inspire me... Mary Kate McDevitt

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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Mary Kate McDevitt does the kind of work that I would give my left foot to be paid to do. Her text based pieces are fun and lighthearted, and manage to capture essence of whatever message they are trying to convey.

"It is also worthy to note that this poster was all hand lettered and hand printed without the help of a computer." - from Mary Kate's site.

You can tell when a work is hand made. It's the imperfections that give it away. By imperfections, I'm not referring to mistakes. Instead, I am referring to the lack of symmetry, the unevenness of the printing, or the fact that not all the lines are vector-straight. I'm a strong believer that "imperfections" like these that show that a piece was made with a hand that loved what it was doing, which makes the art worth so much more in my book.

Bridal Shower Invite (made for a client)

Another thing I like is that the "quotes" she uses seem to just be messages to herself. Her work is not just inspiring for the artistic aspects.It's inspiring for living.

Cheers. I hope you have an inspired day.

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printing at home

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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I've been dreaming of having my own printing press ever since I did my independent study using a Vandercook printing press my last semester of college. And since I visited the type truck this fall... well that only fed the flame.

Above was the print I made while in the type truck. It was so amazing to work with a press again. Have a look Movable Type blog. The owner is SO nice, and her work is awesome. It's definitely worth the drive if the truck is ever in your area.

To have a printing press in my home? I would swoon.  This drop dead goregous space is for Studio on Fire. (They do gorgeous work btw. Check them out if you have time.)

But for now I'm looking into printing methods that aren't so... heavy.

So here's a round up of at home printing methods I've found. I know there's tons more floating around the internet, and if you happen to have some links that you think I would be gaga over (you'll most likely be right) please leave a comment.

1. Block Printing Demonstration by Urban Outfitters DIY

2. Kitchen Lithography by Émilion

3. How-to: Print on Fabric with an Inkjet Printer from the Craft: blog

4. diy Print Your Own Fabric from poppytalk 

5. Lego Letterpress from Public School

6. How to Screen Print with Masking Tape  from Tater Tots and Jello

7.  Mini Screens from  Lil Blue Boo

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sketchy outfit nineteen

Monday, November 14, 2011

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Went for a kinda funky style today... dunno if i like it.

No, my hips are not that big.

And this jacket is this awesome dark blue leather jacket my boyfriend bought me for my birthday.

That's all, I guess. Have an inspiring day.

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inspire me... Gregory Euclide

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Today's artist is named Gregory Euclide. His work bridges the gap between 2d and 3d with fantastical background scenes that are embellished by gorgeous 3d elements. His pieces are soft, with a slightly dream-like quality that reaches out and makes me want to take a walk in the world he has created.  His eye for colors makes sure that every piece is balanced perfectly, with a range of hues that make up the soothing base tone of the piece, but also with a few complimenting colors that really pop in a way that draws your eye around the scene. I could rave all day about his use of geometric shapes within an organic world, or his breathtaking command of all the various supplies he uses to make these beautiful works, but I would rather just let you see for yourself.

acrylic, pencil, found foam, lichen, lily seed, moss, mylar, photo transfer, pine, plasti, sage, sedum, sponge, wood, wire
29 x 23 x 8

acrylic, paper, pencil

24 x 36

acrylic, cedar, cigarette butts, eurocast, fertilizer, foam, found plastic, garbage from denver parks, insulation, lichen, moss, organic material from denver, sponge, steel 55 gallon drum, wood lumber.

Again, this artist is Gregory Euclide. Please check out his website if you are intrigued by his beautiful works.

I hope you have a dreamy day.

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inspire me... Annie Wu

Sunday, November 6, 2011

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I've gathered a pretty big collection of artists that consistently leave me breathless with their work. Instead of keeping all of this beauty to myself, I've decided to share it with the blog world. I don't know how often this series will be updated, simply because I'm not a very consistent person, but I've got enough names piled up to last for at least a couple of months of weekly posts.

This post features an artist named Annie Wu. According to her bio, she graduated from Maryland Institute of Art with a BFA in illustration. She's done work for various clients, including DC and Vertigo.  Her often uses muted colors and pastels, but her style twists those colors into the realm of creepy. Her line quality allows for details, while still maintaining a playful and almost cartoony feel. She has a good eye for composition, as you can see from her book jacket designs.  But enough with the words, lets get to the pretties.

"Let Them Eat Skate!" character and poster design for Charm City Roller Girls bout, 2008.

Again, this art was all by ANNIE WU. Please check out her portfolio, there are many pieces that I did not feature here which are just as gorgeous.
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sketchy outfit eighteen

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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the make list: decorative clothespins

Monday, July 11, 2011

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Today's make list project was something I found on the blog mer mag. The projects she does with her kids are so cute. This week is different because it wasn't a tutorial, it was just a simple idea.

This is the inspiration. I fell in love with that clothes pin on first sight. So simple, so cute. It was a valentine found in the Susy Jack shop, but when I went to look, it wasn't there anymore.

These are the finished clothespins:

Just a little white pant on what I wanted to be the front, and then use a marker to make the designs. Its so easy, and takes no time at all. Sometimes the simplest things can make your life prettier.

I hope you have a pretty day!

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sketchy outfit sixteen and seventeen

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

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I thought I wouldn't be sketching as much this summer because I don't really have to dress up for work, but it seems that I was wrong. I'm okay with that.

Have a great day.

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anything your heart desires...

Monday, June 13, 2011

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Okay, a couple of weeks ago I showed some of my wishes for what would happen on my mini-vacation. Well... the vacation that I got was better anything I could have dreamed up. Which is sayin a lot.

I had decided that we didn't have enough time to plan correctly for camping, so I was trying to think of some other things to do. My boss suggested Wildlife Prarie Park, mentioning that they had some unique sleeping accommodations (you'll see more about that later). I got online and decided instantly that that was where I wanted to go.

For the first part of our adventure we stopped at a beautiful rest area and had a picnic. The weather was gorgeous, and I had packed a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches. They were yummy.

Then we moved on to the park. The place I was so excited to stay in was... wait for it...

A caboose! It was in a line of four cabooses (caboose?), but we got the last one, so we had an awesome view of the pond. The inside was decorated with train memorabilia, there were working lanterns on the outside, and even a option to make the caboose rock as if the train were moving. We tried it, of course, but found that it kinda makes you nauseous after a while.

We also explored, and saw a lot of amazing animals. On the way back from one of our hikes, there were two elk right next to the road (fenced in of course). We also saw bobcats, bald eagles, a badger, and maaaany more. But no bears or wolves, which disappointed me. The picture below is of the bison. Since there were newborns in the herd, the adventure bus wasn't running. I guess that gives us a reason to go back!

And this is my favorite shot from the trip. My boyfriend had that red hat on whenever we were outside. It looks pretty gaudy, but it grows on you after a while. Haha!

On the second day it was too rainy to do any real exploring, so instead we went to a wine tasting at Kickapoo Creek Winery.  For $5 you get five tastes of wines of your choosing, and you get to take home a wine glass. The wine was fantastic, and we took home a bottle of  one of our favorites. The food was just as good as the wine.

All in all the mini-vacation was astounding. I had so much fun. I would recommend any of the places we went in a heartbeat.

I hope your day is full of adventures.

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hair inspiration

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

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Every once in a while (and by that I mean every 6 or so months, almost like clockwork) I need to change my hair. It's like an addiction I have. I never do anything too dramatic... my senior year I did bangs and red hair (they called me Mary Jane for the rest of the year), and I've had blue streaks quite a few times. In the more recent years I have just taken to cutting it off when I got bored, but this year I promised myself I'd grow it out. So I'm back to dying it.

 I was always quite fond of the blue... it made me so happy when it fell into my eyes... so I think I'll be doing something with that.

Still unsure what though. I've gathered a bunch of images that make me all fuzzy inside. Maybe when I see them all together I'll be inspired? If not that, maybe other people could leave some ideas. :]


1)A Beautiful Mess

2) From Vogue via Pinterest

3) TwiggXstock on Deviantart

4) Pinterest

5) Can't Remember. :[ If you know please tell me so I can give proper credit.

If you have any ideas please leave a comment!

I hope you have a good hair day. :]

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ten things I don't need

Sunday, June 5, 2011

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Okay, so I've gotten to the point in my life where I'm really satisfied with what I have. I honestly couldn't ask for more. But my birthday is coming up, so here are some things that I don't need, but I think are very, very cool.


(I'm really intrigued by the fermentation process. Once I even tried to make my own wine... it was horrible. Not a good hobby for someone with no patience. Maybe I'd be more successful with this?)

(I don't even have anything to link a QR code to. But if I did... I would be all over this. The QR scanner was like... the first app I downloaded for my phone. It's just such a cool concept!)

(This is the weird thing that always comes to mind when people ask me what I want. But how do you say that to someone without sounding like a huge nerd? "Well, I really want this space age ant farm..." )

I hope you have everything you need today

...and maybe some things you don't. :]
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days off to dream...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

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I've decided quite spontaneously to take a mini-vacation before the craziness that is summer starts. I'm still undecided as to what I'll be doing but... here's some of my inspiration. I blame the beautiful nights we've been having.

found on in my mind, there is only eternal beauty.

from Posie Gets Cozy.

found on we <3 it.

found on

found on Inspirational Images.

Photo Credits: Ruffledpinterest.comwe <3 itDesign Sponge.

found on in my mind, there is only eternal beauty.

What do you dream of for your vacations?

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