Musings

Cultivated Mind: A Wonderful Font Gem!

These past few weeks have been a blur of lots of work, new projects and just plain INSPIRATION!

I've been working on new projects and with new projects come new tools.

I recently discovered Creative Market and if you don't know about it (I'm sure you do, I'm always behind with these things) you should definitely check them out. I bought a font family there a while back and have been IN LOVE with it. I've been using it on a lot of my marketing materials lately and some of my new projects, like these Owl Greeting Cards and Owl Notebooks.

 

These Owl Notebooks happened to be featured on Paper Crave last week and Cindy Kinash of Cultivated Mind happened to see them. Cindy is the AMAZING lady behind Cultivated Minda Type & Design Foundry that focuses on creating beautiful handwritten & calligraphy fonts and handmade artwork. She designed the font I used for these two designs and reached out and thanked me on twitter for using her fonts in my projects.

She was genuinely excited about the way I had been using her Local Market font and decided to tweet and share my notebooks on her social media as well. As a result I got some great exposure and a couple of people had to have my Owl Notebooks too. Isn't social media amazing that way?

As if that wasn't enough, Cindy then reached out to me via email and sent me a FONT CARE PACKAGE!

Now, if you didn't know it, I'm a serious font nerd and this was RIGHT up my alley, specially since I had been trying to decide which one of her fonts I wanted to purchase next just the night before. I mean, take a look at some of the screen shots for these...



 

They are chock full of EXTRAS! That's right, you don't only get a font, you get illustrations and banners and labels and all sorts of stuff!

This is the stuff font heaven is made of.

I will be going out of town for my brother's wedding on Friday and since my grandparents are coming up from Costa Rica, I'll have plenty of people who want to watch my boys so I'll get some ME time to play around with new things! I've already been planning the things I'd like to work on: a top secret project, new card designs and now, definitely playing around with some of these fantastic fonts. 

Stop by Cindy's page on Creative Market and take a look at all the other font packs she's got in her shop. I'd be surprised if you don't find something you just HAVE to have.

Have a wonderful week!

Making An Illustrated Mother's Day Card

So a lot of stuff is going on around here. I've been fully immersed in B-School (and loving it!) so there's a lot of changes and plans going on behind the scenes. If that's not enough, there are a lot of weddings going on in my family too and many people that want two cute little boys to be part of their wedding party. This year, my brother's wedding fell right on top of one my busiest times of year. 

Instead of trying to design a couple of new Mother's Day cards, I decided to concentrate on one extra special design. I knew I wanted an illustrated design and I wanted it to be 4 colors, which takes a lot longer to print. I'm very happy with the result and I'm happy that I didn't put a lot of pressure on myself to do more than I have time for right now.

Here's a look at the sketch I started working from.

I originally wanted DAY to be in a dark circle and have the text knocked out, but I quickly realized it wasn't balanced. So I scrapped that idea, only to then realize I also didn't like the way I had sketched out HAPPY and DAY. So I redid that text as well, but this time, in the computer, hence, no HAPPY DAY in this cleaned up version.

I also knew I wanted the card to have a sketched feel, so I didn't clean it up too carefully.

I wanted my line to show a little more than I usually allow, I found it charming.

Here's the final version which I colored dark green after much back and forth about my palette.

I wanted it to have sort of a watercolory (yes I just made up a word) feel so I colored the rest of the card with a much thicker brush so that the color spilled out in places but would be framed by the final dark green color printed at the end.

 

Here's a couple of photos I took as I worked from my Instagram feed.

Mixing a peach for the second set of flowers. Notice the mess that is my desk when I work.

It's so exciting to see the card on press, unfinished. I get really excited about how it's all going to come together and so happy when things work out the way I planned, because as you can see, there's A LOT of planning that goes into one card.

Of course, there are many, many mess ups, but that's all part of the process... right?

This is the final photo I took for my shop. Aren't those little flowers JUST perfect for the photo? Little victories I say. :)

Have a wonderful week!