Surface Pattern Collection Project

I've been working on a really fun new project lately - surface pattern design collections. I have always really enjoyed making technical repeat patterns, and recently decided to try to expand into that area of design by getting together some full collections for art licensing. I set up a schedule for myself for creating one full collection every month, and divided the month into four stages of design: inspiration, illustration, pattern making, and presentation. For accountability, I also want to share my progress at each stage at the end of each week. 

So, this is the work I've done this week - the "inspiration" week of my first collection. I think it's really important to focus your design choices somehow. There are so many things I could do, and I usually have so many ideas, that a huge part of the design process is just making decisions about which design elements are right. Sometimes when I design something, it ends up establishing a certain feeling, but a lot of times it wasn't necessarily a feeling I was going for. It's helpful to really think about why and how specific design choices can establish a certain mood.

My inspiration starting point this month was the look of the sky in late November, which expanded to all kinds of things - the trees, the animals, the stillness, the first frost, etc. 

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After choosing images and physical elements that represented the theme, I also created a color scheme, list of adjectives, a title, descriptive paragraph, and a list of motifs and icons to illustrate. I went through my own photographs to collect reference images and took lots of new photos of things like bare branches and fallen pink leaves. I'll be back next week with all my illustrated icons for this collection - I can't wait to see the whole thing unfold!

 

Redwood Wedding on Style Me Pretty

I am so happy to announce that my invitation suite was featured on Style Me Pretty, a wedding blog I have been reading for years. I never thought I would see my name in the credits one day! Lucy Munoz did a beautiful job, once again, with the photos. Take a look at the rest of the feature here, or by clicking the picture below.

Pink and Green Row Houses

I loved the colors of these row houses in Georgetown. I am hoping to make some urban paintings soon, of row houses and city streets and buildings. There is so much inspiration to be had walking around DC!

Row houses in Georgetown, Washington, DC. 

Row houses in Georgetown, Washington, DC. 

Lettering Art Inspiration

These aren't my lettering prints, but I thought this picture from Apartment Therapy shows perfectly how chic and modern black and white lettering prints can look. They work with both neutral and brightly-colored rooms. Pairing two or more together works even if the lettering is because different, because they are unified by the black on white background, size, and frames.

Black and white lettering prints, from Apartment Therapy. 

Black and white lettering prints, from Apartment Therapy. 

 

 

Time to start thinking about Christmas cards!

I highly recommend Minted.com for fun, modern holiday greeting cards. No where else has such beautiful, inspired designs. Here are some mood boards I put together featuring Minted Christmas cards to help you figure out what design might suit you!

Pop of Red by Megan Kelso, see more Minted.com

Pop of Red board by Megan Kelso. See more Minted.com

 

Door Knockers in DC

Walking around my neighborhood in DC is definitely one of the best things about living here. There are endless historic houses with elegant details to admire. Because the houses are small and usually without much outdoor space, people are able to really focus on making the front door and entry way. It's often one of the only ways to express your style to the world walking by. One of the most fun details are people's door knockers; I always come across some pretty unique ones! Eagles and lions are common, but you also see less obscure animals like foxes, whales, dolphins, and reindeer, and also gremlins and ogres. I also love the paint color combinations. Brightly-colored row houses are so happy! 

 

Whale tail door knocker on yellow house with red door and blue shutters. 

Whale tail door knocker on yellow house with red door and blue shutters. 

Lion door knocker on pink house with teal door. 

Lion door knocker on pink house with teal door. 

Eagle door knocker on blue house with yellow flowers. 

Eagle door knocker on blue house with yellow flowers. 

Dragonfly door knocker.

Dragonfly door knocker.

Reindeer door knocker on bright blue door. 

Reindeer door knocker on bright blue door.