Thursday, April 24, 2014

Graphic Design & Illustration for Custom Wedding Invitations with Owl & the Pussycat

Every once in a while, I receive a request to graphic design a custom wedding invitation.  Below is one that I designed last week with my owl and pussycat paper doll illustrations.  When I first got the request, I had to double check that they wanted the paper dolls as is.  Yes, indeed they did.  They wanted their guests to be able to cut them out and assemble my paper dolls.  

They told me they were having a very unusual wedding where the guest were encouraged to wear vintage naval clothes and the wedding would take place on a ship like the Owl and the Pussycat poem by Edward Lear.  It turned out this non-traditional wedding would be perfect with a non-traditional wedding invitation. 

When I sent the proof of the wedding invitation to the the bride-to-be, she said she almost cried.  I was happy to hear I could help her create a wonderful wedding that would be one-of-a-kind.  It definitely is special when I receive these request to help with custom wedding cards.  What do you imagine it would be like to receive an invitation like this to such an unusual wedding?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Graphic Design & Illustration for a Children's Clothing Company

Since the end of last year (2013), I've been doing a little bit of graphic design and illustration for this cute children's clothing company, Cupcakes and Pastries.  Below are the Easter signs I created for them with their whimsical and fun photos.  I enjoyed creating some Easter egg balloons and bunny ears on the little girl, so I wanted to share my work with you.  Don't you want to join these cute girls and play in the sun?

Graphic design and illustration work I did for Cupcakes & Pastries for their Easter campaign.

Because Cupcakes & Pastries loves whimsical and fun design, we are a great match.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bunny Sidewalk Chalk Drawing! Plus More Chalk Drawing Fun!

You know I have bunny rabbits on the mind, so on a sunny, warm day when I was out playing with my 10 year old niece, I had to draw a bunny with chalk on the sidewalk.  She would ask me if I could add something to the drawings like the bunny holding a carrot.

Goofing off with sidewalk chalk with my 10 year old niece.  She wanted to lick the chalk ice cream.

She really liked the bunny and she asked if I could draw a 3-D looking ice cream.  I asked her if this one was real enough for her.  She said it looked so good even with the drip.  We had to take a goofy photo with her looking like she was licking it.

Getting burned in the sidewalk chalk fire.

Next, she asked if I could draw fire that looked real.  Does that log look like it's burning?  And does it look like she's burning her hand in the fire?  When we took this photo, she first had to rub some red chalk on her hand to make it look more real.  Of course, she did!

Drawing love and triangles on the sidewalk in chalk was a lot of fun.

It was a great day and drawing on the sidewalk was a great way to play with my niece for some family fun.  What would you draw on the sidewalk?  What do you do with your family for fun in the sun?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Free Printable Paper Easter Basket and Cute Animals from Artist in LA LA Land

Easter is in a few days so I thought I'd make one more FREE Easter printable to help you add some fun to your home during this holiday.  It's a DIY Printable Paper Easter Basket that you customize with cute animals, a fairy and paper Easter eggs.  

Download this FREE Printable PDF of a Paper Easter Basket & Cute Animals.  Directions are included.

The customizable printable includes an Easter Bunny for you to color and decorate as you wish!

This FREE Easter printable PDF is fun for kids  because they can color and cut out this cute, kitty cat.

The full PDF has 6 pages of coloring and decorating fun and it includes a fairy and these paper flowers.

There are so many ways to have fun with this FREE Printable Easter Basket and Cute Animals!  Decorate them with watercolors, glitter, washi tape or crayons.  I'm sure that you can think of many more ways to make it your own bit of Easter and spring fun!  What will you do with it?  How do you decorate your home for Easter?

P.S. Happy Paper Saturday!  It's so fun to be playing with paper all around the world!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hand Drawn Bunny, Fox & Owl by Artist in LA LA Land

The end of this week is Easter, so I think it's time to pour on the bunny love.  I dug up some bunny rabbits I've created over the years and here is one I never before shared with you.  I drew these hand drawn cute animals for a clothing company which decided not to use them.  One of the inky hand drawn animals I created was a bunny in a scarf. 

You can see that I also created a fox and owl in scarves too.  The company really liked the imperfections of hand drawn images so that's what I did with the ink splatters and bold, unplanned way of drawing.  What do you think?  Would you have liked any of these cute animals on a tee shirt?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bonkers for Paper Bunny Rabbits at Artist in LA LA Land

It's that time when bunny rabbits are celebrated!  Yep, Easter!  So here are some of our favorite Arist in LA LA Land paper bunny rabbits!

So many different paper bunny rabbits by Artist in LA LA Land.

Which bunny is your favorite one?  There are some many different paper bunny rabbits including paper dolls.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Random Found Art & Street Art in Portland Oregon

Top L: me in a disguise. Top R: my sketchbook as I draw at a cafe.
Bottom L:  good luck! spotted a street art unicorn!  Bottom R:  ice cream monsters in an ice cream shop.

While in Portland, Oregon, I've run into some random art.  Sometimes, it's street art, and other times, it's commissioned public art.  Always, it's surprising and fun to come across it.  Here are a few of my art finds when I've been out and about in Portland, Oregon.

Top L: public art goose at a MAX station.  Top R:  Nectar Cafe street art.
Bottom L:  moss grafitti. Bottom R:  random porch art of found antique objects.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Paper Cutting Art for My 3 Year Old Niece (Because I Cannot Refuse Her)

My little 3 year old niece with the big paper cutting flower she asked me to make.

My little 3 year old niece came up to me with a piece of pink paper and asked me to make her a big flower on it.  I couldn't refuse that cute little girl with all her long curls.  So of course, I made a paper cutting, giant pink tulip for her.  She posed with it for me.  Doesn't she look all happy?

My 3 year old niece with the paper cutting green pig she asked me to make for her.

I thought that was that, but she came up to me with another piece of paper and asked me to make her a pig. It was a green piece of paper.  I asked, "Are you sure you want a green pig?"  Yes, indeed she did.  I couldn't refuse her, so I made a paper cutting green pig.  I guess it's like "Angry Birds", but this is a cute pig who wouldn't hurt a bird and especially not my cute little niece!

P.S. Happy Paper Saturday (you know who I'm talking to, Paper Lovers)!  


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