Month: March 2017

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CutCardStock Design Team Project 2 – Paper Floral Wreath

We are so pleased to be working with the CutCardStock team! Each month, using their products in order to make two themed projects, and hosting step-by-step DIY instructions on their blog.

On our blog, we will have full YouTube videos showing the process as well. So be sure to check both places to get the full story!

The second project is “spring” themed, using metallic card stocks to make a paper floral wreath that can brighten any home decor space.

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CutCardStock Design Team Project 1 – Sympathy Card

We are so pleased to be working with the CutCardStock team! Each month, using their products in order to make two themed projects, and hosting step-by-step DIY instructions on their blog.

On our blog, we will have full YouTube videos showing the process as well. So be sure to check both places to get the full story!

The first project is based on our favorite “Sending Good Vibes” sentiment. We ended up making two cards and loved the whole process.

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#52CafeCards Challenge – Card 6 – Folk

The #52CafeCards Challenge by Marta of Maremi Small Art (Facebook group page is where most of the action happens) continues!

“Folk” as a prompt could have gone a lot of different ways, but my mind immediately went towards music. American folk art takes many different forms but the song that kept coming into my mind over and over again was Brendan Benson’s “Folk Singer.” He is a local musician and I have been a fan for a long time, so I think these lyrics are just buried in my brain.

I restricted my palette to black and white, mostly sticking to using acrylic paint to add value when needed. I really wanted to add texture, but I wanted specifically to add raised music notes, so I made my own stencil with my Silhouette Portrait and a scrap piece of acetate. I’m so glad I ended up getting a Silhouette – the ability to create any stencil or die cut I want means endless possibilities.

This was a rather simple little card but I was glad to get it done. I’m running a little behind, but am looking forward to catching up on the rest of the prompts. They’re not going anywhere, I’ll get to them soon!

In the meantime I hope you are following us on Instagram – I’ve been posting lots of brush calligraphy, working through an entire alphabet of modern calligraphy. Hope to see you there!

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Plan With Me Mid March – Lots of Lettering

This month started off with the best of intentions. A brand new insert for my traveler’s notebook, a fresh monthly and weekly spread, and I had a really fun time with the cover page illustration. I always have a fun time illustrating with brush markers.

Unfortunately I came down with the flu almost immediately after filming the first part of this video. Not even joking. It threw me off my game for almost a full week and I did not appreciate that very much.

But the best part about the bujo way of planning is that you don’t have to waste any paper or be sad about blank spreads. In my case, I hadn’t even numbered anything yet and it was easy to modify for the following week, which had been productive for me, and I definitely wanted to catalog it.

I usually do my planning on the day that it happens. I’m not the type to plan or record tasks after the fact – so this method was a bit odd for me. But I’m still glad I got it all down as it got me back in the habit/feeling good about what I had gotten done. I did notice that I can’t think back on specifics very well when a camera is on me, so I ended up filling in more details and notes later.

I think instead of aiming for weekly planning videos, I will be happier to do beginning/middle/end of month video updates. We shall see if that makes more sense moving forward.

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Designing a Logo for Desired Balance LLC

Desired Balance came to us with a need for a brand new logo to help kick off the launch of their website – an essential oil company that had a mission to appeal to both men and women.

As our mission is to introduce custom typography into whatever we design, I first started by sketching with my brush pen. I like to use my trusty Pentel Pocket Brush Pen as it gives me such a range of feeling in my letterforms and allows me to go from thick to thin with pressure very easily.

Just for fun, I thought I’d show you my sketches:

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Once brought over to the computer, things took on a much more graphic and minimalistic quality as the rounds went on. Because we were trying to satisfy masculine and feminine markets, we came up with a solution that visually loops them together; the ascenders of the lowercase “d” and b” intersect and disappear into one another to make up the main visual mark. The “d” is based off of my own hand written script and the “b” is a modified block serif typeface. The business name is typeset simply beside the mark in sans serif modern type.

This was a really fun logo to work on and we were so pleased to be able to team up with another small business!

Pigmentology provides branding services of all kinds, from one-stop logo design to full identity packages. Feel free to stop by our form to request a quote, if you’re interested!