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One of the best things about internet friends is seeing endless pictures of their pets, and all you have to do is go online. My friend Mindy’s kitten Vela is particularly entertaining (as kittens are), and was adopted right around the time I brought home Winchester, so I feel that I have a special bond with Vela (we’ve never met).

Cat Stalking 11 / Vela

Another special bond with Mindy is our shared love of the show Community–her because her husband writes for them, me because I’m an obsessive fangirl–which makes this a good time to share their campaign for a sixth season. So, if you read this, it is your duty as my friend to tweet using #SixSeasonsAndAMovie at noon today. If you don’t, and NBC fails to renew Community because of you, not only will I never forgive you, I will likely be too heartbroken to blog, and you will have singlehandedly killed television’s best comedy AND this blog. So, noon, #sixseasonsandamovie–got it?

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Lately I’ve spent a lot of time working on printing recent illustrations, styling some product photos, and working on abstracts. These are the things I would work on all day if I had the time, but my primary income isn’t yet coming from artwork, so spending a few hours on my paintings is a real treat. Actually I wouldn’t spend any time printing–I’d hire some poor soul to do that and pay them really well, because printers are Satan’s machines, am I right? Behold, the fruits of my labor!

Around the Studio: recent work by Kate Wong

Around the Studio: recent work by Kate Wong

Around the Studio: recent work by Kate Wong

I’m very, very fond of these abstract, beachy paintings. Originals will be available for purchase soon!


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Facebook Cover for Glitter Guide Last week I had a ton of fun painting this Facebook cover image for Glitter Guide–the colors are fantastic, right? I was a little hesitant when Taylor sent over her ideas, since this isn’t my usual style and I definitely am not the best at illustrating people–which is why I spent lots of time practicing and generally taking a long time to get this illustration finished. My favorite bits are the perfume bottles, but it was overall a good time picking out fun fashion-beauty-lifestyle knick-knacks that fit Glitter Guide’s style. I swapped a pair of sneakers for fashion-blogger high heels here–that felt the most characteristic and fun, and I think that sweet, fun, cheeky edge is a lot of what sets us apart. I’m pretty lucky that I can say pink-and-turquoise Nikes are the item I’d choose to represent my job!

 


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Striped Cat Studio shop update

Good news–I completed a major shop update last night, which means you can now purchase a selection of rock collection watercolor prints (plus a pretty photo–one of my personal favorite pieces). Even better news–more updates, and more buying options, will be available very soon, so keep your eyes open! For the time being, head over to Etsy to browse my available pieces.


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We’ve already discussed the fact that Fillmore St. is one of the best places for dog stalking–really beaten only by actual dog destinations like Piedmont Park. This gentle guy is proof, though if you’ve ever been to Fillmore you’ve seen plenty of great mutts and doodles with your own eyes. I never can resist a dog with a black eye patch!

Dog Stalking 54 / Fillmore St. Pit Bull

If you love Dog Stalking, grab a custom portrait of your own fur baby right here, and see the rest of the Dog Stalking series here!


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I recently got a new watercolor palette that allows you to see the color you’re mixing exactly as it will appear on paper–it makes it easier to prevent muddiness, and most of all makes the palette look so pretty. I’ve been having fun mixing colors and transferring the results to small scraps of paper.

Studio playtime: palette prints

Studio playtime: palette prints

Studio playtime: palette prints

I’m still experimenting, and haven’t yet found a way to get exactly the results I want–generally the colors are blending together more than I want once they hit the paper, or not transferring enough because they are too dry. Any suggestions?


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Linocuts

A few years ago (yes, years) I bought a linocut making kit, and over the weekend I finally got around to using it. Apparently, it takes me that long to settle on a design worthy of carving into linoleum. Guys–it turns out carving chunks of linoleum with a knife is SO fun and therapeutic, plus you get a pretty printmaking tool when you’re finished. For linocut number one, I went with a Striped Cat portrait, naturally.

Linocuts

I also picked up a blank rubber stamp and another linoleum block. I used the rubber for some simple patterns, and carved these fish into the linoleum because I never can get enough fish motifs. I found that the linoleum is physically harder to carve, but easier to create a detailed design with clean edges. Does anyone have experience making stamps, and do you have any tips? I’ve gotten better at controlling the knife, but my hands are sore! I’ve also decided that using stamp pads to ink the linocuts seems to have better results than a brayer, as the ink doesn’t go on too thick and fill in fine lines, although it takes some time to make sure the stamp is coated–as you can see, it took some practice to transfer the entire fish image to paper.

Linocuts

Linocuts

Linocuts


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