I was gifted the Secret Garden colouring book for my birthday last year. The book is adorned with beautiful detailed art work for one to colour in. It is said that colouring in these pictures is a mindful way to combat stress and relax. I've been wanting to start colouring and I finally found some time over the weekend to start a page.
When I first started it was quite fun and reminded me of my childhood which was nice. After two hours (which felt like forever), I realised I had only completed a small part of the whole picture. I didn't think that it would take so long to colour in shapes.
Maybe it's just my lack of patience but the experience went from being fun to really annoying. It wasn't therapeutic at all for me. I just wanted to get the whole picture coloured in however each section took a while to complete. I gave up after finishing the well and a few plants around it. I'll gradually complete sections of this on days when I have absolutely nothing else to do.
I recommend trying out these colouring books if you are interested as it is pretty entertaining. But make sure you have a whole day free as it takes forever!
One of the perks of designing wedding invitations is getting to know the couple and envisioning a specific design for them. It's really cool that there's so many personalities out there and I love the challenge of creating completely different styles each time I get a brief. It's also so much fun working with the bride (and sometimes groom too!) to produce a physical representation of the idea that they have in their heads.
I will be writing a series of posts based on invitations I have designed and the themes behind them. Each invitation is completely different from the next and this is what makes me love what I do. If you are looking for a style of invitations for your own wedding, I hope this series inspires you with some ideas!
Lavinia and Adam: Rustic Vintage Wedding
A wedding with a ceremony that was held in a quaint little chapel on the side of the road in Jarrahdale, Western Australia. This chapel was surrounded by an array of native Australian flora and fauna. Think huge old Eucalyptus trees and shrubbery. The reception was held at a winery that sat alongside a river not too far from the chapel. It had old school charm and showed craftsmanship. The bride hand made all her floral bouquets and decorated the tables with old vintage books.
When I was designing this invitation, I wanted to create a fun yet down to earth feel. I wanted it to be rustic looking but not over the top to the point of looking "themed". This invitation is very typography based so I had to choose the fonts carefully. The bride wanted illustrations of bunting and a gramophone incorporated somewhere in the design. I added the 'L' and 'A' in mason jars for a cute personalised touch to the invitation. The main invitation was printed on eco friendly recycled cardstock which complemented the whole feel of the wedding.
The Polaroid style of the Wishing Well and RSVP cards was the bride's idea. I thought it was very clever and it adds an element of surprise into the invitation set. There are no rules that say every part of the invitation set has to be matching and this is one example where it works when mixed up.
The invitation set was completed by being bundled and tied together with black baker's twine.
In today's technology-driven world I feel that simple old school traditions are easily forgotten. We take a lot of things for granted and the value of having skills constantly depreciates as technology takes over and makes everything "effortless". Whilst this may ease up our lives and give us more leisure time, we are also missing out on the experience of learning and being human.
When I was growing up there was no Facebook, touch phones or apps. Our definition of hanging out with friends was causing accidental mischief, doing arty stuff and using our imagination to play adventure games in the backyard. Being the nerd I am, one of my favourite past times was to copy the alphabet out of The Lettering Book. (80's kids should remember this book!)
Little did I know that this book would pave the way to my appreciation of typography and the art of handwriting. There are literally millions of digital typefaces out there. Some exceptionally perfect and some downright horrible (I'm looking at you Papyrus.) If you are reading this, please for the sake of all things beautiful do not use this font in your branding. Or in anything at all. Despite the range of digital typefaces available, nothing compares to handwritten words.
Novi from Love La Riré in Perth, Australia combines art with typography to create amazing chalkboard displays. Her work carries a beautiful raw feel and is reminiscent of old school simplicity. The irony is that there is actually a whole lot of detail in the work she produces. No matter how advanced technology gets today, it can never replace the elegance and unadorned beauty of human skill and talent.
Check out the rest of Novi's freehand chalkboards on Instagram: @novi_sjahrir
So it has been roughly two and a half years since my last post. And also since I've shown any love to my website and Facebook page. Yikes! I have, however, been busy Instagramming sweet nothings so feel free to have a look at my visual collection.
Things I've learnt in this time:
I have finally given my website a revamp and will be updating it with all the custom wedding invitations that I have been doing. Hopefully before another two and a half years pass by.
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