Inside My Process: Finding Inspiration

Abstract art inspiration via Evermore Paper Co.

As I begin to dream up new ideas for my next collection, I feel like a sponge trying to soak up everything around me. I get into these phases where I see inspiration everywhere and suddenly can't keep up with my ideas. Let's be honest, this is an awesome spot to be in as an artist. Right now I am especially drawn to rich palettes, brushstroke patterns and irregular shapes. With that said, I think it's safe to say that my new designs will be exploding with abstract details. 

Here's a peek at some of the artists that I am currently inspired by:

  1. Poppy Coomber
  2. Rosemarie Auberson
  3. Damien Tran
  4. Georgiana Paraschiv
  5. Landon Metz
  6. Rebecca Atwood

You can also find more of my inspiration sources on my art and color boards on Pinterest. 

Inside My Process: Choosing A Color Scheme

Color inspiration via Evermore Paper Co.

As I work on my next collection, one of the things I have spent the most time thinking about is color. I've wanted to incorporate more of it for some time and have spent countless hours thinking about how to do so in a way that would work well with my already neutral palette and minimal branding. 

For someone who works primarily with kraft, white and black paper, you could see how this decision could become a little daunting. I decided to start gradually last year with the introduction of 4 colors: peach, burgundy, emerald, and sky blue. I can't really say how I came to selecting these four, but they have definitely had a positive impact on my collection.  

So here I am, a year later, looking to expand my color palette even further. I've always been the type to get hooked on the color of the moment and then a few months later be over it. Taking that into consideration, I decided that it would be best to select colors that I had a deep connection to. I found myself constantly returning to images of coastal Italian cities and tropical and desert regions and it soon became clear that I should draw my palette from my favorite places. 

Over the last few months, I've carefully selected the colors that best elicit my memories of places like, Positano, Big Sur and southern Utah. I've narrowed it to 20 colors and am so excited to reveal them with my new collection. In the meantime, I hope this mood board serves as a nice little preview...it's certainly helped to keep me inspired. 


IMAGE SOURCES: Floral Drawing | Citrus Tree | Positano | Tile | Eucalyptus | Blossom Tree | Desert Oasis

Inside My Process: Paring It Down

A peek at some new work from Evermore Paper Co.

Here's a little process shot of some new work. I'm typically a very organized person, but when I get into creative mode, my studio space fills up very quickly with little piles of paper full of ideas, sketches and notes. After months of toiling away on new designs, I feel like I am left with a giant puzzle. Hundreds of doodles, brushstrokes and letters that I keep arranging and rearranging into my next collection. It's certainly a process paring it down, especially since I find it difficult to part with any work I've created, but slowly it is all starting to come together. The truth is, I just need to stop being so indecisive. Ha! Well stay tuned...and if there's anything you would like to see from me going forward please feel free to tell me so in my shop survey

Current Mood: Graphic Yet Soft

Mood board via Evermore Paper Co.

Here's a look at the latest mood board on display in my studio. I love bringing my pins to real life and letting them keep me inspired day in and day out. Right now I am really digging the combination of bold textures and lettering with subdued illustrations and palettes. As always, I'm enjoying the process of playing with new methods in an effort to bring some of this prettiness into my work. I can't wait to see it all come together and to show you the end result. In the meantime, you can see more of what inspires me here on Pinterest. 

New Directions

New directions via Evermore Paper Co.

I am currently working on my next collection and with that comes a lot of sketching and experimentation. I keep gravitating to my brushes and can't stop painting abstract marks and textures. Everything I've made lately is pretty much the polar opposite of the work I've done in the past, which consists of very clean lines and precise cuts.

It's certainly fun to let loose like this, especially after two years of being very intentional with my designs so that they would stand up to my cutting process. It's important to me that everything in my line looks cohesive, so I definitely have my work cut out for me trying to fit all the pieces together. I think it's safe to say there are some changes coming and that I'm very excited about the new direction I'm headed in. 

New directions via Evermore Paper Co.
New directions via Evermore Paper Co.

Spring Preview

Spring Preview // Evermore Paper Co.

Without giving too much away, I wanted to share a little preview from my spring/summer collection. I continue to be inspired by textiles and textures and worked tirelessly to translate them into my papercut designs. I am thrilled with how it's coming along and am getting close to working out the final kinks. I'll be honest when I say it's been a labor of love. There's been plenty of ups and downs while trying to decide which direction to take next. I ended up spending a lot of time experimenting with new techniques, only to return to the papercut process in the end. At times, I felt like this time was wasted, but now I realize it was necessary in order to grow and reaffirm my love for papercut stationery. I hope you like what you see and I can't wait to show you all that I have in store! 

Work in Progress

work in progress // evermore paper co.

Popping in to share a little update on my new collection. If you follow along on instagram you may have seen a few sneak peeks here and there and know that I've been testing out all sorts of new techniques. It's been exciting to have time to experiment like this, but in the midst of doing so, I have become incredibly indecisive over my next steps (as I mentioned here). I had hoped to have a ton of new items in the shop by now, along with a fancy new catalog and a little website update, but it seems like those things keep getting pushed further and further off. 

To be honest, I was starting to feel quite down about it all and my mind started swirling with all these negative thoughts ("You're a failure!"). Rather then succumb to the depths, I've taken it as a challenge to work even harder, because the truth is, I've not failed at all, not even a single bit. All it took was the realization that I had set completely unrealistic expectations for myself. Once I adjusted those, it became much easier to start moving forward again. So I'm back to toiling away and getting closer to having some new items for you soon! You can sign up for my newsletter below to stay in the know.

In the meantime, I found this quote and the subsequent post from Molly Jacques really relevant. Enjoy and TGIF!

Creative Process Pt. 1 // Mood Board

Process Pt. 1 // Mood Board

Over the last few weeks, or months for that matter, I've had little time for making new items. It's been tough forcing design time to take a back seat to production. So now that I am pretty much through the holiday madness, I am more ready and excited than ever to put pen to paper and crank out some new work for the new year.

Having so many ideas incubating in my mind is exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. I'm having a difficult time deciding what I should work on first and I still have no idea how everything will work together in the end. It's important to me that the entire line look cohesive with each item perfectly complimenting another. It's such a difficult thing to achieve and I think I can safely say that I see some changes coming to Evermore with this next release. Good changes, of course!

With that said, I thought it would be fun to share this creative journey from start to finish with you...

To start, I look at my pinterest boards for the pins that have inspired me the most lately. I search for common themes throughout them and begin jotting down all the words that come to mind when I look at them. The trick is to not think too hard about it and to just let your mind go and the words flow out on to the paper (which is what led me to nickname this the "word vomit" phase). 

From there, I return back to the images and look for the 10 or so that best capture the words that I wrote. I especially try to pick photos that can be described by 3 or more words from my list and that compliment each other well. I then arrange them in a mood board that I will return to often as I begin to work on new designs. This is the board that resulted from my last go and here is a snippet from my word vomit list:

nature / white space / geometric shapes / interesting layouts / gilded details / hopeful / brushstrokes / floral details / woods / dark tones / seasons / love / graphic / handlettered / rustic / minimal / moody / travel / comfort / neutrals / mountains / cozy / trees / patterns / natural textures / modern / warmth 

Stay tuned for more to come... 

(Images 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 )

 

Holiday Sketches

sketchbook // evermore paper co.

One of the most difficult aspects of being in the stationery biz for me has been thinking 3-6 months in advance of the holidays. Working on holiday designs in June and summer designs in December just does not come naturally for me. I'm slowly improving at working months out, but I think it's something that may always feel a little awkward. With that said, here's a peek at some of the holiday designs I've been working on. Please note the summer florals creeping in on the winter foliage. Oh, and that random cactus! Like I said, it's a work in progress.

The entire collection will be available in the shop next week. 

sketchbook // evermore paper co.

Floral Wreath Art Print

Here's a glimpse of an art print that I am currently working on. I had to get a bit creative with the design so that the final piece would come out as one sheet without a million pieces needing to be glued into place. I'm happy with the end result and how I'm slowly coming up with little tricks that allow me to add more detail to my designs. I have also started playing around with other mediums in combination with the papercuts and I'm excited to show you my progress there as well. Meanwhile, I'm a little stuck on what, if anything, should be added to the center of the wreath here. I was thinking maybe a quote or allowing shoppers to customize it with their initial or monogram. What are your thoughts?