Tiffanie Collins is an illustrator, graphic designer, sign painter, and founder of the new Fort Collins’ design company Bonnie & Caprice. We are so excited to have her impressive work at this year’s Holiday Market. Check out her Etsy page and visit her in person on Dec. 14th at The Bean Cycle.
What are you bringing to the Holiday Market?
I will be bringing a variety of Giclée Prints, calendars, and greeting cards. My favorites are the Giclée prints because I think everyone needs a little bit of love on their walls.
What tools do you use in your creative process? What could you absolutely not live without?
Almost all of my prints start out with pencil and paper. I’m a pretty loose sketcher so sometimes these go on for pages and pages. After that I usually ink it up then scan it. This changes for each project depending on how developed the idea is in my head. Sometimes it takes me 30 minutes to develop and finish a print and other (most) times it takes me a week to get it how I’m satisfied with it.
The best item I have in my tools right now is my basic Uni-Ball Micron Pen. I used to buy expensive pens only to have them stop working within a couple days of use. After trying a Uni-Ball a few months ago though, I was hooked. I also can’t live without large sketchbooks, no Moleskines here! When I use Moleskines I prize the pages too much for it to be a sketchbook and am too afraid to have “bad ideas” whereas with the standard large sketchbooks I can have bad ideas all day before I finally land on the good ideas.
If you were commissioned to paint a giant sign to hang over the city of Fort Collins, what would you want it to say?
I don’t think you could have asked me a harder question. Creating a sign for such a large and diverse city of people has left me a little stumped because there are so many different opinions to speak for. After sitting at my desk and thinking for several minutes of what would be appropriate for Fort Collins I decided it would be:
Fort Collins. Almost Perfect.
What has been the most challenging project you’ve done? What did you learn from it?
I think the hardest project I’ve done are the projects I do for myself. I tend to be over critical of my work and end up revising and revising until I eventually loose momentum to finish it. Working for other people doing design or creating signs is much easier for me because I have a timeline that I need to finish work in and that gives me a more standardized goal. I have started to regiment my self initiated projects recently by setting a goal for an afternoon or a day which has helped me tremendously.
What do you do when you’re not busy making things? What is your perfect “day off?”
Honestly, I feel like I am always making things or working on some sort of project. It’s hard to stop doing things that you love and I am very lucky to now be merging it into my full time job. But to answer your question, when I’m not designing or when I need to stop sketching I like to build things I need around the house. I’m not a woodworker by any means but there is a certain satisfaction of not going to the store when you need a new desk but to design exactly what you need, find the perfect wood, and then building it yourself. I also have read-a-thons where I’ll end up reading a book in an afternoon.