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

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! 

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... 

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