With abundant THANKS for a blessed year... happy holidays to all! Love, Alyson
Now available to touch and feel to your heart's content. Thickness, colors, and textures, oh my!
This summer, I was commissioned to paint a custom save-the-date for a friend's wedding in New Orleans.
The ceremony would take place at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, and the reception would be at the Orleans Club. These sites are just a few blocks apart on St. Charles Avenue.
So gorgeous! We wanted both stunning locations featured on the save-the-date.
In New Orleans, wedding parties will sometimes have a "Second Line Parade" after the ceremony, where a big brass jazz band, along with the bride and groom, lead a parade of guests down the street. The first time I saw this, I was baffled by all the umbrellas and handkerchiefs and the whole shebang... so it left a lasting impression.
My client sought the perfect unique New Orleans motif that didn't include the famous streetcars of St. Charles Avenue. The second line parade seemed like a natural fit! What a celebration!
We tested out some type options and decided to mimic the famous tile lettering that decorates the streets of New Orleans
From pencil drawings to watercolor:
When the actual piece arrived in the mail, guests knew they were in for a big, beautiful party!
Congrats, Ali and Dean! Laissez les bon temps rouler!
My lovely friend Hillery posted a gorgeous photo on Instagram, and it sent my mind spinning.
The photo is gorgeous on its own - she could frame it as-is. But I was looking for inspiration to show stationers how my custom paper illustrations would work, and this hit the perfect note.
First, I created an illustration in black and white.
Then, at this point, you could color it in lots of ways. I like to use hand-applied watercolor.
Once you have the image you like... there are so many possibilities!
These images led to a spread in my new retail portfolio... more on that later.
I love creating these paper pieces! If you're interested in custom, one-of-a-kind artwork for your events or social correspondence... I'm your girl!