Posts tagged watercolor
Bespoke | Laura
Design House of Moira | Indigo Blue Wedding Invitation

Laura & Ellis

shades of indigo, velvet, monochromatic, elegant, fall wedding

the tri-fold save the date folded into a thin, velum envelope so the artwork could be seen inside.  custom postage completed the save the date envelopes. 

Design House of Moira | Indigo Wedding Invitation

the invitation suite was kept simple on the fronts of the pieces with indigo monochromatic artwork gracing the reverse of each piece.  The suite included a save the date, invitation, reply card, reception card and dress code card.  The reply envelope and save the date envelopes were both a thin, transparent velum.

We paired the suite with a thin piece of velum, printed with the moody artwork suite to bring in the dark, winter reds and berries.

Custom postage and artwork printed envelope liners completed the suite.  We created the postage from the two artwork suites we used throughout the design.  

Bespoke | Kiersten & Matt
Design House of Moira

Kiersten & Matthew

dark and moody, with elegance and romance - a perfect combination for a snowy winter wedding.

Design House of Moira | Bespoke

original artwork beside finished printed pieces

                We kept the invitation fairly simple with a line botanical laurel and a modern calligraphy style. 

                We kept the invitation fairly simple with a line botanical laurel and a modern calligraphy style. 

The additional inserts included the reply card and reception card, both of which we kept very simple and minimal.  They both featured the same modern calligraphy and small blooms from the line botanical artwork suite

Design House of Moira | Bespoke

We paired the suite with a thin piece of velum, printed with the moody artwork suite to bring in the dark, winter reds and berries.

Custom postage and artwork printed envelope liners completed the suite.  We created the postage from the two artwork suites we used throughout the design.  The three envelope liners (save the date, mailing envelope, reply card envelope) featured the two main artwork suites as well as a contemporary landscape scene created to reflect the bride's childhood home. 

Real Wedding | Jess & Robert

One of my favorite projects last year was creating these gorgeous French blue invitations for Jess and Roberts wedding.  We incorporated the same pale shade of blue throughout her wedding stationery.  Her invitations were large in size, using a marquis envelope in 7x7 square.  Each invitation was hand watercolored with foil printing in pale gold and paired with white cotton cards with French blue printing.  Each suite was tucked into it's envelope and sealed shut with a large seal bearing the couples artwork and crest.  


View the entire wedding gallery here, featured on Style Me Pretty. 

Design House of Moira | Love and Light Photography | French Blue Invitations
Design House of Moira | Love and Light Photography | French Blue Invitations

Photography: Love & Light Photographs | Cinematography: Endless Wave Studios | Event Design: Gilded Lily Events | Floral Design: Reynolds | Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino | Cake: Carlo's Bakery | Stationery: Design House Of Moira | Jewelry: Jenny Packham | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Makeup: Make Me Up Eva | Hair: Up & Out | Band: Almost Easy Band | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Groomsmen's Attire: Calvin Klein | Officiant: Reverend Donald Gebhard | Ceremony Music: Shrewsbury String Quartet | Transportation: ShooBoo Shuttle | Venue: Mallard Island Yacht Club | Bridal Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal | Bridesmaid's Accessories: Olive + Piper | Bridesmaids' Robes: Cloud Hunter | Cake Topper: Table Setting is My Life | Candleabra Rental: Two of a Kind | Ceremony Lighting: Ocean Tents | Custom Hair Accessories: Foolish Ginger | MOB + MOG Robes: POSY | Maid of Honor Dress: Adrianna Pappell | Rentals: Dovetail Vintage Rentals | Ring Bearer Pillow: JfyBride | Signage: Design House Of Moira | Veil: Mark Zunino | Vintage Hat Box: Trousseau & Co | Welcome Gifts: That's Darlin'

Announcement | Original Artwork

About a month or two ago, I started doing something that may seem pretty straight forward, but I had never thought of before (it was a bit of a 'duh' moment).  I started creating artwork for no other reason than creation and practice.  As an artist, it's actually a bit of a conundrum.  I personally know that I have a hard time sitting down and just creating something without any guidelines or parameters.  I never know what to paint - or to paint at all.  I could sketch, but what would I sketch?? 

So a began letting color be my parameters and not worrying too much about what I actually painted.  I also started letting the watercolor behave as watercolor should, and not worrying so much about it being "perfect".  I allowed the paints to bleed together, the reds play into the greens and the blush into blue. 

A funny thing happened - the more I practiced, the better I saw my work getting.  Shocking, right? Who knew that practice improved one's skills! 

Another unexpected thing happened - when I started posting my latest work on social media, I received much higher praise/likes/accolades than normal!  My most liked post on instagram EVER was a bronze gouache leaf painting!  I was somewhat (totally.  I was totally) blown away! 

So every other day or so I sit down to create something for the fun of it, but now I have a whole pile of gorgeous watercolor artwork.  What will I do with all this artwork? 

Well, after several requests, I've decided to sell it!  They're my babies, but my walls are full and they need to go to good homes. 

Check out my shop to pick up your favorite piece!

Design House of Moira | Original Artwork

So as we welcome 2016, I have launched the first round of artwork for sale.  Each piece is unique and original, so if there's a piece you love, snap it up before someone else does!  And don't forget to check back for new pieces to be added!

To celebrate the launch, I've also added a free printable to celebrate 2016!  Find it in the shop, download and don't forget to share how you use it with #moiraart

Design Hous of Moira | Original Artwork | Free Printable

Featured | 100 layer cake - dutch masters

A bit earlier this year, a project I collaborated was featured on 100 Layer Cake!  It was a pleasure to collaborate with Emily Wren on this moody project. 

The invitations were a gorgeous, deep aubergine, watercolor washed plum and featured coordinating hand marbled paper as the envelope liners.  The over the top flourished calligraphy was printed in white foil and then addressed in matching calligraphy.

Design House of Moira | Watercolor Wedding Invitations | Victoria Rothwell

Photographer: Emily Wren Photography / Location: Power Plant Productions / Event Design: Confetti & Co. / Floral Design: Kate Farley Design / Hair & Makeup: True Beauty Marks / Calligraphy: Design House of Moira / Desserts: Cake Life Bake Shop / Catering: Birchtree Catering / Rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals / Dress: Carol Hannah from Lovely Bride Philadelphia / Jewelry: Egan Day / Models: Gina (owner of True Beauty Marks) & Mike

Featured | Style me Pretty

I had the pleasure of working with Luica and David, along with Joseba Sandoval of Sandoval Studio Photography and Romance Weddings to create this luscious and romantic wedding held at a private villa in Spain.  I was approached by Joseba to meet with his bride who was looking for something lush, organic, blush and peach, and intimate.  The villa created a private retreat for their small wedding and their over the top florals were perfectly framed by the architecture of the space.  

For their stationery (which will have more details posting this week), I created a pattern based on the Spanish tile that was featured through out the villa.  I paired that with the fluffy garden roses and ranunculus used throughout their florals.  We choose to keep the calligraphy contemporary to reflect the couples style, and wrapped the suite in antique lace.  I added touches of rose gold by hand to each invitation suite, and I still swoon over the final pieces.  The brides pale peach gown was just to die for!

Photography: Sandoval Studios Photography | Wedding Gown: Chaviano Couture | Wedding Cake:Sweet Things By Fi | Belt Gown: Carlee Sizemore | Bride Shoes: Chinese Laundry | Candy Bar: Dulce Serendipia | Catering : El Gastor | Chairs And Linen: Pedro Navarro | Cheesecake Design And Cheesecake Table Decor: Reviva Weddings | Creative Direction And Overall Styling: Mar Sandoval From Romance Weddings | Flowers And Ceremony Decor: Pedro Navarro | Groom Suite: Hugo Boss | Stationery Design And Escort Cards: Design House Of Moira | Venue: Villa | Wedding Favors And Drink Stirres: Mar Sandoval From Romance Weddings | Wedding Planning And Coordination: Reviva Weddings | Wedding Rings: Lujan Jewelry

Featured | style me pretty!

seaside | calligraphy | watercolor | sea breeze | antique stamps | silver flatware | rope | quote | white | pale blue | gauzy | airy | light

photography: Krista A Jones

design: Alex Meyer

stationary & calligraphy: Moira Design Studio

flowers: The Floral Studio

moira design studio | bespoke

"...In you I wrap a thousand onward years."

Featured | Flutter Magazine

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of hosting Kim from Flutter Magazine in my Philadelphia studio.  She had asked me to create menus for a dinner party using watercolor that could easily be reproduced for her readers.  For all the step-by-step instructions, visit her Hearts A Flutter blog

Moira Design Studio | Victoria Rothwell
Collection | Kingsly Suite

I have always adored this suite - this particular shade of blue is one of my favorites!  All of the designs in the Design Studio collection begin with a design board.  From there, a bride is able to select the elements she likes and arrange them in any fashion she chooses!  I love the hand drawn anchor on this one, and the subtle texture on the watercolor stripes is just lovely!


nautical | yacht | classic | preppy | summer | ocean | cool | comfortable

moira design studio | collection | victoria rothwell
Moira Design Studio | Collection | Victoria Rothwell
Instagram Weekly

This week on Instagram...this is such a gorgeous suite that I have the pleasure of creating.  It included a watercolor pattern of gorgeous blown open roses and buds and it was mixed with a pale watercolor stripe.  The suite itself was all hand lettered on deckled edge paper, tied up with thread and assembled with a wax monogram seal.  More to come!

Bespoke...Santorini Destination Wedding Invitations

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.  

Moira Design Studio | Bespoke

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.  

Moira Design Studio | Bespoke
Moira Design Studio | Bespoke
Moira Design Studio | Bespoke
Moira Design Studio | Bespoke
Moira Design Studio | Bespoke
Moira Design Studio | Bespoke
Moira Design Studio | Bespoke
Featured...Ruffled Blog

We had such a wonderful time collaborating with Absolutely Events on this suite inspirited by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  We've walked you through the process we went though in creating the suite, now you get to see it in action! 

Design: Absolutely Events

Florals: Rae Florae

Photography: Jackie Wonders


Moira Design Studio | Bespoke
Moira Design Studio | Bespoke
Moira Design Studio | Bespoke
Bespoke - midsummers night dream

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. 

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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. process - A midsummers night's dream

Today we have some background on the Midsummer Night's Dream suite we created for a photoshoot with Absolutely Events.  You know me, I start with my sketches of all the different pieces and ideas and move onto the art pieces.  This was a tough one; I knew the idea I wanted to work with and it just didn't turn out the way I wanted...I redid the artwork twice and still ended up reworking all the pieces digitally. 

The artwork for this one was on the complicated side.  I wanted to incorporate the design elements of a chinoiserie or antique damask and how different little scenes were depicted and layered.  I also wanted a "fairy hallow" with shades of blues and purples. 

I then put paint to paper, filled everything with shades of yellows, purples, blues and greens...and I hated it and did the entire thing over again in shades of blues. process - rosemary & sage invitations

Whenever I begin a new design, there are a few very important steps.  First, determining the look and feel of the event and making sure the lines of communication are open between the designer and the client.  That may seem like a given, but seeing how much time we spend on artwork, its nice to only have to do it once! 

For this suite, we started with our descriptors - organic, farm to table, green, airy, light, elegant, formal.  We knew we wanted to incorporate rosemary, sage, a hand drawn map, bits of gold, and very formal cursive.  The next step I take is to sketch out the entire suite.  I do this for a few reasons - one, it really helps me determine what art piece I'll need, what spot calligraphy will be needed where, what pieces we're actually going to be working on and it also helps the client see the overall look and feel and how the artwork will flow from one piece to another (which can be difficult to communicate otherwise).  These sketches are exactly what I show to a client as we work through the process - they aren't very clean or pretty, but the communicate the general idea.

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After the sketch is done, I begin working on sketching out the artwork.  Depending on the overall look and feel, sometimes I go straight to watercolor or whatever our chosen color medium is.   In this case, I purposely chose to ink everything first to bring in an element of black. 

moira design studio.jpg process - A Midsummers Night Dream

Like all our designs, we start with some sketches.  This one was particularly in need of a layout since I knew there would be quite a few elements and characters in play.  By sketching it out, I have a better idea of where I can use what elements, how the pieces translate from the invitation all the way through to the menus and placecards, as well as I have a better understanding of what elements will need to be created.   


From the sketches, I started created the artwork with pencil and paper, then went back through and inked it all in.  This was a case that i wanted to leave some of the lines visible, so I choose to use ink rather than just leaving the pencil.   

...then comes the mess.  Im grateful that I have enough space that I can get out all my toys and leave them out if need be.  I started painting these in last night and finished them this morning. 

...In Process - A Midsummers Nights Dream

We're working on creating an invitation suite for Angie of Absolutely Events  based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream.  Its one of my favorite pieces from Shakespeare (along with The 12th Night).  However, it lends itself to a few conundrums...this massive list of characters and elements, for example.  I sketched out all my pieces already (pics to come, of course) and I new I wanted to include trees, a fairly hallow, and .... something else.  I wanted to create some sort of pattern to include all the different characters, with vines, leaves, flowers, fairies, spider webs, etc.  I used the base idea of a chinoirsier or toile to blend all the elements together. 

Since I knew that would be the most difficult design, so thats where I started.  I first sketched it, then inked it in.  From there, I'll scan it into the computer and clean up any pen skips or mistakes, then print it out and add paint.