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Better Together

Hi there. How are you?

I've always had a lot of luck selling Valentines. Probably the best selling item I've ever had on Etsy was this Beatles inspired design that I made way back in 2008.

My now retired valentine card featuring a line from a classic Beatles tune.

My now retired valentine card featuring a line from a classic Beatles tune.

Put a Bird on it

I've happened upon another winning valentine design this year. This time, it features birds.

My newest valentine features two adorable fairy wrens. Click to purchase!

My newest valentine features two adorable fairy wrens. Click to purchase!

Second time's the charm

I illustrated these adorable fairy wrens in 2014. It's certainly one of my favorite bird pieces. They're damn cute. Don't you agree?

These two lover birds have always seemed destined for a valentine, but it took a while to get it right. Two years ago, I made another iteration of this card. You can read more about that HERE.

Right before the SIU craft sale this year, I decided to rework this card. It hadn't sold in its previous form and I wasn't satisfied with it as is.  I changed the text to "Better Together", added the border and it sold like hotcakes! It was the best selling item of the weekend.

Though initially intended as a valentine, I could also see using this as an anniversary card. Really, you could even give it to your bestie!

The backside of all my cards feature my sweet little cardinal.

The backside of all my cards feature my sweet little cardinal.

Getting Krafty

As seen here, all of my cards now come with kraft paper envelopes. I really like the way they set off the white cards. I don't know why I waited so long to do this. I love the look!

Shop Small

This cutie and a couple of other valentines are now available in my shop.

Shop small and shop often my friends.

Until next week. Ciao.

Illustrated Stories - the Scarlet Tanager

Hi there. How are you?

I've got two trunks full of original artwork, just sitting in my studio. As I'm no longer doing art fairs, it hasn't seen the light of day in a while. It's time for this artwork to be up in someones home!

Each week I'll be sharing and selling one of my original pieces that I have in stock. The work will be priced to sell, so if you like something, grab it quickly! Original art makes an excellent gift for that hard to buy for person in your life.

First up: The Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager - an original mixed media illustration. Click through to purchase.

Scarlet Tanager - an original mixed media illustration. Click through to purchase.

The Story

On the advice of my husband, I started illustrating birds and they became wildly popular. For a solid two years, I drew nothing but birds. This is one of my favorite bird illustrations in the series. I love anything red and I'm so drawn to the eye on this birdie.

This is not the first scarlet tanager I illustrated. I did an entirely different version of this pretty red bird, but I was never very satisfied with this piece. Let me show you....

I was never quite satisfied with this initial version of the Scarlet Tanager.

I was never quite satisfied with this initial version of the Scarlet Tanager.

Yes, I know it's fine, and some might even like it better than my second attempt. There's just something about this illustration I didn't like. Maybe it's the eye, there's just no life in it. After sitting with this piece for a year and still feeling unhappy with it, I removed it from it's cradle and started anew.

So there you have it.

Now go and buy this heavily discounted feathered friend. The listing is right below.

Original Mixed Media Illustration - Scarlet Tanager
95.00 150.00

Featuring a spunky scarlet tanager, this is a one of a kind mixed media work.

THE DETAILS: This work measures 5" x 7" and is mounted on a 2" deep cradled wooden box. With a small sawtooth hanger on the back, it comes ready to hang or can sit on a ledge or shelf.

Collaged red paper, black ball point pen and Prismacolor colored pencils were used the creation of this work. It is finished with a protective UVA/UVB coating and clear varnish, so that the papers won't fade over time and it is water resistant.

The piece bears my initials on the front, and is signed and dated on the back.

THE SHIPPING: Your piece will be wrapped in a handmade fabric bag, carefully packaged in a sturdy box, and inshipped to you via USPS mail with insurance and a tracking number. I take great care to make sure my pieces are wrapped and shipped securely.

Please contact me with any questions.

OTHER INFORMATION: Please be aware that while I do my best to photograph the colors true-to-life, all monitors display colors differently, please allow some variation between what you see on your screen and what you see in real life.

Copyright © Jennifer Johansson
All Rights Reserved.

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More next week. Ciao!

 

Better Late than Never - A New Mother's Day Card

Illustrated Mother's Day Card with Female Cardinal
Illustrated Mother's Day Card with Female Cardinal

Hi There. How are you?

I know I am super late to the party, but I decided to whip up a new Mother's Day Card. Featuring a sweet momma cardinal, this is sure to please your bird-lovin' momma. I actually made this with my grandmother in mind. She loves all things birds.

These cards are up for sale in my

Etsy

shop and can be purchased at

Day Shift

, right here in Carbondale. I will also be selling these in my booth at the

Art Fair at Laumeier, 

which happens in St. Louis over Mother's Day weekend. You won't believe how many of these puppies I'll sell there. Yahoo for procrastinators!

OK. Gotta get back to pumping out artwork! Ta-Ta for now.