The World of Illustration: Jia Guo

Hello friends! I kicked off January with some big goals in mind, in true new year’s fashion. And then I promptly went searching for pretty illustrations related to stuff I’m saving for and making wishes on stars for — everything including a perfect knit winter sweater, a home of our own, and maybe even some travel thrown in to see friends in big cities. So it was rather kismet when I stumbled on the Instagram account of Sydney-based illustrator and artist Jia Guo. Her illustrations were just the inspiration I was looking for on these frosty January days. Jen

The World of Illustration: Jia Guo

Saturated colors and whimsical style makes this painterly illustration of sweaters one I’d love to frame and hang in my bedroom. (And I choose the blue-and-white fair isle style sweater for real life.)

The World of Illustration: Jia Guo

This illustration looks seemingly simple and effortless, which is when you know art really speaks to you. I love how the color palette is a happy mix of sunset shades.

The World of Illustration: Jia Guo

Anyone else dreaming of a lake home? The pickup truck is my favorite detail in this illustration by Jia.

The World of Illustration: Jia Guo

Jia includes many home illustrations in her portfolio, including this illustration of a farm on an autumn day. I’ve never been to Australia, but these colors do feel like New England fall to me.

The World of Illustration: Jia Guo

The World of Illustration: Jia Guo

I love this fashion illustration Jia created of women in the 1960s. That was a great decade in style! The jackets with big pockets. The simple flare. And she uses a similar color palette in the train illustration, above, which gives it that retro modern vibe.

The World of Illustration: Jia Guo

A work in progress by Jia Guo, who calls herself a crazy cat lady (some of my favorite people go by the same label).

The World of Illustration: Jia Guo

Jia’s recent illustration of the day included cats as a fun welcome to the new year. For a peek into more of her work, you can check out Jia Guo Illustration. Anything big on your wishlist for the new year? Let me know and I’ll be sure to scout out some illustrations to match up! See you soon, friends!

Images: Jia Guo Illustration

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper

Hello everyone! And hello to 2017! Here we are already skating fast through January. For today’s dose of calligraphy inspiration we’re featuring the beautiful modern calligraphy of Kaylyn of Pirouette Paper. Her collection of lettering work shows how calligraphy instantly makes any event, party, wedding, or festive gathering feel special. I’m pretty partial to the Pirouette Paper handmade party signs, but feel free to share your favorite picks below!  – Jen

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Kristina Adams Photography

Photo: Kristina Adams Photography

I’ve always loved this idea of using calligraphy on kraft brown paper. It feels modern and not fussy. And in this case, the sign keeps the bubbly bar, with all the antique accents, from looking old-fashioned.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Mallory Dawn Photography

Photo: Mallory Dawn Photography

There’s definitely an organic style to Kaylyn’s work. I love her use of botanical elements, like leaves, with gold lettering  for sweet and modern wedding seating tags.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Savan Photography

Photo: Savan Photography

With Pirouette Paper, you’ll find invitation suites that mix  calligraphy with simple type for a beautiful effect.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Loren Weddings

Photo: Loren Weddings

Here’s the prettiest cocktail menu I ever did see. (I bet Andrew knows how to make all of these fun-sounding cocktails!)

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Mallory Dawn Photography

Photo: Mallory Dawn Photography

Letter work too pretty to store in a box (in my opinion). I’d frame a sentimental piece like this and hang in my bedroom.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Mallory Dawn Photography

Photo: Mallory Dawn Photography

This wedding menu features calligraphy letter work with an embellishment of gold foil. I love how the table features rustic wood chargers and skips the tablecloth to balance the golden accents for a more modern, less fussy-fancy table.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Mallory Dawn Photography

Photo: Mallory Dawn Photography

Kaylyn says her inspiration comes from her mood when she’s writing. “I love to let anything I’m feeling come through in my writing, whether it’s a more abstract and ethereal font (for those rainy days) or a more straight-forward, curly font if I’m feeling especially fun and youthful,” she says.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Savan Photography

Photo: Savan Photography

Kaylyn got into calligraphy after a photographer friend of hers asked her to attend a calligraphy class with her. After that fateful class, she decided that it’s what she wants to do. “From there I started building my business while I was finishing up school and working at Disneyland — lots of styled shoots, small commissions, etc.” says Kaylyn. But this past June, she said goodbye to Disney and jumped into full-time doing Pirouette Paper. “Most of the time it doesn’t even feel like work.”

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: The Hearts Haven

Photo: The Hearts Haven

Watercolors and calligraphy name tags mixed with rustic woods and fresh garland — this is one dreamy entrance to the celebration.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Natalie Schutt Photography

Photo: Natalie Schutt Photography

You can turn a vintage mirror into a standout program for the big day with hand-drawn calligraphy.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Kristina Adams Photography

Photo: Kristina Adams Photography

I hope this peek into the work of Pirouette Paper has been a pretty kickoff to 2017. Here’s wishing the new year is golden!

The World of Illustration: Salini Perera Illustration

Hello everyone! The countdown to Christmas is upon us. I was in the mood for finding some Christmas goodness in the illustration world, and I was also poking around the world of female illustrators. Something about Christmas and the female spirit hits home for me. I feel like my mom was the gatekeeper of Christmas for me when I was a child, and now as a mom myself, I love creating rituals and traditions (and crafting!) with my kids. When I started scouting around the world of female illustrators, I stumbled on the work of Salini Perera, a woman who draws in a mix of mediums and even has an illustrated Christmas book with the 12 Days of Christmas. Let’s go take a peek! Jen

The World of Illustration / Salini Perera Illustration

The World of Illustration / Salini Perera Illustration

The World of Illustration / Salini Perera Illustration

I personally have a soft spot for any whimsical, illustrated depiction of the 12 Days of Christmas. A few years back, I bought a set of ornaments from the Land of Nod featuring the 12 Days of Christmas, and they’re still some of my favorite ornaments for the tree. I love Salini’s version of a partridge in a pear tree.

The World of Illustration / Salini Perera Illustration

What a pitch-perfect color palette for these illustrated three french hens.

The World of Illustration / Salini Perera Illustration

The World of Illustration / Salini Perera Illustration

She’s inspired by folk art, vintage children’s books, and you do get a sense of nostalgia looking through some of her work — yet her illustrations still feel modern.

The World of Illustration / Salini Perera Illustration

Here’s a whimsical, modern map of Canada, where Salini now calls home. I like her use of color for the map — it’s more spare so that all the details don’t get lost.

The World of Illustration / Salini Perera Illustration

Besides how awesome this fun girl-on-a-horse illustration is, I think it’s totally awesome that Salini draws women with real bodies. Growing up, I honestly don’t think I saw an illustrated woman with hips.

The World of Illustration / Salini Perera Illustration

Here’s hoping your countdown to Christmas is filled with many good things. Thanks for following along this look into illustrator Salini Perera’s work!

Photo Credits: Salini Perera Illustration and Salini Perera on Instagram

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

Hello! This month I’ve personally felt a mound of emotional heaviness, so I was looking for this illustration installment to add some lightness. For me, flowers — and really anything botanical — are always a natural way of lifting my spirits. And I’m a huge fan of wildflowers — Maine wildflowers were, in fact, the makeup of my wedding bouquet. So when I stumbled on the work of illustrator/artist Katie Daisy through a search for botanical illustrations, I knew this was where I wanted to stay for a while. Her illustrated field guide book, How to Be a Wildflower, is now high on my wish list, and her work is something I’d also like to share with my 5-year-old daughter — another big fan of wildflowers. Let’s forage through the lovely botanical illustrations by Katie Daisy and her colorful uplifting quotes to capture some positive sunshine. Jen

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

Here’s a peek into her New York Times bestselling book, How to Be a Wildflower, which includes activities to do that get you out amongst the trees and flowers:

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

Katie Daisy must undoubtedly be inspired by her location, as she lives in beautiful Bend, Oregon — a place chock full of trails to hike and wildflowers to pick (or so I’ve seen in photos on my Instagram! Oregon is on my travel wishlist.)

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

I love the way Katie combines typography with illustration. It’s easy for quotes to go the “cheesy” route or feel overplayed, but her illustrations with words simply feel happy and modern. I could see hanging one of these prints in a kitchen or bathroom just as easily as art in my kiddos’ bedroom.

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

The World of Illustration: Watercolor Illustration by Katie Daisy

What also struck me as I checked out Katie’s website and Etsy shop is the extensive body of work she’s created! This is a tiny glimpse of her illustrated art prints and there’s even a whole collection of gifts — from illustrated tote bags to pencil pouches. What would be on the top of your list? I can say at the moment, this art print with the trees and that meaningful proverb is what I’d like to hang up in my entry as a gentle reminder.

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

Thanks for following along this installment of the World of Illustration. Be back here again soon!

Photo Credits: Katie Daisy

Calligraphy Inspiration: Ettie Kim Calligraphy and Design

Hello everyone! I’m excited to share some pretty calligraphy inspiration from that captures a fluid and organic calligraphy style. Nowadays, it’s easy to find fonts and digital graphics that incorporate fanciful lettering, and I’m all for calligraphy taking over the world. But when you see an artist doing calligraphy in a way that looks so uncalibrated, so imperfectly perfect, with brushstrokes that you simply can’t create with the click of a mouse, that makes me appreciate this art form that much more. So take a peek through the work of Ettie Kim Calligraphy and Design!

Calligraphy Inspiration: Ettie Kim Calligraphy and Design

Ettie, an East Coast native, shared on her Instagram that she took the leap into a full-time creative career after a detour through law school. It’s clear Ettie has a love for handmade papers, and the delicate raw edges feel like the perfect canvas for her delicate calligraphy. I also love all the botanical patterns she mixes in with her work. Ettie Kim’s website includes a just-launched shop where you can hire her for projects from semi-custom invitations to address labels, and she shares her inspiration: “My lettering work is inspired by the asymmetrical, irregular forms found in nature, and I aim for unique design that is organic yet refined.”

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Calligraphy Inspiration: Ettie Kim Calligraphy and Design

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Simplicity rules, as you can see in this sweet save-the-date by Ettie.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Ettie Kim Calligraphy and Design

These invitations were designed with a dusty rose ombré to match the bridesmaid dresses.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Ettie Kim Calligraphy and Design

A vintage crate adorned with sweet calligraphy is just about the perfect spot for cards and gifts for a rustic modern wedding.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Ettie Kim Calligraphy and Design

Honey jar wedding favors with custom calligraphy tags. | Photo credit: Nikki Kauzlarich

Calligraphy Inspiration: Ettie Kim Calligraphy and Design

On Ettie’s site, she notes you can contact her “for other bespoke inquiries” (which I love) including non-paper projects like designing a calligraphy tattoo. Let me just say, I have no tattoos and I was not the teenager who was ever pining for a tattoo. But recently (late thirties crisis?!), I’ve had this newfound desire to get inked in part because of all the amazing calligraphy tattoos I’m seeing popping up on inspiration boards. I’m still not sure I’ll ever take that big permanent leap, but if I were to get a tattoo, Ettie would be one of the first artists I’d look to for the design.

Photo Credits: Ettie Kim Design, except where noted

Thanks for following along and be back soon with more calligraphy love!