i’m so excited to introduce a dream project of mine come to fruition! when australian company bunificent got in touch with me for a bunny watercolor illustration for new product packaging, i jumped at the chance. i’ve been a long-time follower of the adorable butterycups on instagram & a vocal bunny lover for even longer.
i started with a few pencil sketches so the client could pick the expression that works best. i used prima marketing watercolors to get the perfect shades of fawn & cream to build up his fur. the circle around him was replaced with a digital version for a sleeker look.
the paints i used
bunificent specializes in treats, toys, and accessories for small pets. we worked together on a realistic watercolor illustration for a buttercup-inspired hay topper “Featuring Buttercups favourite ingredients: Chamomile flowers, Fennel Seeds, Rose Buds & Calendula Flowers”. my boy pippin (shown below with a quick pencil portrait i did of him) loves their hay toppers & can’t wait to try this one!
view the portfolio page | bunificent.com
working on a chunky knit seafoam green pillow cover with some watercolor seashells to match
a quick illustration of my baby pup at home for national dog day
stretching my sketching muscles with icy blue & green florals
en plein air lake erie sunset from a long weekend in my hometown
vacation winery sketch
en plein air sketch of the freedom tower
painting of the week, for the word “split”
painting of the week, for the word “lattice”
painting of the week, for the word “guide”
painting of the week, for the word “permanent”. (i struggled with this word, but finally ended up with this as the only permanent thing i could think of: change)
star studies / a sneak peek of the upcoming skillshare class that i’m working on !
an update on paintings of the week . . we’re about halfway through summer and i’ve posted here some of the highlights (chosen word of the week underneath!):
“tip” – – i also created a skillshare class using this one as an example! the class is free, but if you click the link above you can also get 3 months of skillshare for 99¢!
“spark” (for independence day week !)
also, a few pieces just for fun (sketches, travel paintings, etc.) :
(for national icecream day !)
happy summer !
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 —
& a knitted galaxy for fun !
happy new year !
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 !
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 !
i recently tried out homemade bath bombs thanks to the inspiration from a beautiful mess — the perfect mother’s day gift! i made a few adjustments . . recycled packaging and measuring instead of weighing ingredients & i thought i’d share !
what you need :
1 3/4 cup baking soda
2 cups cornstarch
1 cup citric acid
1 cup epson salts (i used lavender)
3-4 drops food coloring (optional, we also used edible glitter for a few)
5 drops essential oils (i used vanilla)
1 tsp water
1 1/4 tsp coconut oil (heat it up a little in the microwave first)
plastic easter eggs
clean spritzer bottle
empty half dozen egg cartons
gold spray paint
first we spray painted the cartons gold — fancy !
whisk together the dry ingredients . .
& combine the wet ingredients & slowly add them to the mixture. we ended up with a rather dry formula so we started using a little spray bottle to wet it more. it should still feel more or less dry to the touch but be able to stick together if you smush it in your hands
then we formed the bath bombs! we filled up each half of the egg so that it was over flowing & squeezed the halves together. then we removed one half to let it dry out a little before removing the other side . . .
we ended up with about 16 eggs! (we also added edible glitter to a couple of them !) then we left them to dry out completely overnight & worked on the packaging in the meantime . . .
a little faux-calligraphy & watercolor labels for the boxes . .
& that’s it !!
they work wonderfully & make a great craft for kids! if making the label isn’t your thing i’m offering these ones to download for free here & here !
thanks to my sister-assistant for helping with this post !
a friend & i started a “painting a week” challenge — we pick a word each week & use whatever medium we like to portray it & post the result on sundays !
if you’re following my instagram, this will be old news but here are the past few weeks work:
“citrus” — grapefruit in ink & watercolors
“flight” — gold tipped wings in pen
“wave” in watercolors
“break” — daybreak in oils on canvas
“starlight” — snowy mountains in watercolors
“sleep” — coffee & reading in bed
if you’re interested in the other half of the challenge, check out claireisaherman on instagram !