Alison Garwood Jones

Freelance life

Originally published in August 2017 in Blog

When there’s no watercooler, just silence, you have to rely on discipline and humor to beat back the latest news on #genderwars, #Trump and our pooched #environment. Did I miss anything? Another freelance achievement sticker to add to Jeremy Nguyen’s fun series for the The New Yorker. (Bushwick Daily) #DailyShouts I’ve rolled these into my […]

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When in doubt

Originally published in July 2017 in Blog

I love this quote by Shadi Petosky from Grace Bonney’s book, In The Company of Women. I was determined to visualize it in PhotoShop, which I’m finally learning. It’s easier to learn a new tool when you have something you actually want or need to make. Have you noticed that too? I learned iMovie because […]

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Chalk art tips

Originally published in June 2017 in Blog, Surface Design

Photo: Alison Garwood-Jones The Merchant Tavern, TORONTO (@TheMerchantTo): Colouring on the back of a window makes the shaded areas appear more solid from the front. This is especially true on double-pane glass. This is my latest #ChalkArt discovery using Molotow acrylic markers. Some other things I’ve learned since I started drawing on windows two summers ago: […]

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Why hire an artist?

Originally published in June 2017 in Blog

Any business can order vinyl lettering, but having a chalk artist on site shows more care and commitment to the customer (who wants to be delighted), your business and the artistic community. It creates work! People love to stop and talk to artists in action. The biggest feedback I get is: you spelled that wrong. […]

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I made my first wallpaper pattern

Originally published in June 2017 in Blog

I designed this “Summer Lovin’”wallpaper pattern for The Merchant Tavern‘s beer, wine, and sangria station at the #AdelaideEatsTo Summer Food Market. It’s open M-F, 11 am – 9 pm at the corner of University and Adelaide, upper deck.  I learned how to make wallpaper patterns in a great Skillshare video by Julia Rothman (Thank you, Julia, for […]

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How I use watercolour pencils

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

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Kara Walker

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

Kara Walker is one of seven artists profiled in the April 17-30 edition of New York Magazine (still on many newsstands). Doreen St. Felix describes a black female artist who is acutely aware that her work and persona are a lightning rod for the pathologies that are everywhere in the U.S. “She knows that putting […]

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Artist toolkit

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

This makeup brush kit from my days as an Elle editor is now my fountain pen and waterbrush kit. #UseWhatYouHave #illustration #arttools

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Insights with Nargis

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

While Yann Yap and I finish editing our first batch of Willful videos and gear up for the next spate of interviews, it was so gratifying to participate in Nargiz Mammadova’s thoughtful interview series, Insights with Nargiz. We talked about creativity, work, life, and constant adaptation. Thank you, Nargiz! Photo: Gary Chen, White Clover.

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Window Art: My process

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

We all have skills that are lying dormant — for whatever reason. For me, it was art. A dozen years ago, when I was trying to break into journalism (with no degree in the field and no contacts), getting writing gigs was all-consuming. And it was creative, so not drawing didn’t feel like such a […]

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