Saturday, September 17

San Francisco Wedding Map


Untitled, originally uploaded by Miss Danae.

This letterpress map of San Francisco was printed in a lovely, muted yellow, and printed by HelloLucky! to coordinate along with the rest of the wedding suite, a destination wedding invitation design.



One of my favorite maps this year, I love how open the bride was to lots and lots of swirly penmanship.




Wednesday, May 11

Calligraphy on the THE NOW stylebook blog



I had to pop in and share this lovely post from the girls over at THE NOW stylebook blog. They've chosen some lovely calligraphy from myself and some fellow calligraphers, and paired each with a gorgeous wedding gown. Love it!



Tuesday, May 3

Traditional Quaker Wedding Certificate



Quaker Wedding Certificate, originally uploaded by Miss Danae.

Here is a Quaker Wedding Certificate that I recently completed for a lovely couple who was married here in New Mexico. The bride and groom loved the russian fairy-tale inspired floral motif's, but of course wanted to inject the colors of the southwest.

There is much more lettering involved in this style of certificate than in my "Wedding Signing Scrolls" because of the written declaration of the couple's intentions.





Saturday, March 26

Pittsburgh Watercolor Wedding Map


I wanted to pop in really quick and share this wedding map of Pittsburgh, PA, recently completed and about to ship to it's owner.

I love the color combinations we went with here, they feel so light and summery.




Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, March 25

Map of New Haven, CT


This watercolored map of New Haven was one that I did a while back, but I wanted to share with you what Katie Phipps did with it. She dressed it all up with a lovely envelope and liner paper to show a prospective client. Love it!

Friday, March 11

Featured in Martha Spring Wedding Magazine - Houston Map



This is the second wedding map I designed that was featured in the Martha Stewart Spring Wedding magazine. This map was sent out as a "Save-the-Date", instead of being included in the wedding invitation suite, or used in a gift basket (As was the first "Toronto map".)

The map is of the Houston area, and was printed on Crane's Lettra stock in ecru. The printing is one-color letterpress in muted orange. The lettering style is "Loopy Luxe".

I have more maps to share with you coming up next week… two color letterpress of San Francisco, CA and a two color letterpress AND hand watercolored map of Healdsburg, CA. Stay tuned...

Enjoy your weekend friends!


Monday, March 7

Good Cheer Deal via "Oh, hello friend"


Happy Monday! Today Danni from popular blog "Oh, hello friend" is offering my stamps for sale. This is a "good cheer" discount offer of limited number, so if you have been interested in purchasing a stamp from my shop, now is a great time.

Retail Price: $30
Good Cheer Price: $20

Retail Price: $39
Good Cheer Price: $25

Thursday, March 3

Signing Scroll - Pinks, Purples and Deep Blues


Today I'm sharing a wedding Signing Scroll with you! I haven't been featuring all of these on my blog, (because then the blog would be called, "I dream of Signing Scrolls") but you can see many more on my flickr page here.

I just enjoyed these color combinations SO much. I think they come together to make quite a striking piece.



The design towards the top is inspired by the couples invitation. She thought it would be nice to coordinate the two, and I completely agree. Especially since this design is suited to carry over into modern home decor after the wedding.



The illustrations are fuschia cymbidium orchids with pale greens leaves, and a sweet pink rose with lavender leaves.

The calligraphy is done in a combination of dark navy blue lettering, light lavender and hot pink.

The backing sheet is navy, drawing the eye to the couple's name, and enhancing the weight of the scroll, making it sturdy and thick.

Along the bottom, more pen flourishing is done - just for fun!

By the way, I've been unhappy with my camera lately - even though these pictures were taken in bright lighting outdoors, the "white" doesn't seem right. The paper I use for these scrolls is usually a light, natural white. Not tinged with pink or yellow as these pictures seem to suggest.

For those who may be unfamiliar with signing scrolls, these are designed to take the place of a standard guest book at a wedding, and many times, vows can be incorporated with them, much like a "Quaker Wedding Certificate. I custom create to the specifications of my customers and they can be ordered through my etsy shop.






Tuesday, March 1

Featured in Martha Spring Wedding Magazine - Toronto Map



Hello! As promised, I'm back with more pictures and info about the wedding maps that were featured in the Martha mag.

This map was printed on an extra heavy weight stock - Crane Lettra's "duplex" or "two-ply", 220# paper in pearl white. Although we didn't enhance the edges on these, this paper is PERFECT for a lovely painted edge since the card is so thick.



The illustration was printed in a one-color letterpress, black ink. I love working with colors, but I thought this combination was so crisp and elegant, perfect for the large card - a 7x7 inch square.




Besides the luxurious feel of it's weight, another reason I like the extra thick stock is because it can take the impression of letterpress beautifully on both sides - without dealing with "ghosting". (The impression showing on the reverse side.)


I'll be back with images and information on the second map later this week!

Saturday, February 26

e.Danae in Martha Stewart Spring Wedding Magazine!


I just picked up the Spring '11 issue of Martha Stewart's wedding magazine, and you should too! ( thought it wasn't going to be out until the 28th, but it was at my local Borders yesterday.) I am so pleased to have my illustrated wedding maps featured in their wonderful"Written by Hand" section.

A table card of mine is featured here as well, the "Table Trois" in casual spencerian... I'll be back to talk about the letterpress maps that were featured later this week, because I do so love talking about calligraphy, letterpress and lovely, luxurious paper!



Lower two maps on right, by e.Danae

Friday, February 25

Calligraphy Name Stamps


I have mentioned these lovely address stamps that I have in my etsy shop, but I've also recently added a different kind of stamp; a small "name only" stamp. The size is 1"x 2", and is perfect for personalizing notes, letters, labels and gifting.



Thursday, February 24

Wilmingtons Wedding Blog



I want to thank Ms. Kim Fisher, event planner and design consultant from Wilmington weddings blog for featuring my work this past week. This brand new wedding blog is going to be a great read for brides seeking inspiration.

We've worked on a few projects together, and this cute little above sign was painted for the wedding of Ty and Cathy, pictured below, but unfortunately the pictures don't show it very clearly. (Promise I didn't paint it after the picture was taken!) But isn't that little aqua bicycle just sweetness itself?

Photgraphed by Anne McGowan

A little about...

"Wilmington Weddings is the ultimate guide to all of the fantastic wedding vendors in the Cape Fear region. We’re focused on showing national trends on a local stage. Eco-friendly, vintage, bridal hair accessories, sophisticated cinematography…if it’s all the rage in the wedding industry we’ll bring it to you AND tell you where you can get it."


On the signing scroll, I watercolor painted an image of the historic "Old Baldy Lighthouse", which now stands as a symbol of Bald Head Island in Cape Fear River, N.C. The lettering style was fun and casual, the aqua tying into other elements of this lovely wedding.

Tuesday, February 22

Pretty Placecards



Awhile back, the Nichols photographed a wedding that was featured on the popular wedding blog, Style me Pretty. I enjoyed working with this lovely bride and wanted to share the calligraphy I did on the escort and table cards.




Friday, February 18

Etsy finds


Happy Friday! I haven't showed off my Etsy finds in awhile, so I thought that would be a fun thing to feature today. I am constantly amazed at the talent contained within etsy. I am even trying to convince a few good friends of mine to create etsy shops to share their creativity with the world. If you are a creative person thinking of opening up an etsy shop, don't underestimate yourself, just go ahead with it!

This shop is just spilling over with sweetness and creativity! I've seen a lot of these fabric flowers (and love them all) but of course, I am partial to one with lettering on it.


A little bit about myself: I'm a Canadian - Lived and taught English in Japan for 8 months and loved it there! - Have a 2-year-old darling little monster - Have a wonderful, loving, supportive hubby - Love old craftsman style character homes (happy to be living in one now)

I love the color combinations of this lovely little pottery dish. (Even the aqua background was a striking choice.) It doesn't have to be valentines day to share the love!
"i am an artist and stay at home mother of two delightful small people. i have a degree in fine arts with a focus in ceramics... i love to carve stamps and make molds from vintage pieces and everyday objects and interject the resulting textures into my work...."

Maybe because I grew up in Oregon... but what's not to love about this print? The shop also has a similar California print.
"I am an artist/illustrator living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Birds, woodland animals and the flora they flaunt in are what I enjoy most."


I really don't need to be reminded... but, love the type and I can envision exactly where I would display this in my dining room. This shop contains SO many wonderful letterpress items .
"Charming painter turned letterpress printer + Art school dropout turned tattoo artist bond over a love of music, quirky collections and dusty junk shops. One, big, drafty house, three rescue dogs, and a chance meeting with a true old time printer............Roll & Tumble Press is born."

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Wednesday, February 16

Pink + Orange

Do you love bright and bold color combinations?


These two look lively together, don't they? I enjoyed seeing my work in pink and orange for this letterpress save the date map of Atlanta, GA.


Printed by my favorite letterpress printer, jazyrain.


Wanting to explore this color combination, I created a little collage of these color combinations to share with you.... enjoy!


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