A small collection of lack and white things that make me happy floating around my work desk. A large notebook for planning, a small composition notebook for ideas, my ink pad, a ruler I use for regularly, my newly hand lettered business cards plus their little black envelopes, my favorite pen and brush, and the current stamp in production that will seal the back of all art prints. After years of working with a rainbow worth of colors, I am finding peace in a (very) limited palette. (at Print And Pillage Supply Co. )

Every once in a while something small turns into something just a little bigger. Being vulnerable or putting ourselves in a situation where we are vulnerable (as in admitting we don’t have all the answers, or know how to do everything) can be tough, but a lot of surprising and fantastic things can happen when we do. It’s a snowball effect.


About a week ago I sent a very heart felt letter to a lady whom I look up to a lot, Janine of UPPERCASE Magazine. She replied back telling me she had started to reply, and it just kept getting longer…and longer…and would I mind if she just made it her newsletter? Of course I said go ahead! So of my rather shy letter, a newsletter was born. It touches on questions we all have, whether we’re seasoned artists or newbies (I consider myself in the latter, even though I’ve been making art for over a decade). Being an artist and making a living as one are two different beasts, and as a 26 year old, I am just starting to dip my toes into pursuing my art as a career.

My favorite point was “make good work.” All other points are fantastic and incredibly helpful, but this one was the most important of all. The biggest battle is, first and foremost, to make work we’re proud of and not forget why we do it. So after having read Janine’s words of Wisdom and reflecting on them, I am also adding my own:

Read the rest at the Blog » 

Lately Around here: Patterns & Green (On Instagram)

From the Blog:

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Lately I’ve been posting a lot (and I mean a lot) as a brand new wave of excitement and productivity has swept over my work, so my Instagram has been getting flooded with shots of life and work. I’ve also gotten smart and realized that I can just share my images straight out of instagram onto all my other social media bits (@jaybendt on twitter, tumblr, and facebook). However, not everything makes it onto those platforms, or even this blog as I move it in a different direction (more on this later), so if you want to see more images of process and behind the scenes, Instagram would be the place to check. If you’d like to get cool news, bits of inspiration, and exclusive deals before they reach the public via this blog, please sign up for my newsletter.  
Happy Wednesday!
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I wrote a rather shy letter to someone I look up to, and in turn it became a newsletter to share with many! Today’s @uppercasemag newsletter features Janine’s answers to common questions we all have (newbies and seasoned artists alike!), on making a living, making good work, and putting yourself out there.