From Concept to Creation: Pen & Ink

Happy Valentine’s Day! With love in the air and hearts all around, I thought today would be a good day to show all the love that is poured into the designs in my Etsy shop. I love what I do and that I get to do it from home, and I am happy to share this process with you.

All of my unique designs in my shop are created by me and I’ve been asked several times how I go from concept to creation. So, I thought I would share a little more about how I make my designs come to life. One of my favorite new designs that is full of playful pattern is my “Triangles” from my Pen & Ink Collection.

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1) I begin with my hand-drawn sketch. Sometimes this is a doodle on a scrap sheet of paper, that as I am going just takes on a life of it’s own and the design just happens. Other times, it is more planned and possibly inspired by something like a great pattern or an architectural detail that caught my eye. The design usually starts out on paper with either a trusted Sharpie Permanent Marker or my favorite Pilot Precise V5 Rolling Ball ink pens. The sketch is first scanned in to my computer to create a digital version that I can tweak, and clean up before placing it in the design. 2) Next I play. A lot. Shuffling the elements from here to there until I like the layout. Sometimes I even sleep on it and come back the next day or two and continue to tweak. Then I get to choose the font styles, which is one of my favorite parts as it makes the design come to life. I add the wording and an image, and do any color palette adjustments. Then the layout is ready for it’s debut on my Etsy shop. 3) The layout is then customized by a lovely client, proofed and approved, and then beautifully printed and carefully packaged and shipped to it’s new home.

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Also available in a soft feminine colorway.

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New Etsy Birth Announcements – “Pen & Ink”

Pen & Ink is a fun textural design series that I have created from simple shape illustrations and line art doodles. It’s been fun to play and tweak the pattern, to add color here and there to see what emerges. I have a couple more designs up my sleeve for this series, but I want to give you a sampling of what’s available now in my shop.

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And I created a holiday card version too.

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New Etsy Holiday Birth Announcements – “Ornaments”

Introducing my Holiday Birth Announcement design series “Ornaments.” I custom designed a version of this last Christmas for a dear friend. I loved it so much, I created a 5×7 version for my shop for this holiday season.

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New Etsy Birth Announcements – “Faded Roses”

Here is the “Faded Roses” series in a variety of color stories. Honoring my husband’s grandfather’s art, these roses are given new life on this vintage hand-painted birth story print. This birth announcement is sure to be a treasured work of art in its own right.

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