INSPIRATION | SKYSCAPES FROM GIRL MEETS COAST

May 23, 2016

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I’ve been ready for summer and nice weather for months now I feel like. Coincidentally, I came across Kate of Girl Meets Coast in the #candyminimal hashtag on Instagram, and it could not have come at a better time.

 

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Kate is a photographer who frequently travels the Central California Coast documenting her journey beautifully with colorful gradations of relaxing hues. Her colorful take on the landscape has never made these seashore shots, towering palms, and sandy beaches look so good!

 

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Follow more of Kate and her journeys on Instagram: @mountainsofpaper

 

AT THE MOMENT | NATIONAL NOTEBOOK DAY

May 19, 2016

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Do any of you have that one, or maybe few things that you have an addiction to and ALWAYS buy no matter many of them you have?! I’m a sucker for cacti, coffee cups, notebooks, and planters! Since we love these little addictions so much, why don’t we celebrate them?!

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May Designs is doing just that! They love notebooks (duh) and have officially made today, May 19th, National Notebook Day! I’m so happy that I have had to opportunity to collaborate and design a collection (National Handwriting Day Collection) with this amazingly talented team! Head on over to NationalNotebookDay.com to see contributing partners, fun giveaways, and a new collection release!

 

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Also, whether you’re just starting a notebook collection, or want to add to your existing, here’s a few of my favorites!

 

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ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR | FIVE | SIX | SEVEN | EIGHT | NINE

 

PAPER & PATTERN | JORDAN SONDLER FOR CHASING PAPER

May 2, 2016

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Ever since I found Miss Jordan Sondler through the Ban.do artist showcase, I loved every single thing she’s done since! Her style is one that I love because of its brushy characteristics and contrasting line weights that remind me a lot of my work. If I could be an illustrator, I’d want to be her for sure!

She has recently partnered with Chasing Paper to release a few illustrated wallpaper designs that are AUH-MAZING and calling my name to become a part of my space. Take a look!

 

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HANDLETTERING | DIGITIZING YOUR WORK

April 27, 2016

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Ok, so I know that a lot of you have asked me for awhile now to share the steps of how I digitize my work, and I’m sorry it has gotten so pushed to the side, but here it is now! I’m going to use a plain black and white piece of work so that you can see the gradient variations of the ink and how you can change them.

So first, you’ll want to scan in your piece of lettering at 300 dpi using a scanner. Once you’ve done this, open your lettering in Photoshop.

 

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Second, you’ll see how the scan can give you a gross, discolored visual sometimes and we don’t want that.

 

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So, we’re going to select Image > Adjustments > Levels or you can use the keyboard shortcut keys “Cmd + L.” Once this window opens you can manipulate the dark and light levels of the image using the arrows within “Input Levels.” The more contrast you have, the more precise and clear our lettering is going to be. So I usually up the lights a lot, and up the darks a lot as well. NOTE: When I’m working with lettering I know is going to be black on a white back ground, I make sure to be careful and not up the white levels to much so that it doesn’t take too much darkness out of the letters. Too little, or too much will take away it’s unique ink like characteristics.

 

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Next, we’re going to select the Quick Selection tool ( which is highlighted here ) and click on a portion of the white background of the image. You can see I’ve done this here right next to the highlighted icon, which is the dotted circle line. Then, go to Select > Similar. This will select everything in the image that is white.

 

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While your white background is selected, head over to your Layers panel. Double click on your layer. Another new layer box will pop up, just click “OK.” Now, hit the “Delete” key, and your background will disappear. Don’t freak out, its ok! Hit the keys “Cmd + D” on your keyboard. This will deselect everything for you. Your file should now look like the image below with a transparent background.

 

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Next, go up to File > Save As and save your lettering out as a PNG file. (Make sure your File Mode is in RGB color format, or else you will not be able to save it out as a PNG.) You can do this under Image > Mode > RGB Color and you’ll be set!

TIP: You can always just duplicate this layer into a new document, but I always like to save out a copy of my lettering at this current step as a PNG file so that if I need it in the future and want to manipulate it in a different way, I already have this part done!

Next, create a new Photoshop document, and place in your saved PNG file you’ve made ( File > Place Embedded ) and size and proportion it to your liking.

 

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If the darkness of your lettering is still a bit washed out, you can go into your Levels ( cmd + L ) and increase them so you get a nice contrasting dark while still letting your ink gradient characteristics come through.

AND that’s it, you’re done!!! Now you can add color and pattern overlays to your lettering, and background colors/designs etc. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below. I hope this was helpful for you guys!

 

AT THE MOMENT | INSTAGRAM LIKES

April 20, 2016

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A bright, clean spring set of some recent Instagram love is here to help get you through the week, filled with color, illustration, and landscape! Enjoy!

@mariterecr | Maritere Rice is a photographer living in Marfa, TX. She has a lovely feed filled with color walls, architecture, signage, storefronts, and other multiple gorgeous travel shots!

@thecraftedlife | Rachel Mae Smith is the owner/blogger behind the blog “The Crafted Life.” Color, flowers, DIY, travel, sweets, cacti, and MORE color craft the unity for Rachel’s fun and lively feed!

@whorange | Tula Jeng is the blogger behind Los Angeles based blog, Whorange. This post of her cacti paired with Justina Blakeney’s Nana Pink wallpaper is just perfect!

@runnerhimhall | It’s safe to say she has nailed pastels! Her photos are clean, crisp, and include a quite impressive dog model every so often.

@theuncommonplace | Katie Thierjung is a photographer and color lover based in Orange County, CA. She’s also just recently designed a flair pin collection of her own! Paints, birds, cocktails… I wonder what’s next?!

@ionutradulescu | Ionut Radulescu is a designer and illustrator from New York. His bold color choices and large brush strokes immediately drew me in!

@akeenlife | Allison Keener is a good friend of mine. She is the lead designer at Brooklyn based Regas Studio and currently lives in Alamogordo, New Mexico with her husband. She’s got one of the most dreamiest views, as she is right next to White Sands National Monument. It’s seriously one of the most magical places I’ve ever seen…google it!

@beckymsimps | Becky Simpson is an author, illustrator, and also just finishing up her year as an Adobe Creative Resident. Residing in Austin, TX, I am so amazed at all of what she has accomplished in the past year. It’s been so fun watching her journey as a resident. Her entire residency focus has been on growing her brand and shop, Chipper Things, which just opened yesterday!

@inkandpulp | Stef Etow is an Art Director and Brand Consultant is San Francisco. Her feed is full of pretty bright whites, and simplistic compositions like this beautiful bicycle one here.