an unveiling of sorts. / by jen geigley

Okay, so I've been painting. Yes, painting.

Painting, drawing, painting. More painting. Drawing. Varnishing. And so on.

This is kind of what happens when a graphic designer paints. Graphic paintings. (Don't get me wrong – fine art is my first love and if I could make a living on that alone, I would.)

There is just something within that makes me want to make things that look like this. Outlines. Hard edges, and such. But I do love to paint. It sure is a nice break from the computer.

These paintings are based on a free dingbat font from Chank, a Minneapolis-based type house. A font called Crap*Magnet, by Mr. Walters. It was Bo's idea, actually. I asked Chank for permission before I started, and they told me to go for it.

I'm bringing this group of fifteen paintings with me to Market Day this Saturday, if you're interested in one or want to see them in person. (You can click the image above to see them up close.) After Market Day, I'll be listing any leftovers in my Etsy shop. And if you need more messy paint goodness, check out the latest Dare. All the girls did some crazy paint stuff this week! Another favorite person of mine did a little video of herself painting and it's just so cool to watch – check out Elsie doing her thing here.

Which brings me back to Market Day. If you're heading downtown to the Des Moines farmers' market this weekend, you should definitely stop by and see us.
WHEN: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. the last Saturday of every month from May through September, with additional dates in October and November.
WHERE: The Market Building, 118 S.E. Fourth St.
INFO: Market Street Media Foundry

I'm bringing the paintings, the birthday t-shirts and knitted baby shoes.

But this time, I have a pretty sweet deal for you.
** For every pair of my baby shoes that you purchase, I will donate a pair to charity.
Just like TOMS; one for one. On a much, much smaller scale. :)

I will be donating some baby shoes locally to Blank Children's Hospital.

And more baby shoes will go to Craft Hope, which combines a love for crafting + the desire to help others into a project to make a difference around the world. (Below are a couple of photos of a recent Craft Hope project that brought handmade dolls to orphans in Nicaragua.)

Pretty amazing, huh. So be sure to come out and visit Market Day this Saturday if you're in the area. If you're not from Des Moines and still want to help, I will list any leftover baby shoes from the craft show in my Etsy shop by Monday. (I will make as many as I can!)