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The Studio Reveal

Yes, the rumors are true. My art studio is ready to occupy. This has been the longest flooring install ever!. It’s all in the prep work and having the right tools and patience. It really would not have taken this long but it is our first time and frankly it turns out we did not purchase the best quality of product. But it’s all good.

So, between the all of the challenges and other projects going on I would say I am very happy with the results. New wall colors, new flooring. Painting all the trim, baseboards, closet doors, ceilings, new hardware; door knobs, towel, toilet paper, hand towel racks and shower curtain. Along with new bedding, pillows, area rugs. I believe I am all set. There is always something new to buy and some need to fulfill but all in time.

Since I don’t know what I need in my studio until I start working and realize “hey I need this or that” I am working with what I have. My work station in a folding table, which I like because I don’t want anything to big or heavy that I can’t break down and move. Did I just say move? EEK! Here is a little secret, I have asked Karol if I could occupy these rooms for 1 year, as I want to leave Las Vegas. I am in two months of my one year goal already.

Among all this new flooring I have been getting ready for the Holiday season with my Etsy shop. I will be adding some new sized bookmark art, new greeting and note cards and ideally I would like to add some gift sets. This is a lot of work to do in a short period of time so we’ll see how this turns out.

The entrance to my studio space.

My studio space. Approximately 10′ x 11′

And there you have it! My new space for The Healing Tree Studio. For the next 10 months of my life this is where I will be. Creating, drawing and painting and living the dream. I do have some details to finish but it is obviously ready to occupy.

I recall in an earlier post that I mentioned the wall color and misspelled it. It is Oyster Pearl, that is and will be the color for the entire house. I love it. I painted the ceilings and closets, and all trim and doors a very white called Cameo White. New brushed stainless for all hardware. The baseboards were reattached using a nail gun and chalking strips and gun. The actual flooring is a laminate click-in floating floor. I have a couple of transition pieces to fit into the areas going to the bathroom and the “bedroom” area. The floor is lower then the tiled floor of the bathroom so it requires a custom piece. Overall I give it a “A”. So what do you think?

The bedroom is done as well but I still have some tools and table in there and it won’t make for nice photos so next time I will sneak those into my post.

Until next time…

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Other Worlds-The Collection

A new card collection has arrived. In fact two new sets have been added to my Etsy shop and my online shop. I started to do a full set of 6 note cards with a yellow-green back ground but stopped at 3 and will double up on each one to complete the set. I titled this set “Sharing The Pond”

My second collection of note cards I have titled these “Other Worlds”. As I was painting the canvas for them I was watching a science fiction show and thought I wonder if they have trees on other planets and what would they look like? So I named after my thought process.

As for the floors of my new spaces let’s just say, it is a longer undertaking then thought. We have back tracked a bit to even the sub flooring, it is not bad but uneven enough to make a difference in the planks not fitting properly. I keep mentioning peel n’ stick flooring but it keeps getting bunked. UM?

That what I have for you this time.

Cheers,

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In between done and not even close

Where do I begin besides telling you I am not done. Waiting for the flooring to come in. July 23/24. Although the flooring isn’t here, I still need to do some minor touch ups. This reminds of being in Mexico. When I was in Puerto Vallarta, I had seen a lot of unfinished houses on the water and someone said to me that “they’re on Mexico time, it gets done when it’s done”. We took a shore excursion to a small unfinished building that was eventually going to be a bed and breakfast type of place. There was about 12 of us on this little boat and as we pulled up to the place it clearly was not habitable and still under construction, I asked the guide how long have they been working on it and he replied, “four years”.

Meanwhile back in my bedroom/studio, I am getting cramped. I am doing my best not to purchase items until I move. I am keeping up on supplies and the basics of running my shop but it’s sometimes difficult to pass up a sale on shelving and tables and all the cool stuff that I envision for my studio. Speaking of being cramped, prepare! I am sharing some photos of my current environment.

Yes, I do clean up before going to bed, but this is what it looks like when I am working. Gulp! So you can see I have limited space to add anything. You would think I would be in a hurry to move working under these conditions.

So here are the updates on the two rooms and other projects that keep me busy.

A few weeks ago a friend of mine asked me to do some custom bookmarks and a set of note cards. She wanted them for her parents birthday’s that are a month a part. They live in Colorado on a property surrounded by trees! This was a great project for me and perfect timing.

Another project that came to me was a commission piece for hanging art. I’ve done a couple for this friend a while back but she was ready for something for herself. I finished and delivered that this week. It’s been a minute since I have done anything on canvas, since my shop opening in April. I have been so focused on bookmarks and note cards, it was strange at first but of course it’s like riding a bike. The photos below show the progress of how it started to the last photo is the finished art.

Along with all of these projects I have managed to come up with some new note card designs. I think I may have two sets of cards. This first set is of three different designs and will be a card set of 6 with two of each card. The second set is still in progress but I am sharing what I have so far.

Titled “Sharing The Pond” Set of three note cards
Titled “Other Worlds” Set of six note cards

These are my projects keeping me busy these days. I will have the new cards listed on Etsy and my website, TheHealingTreeStudio.com by next week (July 27th). I just received notice the flooring is in. We are headed to the store here shortly. So, stand by for funny pics coming soon.

Until next time, Cheers

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New Studio Updates

Super excited to share some updates on my new studio space. It has been a couple of weeks since my last post but here are some pics. Turns out we are doing the floors after all. Surprise!. We were going back and forth about keeping the carpet or not.

Off to the floor store. I don’t have a photo of the flooring but it is a laminate material and we are doing it our selves. Something I didn’t want to do but some how got tricked into being excited about it. The flooring has been ordered as it was not in stock. This has given us time to finish and painting details and of course remove the carpet and prep the floor properly.

That is where I am at with my new rooms. The flooring will take about 14 days to come in. The 23rd of July is when it is scheduled to arrive. Because of this change in flooring, it has caused a domino effect. These two upstairs bedrooms are attached to a small hall landing area which is attached to a master bedroom, which is attached to stairs, which is attached to another landing. In short, it doesn’t stop. When completed we will have new flooring in four bedrooms, two landings and a flight of stairs. Along with new paint in the whole house, new fixtures and lighting in the kitchen.

I’am thinking this might have started when I asked to move upstairs into those two rooms. What lesson have I learned here??

As far as my art and Etsy shop, things are going well. I posted on social media my new cards and they have been well received. I have also picked up a couple of commission pieces to do. One wall hanging and one order for customized bookmarks and a set of note cards for a couple that live in Colorado.

Below are the images of the new note card collection. I have updated the amount of cards. A set of 6 notes cards with white envelopes and packaged in a clear acrylic box then wrapped in tissue paper. I will post images of the commission work when it’s done and sent off. I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

I wanted to write something since I missed last week. so this is what I have been up to. I hope to have my commission pieces done and sent off so I can post those pics. I think I am looking to move into my spaces the first two weeks of August. Or third! How ever it works out I am beyond excited. Working from my bedroom is getting real tight. I am sleeping with my artwork.

Until next week, cheers!

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Studio Remodel Update

NEW PAINT! new ideas and exciting new beginnings. With some paint experimentation I believe we have finally found a beautiful color. Oyster Perl is the winning paint color. After painting it a blinding white named Cameo White, and then playing around with 5 other colors we decided on a creamy soft white.

Both the bedrooms were an olive green with a flat finish so there was no gloss or reflective qualities about it. Looking back now it’s not the best finish for a a bedroom that may need wiping down. The new color is a semi-gloss finish so it has a beautiful sheen to it.

These are not the best photos but it gives you an idea of the difference. The original “stark white” that was originally for the walls, we used as a ceiling and closet paint. So that is the difference is colors in the Oyster Perl shot.

OK, so not the best photos but I think you get the idea. Something I have learned in this painting process is the paint color-the new one looks different all over the house. It is a two story facing south with windows facing the south and west side. The new paint, Oyster Perl, was chosen for upstairs and a different color for the downstairs. Depending on what color of surface it is going on it has a different undertone. What is going to be my bedroom was painted with the bright white and then the Oyster Perl over that. The photos above show Oyster Perl painted straight over the green. Although all the paint is a Dunn Edwards One Coat Paint Semi-Gloss Sheen, they will reflect slightly different tones.

After the walls are finished comes the trim and doors, although painting doors can be tricky, I think I can manage. I have closet doors and entrance doors. Ugh!

The bad news is, we are not doing the floors as of yet. Budget cuts. My roomy decided to focus on what is cost effect now and still make some improvements. All good with me as she thinks we could of tackled the floors. Double gulp on that one.

After the two bedrooms upstairs, I have one bathroom to do, which is split into a vanity area and the toilet, shower space. I just may be a contractor when I am done.

Until next time, Cheers!

New Items

Launch day for note cards

The world will never be the same. My note cards are now available on Etsy. You can now purchase my handmade note cards in a package of 5. I released a total of 6 cards to start and you can choose any combination of 5 that you wish. Keeping with my tree theme, they all have trees in the design.

Each card was drawn specially for a note card design. I draw them using micron ink pens and all color is done watercolor markers. Something I have just begun using and I love them. I use a lot of acrylic in my original paintings and even on my bookmarks. For my note cards I was looking for a softer look and not so much color.

My packets of cards come in an acrylic clear box with matching white envelopes. They measure 51/5 by 41/4 inches. Blank inside for a lot of space for writing. I use a 110 lb. card-stock and printed here in my studio. I hand cut and fold them, the corners are rounded to add some interest and extra detail.

The next obvious move is to add more design to my note card collection. I think it works out to do a collection of 6 at a time. I believe I will continue the count of cards so that anyone can mix and match the cards from any of the collections.

I hope you check out my cards and drop me a line about what you think. After I get enough of a selection I will jump into greeting cards.

Thank you for reading about my new items and talk to you next week.

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A New Studio Space?

Is it possible that I am moving into a new space? Yes, yes it is possible. I am currently working out of my own bedroom area. Yes it is tight space, yes it is cramped but I am making it work and for now I don’t mind. Since I am just getting started with my shop I don’t realize how much space I actually need until I grow. I currently rent a from a friend. There was three of us living here and one roommate has left the nest. So I am taking over her two spaces. Both of them are bedrooms, I will take one over and keep it as a bedroom and the other is perfect for a studio space. It’s a 10 x 10 room with a jack n jill bathroom attached to the other bedroom, which I will use. It is currently carpeted, so I will assist in replacing it for a laminate flooring. Both rooms will be getting a make over. New paint, flooring and lighting. This will allow me to reorganize and have a space to properly create.

So that’s the room. Your basic 10 x 10 with a closet, nice window and the pocket door to the shower/toilet. It is on the second floor and the window is set up higher then desk level so I won’t be able to look outside and be distracted by birds and neighbors any longer, unfortunately. I am looking at a 3-4 week time frame, so sometime in July. I will be signing a year lease. This gives me time to save for my own place.

Well, this is the update I have for you this week. I am still working on my note cards for my shop. I have decided to start with a 5 pack of note cards. Giving a choice to pick from so each customer can choose their own package to create. Next will be the greeting cards, specific to holidays and special times. Also I am working on my handmade journals, wall hangings which are coming soon to an Etsy Shop near you!

Until next time tree huggers, take care.

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Growing The Healing Tree Studio

Growing The Healing Tree Studio, pun intended. So, here I am, just opened for just a couple of months now and I am very happy how things are going. This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great” -William James. I think about this all of the time.

Since the title is Growing The Healing Tree Studio, I guess I should talk about that. In my previous post I talked about why I opened up my Etsy shop. So, my intentions moving forward are to start with my bookmarks then adding note cards and greeting cards, handmade journals, and hanging artwork. I have made greeting cards in the past, but they were individual cards, hand drawn, specific for one person. The cards for this studio will be hand drawn, painted or colored and mass produced, printed by myself actually. I do want to keep it “handmade” without using a professional printing service for now. If you have ever made your own cards, you know it can be a lot of work, at least to make them for consumers. Making one or two is no big deal, but to set up to make hundreds is some work!. But I won’t bore you with the details here.

Samples of note cards with kraft brown envelopes. I am still working on these, as far as printing and making sure they are perfect for printing without any flaws.

I will be creating multiple themes, such as, Birthday, Thank you, Thinking of you, and many more. I also will be offer sets of 5 and 10, with the option to choose which theme. So, a customer can choose the packet of 5 and adding one, Birthday, two Thank you, and one Merry Christmas and one Thinking of you. The same with the packet of 10. This seems to be the most cost effective way for my customers.

As I mentioned before about adding journals and artwork, I am in the research/design process of creating handmade journals. I will be using cotton canvas for the covers and adding unlined paper. The covers will be artwork themselves, some of them having the look of leather, very much like the grain, and of course TREES!, and very similar to my bookmarks, as far as the technique and leaving the fringe on the edges goes. The binding of the pages, now that’s a whole other process.

And that my friends are my intentions for The Healing Tree Studio. Hope to see you around and of course check out my shop, if you haven’t already. The Healing Tree Studio

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Why did I start an Etsy Shop?

Good question. I am glad you asked. I started my Etsy shop in February of 2020 with a launch date of April 2nd. As I was creating my shop, I realized I had started to do this in October of 2018 but never followed through. Until this year I had a stigma against Etsy. I honestly never gave it a chance. I thought it was for mom’s and grandma’s that made Popsicle sticks with google eyes. Basically crafty stuff that was not for me.

Here’s a little back story of why I didn’t think I was a good fit for Etsy. First, I still don’t know what category my artwork falls into. But here’s an example of what I do, although I have many types, this is typical.

Acrylic and Ink. Starting with an abstract background, sometimes opposites, sometimes complimentary colors. Then I draw a tree or trees, depending on what’s going on with the finished background. I use a mixed size of ink pens, in black and colors. So, as you can see, it is difficult to put into a category. I suppose it would fit into one or many. I just have figured it out yet. Honestly I didn’t think “real” artists put their art on Etsy. I thought it was a cop out. So I hung my art in galleries. Nothing large or well known, just the small ones I could afford around Vegas. My first time hanging was in 2008. I hung a single piece at an art exhibit with The Gay and Lesbian Center. The show was called ARTrageous. Then my first wall rental was in 2013 at the Arts Factory here in Las Vegas. It is a yoga studio by day with wall space available to rent. I left my art up for an entire month.

Anyway, over the years I have hung my art at various places, I attempted to do an online store that focused on tree themed merchandise. I even tried my hand at a brick and mortar gallery/studio.

I ran across a YouTube video about why this person was leaving Etsy, I watched it and thought I bet there is another perspective about Etsy. So I found it and it was inspiring and very honest about the current changes on Etsy. I had no idea how this was really effecting the shops since I wasn’t officially on there as an open store. After watching and having a different view point I started search)found a lot of them. Now I just needed to figure out what I want to put into my shop. I did not want to deal with shipping artwork. It’s a nightmare. I wanted something different but still within my scope of what I do. It’s like opening a shop in a mall, (although not a good example nowadays) there’s built in traffic, advertising can be a minimal cost, I have freedom to create the store front, it’s easy to share to social media, plenty of support. The best thing is I can still create an online website. It is a great starting point for my work.

Along with some inspiration from artwork I have seen in galleries and my determination, I created what I now call bookmark art. I decided to go with Etsy as opposed to doing an independent online store because now I believe it is a perfect fit!. I got over my ego, I have changed my artwork and shipping is a breeze.

However this may work out, I am excited and looking forward to what may transpire. And that is why I am on Etsy You can check it out here Thehealingtreestudio

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What is bookmark art?

Bookmark Art is a name I came up with after creating handmade bookmarks because I was looking for something I could create and sell without the hassle of mailing large pieces of artwork. I had a massive fear of shipping artwork. I had been experimenting with canvas in the raw for the past year. I was at an art exhibit in 2019 and come across a beautiful assemblage piece that appeared to have leather or raw canvas, whichever it was I came out of that gallery very inspired.

Starting off with raw canvas, which is an unprimed artist canvas, I tear it into strips of 11 x 2 inches. I pin the strips to a board to keep them stretched and not warp during the prime and paint process. The primer keeps the paint from absorbing into the canvas and preserves the colors for years. The painting of the strips are done individually, at times keeping a color theme, others, whatever colors I think might work. After drying time of about 24 hours they are ready for grommets and tassels. My choice of beads is growing and changing. I was using block letters but thought they looked too bulky. Now I use a mixture of wood and glass beads that work with the colors of the bookmark. The finished bookmark to the left is wooden beads strung with cord. I stamped the back with my logo and then take a series of photos. The background I use for photos is also hand-painted, the hand is real.

And that is my process on how I make my bookmark art. It can be a challenge at times, trying to create little paintings but I am very happy with the results. You can find my bookmark art in my Etsy shop The Healing Tree Studio