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Behind The Scenes: Making New Wallets

This is the aftermath of a wallet making session in the studio at Viva Paso. Lots of thin strips of vinyl, art prints, and magazine clippings. There’s an art project in there somewhere in that pile of colorful debris, but I haven’t figured out what that is yet. Alternative to packing peanuts, maybe? Not really an “art project” per se, but it’s something.


This is the stage just before sewing. There are 6 layers to these wallets and I hold them all together with paper clips so they don’t slip and slide all over the place when I start sewing them.

They look so much cleaner after sewing, but the big messy stack is probably cooler to see. After this stage is when I trim all the edges off, giving each wallet a clean smooth edge.

Big news over here. I hope you’re ready for it. The classic red Hunter S. Thompson wallet that I’ve been making for years is finally available in two more colors. I don’t know why it’s taken so long, but a few months ago a customer requested/suggested making orange or yellow. He had already purchased 2 (maybe 3) red ones and he loves the graphic (obviously) but didn’t want another red one. So, I took his suggestion and made both colors. Check em out!

If you’d like one they are both available on my site now. They are $16 each.
To order click one of the above photos or just click one of these:
Orange
Yellow
And, of course, the Red is still available too.

And if that’s enough, I also added two new Card Cases to the selection.

This one is called “Fluffle”, which is great word you don’t hear too often. A fluffle is a group of bunnies and who doesn’t love a group of bunnies? Nobody, that’s who! Crazy talk, I tell ya.

This one is called “Let’s Kick It.” The card cases are $13 each.
If you’d like to order one just click one of the photos above or use these links:
Fluffle
Let’s Kick It

As of right now I only have these 2 designs for card cases, but I have over 30 wallet designs. Here’s just a few of them from the batch I made the other night.

You can see all of the designs right here. Also, I almost don’t like to admit it, but January was sadly the worst month Viva Paso has ever experienced, so if you order a wallet it would be very much appreciated.

And before I forget, I would really love to get these wallets into some other shops. I’ve done wholesale with these in the past and would really like to get more involved in that world. So, if you own a shop or work at a shop or know any store that might be interested in selling these please let me know or send them my way.

Email or send me a DM on Instagram: @jeffclaassen

Thank you so much for your support!
– Jeff

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Wow…you aren’t bored out of your eyeballs yet? That’s fantastic because check this out. You can now follow me on TikTok. I’ve been uploading a lot of quick time lapse painting videos on there. At the longest they are only 60 seconds, which is a bit easier to swallow than some of the YouTube videos I upload. Happy watching!

New Owl Painting And Video

First post of 2020. I’ve started the year off being as productive as possible. Before 2020 was upon us I told myself I was going to focus on making bigger paintings, but here I am making a series of 3.5″ x 7″ paintings. In my defense, I had some paintings in the works that weren’t quite finished, so I am working on those and then I really would like to make some bigger paintings this year. Anyway…for now I have one new piece to show you.

This is Ginger. She’s 3.5″ x 7″, mixed media on wood with epoxy resin coating. She’s available in my online shop or in person at Viva Paso – 1211 Pine St in downtown Paso Robles.

You know, come to think of it, I have more than one new piece to show you. I finished these next two a few weeks ago, so you might have seen them on Instagram, but if not, here ya go.


“Gilligan”
3.5″ x 7″ – mixed media on wood.
Available in my online shop.


“Mary Ann”
3.5″ x 7″ – mixed media on wood.
Available in my online shop.

Yes, I am using all the characters names from Gilligan’s Island. I have a few more to go, so be on the lookout for Lovey, Thurston, The Skipper, and The Professor.

Enjoy!
– Jeff

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10 New Mini Paintings

I have been obsessed with making these little 3″ square paintings. Here’s a little video showing the newest batch.

All of these are one of a kind hand painted originals. They are 3″ x 3″ canvases and are available on my site for $30 each. Yes, the awesome little easels are included.

If for some reason watching a video makes you cringe here are photos of the paintings in all of their 3″ glory.


“Prankster” – adopt me


“Gordie” – take me home


“Denny” – let’s hang out


“Philip” – hold me


“Joel” – let’s get donuts


“Ace” – fly with me


“Teddy” – kiss me


“Chris” – let’s be friends


“Lydia” – be my roommate


“Vern” – be my roommate

And there you have it…that is what 10 mini canvas paintings look like.
Thanks for checking them out!

– Jeff

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They’re Back!

The journals/notebooks were new this year. I had toyed around with the idea for awhile and finally got off my butt and figured out what would work best for me. I’m super stoked with how popular they’ve been. I recently ordered a new batch. In case you haven’t kept up on Instagram I now have 4 designs to choose from.

All of them are 120 lined pages and are 6″ x 9″, which is the perfect size for a notebook.
Right now they are all in stock, so I can ship them out within 24 hours. If you’d like to order one they are all available in my online shop. They are also available in person at Viva Paso – 1211 Pine St in downtown Paso Robles.

Thanks for the support!
See ya!

– Jeff

Sample Shirt: Some Bitch Stole My Lunch Money

It’s been a long time since I had some shirts available…and it’s going to be a little bit longer before they are ready. This here is a sample shirt that I had made before I go in for the BIG order. And I’m glad I ordered a sample first, for two reasons.

One, I meant to order black, but somehow ordered a color called Oxblood Black, which is really a dark dark purple. It’s a hard color to describe and when I first saw it I actually thought it was dark brown. And two, I need to do some fine tuning on the lettering. I’m never a fan of my handwriting, but this messy scrawl actually worked for the “Some Bitch Stole My Lunch Money” theme. The thing that bothers me is the “E” in “some” and the “O” in “stole” and “money”.

I have another sample that should arrive in a few days where the girl is done in black ink on a light colored shirt. Unfortunately, it’s with the same text because I ordered them at the same time. Hopefully, I can fine tune the text tonight and get some new samples ordered ASAP. If they turn out good and get my stamp of approval then new “Some Bitch Stole My Lunch Money” shirts will be officially ready for the world. If you’ve been with me for awhile, you know this image is not new to shirts, but this is the first time I’ve included the title. Not exactly sure why I’ve been so hesitant about it, but I’m glad I finally got over whatever my hangup was.

One last thing, the sample shirt is available for $17 on my site. When this graphic gets my final approval and is “officially” released the price will be $24. This sample shirt is basically one-of-a-kind, so if you like collecting things like one off shirts now is your chance.

This shirt is a unisex medium and is a “Bella + Canvas 3001” shirt. I know that’s a weird name, but they’re popular in the blank tee business. Anyway, it’s 100% combed and ring spun cotton, so it’s super soft. Also, keep in mind, although it’s a sample shirt there is really nothing wrong with it. I’m just very picky about the lettering. Ok, that’s probably more than enough information. If you’d like it you can purchase it right here.

Thanks for looking!

In other news, I can’t believe this is day 28 of Blogtober. Only 3 more days to go. This hasn’t been as demanding as Vlogtober, but it’s certainly more work than I had anticipated. There have been a few last minutes posts where I started writing at 11:45pm and posted just before midnight. Being that last minute would not have been possible during Vlogtober. Making a video last minute meant starting at 10pm, filming for 15-30 minutes, editing for 45 minutes to an hour and uploading just before midnight, which was scary because if something happens during the upload process I’d be posting late.

That’s it for now.
See ya!

– Jeff

New Koi Journals Are Here

Super stoked to add a new design to my line of journals/notebooks!

But here’s the thing. I have to be honest with you. This Koi Journal has been available at Viva Paso since July. Guess what? This is how long it’s taken me just to take photos of it and make it available online. Can you say procrastinate? I can. I live it!

I’m not happy about my procrastination, but I do have other things going on so it can be difficult to decide what’s a real priority. Anyway, here a couple more photos of it.

And here are the details:
– paperback
– 6″ x 9″
– 120 lined pages

That pretty much sums it up. It’s a great size for on the go writing, to-do list making, journaling, etc. If you’d like to order one that would be super awesome. You can always come into Viva Paso (1211 Pine St. in downtown Paso Robles) to pick one up or you can now order online at: Jeff’s Koi Fish Journal

Thanks for looking!
And happy journaling.

– Jeff

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New Snowflake Version

This is my latest in the ongoing “Some Bitch Stole My Lunch Money” series. I don’t normally get to art speaky…or maybe I do without realizing it. I try not to because it can be such a bore sometimes, but one thing I’ve learned over the years is that a lot of people enjoy hearing the backstory about how a piece is made. I really try to avoid the REAL art speaky bit of talking about the meaning of a painting and whatnot. That can get a bit lofty and as a creator I quite fancy the idea that the viewer has a responsibility to bring something to the table. The image should invoke some sort of emotion for the viewer and with that the viewer adds the meaning. And look, just like that, I got all art speaky on you without even realizing it. Ughh…somebody slap me! Let’s get back on track…

Ok, so this piece is very interesting to me. It’s impossible to see in a photo, especially a straight on photo and in person it’s even difficult to see unless you are really looking for it, but it’s there. Here’s a close up I’d like you to take a look at.

What I hope you can see in the above photo is the different layers and how some things are floating between layers of resin. I coat almost every single one of my paintings with a thick clear resin. Normally, it’s pretty straight forward. I paint on a wood panel and when I’m done I do the resin pour. With this one I painted the green background and poured the resin over it while the paint was still wet. Then I splattered some white paint on top of the wet resin. As you know, I love drips and splatters. Splatters usually end up looking like a bunch of random polka dots, but these splatters had this interesting reaction with the resin and sort of spread out and splintered giving them more of a snowflake look than a splatter, which I totally embraced. When that layer of resin dried I put the “Some Bitch” girl over the top and then poured another layer of resin over that. If you look close you can see a slight shadow under her as well as some of the snowflakes. And on closer inspection, which is a lot easier in person, you can see that some of the green swirls of paint are floating in the resin above the first layer of green background. Fun stuff. Yeah, I’m art nerding.

And that’s a wrap!

Now, since I have bills to pay, if you’d like to add the “Some Bitch Stole My Lunch Money” (snowflake version) to your collection that would be super awesome. She’s available right here.

Oh, and here’s some bonus photos of two new paintings I’m working on that were done using the same process of pouring resin over wet paint.

As always, thanks for looking!
– Jeff

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Can A Bunny Fit In This Box?

Time Lapse Tuesday: Hand Painted Slingshot And One Mini Canvas

I can’t possibly be the first person to think of “Time Lapse Tuesday”, but something tells me it’s not anything that’s really going to catch on. However, that did not stop me from making this video last week. Per usual, I forgot to post about it here and had to wait a full week just for it to be “Tuesday” again. Anyway, enough blabbering. Check out the video!

I hope you enjoyed that. Trust me, I am trying to figure out a way to make art videos a little more exciting and I’m totally stumped. If you have any suggestions hit me up. Anyway…

I painted a bunch of slingshots back in May, which you might have seen on Instagram, but I am pretty sure posting them here was another forgotten task. Until now!

I pretty much gave myself a headache coming up with clever names like, “Billy The Bearded Bombarder”, “Torpedo Tim”, and “Freddie Fling”, which will surely bring joy to all who love the pleasure only a slingshot can provide.

If you’d like one of these hand painted beauties please check them out in my shop. They are $30 each and right now there are still 4 available.

And, our dear “Julien” is patiently awaiting to be adopted by a caring, but charmingly dysfunctional, family. If that sounds like you then click here.

That’s it for now. As always, thanks for reading!

– Jeff

Freshly Painted Three Inchers

I’ve been a little obsessed this past month with painting these 3″ square canvases and this is the newest batch. All of these are available in my shop. They are all one of a kind originals and the awesome little easel is included.


This is Eli. He likes chillin’, long walks on the beach, and gobbling space cake.


Meet Arturo. This little bun bun is all about those late nights sipping wine on the couch while talking to himself.


Henry The Bunny. This little bun-dle of bunny is quite the sassy whipper snapper, but that only makes him more lovable.


Say hello to Russ. He likes hunting, fishing, and playing Parcheesi.

These are $30 each and make great Valentine’s presents except Valentine’s Day was last week, so it looks like I posted this late. But not too late, because they still make great President’s Day presents except that was on Monday and people don’t give presents for that. You know what though, tomorrow is National Margarita Day and that seems like the perfect excuse to buy a painting.

Cheers!
– Jeff

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New Mini Canvas Paintings

I posted this photo on Instagram back in September.

After this the mini canvases sat. And sat. Then they sat some more. They sat all the way until mid-January. That’s 4 months of sitting. Obviously, other projects I had in the works took priority over these three inch square art pieces. But why? I could have just set aside one night to finish them. Procrastination and the inability to prioritize efficiently are two traits I’d like to delete from the hard drive of my personality. Just drag them straight into the trash can. Ughh, I’ll do that later. Anyway, I am very happy to have finally finished them.

Thankfully, they sold fast. The only one still available is this dude.


“Willy”
3″ x 3″ – mixed media on canvas.
He’s available to purchase on my site.

Once I finally got the mini paintings finished and on display in my retail shop it got me excited to start a new batch. Here’s the first one.


This little bunny is named Martin. He’s already found a new home, but I am on my way to the art store now to pick up more mini canvases. I want to say I’d like to paint a couple dozen of these, but let’s be honest. If it took me 4 months to paint, essentially, 5 of these who knows how long it could take to paint 24 of them. Time will tell. Don’t hold your breath.

Thanks for looking!
– Jeff

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New Paintings: Simon, Sydney, And Richie

Today I have 3 new blockhead paintings to show you. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ve probably already seen them. And if not, then you’re seeing them for the first time and that’s cool. There are a lot of things I would love to see for the first time again. For some reason, the movies Matrix and Fight Club come to mind. Or even The Sixth Sense. Anyway…I hope you enjoy these. If you’d like to add any of these to your art collection they are all available in my online shop.


“Simon The Owl”
3.5″ x 7″ – mixed media on wood
Available here.


“Sydney”
3.5″ x 7″ – mixed media on wood
Available here.


“Ritchie”
3.5″ x 5″ – mixed media on wood
Available here.

Thanks for looking!
– Jeff

In case you don’t want this fun to end:
– Check out my time lapse painting videos!
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– Listen to our podcast, Live Work Love.

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