Things that Melissa and Austin love: the outdoors, tea, bees, fishing, whales and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Melissa and her now husband, Austin, met at Michigan Tech, a university nearly at the most northern point of Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. Both lovers of the outdoors, she and I connected at a meet-up for local creatives and not long after she inquired about me creating the invitations for their local September wedding. After she described their whimsical vision featuring watercolor paintings of all of the things that symbolized Austin and her, in addition to unassuming hand-lettering, how could I say no? This was my favorite wedding project of the year so far and I can't imagine having more fun creating any future suites!
Take a look at these gorgeous photos taken by Katelyn James Photography and if you're curious about the rest of the wedding click on through to Katelyn's blog.
Introducing my newest sea life art print available at UncommonGoods! Painted with india ink on a super smooth Yupo paper, researching and painting these sharks was a blast and I can't wait to do some more for other products. What would you like to see sharks on? Tech cases, fabric, mugs??
There have been no shortage of passport invitations here in the studio the past few years, since the design of Chelsea and John's vivid, red version and their publication on several blogs and big websites (like Oh So Beautiful Paper and Buzzfeed). I've really grown to love working with couples to customize this design and I wanted to share one of my favorites!
Alyson and Jessica approached me to expand on my passport suite for their Las Vegas, "Lucky in Love," themed celebration with the idea of doing the message in a bottle save the dates. I love how these designs came together over the months. In addition to adding the bottles and customizing the passports, I adapted the boarding pass to be the response card in this case and added in a small shuttle schedule card, as well as custom gold printed coasters. Their palette is so modern and chic – I can't stop envisioning how amazing the final event must have been.
I can't wait to see how future evolutions of the passports come together! If you're interested in custom wedding invitations, the best place to start is with this form.
The lovely pair behind the Northern Michigan lifestyle blog, Life and Whim, (who's other endeavor Harrington used to be my full-time gig), asked me to lend some Upper Peninsula insight in the form of a guest post! I gladly dove in to my favorite places, childhood memories and painting supplies to craft this post titled, An Alleged Yooper Explains How to Spend 72 Amazing Hours in the Upper Peninsula.
Erin and Craig were in the early stages of planning a Key West destination wedding when Erin reached out to me to create their wedding stationery and their celebration day is finally here! This was one of my favorite projects of last year and I've been anticipating this post for months. Huge congrats and gratitude to Erin and Craig for embracing creativity and whimsy in their invitations.
A few details about the art and process:
Watercolor florals and tropical foliage illustrations to match the lively celebration, as well as brushy hand-lettering were the focus of our early brainstorms, which opened up a lot of room for creativity across the pieces of the wedding suite. The wedding in Key West was to be a fun, party atmosphere so it was important that the invitations tempt the invitees with a get-a-way with friends and family full of piña coladas, sunshine and revelry.
Creating the elements for this set of stationery included many sessions of watercolor painting and pages of lettering. The colorful palette of bright aqua, pinks, yellows, orange and mint was incredibly fun to paint with. I wanted the flowers to be playful and suggestive, rather than overt renderings of tropical foliage like hibiscus and orchids, and the style came together rather quickly once my painting started to take shape.
If you're interested in working together to create beautiful celebratory stationery, please get in touch directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or submit this Wedding Inquiry Form!
Taking the hand-painted elements into a pattern design merged my passion for stationery and pattern for a vivid complement to the invitation, which is also available on Spoonflower as wrapping paper, fabric and wallpaper! Click here to check that out!
If you're like me and eat an exorbitant amount of fruits and veggies you find you either have the most amazing compost gold, or a whole lot of food scraps you feel bad about pitching. Lindsay-Jean, a client turned online friend, is an editor at Food52 and has posted a multitude of amazing recipes! The above tomato skins illustration is inspired by one of them. Tomato Skin Salt! I can't wait to try this the next time I'm blanching and canning my garden tomatoes.
Here's another food scrap that I'm in search of a recipe for – banana peels! Anyone??
In the fall of 2015 I was approached to provide graphic recording services for a school within the University of Michigan at a round-table event. Although I've always used visual notetaking, or sketchnoting as it is sometimes referred, for my own personal notes, I had never done graphic recording on a whiteboard or large paper backdrops live in front of a group of people! I knew I possessed the ability to graphic record, but could I overcome the nerves that I was struggling with?
Six events and many practice and preparation hours later, I can say yes! I was able to look past the people staring at me and concentrate on the topic at large and distilling the information visually. Graphic recording is becoming an invigorating part of my business that provides a whole new outlet and a large-scale canvas for brainstorms, theories, proposals, conversations and storytelling.