as promised here are a couple of my minted holiday party invitations i submitted recently. winners to be annouced soon; i'm keeping my fingers crossed!
my friend jess and i had a great time over the weekend participating in the fruit bowl craft jam. we've had a few days where we coincidently wear the same outfit so we decided why not go all out and wear matching polka dot t-shirts from cotton on!
the fair itself was a good way to meet other creative/crafty types. our favorites were dustys and lulu (super cute pillowcases), j.danes maker and rachel paper. an awesome way to support local, handmade gifts this christmas!
p.s happy birthday momma!x
this is a new series i've been planning in my mind for a while (a 40 minute drive to and from work, affords plenty of time to think!). every thursday i'll be posting a selection of websites or links that i've found inspirational or helpful as a designer in my 9 to 5 design day.
first up - colour! my favorite resource for palettes is color collective, the images are beautiful as well. this week i also stumbled upon plenty of colour (where the above image was sourced). a rainbow of happiness!
wow, it's been a while since i've blogged. but today i read this post by holly of decor8 and decided this is my space, and sometimes the inspiration comes thick and fast. and other times, i'm neck deep in work and something has to give. today i wanted to share a page from my inspiration/to-do list/worry list notebook. seriously, this notebook has helped me manage my anxiety, get organized and plan out new goals! the awesome power of a to-do list :)
brighten up your walls with my latest minted art challenge entry. the photo was taken earlier in the year with my diana f+ camera and i love the way it almost looks like a planet or constellation from a distance.
p.s. i've spent a bit of time debating the colors... too much of a statement?!
continuing the new york themed week with a paper quilt i created for the recent linda & harriett competition. we were each sent out 200 pieces of misprinted linda & harriett cards with the challenge to turn then into a quilt.
my design was based on the empire state building and was surprisingly therapeutic to create (even at 2am in the morning the night before we left for nss!!)
head on over to the linda & harriett blog to see all the entries plus the amazing winners!
i'm running a bit behind this week so instead of diana travels and collages, i thought i'd share a little behind-the-scenes step-by-step of my envelope creations for the elevated envelope project...
i spent the better part of two hours, sitting in the sun carving my lino block. i appeased my inner perfectionist by drawing some pencil lines to use as a guide and then freehanded the pattern. it was so liberating (cliched but true) to just 'see how things turned out' :)
i think shortly after this photo was taken i decided to carve down the sides of my print to make a border and took a rather large chunk out of my supporting hand with the lino tool. not ideal.
next up, i used a white water-based ink and a couple of rollers to print my design onto kraft cardstock. the ink was a little more opaque than i originally intended but this turned out to be one of my favorite qualities of the print.
after printing and drying, i hand scored, cut and glued each envelope - one of those jobs that seemed to take a lot longer than i had anticipated! i then hand-wrote a short letter, enclosed a couple of my favorite things and it was off to the post office...
and away they went! (yes, someone was watching while i took this photo and they thought i was very strange!)
if you've got some spare time, i'd definitely recommend participating in the next swap - i've had envelopes arriving from all over the world and they are all truly mini-works of art.