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Feelin' Groovy

Feeln' Groovy is a compilation of  colors and motifs that remind me of the time period that I was born and raised in, the 60's and 70's.  Just after I began this class a friend of mine gave to me a vintage cookbook that he found at an auction. My daughters and I loved looking through it and seeing all the retro illustrations in the book. It featured sketches of women in their kitchens, baking and cooking. I immediately began remembering the kitchen that I grew up in, with the avacado  stove and fridge, kitchy wallpaper, mushroom decals on jars. I recalled the bright bold flowers on my sheets and my bright yellow shag carpet that I had to 'rake' after I vacuumed it!  That is where the inspiration came for my first project.

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I drew inpiration from images that I found on the internet, as well as from some items that I had in my home. I love to collect vintage sheets found at second hand shops. I also have aprons hanging in my kitchen that were my mothers and my grandmothers, as well as the cookbook given to me by my friend.

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I took one day just to sketch as much as I could come up with. I scanned the images onto my computer and then used image trace in illustrator. I recently purchased a Wacom tablet, but am still trying to get comfortable using it. That is my next thing to tackle! 

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I then put my sketches into groupings and colored them. I mostly used the live paint bucket. 

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Feelin' Groovy, inspired by all things retro. Groovy floral bed linens and super colorful toe socks! Mushroom cannisters by the avacado refrigerator. Big bold flowers on Momma's apron. Such wonderful memories!

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