The second horoscope project I had the pleasure of pairing with Flutter Magazine on was the Taurus horoscope.
APRIL 20 — MAY 20: You love to keep things simple, but you also enjoy the luxuriousness of fine items. Splurge on a simple custom-made lace dress on your special day. Add elements of nature into your décor by using fruits for fun coloring. With earth being your zodiac element, utilize woods for texture to compliment the citrus on your tables. Gift your husband a leather embossed wallet on your wedding day (Will Leather Goods has a great selection!). He will carry it with him everywhere he goes. Set your sights on Costa Rica for an unforgettable honeymoon adventure.
As seen in Flutter Magazine, Issue No. 6
Photography: KT Merry | Design + Styling: Joy Proctor | Floral Design: Amy Osaba Events | Hair + Makeup: LunaBella Makeup and Hair | Jewelry: Sofia Kaman | Furniture: Found Vintage Rentals | Commissioned Cream Backdrop: Katherine Bell of The Habitat Factory | Cocktails + Recipes: Melissa Piña of Soiree Center | Tableware + China: Small Masterpiece | Horoscopes: Briana Westmacott | Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes | Dress: Anne Barge, 617 via Lovely Bride | Invitation Suite: Design House of Moira
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'd like to introduce this years free printable for Thanksgiving. I've been keeping things on the more simple side as far as designs go, so this simple and pretty pen and ink is perfect. You can download it for free through the studio shoppe. Happy downloading!
central park | floral | Manhattan | moire | skyline | boathouse | laurel | summer | boater hats | white attire
...a suite inspired by an angelic sculpture and a private estate coming to the blog soon!
playful | floral | calligraphy | lettering | feminine | watercolor | sketch
When approached to create a suite for a destination wedding in Santorini, I jumped at the opportunity!
This suite differs from our typical work a tad...when building the ideas and design elements that this suite would be created around, I toyed with the idea of creating an illustration that embodied the classic Santorini buildings. We also wanted to incorporate the distinctive blues of both the classic Santorini rooftops as well as the surrounding piercing blue ocean. In the end, we nixed the building idea and decided to keep it a bit more simple and focus on the blues and the movement of the ocean.
I used a watercolor wash as a base in a vibrant cerulean blue, letting the wash be uneven in saturation. I then illustrated a map of the island itself and used that as an overlay for both the backers as well as envelope liner. I used a fairly flourished calligraphy style to balance out the simplicity of the suite.
Our last post told the story of the process and artwork behind a wedding invitation suite inspirited by A Midsummer's Night Dream. The final suite was a gorgeous combination of shades of blue, violet and purples with black details.
I really did enjoy working on this suite even though I went through a period of discouragement with the artwork and color palate.
The most colorful and my personal favorite part of the suite was the watercolor painting of a fairy hollow. I created a little vignette of trees spanning a space with colorful flowers and lots of blues. I used the artwork on a thin velum that wrapped the entire suite and held all the pieces together as well as the envelope liner and the back of some of the pieces.
The invitations featured a calligraphy monogram, banner and watercolor flourish. I wanted to keep the main portion of the invitation free of heavy artwork and focus on the calligraphy elements. I knew that the other pieces and the backs would hold enough color and artwork to balance the suite as a whole.
The back of the invitation suite was the artwork that took me the longest, as one could imagine, especially given that I redid the entire thing from color to shades of blue (see previous post for further background). I kept the artwork on the response card and reception similarly simple, but added some of the silhouettes as details.
As always, the calligraphy on the aubergine envelopes was a perfect match to the suite in opaque white ink. I lined the envelopes with the matching fairy hollow, with the reply card with matching calligraphy on its liner. I choose some vintage stamps to round out the design.
I LOVED creating the programs! They folded with the artwork contenting front and back. When opened, the bridal party was depicted by silhouettes with the bride and groom in the middle.
Thanksgiving has always been one of my very favorite times of year and favorite holidays. As much as I absolutely love Christmas time, I love that Thanksgiving is more quiet, calm, and truly is about time spent with our most loved ones and taking the time to be grateful for the many blessings that we have been given.
As you may or may not know, I am very thankful for my sweet little white rabbit named Andy. John and I are both pretty smitten with him! I wanted to create some Thanksgiving downloads that you could print out and use at home and decided that Andy would be the star this year - all dressed up in his feathers and his pilgrim hat. I think that if I tried any of this in real life, that I would get a not-very-amused bunny, but illustrated Andy likes to dress up!
The downloads are available through our studio shoppe at our studio shoppe!
I will be spending Thanksgiving with John's family here in Scottsdale and am making the cranberries and the dessert - pumpkin pie may be my favorite thing ever! It will be the first time in a few years that my parents will not be coming out, but I look forward to getting to see them at Christmas. What about you? Are you traveling for the holiday? What is your favorite dish to make/eat?
I hope that you enjoy these little downloads and that you all have the most wonderful time with your loved ones and take the time to be quietly thankful.