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Mr. Mate and I had a lot of fun at yesterday’s West Seattle Harvest Festival. It was great to see all the aspiring artists putting their mark on our pumpkin kitty and skull designs that we then turned into masks. The weather was wild and wooly starting out with rain which then then turned into clouds with gusty wind before the sun came out. Our booth underwent a transformation too as the wind made us feel like a sail boat when our walls were up! The festival was super busy for us and and we ran out of 100 screenprinted masks about 15 minutes before the end of the day. Here are some pictures of the fun.
I’m excited to share that this holiday season Orange Twist is offering personalized messages for our classic Seattle Skyline card. You’ll be able to choose from three colors and quantities of 25, 50, 75 or 100 cards. Check out the personalized options in our shop!
|Personalize this evergreen and white card this holiday season|
|Personalized Seattle Skyline card in cranberry red and white|
Last week I came across the post Sneak Peek: Kirsten Marchand on Design Sponge. The name seemed really familiar and as I clicked and read I realized that I knew the woman behind the featured (and fantastic) home. Last year Kirsten contacted me to collaborate on two printing projects and she was kind enough to allow me to share with you.
The first project was the printing of the birth announcements for her twins which were clean, classic and simple. The text was first written out in beautiful calligraphy by Primele which I then screenprinted in white ink on red and navy blue flat cards. White ink on colored cards is one of my favorite ways to screenprint since it offers opaque coverage and really pops on dark colors.
For the holidays Kirsten designed her family’s Christmas card which I then screenprinted in royal blue on slightly textured, 100 lb French Paper in whip cream. I loved the rustic and handmade feel of the design as well as the vivid blue on white color choice.
Kirsten has great taste mixing vintage and new, the elegant and rustic and has started sourcing unique antique and handcrafted items for clients. You can view her design blog at Design Marchand and the tour of her beautifully curated home on Design Sponge.
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Pretty darn excited about the slew of new cards and prints that are now available online! This was my first orchestrated release of designs and while I had plenty of hiccups and ego bruising moments, I’m happy with the final designs and hope you’ll let me know what you think. Here are a few designs to wet your appetite.
The Seattle Gift Show is just around the corner and today marks the one week countdown until set up (!).
During the past few weeks I designed six new posters and a couple new cards. I managed to burn all my screens before studio renovations at Pratt made screen exposing impossible and in general have been printing, printing, printing! I’m getting close to being finished with the essentials, but in my mind there’s always more to print and stock.
Yesterday I dropped my catalog and order forms off to be printed and I should be getting a bunch of business cards today. I’d wanted to screenprint my business cards (seems appropriate no?), but my list of items to print has been extraordinarily long and my hands two. It was a tremendous relief to have them printed rather than have that hanging over my head. Priorities!
Curtains have been flameproofed and are currently being professionally pressed. The thought of trying to iron 8×10 ft expanses of white curtains in the midst of cat-hair tumble weeds seemed stupid.
Out-of-town mailings have been sent and local mailings go out tomorrow.
Today I’m printing and beginning to mock up what my booth will look like with the furniture and accessories. I found out that the boxes I purchased to go in the shelving are all totally different from each other (how did that happen?) and that I really need to get my signage in order. I know, I’m a little behind. I’ve got 4 valid ideas and am trying to decide which one will match the aesthetic, be useful at future markets/shows, and be light and easily portable. Bonus points for something inexpensive and weatherproof. Extra bonus points if the solution doesn’t take me forever to make!
In between making a gazillion decisions and feeling terrified about doing a trade show, I’ve been snatching 30-40 minutes of sun, taking walks (mandatory after I realized felt like crap and realized that I’d stopped walking everyday), and enjoying garlic, green beans, and alpine strawberries from our yard.
That’s it for now. I’ll try to post early next week before the show.
The weather has been gloriously warm the past few days and we had a impromptu gathering for July 4th. Our yard only gets sun until about 3 pm and seems to turn into a wind tunnel with the slightest breeze, but we were able to enjoy the holiday weekend and a bit of white sangria!
Today I was running around today getting things DONE! I’m excited to have found a reliable and cost effective place to get small quantities of paper cut. I’ve got a ton of stuff that I’d like to finish before Summerfest starts on Friday, but I have a feeling I’m going to fall short of everything I’d like to complete.
Nonetheless, there will be new cards, new onesies and in all probability some of my art at my table in the ArtDive area at Summerfest so don’t forget to stop by and say howdy ho!
Before I want to share a picture of my cat that I love, love, love!
Generally card companies will release new designs in May to coincide with the National Stationary Show, but I’ve been slow and am just getting around to all the nitty gritty details of finalizing my designs and creating my new wholesale catalog. Once I finish that (tonight! come hell or high water) I’ll be mixing ink, degreasing screens, making transparencies, and doing all the other things neccessary before transferring my designs to the screens Monday and Tuesday of next week.
After that it’s printing time. And there’s going to be a lot of printing!
Once I’m done, there will be 15 new designs. And this, my friends, is exciting!
Back in March my oldest sister Camille gave birth to my third(!) nephew Ryan Joseph. While I’ve only seen him in pictures and heard his little gurgles and coos via skype, everything indicates he’s pretty darn cute!
One of my presents for my sister and brother-in-law was to design and print Ryan’s birth announcements. Camille was making a really cute baby quilt and wanted the announcement to reflect a similar theme and color scheme.
Once I got the thumbs up on the final design, I printed blue, white, and orange ink layers on French Paper’s Berrylicious 100 lb cover stock. The announcements looked great once finished and were a special way to celebrate the Ryan’s birth even while 600 miles away!