2013 Animals Calendar {Product Spotlight}

Howdy!

Now that the Indie Art + Design Trunk Show is behind me, I have finally been able to take inventory of my product and start putting it in my Etsy shops. Over the next week or two I'm going to do a few Spotlight posts to give you some additional insight on my new products!

First up, the new 2013 Animals Calendar:


This is a project that has been percolating for quite some time. I knew I wanted to focus on animals, but not in my usual anthropomorphic way. Last year, during my brief stint doing the Daily Animal Doodles, I was experimenting with a different style that was more about simple blocks of color, simplified color palettes and selective line work. For a quick reminder, here are a few of those doodles: here, here and here.

I wanted to explore that idea a little further with a new animal series. With my renewed love of painting, I thought I would create little gouache paintings and focus on Animals of Wisconsin (though they're pretty common, so we could call them "woodland" animals, as well!). I picked a fun color palette, along with black and white, grabbed my paint and brushes, and set to work.

Here are some Instagram photos I took along the way to document the details and my process:


The final calendar consists of 12 pages, printed on creamy paper, complete with a bulldog clip for easy hanging. Then after the months are over, you'll have a nice little collection of animal prints for your viewing pleasure forevermore!

Calendar pages, month-by-month:




*Please note, the maroon isn't quite that dark - you actually CAN see the animals, I promise!

I had such an amazing time with this series, and finally a fun little calendar! If you're interested in purchasing one, you can find them in my Bluestar Ink shop. They make great stocking stuffers or teacher gifts!