digital printing

Art Print Contest

So I've entered some art into Minted's "State of the Art" contest. The winner gets a lump sum, then the art is available for sale on their site in a huge variety of sizes, plus the winner gets  percentage of each sale...how fun is that? The first entry is a watercolor / gouache paint on a small wood panel... you can vote for Diamond here

 

small-diamond

and the second is a study for a larger painting I've been working on, I took a photo of a ruby throated hummingbird, reduced it to geometric forms in the computer design program Illustrator, then picked colors that corresponded to the natural coloring in the photo. You can vote for Geometric Hummingbird here

Geometric-Hummingbird

Minted Save the Date designs

I've come up with a few ideas for the latest Minted contest for their "Don't Forget! Minted's Save the Date Challenge" If you have the chance to jump over and maybe give us a like or feedback on our current designs, I'd appreciate it! xo PS on a personal note I lived for a few years on Balboa Island, and the photo of the kids in the "she said yes" design are on the ferry from Balboa Island to the Newport Peninsula (unless I'm mistaken- but it looks like it!) So many good memories there, and still fun to visit when I go home! balboa-she-said-yes

ombre-

paintbrush

calder

Watercolored Summer Party Invitation, Menu, Bar card and Place cards

A little departure from all the letterpress projects... and I was able to break out my watercolors for this one!  I hand watercolored all the text and images, then scanned them, arranged them on the page and had them digitally printed on a 110# textured paper to give it that watercolor paper feel. The place cards were hand watercolored with the individual guests names after they were printed- right before everything was packaged and sent off to the client. It was a tight turnaround time, but I think it turned out pretty cute for a mid-summer champagne and lobster dinner party. Included below are a few close-ups of the actual watercolors before they were scanned and printed. So many words were painted! And I totally got hungry working on the menu... invite

menu

placecard flat

placecard

bar

champage watercolor

lobster

test

Giraffe baby announcements with wrap-around labels

This adorable baby announcement included a custom laser printed wrap-around label as well as a baby photo that was tied on the back of the card (which is what the brown and white bakers twine is for). Simple, cute and still a bit whimsical,  we designed and letterpress printed this announcement on 110# Crane's Lettra Pearl white paper. In the last photo you can see the giraffe giving me a sideways glance for all the photos color differences, making it look like we used different papers- but no, just me fighting with the sun for a decent photo. Next time, I'll get it right next time.

 

Will you vote for Paper Monkey Press on Minted?

Hello! So the story is that I had a little extra time on my hands the past week (actually I should have been painting our stair railings- but when faced with the decision between painting 4 floors of spindles and handrails OR working on some fun designs for a contest- well designing won!) Below are the designs I submitted for the Minted New Year Card contest. If you like them would you "vote" for us? You can reach our designs by clicking on our Minted voting badge over there on the right.

Thank you thank you thank you! I think it would be so fun to have some of our designs out in the world through Minted.  Keep your fingers crossed!

(also on an unrelated note- I'm thinking about doing a promo for our etsy shop in September.  What is more appealing... 15% off or free shipping?)

Boston Wedding with trees, birds and a boat

It is rare these days that I have the pleasure of sitting down and meeting with my clients face to face, since we moved to the Eastern part of the country most of my design consultations take place over the phone or via email. But not this one! I was lucky that these Pittsburgh transplants found me to design their Boston (well, close to Boston) based wedding ceremony.The wedding took place at a beautiful Estate with lots of trees and birds, so we incorporated those as well as a fun map since everyone was traveling to the wedding location, and the full set was wrapped with a coordinating sash and tucked into an outer envelope lined with a dark blue liner paper. The invitation was printed on 220# / 600 gram weight Crane's Lettra and the map and rsvp card were printed on 110# / 300 gram weight. For the day of pieces, we created some beautiful and functional fan programs (digitally printed) on Crane Lettra new digital friendly paper. (We also did table numbers, place cards and menus- but did I get any photos of those before they went off to Boston? no. But trust me, they were super cute and everything matched perfectly.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surprise party invitation and baseball inspired placecards

I've had these photos sitting on my desktop for weeks, waiting for today so I could post them. Last night was the big surprise party, so now I feel ok about showing them off. We designed and blind printed these on 600 gram Crane's Lettra for a nice deep impression, and combined it with a contrasting gravel envelope for a more masculine feel. We also designed some NY Yankee inspired place cards for the guests, which we had digitally printed. I've never had a surprise party thrown for me (but that's just because I don't like being surprised...) however working on this fun project has made me (almost) want to reconsider.

Bat Mitzvah Save the Date

Save the Dates aren't just for weddings you know... any big event with out of town (or out of the country) guests should have one. It helps to pique interest for your event, and makes sure that everyone will(hopefully), be staying at the suggested hotels to make shuttling everyone back and forth easier. This adorable save the date is for an upcoming Bat Mitzvah in Los Angeles, it's hard to tell from the photo but both the purple envelope and purple liners are sparkly, so fun and festive, and very very girly. We had this piece digitally printed- it just made more sense since this is only the first of many pieces. The save the date and hotel info card were designed to stack so the second piece would peek out from behind, and not get lost in the overwhelming cuteness of butterflies.

Bat Mitzvah Save the Date

Save the Dates aren't just for weddings you know... any big event with out of town (or out of the country) guests should have one. It helps to pique interest for your event, and makes sure that everyone will(hopefully), be staying at the suggested hotels to make shuttling everyone back and forth easier. This adorable save the date is for an upcoming Bat Mitzvah in Los Angeles, it's hard to tell from the photo but both the purple envelope and purple liners are sparkly, so fun and festive, and very very girly. We had this piece digitally printed- it just made more sense since this is only the first of many pieces. The save the date and hotel info card were designed to stack so the second piece would peek out from behind, and not get lost in the overwhelming cuteness of butterflies.