greeting card

Collect Joyful Moments Every Day

I was digging through my digital files looking for something, and found a scan of the sweet tree papercut that I did quite a while back. I decided to rework and develop it into a more narrative design using my new paper collages (I am kind of obsessed with them now!) I think it would be a very sweet greeting card or print to hang somewhere you need that little reminder to be mindful. I know I sure need this reminder on a daily basis, especially when dealing with 4 year old tantrums on the way to school : )

Care for a Cuppa?

I've been investing a lot of time this spring in creating a library of scanned digital components that I can use to build more of my artwork in photoshop. This way I can continue to make changes easily, but still retain a lot of "handmade" goodness in my work. Earlier this week I made a series of collages out of strips and squares of papers I had painted earlier. After I scanned the collages, I incorporated them into this Tea Time card design idea I've been working on. 

Here are details from the paper collages. Now I just have to figure out a good way to organize my digital goodies so I can find them again! 

These are the initial designs I was playing with for the card artwork, dropping a bunch of my patterns onto the cups with clipping masks. This is the amazing thing about clipping masks in Photoshop is how quickly and easily you can totally transform the art. So cool!

Playing with Paint

I was asked to come up with some designs for a Confucius Day card inspired by contemporary chinese brush painting. I had  a great time getting out my watercolors and inks and playing around. The final artwork was built digitally using a mix of scanned painted elements, mixed with additional "painted" art created directly in photoshop using a selection of Kyle T. Webster's amazing watercolor and ink photoshop brushes. I LOVE love love these brushes—they really look like watercolors, using my wacom tablet to paint. Plus, you can "undo" any accidents or strokes that you don't like, unlike real paint. You really can't tell what started as a scan and what I painted digitallyMy client selected the design on the left, and we're having it printed on a heavy art watercolor paper. Can't wait to see the final product!