Thursday, April 26, 2012

Reuse and recycle! Mother's Day Gifts

Hi guys. Remember that boyfriend birthday beer bottle banner I made a few weeks ago? Wow, that was alliterative. Anyway, today I just randomly pulled out some strawberry paper to show a customer how the silhouette machine at Paper Source works, and pulled up the beer template. Once I saw the cut outs, I knew I was inspired! The flowers are just recycled Cavallini calendars that I cut out using a scissors. The lettering is hand done by me!

I'm thinking these would make some great mother's day gifts. Let me know if you want one!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Practicing my calligraphy

I just think the practice pages look so nice! At this rate I'll never move on to full work. But I wanted to show you guys that I really am trying to learn. Really.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Rebound Goethe's Werke

So I found these old book covers at an antique shop and couldn't help but think how they'd make a great book. This has been a project I've been putting off for a while. It just felt so good to finally get it done. Coptic bound with rose and cream Ingres papers, this is a really nice journal. Hope everyone likes it!

Edit: Interested parties may purchase here.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Boyfriend Surprise Party Decorations

So I decided to throw a surprise belated birthday party for Matt. His real birthday coincides with Easter weekend, so no one could make it and it had to be the next weekend. For decorations I made a baner that looks like beer bottles (since he brews his own beer). 

I used the silhouette machine at my work to create each bottle, so all the sizing was correct. They are cut out of Paper Source Chocolate Cover weight 8 1/2 x 11". I then colored the bottles with white (for the glass glares) and gold (for the caps) pens to give them some cute, realistic details. The final touch was adding the labels, which are Paper Bag 2.5" circles. The original Tennyson Alice in Wonderland illustration of the late rabbit ties together the belated theme. Sorry my wall is kind of boring if not for the bottles.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Great Gift!

Now wouldn't you like to have a present like this? Wrapped for the ever so handsome Matt. Happy Birthday! Blurred out some words so he/I won't be embarrassed.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday Musings

Above: Art Tank.

Is Sotheby's selling illegally acquired Ancient Cambodian art? The NYC D.A. seems to be taking this seriously.

Next: NYTimes did a great article on gaming. A bit long but definitely worth the read.

One of my favorite blogs, The Hairpin, had an artist go to a Toy Fair. Great sketches in that one.

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." What makes a quote memorable?

Thomas Kinkade is dead! What am I going to do? Jerry Saltz has a great eulogy.

Can you predict what will be a memorable quote?

I've seen a few articles tackling this recently, but this is a pretty good timeline of the life of the American/Japanese arcade.

Gertrude Stein's Politics. Great Read.

Ever wonder what New Aesthetic is, and what it means? This is an amazing essay.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

New Album for the Friendship Circle.

I made this album for the Friendship Circle, a non-profit in Philadelphia. They work to help developmentally disabled children in the area, both the physically and mentally handicapped. It was made for a gala that they had celebrating two of their donors. The inside pages were also decorated by yours truly.