Archive for April, 2015

Featured Artist: Heather Scott

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Meet Heather Scott, this week’s featured artist hailing all the way from Scotland. A mother of two, she manages to find time for her art by curling up in her favorite comfy chair. Read Heather’s interview with BoomBoom Prints to learn more:

BBP: Describe your style in 5 words or less:

Heather: Lighthearted, whimsical, funny, doodled, joyful

BBP: What is your creative process like?

Heather: I usually start with doodles or quick sketches then scan them and clean them up in photoshop. I digitally colour them. I try to do this quickly and not over think what I’m doing, otherwise I tend to never finish anything!

BBP: Do you always work from the same a spot- a studio, a particular desk, etc.- or do you move around?

Heather: I have my favourite comfy seat with everything at hand while I’m sketching. For the digital stuff I have a small work space under my staircase.

BBP: How has your style changed over the years?

Heather: I’m always experimenting, however I always seem to go back to my original doodled style. I suppose it’s what l’m known best for.

BBP: Tell us about the colors you use- how do you choose them, what inspires them?

Heather: I think the colours I use tend to be bright, sunny and joyful. As long as the colours make me happy I’ll try them. I’ve become convinced colour affects mood so I have incorporated a lot more colour around me, whether it’s clothes, or in my house.

BBP: Did you always know that you wanted to design for kids and families?

Heather: I have always had a desire to illustrate children’s books, but having my designs on Boom Boom Prints gives me the freedom and control to get my illustrations seen.

BBP: Do you think art is important for kids? Why?

Heather: Absolutely, it’s essential for stimulating the imagination. It’s a way of escape and even inspiration. I used to lie in bed as a child and make stories around the pictures on my wall, (as well as making faces and animals out of the psychedelic wall paper I had on my bedroom walls!)

ts101012-1-1BBP: Tell us about your favorite one of your designs on the site: Which one is it? Why? What inspired it?

Heather: It has to be A Ballyhoo of Birds, probably because each bird has it’s own character. I like the colour combinations too.

BBP: Do you have kids? Tell us about them!

Heather: Yes, I have two lovely sons aged 9 and 10. I usually rely on their approval of my illustrations, judged by whether I get “Oh that’s cute”, or just “hmm”.

BBP: How did you decorate their nursery?

Heather: Well I played it very safe with neutrals, soft beiges and creams. It felt right at the time, but if I was to do it again (which I have no intention of doing!), I would not hesitate to use those fun happy colours, especially yellow!!

BBP: What was the most surprising thing about having children?

Heather: I think it has to be the way children make you see the world differently. Your priorities change, some things that I thought were important to me now seem frivolous and irrelevant.

BBP: Any advice for new moms or dads?

Heather: Oh, em I suppose it would be to enjoy those small events that happen everyday because they don’t stay small for long!

BBP: Any pets?

We have a new pet, a cat called Finn. He’s a rescue cat, spending his days seeking out warm places to sleep.

BBP: Where did you grow up?

Heather: I grew up in a small former mining town called Methil in the region of Fife, Scotland.

BBP: What was your most prized possession as a kid? Tell us about it!

Heather: Oh, apart from my radio cassette player, it had to be my coloured pencils. No one was allowed to use them but me, they were all kept sharp and in order of colour!

BBP: What did your room look like growing up?

Heather: Well I have already mentioned my psychedelic wall paper and the Magic Roundabout (1970’s kids stop animated series) light shade from when I was very young. This progressed on to The Muppet Show wallpaper in the eighties. Then I got to choose how my room looked so I went for pink and black diagonal stripes on everything! I loved my room – it was my sanctuary. I loved listening to music.

 BBP: Who is your favorite superhero and why?

Heather: Wonder woman, she has great hair!

BBP: What’s your favorite midnight snack?

Heather: It would have to be a cup of tea and buttered toast!

BBP: Are you usually late, early, or right on time?

Heather: Usually late I’m afraid!

BBP: Do you have a favorite quote or saying? What is it and why?

Heather: It has to be “Hell mend ye!”. Which means you get what you deserve, not the most positive saying is it?

BBP: What is one thing you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t?

Heather: I’ve always wanted to try making myself a jacket. I’m working on my dressmaking skills, but I’ve a long way to go before mastering tailor techniques!

BBP: Favorite movie?

Heather: Beetlejuice

BBP: Beach or mountains?

Heather: I suppose it has to be the beach as I live beside one.

BBP: Pencil or pen?

Heather: Pencil, no pen, oh it depends what day it is!

BBP: Coffee or tea?

Heather: Tea absolutely!

BBP: Polka dots or stripes

Heather: Stripes

BBP: Bungee jumping or skydiving?

Heather: May I choose neither, I’m a feet firmly on the ground kinda gal!

BBP: Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

Heather: I have been told that I have a loud, ruckus laugh, though this only occurs spontaneously if the situation is really funny. Some people might not think it’s fun when they’ve heard it!
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Roomboard: Tumbling After’s Old McDonald Nursery

This week, get inspired by the eclectic animals on Old McDonald’s farm. This relaxing, loving environment uses hints of warm and vintage color palettes to welcome your new family member. Both playful and tranquil, you will love spending time with your loved ones amidst the adorable farm animals and cute wall decorations!

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1. “Farm Country” 16 x 20 Print – Tumbling After, BBP

2. “Mr Fancy Pants” Framed 20 x 30 Print – Hello Maupoo, BBP

3. “Arabian In Motion” Framed 11 x 14 Print – Liz R, BBP

4. “Penelope the Pig” Framed 11 x 14 Prints – Customize your own by BoomBoom Prints

5. Let It Be Pillow Cover – Etsy

6. DaVinci Jenny Lind Wood Crib – Houzz

7. Wild Thing Pillow Cover – Etsy

7. Diamond Pony Horseshoe – Blain’s Farm & Fleet

8. Metal Cow Art Bookends – Etsy

9. Blue Baxton Studio Contemporary Rocker – Houzz

10. Retro Midcentury Valence – Etsy

11. Jonathan Adler Capri Tall Table Lamp – Houzz

12. Cherry Wood Mills Six-Drawer Dresser – Room & Board

13. Farm Friends Rug – PoshTots

14. Black Chic and Trendy Cow Skull – Etsy

15. Weldon Yellow Backless Counter Stool – Pier 1 Imports

16. Liberty Explosives Industrial Storage Box – Etsy

BBP Webinar: Make Your Art Stand Out

Webinar from April 24, 2015

Did you know we have over 1000 artists on BoomBoom Prints? Brett and Eva talk through the ways artists can use the artist portal to help make their art more searchable (on BoomBoom Prints and elsewhere) and help encourage customers to find and choose their artwork.  This is actually a replica of the original webinar.  They may have forgotten to hit record….
Topics covered: Artwork description, title, and categories; Artist Profile; Things to do reguarly

Questions Asked and Answered:
•How do you change your portal name?
•For a profile description–do you think its better for be in first person or third person and why?
•Can/Should we put links to our facebook/website in our profile description?

Featured Artist: Tumbling After

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Tumbling After brings fun to BoomBoom Prints with her bold and bright styles.  Her pieces include inspirational quotes that tell us to “Send Love to the World” and “be brave” as well as endearing designs of raccoons, pandas and more! See what Tumbling After has to say about her creative process, her family, and her childhood:

 

 

BBP: Describe your style in 5 words or less!

Clean and modern, with texture.

BBP: What is your creative process like?

Sort of all over the place! Sometimes I start with inspiration, an idea will come to me for something I would like to have in my own home. Or sometimes I sit with my brush pens and write random bits of quotes and words until something speaks to me and I have to make a real design. Once I get to the computer things usually fall into place.

BBP: Do you always work from the same a spot- a studio, a particular desk, etc.- or do you move around?

I have a home office where the nitty-gritty computer work gets done, but idea generation, sketching and lettering are works I take with me everywhere.

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BBP: How has your style changed over the years?

I would say my style has gotten more complete. To me that means that when I was a younger designer I would often stop when I ran out of ideas for a piece instead of when the design was finished. I have always played with both minimalism and grunge textures, but I think I’ve started to combine those concepts in a mature way.

BBP: Tell us about the colors you use- how do you choose them, what inspires them?

For me, a piece usually just calls out for a certain color. Like red for example. And from there I often mix colors in my design software or look through color palettes on the web to fine tune my selections.

BBP: Did you always know that you wanted to design for kids and families?

No, I think it wasn’t until I had my own child and I was interested in making art for her that I thought other people might enjoy my designs as well.

BBP: Do you think art is important for kids?  Why?

Art is immensely important for kids! Just looking at art is a freeing and creative process. But I also think there is a need for more creativity in children’s art; not everything need to be pink and blue!

BBP: Tell us about your favorite one of your designs on the site: Which one is it? Why? What inspired it? 

My favorite is the watercolor betta fish. It was a really fun piece to make. Some digital watercolor brushes I had gotten recently inspired it. I needed a project to really understand how they work. I love drawing fish so it just came together.

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BBP: Do you have kids? Tell us about them!

I have a 7-year-old daughter. She is my muse and often my art director.

BBP: How did you decorate their nursery?

My mom and I picked out a cherry blossom theme at Babies R Us. It was so cute! And my daughter still uses the lamp in her room today.

BBP: What was the most surprising thing about having children?

How quickly they grow! People always say it, but it’s still surprising!

BBP: any advice for new moms or dads?

Trust yourself and have fun.

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BBP: Any pets?

We have a cat named Cici and a toy poodle named Fire.

BBP: Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan.

BBP: What did your room look like growing up?

When I was little my mom made me a 101 Dalmations theme room that was the coolest! It was all primary colors and she painted paw prints on the floor. I remember following the paw prints around the room, it was so fun.

 BBP: Who is your favorite superhero and why?

Iron Man. Because he’s Iron Man.

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BBP: What’s your favorite midnight snack?

Ice cream. Although that’s my favorite snack any time.

BBP: Are you usually late, early, or right on time?

I am usually early. I can’t stand to be late so I’m always the first one there!

BBP: Beach or mountains?

Beach.

BBP: Coffee or tea?

Coffee!

 

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Be Brave

 

Send Love to the World

 

Roomboard: Elisabeth Fredriksson’s Modern Monochrome Room

This week’s modern Roomboard design is inspired by featured artist Elisabeth Fredriksson’s hip prints. Take a look at the spunky color scheme and cozy accessories to start planning a room of your own!

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1. “Be You” Framed 16 x 20 Art Print – Elisabeth Fredriksson, BBP

“Find Your Balance” Frames 16 x 20 Art Print – Elisabeth Fredriksson, BBP

2. Hello Love, Infinity Symbol and Ampersand Pillow Covers – Etsy

3. Threshold 6-Cube Horizontal Organizer – Target

4. Arctic Polar Bear Wooden Rocker – Land of Nod

5. Southern Charm Felt Pom Pom Garland – Etsy

6. Black & White SILLERUP Rug – IKEA

7. Ebony DaVinci Modena Toddler Bed – Amazon

Like what you see? Check out our interview with Elisabeth Fredriksson, the artist whose prints inspired this room to learn more!

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