Ah December: the busiest time of year. Lots of parties, lots of work and lots of cards and letters to write. I’m working on the brand identity for a client. I’m printing some Christmas Tree Forest cards as I type and I have other orders pending. Once I get through the urgent stuff I’m off to buy a new printer. A fancy printer. I’m a bit nervous about buying this printer. It’s expensive and the only furniture we have that’s large enough to hold it is the dining table (so no), our bed (no again), my desk (no because even if I move my current printer there still won’t be enough room for it and my computer) and well, it might fit where the stereo is. Still, I’m going to try for the stereo option before I buy more furniture. If not, then I it’s off to Ikea to find something to put it on that will fit in our space.
Then I’m off to Finders Keepers to catch up with Rowan from Frank Ideas and to go to an ABCD Meetup.
Then I’ll come home and collapse. I’ll be exhausted, but happy. How’s your December?
Illustration for January
Woo! They’re finally in the Paper Ivy Etsy store now!
I can’t believe it took me until NOVEMBER to get them in the shop. I think they were worth the wait though. The calendars this year have some new features:
- The lesser one is that the weekend dates are now in colour. Just as weekends should be. I think this is a little reminder to myself that I need to treat weekends as weekends sometimes, and not just as another opportunity to get more work done.
- Every month’s illustration now has a postcard design printed on the back. So you are now getting a calendar and 12 postcards. I’m really pleased to be able to add so much value to the calendars. See below!
Postcard Backs for Each Month.
Of course they don’t have to be used as postcards, the card stock is really nice so they could be framed too.
You can get the smaller wall calendar here.
You can get the larger wall calendar here.
Here are some more images for those who don’t want to make the jump over to the shop to have a look.
Let me know what you think!
2014 Wall Calendar by Paper Ivy: Illustrations for January to June
2014 Wall Calendar by Paper Ivy: Illustrations for July to December.
Halloween Pom Pom Garland Design for the 2014 Calendar
So, we don’t really celebrate halloween at our house. It’s not an Australian tradition, but it is gaining in popularity here, much to my husbands dismay. He is American, but he HATES halloween.
Do you like Halloween?
Do you do Halloween stuff at Halloween?
Do you like pom pom garlands?
Do you think I should offer this design as a card too?
If I do, should I get literal and have it actually say: “Halloween” somewhere?
Illustration for December 2014 Calendar… You can also expect to see this as a Christmas card soon.
I’ve been very slow off the mark with the calendar this year. I’ve normally started by June and July. This year I’ve struggled with the illustrations and the overall concept. Normally I base them on designs for cards I’ve done during the year, but give them a twist. This year I wanted to do something different and have struggled with two other concepts for it, neither of which worked out, for one reason of another. I think I’ve found another way to work with it, which I’m far happier with, and which I still think I can get into my Etsy store soonish.
Let me know what you think? Do you like geometric designs? Too minimalist? Like the bows? Think the bows ruin the geo-minimalism? Other thoughts?
I’ve just given the Paper Ivy writing sets an upgrade. They used to have 8 pieces of writing paper and 4 envelopes. Now they have:
- 8 pieces of writing paper
- 4 envelopes
- 4 envelope seals
- 1 ruled writing guide to help keep your writing in line… literally.
Let me know what you think.
p.s. You can buy a Paper Ivy Writing Set at the Paper Ivy Etsy Shop or if you are a Sydney-sider you can also get them at The Elm Tree.
Sprout Writing Set
Red Blossoms Writing Set
Green Blossom Tree Writing Set
If you use the writing guide behind your writing paper you won’t get to the end of your letter and find that it’s all sloping down the page! (Green Blossom Tree Writing Set on Cream Stock. )
Little Tree Writing Set
A while back I posted about a collaboration I was a part of with Anastasia Drawing & Dreaming and Sally from Jambo Chameleon. It’s been a little bit quiet due to moving house and other life-type things getting in the way, but now I’m very happy to say it’s my turn.
A recap of Round 1.
Sally gave us this photo collection in orange, blue and black.
So bright, punchy and graphic.
Then Anastasia responded with this lovely collage. (I’m thinking about doing a collage for one of my future turns…)
I love how the elements in this play off each other.
For my turn I’ve taken Sally’s idea of a collection and the colours area little closer to AC’s, but it’s very different nonetheless.
I have a lot of little sketches and scribbles that I do to get ideas down quickly that get re-created in Illustrator, or as warm up sketches, or as something to entertain the kidlings. These sketches don’t go anywhere or do anything in and of themselves. They are not the kind of sketches I usually share because they’re so rough. What I normally do with Paper Ivy is more polished. It’s a little sad really, because I actually love their naivety! So now at least some of these small, vulnerable looking little sketches can have the limelight for a while. I’m calling this illustration “The Lost Sketches”. I hope you have a certain fondness for it too.
The Lost Sketches.
Internets are on! Unpacking still not finished. How many boxes can you really have for a kitchen? Apparently it’s a lot. Despite this I’ll be re-opening my Etsy shop tomorrow!
To celebrate I’m going to have a welcome back sale. Here’s how it works: If you buy something from the Paper Ivy Etsy shop between the 16th August to the 22nd August AND you use the following code at checkout, I’ll give you 15% off. The sale will not be extended. That wouldn’t be fair to everyone else would it? Of course not.
The code is: YayNets15
It’s a good opportunity to pick up a Fathers Day card!
Fathers Day 2013 is on the 1st September for Australia
So, my Internet access has been a bit patchy since I have just moved house. It’s not just the packing and unpacking that has kept me offline, but the fact that it takes 15 DAYS for me to get Internet access. Electricity? That takes two days, but Internet and VoIP? I still don’t have it. Is it just me or is that just a ridiculous amount of time to wait in this day and age? I’m hoping to have it all up and running by Thursday, when I’ll also open up my Etsy shop again. Maybe Friday I’ll also have the time to do something towards my collaboration with Anastasia and Sally!
Oooh. Head over to Anastasia Drawing & Dreaming to see what she did for her first go at our turn-based collaboration. She’s decided to stick with the AWESOME orange, blue & black colour theme started by Sally at Jambo Chameleon, but has used collage for her piece. I have no idea what I’m going to do, but I’m so glad it’s my turn next!
Note: Edited to clarify my late night wordage.
Today in ‘Things I’m Liking’ are three styles that are very representative of my own aesthetic leanings.
I love the Art Deco period. It’s very interesting to me because it spans such a long period of time: Started in the 1920s. Was strong through the 1930s and early 1940s and although it’s decline could be seen post WW2, you can still see it’s influence in design of the 50s… and again today with a lot of geometric design being so popular right now.
Art Deco Shell Earring Studs by Upper Metal Class
These Tulip earrings by Ginny Reynders are evocative of her Dutch heritage, but speak to a larger Folk art aesthetic.
Tulip Earrings by Ginny Reynders Jewellery
These are particularly interesting to me as a long time digital designer of icons and interfaces, but they also have a bit of a Kawaii aspect, like my own work at Paper Ivy.
Weather Forecast Stud Set by Huiyi Tan