Monday, October 10, 2011

Pretty Peony Pattern in a Perfect Palette

Alliteration is fun. Try it out sometime. Highly recommended.

What else is highly recommended you ask?....... Pretty flowers. Lots of them.

Especially peonies. Swoon worthy, feathery peonies, in rich tones.



This pattern was created in Illustrator by manipulating a photo of peony, a little copy and pasting and some abstracted leaf shapes. Fun. Easy. Pretty.

Another recommendation? Click on the image to open in a new window, right click  and save as your computer wallpaper.

You're welcome. ;)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fall is Here!

My closest friends and family know that I am a summer weather girl to the core. I love running around in summer dresses, flip flops and keeping my curly hair in a dry, un-frizzy state. But what they also know is my pure, unadulterated love of Halloween. And actually, anyone who has ever read my blog can witness that love with my digital illustrations, custom Halloween cards, my ode to candy corn, and my Halloween paper collages just to name a few.

 As the weather changes, and Kyle and I get ready for our first road trip up to Oregon, I couldn't help but play with some digital illustrations in the name of fall and the Halloween spirit. These illustrations started with actual watercolor scans and I played with them in Photoshop before pulling them into Illustrator for the vectored white drawings. I hope to pursue some more of these in my free time. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in what I am doing for work that I forget my passion for art and creation.

 Close up detail:

Close up detail:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Baby Cakes

My friend and co-worker/boss lady, Lorrie Thomas Ross is expecting her first baby very soon. Her little girl will be arriving at the end of the month and my friends and I at the agency are so excited for her to be here. In honor of Lorrie and her sweet baby we put together a lovely baby shower. Of course I volunteered to make the invites and I wanted to share with everyone the end results:

 A jungle theme was agreed upon and from that I let my drawing run wild.... wink wink. A hand drawn illustration was scanned and colored digitally in Photoshop. Each invite was printed by me on scalloped edge cardstock and sent to the recipients in a pale purple envelope (sorry for the terrible photo quality).

My original plan called for a hand lettered invite, but the changes in the details of the shower made it too complicated. Instead I went for a combination of a script font and a more hand lettered one to create a laid back delicateness (is that a thing?).

As a gift to Mamma, Daddy and Baby I printed an isolated image of the invite illustration on the same scallop edged cardstock and floated it in a frame over textured yellow paper. It was a special way to memorialize the baby shower and this exciting time  parents experience before the baby arrives.

For an added fun project, and gift for Baby Ross, my friends Nicki and David and I all made some customized onesies! Using fabric paint markers and puffy paint we made some cute little onesies for the newborn to sport in stylish fashion during her first days out in this bright new world. I only managed to get one shot of them before we wrapped them up:

If you are interested in a custom invitation set for your next event I would love to help you out. You can email me at for more info.