Starry Lantern DIY

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I have had a plain, unopened paper lantern sitting one of my craft boxes for a couple years now and I decided that this weekend was finally the time to do something with it.  I came up with this idea unsure of how it would work out but I think all said and done, it looks pretty cute.  Bonus… It doesn’t get any more simple than this in terms of DIYs.

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What you’ll need:

A plain white paper lantern

Spray paint in a color of your choice- I chose the dark blue here in an effort to make the “stars” stick out more

A skewer or some  other long sharp object

What you’ll do:

1. Unfold your lantern and hang it up outside somewhere.  I used a bungie cord and hung it from a tree.  Then spray paint it the color of your choosing.  I did 2 coats to make it darker.

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2. After dry, take your skewer and pierce a bunch of little holes in it.

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3.  Insert a lightbulb in the top (following the instructions that came with the lantern) and call it a day.  Since I hung mine outside and I already had bistro lights in my tree, I just pulled the cord a little tighter and worked several of the lights into the lantern.  I am not sure it impacted the effect at all to have the other bistro lights around it.  It may actually have been more dramatic if it wasn’t surrounded by light as well.

If anyone tried this with a different color, let me know how it goes.  I would be interested to know how the light shines through in the pierced spots.  I also thinking making some larger holes and some smaller would be pretty as well.

Pierced lantern diy final 2 blog

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New Calligraphy Styles

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hi guys.  I have been spending some time thinking about new calligraphy styles I want to use lately.  I have found a few options that I really like so I thought I would add them to my page.  Although this morning I spent about 30 minutes obsessing over all of the other beautiful calligraphy that is out there and I got really inspired so I have a feeling that some day in the not too distant future I will be posting some more scripts again.  I think one of the coolest things about calligraphy is that every calligrapher has their own look.  Even if they a writing a standard copperplate script, everyone’s work looks a little different.  It makes sense because it is something that is created with each individual hand.  I kind of love that about it.  Anyways, I’ll stop geeking out about calligraphy and just share my new styles.

Katharine script blog

Katharine script…This one is kind of named after Colleen.  Kind of.  Her middle name was (before she got married and changed it) Katherine.  Except we never really knew how to spell it.  It was spelled differently on her birth certificate than other places and I think my parents were never really very sure either.  Anyways, poor Colleen never knew how to spell her middle name but I always liked this spelling best…Katharine.

charlotte script blog

Charlotte…This is the freehand script I use a lot when I am calligraphing for fun.  I think it is natural for me.  So I named it after the place where I live.  Cause that seemed less narcissistic than naming it Megan.

jordan script blog

Jordan…This script seems very glamorous to me and reminds me of the Great Gatsby.  So I named it after Jordan Baker.  I couldn’t quite name it Daisy since I ended up hating her and I was on a girl’s name kick with my script names.  I am actually quite a big fan of this one and hope someone wants me to use it soon.

Here is some of the work I have done so far…

modified emma (pink toast ink) blog

This was a modification of the Emma script that I did but with bouncier baselines instead of straight ones.  Traditionally, calligraphy is done with a straight baseline but I really like it when the letters dance around up and down a bit and I did this to complement the invitation suite that was designed by Carrie from Pink Toast Ink.  I think it is pretty awesome.

jenny name (elisabeth rose) blog

jenny monogram blog

Here is the name I designed for stationary that was done by Elisabeth of Elisabeth Rose.  It is hard to tell but this is letterpressed on super thick yummy paper along with the monogram I did.

emma (elisabeth rose) cropped blog

These invitations were actually mailed in lovely ivory box mailers that I calligraphed on in Emma script but for the purposes of the picture and not sharing any guests’ addresses, I used gold ink on a blush envelope.  Blush and gold for the win.  I wish you guys could see the gold in real life as photographs don’t do the shininess justice.

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My first roll of film

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I’ve wanted to try shooting film for a while, pretty much as soon as I realized that most of my favorite photographers take pictures primarily or completely with a film camera.  Jose Villa, Tec Petaja, Jen Huang, and Allison Kuhn (based out of Charlotte and completely amazing) to name a few.  Their images are so fresh and airy but still timeless.  It was kind of a pipe dream until I realized that used film equipment is actually kind of reasonable, I mean compared to how expensive it used to be.  After doing hours upon hours of research, I decided to make Corey and our immediate family to all go in on a Mamiya 645 medium format camera for my birthday present.  The day it came was like Christmas.  I looked up the manual online and tried to figure out what all the buttons and gadgets do (which I’m still working on) and watched a youtube video on how to load the film with fingers crossed that I was doing it right.  The first two rolls came back late last week.  Obviously some images were underexposed and some were out of focus, but I was pleasantly surprised for my first time.  Here are just a couple of images from the first roll.

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What did I take pictures of?  Flowers and cats.  Obviously.  Shot on Fuji Pro 400h and processed by The Find Lab.

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