs, and they are open for whatever emotion or occasion that is necessary. Graduation? Wedding? Birthday? A Celebration? Gratitude? Hope? Wishing Well? etcetc
I even have a ‘ … ‘ after them so that the buyer can continue to write their message inside the card.

Now, look at the very top left with all six designs from 2018. There are in fact three designs still not on Redbubble, but they will be soon as of this week. These ones are only going to be basic ‘Thank You’ cards. I did this because, even though I want a variety, I also don’t want to overwhelm myself or people looking. I like balance, and simple things. For my 2019 line of cards, I’ll do something similar, in which I’ll have a certain variant of sayings and messages for certain designs that work, and more than just those ones above. Some designs are more versatile than others. Aaaand in 2020 I hope to go even further into invitations!

Later this week I’ll have another post featuring my purple floral design (seen above) and comparing my own printed cards vs. Redbubble’s card. This post is getting lengthy!

Here’s a few screengrabs of my store so far: (shots were taken in CAD currency)

(c) Kate Schultz 2018 – 2019

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Design Work

Colour Series 5 – A Floral Colour Wheel

Got another Colour Series, the next flower batch! (This was mentioned in this post here)
Just like the Bird Colour Wheel, these singular designed flowers correspond to each according colour on the wheel! The images above are for web only, and are arranged into Primary (Blue, Yellow, Red) and Secondary (Green, Purple, Orange) arrangements.

The designs are roughly based around these flowers;
Blue: Blue Anemone
Yellow: Sun Flower
Red: Red Camellia
Green: Green Rose
Purple: Purple Geranium
Orange: Orange Tiger Lily

I have the behind the scenes images and had framed it similar to my birds, as followed:

First they were all drawn separately on scrap paper:

Next they were trimmed to a rough similar size:

Then they were glued onto a black piece of construction paper and ‘framed’:

And finally, placed on my Art Wall right under my first bird colour series! (and both of them beside my landscape canvas painting, see my Instragram post for that one, or my Art Wall 2018 post!)

All images are (c) Kate Schultz 2018 – 2019.

Random trivia: This floral series actually started in November 2018, however didn’t actually take effect until February 2019 officially, because I didn’t know how I was going to go about the series until I figured out I wanted to base each colour of the wheel. An earlier version of the camellia was posted, and a different version of the orange and purple flowers (seen in this post here) on my instagram until, again, I decided I was going to go to the single flower route.

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Paintings, Sketchbook

Owl Painting

Finally catching up with my posts and pictures, this was my main animal painting of 2018, featuring an owl. This was done within the months of March to maybe May. I don’t recall now. I actually had progress shots, but they were poor quality and not post-worthy. This version is the watercoloured (wet) version, edited for web viewing.

I have the original sketch though! I managed to save it!

The sketch can also be seen on this post here.

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Illustration March 2019 – A Sloth and the Birds

Every month I’m aiming to do at least one illustration, usually themed around the month it corresponds with. I also thought it’d be fun having a sloth in it every month, because why not sloths! They make interesting subjects considering they’re notorious for lazing about, and so if you’re trying to throw in a themed sloth, it might get challenging! I might break some boundaries though and have fun with them!

As for March, I honestly couldn’t think of anything significant except for leaf clovers and the theme of “luck” because of greens and St Patricks Day stuff (at least, in the west…) So that’s why the sloth is waving around a three leafed clover (as well as the birds).

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Design Work

Colour Series 4 – An Analogous Bird Harmony

A set of three bird trios based off, you guess it, the Secondary colours (Green, Orange, Purple) of the colour wheel, but as an Analogy “colour theory”. An Analagous Colour theme basically means to have a main colour picked on the wheel (can be any) and then two colours directly next to it. So for example, I picked green, and so, yellow-green and blue-green are the two directly beside them, if we go by the Tertiary based wheel in the link provided above. (Cool info about colours on that site, check it out!)

The birds roughly correspond with colours that match their species as such:

Green based on Parrots

Orange based on Canaries

Purple based on Martins

Unlike my first birds of this series, I didn’t frame these and left them as is. You can find the original photos on the posts off my Instagram:

The green birds

The orange birds

The purple birds

art work is (c) Kate Schultz 2018 – 2019, art done from Nov. 2018 to Jan 2019

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Design Work, Greeting Cards, Project Updates

katesartz – Final Logo and Site Updates!!

Hey everyone! I hope you all are having a nice weekend! I thought I’d share the final look of my logo and for some updates!

Firstly, the logo. I posted here, and on my Insta, some logo ideas for my “branding” of katesartz – for my greeting card line, design work, social sites, online store fronts, etc. And gathered opinions and thoughts of not only my followers but my own, and decided to basically combine the first two ideas I had. So now, it looks like this:

This is the watercolour version , scanned and edited for web. I decided to go with three pedals for simplicity, and it looks much cleaner. The stem has a brush to represent painting and artistic tools. I chose to have cooler colours (purples, blues, greens) because it has a more calming, welcoming effect and purple looks nice (imo) with greens!
You’ve probably noticed my profile logo and banner for my sites have been updated to this.

For fun, I also did a digital version:

I was originally actually going to use the digital version for my branding, but thought it doesn’t feel fit with the theme and designs and method of my watercolor work. It also looks “too clean” and doesn’t look “by hand”. The only thing I’m using it for so far is my site icon that can be seen on the upper browser tabs upon viewing my actual site. It looks so small anyway that at first glance it just looks like the watercolour version!

As for other updates, I revamped my site so it’s a little more organized and friendly for tablet, phone, and desktop viewing. The menus on the top now have drop down menus for the categories I originally had on the side panels. My ‘About’ page has been updated too, take a look if you want, as periodically there will be an update on my Projects List!

My cards are almost done too, pretty soon my Redbubble will open!

So, quick note, that Redbubble for now will be the only option until I open others. This year is the year of experimenting and trying out different websites and methods for printing. I decided to do POD (print on demand) based stores for now because it’s a little less stress and easier that I don’t have to worry about the printing, shipping, handling, deliveries, etcetc all myself. (Unless, of course, I buy my own cards in bulk and sell them in person, which would still work at markets and craft shows!) Plus it’s a good start and fairly easy to do – if anyone is thinking of setting up an online store, I’d suggest a POD site to start with. I can’t say which one I prefer yet though!

(c) Kate Schultz 2019

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Design Work

Colour Series 3 – Secondary Colours Flowers

A set of flower designs based on the secondary colours of the wheel – Green, Orange, Purple. You’d probably think I would start with the primary colours, right? Well, haha, the way my brain works, apparantly not! However, these three were actually supposed to be early designs for another floral project ( as per Colour Series )I had started initially last Fall, 2018. That particular project will be posted within the next month.

The flowers’ colours correspond with colours that match the flower types:

The green one was supposed to be based on a green star gladiolus but I got a little carried away I crossbred geraniums and peonies and probably other things. I honestly I had no idea there were actually more green flowers than we think!

The orange is two tiger lillies.

And the purple is three daisies… I think. I unfortunately forgot to label it way back, oops! But they do look like purple daisies don’t they?

All three of these were the original designs of another project that will be posted soon of a Floral Wheel, because of consistency.

These have been posted on my Instagram:

Green can be found here.

I was super slow with this, with posts so far apart I confused not only my followers but myself! It’s so easy to get caught up in multiple projects and intentions and I’ve learned a lot the past year of the what-not-to-dos when running a social outlet like Instagram! *doh!*

Anyway, unlike the Birds I previously posted on here, I did not frame these ones or put them up on any wall or any such. I felt it was insignificant to do so, and they were nice practice rounds.

art work is (c) Kate Schultz 2018 – 2019, art done from Nov. 2018 to Jan 2019

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