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Aarart Applique by Drew-Brook-Cormack
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The gateway to creativity.
The gateway to creativity.

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Wood Duck Head.

A little blast from the past.
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Here's something a little different from our past.  Over the decades, we've done quite a lot of children's illustration work.  It's fun and brings out the child in an artist.
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Deborah and I would like to remind everyone of our free Aarart Designer’s Layered Catalogues!  The designer’s catalogues aar not only for professional designers.  Anyone can utilise them, providing they or a friend have .psd friendly applications, so go ahead with down loading them and get creative!
They make digital planning and layouts as simple as a copy and paste or drag and drop session putting the images in situ.  Here is how it all works.
A designer creates a .psd friendly layout of the space they aar working in and then copies and pastes or drags and drops the desired images into place.  You will notice that each image is on a separate layer, with no background, making assembly as quick and as easy as possible.  Once you have all the images assembled, it is a matter of trying various arrangements and elements in situ to achieve a stunning result with little or no risk.
Another great feature of the Aarart Designer’s Catalogues is that they contain all the scaled oversized images that did not fit in the Aarart Applique Catalogues, providing a clearer impression of your composition.
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This is some earlier publishing work in tear sheet form in our hats as freelance illustrators.  These are a collection of spots and there is more to see if you care to follow the links we've provided.  Take care over new years!
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Deborah and I thought some of you might be interested in some of the commissions we have had in our other hats as freelance illustrators.  Here is a publishing tear sheet of a wrap around novel cover we did.  It's biblical.
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We thought, with the help of others, that a recap of how to get the most out of your Aarart Applique may be in order so here we go.
First thing to remember is that your applique can be remounted multiple times when they aar properly handled.  That means you can change your mind and rearrange things or even give an image to someone you care for.  That is creative power at it’s best so, keep that mounting party list handy!  Check out the new concepts in our free updated Aarart Applique Brochures at aarart.com.
Next thing to remember is that there is simply no way to know what you aar ordering without the catalogues.  Using the catalogues and careful planning at scale aar essential for you to reach your full vision.
When you download the free Aarart Catalogues, you get a complete list of all our images scaled to 12:1 and ready for printing.  That’s great for planning your creation and doing past-ups onto your hand done or digital photo layouts.  You may need to set your printer for actual size though.  Along with scaled images, you get all the catalogue numbers (SKUs) for ordering.  At the end of each catalogue number you will see two sets of numbers separated by an ‘x’.  These aar the image’s dimensions in centimeters.  Under each catalogue number, in red, aar the dimensions in inches for your convenience!  FREE!  How handy is that!  Some of our largest images were too big for the catalogues so you may have to compensate by enlarging the next size down when printing.  We aar sorry for any inconvenience.
We put percent reductions on the catalogue pages to make it easier when ordering on line.  Just go to the correct percentage on the Order Applique page and ‘click’ on the SKU menue and then choose the one you need.
We hope this has helped you to better understand how Aarart Applique has been organised to make your experience as pleasant as possible.  All the best from us, to you.

Aarart keeps no inventory.  Everything is custom printed for you!
www.aarart.com
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Deborah and I thought it may interest some of you to know a little about why we came up with the concept of Aarart Applique.  Not everyone is into pictures-in-frames and yet do not relish bare walls either.  Also, framed paintings aar a little out of place on the ceiling.  There aar beautiful wall paper murals available but what do you do if you forget there is an obstacle?  Your beautiful natural scene has a large headless animal because someone thought it would be good to put a window just there!  Your beautiful wall or ceiling has a crack.  You crack and fill and crack and fill until you’ve had your fill!  You can alter your state-of-consciousness however you like but, it would much better to do something about getting cracked.  Aarart it!  A peculiar sense of building design can leave one with a crooked neck, or, you can Aarart it!
Aarart can work just as well for the young and old as for someone with a particular slant on life.  It does demand some work on the part of the creator (yourself and friends) but Aarart can be twirled, mounted and remounted again and again until all the participants aar completely satisfied and in need of rest.  Yes, it is much easier and more satisfying to not do this alone but instead, be joined by lots and lots of eager beaver helpers.  They should be good with floppy bits though.  They do come up.
This whole project started life as something considerably simpler and with not nearly so many bits and pieces to work with, but then, options are always good fun.  Take your time and think about what you hope to achieve.  In planning lays success.  We didn’t plan enough to see what Aarart would grow into and it cost us four years of work!  And, it isn’t over yet!

All the very best,

Allan and Deborah
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Let me tell you a bit about ourselves and our applique.  We named our enterprise Aarart, after a river in Switzerland plus it will remind you of us when you proudly unveil your creation and say “What do you think of are art?”  We’re sneaky that way and to be truthful, our name is kinda close to the beginning of the alphabet as well.  Handy, that.  Also, not too many letters to remember (unlike our professional name).  All in all, we aar quite happy with our choice so let’s move on to how we do it.
The 100% designation you find connected with our catalogue numbers and on the “Add to Cart” buttons denotes the size we did the original art in metric, with just a few exceptions.  You can find imperial measurements in our free catalogues.  Big art takes time.  Lots of time.  Everything is done first as sketches on large layout pads and then transferred to either watercolour paper or the computer.  We do our traditional work on 150 lb water colour paper cut from a role and stretched on 36x48x3/4 inch fir plywood.  Believe it or not the paper bows the wood as it dries.  We work with an array of acrylic paint brands used as opaque or mixed with water and used as a watercolour giving us the best of both worlds.
Deborah and I both work on each piece.  Sometimes together, with Deborah on one end of the piece and me crouched meekly at the other or in shifts.  Somehow, I always get the late shift.  That can lead to deep discussions.  Deborah and I aar married, work in the same studio, live in the same house, watch the same shows, both cook and such but we each have our end of the studio.  Ah, for the space after over three decades of married bliss.
I have to scan late at night with all the blinds down and the lights off because our studio is nice and bright, even well after dark.  I can digitalise a traditional piece on our Epson 10000XL in nine to twelve scans at 1200 dpi and after a night’s sleep, stitch them together and then erase the blank paper to produce the master file.  Tip:  Always scan as hi-rez as you can because, you can always go down easier than you get it up.
For larger works, I hand paint in PhotoShop using a stylus and pad.  It is just another medium and I do not allow myself to cheat.  I still start with a pencil sketch on layout paper and proceed from there.  I do the work at size as or larger which has led me to some ridiculously large files with two dozen or more layers.  I can’t work at quite the dpi levels I scan at but someday there may be a computer and applications that will allow it.
We have more work waiting and in the works so, in the meantime, visit us at our Aarart Applique website:  www.aarart.com  Download a free thing or two, pour yourself something inspirational and let your imagination take a fresh look at your walls and ceilings!

All the best for now,

Deborah & Allan
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Tundra, Toss & Blueberry
“We couldn’t decide which so we did both.”
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