Decor featured an unique porcelain swan cake stand, colorful family china and silver and animal place card holders.
After receiving a fabulous pen and ink commission of the Chicago skyline for a Christmas card this year, designsgirl has been expanding her repertoire to include new pen and ink drawings for wedding invitations, wedding monograms, business logos and family crests which she describes as "kitschy regal".
Shown here are my first pen and ink commissions- a tropical wedding cartouche for a Save the Date announcement with hand drawn herons, tropical flowers and pineapples; a current logo design commission and several designs for my design library for semi-custom work.
The third logo called "Bindi" was published in Rockport Publisher's well know series of logo books- logolounge 6: 2,000 International Identities by Leading Designers in 2011.
Strangely, I am left-handed but all of my designs are hand illustrated with my right hand on the computer mouse. I have tried to train myself to use my left hand for illustrating but find it difficult.
Here are a few of my favorites over the past few years...
'Yes. I would love to, Betsy'. I gathered by Doc Martin watercolors and brushes to begin my work. But alas, I learned that it must be done with haste so I used my handy Waterlogue app to render Betsy's home photo to an instant watercolor and added hand painted lettering. Not an original work of art but a good tool for the challenge of the task.
designsgirl has had the pleasure to work with Kelley Lee Gin, owner of the grand Los Angeles event planning firm Picture Perfect Events for several years. It was a privilege to provide calligraphy for Kelley's beautiful company emblem designed by Tiselle.
I saved my money to buy silhouette gouache paintings of my husband and me by a well-known artist and then I realized- 'I am an artist; why don't I create these myself?'
So I did so with the help of Rob Barnes of Foils + Dies Studio in Denver who stamped them in metallic gold. Unfortunately, I learned to smooth the outline edges after I printed them but they are swell just the same.