Thursday, January 29

"The Man in the Arena"

A really bad picture of a recent work:

The Man in the Arena
is the title of a speech given by Teddy Roosevelt at the Sorbonne in Paris, France on April 23, 1910.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

This was hand lettered in my Flourished Copperplate script in black ink, on one of my favorite papers, the large Strathmore sheets in decorative marble finish, the same used in both of the Amazing Grace jobs.

One of these days soon, my husband promises, I will get a new digital SLR.... believe me, when I do, you will all notice!!

Friday, January 23

Fab Anthropologie File Folders

Don't even get me started on Anthropologie -- I could die happy in that store. You NEED to pick up a pack of these gorgeous file folders. I love the 19th century typography and flourishing that inspired this look, but of course the color combinations are just as delicious. The design was commissioned to Galison by Anthropologie - more on the details on Galison's blog.

Pictured above are the coordinating sticky notes.

It's National Handwriting Day!

Thursday, January 22

Calligraphy Invitation Suite on Crane's Lettra

Here is my latest wedding invitation... The bride picked my "Helinda Rook" lettering style and the ensemble was letterpress printed in black on Crane's Lettra paper by Jazyrain.

The inner envelope and lining is not shown, but it was a gorgeous, b/w flocked damask print from papermojo.

... but back to the paper.....Crane lettra paper is such an incredible, soft and perfect paper for letterpress printing. It comes with coordinating inner and outer envelopes, and 3 beautiful shades to choose from, white, soft white and ecru.

A little about this paper from the company....

"Lettra is engineered for letterpress. It is 100% cotton, soft and luxurious to the touch, yet strong and stable on press. Lettra's distinct "letterpress finish" is rare and engaging in a machine-made, commercial paper.

Lettra is uncalendered, meaning that it is not smoothed in the calender stacks on the papermaking machine. The cotton fibers are relatively uncompacted, so the sheet feels extra-bulky, even fluffy.

Cotton fibers are naturally long and strong, but also non-rigid. Lettra is made without surface sizing to maximize its suppleness and its receptiveness to a deep impression. It embosses beautifully. It debosses dramatically. It foil stamps crisply."

As always, I have way too much fun designing invitation suites, and I'm getting a little concerned over my obsession with paper... is that normal...? Hmm.

Thursday, January 8

A little Chick

I had the most fun with this set of illustrations created for Ms. Richter who used the designs below, along with several others I created for her boutique childrens clothing line. It seems very different than much of the wedding art and watercoloring I do, but it really was so fun to get colorful and creative! Being a designer herself, Ms. Richter told me the color schemes she wanted and described her vision of what her Chick should look like, right down to the Jimmy Choo boots!


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