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Sled Fest Rockabilly Car Show 2015

Better late than never, a few images from our time at Sled Fest in Duncannon, PA.

Special custom job on the Radio Flyer we found at Old Sled Works. If you are local, we can customize something for you too. Just use our contact form!
Special custom job on the Radio Flyer we found at Old Sled Works. If you are local, we can customize something for you too. Just use our contact form!

Sled Fest is a rockabilly themed, pre ’72 car show held at the Old Sled Works antiques shop. If you’ve never been to Old Sled Works it’s definitely worth the trip. The place is huge and it’s jam packed full of collectables. We didn’t have a lot of time to peruse with running our stand, but what we did see was awesome. We nabbed a Radio Flyer trike for the wee one (which is now pin-striped!) Definitely planning a trip back.

Along with the show and the antiques, the good folks from Retro Lovely magazine were there. They were shooting pin-up photography at the soda fountain inside.

There was a car show (the event is put on by the Hooligan’s Car Club) and also a pin-up contest. A lot of great folks were there including the owners of Atomic Cheesecake pin-up photography (Baltimore).

We made a lot of great connections and had an all around great time. The pre-party the night before at the River City Blues Club (Harrisburg, PA) was great, with awesome bands including Trio Agave, a surf rock band hailing from Lancaster, PA.


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The family crew! Dean, Cindy, Chris & Deanna. Dean is Deanna’s dad and Cindy’s husband. Chris is Deanna’s husband.
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Chris and Dean, up to no good. Hoodlums!
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Some sights around Sled Fest.

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Some sights around Sled Fest.
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Some sights around Sled Fest.
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Despite their faces at Dean’s antics, we made great friends with our neighbors!
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The soda fountain where pin-up photography was set up.
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Some sights around Sled Fest.
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The crew looking good with the stand.

See you next year!
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A Mid-Century Modern, Rockabilly Dream World…

Kickin' it old school with my retro fifties chair and table, back in the early eighties.
Kickin’ it old school with my retro fifties chair and table, back in the early eighties.

Some of my earliest childhood memories are the insides of antiques shops. I really have grown up with it, I guess. Garages too (aren’t junk yards just the antiques shops of motor-heads?)
Everything old. Everything rusty, dusty, and buried. Hidden treasures, things to be refurbished, and things to leave as-is for that wonderful “old timey” feeling.

My family decorates with antiques and hand-me-downs or, I like to say, “heirlooms”. It’s a big time personality thing. I love Ikea, I do, I do, I do, but mostly, when I look around my humble abode, I want my eyes to rest on things that have history and say something about my personality. Things that tell a story (okay, maybe that’s the illustrator in me). Things that educate (how many things I have that no longer have a use or function in 21st century life that I can teach my wee one about!)

The coolest thing about the vintage lifestyle is that there is absolutely no need for it to be an elitist one. Unique finds and repurposed goods become the loveliest and most telling home decor, without breaking the bank.


 

The dressing room is her, "house."
The dressing room is her, “house.”

As I said, I grew up in it. I grew up surrounded by these ghosts of the past, and I would imagine I was there. Wherever there may be. These material goods had the power to transport a young girl to other eras and build an interest in history. So, now I see my daughter doing the same thing. Most recently at the coolest hidden gem in Lancaster County, Black Kat Kollectibles. She’s imagining her own world there, just like I used to many moons ago in similar shops.

In case you don’t know, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, well, most of the Central PA region, is highly renowned for it’s “antiquing” accessibility.  People travel quite a distance to  shop here. There’s a lot of other wonderful reasons to visit Lancaster County, but I’ll leave that to another website.


 

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Black Kat Kollectibles is a mecca for the rockabilly-inspired shopper. Owned and operated by Rose and AJ Nutter, the shop is a breath of fresh air, being operated by the new generation of “antiquers” and “pickers.” It’s very cool to see that other “young folks” are interested, and it’s even cooler to see a shop dedicated to the “scene” as it were.

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Some of our products, for sale at Black Kat Kollectibles.

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In her words: 
The best part about being a vintage shop owner is sharing vintage with others. It’s not about the money, or even about the thing someone is buying. It’s about the history and culture it once brought to our world. It’s also about the joy and happiness it brings someone. Best job on the planet.

From their website:
Black Kat Kollectibles carries various vintage and retro items with rockabilly and midcentury modern influences. When you visit, expect to see vintage books, retro kitchen items, vinyl records, glassware, vintage Halloween/Christmas, tin signs, 1950’s-60’s barware, vintage men and women’s clothing/shoes/accessories, pyrex, kitschy collectibles, vintage toys, ephemera, artwork and much more. 

 Unique vintage finds comes from all over the East coast, handpicked by the owner. 

 The shop is also a co-operative so there are a large variety of items available from different vintage dealers.
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We at Grease and Grace proudly have our handmade retro-inspired art at Black Kat Kollectibles. We really encourage you to check out BKK. If you are local to the area, you may have missed it in your normal hustle and bustle of daily life. It’s well worth the trip.
And if you’re not local, then even more reason to plan a trip and head in. It’s gorgeous out here, and there’s hidden treasures right under your nose.

Follow Black Kat Kollectibles online at: 
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Red Heads are More Fun

Red Heads Do it Better
Red Heads Do it Better


Well, in follow up to the sketch post for Saint Patrick’s day (long overdue!) here is how the final image came out for the Lady and Leprechaun print.

A tongue in cheek, bawdy Irish pin-up. You are invited to laugh and celebrate your inner Irish. Who’s the lucky one? The girl with the newfound gold or the leprechaun himself?

This piece is titled, “Devil Take the Women” after the old Irish tune, Whiskey in the Jar.

“I counted out his money and it made a pretty penny
I put it in me pocket and I took it home to Jenny
She sighed and she swore that she never would deceive me
But the devil take the women for they never can be easy”

A fun addition to the home gallery. Chic / Fashion / Retro / Rockabilly / Prehistoric
Prints of this original watercolor are available at the Etsy store in our Vintage Style Prints section.

-8×10″
-Art prints are packaged in clear wrap and fortified twice within a cushion mailer.
-Printed on Domtar Cougar paper:
High 98 brightness for striking contrast
white, super smooth
FSC® certified
Rainforest Alliance Certified™
SFI® Certified Sourcing
10% post-consumer recycled content
100lb
Acid-free for archival quality

Here are some shots of the piece in progress:

sketches
Original sketches and ideas. I definitely liked the leprechaun from the get go.
The pencil drawing. Pretty fleshed out and ready for ink.
ink and watercolor
The inked piece with water brushed over – ready for watercolor wash on the background.

early watercolor
Early stages of watercolor wash.
A little more detail, more layers of color added.

And some close ups of the detail. Watercolor and pen & ink. 

 

 

 

Psychobilly, Rockabilly, Custom Pin-Striped Door Knocker

Custom Door Knocker available at out Etsy Shop.

GOLD PIN STRIPED DOOR KNOCKER

Very unique – you’ll *never* see another one like it.

Custom / Personalized / Hand crafted metal door knocker.

This piece is pinstriped by our artist Dean. He is a picker and loves to find cool old items and dress them up with rockabilly style.

Dean gives this item a real touch of old school class with elegant gold stripes (professional 1shot paint).

A “lucky” theme sure to liven up any home, this boasts a horseshoe and a spur. Sure to bring luck to the inhabitants inside.

Four holes for screws on each corner. Weight = 1lb 2.4 oz Dimensions = Approx. 7″H 4″W

Making a Pinup Girl – Sketch to Final Painting

Getting ready to get down to work!

Here’s a little look into my world of illustration.

Click images to enlarge.

This is a pictorial view of my process of painting.

The subject is one of my most recent pinup girls, who is now available in 5×7 prints and as note cards.

I have always found that people enjoy seeing an artists work in process. In 2012 I had a gallery exhibition which was entirely based upon that theme. That show was centered around my children’s book portfolio, but it’s the same idea, same process, same technique.

Initial sketches composite.

This pinup was a lot of fun to do. She started as a doodle one night in bed. I did a quick sketch of a plush shark. He came out so cute I thought he needed a little girl friend so next I designed the mermaid to go with him. I wanted it to be tongue in cheek. An “odd couple.”

After a few initial thumbnails (actually, the shark needed only one thumbnail. He went straight from  thumbnail to final, with no alterations, which is unusual) I get to work on the sketches. I rough it out a few times to get anatomy and facial features right.

I liked the idea of her fishtail having VonDutch style flames, sort of a shout out to my artist father but also to the Rockabilly/Hot Rod/Pinup/Kustom culture scene in general.  

The inking stage.

 

Once I felt confident about the sketches I scanned the shark and the mermaid in to my computer. This allowed me to reduce or enlarge their size as needed. This step was necessary because they were drawn, as sketches are very random creations, at different sizes, not suited to be next to one another. By scanning them and playing with them digitally I could manipulate their sizes and rotate as needed.   When they looked nice together I made a print of them and took that to my light table.

The light table and using the computer as stated above are tricks to keeping your project flow moving fast. I don’t have months to paint one image so I utilize my tools to the best of my advantage. If my sketch looks exactly the way it needs to, why draw it again to make it larger, etc?  There are always refinements that happen on the final paper, but it is quicker this way and less hassle.

When transferred to the final paper in pencil, I then added the background. Naughty, naughty me – I had no plans whatsoever for this environment except that it would obviously be under water. I think about composition and kind of just let my imagination take over at that stage of the game. After pencil sketches are done, the whole thing gets ink.

Beginning, laying out background color with the masking fluid over the main design.

By the way – that artist’s tape in these pictures is pretty awful. I think it was a Michael’s off brand. I got it because I had a gift card and I thought it should be the same quality as my usual Artists Pro tape seeing as how it was the same price. No, no and more no. You’ve been warned.

It was a last minute conversation with a Facebook friend (I often post my images to my Facebook while I work to get opinions from friends) that inspired the leopard print tail and the fiery red hair.

The next images show the progression of painting. I think I paint with watercolor ‘wrong’. At least based on what I was taught, but it works for me. I was told once by a professor that I hold my paintbrush like a pencil, and it’s true. I don’t really care. I do sort of ‘draw’ with the brush. Well, anyway, I block in major areas of color first. Like the sky or in this case, water. I use a colorless masking fluid  to block out areas which I don’t want to get any paint on yet by accident. It’s fun to peel off. If you were one of those odd children of the eighties who peeled Elmer’s glue off your hands to see your fingerprints, you’ll get the idea of fun I’m talking about. I’m weird.

Background pretty well laid in.

Continuing the layering of paint process, I add light layers to build up light and shadow. I think a lot about my light source and where it is coming from. Somewhere once I read a quote from Trina Schart Hyman  that helped me:

“Illustrator Garth Williams inspired me to think about light. I was illustrating Snow White when he came to Lyme for a visit. During his stay, he would often look over my shoulder while I worked. ‘You must think more about and in terms of light and light source,’ he told me one day. ‘Light can create drama—light means everything in illustration.’ He was right. I began to open my eyes, and study light.”

When the image is finished it gets scanned once again and I really do very little digital editing, only what is necessary as there is always a small amount of quality loss when digitizing art. Levels are adjusted and

More details get filled in.

sharpness corrected but usually little more.
Once it’s digitized I can get it ready for print!

So there you have it, folks!

Take care,
— Deanna Meyer at Grease and Grace Art Designs

The final product.

 

 

 

 

 

Mermaid is now filled in.

Retro Inspired Note Cards For Sale

Blank inside, retro inspired note cards with cute pinup girls. “Sweetheart” and “Ageless Love.”

Presenting a line of very fashionable retro inspired note cards (more to come). These are made by Grease and Grace artist Deanna and the images hail from her wild imagination. They are prints of watercolor paintings set on beautifully patterned card stock with photo corners. Blank inside so you can write your own message to your sweetheart!

This is a set of four(4) assorted blank inside notecards with envelopes. The envelopes measure approximately 5.5″x 4.25″. Also selling as singles.  They can be found at the shop:

New Shop – Etsy

We have a opened a new shop via Etsy. We think it’s easier and simpler to navigate and we hope you love it. 

Soon we will be listing more items and custom items as well as our ready made art.

If you are an Etsy seller we’d love to join teams with you.

More to come shortly…

 

Cheesecake ‘n’ Chains New Retro Inspired Accessories Coming Soon…

“Dinah” ©Deanna Meyer

Here’s just a little note to say that artist Deanna’s Cheesecake ‘n’ Chains section will be getting some new additions soon to the store. Some neat products: Magnets, lighters, umbrellas, cosmetics purses, cards and more…featuring the lovely “Dinah” and “Skittles” girl illustrations.

Dinah and Skittles are two cheesecake girls Deanna drew up while waiting for her power to return during a stay at another person’s home during Hurricane Sandy (power restored timely, our hearts go out to those still in need). Skittles’ name came not from the candy brand but from a friend who, after seeing the original sketch, told Deanna of the slang phrase, “Life can’t be all beer and skittles” (skittoles: originally a pub game). Deanna thought this idea was cute and although the phrase has not yet been incorporated that remains the character’s name. Skittles is designed to look like Deanna’s friend who gave the phrase.

Dinah came about the same evening and reminds Deanna of she and her husband looking out at the starry sky at night.

These characters will more than likely get to appear more than once in various ways in the future. For now, these two have made their way on to some very fun products that we hope you will enjoy!

“Skittles” ©Deanna Meyer

Here are some sample photos so you can see what is in store!

New products featuring two cheesecake girls! Flip top lighters, magnets, playing cards, bottle openers, umbrellas, cosmetics purses, money cases, cigarette cases