Finished up a second complete set of my ‘like a rock’ pairing. Hand cut linoleum block print in copper & silver, hand painted tribal design frame, and hand sewn & designed linen ‘rock’ soft sculpture. I am in love with this graphic combination of elements: the modern frame with the natural simplicity of the sentiment and rock.
Sent out a few envelope calligraphy samples today that I’m pretty excited about too.
This weekend Michael and I decided to spontaneously introduce Liam to finger paint. I think we both realized fairly quickly that a drop cloth of some sort was in order. Oops. Watching him experiment with making marks (everywhere the brush could reach. you can see that we abandoned the confines of sitting down) and mixing colors filled me with an immeasurable amount of happiness and inspiration. Gosh, I don’t know who had more fun: this boy, or his overly proud parents!
Just finished up a very gardentastic wedding suite for a fellow RIT alumnus (and former resident!). The bride requested that I include the arbor at the winery where the ceremony will take place, and gave me a glimpse into the bridal bouquet inspiration. I love the combination of envelope colors she chose to go with the shimmer silver pocket, too – the lady has got taste! Oh, spring weddings are just so pretty!
I don’t think I could have imagined a more lovely collaborative invitation than this. Each piece was given so much character, down to every last detail. Cecelia has a way of making magic happen with vellum, and is the only person I know that can give a building a cute personality. This was just seriously fun to work on, and how pretty is that blush color? Can’t you just feel the love between these forever friends?
I find that I’m often pretty embarrassed by how much time has passed since I’ve done a painting. I mean really really painted. I do a lot of watercolor pieces for wedding invitations, but my acrylic paint has simply been neglected. I miss it, and then when I pick it up again, it fights with me for a while before things pull together. I’m really pretty happy with my most recent piece, which is a diptych that I just finished for my parents. Each panel is 12×24″. I was caught somewhere between decorative italian renaissance scrollwork and more contemporary patterning, but I think I found a compromise. Time to head to their happy new home!
It’s been busy around here with lots of fun new weddings to work on. I’ve had some nice opportunities to try out new ink combinations on the last few envelope jobs. Both were on paper bag envelopes, which are always a perfect neutral to sneak a little color onto. One was accented with a blush color gouache, the other with a bright peacock blue. I’m really excited to see the full suites put together when they are back from the printer. One especially, which was a collaborative effort between my good friend Cecelia and me. Can’t wait to share it soon!
My latest wedding ensemble. They will be printed on a soft white stock, but just for fun I had a set printed on bright white to pair with dual tone gray envelopes. I’m torn. I think I’m liking this cream color after all, but I do love my grays! Thank goodness it wasn’t my decision, haha!
I recently finished up a big calligraphy job for the absolute nicest former coworker, Allison, from my favorite stationery store. It was easy to become interested in illustrating and designing specifically for the wedding industry while I was around the inspiring, fun, & talented ladies at Poême ; so obviously I was thrilled to work on these. And I think I might like this slanted addressing, too.
It is nice to see a bit of freedom in my schedule now, before another wave of invitations begin. I’ve been finding tiny bits of time here and there to work on some adorably small projects (notice how cute that sentence sounds?). I whipped up this ‘pair and a spare’ set of mittens just last week for a lucky little lovebug.