A recent save the date for a destination wedding in Punta Cana. Loved the idea to create the shape of the island with bright tropical florals to set the vibe for a weekend of fun in the sun.
Painted using gouache
A recent save the date for a destination wedding in Punta Cana. Loved the idea to create the shape of the island with bright tropical florals to set the vibe for a weekend of fun in the sun.
Painted using gouache
This colorful boho suite for a recent client was such a fun one to create! The wild florals and little critters are my absolute favorite things to design. I’m so pleased with how bright and lovely these turned out. Complete with a simple map of the area and the cute yellow barn they will be married in front of. I used all gouache / watercolor for the design and we printed on 110lb linen textured card stock complete with luxe blush envelopes from paper source.
I’m off to Fort Lauderdale for the weekend. Hope you all have a great one!
I’m pretty excited about our new postcard sets! There are three new sets; dog portraits, sea creatures, and fashion girls. Each is a set of 8.
Shop them right here
A few weeks ago we attended the National Stationery Show at the Javitz Center in NYC. These are some photos of our booth space and the new products we launched at the show!
A gallery wall on one side with new cactus prints was an eye catcher…
The card wall! So many new ones
Some beautiful peonies from Whole Foods
New postcards highlighted in their own section
We used copper rods again for our gift wrap display, I just love how this looks and plan to carry it over to my studio
Notepads and gift tags on shelfs we made from crown molding
“Stationery is the best” buttons for everyone who stopped by the booth
Here I am with my millionth cup of coffee on the last day (and the peonies changed colors!)
A few scary iPhone photos of the before and during of our set up. It’s so crazy how you get there and everything is in shambles for hours. You feel like you’re not going to have enough time then suddenly, all in a days work, you have a beautiful booth!
Minted has a fun and beautifully decorated cocktail party one night after the show. This years theme was ‘Minted meets Marfa” with all the cutest desert vibes!
Finally, we did a little bit of exploring, visiting favorite spots, and hanging out with some friends.
This matcha and sesame seed yogurt with mochi from Taiyaki NYC was amazing
Cactus are everywhere but they don’t seem to be going away anytime soon! I created the prickly pear awhile back but it was a popular seller on Etsy so overtime I have added to it. Now I have a complete set of 4 prints and decided to make them into a greeting card set as well! The prints are 11×14 and the cards are standard A-2 with two of each design in the set.
Shop them on Etsy right here
Recent announcements inspired by my Tuscan suite for an elopement in Ravello, Italy. I love the idea of doing an announcement with a letter to friends and family. This couple added a separate card to invite their friends to post a toast on instagram using their hashtag. Such a fun way to include everyone and have them there in spirit. We also made little tags for ‘An Italian Wedding Tradition’ and Olive Oil jars that they were sending as gifts.
It’s that time of the year! We’re taking off today for the National Stationery Show in NYC. I’m so excited! These are the mailers I created this year to send to stores that we wanted to have stop by our booth. I decided to coordinate the summer catalog because I loved this design so much. We also made little ‘stationery is the best’ buttons to give out at the show this year! This is our second time showing at NSS (but third show since we did NY NOW in February). It’s nice to not be a rookie this year (although the show still comes with it’s fair share of stress). I love getting the booth all set up and stepping back to admire the hard work of the past few months. I’m releasing over 40 new designs! All of which will be available next week when we return. The show runs from Sunday – Wednesday so be sure to follow along on instagram as I’ll be sharing some sneak peeks and posting some of the new products ( @shannonkirsten)
Wish us luck!
A favorite suite from this past year. I LOVED creating these bright floral invitations and cute Palm Springs map. Black is always fun to use as a background. It’s unique and makes the colors and white lettering really pop. This were painted with gouache and printed on linen textured card stock, complete with hand painted envelopes!
My obsession continues. A new mastiff ‘chart’ inspired by @bladethedogo and friends. We have more dog themed items launching at NSS next week so follow dog lovers, stay tuned!
Shop this print on etsy here
In collaboration with Famous Footwear and their #stepforward campaign I am sharing a bit of my journey today…
Around this time six years ago I quit my corporate job and never looked back. This was the biggest Step Forward I’ve ever made. I was fresh out of school, working very long hours, underpaid, and completely unhappy. I’ve always known I wanted to do something creative, I went to art school and the only jobs I’ve ever had were working in design / fashion. I just didn’t know quite how to branch out on my own until I found myself in a place where it was absolutely necessary for my well being. So there I was, jobless with an Etsy shop and no real plan. I started a blog with Sarah at Starbucks one afternoon. We laughed about it and joked about what we were doing with our lives. My blog was nothing for a long time but it gave me the outlet I needed to share, create, and challenge myself to think outside of the box and come up with ideas. I began painting more, taking on custom projects and sharing them all on the blog and in my etsy shop. I got a few works published on big wedding blogs and started seeing more inquiries coming in. As I worked harder to be unique and grow my offerings I saw even more sales and work coming in. This was the most confidence building thing, to see people enjoying what I was creating! To be able to share my work and let it serve as inspiration to others continues to give me confidence in my craft and pushes me to #stepforward into new challenges and bigger ideas. I chose these Adidas to use as my canvas for creating my #stepforward moment.
Famous Footwears #stepforward campaign is inspiring and empowering women to find confidence. While Famous Footwear so kindly sponsored this post, this is a message I am 100% behind! You will never see me promoting something I do not truly love so I thank you for supporting the partners who help support my little blog.
Happy Easter! He is risen.
Hope everyone enjoys a lovely Sunday.
This highlight of this holiday for me is obviously painting eggs and putting bunny ears on my puppy 🙂
Happy first day of Spring!
Some favorite bright florals in honor of the new season.
A few save the date cards I’ve done recently and am now working on these lovely clients full wedding suites!
All were creating using gouache watercolor.
Customize your own invitations in my shop, here
A recent suite for a starry night themed bat mitzvah, something a little different for me and I love how it turned out!
Happy international women’s day to all the ladies out there doing amazing things!
Last month was the winter show of NY NOW at the Javitz center in New York. These are a few photos of our booth set up…it was the first time we built our own walls and had it all shipped in a big wooden crate (that Hunter also built). Kind of crazy to see the before (below photo) and after and how it all comes together so quickly, aka about 24 hours to build out a beautiful ‘mini store’. The few iPhone photos below are how scary and chaotic it looks during the day of set up, it feels like it’s never going to come together. Especially since there are always hiccups but somehow everyone pulls through and the entire Javitz center feels so magical and energetic on the opening day. We saved a lot of money doing everything ourselves this year and now we are storing it all in NYC. So when we go back for the stationery show in May the storage company will bring it to the Javitz for a much smaller fee than shipping that beast from Florida. Last year we rented walls, flooring, and furniture which made our first trade show very easy and stress free. The downside is you leave it all there and it’s about double the cost of doing it yourself. This year we got wood from Home Depot, Hunter built the walls in four foot panels so no matter our booth size (12×10 or 8×10) we could make the same walls work for either show. I bought foam tiles for the floor and ikea furniture this year that also got shipped in the crate with our walls. Trade show life is craziness and stressful but I get so excited for the shows, you really get to see all your hard work pay off!
A recent suite for a Palm Springs wedding. I always love adding in some fun, quirky details…these cacti and succulents against bright florals were the perfect way to reflect their beautiful wedding location.
See more custom work in the shop
I recently had the pleasure of creating some watercolor floral flourishes for Saks Spring wedding shops (on lordandtaylor.com and thebay.com). I love how these turned out, it’s so fun to see them on top of images and live on the sites!
Such a beautiful idea that came to life with an incredibly talented team recently. I was hired to photograph fine jewelry line, Gilded the Lily, and then added some watercolor paintings to the images for their lookbook. It’s always so fun when I can bring my love for photography back into the mix, I’m not shooting much these days so I love when the opportunity comes up to infuse my two favorite things. It was a pleasure to work with these talented ladies, I’m totally obsessed with the photos!
Designer: Gilded The Lily
Hair: Chelsea Linde & Cheyanne Clark @ Cutting Loose Salon
Makeup: Eri Tsuno @ Wilhelmina
Photography & Illustration: Shannon Kirsten
Models: Hannah Goldsmith, Monet Izquierdo @ Benz & Stephanie Moylan @ Ursula Wiedmann
All of the new cards in our Spring collection have officially launched and you can shop them on Etsy, right here
I’m so excited about these pup pins that are now in the shop! Inspired by our own sweet Blade @bladethedogo
They are 1.5″ enamel pins with rubber backings, also available for wholesale, shop them here
Really excited to start sharing some of the new collection for Spring! Beginning with six new designs for Valentines day.
Available for retail and wholesale, shop now on Etsy: right here
Happy, happy new year! I seriously can’t believe it’s 2017! Before we officially kick off the new year, here’s a look at some of the highlights we’ve had in 2016, both professionally and personally…
My first four piece collection for Hallmark came out in January for Valentine’s day! It was so fun to go to our local Hallmark store and find my cards there. My friends and family were sending photos from all over the US as they found them. Then I had an everyday collection coming out with six different designs that were sold at publix, cvs, walgreen, etc…
In March we moved into our very first studio! It’s been so amazing to have a space outside of the house (which we would have outgrown this year anyways!)
In the next months I vigorously painted and created my first full collection of stationery. In May we showed at the National Stationery Show for the first time. The show was amazing and since then we’ve picked up a handful of retailers (25 new stores!) We’re currently gearing up for NY NOW in February and back to NSS in May.
We had a home tour on school of styling and since decided to remodel our kitchen (coming soon)
In August we were selected as one of 35 finalists for Etsy Wholesales Open Call. We went to New York for the event to pitch my line to several major retailers. We were one of 10 winners and now have cards sold at Macy’s in NYC!
One of my favorite wedding suites was featured on Harpers Bazaar!
We added a family member in September, Blade our sweet little puppy. He’s now 6 months old and has his own instagram @bladethedogo lol. We’re obsessed.
In October we took a trip to the Grand Canyon for the first time. My friend got married in phoenix and Hunter and I celebrated 5 years while we were there. While I didn’t leave the country this year, seeing Arizona was so amazing, Washington DC with Cami, two trips to NYC, and our bi-annual road trip to my grandparents in South Carolina.
A card came out in Trader Joes!
Another collection released for Hallmark in December!
Last but not least; we had cards, gift wrap, and gift tags in Nordstroms pop-in shop for the holidays! Eight stores and online. Cami and I got to visit one in DC and my sisters snapped some photos for me at the store in San Francisco!
When you’re working so hard and have a lot of deadlines sometimes it’s hard to stop and celebrate each victory, but when you look back on a year and see how much you can accomplish it’s really quite incredible. I tend to ‘keep my head in the game’ and ask okay now whats next? Looking back though on all of these memories, just wow! I’m so thankful for each day that I get to continue doing what I love, have people support me and enjoy the work I create. It’s beyond fulfilling! Words cannot describe. I am so looking forward to 2017, some special projects in the works, and what surprises might come my way. Thank you so much for following along on this journey!
The best is yet to come.
I’m so thrilled to be part of the Nordstrom pop in this year for the holidays! We got to visit the store at Tyson’s Corner when we were in DC last weekend. My sisters went to the one in San Francisco and took some of these photos for me. Select holiday cards, gift wrap, and gift tags can be found at the following Nordstrom pop ins through the end of the month:
Downtown Seattle, Washington
Michigan Avenue, Chicago
San Francisco Centre
Tyson’s Corner, Washington, DC
Norhpark, Dallas, Texas
Vancouver, BC Canada
Toronto, ON Canada
Boxed sets of cards are available on Nordstrom.com
Hope you all are enjoying fall as much as we are over here. It’s been delightfully breezy (for Florida) in the mornings and evenings. It’s been extra nice since we now have this little guy who wants to walk and play outside all day long.
Enjoy my random snaps from the past week at home and in the studio. We took Blade to the pumpkin patch the other night and it was adorable!
Little winter illustrations, just for fun!
Always love the heirloom pumpkins.
A favorite Thanksgiving print (and now a card) in the shop
Blade visiting Camilyn Beth‘s studio. Nicole and Cami made him look extra handsome!
Last week we had to get our house tented for termites. It was such a process to pack up the pets and move them to my parents for the week, arghh! But the positive was getting to leave them there and go home to do a deep cleaning. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten to clean my house without a pet in it (aka more fur dropping as I vacuum, ha). I also did a tiny bit of decorating with these pillows and cute velvet pumpkins from Target. The cable knit pillow is West Elm, graphic one is Target, sequin cat is Pottery Barn Teen, and the skull I got on my trip to Iceland last year 🙂
Have a beautiful weekend!
Some new fashion illustrations just added to my portfolio. These are so fun to make! I do them just for fun as I feel inspired by random fashion collections and pretty prints and fabrics.
Check out the portfolio section for more.
This year has been freaking incredible. When I began thinking about 2015 and what it meant to me I was overwhelmed (also a little sad about how fast it seemed to have flown by). Although when I really analyzed each month and everything I’ve done this year, I had a hard time processing how it all fit into 12 months. It flies by but it doesn’t. Time is weird. I am incredibly thankful for business growth and the continued support from this wonderful online / social community (and of course from my family and friends!). Using social media and this little blog to share my work is an amazing thing, I’m constantly in awe that I have ‘fans’ and forever grateful for the encouraging comments!
2. Travels; Antarctica, Argentina, and Iceland
I feel so incredibly blessed to see the world. Traveling has become a top priority. It is truly priceless as experiences like these mean everything to me. I am so lucky to have my sister who shares a love for adventure, culture, nature, and making spontaneous travel plans. This year we conquered two new continents with a trip to Antarctica…we had to fly through Argentina to board the ship to Antarctica so we decided to extend our stay on the way back so we could explore Buenos Aires. We’ve both had been wanting to visit Iceland after seeing magical photos of it over the past couple years. This was totally unplanned and we threw it together in less than two months. It’s quite easy to get around Iceland and it far exceeded my expectations so I am beyond happy we made this happen! We just have two continents left and with a trip to Japan in the works for next year, we will just need to get to Australia. So exciting to be achieving this goal with my big sis. You can read about my trips in more detail as I blogged them by day earlier this year; Antarctica, Argentina, and Iceland
5. Stationery Product Line Expanding
This year I began to expand my stationery / product line by adding greeting cards, notepads, gift wrap, and more. I signed on to Etsy Wholesale so retailers can now place wholesale orders directly on there. I have always wanted to have a super fun flowery product line and after gaining confidence from the past few years of illustrating for wedding clients and other companies I am finally ready for this next step, which leads me to my next highlight of 2015…
8. Plum Pretty Sugar x BHLDN
The lovely ladies at Plum Pretty used one of my floral prints for their beautiful robes. It is currently being sold at BHLDN. So exciting to see my artwork on fabric! I mean… ekkk!
“Jump. And you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall”
Thank you for stopping by and reading this today. Your support and kind words about my work here and on instagram always mean so much to me! Enjoy the coupon code and remember, it just lasts until midnight tonight!
Photos: @jmgunn / @stef_adams_ / @_sarahtucker
all prints above available in my shop
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Anyways, here are some articles I LOVED this week and a few items I have my eye on…
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! xox
I know we are more half way through January already and I’m just writing my New Years post…there has been some radio silence while my sister and I were traveling this past month and I used this week to recoup (which was seriously needed). I thought about what I had to say about 2014 and the new year and I’ve honestly been at a loss. Even my sketchbook page, I couldn’t figure out an image for this post so I decided to use this photo of my scattered sketches instead. My emotions are spread wide across a spectrum of highs and lows. Things have been crazy. Business wise, I have been busier than ever before, almost too busy to keep up with everything now. Which is just mind blowing for me. When you see something come to fruition that you’ve worked so long for…it’s just hard to believe (but really amazing) Personally speaking, I have been long ready to put 2014 behind me, that’s all I will say about that.
This past year I worked with more brides than ever before. Making people happy by providing them with something unique, painted from scratch, and designed in togetherness to represent their wedding day has just been the best. I got in over my head this year and committed to a little too many custom projects (you live and you learn). One thing I learned through this is that my dedication to each project has to override the guilt that I feel by saying no. I hate saying no to wedding projects but as my business grows I am seeing more brides want every paper / stationery aspect designed… to give the level of service required and deserved by my clients I am just simply not going to be able to take on as many anymore. This is something I struggled with most of last year. Of course a blessing to have plenty of work, but I feel the growing pains most when I sadly have to walk away from some requests.
Another highlight and reason my custom work will be slowing down is for different types of illustration projects. I began my career out of art school doing freelance illustration and surface pattern design. A long term dream of mine has been to collaborate and illustrate for / with other brands. I would just die to see my illustrations on different items like home goods, more stationery products, in stores, etc (just ideas right now). I’m pleased to say (while unfortunately I cannot disclose details yet) I’ve been approached by a few this year to begin collaborating and I am BEYOND excited about it and what this means for my company. I know I’m being vague about all this but I will be sharing more soon.
For my brides, I have been working to create a booklet full of information about my process, faqs, helpful information about general invitation etiquette, timelines, etc. I’m dying to get this completed as I think it’s going to be so informative and save everyone so much time in correspondence. It will hopefully cover all design related questions and a new pricing structure for my “collection” versus custom designing. Really so exciting!
This leaves me with resolutions. I am finally being honest with myself about new years resolutions, I hate them. I feel they create undeserving and unrealistic pressure. If I were to have list, putting pressure on myself would be at the top anyways. We have January 1 in our heads like suddenly a reset button gets hit. I’ve often found myself coming to the end of the year thinking the new year will be my deadline to start / stop whatever it is I want to change. But to improve or change anything, time and dedication are needed most, not a sudden restart. I’ve realized that I work better when I create realistic short term (monthly and weekly for my business). And of course I have larger long term goals for the growth of my businesses and things I want to personally accomplish. With a freelance business, things can change on the daily and sometimes goals have to be flexible. I think most creatives and business owners are hard on themselves in general, being flexible and realistic about things we want to accomplish can definitely save some heartache. I post them by desk as a reminder of what I am striving for. Do you have a way of tracking your goals that keeps you in line for accomplishing them on time? I would love to hear how others hold themselves accountable and implement changes!
If you’ve made it this far, congratulations. I know I typically don’t write too much here but I have been thinking about this blog a lot lately and what it means to me. I have come to enjoy writing and sharing more this past year, especially as interest in my work has grown. It is fun for me to give some behind the scenes insight and share full projects I’ve worked on rather than just one photo on social media. I have some plans for more interactive (maybe diy type) projects, travel stories, and some more tips on illustration (since my first post seemed to be popular and I still get a lot of e-mail questions!).
I’m excited to see what this year will hold and I hope everyone’s has gotten off to a great start so far! I will be back soon with some fun travel photos from my trip to Antarctica and Argentina, it was beyondddd! Then I promise we will be back to regular painting programming soon. Thanks for sticking around and visiting my little corner of the web. You are loved and appreciated! xox
The above photos are some of my highlights from 2014; some of the new products in my shop, my favorite wedding suites like the Palm Springs cactus collection, Sophie’s watercolor invitations that were featured on Vogue, and the grey washed calligraphy suite that was sent off for a photo shoot in Mexico! I also had the honor of contributing to a Southern Weddings Magazine shoot, a Florida inspired shoot shot by Best Photography and featured on Ruffled blog. Our Valentines shoot with Michelle March and Styled by Flutter Fete was featured on Style Me Pretty and pinned all around the web! I had the pleasure of being included in many other features and round ups this year which is always so exciting. Among one of my most favoritte moments is the limited edition art I created for Buddy Editions, it was such an honor to be a chosen artist for Katie Armour’s newest venture! I already have some exiting projects in the works for 2015 but I can’t even imagine what else it will bring. So much has happened just in this year!
As I sit here in Argentina, wating to board a ship for Antarctica, I feel extremely grateful for how amazing 2014 has been, personally and business wise. I can’t wait to return to work after this adventure. Wishing you all a veery happy new year! See you in 2015!!! xox
MISC: I use standard no. 2 pencils for sketching. Prismacolor is my favorite brand of pencils, I use their erasers for cleaning up my paintings as well.
I love when I have the opportunity to be involved in the most coloful, fun, inspired shoots ever. As a native Floridian, this shoot combined so many things I love about my home. Best Photography captured it beautifully with the help of a handful of talented vendors.
We were featured on Ruffled Blog last week, hop on over there to see the full feature (click here)
Shoot Location: Maitland, FL / Photographer: Best Photography / Floral Design: Freshly Picked / Venue:Maitland Art Center / Wedding Dress: Solutions Bridal Designer House / Makeup: Radiant Makeup Artistry / Wedding Cake: The Sugar Suite / Rentals: WISH Vintage Rentals and Dishie Rentals / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Shannon Kirsten Illustration / Videographer: Imprint Cinema
See the full shoot on Green Wedding Shoes right here