* mid summer paintings

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¢!

“half”

“shift”

“spark” (for independence day week !)

“fresh”

“train”

“loft”

“idle”

“froth”

also, a few pieces just for fun (sketches, travel paintings, etc.) :

(for national icecream day !)




happy summer !

* one year of a painting a week !


above is my 52nd painting a week! we picked “one” for this word. some other recent best-ofs below !

“fleet”

“cast”

“sink”

“under”

“tie”

“sweet”

we’re still pressing on – hope to see another year of paintings-a-week !

* 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 !

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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 !

what you need :

– pipe cleaner
– dk or worsted weight scrap yarn in two colors (green & your choice for petals !)
– yarn needle
– size 6 US dpns

1. bend the pipe cleaner in half and twist until you reach the raw edges of wire, bend those like in the photo, and finish twisting.

2. co 5 sts with the green yarn & begin working an icord (knit all stitches, slip work to the other end of the needles without turning the work, knit & repeat) for 3 rows. place pipe cleaner behind work & trap it when you move yarn to other side, as pictured. continue until you reach the end of the pipe cleaner.

3. for leaves : kfb of every stitch, 5 sts on each dpn
  – starting on the right side of one leaf, knit one row
  – purl one row
  – ssk, k1, k2tog
  – purl
  – slip one, k2tog, psso
  – break yarn and pass through final stitch. repeat leaf on other side

4. petals :

center petal (1) : – co 5 stitches with your petal color, leaving a tail
                           – purl
                           – knit
                           – purl
                           – kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb
                           – work in stockinette for 11 rows
                           – ssk, k3, k2tog
                           – purl
                           – co 3 sts
                           – co remaining 2 sts and break yarn & pass through last stitch, leaving a tail

outer petals (3) : – co 2 sts, leaving a tail
                           – knit
                           – pfb, purl to last stitch, pfb
                           – kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb. repeat these two rows until you have 12 stitches
                           – kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb
                           – purl
                           – ssk, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog
                           – purl. . . repeat above two rows until you have 6 sts, end on rs row
                           – p3tog, p3
                           – k3tog, k1
                           – bo remaining sts, leaving a tail

5. roll up center petal & use ends to tack it into place

6. wrap petals around center & use ends to tack into place, then sew rosebud in between the leaves