Mini Bus Stop Paintings

by Meredith 7. December 2016 13:15

I was kicking around these little canvases for years. Made perfect little gifts.

"You must have seen one of the spirits of the forest, and that means you're a very lucky girl. You can only see the spirits if they want you to."
-My Neighbor Totoro

Laundry Room Signs: The Saga Continues

by Meredith 4. December 2016 09:48

Five more done. I suspect I will be pretty sick of making these when they're all done. Reminder: Etsy has some nice signs for sale.

Laundry Room Signs: It Sparkles!

by Meredith 3. December 2016 08:42

Working on my laundry room signs. If I can do one a day I'll have them done in like a month. LOL! Not too bad for hand lettering though. Latest laundry sign has glitter.

Laundry Room Signs: A Home Decor Project

by Meredith 9. November 2016 06:33

Our laundry room is also the guest bathroom so it gets a lot of traffic. I can't help the clutter and the general "lived in" look of the room because, well, we live here. So I thought I would bring something interesting into the room. Pinterest and home decor magazines tell me that my laundry room must have themed art on display. My plan is to dial that to 11 and cover all available wall space with kitschy laundry themed signs.

There is also a second mission to this project, I really want to tackle hand lettering and sign making. What better way to face this challenge than to replicate a bunch of stuff and force myself through the process.

Step 1: Gather every laundry pun, joke, sign, or comic I could find off the internet. No plagiary here, not claiming anything here as my own except replicating for my own use. There is nothing for sale here, in fact I strongly encourage anyone wanting their own laundry signs, to visit the many craft people of Etsy.

Step 2: For the boards, I had some old corporate awards to repurpose and the rest I dug out some scrap wood. Husband helped me route the edges and add keyholes to the backs for hanging (router bits are expensive, yo!). I painted the wood and applied scrapbook paper to some.

Step 3: The long and arduous process of penciling in the lettering. I used other signs people had designed as a guide plus trying out other fonts I found interesting. Many lessons have been learned.

Step 4: Carefully paint the letters in and use pens to outline.

Mononoke Forest

by Meredith 22. August 2016 10:49

I want to add Forest Spirits to every woodland painting I do now.

“What I want is for the humans and the forest to live in peace.”
- Ashitaka, Princess Mononoke

Fea Visited Westercon 69

by Meredith 5. July 2016 09:35

Fea visited the Westercon 69 Art Show. I didn't bring the project board but did pin a copy of her story to the dress.

About Fea: The Gown of Fea the Soul Weaver is an art project designed to combine storytelling with costume making. The project's scope includes developing the concept of a character and storyline, designing the garment, researching materials and construction methods, and constructing the gown. Nestled within the holes of Irish myth, Fea's story is a combination of carefully chosen elements from the historical legends of the Tuatha De Danann.

The complete story is available in the gallery. More posts about the project are available within this blog.

Westercon 69 Pubs are off to press

by Meredith 24. June 2016 09:04

Files uploaded, proofs approved, we’re good-to-go! I've compiled all the files, made low-res exports, and uploaded them to the gallery (view web PDF copies of the Souvenir Book and Pocket Program).









At the Bus Stop

by Meredith 29. April 2016 09:46

My favorite painting so far. I love the colors. The photo makes it look black, but the darkest color is a deep purple.

"I also believe that you met the King of the Forest, Mei, and meeting him is a sign of good luck. But there’s no guarantee that you’ll see him all the time.”
– Tatsuo Kusakabe, My Neighbor Totoro

Stetsons Are Cool

by Meredith 18. September 2015 08:30

"I wear a stetson now. Stetsons are cool."

I can no longer look at those cowboy silhouettes and not see the Doctor standing there.

Gallifreyan Peacock

by Meredith 11. May 2015 07:06

The loops and circles of Gallifreyan text reminded me of peacock feathers.

Clara: But how is it doing that? How is that possible? It’s an oil painting. In 3D.
The Doctor: Time Lord art. Bigger on the inside. A slice of real time… frozen.

About Meredith Cook

Welcome to my repository of creative expression. I'm not a happy camper unless I am making something and over the years I have dabbled in quite a few different kinds of art projects. Some projects come from taking art classes, others are completely hobby driven, and projects like home decor come from a need to customize an item and make it better or unique. The overall theme behind what I do is to learn how to manipulate objects and practice what I know about visual aesthetic and good design. Oh yeah, and to have fun.