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JoArtyJo is a stay at home mom in St Albans, UK. She was working as a high school math teacher until she had her baby who is now 16 months! She draws whenever she can – which means she draws whenever baby is asleep 😉 She just opened her Etsy shop so she could sell her original drawings and is so excited about it! To celebrate she is offering all readers 20% off anything in her shop for 7 days! Just type in the promo code: MOM20 before midnight Thursday night! I have already picked out two that are going on my Christmas list for E’s room 😀 Here are some questions I got to ask her:
What got you interested in crafting?
Probably playschool! Seriously I cannot remember a time I did not like arts and crafts. I must have been about 6 when I (with a tiny bit of help from my mum) won the ‘decorate an easter egg’ competition with my humpty dumpty sat on a matchbox decorated as a wall! Drawing has always been my main arty love though, and I can remember enjoying this all through school and always getting boxes of art materials for christmas and birthdays.
What has been your favorite project to make and why?
I am loving my new black, white and sometimes a splash of colour style. I enjoy using ink on watercolour paper and how the textured paper enhances the overall feel of the drawing. I love my latest creation, Dotty Birds, I think they are very sweet and they are great fun to draw and colour in.
I love making ACEOs. ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions, and Originals. They have only one rule, they MUST measure 2.5” x 3.5”. This is the size of a baseball card, this size was chosen so they can be easily collected and traded, and fit in standard trading card sleeves. Some people mount and frame these miniature pieces of art, others store them in books which make fantastic talking points when friends come over. Because they are so small ACEOs are an affordable way to collect original artwork (and also prints), and if you store them in a book they do not need to match your wallpaper!
If you could open up a shop in your town what would you call it and what would it be like?
I would stick with my etsy name as I like the ring it has to it- JoArtyJo, and I would fill it with my drawings. From tiny ACEOs to larger pieces, in varied styles. I would include coloured pencil drawings and watercolour paintings as well as my ink drawings.
What is the most challenging thing you have made?
I like to paint as well as draw, and particularly love watercolours, although they are a challenging medium to work with. So I would probably say my watercolour paintings. I have recently discovered watercolour pencils and I am enjoying experimenting with them!
What are some of your goals you hope to achieve within the next year?
I want to get my shop established and send my artwork all over the world! Once established I would like to expand my shop to include watercolour paintings and coloured pencil drawings.
What inspires you to be crafty?
Mainly other artists! I enjoy seeing beautiful creations and being inspired to create my own. I am constantly in awe of work I see, especially the detail on tiny ACEOs.
What is your best quality when it comes to your crafts?
I think it is my ‘shading’, which in the case of my ink drawings is using dots and lines to create the shading effect. Shading is what I love most about working in pencil and coloured pencil.
If you could have one thing to help your store what would it be?
More space in my house for all of my equipment, a proper studio with great light and space to have all of my materials to hand at the same time! We can all dream!
If you haven’t already checked out her page to see what else she has to offer go ahead and check out her page: http://www.etsy.com/people/JoArtyJo
Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. If you’d like to be on a Feature Friday send me a message!