Yep, those are my new business cards! Sorry bout the pixelatedness. For some reason natural light is not working with me today. Nor is the macro function of my camera. I think they're just on some mood-swing.
Anyway, upon closer inspection, the card features a new URL. Yes, I'll be moving this LogoswithLove site to be part of a bigger inspiration-catalogue and projects site I'll be calling www.thefozzybook.com. So yey! My own domain!
The site is still under construction, so I do hope that when it's up, you guys still come over to visit!
I wrote about how more and more creative wedding paperie has gotten late last year. And yep, the fresh takes just keep on coming! Though I'm still a fan of the simple classics, I do get thrills every time I see unique, cute , and "wow my mom would've never allowed that" designs.
The color combinations are contemporary, the typography choices and layouts are streamlined and are absolute GENIUS. I wish we could see more of these clean, smart invites and less of those with floating pixelized photos fading pretentiously with some white glow (I'm sorry, I just had to say it).
For the past couple of weeks I've been working with Din, a bride who was referred to me by fellow FPN member Leigh Reyes. She had been asking around for some time for a calligrapher, because she wanted the pleasant surprise of elegantly hand-lettered names on her invitations.
Her palette was a lovely concoction of slate-blue, light green and coffee brown. And we chose brown as the ink color to set the calligraphy on her cream envelopes. She also told me she liked swirls and loops, and if I could get as much of those as I write, that would be great.
This week, I turned over the 135 written envelopes to her. I do hope those who receive them like what they see :)
I made these mood boards to help a reader a few weeks back, and I think it would be nice to share. They were going to have a December wedding, and were thinking of using blue as their main color because it was "winter" and all. I have nothing against blue and silver as a combination because many weddings have used that palette for very elegant winter themes. However, the many-ness of it makes me enjoy looking for refreshing new options.
She (reader) was undecided about her color palette and emailed me together with a monogram test request to make some recommendations. Basing it from a key photo that had blue as the dominant tone, here are some blue alternative palettes you bride-to-be's might want to consider.
A cool, clean slate.
It's somewhat periwinkle, a deep grey-blue with a tinge of purple. Add a punch of contrast with charcoal and ivory as your highlight hues. The palette is very polished, and is versatile enough to go from minimalist-contemporary to ornate-victorian.
A sunny winter afternoon.
The board is a warmer, more playful combination because of the dash of yellow mixed into the palette. Making for teal and mustard as your key colors. And a light, brown-grey to anchor the theme. I could so imagine this as a garden or beach wedding, or even a chic set-up in a rustic ballroom.
Found these lovely make-up tutorials whilst tumbling along my Tumblr dashboard. I personally couldn't do a smokey eye to save my life. So I vowed to have one for my wedding, even if it was 8 o'clock in the morning *grins*.
I believe that make-up is just as important as the wedding dress you're going to be wearing. And meeting "the one" is just as vital as the groom you'll be wedded to. Even if the make-up test does cost quite a bit of money, I would highly recommend it especially if you haven't worked with them before. It's the only way you could really get a feel of the person who'll be painting your face for this fairytale day. Shortlist HMUA's based on their portfolios, and do the test. As much as two, so you could see which one will really understand you.
In the meantime, perhaps you could practice on yourself (since we girls love doing that anyway). Video tutorials are the greatest.
My best friend and I just rekindled the card-writing exchanges we used to do back in high school. It's extra exciting for me now since I could do calligraphy to address my card.
I used an Esterbrook 761 flexible nib and a varying mix of blue and pink gouache to create different shades of purple as I wrote along. For my address, I chose to stick with pastel pink.
I secretly wish I had the power to turn back time to when I was doing the addressing for our wedding envelopes. All I had was a felt-tip italic nib, which did the job, really. But it missed the elegance of flowing ink. Or maybe I'm just blaming my lack of script technique on the felt. Or maybe there is something to silver vs. felt.
Nonetheless, if you'd like to have hand-addressed wedding envelopes or any form of calligraphy for your wedding (or whatever event you may have), do drop me a mail. We could chat, I could do a demo, show you the nibs. I could do the same if you just wanted to learn as well.
In the meantime, spread the Love. Let's write, people. It's pretty.
I would have to admit that technology has been taking sort of a passenger's seat lately, in favor of my vintage flexible nibs (the set I previously blogged about). I've been studying Copperplate script and flourishing, as an addition to the modern style that I used to do. Though it seems that I'm mixing in some hints of Spencerian... more practice needed!
Below are writing samples using an Esterbrook 556 nib and a variation between blue and dark pink gouache. I didn't have my poetic brain screwed on, so I just borrowed lyrics from James Morrison, Keane and some Alicia Keys (in a light coffee color mix).
I cannot express how much I love writing. And I do hope that people never forget the rawness of a hand-written note. It has so much emotion within the lines, and I think it's what makes them extra pretty.
While surfing for graphic inspiration on Abduzeedo I came across a feature on vintage music tags for their typography inspiration collection. It brought me back to when I studied piano, and reminded me of how immensely romantic the sound of a classical instrument is.
*lightbulb moment* It would be perfect for a wedding!
I would suppose a lot of couples have music in common. Or some form of hobby influenced by it. And it made me wonder why I haven't seen a lot of weddings that would have music as a theme. A lot having to do with photography, travel, pets. Or maybe I haven't been looking so much.
Anyway, onto the music tags. They are intended to be gift tags. But looking at how organic and rustic sheet music is, it can cascade beautifully to whatever paperie there is on your wedding. They are made out of vintage sheets cut to shape then glued onto both sides of reused paper.
To customize for your wedding I'd suggest to print your monogram or perhaps a thank you note and glue that on the other side instead. Or make a separate tag and tie them together. It's such a lovely conversation piece, and would work very well if you were planning on having a classic or vintage feel for your wedding.
I'm so in love with the idea that I googled more pretty things related to sheet music. Hope you are as well inspired by the loveliness.
I would've liked to have a gothic wedding. Or not really complete gothic. More of classic with a tinge of freaky. I would bet that my mother would absolutely flip if I actually went thru with that half of my wedding planning notebook.
Here's a taste of pretty darkness from the December 2010 issue of W Magazine.