Jill Berry Design Blog

Velvet Elvis

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Velvet Elvis

Playing in the studio today with Arches Black cover and PanPastel, along with my friend Kass Hall, who is an Aussie with a great book out on Zentangle. My affinity for working with cha cha colors on black comes from childhood forays to Tijuana, our neighbor to the south, and seeing a rich array of art, including black velvet paintings, or what we locals like to call “Velvet Elvis”. Black Velvet paintings are so special because not only are they rich surfaces, the genre covers all our heroes: Celebrity Cowboys (John Wayne, etc),...

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One Stencil on the Gelli

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 11 comments

One Stencil on the Gelli

I have happily spent the day printing papers and fabrics on my Gelli Plate using the Cell Theory Stencil (mostly). Working with these papers has been so big and fun for me in the last few months. Many of you know I am a paste paper addict, nothing thrills me more than to paint papers all day. This is a variation on that theme, and a way to meditatively make art and not think too much. My cerebrum needed a break. Today I tried to make as many organic papers as I could using mostly the one stencil, and varying the way the paint was applied to...

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Pears

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Pears

It is summer, and pears are a winter fruit, but lucky us they hang around in grocery stores all year in Colorado. I am crazy for pears, how they look, taste and the lovely feminine shape of them. When it came to volunteering to make a fiber arts piece with the subject of food, I picked the pear. I found these illustrations of 19th Century pears. Here are some of my sketches. I used a Gelli plate, paints, pencils and dyes. Then I cut a mask and used that on the Gelli Plate. For the final I printed on fabric, using dyes and paints with airbrush...

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Down Under, continued.

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Uncategorized, Workshops and Classes | 1 comment

Down Under, continued.

I am so late telling you all about Australia, the wonder of it, this is week two. For two days I stayed in a small cottage near the sea in a town called Stockton, and walked and swam twice a day. I traveled from where I was in Stockton to Newcastle by ferry and foot, passing flocks of emerald lorikeets and cockatoos.  After two glorious and healing days by the sea, I moved to Newcastle, to the zen and beautiful home of Anne Kempton. She is the owner of Timeless Textiles, a small and beautiful textile art gallery and shop two hours north of...

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My Memorial

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in My Work | 28 comments

My Memorial

Today is Memorial Day, and I have someone to remember. His name is Roger Cobb Hallberg, and his name was on the POW bracelet I wore as a teenager. While I was dating and going to Disneyland, he was fighting, and then disappearing, in the jungle maze of Vietnam. A brave young newlywed just vanished. For years I waited and watched lists of returning vets to see his name. Twice I have visited the Vietnam Memorial in Washington. At the long black wall I find his name and see his status. MIA. He is one of 1643 soldiers still unaccounted for in...

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Fighting Simplicity

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Fighting Simplicity

I am in my studio, working on a big piece of art that is not coming easily. In fact, it is causing pacing, coffee breaks, FB breaks, errands and more coffee. The voice of this piece is not speaking to me quite yet. Part of me knows that it is headed the right direction (it is a map, after all) and part of me keeps trying to make it more and more complex. The art piece is inspired by the robes of the Ute Indian tribe, which I was attracted to because they are so simple, pure, and brilliant. If I know I love that, why can’t I do it...

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Winners!

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Winners!

Map Art Stencils winner is Barbara Konopa.     Map Art Lab Book winner is Penny Arrowood. Thanks to all of you for entering, I loved reading your map ideas and hope we stay in...

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Map Art Lab, Yours, Today!

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in My Books | 26 comments

Map Art Lab, Yours, Today!

Map Art Lab Giveaway!

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Map Art Stencils, MY TURN!

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Giveaway!, stencils, Stencils | 46 comments

Map Art Stencils, MY TURN!

Map Art Stencil giveaway

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Map Art Stencils hop and Giveaway!

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Giveaway!, My Products, Stencils | 33 comments

Map Art Stencils hop and Giveaway!

Today is the first day of 6 chances to win my new Map Art Stencils! I have been using them in classes for the last two months in Australia and New Zealand, and the students did wonders! The map above includes many of the patterns, and I will credit the brilliant student as soon as I find my roster! The centers of the two compass roses are interchangeable, my husband Steve’s idea, and I LOVE how they turned out. The official name of the stencils is:  Artistcellar Signature Series Map Art by Jill K Berry. The individual stencil names, in...

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