Wedding Stationery II

 

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Browsing for ideas

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The idea behind this self initiated project is to take the first step into investigating how to set up my own wedding stationery business post-university. To begin, I would like to set realistic and achievable goals I can achieve for this project, therefore this will just be the foundations that I will build on once I have completed my degree. This is to create a wedding stationery set to start building my portfolio ready for potential clients to see what I can do.

To begin, I have looked at other websites that already do this to see how they have set up and what kind of things they offer, I have listed more which were my favourites under the Practitioners section.

Papier
Hummingbird Cards
Norma & Dorothy
Strawberry Sorbet
Not on the High Street
The Card Gallery
Tree of Hearts

The above websites are vastly different in what they offer, in terms of style and quality. This has shown me that it would be ideal if I created a broad range of styles to choose from for instance: eco friendly, rustic, calligraphy inspired, modern, traditional etc.

I also came across Paperchain Wedding Stationery which offer Eco Wedding Stationery, which is something I would love to consider doing myself. I also remembered Etsy do a huge range of wedding invites by independents. This would be a great place to start hosting my work onto post-university.

To continue my search, I have also looked at some advice people have posted online to see how to set up a wedding stationery business: (I have more on this on my professional practice research blog here.)

Starting a Handmade Wedding Stationery Business, this website offers tips such as:

  • Creating a professional portfolio – you need a great portfolio to share your designs with publishers and potential clients
  • Wedding industry networking online – a great list of wedding industry influencers on Twitter, get networking!
  • Wedding Fairs – top tips for making them work for your handmade stationery business!
  • Pricing wedding stationery packages – perhaps the hardest part of selling your stationery is getting the prices right, some great tips here
  • Surviving the first year of a wedding stationery business – tips from successful stationer Lisa Forde
  • Where to begin starting a wedding stationery business – more great tips from Lisa Forde
  • Should I turn my hobby into a business? – can you really turn a fun hobby into a full time job?
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Wedding Stationery
  • How to set up a business is also something I have begun to look at, thanks to this project. I found the Government website to be very useful and informative –
    I have kept this link to refer back to at a later date: Setting Up a Business – Gov.uk. After finishing university, I would like to create my own business plan for the future, in regards to creating my own wedding stationery business. Therefore I have looked up how to create a Business Plan so that I can come back to this after uni.



     

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    As this is a project and I don’t expect to start my business straight away, as it will take a lot of work, I wanted to think about what I would like to achieve for this project. I have decided to come up with invites that will look good in my portfolio to inspire potential clients to contact me.


    Above is a few examples of wedding invitations and other items regarding the same subject matter. These are examples that have inspired me and I will strive to make designs as good as these for this project.

    After starting this project, I was contacted by someone who had admired my summer project work for wedding invites and they wanted to commission me to do their own. This was highly unexpected, as I didn’t think I would get any clients until after uni and trying really hard to find them. Therefore I will use this project to begin my designs for my new client.

    My client had a theme in mind and examples that she liked that she showed me. They were mostly Rustic Wedding Invitations, which was something I have wanted to do as I really like this style. I began gathering a Pinterest board in relation to invites and other items I thought my client would be interested in. Below are some pictures of my favourites for inspiration:


    Now I had a rough idea on what I wanted the invites to look like, I needed to think about the specifics, so I looked at a Wedding Invites Guide to help ensure I wouldn’t miss anything out. I also found this brilliant website called the Offbeatbride which listed specifics for the etiquette on sending invites and what to include on them:

    Save the date:
    4-6 months before wedding (Save the date cards aren’t necessary for evening guests)
    6-8 months before wedding (if abroad or during summer / christmas holidays)

    Invitations:
    2-3 months before wedding
    3-4 months before wedding if abroad or during summer / christmas holidays
    Send Day and Eve at the same time
    Include:
    When
    Where
    Directions
    Map
    Accommodation recs
    Plus one rules
    Dress Code
    Link to Bride and Groom’s Website
    Gift List
    Reception Card: (If wedding is in a different place)

    The same website also provided a list of different types of wording for the invites “that wont make you barf“. This was brilliant as my client wanted nice wording but informal too, that wasn’t cheesy.

    Through the offbeatbride website I discovered minted.com who not only do wedding stationery but other stationery products too. This is a fantastic website and something I would love to do myself, once I’ve got my wedding stationery business up and running it seems a logical step to start doing other types of stationery too.

    Some further information about my clients wedding, I thought would be beneficial to keep a note of are the websites for the venues she will be using. This is to ensure I have to correct details and if I need to refer back to them for any reason including directions or inspiration. These are as follows: Barford Park and Newhouse Estate.

    Below is a Wedding Stationery Checklist. This was really helpful to go over as these are the things potential clients will ask me to create for them. This list also came with helpful descriptions of the items in case I wasn’t familiar with them. I felt it would be important to keep this list to refer back to at any point, therefore I have pasted it below for my own reference. To skip this and go to the next section of my research click here.

    Before the Wedding

    Engagement Party Invitations (Optional)
    Be My Bridesmaid Cards (Optional)
    Hen Party Invitations (Optional)
    Save The Date Cards (Optional)
    Save the Date cards are perfect for couples who need to give their guests advance notice of the wedding, particularly useful if you are getting married abroad or are inviting guests from abroad so they may begin to make travel plans.

    Wedding Invitation Set

    Wedding Invitations
    Invitations are the most important piece of your wedding stationery. They invite your guests to your wedding ceremony and the following reception and inform them of the date, time etc.
    RSVP Cards (Wedding Acceptance/Wedding Regret/Response Cards)
    Direction Information (Maps & Accommodation Information)
    Maps and direction information is useful to help out of town guests with the location of your church/ceremony venue and reception venue. Accommodation information contains contact details and web references for local hotels or B&B’s for guests who may require it.
    Evening Invitations/ Afters Invites
    Wedding Events Itinerary Insert (Optional)
    This card lets the guests know if there are other activities planned prior to or following the wedding ceremony and reception, such as a welcome party, a dinner the night before, or a second day bbq. Particularly useful for a 2 or 3 day wedding, or if the wedding location is far from home/abroad.

    Wedding Day

    Order of Service/Ceremony Booklet
    The order of service/ceremony booklet is used for the wedding service and contains the names of the bridal party, name of the officiant, the plan and songs, music etc. These differ greatly between various religions and can also be used for civil ceremonies.
    Additional information could be added to make the program more personal to the day such as quotes or poems, bios of the bridal party, “in memory of” tributes to loved ones who have passed on, or a thank you to the parents and guests.
    The Wedding Program/Reception Programme (Optional)
    This informs guests of how the evening/reception will unfold from the meal to the speeches that will be made, the cutting of the cake and the first dance. At Irish weddings this isn’t very usual, but sometimes is written as a blackboard sign. Helpful if you have lots of things planned, or a venue with many rooms.
    Seating Plan/Table Plan
    Seating or table plans are on display at entrance of the reception area and show your guests a plan of the table layouts so they can easily find their seat. These can correspond with the place cards or escort cards and the table numbers (names).
    Place cards
    Place cards are placed at the seat of each guest and inform him or her where to sit. These can form part of a favour left for each guest.
    Escort Cards (Optional)
    The same idea as placecards, escort cards are more usual in the US, but allow more creativity than placecards so are starting to be seen at Irish weddings. They are used to assign each guest to their seat at the wedding reception. This can correspond with the table/seating plan.
    Table Numbers/Table Names
    Placed on each table, table numbers or names are used to identify the table to your guests, so that when they pick up their escort card, they can immediately recognize the table card that matches it.
    Menu
    The Menu Card informs the guests of the meal ahead. It can contain the food options or the set menu and choices for those with dietary restrictions. They are not essential for a buffet or if you are having a relatively short wedding reception with appetisers.

    Other

    Wishing Tree Tags
    Wedding Guest Book
    Wedding Favour Tags
    Sweet Buffet Tags/Labels
    Signage ( this can indicate buffet choices, drinks choices, men’s and ladies’ rooms -basically any spot you can think to customize)
    Thumbprint tree

    Wedding Stationery for After the Wedding

    Thank You Cards
    Thank you cards are sent to your guests shortly after the wedding, thanking them for their gift and for attending your wedding. Thank you cards are also used to thank bridesmaids, flowergirls and the host of your hen party.
    Wedding Announcements
    To announce the couples marriage to family and friends if couple have a small intimate ceremony or elope.
    Change of Address Cards (Optional)
    Change of address cards can be useful if the bride or groom has changed their residence following the wedding.



     

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    How to create your own wedding invites.

    Printing wedding invites at printed.com:
    Wedding Collection
    Artwork Checklist

    Grab your confetti and your best hat — we’ve got everything you need to craft the highest quality wedding stationery printing.
    When it comes to wedding stationery, we’ve got you covered, with 20 print products to choose from. Think, everything from menus, table plans, and belly bands to invitations, RSVP cards and even magnetic save the date cards. If it’s personalised wedding stationery you’re after, we can offer a range of individually named products too – just upload the guest list with your artwork and leave the rest up to us! It’s as easy as that!
    Plus, with up to 19 luxury paper stocks available across the range, making your mark has never been easier. Choose from textured papers like our gorgeous Acquerello and Nettuno, to sleek Cream and the shimmering Sirio Pearl Oyster or get right on-trend with our brand new handpicked pastel collection, available in four sorbet hues, sourced from quality British paper merchants G.F Smith.

    Foiling
    Foiling with printed.com
    Foiling Artwork Guide
    Quick Tutorial

    Ideal for adding a touch of luxury to business cards, wedding stationery, or making a statement on greeting cards and invitations, discover a world of possibilities with digital foiling. Whether it’s a subtle hint to highlight or accent your designs or you’re making a bold impact, enhance your artwork and go beyond CMYK with another dimension in luxury print.
    Digital foiling is available in three colours, silver, gold and copper and on Silk, Uncoated and Trucard paper stocks. All of our foiled print is finished in velvet lamination – you can choose either one sided or double sided, but whichever side you choose to add foiling to must be velvet laminated (this protects your foil from slipping or scratching). Velvet lamination gives your print a soft finish that’s still easy to write on.
    Unlike traditional block foiling, which uses metal blocks to press foil onto your chosen paper stock, digital foiling doesn’t require the use of plates. This makes it far more cost effective and allows for more freedom when it comes to choosing which areas you’d like foiled on your designs.

    Tip! Because we cannot print with white ink, designs or text that are white won’t be visible on Kraft paper. For the best effect, we recommend very dark colours or bright colours.

    Printing other items like bunting or balloons:
    bunting / balloons
    Hello print balloons

    Stamps:
    self ink stamps vista print
    wooden stamps



     

    Practitioners

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    Norma & Dorothy


    These are quite basic but beautiful bundles. The selection in most of these images is exactly how I wish my final wedding stationery to look like. I feel this will be exciting for friends and family to receive in the post regarding their loved ones’ wedding. This is exactly why I would like my designs to end up like these.

    Jasmine Rebecca


    Jasmine Rebecca’s beautiful designs are often hand crafted designs to begin with and tidied up digitally to create a more professional finish. This is what I intend to do with my own design. This also has given me inspiration for wording on the Wishing Well cards.

    Emily & Jo


    These are stunning designs, which anyone can customise for themselves. These are fantastic templates with hundreds of different selections for layouts, fonts, colours and patterns. I love how some of these fonts are foiled, I would love to be able to foil some of my designs, as I feel this is highly effective – especially for weddings.

    Emmy Designs


    I love the simplicity of these designs, they are highly effective and beautiful to look at. I especially like the layouts of her designs, as these are done very clearly and concisely. I would like to re-create this for my own invitation designs.

    Lucy Ledger


    These designs are lovely but I feel lack in impact like some of the other designers, this could be because of the use of colour is very pale in most of the designs. This is something I need to consider with my own designs, do I go with pale colours on the rustic kraft paper or do I try out a different color that might stand out better, perhaps black?

    Abigail Warner


    I think Warner’s designs are my favourite. They are eclectic and experimental with media and materials. This is perfect for customising individual weddings. I also love how clear and concise the designs are, with beautiful choices of colour. The typographical side of these designs really stands out and make the overall invitations etc even more interesting to look at. I would love it if my designs looked this good at the end. I also love how the designs have been photographed to create a maximum selling impact on future customers – fantastic!



     

    Documentation of working process

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    This is the working process of my wedding invites, once I had done the invites themselves everything else was very simple to do as I knew I wanted them all to look very similar. I am really pleased with their outcome and so is my client which i’m extra happy about!

    Invite Front:

    Invite Back:

    RSVP Front:

    RSVP Back:

    Wishing Well Front:

    Wishing Well Back:

    Belly Band:


     
     


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    Personal Obsessions

     

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    In response to the Personal Obsessions Brief, I created a Proposal to mark out a specific plan for this project. Before I made this proposal I researched the following to arrive at my conclusion:

    Obsession:
    Dictionary Definition
    Psychology Today

    Compulsion:
    Obsessions and Compulsions

    Hoarders:
    Hoarding

    Collectors:
    Weirdest Collections
    T-shirt Collector

    Other people’s obsessions:
    Woman Craves Brick
    People who have married inanimate objects
    Real Life Vampirism


    My ‘Personal Obsessions’:

    Books

    As an avid reader since a very young age, and a former Bookseller, I have a huge collection of books to read. My favourites include; (Teen) ‘Looking for Alaska’ by ‘John Green’, ‘Eragon’ by Christopher Paolini, ‘Wicca Series’ by Cate Tiernan. (Fiction) ‘Sophie’s World’ by Jostein Gaarder, ‘Norwegian Wood’ by Haruki Murakami, ‘The Colour Purple’ by Alice Walker. (Crime) ‘Dexter Series’ by Jeff Lindsay, ‘The Axe Man’s Jazz’ by Ray Celestin, ‘Comoran Strike Series’ by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling). (Graphic Novels) ‘My Friend Dahmer’ by Derf Backderf, ‘The Walking Dead’ by Robert Kirkman (Non-Fiction) Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre and much more…

    TV

    As a lover of stories, it’s only natural for me to enjoy films and TV programmes too. My favourite TV series’ include: Supernatural, Dexter, Game of Thrones, Bones, American Horror Story, Westworld, The Walking Dead, Preacher, Nashville e.t.c…

    Films

    For films a few of my favourites are: V for Vendetta, Stardust, Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy.

    Finland

    I also have a more unusual obsession, that stemmed from a lack of travel at a young age. A lot of things added up to my ‘obsession’ for Finland, I liked a lot of their music, such as The Rasmus, HIM and Haloo Helsinki and other things like reading / watching the Moomins when I was younger. It is still a place I’d love to visit, I even started to learn the language.

    Drums

    Another hobby of mine is playing the drums, unfortunately since starting university, I haven’t really played them as I feel guilty playing when I should be working (same for reading). However, the drums still highly inspire me and I love watching skilled drummers like Abe Cunningham (Deftones) and Buddy Rich play. It was also a joy to watch the film ‘Whiplash’.

    Stationery

    Finally I have an obsession with stationery, ask my friends or family, stationery has always been something I’ve loved. It’s even got to the point where I have even had to self ban myself from retailers like Paperchase, just so I can save myself from spending ridiculous amounts of money.

    After looking at all of the above, I found I was more interested in pursuing my own ‘Personal Obsessions’. I feel strongly about them all, but at the time, I was still very much obsessed with TV programme’s like ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Game of Thrones’. These stick at the top of my mind as some of the best shows I’ve watched. My initial intentions for this project are to produce four or five images relating to television characters I am personally obsessed about. My initial intentions for this project are to produce four images relating to four different characters. These will be characters both past and current within the show that has inspired or affected me, in one way or another.

    ‘Game of Thrones’ Characters

    Danaerys, Margaery ,Yara, Cercei, Arya, Sansa, Brienne, Catelyn.

    ‘Bones’ Characters

    Angela, Bones, Cam, Daisy.

    ‘The Walking Dead’ Characters

    Carol, Maggie, Michonne, Beth, Deanna, Sasha.

    As you may have noticed I have only chosen the female characters from these shows, which is not to say that the male characters do not inspire me, just that it is rare to find a strong female role model in TV, let alone several. My intended outcomes are to possibly advertise the TV program or tailor made for my end of year exhibition, something I would be happy to show people.



     

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    In an overview of my Proposal, I list that my final idea will based on ‘Game of Thrones’ characters, more specifically the female role models of past and present in the show. Below are some links I found interesting relating to Game of Thrones:

    Badass Ladies Game of Thrones
    Game of Thrones fulfilled its dark feminist promise
    10 George RR Martin Illustrations
    Women of Westeros
    GOT Inspired by History
    Tv Series vs Books
    80’s/90’s GOT Characters
    Official Game of Thrones Website

    Chosen Characters

    I found that Game of Thrones had it’s own information page for everything Game of Thrones related, I have gathered each page for each character I am going to draw. This is so that if I need to, I can go back and look at more information on them to inspire further ideas:

    Daenerys Targaryen
    Yara Greyjoy
    Cersei Lannister
    Margaery Tyrell
    Sansa Stark

    Below are the house banners relating to each character, these are a prominent feature in the show / books:

    I really like the idea of putting my designs onto t-shirts, I feel this is an appropriate response to the brief as when I’m obsessed about a TV show I usually end up getting a t-shirt. Here is a website that shows other merchandising items I could consider: Awesome Merchandise.



     

    Processes

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    Prismacolours

    As I really liked my initial drawing in prismacolours, I thought this would be an interesting media to push further, the links and video below gave me some ideas of how to enhance my drawings:

    Prismacolour Tips & Advice
    How to blend prismacolours

    Pop-Art

    When I began this project, I wanted to gain an insight into what kinds of things I could do in this style, here are some websites I looked at:

    Pop Art
    Pop-art Portrait Lessons
    Pop-art History

    Screenprinting

    I’ve used this process for a few of my previous projects, so I am quite familiar with it, but I had a look at the following points to refresh my memory:

    What is screen printing?
    How to make a screenprint
    History of screenprinting

    Silkscreen t-shirts

    As I wanted my designs to be put onto t-shirts I thought screenprinting onto them would be fun to try. As I’ve had a lot of practice with screenprinting I thought this would be fun to try out printing onto a new material and thinking about the difference between printing onto paper and printing onto fabrics.

    Monster Press Silkscreen T-shirts
    Simple guide to screen printing your own shirts
    Waterbased Inks for Silkscreen T-shirts

    Silhouettes

    As I had changed my piece to be more simplistic for the screen printing process, to allow for more time to fully complete my t-shirts, I found I needed a much more simplistic design. I had found silhouettes fun to do in the past so I thought this would be a fitting approach. Below are some refreshers to tips on drawing silhouettes:

    Silhouette drawing lesson
    How to draw a silhouette
    Saul Bass Inspired

     



     

    Practitioners

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    Mike Wrobel


    I love Wrobel’s colourful and fantastic illustrations, these are probably the biggest inspiration I had for this project. I would love to one day have illustrations as good as these. I love how he has used the characters and fitted them into an entirely different era – fantastic!

    Anna Schillings


    Anna Schillings is another inspiration for me in this project, I love her character designs, their in her own unique style, yet you can still clearly see who each character is. I love this type of illustration, I would love to have my own unique style like this and still have my images easily recognisable.

    Mat Roff


    Mat Roff’s graphic novel-eque illustration is the exact style I would love to adopt for my designs. I love how clean his lines are and effective his drawings are to portray each character. I would love to be able to draw this well.

    Dinotomic

    John Snow Video
    Danaerys Video
    Salt GOT Characters

    Dinotomic’s fantastic illustrations are a constant inspiration to me, always leaving me seething with jealousy. I love his work and that’s why I wanted to try out drawing in a negative style from his highly effective salt drawings. This is something I need a lot more practice with as my drawings are very poor in this style.

    Miss Led


    I love Miss Led’s fantastic portrait illustrations, her images looks so effortless and elegant. Her drawings are another envy of mine, these are exactly the style I would love to try and replicate one day, very beautiful.

    Peony Yip (The White Deer)

    Peony Yip’s fantastic illustrations are truly an inspiration. Her fantastic drawings of people entwined with animals could be an interesting way to illustrate my idea for a double image, by using overlays. For example, if I were to overlay the character Sansa with a wolf, I would like to try it in this style to see if it’s something that works well.

     



     

    Documentation of working process

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    Daenerys


    My first image stemmed from a rough sketch in my sketchbook, this was a more colourful approach than what I’m used to. I really liked this and wanted to pursue it, unfortunately I found that it would be a very time consuming process if I were to keep all of the colours in my image if I wanted to screen print my design. I thought about getting transfers instead of screen-printing but I knew it wouldn’t look as smooth or effective. I worked the most on this character as I wanted all of my images to have a similar style, therefore I knew I had to get one image right before working on the others. This paid off because I found that once I had progressed with this idea if was very easy to transfer my style throughout.

    Margeary


    This is the character I worked on most after Danaerys. I spent a lot of time working in illustrator on this character only to find it was much too detailed and had too many colours in still. I found refining my image down to just one colour very difficult. This was made much easier when I figured out my silhouette idea.

    Cersei


    Again I worked hard on creating another ‘pop-art’ styled image, but I found I couldn’t get it as clean as my image for Danaerys. This was made much easier by turning it into a silhouette, the process became very quick and I really enjoyed making this image.

    Sansa


    I had a lot of difficultly drawing this character and I’m not sure why. I tested out a completely new style to see if it would work well but despite liking my image, I found you couldn’t tell what character it was as my own style needs much more progression. Therefore I tried out drawing a lot of eyes and lips to help me:

    I was happy with these but none of them felt like my own, so I was very relieved when I did a silhouette of this image as I knew it would work much better.

    Yara


    This is probably the image I worked the least on but am the most happy with. I have always liked drawing octopi and squids so I felt this was a really strong image as it linked to Yara’s house symbol. I think overall my designs work well and fit the printing process I have chosen and I think they will make interesting t-shirts.


    Above is the process of printing my t-shirts, I’m really pleased with the results and really glad I tested out screenprinting onto t-shirts, this is a process I will love to try again in the future.


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    Surfboard Designs & Logo (Self Initiated)

     

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    For this project, I have tasked myself to create four potential designs suitable for surfboards. I have also been asked to come up with a logo for a surfboard shaper (named Pi), these will hopefully compliment each other and make the overall design more interesting to view. To plan out my time effectively, I created a Proposal to help execute my final designs more efficiently.

    Below are some images I found on Google that have inspired my ideas for surfboard designs:

    Below are some more images I found on Google, which have inspired my ideas for my Logo design:

    I have also collected a lot more links and images regarding surfboard designs and further inspiration for my Logo design via my Pinterest.

    To further my investigation, I came across some more inspirational websites to spark my creativity:    Lost Surfboards Art   |    Custom Designs   |    10 Surfboard artists

    77 Surfboard Designs
    This website was fantastic, not only did it list some interesting designs but it also gave an informative account on what media and techniques you could use to create your own custom design.

    Surfboard Design Guide
    This website was more fitting for the shaper to look at rather than for my design information. However, it was interesting to understand that background of how the surfboard is made.

    Another consideration for my design could be to incorporate a shark repellent design to ward off any chance of shark attacks. This video is a helpful and quick tutorial of how to do this.



     

    Choice

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    Surfboard Design 1: Geometric (Galaxy)

    I love these intricate shapes and patterns I think they would really stand out, especially if I paint a Galaxy in the background. This should also make the background really pop!

    Surfboard Design 2: Illustrative Sea Life

    I think the sea creatures images would be brilliant for an overall repeating design, either including illustrated creatures in a similar colour or silhouettes of these creatures. I also quite like the idea of a giant squid’s tentacles wrapping around the board.

    Surfboard Design 3: Typography

    I have always loved typography, so any excuse to incorporate it into a project will do. It’s something I’ve noticed isn’t overly common with surfboards and yet I feel it could be something that would work well and hopefully something surfers would like.
    Below are some links for things I feel could be appropriate for the writing on the surfboards:

    Quotes
    Motivational Quotes
    Winston Churchill
    Surfing Quotes
    More Surfing Quotes

    Music Lyrics
    2015/16 Best Surfing Music
    Let’s Go Surfing – The Drums

    Poetry
    Surf Poems
    Surfing Poetry

    Slang
    Surf Slang
    Surf Terms

    Surfboard Design 4: Amalgamation / Abstract
    To leave things open, my fourth and final idea can incorporate my favourite ideas thus far, maybe even crossing my ideas over, such as creating an abstract geometric galaxy or even a geometric collection of sea life animals etc. This will give me creative freedom to where ever I feel would give me the best designs I can make at this point in time.
     

    Logo Design: Pi


    The above images have helped to give me a background insight to what kind of things I could produce using the word / symbol Pi. This will be a great help to create my Logo design. 



     

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    Below is a list of helpful websites that list important tips and techniques that will be useful to me when I customise my own surfboard:

    How to customise your surfboard
    Custom Surfboard Design
    Best Materials to use on your board
    Tips for painting an old surfboard
    Shape 3D
    Surfboard art inspiration – painting the Saucy Knave
    How to re-paint your surfboard
    Paint Surfboards

    Below are a few videos that show what media to use on a surfboard that will last, it also shows you how to do it in a highly effective way:

    I also found some interesting tutorials that will help me when I want to create my Logo design:

    Photoshop Tutorial Logo Design
    How to make a logo

    There were also a few websites that offered to create a design for you, these were interesting to look at but I wont pursue this option as it wont offer what I want for my client:

    Free Logo Design | Free Logo Design

    Further helpful youtube tutorials:

    If I wished to create my design digitally, I could get my image(s) printed directly onto fibreglass (to suit the surfboard), the following websites provide such a service, this would be really good for the future:
    Board Lams | Rice Paper / Fiberglass Prints



     

    Practitioners

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    Faye Halliday

    I love Halliday’s beautiful linework, so smooth and perfect. This makes her geometrically pleasing animals and other illustrations really stand out. They are fantastic! I would love to try and recreate something as perfectly designed as these.

    Drew Brophy

    Brophy’s designs are lovely and vibrant. These are designs that would stand out on a nice summer’s day. I love the colours and the themes – usually deriving from sea related scenarios. I will need to consider my choice of colour as carefully and effectively like Brophy.

    Fieldey Art


    Fieldy’s fantastic designs are something you’d find in a tattoo parlour. Absolutely beautiful and crazy accurate, Fieldy’s designs are not only superb to look at but also completely unique and handcrafted – something anyone would love to have. She also gives fantastic and helpful youtube tutorials regarding customising your board (something I will definitely need to follow when crafting my own design).

    Wade Koniakowsky


    I love how Koniakowsky has detailed illustrations but portrayed them in an interesting and eye-catching patchwork design. All of these patchwork designs compliment and create an overall pleasing image. This style of amalgamating a group of ideas would be interesting to try out and test for myself.

    Jay Alders