It's time to introduce you to another special talent. Let's meet blog sponsor and screenprint artist Amanda from Dragonflight Dreams. Dragonflight Dreams specializes in screen printed art and shirts. Each item is screen printed by hand, and each screen is hand-painted. Drawing inspiration from a range of fantastical, mythical, fictional and natural motifs. Her prints are perfect for bookworms, gamers, lovers of stories and art, and anyone who wants a little slice of whimsy with a little edge of cool.
Do you like her shirt? I asked Amanda to share more about her background and how she got started...
I got started with screen printing because I fell in love with a dress I bought from Etsy. It had a screen printed feather print, and I just loved how it looked - and I wondered if I could make my own screen printed clothing using my own designs. So I went to Google, and after some searching (and groaning at the price tags of professional-grade printing tables) I came across a sort of DIY for screen printing. It involved plastic embroidery hoops, some mesh material, and latex paint to make the screens - all things well within my budget. Two+ years later, and that method is still how I make most of my screens (I do have one of the pre-made screens for my larger vines print).
I think I took to screen printing so quickly because I'd been lacking a creative outlet in my life that was completely open to my whims and no one else's. I'm a freelance graphic designer by trade, so even though it's artsy the work is always subject to a client's final say. I started my blog of the same name to document my screen printing process, and it grew into a full-fledged lifestyle blog that has become another outlet. So a leap into one hobby ended up yielding two. :)
My artistic style tends to be simple and stark, and very stylized. One colleague described my style as 'sophisticated, but with an edge.' My boyfriend (who, admittedly, is biased) said my designs are straightforward and simple and that makes them elegant (yeah, he got bonus points for that). I've been told the designs in my shop would also make good tattoo designs. If I ever decide to get a tattoo, it will probably be one of the designs from my shop, so I guess that fits.
Win your choice of an 8x10 print. This could be custom or one of the color combos offered in the made-to-order section of their Etsy shop. The 8x10's are the owl print, the elephant print, and the large clover print, but any of the smaller designs that could also fit on an 8x10 would be an option as well. Winner's choice! US only, contest ends Wednesday August 21st.