New gallery, New exhibit!

At the end of the summer, I secured a spot in a local co-op gallery, Carolyn Seiler & Friends in Cocoa Village.

So now some of my original paintings, giclee prints, and greeting cards are available for sale at the gallery! You can come see my stuff in person if you're in the area, isn't that nice?  UPDATE 7/2018: My artwork can now be found at the Green Circle Art Gallery, and is no longer available at the Carolyn Seiler Gallery.

I also have an upcoming exhibition at the local library, the Merritt Island Library starting November 2nd.


I'm very excited to show my latest paintings!

If you're further away, I now have an online shop so you can see my prints and buy some if you'd like to have or give one as a gift!

And finally, if you'd like to buy my cards, I now have two retailers where you can find them at: 

Blow! Birthday Cards (an online card shop that ships from the U.S.) 

CardIsle (various kiosk locations around the U.S.)

Process: Advent Calendar Noel Image

Hello! I just wanted to introduce myself in case you hadn't met me before.  I'm Adriana Hernandez-Bergstrom!  I go by Adriprints on my work, and  you can find me really easily with that moniker.  I'm the founder of the Finch & Foxglove art collective, and I did the first illustration on our digital Advent Calendar.

I am a really process-oriented person and I love learning how others get to the images they do.  I hope you can learn a little bit from my process too!

The "Noel Peppermint Bark" illustration started off as a doodle that I did in August or September.  I was at my mom's house playing around with an old watercolor set that I had left at her house in case all my luggage was lost.  In my mind, I was working on a tropical-Christmas kind of theme...

In between then and now, our group came up with a wonderful color palette for our advent calendar.  We looked at vintage Christmas postcards to get us started.  These colors were rich and wonderful, but not really tropical... and I really wanted to use the "Noel" lettering.  So I traced the lettering in Adobe Illustrator with the pen tool, used a color from our palette, and started working on composition with the other illustration assets that matched the palette a bit better.  I had created these assets or icons a few weeks ago by painting in watered down gouache.  They were extras from the greeting card project I did in October, and I did a direct "live trace" using Adobe Illustrator to capture them...

Once I had a composition that I liked, I brought each element separately into Photoshop, converted them to Vector Smart Objects and began to add texture and depth...

I really wanted a rich feeling like chocolate in the background, and at first I tried mint + chocolate with the lettering...

But, as you can see it looked a bit too cold in this version.  It read like mold or marble or something unappetizing.  So, next I tried peppermint, and that is what you see in the final image.  A little bit tastier, I think!

This is just one of the many illustrations in our wonderful digital advent calendar.  Follow along on our Finch & Foxglove Advent Calendar page!

My First Knitting Machine

Thank you super-much, Victor.

A friend of mine was generous enough to give me his knitting machine.  Yes, he gave it to me!  So generous!!

Turns out he never got the chance to run it.  The machine's history is somewhat blurry, as it was given as a gift, and handed over from one person to the next until it landed in my studio.  My hands still hurt from carrying the heavy case, but in my excitement, I didn't feel it.  The only hitch- Empisal Knitmaster 324 came without a manual.

I found lots of great resources that probably didn't exist a few years back, and I found the manual for the 326 which is very similar.  It's adorable!  It's really easy to put together, and it's incredibly dusty.  I'll have to take it apart and clean it, then put it back together.  But, before I invested time into doing that, I couldn't help myself.  I knit a swatch.

Here it is.  My first knitting machine swatch.

So excited!  Do any of you have knitting machines?  Do you have any tips on how to clean it?

Post #200, a Giveaway, a Sale!

This post is #200!  Can you believe it?  I started blogging back in February of 2009.  Time flies!  You've seen me progress from aspiring designer and illustrator, to actually doing it.  Thanks for reading along.

So, in honor of a bit of blogosphere longevity, I'm giving away a sewing pattern, and creating a special coupon code for any knitting fans which will be valid for the rest of the week!

As for the giveaway,  I'm giving away the pattern for the Edie, 1967 Coat (Vogue 7239).  The pattern is for Size 14, Bust 36, and is for a dress version or a coat.

If you'd like to enter, just leave a comment below, and please include a valid e-mail address so I can contact you and mail you the pattern.  Giveaway entries will be accepted until the end of the week, as long as your comment gives you a time-stamp on or before Sunday, December 2, 2012.

As for the knitting pattern sale, all the patterns from my Ravelry shop are 20% off with the coupon code: BLOGLOVE1 also until December 2, 2012.  Enjoy!

You can check out the eligible patterns via this link.

Thanks for reading along!

ETA: Winners were announced!  Floralwhirl & Ruth's names were picked out together.  Floralwhirl took the pattern since hers was on top, and Ruth won a consolation prize fat quarter from my stash.