Artwork, Graphic Design, handmade artwork, Typography, wedding

Custom Wedding Chalkboards

I am so excited to share these new custom pieces for a wedding with you!

I was recently asked to make chalkboards for a wedding. Each chalkboard was hand-drawn by Yours Truly. I am quite pleased with how these have turned out!

These were a joy to make and are something that I look forward to making for other happy couples in the future. Please enjoy this lovely piece featuring a quote from Julia Child. I really love this quote AND how this piece came out.

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Hand-Lettered Chalkboards for Weddings

I also really liked how the Bar Menu board came out. This is something that can be easily customized for different venues and …well, menus! The wedding reception was held at the BEAUTIFUL Downtown Market in Grand Rapids, MI. One of my favorite places in the city!

 

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Hand-Lettered Chalkboards for Weddings

I also really liked how the Menu board came out. I had a lot of fun experimenting with different fonts for this board. The menu is something that can be easily customized for different venues and …well, menus!

 

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Detail shot of the Julia Child quote. I am so pleased that the bride and groom chose such a lovely quote to write for them. They said they may even hang this piece in their kitchen!

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etsy shop, Graphic Design, pink toe press, Screen Printing, Uncategorized

Unicorn Tote Bags in Gold

I’m sure you know by now…but I sure do like unicorns!

A while back I shared some photos of a new item in my Etsy Shop… my Unicorn Tote Bags in Blue and Pink. Now they’re available in gold AND with a different color variation: Gold unicorn with white mane and White unicorn with gold mane.

 

This is one of my new favorite items… and definitely a favorite color-way.tote_unicorn_gold

Artwork, Graphic Design, Typography

Restaurant Bar Mock-Up Sketch

I am excited for the trend that a few restaurants and businesses have been following, where  designs are hand-painted directly on their walls. While this is nothing new, it is refreshing to see many businesses putting value in the skill of traditional sign painting.

I created this piece today as an exercise/sketch for a restaurant/bar. I tried to come up with a fun, bold saying that would look nice in the small dining area around a larger bar setup. I used bold, yet legible typography that highlights some of their specialties, and a fun custom tongue-in-cheek phrase.  design_BrickWall_sm

Made to look hand-painted. Digital paint using photoshop and illustrator.

 

What do you think? Would you want to see a similar style of artwork in your neighborhood bar or burger shack?

Artwork, cards, Graphic Design, Greeting Cards, Typography

Sending Love

Happy Friday! And a warm welcome to my newest postcard design! This is part of a new set of postcards I recently made available in my Etsy Shop! Cards are glossy on the front and matte on the back for easy writing. Just add postage and drop in the mail…they also make fun artwork for your home or office…and fit perfectly in a 4x6inch frame.

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Artwork, Graphic Design, Illustration, Typography

Chalkbard A-Frame Artwork: BUTCHER SHOP

I was recently asked to make a Chalkboard A-Frame for our Kosher for Passover meat products. The butcher shop has undergone a big re-branding lately, and we wanted to bring attention to these special holiday products.aframe_kosher1

I was inspired by old-fashioned butcher shop signage.

The A-Frames we use measure 2 x 3 feet. They are sturdy, durable, and reusable. I generally use mostly white chalk and white chalk pens to do the lettering and, depending on the board, add additional colors to highlight aspects of the design.

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I had fun making this sign! This back side is simple foam core!

For this sign, I made a back that was inspired by the price flags and old-timey window signs from neighborhood markets. This highlights the prices (literally) making it easy for customers to compare the price-per-pound for the different cuts of meats.

Artwork, design, Drawings, Freelance Work, Graphic Design, Greeting Cards, Uncategorized

Save the Dates

I was asked to design Save the Dates for digital distribution (the bride-to-be wanted to email them to friends and loved ones so that she can spend more money on the wedding invitations). After a few sketches, she approved this design and layout:

 

I created this design that features Peonies, a favorite flower of the couple.

The design was created using original floral illustrations and existing fonts.

Artwork, Graphic Design, Typography

Chalkboard A-Frame Artwork: Vegan Foods Demo

This weekend we will be hosting a Vegan Foods Demonstration and Tour!

I was asked to make an A-Frame for the event:aframe_veganfoods

No animals were harmed in the making of this A-Frame :-)

The A-Frames we use measure 2 x 3 feet. They are sturdy, durable, and reusable. I generally use mostly white chalk and white chalk pens to do the lettering.

Artwork, Graphic Design, Illustration, Uncategorized

My Funny Valentine

I’m always looking for fun, unique greeting card ideas. I came up with this one a while ago, but thought this was as good a time as any to share it with you! It is inspired by the TV show Arrested Development.

my funny valentine cardThis design was styled to look like embroideries of days gone by.

 

This is a fun, silly card to give to a VALENTINE, GAL-entine, or someone who loves Arrested Development.  It is available in my etsy shop, printed on white or craft paper.

Artwork, design, Graphic Design, Greeting Cards, Typography

Share the Love (in Technicolor)

Let someone know you love them with a cute, colorful illustration. I always like looking for (and making) unique takes on the traditional Valentines card.

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This drawing was done with pen, ink, Sharpies, and Copic Markers. If you haven’t tried out Copic Markers, you really ought to give them a try. They’re a little pricy from the get-go, but you can refill them…so they’re more cost effective in the long run (and more eco friendly!)

This is available as a card and as a print in my Etsy shop.