Friday, April 18, 2014

STUDIO SNAPS : IN PROGRESS







A few projects in the making.  I'll be using this weekend to finish up some calligraphy projects and edit photos.  Happy Friday! 

xox

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

OFFICE ADDITIONS : THE PERFECT DESK LAMP





My mom and I went crazy at Ikea the other day.  It was long over due.  I go in phases of being really into getting my office space in shape, then the busyness of work / life takes over and I go back to being unorganized.  Things have been especially busy this spring, so with growth comes change.  I decided it's time to start thinking of practical (yet still pretty and inspiring) ways to keep everything is order.  What better place to start getting some staples than Ikea... I just appreciate the many color and size options and how items still look sleek without breaking the bank.  Among other things I got the other day, this lamp was a little extra find that I intend to use for sketching.  I'm crazy obsessed with it, but it's little brass details and black and white patterned cord are irresistible! And perfectly inline with the style of my studio.  The floor lamp version of this was quite tempting as well (maybe for the living room).  More updates soon xo

Shop this guy right here

Monday, April 7, 2014

MONDAYS : INSPIRATION NEEDED




I'm feeling especially tired this morning.  We've had a long couple of weeks and I am endlessly playing catch up on design projects.  I was in need of some fresh, fun color palettes to get me going on this Monday morning.  I think these images are going to do the trick! Hope y'all are surviving the Monday blues as well. xo

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

RECENT WORK : BRIGHT, BOLD BOHEMIAN WEDDING









This bright bohemian wedding was recently featured on Weddings Unveiled! I not only had the pleasure of doing the paper goods but I also photographed it and had a hand in the floral styling (the bride's bouquet and this table runner!).  Hop over to my photography blog to see the full set of photos! 

xox

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BLUE JEAN INSPIRED


I've been a little obsessed with dusty blue hues.  If you follow on instagram (@shannonkirsten) you've seen a few sneak peeks lately inspired by the color.  I also started a pinterest board in honor of. 
I'm not sure what it is but I find it calming, due in part to the ocean perhaps.  I notice myself trying wear, decorate, and paint with it more often these days.  I'm in love! These are a few perfectly blue / chambray / denim pieces for summer.  

xx 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

PAINTED PHOTOS // A FLORAL FEAST





If you follow my photography work as well, you'll know that I have been experimenting with studio settings lately.  I've been wanting to try some just-for-fun things that would allow me to combine my paintings with my photography.  I wanted to shoot these white and bright to make a simple palette for drawing over.  I just tried a few to start and also painted a backdrop for this shoot as well (middle photo).  I love doing things like this that allow me to combine my favorite things, hoping to make a full series in the future.  You can see more on my photography blog - shannonkirstenphoto.com/blog

xo

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

RECENT WORK: AQUA & PEACH SEASIDE WEDDING












I created these watercolor invitations and drift wood place cards for this GORGEOUS seaside shoot captured beautifully by Michelle March.  These are all so dreamy, I can't stop staring. 

featured on 100 layer cake yesterday, see the full post here

Photographer: Michelle March Photography / Videographer: Michael Burgos Films / Concept: Better Half Weddings & Cloud 9 Bakery / Hair: Hair Dance / Makeup: Rachel Mayer Makeup / Florals: Julia Rohde Designs / Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery / Paper Goods: Shannon Kirsten Illustrations / Vintage Rentals & Styling: Unearthed Vintage / Vintage Map: Pampered Paperie / Jewelry: Funkin’ Vintage

Monday, March 10, 2014

PAINT LIFE


Popping in to say happy Monday.  I spend the weekend painting, working on personal home projects, and practicing with my new studio equipment (see here).  Now it's back to wrapping up wedding invitations! xo

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

RECENT WORK: SHOT THROUGH THE HEART PHOTO SHOOT









love this beautiful, bright shoot by Michelle March and Flutter Fete.  I created a watercolor suite using gouache.  All items were hand lettered with gouache and acrylic.  Visit my Etsy shop for pricing and customization of this suite.  xox
All photos by, Miami Wedding Photographer, Michelle March – Michelle March Photography – Fuji 400H on Contax 645 with Zeiss Planar T* 80mm f2 lens, developed + scanned by PhotoVision
Venue: Boca Resort – Boca Raton, Florida
Styling: Flutter Fete
Rentals: Love in Vintage
Floral Design: Anthology Co.
Paper Goods: Shannon Kirsten
Cake: Gigi-Mamma Cakes
Headpiece: Lacielle Roselle 
Hair/Makeup: Makeup by Sylvie
Special thanks to real life couple, Sarah and Scott!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

RECENT WORK: EARTHY WATERCOLOR PROGRAMS + KRAFT PAPER







Another crest design I really enjoyed working on.  The monogram was created for and printed on four page programs.  The insides were simple black calligraphy.  We did a kraft menu and escort cards for the reception and these fun colorful place cards for the rehearsal dinner. 

The crest was created using gouache and watercolor.  The lettering was all done in acrylics.  Each place card and escort was individually painted by hand. 

Visit my shop for more custom design work 

xo