A Peek into the Studio – Hand Painted Letterpress, Baroque Frames and Floral Bouquet with Critters

Today’s post is as varied as it’s title.  I’m proud everyday of not only the quality of work we create but also the variety.  Early on my art teacher, Sue Hand encouraged me to experiment with many different mediums and techniques.  Her suggestions stuck and to this day, myself and Jessica (my right hand when it comes to creating art at the studio) are nothing if not versatile.

Demetri’s sample is a great example.  Jess can sketch architecture with pinpoint accuracy while I tend to enjoy a more loose interpretation.  For Demetri’s piece Jess sketched his Monterey Museum of Art venue with my more breezy, sketchy style.  I watercolored the first sample and let the colors wash together in purposeful haphazardness.

Michelle combined our Mosaic Brocade look with Baroque frame elements and the graceful petals of the iris.  An unlikely combination of details but powerful just the same.  Brushstrokes of white, rich aubergine, lilac and gold mingle without hesitation. Have a look at what Michelle has in store for her day of paperie.  We’re pretty excited!

Catherine’s baby shower invitations were inspired by my lush bloom bouquet and the critters on her little one’s bedding!  Tiny birds, bunnies and snails were tucked amongst the petals and leaves.

We adore the casual watercolor stripe border and the Pocketfolder full of critters not to mention the hand painted envelope liner!

So what am I up to?

Finalizing my schedule for Bridal Market in NYC in two weeks!  Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram for all the latest from the runway.  We were there last year, sketching every trend!! 

Planning my travels to Florida in October to receive one of the Wedding Innovator of the Year awards at Transform: A Community of Wedding Innovators Live Event

Painting like mad to launch our newest collections coming later this year/early 2013!