* recent makings : en plein air, seaside inspiration, starscapes

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 !

* 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 !

keep reading for the tutorial & swatches !

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