The guilt has been setting in for not updating here sooner. The past few months have been a non-stop marathon of painting, working on new projects for 2015 and a few new small personal things for this fall. Summer went so incredibly fast, we've been feeling a little cheated out of a summer-although the 80-90 degree weather around here lately has been making up for that! I certainly didn't get out as much as I had hoped for-plans to take an antiquing road trip, beach days with a good book and some house improvement projects were put on hold due to work. We did however sneak out to a few afternoon antique fairs, some day trips out to eastern Long Island and a couple of nights with friends and the fire pit made up for it!

This past month I finished up my very last cover for Red Sonja, for issue 18. it's been so fun to contribute to this great book the past year and a half-the biggest thanks to everyone who went out of their way to find my cover, they were all a real labor of love and I hope some folks enjoyed them! Moving forward, I'll be focusing on some really exciting work that will need most of my painting attention, painting work for some gallery shows and personal work. I'll be winding down on the number of covers I'll be taking on and unfortunately will not be taking on anymore commission paintings.

With Halloween right around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to start releasing some of the new fall goodies I've been working on. Everything is now available in my shop (including that little green-haired witch above!), prints, button sets, mirrors and a *really* rad Halloween sticker pack made for me by our awesome friends at Rockin' Stickers!  It was really fun trying to make this set have a vintage Halloween vibe-and as always, my awesome super talented partner Rob rocked out another great packaging design that's beyond perfect! We love working together and I hope we can collaborate on something larger scale one day.

On downtime (or super late at night after the paint has dried), I've been really, really enjoying working on items for Kitschy Witch Jewelry. It's been relaxing, a great de-stressing hobby and so fun hunting around for vintage items to incorporate into new jewelry. I recently found some pretty incredible old vending machine charm lots, old monsters among hundreds of other silly themes. I've been so lucky to have some super supportive people dig what I do-and can't thanks everyone enough for checking out what I do!

Below are a few items I made for the Kitschy Witch shop for Halloween (the Monster Mash brooch shown is sold out! But I'll be offering a different variation on the brooch in the next week or two :) )  xo-Steph

Upcoming covers

Haven't posted covers in a bit-here are few that I can share! Vampi issues 4 and 5 (Halloween cover, yay!), Red Sonja 15 and 16 and Army Of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched issue 1.

Kitschy Witch Jewelry is open for business!

I'm so excited to share that my baby project, Kitschy Witch Jewelry, is up and running as of this morning! I've listed a bunch of handmade jewelry I've been working on these past couple of months and will be adding more regularly. Hope you have fun looking though all of these colorful little pieces! xo-S

July Update

The Kitschy Witch, a little mascot I drew up for Kitschy Witch Jewelry :)

I couldn't be happier it's summer right now.

After a pretty rough and long winter, all I've been looking forward to is being outside to enjoy some garden time, late night fire pits with friends and maybe a beach trip or two. We just finished up my last convention of the year, Heroes (a big thanks to all who came by!) and now just strapping down on work and concentrating on painting for the rest of the year-which feels great. Lots of things to be excited about this year and next as far as work and gallery shows go-should be fun!

I'll also be updating my store a lot over the next few months, new prints were added this week and lots of older prints are being weeded out to make room for the new. Speaking of stores and Etsy, over the spring I started work on a small side project for fun called Kitschy Witch Jewelry. A little bit of back story...

For the past couple of years I've really enjoyed playing around with jewelry making, but always wanted to take it to another level. After painting all day, making jewelry became a way for me to unwind from the pressure of work and zone out. Collecting and hunting vintage jewelry/jewelry components has always been a hobby, so, I decided to find a way to combine my obsessive collecting/hunting/making into a small side business.

A couple of space age style brooches, incorporating hand painted
boomerangs, bakelite discs and hand cast sci-fi charms.
Why a side business/project? Well, for a few different reasons. One main reason being, I want to share what I find and make with other ladies (and jewelry loving boys!) who love what I love. Flea markets and antique fairs are, and have always been (for me anyways), a pretty magical place and experience. They combine both vendors and shoppers who all have a true love for hunting and collecting items from the past-each item has a story, history and a personality. Going to these events, connecting with like minded people and picking up pieces to incorporate into my jewelry gives me great joy. It's all in the name of fun, really! I started to notice it was becoming more and more difficult to find particular jewelry items. Many were popping up but needed serious repairs and/or were extremely costly (which I totally get, sometimes we have to cave in and bite the bullet when we find a true love vintage item!!). I decided to hit the drawing board and make some repro jewelry, inspired by these amazing vintage items and incorporating vintage/antique components I hunted for.

Hand painted necklace & earring sets with vintage lucite confetti beads.
After months of playing, hunting, mold making, casting, sanding, restoring, painting...(collapsing), I had not only accumulated a large collection of vintage supplies but had handmade a bunch of pieces. The majority of jewelry I'm designing and making is inspired by vintage pieces from the deco period to the 60's-novelty items, bakelite brooches, lucite, celluloid chain charm necklaces and so forth (maybe some Victorian mourning inspired pieces eventually as well!). Incorporating true vintage supplies into the pieces like bakelite, lucite and celluloid has been really fun and gives the old components a new life. All pieces are handmade by me, very limited edition and one of a kind, something that I feel makes each piece really special. I've posted some photos of some of my favorite new pieces, hope you enjoy! ♥

With a lot of help from my crazy talented partner in crime, we came up with a mascot/logo/design for the store, had stickers and packaging made, took photos of everything and set up a store on Etsy. I'll be opening Kitschy Witch Jewelry next week, July 10th, and will be adding items on a monthly basis or as I get them made. Trying not to put too much pressure on myself, as I'd really like to keep this little side project all about fun. Really looking forward to sharing these little pieces with everyone, as well as hunting for pieces to incorporate at flea markets and antique fairs this summer!

Tons of colorful and fun earrings on their KWJ cards that we made! Everything from 
vintage charms, hand cast "carved" in the style of bakelite and repro confetti lucite. 

Record Fair novelty brooch in candy colors! Hand cast blue bar,
vintage 1950's guitar charms and miniature records. 
Fruit Loop novelty brooch (a favorite of mine!) Hand cast "fruit loop",
loaded up with vintage fruit charms. Also available in bright, cherry red.

Heroes Con!

Heroes Con is this weekend, I can't believe it! I'll be setting up shop in Indie Island, table AA-1115. I won't be drawing or painting at the show, but I will have a bunch of fine art prints, merch and a few original pieces and covers with me for sale-so be sure to stop by and say hello! Above is a Hela painting I made for the Heroes Con art auction, on Saturday night.

Hope to see you at the show!