Tuesday, October 21, 2014

REAL WEDDINGS : BRIGHT DAY OF STATIONERY









I loved creating these bright watercolor signs for an upcoming wedding in puerto rico.  I love when brides want lots of day of stationery that matches their invitation suite, signs are just so fun! For this, I created an 8" x 10" guest book sign and "love is sweet" for the dessert table.  The dessert names are 4" x 6" to frame next to their accompanying sweets.  The cocktail and find your seat signs are 11" x 14" and the menu was done on an 16" x 20" cold pressed watercolor art board (these are offered in my shop).  The watercolor escort cards are standard tented card stock.  The bride found the cute glitter tags on Etsy, these will double over as place cards and favor tags.  I hand painted each item with gouache paint (except the glitter tags, the white is acrylic paint).  

View more customizable in my shop 

xox

Monday, October 20, 2014

WEEKEND SCENES












Another beautiful gulf coast sunset… except this weekend, temperatures are finally starting to drop a bit!  It was surprisingly cool and breezy every night this weekend.  Although still warm (80's) during the day, the humidity has definitely lessened.  Finally starting to see the first signs of fall here in Florida.  
Hope everyone had a lovely weekend as well.  xox 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

LATELY : STUDIO SNAPS // THINGS IN PROGRESS



A few snapshots from around the studio this past week.  Working on several color ways of this floral print for greeting cards! I made a pink one a while back and loved it, it was time to add more.  I also started on some holiday goods that I'm excited to have in my shop soon!  The little fruits will be turned into a print with a vegetable companion to match!  The others are just some preliminary paintings playing around with lots of color (with Twiggy who likes to help me).

xox 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

THE MRS BOX + MY STATIONERY







It was such an honor to have some of my stationery styled in this bright, beautiful shoot for The Mrs Box that just launched! I suggest you get your velvet ring box pronto, they are simply perfect. You can view more pretty images from the shoot under the "inspiration" tab on their new site. Big love to Summer of Grey Likes for including me! xoxox 

Credits:

Photography: Jose Villa // Styling: Summer Watkins, Grey Likes Weddings // Co-Styling & Florals: Type A Society // Rings: Trumpet and Horn // Stationery & Calligraphy: Shannon Kirsten // Ring Boxes: The Mrs Box

Monday, October 6, 2014

SOFT GREY WATERCOLOR SUITE








I was playing around with some lettering and watercolor washes for my collection and fell in love with how this grey suite turned out.  It will be added to my shop soon and available for color customization (i.e. you can have the lettering and rsvp / liner watercolor wash in any color!).  I think the simplicity of this would look great with any color scheme.   

For this design I used all gouache paint.  I hand letter the original invitation and rsvp, then scan to make multiple invitations from.  The envelopes I hand paint, also using gouache.  

Visit Etsy to see more examples and request custom work.

Oh, and happy monday! 
xox 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

HELLO OCTOBER : INSPIRATION



Welcoming October with open arms, it's definitely my favorite month.  The weather cools down and the hustle of the holidays is near.  It it a good transition month and promises of much excitement ahead! I love fall color palettes and entertaining, it's a time to get a little more rustic and dark.  The first photo of the bedroom is my main inspiration for this season, I'm obsessed with that rusty color.  You should probably click the link and view that entire home tour (via because I'm addicted).  It's just beyond.  

Happy October!  I think I will finally allow myself to partake in pumpkin spice today! 
xox 

Monday, September 15, 2014

STUDIO SNAPS : WATERCOLORS IN PROGRESS







I've been painting flowers and wreaths like crazy for the past couple weeks.  I've also enjoyed using just black / grey to create some greyscale florals.  My hope is that most of these will turn into new prints, cards, and other fun paper products…trying to get stocked for the upcoming holidays!  I can't wait to have some new things to offer in my shop soon.  xo  

Friday, September 12, 2014

OFFICE REMIX : THE INSPIRATION






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I've been on a mission lately to get my office in shape for the busy months ahead.  Throughout the year I have arranged and re-arranged (using what I've had for a long time) to find that it just hasn't been quite right.  You see, a big issue is my battle between keeping everything organized and visually pleasing versus functionality (aka having my supplies out at all times so I can quickly and easily stop and start projects).  I decided to take the time to evaluate my process, the things I'm using everyday, and what set up will work best and keep me inspired for the long run. 

A few things I've considered are that I need three main areas in my office.  I need my messy table where I paint, my desk with my computer where I do my e-mailing, editing photos, etc) and a clean table I can use for packaging client projects and photographing my products.  Also, I've decided what bothers me most is seeing lose papers everywhere (and there are a ton of them between paintings, scans for clients, actual business paperwork, etc).  I decided to get a few filing cabinets like the above simple white one from Ikea.  These have helped sort my papers and I labeled each drawer with things like "artwork originals", "client artwork / scans", "to be scanned", etc.  This has helped tremendously in cleaning up the place!  Just a small step into it's complete makeover but I'm excited about the way things are turning out.  I took some (scary) before pictures so I hope to share both once I'm finished.  The above spaces are a few that inspire me greatly.  The fresh white walls, inspiration boards, and fun lights and accessories…love. 

Any tips on how you stay organized and productive while maintaining a space that is aesthetically pleasing?  Any resources for your favorite office supplies and furniture? 

And also, happy friday! xx