I know tomorrow is the Fourth of July. I’ll be traveling with my family to our cabin in northern Minnesota, so I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Independence Day! Do you have anything fun planned? Any traditions to celebrate the fourth?
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you’ve probably realized that my family plays a big part in my life. This past week has been pretty exciting – my cousin had a baby girl! What’s more is that my other cousin had a baby boy just two months ago! The cuteness is hardly containable!
So to celebrate the newness of life I hand-lettered a print and a desktop download. Although the inspiration behind these downloads are little tiny babies, I think it’s a good reminder that all of us what a miracle life is and how intricately and beautifully we were made.
I think you can guess what I’ll be doing this weekend. Yup, I’ll be ooo-ing and ahh-ing over the two newest additions to our family! Tell me, tell me, what are you doing this weekend? Anything exciting or just taking some time to relax?Fearfully Made Print - Blush (689 downloads) Fearfully Made Print - Blue (553 downloads) Fearfully Made Desktop - Blush (682 downloads) Fearfully Made Desktop - Blue (612 downloads)
Since Janessa loves them just as much as I do, I was really excited to hand-letter her name and ‘Class of 2015’ with watercolor! Knowing I needed something to pop against the dark background, I chose to go with a pink color. I love how it brings out the colors of her lips and matches the flowers on her shirt that are peaking out.
Working on these invites was a blast! Actually, I’ve always enjoyed working on invite designs. When I graduated high school in 2008 (say what!), I designed my invites. They were baby pink and brown (insert shocked emoji face). In fact, I also designed my sisters and two other cousins graduation party invites in 2010, 2011, and 2012, so I guess it’s sort of a tradition now 🙂 It was fun looking back at the previous invites I’ve designed, but let’s just say, I’ve really honed in my design skills since then.
Tell me! How was your weekend? Mine was filled with hanging out my sister and crossing off things from her wedding to-do list. Well, some relaxation took place too, so I feel refreshed and ready to take on the week. Do you?
Although being so busy lately has left me feeling creatively drained and wanting to curl up into a Netflix oblivion, making time for creative ‘me time’ has been motivating. Sort of funny how that works out. Making patterns is freeing. It’s a no pressure situation. It’s all exploration and it’s all fun. Of course, if doubts start to creep in, I’m quick to remind myself that I’m just here to see what happens, to learn a new skill, and to grow as a creative person. That’s the whole part of a study, right? 🙂
So this week I decided to break out the watercolors again. I can’t step away from them quite yet; I love the texture and color variation it results in. And I absolutely love working with a brush! Like I mentioned in the last pattern studies, I’m not necessarily the most comfortable with paints and brushes, but I’m learning and that alone is exciting. I’m learning different ways to hold the brushes and how different brushes make different marks. Learning the ‘correct’ amount of water and keeping it consistent is something I’m still trying grasp, but I’m sure that just takes practice – plus I sort of like working with the spontaneity.
And just a forewarning, the watercolors aren’t stopping 😉 What’s your experience with watercolors? I think watercolors are pretty hot right now, but how could they not be? They are just so pretty! Anyways, do you have a favorite pattern above? I’d love to know! Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter! #letsbefriends
I can’t believe that my cousin is graduating high school today! So it got me thinking it would be the perfect opportunity to share a download with you guys!
Graduating high school or college or really transitioning into a new stage in life can be scary. When I graduated high school, I thought I wanted to go into the health field until I discovered graphic design. It was terrifying majoring in art – something I didn’t feel 100% confident in, but I knew in my heart that it was where I was suppose to be. With all the doubts and insecurities that can creep up, it takes courage to stand firm in our dreams. As my cousin goes onto college, where she plans on pursuing an art major as well, I wanted to give my cousin a reminder to be brave and follow her heart no matter what fears or resistance she may face.
And what better way to do that than a quote from Steve Job’s Stanford Commencement speech?! It is one of my favorite motivational speeches. Ever. It’s a powerful reminder to live fully, listen to your intuition, and to stay hungry and foolish.
So with out further adieu, here’s the download! One is a 5×7 print like the above and the other is a file for a 5×7 card! I’d love to see or hear how you used them, let me know on Twitter or tag in me in your Instagram post! Enjoy and congrats to the Class of 2015!Graduation Celebration Download (543 downloads)
Graduation Celebration Download - CARD (478 downloads)