NSS 2018 Sneak Peek: 1canoe2 Goldenrod Collection

Our next sneak peek comes to us from a longtime favorite: 1canoe2 (Booth 1934)! I love 1canoe2’s prairie-inspired illustrations, and their new Goldenrod collection debuting at the National Stationery Show next week is no exception. Inspired by golden hour walks through fields of wildflowers in the Midwest, Goldenrod embodies the idea of intentional and thoughtful summer living. The new collection includes planners, art prints, notepads, greeting cards, and more!

NSS 2018 Sneak Peek: 1canoe2 Goldenrod Collection

NSS 2018 Sneak Peek: 1canoe2 Goldenrod Collection

NSS 2018 Sneak Peek: 1canoe2 Goldenrod Collection

NSS 2018 Sneak Peek: 1canoe2 Goldenrod Collection

Oh, and I have some exciting news to share: the Paper Party 2018 gift bags will feature a custom design from 1canoe2! Oh, and they’ll be filled with some pretty awesome stationery from a curated group of stationers, so if you’re attending the National Stationery Show next week, you REALLY don’t want to miss out! Visit 1canoe2 in booth 1934 to check out the new Goldenrod collection in person, and grab your Paper Party ticket right here!

NSS 2018 Sneak Peek: Wild Ink Press

Ready for another NSS 2018 Sneak Peek?? Great! This one comes to us from Rebekah at Wild Ink Press (booth 1633!), who will be traveling to NYC with her four month-old baby in tow! I can’t decide if I’m more excited for the stationery or to meet little Charlotte. I mean, just look at how adorable she is! Okay okay, back to the paper. This year, Rebekah collaborated with Alcohol Ink artist Heidi Stavinga to create a series of greeting cards and alcohol ink gift wrap sheets. The cards all feature Rebekah’s lovely hand lettering over Heidi’s animal illustrations, while the gift wrap sheets have more minimalist designs. Wild Ink Press is also adding nine new cards to their popular colorful Happy Cards collection, including a little something for the guys!

NSS 2018 Sneak Peek: Wild Ink Press

NSS 2018 Sneak Peek: Wild Ink Press

Oh, and check this out: a BIG Kitchen Write-in Calendar! I’m personally just so excited for this. We love using a large format calendar to keep track of appointments and events, and this is perfect! I’ll let Rebekah explain the inspiration and details:

The kitchen is the heart of the home and the place where everything comes together. I searched to find an attractive solution to keep all of our families happenings in one place (where the kids could see them too!) and this calendar was the answer: 18 x 25.5 inches, two months at a time, with plenty of space for menu planning, grocery lists, birthdays, chore charts, love notes, you name it. It’s letterpress printed on heavy Kraft or black (for that chalkboard feel) stock, and comes ready to hang with our handcrafted wooden hanger.

You can see more from Wild Ink Press right here, and if you’ll be at the show be sure to visit them in booth 1633!

Modern Calligraphy Summit Spring Enrollment!

If you missed out on the chance to enroll in the Modern Calligraphy Summit last year, I’ve got great news: enrollment JUST reopened! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, the Modern Calligraphy Summit is the most comprehensive package of online calligraphy classes that I’ve ever seen. There are two installments so far – Modern Calligraphy Summit 1.0 and Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 – which together offer more than 18 hours of online calligraphy instruction from some of the most talented calligraphers on the planet. Enrollment for both installments ends at 11:59 pm PST on Monday, May 21 and won’t be back until further notice, so jump in now if you’ve been waiting to enroll. Enroll right here!

Modern Calligraphy Summit / Wildfield Paper Co.

Photo Credit: Wildfield Paper Co.

If you’ve heard me talk about the Modern Calligraphy Summit before, I probably sound like a broken record, but it really is just the most amazing group of online calligraphy classes from every single calligrapher that I would want to learn from in person if I had the opportunity. The classes including brush lettering, invitation design, envelope layouts, basic copperplate, writing on non-traditional surfaces, digitizing watercolor illustrations, and so much more! And as much as an in-person workshop would be totally amazing, it’s just as incredible to be able to learn from so many talented calligraphers from the comfort of your own home. The Modern Calligraphy Summit also includes handy templates and handouts, a private Facebook community to support you as you learn, and two bonus LIVE Q&A sessions with the instructors in January. And of course LIFETIME ACCESS to all the amazing content, so even if you can’t start the course material right now you can pick it up at your convenience – or go back and watch the videos as many times as you need to practice and get the hang of things!

Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 / A Fabulous Fete

Photo Credit: A Fabulous Fete

The Modern Calligraphy Summit offers the opportunity to learn from more than a dozen of the most talented calligraphers in the world, including Anne Robin Calligraphy, Annie Mertlich of Wildfield Paper Co., Ashley Buzzy Lettering & Press, Alissa Mazzenga of Feast Fine Art & Calligraphy, Design House of Moira, Laura Hooper Calligraphy, Fozzy Castro-Dayrit, Calligrafikas, and Nicole Miyuki, Katherine Ross of Script Merchant, Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete, Jenna Rainey of Mon Voir, Karla Lim of Written Word Calligraphy, Sharisse DeLeon of Pieces Calligraphy, Younghae Chung of Logos Calligraphy, and Molly Knabel of Poppy and Mint Design. Each of these ladies has some serious talent and hard-earned knowledge – and they’re generous enough to share their insights and tips with us!

Enroll in the Modern Calligraphy Summit right here!

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Common Room Studio Tour: The Living Room

Today I’m excited to kick off the tour of my brand new studio space, Common Room Studio, with a peek at our living room area! I use Common Room Studio to photograph all my own projects, but it’s also a community space where we hold workshops, events, and can be rented out to other photographers in the area. You can sign up for our mailing list here to learn about upcoming events and follow the studio on Instagram! I’m hoping to add co-working sessions this summer, so the space has to serve a lot of different functions and be really durable. This is the first room that you see when you enter the studio, so I wanted something welcoming with a cute and quirky modern bohemian vibe. You can check out the design inspiration that I shared a few months ago right here, and here’s how it all came together!

Common Room Studio Tour: The Living Room

Common Room Studio Tour: The Living Room

Common Room Studio Tour: The Living Room

To refresh your memory, here’s what the space first looked like, right when I first walked in the door and after we painted all the walls and cement floors a bright white. White cement floors are impossible to maintain, but they definitely brighten the space up a lot! For the living room area, we installed Yabara FLOR carpet tiles (in the stone color) to soften the room. I love the West African-inspired graphic pattern, which adds just the right amount of visual interest without being overwhelming.

Common Room Studio Tour: The Living Room

Common Room Studio Tour: The Living Room

This room was just calling out for a sectional, so I’m beyond thrilled that Article graciously sent us their gorgeous Sven sectional in Cascadia blue! It really could not be more perfect for the room. I absolutely LOVE that deep blue velvet, and the darker color feels more easy to maintain in a shared space. Plus, the pop of deep blue is absolutely stunning against the neutral tones in the living room and provides the perfect anchor for the space. You can also see a little peek at our workshop space through the cutouts in the wall! Someday I’d love to take that (non load-bearing) wall out completely, but for now it’s the perfect spot for a comfortable sectional sofa. 

Common Room Studio Tour: The Living Room

I surrounded the sectional with some of my favorite wall art from Secret Holiday Co., Rifle Paper Co., and Odd Daughter Paper, a macramé wall hanging, a vintage rug from eBay over our FLOR carpet tiles, and plenty of plants for extra texture. 

Common Room Studio Tour: The Living Room

Common Room Studio Tour: The Living Room

Common Room Studio Tour: The Living Room

I wanted almost everything in the studio to be able to move around and serve multiple purposes, so I brought in a few floor pillows and poufs that could serve as extra seating. We also have a few arm chairs throughout the studio (which you’ll see a bit later), including this fun rattan chair that pulls closer to the sofa when needed.

Common Room Studio Tour: The Living Room

Common Room Studio Tour: The Living Room

On the other side of the room is my favorite photo shoot area. Technically the entire studio space is a photo studio, but the light in this corner is just SO good. It’s perfect for setting up a tabletop shoot, portraits, or just about any natural light photography, and the large south-facing windows mean that we get continuous light from sunrise to sunset. It’s absolutely dreamy.

Common Room Studio Tour: The Living Room

Common Room Studio Tour: The Living Room

Common Room Studio Tour: The Living Room

My friend Michelle recommended adding lots of plants to soften the industrial vibe of the space, so I scooped up a bunch of houseplants from my local nurseries. We’ve lost a few along the way, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised that I’ve been able to keep these guys alive! The rex begonias and rubber plant are my faves.

Common Room Studio Tour: The Living Room

Common Room Studio Tour: The Living Room

Common Room Studio Tour: The Living Room

Well, there you go! What do you think? I’ll be sharing our workshop space and bathroom (with a CRAZY before and after) really soon! And if you’re in the DC area, I’d love for you to stop by or come to one of our workshops or events really soon!

Sources: Sofa: Article Sven Sectional*, Carpet tiles: Yabara FLOR carpet tiles*, Rug: vintage, Coffee Table: Ikea, Rainbow print: Odd Daughter Paper Co., You Are Magic Wall Hanging: Secret Holiday Co., The World is Your Oyster Art Print: Rifle Paper Co., Daisie Rattan Chair: Grandinroad, Floor pillows and poufs: Target, Round pillow: Urban Outfitters, Winky Pillow: Urban Outfitters, Woven Pendant: Ikea

*Indicates a product we received in exchange for coverage in this post. All opinions are my own.

Photo Credits: Meghan Marie Photography

 

Rainbow Watercolor Wedding Stationery Inspiration

You guys, I am SO excited for today’s post! I’m a big fan of anything rainbow (who isn’t??) and I love the look of white ink on bright colors, and this idea brings those two favorite things together! This concept came out of these DIY colorful watercolor envelopes that we did two years ago (!!), and I’m so excited to partner with Sakura of America to bring this rainbow watercolor wedding stationery inspiration to life. I enlisted Molly from Alchemy Calligraphy to work her calligraphy magic using Sakura’s Gelly Roll® Classic™ White pens (now available in three different weights!) on pieces of handmade paper that I painted with Sakura’s Koi Water Color Field Sketch Travel Kit. I’m so excited to share the results with you, along with the how-to so you can create beautiful rainbow watercolor stationery at home!

Rainbow Watercolor Wedding Stationery Inspiration with Sakura Koi Watercolors and White Gelly Roll Pens

Okay, so there are two super exciting things happening here: first, the Sakura Koi Water Color Field Sketch Travel Kits allowed me to mix my ideal rainbow color palette. Since so many pieces of paper were involved, I wanted to translate my rainbow inspiration into several different hues of each color, from the palest pink to the deepest blue and plenty of non-traditional hues in between. I’m seriously loving the terra cotta color under the quote piece below, especially paired with shades of pale pink, peach, and deep blue. So good! And second, the different weights of the Gelly Roll Classic White pens are the perfect tool for creating different lettering styles and illustrations on the watercolor paper – and the white ink is totally opaque, so it’s super clear and crisp!

Rainbow Watercolor Wedding Stationery Inspiration with Sakura Koi Watercolors and White Gelly Roll Pens

I mean, if you’re going to send out colorful watercolor envelopes, you probably want to incorporate some color into your wedding stationery, right? You can also totally use these ideas for baby showers, birthday parties, or any other event! Every party needs a bit of color and texture, no matter the size of the party! You can go full rainbow like I did, or focus on a few colors from your own color palette – with watercolor, you can easily mix your any color, so the sky is the limit! And the opaque white ink ties everything together so the entire look is cohesive.

Rainbow Watercolor Wedding Stationery Inspiration with Sakura Koi Watercolors and White Gelly Roll Pens

To create the rainbow watercolor wedding stationery, we used Sakura’s new 48-color Koi Watercolor Field Sketch Travel Kit to mix and paint dozens of different colors on handmade paper in varying sizes. I used Sakura’s refillable water brush to mix the paint colors in the detachable easel, then a larger, wider brush to paint the watercolor onto the paper in smooth strokes – leaving the tiniest white border around the edge. Also, the amount of water that you use helps determine the vibrancy of the colors. I used less water when I wanted really deep or bright colors, and more water when I wanted a lighter or more pastel color. Keep a test sheet of paper handy so you can test colors first before painting, since the colors can look different in the pan than on paper!

Rainbow Watercolor Wedding Stationery Inspiration with Sakura Koi Watercolors and White Gelly Roll Pens

Rainbow Watercolor Wedding Stationery Inspiration with Sakura Koi Watercolors and White Gelly Roll Pens

So much rainbow gorgeousness! I had place cards, menus, and table numbers in mind when choosing paper sizes, so we used mostly 2.5×3.5″ pieces and a few 5×7″ pieces. The key to achieving really bright and vibrant colors is to use handmade cotton rag paper – mine came from Fabulous Fancy Pants and Silk & Willow. I tried painting on store-bought watercolor paper but just really wasn’t able to get the colors that I wanted! The handmade paper totally did the trick.

Rainbow Watercolor Wedding Stationery Inspiration with Sakura Koi Watercolors and White Gelly Roll Pens

That mustard yellow right there is just singing to me! So good!

Rainbow Watercolor Wedding Stationery Inspiration with Sakura Koi Watercolors and White Gelly Roll Pens

Once everything is fully dry, you can start lettering! The Gelly Roll® Classic™ White pens come in three different weights – 05 fine (0.5mm), 08 medium (0.8mm), and 10 bold (1.0mm) – so you can really have fun with different lettering styles and calligraphy. Fine lines are perfect for elegant calligraphy on a wedding invitation, while the medium and bold lines are fun for more non-traditional lettering on place cards and menus. You can also mix different lettering styles, from script to serif to all caps – the most important thing is to have fun with whatever styles you choose!

Rainbow Watercolor Wedding Stationery Inspiration with Sakura Koi Watercolors and White Gelly Roll Pens

Rainbow Watercolor Wedding Stationery Inspiration with Sakura Koi Watercolors and White Gelly Roll Pens

Is there anything better than beautiful watercolors combined with soft deckled edges? It’s just the perfect combination!

Rainbow Watercolor Wedding Stationery Inspiration with Sakura Koi Watercolors and White Gelly Roll Pens

Rainbow Watercolor Wedding Stationery Inspiration with Sakura Koi Watercolors and White Gelly Roll Pens

Rainbow Watercolor Wedding Stationery Inspiration with Sakura Koi Watercolors and White Gelly Roll Pens

Rainbow Watercolor Wedding Stationery Inspiration with Sakura Koi Watercolors and White Gelly Roll Pens

Rainbow Watercolor Wedding Stationery Inspiration with Sakura Koi Watercolors and White Gelly Roll Pens

I love the way Molly from Alchemy Calligraphy added these sweet botanical illustrations to the table numbers! Such a fun way to dress up a simple table number design. I love the way the white ink pops against the watercolor, and the texture of the handmade paper also adds such a special and unique touch.

Rainbow Watercolor Wedding Stationery Inspiration with Sakura Koi Watercolors and White Gelly Roll Pens

Rainbow Watercolor Wedding Stationery Inspiration with Sakura Koi Watercolors and White Gelly Roll Pens

Rainbow Watercolor Wedding Stationery Inspiration with Sakura Koi Watercolors and White Gelly Roll Pens

I feel like this quote would be perfect for a guest book, right? Ask guests to leave a note with their favorite marriage advice or even their own favorite quote about love!

Rainbow Watercolor Wedding Stationery Inspiration with Sakura Koi Watercolors and White Gelly Roll Pens

Rainbow Watercolor Wedding Stationery Inspiration with Sakura Koi Watercolors and White Gelly Roll Pens

So much fun rainbow watercolor wedding stationery inspiration, right??? You can pick up your own 48-color Koi Water Color Field Sketch Travel Kit here and Gelly Roll Classic White pens here – you’ll have so much fun creating beautiful and colorful stationery for your wedding or event!

 

Supplies: Sakura of America 48-color Koi Water Color Field Sketch Travel Kit and Gelly Roll Classic White pens

Calligraphy: Alchemy Calligraphy

Handmade Paper: Fabulous Fancy Pants and Silk & Willow

 

Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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