MATS bootcamp nautical wall art

tammie bennett's tatooed whale

i took lilla rogers' make art that sells bootcamp, and while i didn't participate as fully as i had planned, i had fun with this particular assignment.  

we were to create a piece of wall art using a nautical theme.  i have been loving whales for a little while now and i knew i either wanted to have whale or mermaid imagery in my piece.  

i first created the piece below using acrylic on cork for a little added texture. then i created the piece above in illustrator after scanning in my sketches.

tammie bennett's northern whale

i think it's pretty funny how both pieces have the same basic idea of a whale diving deeper, but they are quite different at the same time. 

these were a lot of fun to create.  i've added them to my shop because i had a couple requests to do so after posting them on instagram or facebook.  

lilla rogers' MATS bootcamp assignment #1 :: cuckoo clocks


when lilla announced she was offering make art that sells (MATS) assignment bootcamp, i knew i wanted to be a part of it.  i loved the assignments lilla gave us in MATS part A and B.  they are always on trend and somehow she gets people to turn in their best work.  

just as in MATS parts A and B, lilla gives a mini-assignment to get your ready for the main assignment.  i do like this way of creating, but more often than not the very first idea that pops into my head is the one i can't shake, no matter how many other sketches i do.  sometimes i just *know* what i want to create.  i still try to do 25-50 sketches to see what comes out of it.  

the second i read cuckoo clock, i knew i wanted to do a clock that had a girl whose legs acted as the weights.  i thought it would look so cool to have a clock on the wall with a girl with legs of different lengths.  my first sketch didn't have a clock anywhere, but as soon as i realized it, i knew it just had to go in her topknot!

lilla gave us a  color palette to work with so i tweaked it a little and used that.  i tend to use the same 5-7 colors so it was fun for me to break out of that routine for a bit!

after a week of doodling and sketching our mini assignment, lilla gives us our main assignment. in this case, a cuckoo clock design for a phone case.  

i really didn't do too many revisions.  i knew what i wanted it to look like and i pretty much achieved it.

i hope you'll check out the gallery on lilla's site to see the other talented artists' takes on the assignment.  

week 5 in lilla rogers' make art that sells class :: gift market

tammie bennett zipper pouchweek 5 in lilla rogers' make art that sells course focused on the gift market. the gift market can basically be any type of product and any medium.  our mini assignment was to photograph or scan in bits and bobs that we collect.  i was so thrown off because i don't think of myself as a collector.  in fact, this year i've tried to get rid of the clutter in my work space.  i didn't even know where to begin.  after getting the main assignment on wednesday, i had more of an idea of what direction i wanted to go.  (thanks to lilla's amazing inspiration images.) lilla wanted us to create a super lush zipper pouch inspired by the photo real imagery currently trending in the fashion world.

i've noticed the runway trend of photo-real florals, and i've wanted to give it a try. but due to my previous utter terror when thinking about using photoshop, i put it off. i've made huge jumps in my skills since doing the plate project in week 2 of lilla's course, so i felt confident and excited to take this project on.

BUT i still needed subject matter.  the more i looked around my craft studio, the more i noticed the flowers, small animals and birds, sequins, feathers and vintage buttons.  i found bits that i bought 5-6 years ago just because they were so darn cool.  (like the little baby compass - eek!!)  chris took the kids out of the house and i spent hours scanning in lots of bits and bobs from my studio.  (i should have done it for the mini assignment, but alas i did not).  i began layering and layering and layering in photoshop.  HOURS of layering.  and then starting over because it got to cluttered and i didn't know how to edit.

i LOVE how the finished piece looks and once again i wish it were real so i could carry it around every day.

p.s.  lilla picked my wall art piece last week for her review.  it's funny because each week i have wanted so desperately for her to pick my piece to talk about.  and i was really excited that she did pick mine (thank you lilla for your kind comments).  but i have to tell you, even more rewarding than lilla picking my piece is the enormous growth and confidence i've gained from this class.  lilla has a way of getting people to stretch way beyond their limits.  i've worked so hard each week to do better than i thought i could do.  i keep pushing and pushing and pushing myself, knowing that the other hundreds of people in the class are doing the exact same thing.  the growth i've seen from my classmates is simply astounding.  and the attention lilla gives to this class is so much more than i expected.  i am so grateful for this kick in the pants.