* 2015 painting a week update

the painting a week is still going strong! here are a few of my favorites from the past few months & the words that go along with them --
"treat"


"monday"


"new"


"gather"


"ephemeral"


"blanket"


"thanks"


"scrunch"


"bolt"


"swing"


"legacy"


"scattered"


& a knitted galaxy for fun !

happy new year !

knitted watercolor landscapes



lately i've been painting these knitted landscapes (seascapes, mostly!) that combine my favorite things



cabled waves. .



color work sunset . .



field of peonies. .



color work night-time sea



& the most recent, a beaded sparkling sea! i'm planning to continue this series & have a few ideas kicking around! i also sell prints at my etsy shop here !

exciting news !! (finbar&fiona)



i have big exciting news! i illustrated a children's book !!
now, if you search for erin kate archer on amazon, it pops up !!







the title is finbar & fiona and is the story of an adorable kitten (fiona) who tries her best to befriend her family's houseplant. (&its also available at barnes&noble)





here's a little sneak peek! the illustrations were done in one of my favorite styles, in ink & watercolor.

i really enjoyed the process & would love to do this again if the opportunity presents itself!


the author & i are hoping to do a few book signings here on the east coast of the US, if you're interested in keeping updated on that just let me know !




p.s. also, i've created a facebook page to share my work for those that prefer it over blogs. if you're interested, you can check it out here !

handlettering, picot peds, & watercolors



first, painting of the week updates. above is "silken" in pen & watercolor



"submerge" in oils on canvas



"heat" in watercolors



"frontier" in acrylic



"cracked" in watercolors


& an extra, i'm working on learning a little handlettering. (flowers just for fun !)



on the knitting front -- i've finished my picot peds! i used the pom pom peds pattern from the purl bee & they're adorable & fit me so perfectly that i've already casted on another pair !

pen organizer, niagara falls, & knitting with silk



painting of the week update . . above is "soft"



seafoam for "foam"



a niagara falls en plein air . .

A video posted by erin kate (@ekatearcher) on


plus a wip video !



a watercolor of my dad's favorite spot for his birthday



& with making all these paintings & drawings i've needed to get a new way to organize my pens & brushes. i bought this piece of wood for 25 cents at the thrift store & glued different sized cups to it before spray painting it gold. it works wonderfully !



on the needles, i'm working on a new design in this silk (my favorite color)! soon to be a lacy tee !

diy beauty : natural luminizer



i've been on a diy beauty products kick lately, particularly natural ones. i read about how the rms living luminizer is an amazing natural product that is used on all sorts of celebrities for a sheer "lit from within" glow. looking at the ingredients, they were so simple & natural that i thought i could make it myself without paying almost $40 for such a small container. it turned out beautifully & i took notes on what worked !
(p.s. if you're not the diy type or are short on time, i'm selling these in my etsy shop !


keep reading for the tutorial & swatches !

painting a week update & a knit sneak peek



still going strong with a painting a week! above is "glide". this one is only watercolors again, i'm working on that technique.





"hole" : flying through a black hole

    

"shade"


   

"contained" : what i think about every time i see the beautiful gems & geodes inside plain-looking stones -- futuristic little cities




& a bonus! these peonies are my part of an art trade i'm doing with @rachel_allene




off the needles . . . i've knitted another of my rosebud cord keepers, this time with a simple crocheted flower in place of the knitted one.

 

& a sneak peek of a deign i just finished . . i'm finishing up the pattern & hope to have it tested & released soon !!

diy : knitted rosebud cord keeper



i'm always looking for a way to use up the scraps from my knitting projects, especially when i have a particularly nice yarn that i can't bear to throw away the tiniest bit of. there are tons of projects like this on the internet but i wanted something that used a small amount of yarn & was useful. enter floral cord keepers !



these are very simple to make (even simpler if you decide to crochet the flower rather than knit it) & are perfect for gifts or to use as an organization tool. i'm using mine to keep my headphones from creating an untangle-able knot inside my purse.

keep reading to see the tutorial !

picot peds, bento bag, & watercolors




on the needles . . . i casted on the first of the purl bee's pompom peds in dove grey. in lieu of pom poms, i'm going with a picot cast on. i've also been working on this 100% silk (in ballet pink !) in a new design . . i've found that i do best to have one project that i'm designing as well as one that i'm just following a pattern, beats any boredom !


i also sewed this bento project bag thanks to this tutorial. the original purpose of this kind of bag was for snacks & things but it is the perfect size to throw in a purse with a pair of socks on the needles !


 


'tis the season! i used micron pens & watercolors to paint these two cards. one for mothers day (me & my two sisters in her arms !) & one for my favorite college graduate who loves hockey.


& a couple painting-of-the-week updates ! above is "trail"


& "intertwined" (this gold is unbelievable in real life !)