A Watercolor for your Wednesday

 

 

watercolor testing

 

Lately I’ve been playing with different real-life art supplies. By “real-life”, I mean “not on the computer”. It’s nice to sit and actually do something with my hands. It takes longer, it is harder to make it perfect and it makes a mess of your desk- but it’s a nice way to keep the creative juices flowing. Here’s to more experimentation with artistic forms in the future!

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Personal Branding

When you read a lot of online job hunting and interviewing articles, you start seeing the term “personal branding” quite a bit.

As a marketer and a human being, I think this is a funny concept. I understand that generally these sites are encouraging you to be consistent in the look and feel of your documents and the way you present yourself. In my head, though, I always think “isn’t the term ‘personal branding’ just a buzzword for  ‘the way you show your personality'”? 

That being said, I decided to play with a bit of my own personal branding this week. Specifically in customized Facebook Timeline images and “life events.” This is Facebook’s little way of creating milestones on your feed that denote something important – or in my case, something a little silly.

Here are a few of my Life Events:

I branded these using the font and color choice I tend to use on resumes, my Portfolio, and other  Sites. This graph made it very easy to create the appropriate sizes.

Overall, a fun way to generate a little interest in events that happened decades ago, and customize your page a bit more.

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Manic Monday

I’ve decided that part of this 30 day blogging challenge – for my own sanity- should involve a recurring weekly theme. This, coupled with the amazing stuff and people and projects that I stumble upon (and pin, and just flat-out find!) created Manic Mondays.

These are the links and people and projects that inspire and amaze this week:

  • I’ve mentioned this designer before, but Design Love Fest continues to be one of those blogs that perfectly mixes the in-depth, the topical, fashion and industry and instruction, all in one! I’ve especially enjoyed her collaborations with photographers, stylists and fashion gurus in her more recent series. How daring to branch out in that way!
  • For Kyle’s birthday I got him a print by a local artist of Boba Phat, and have been in love with the Harshness’ etsy page ever since- oh heeey, Game of Thrones.
  • Have you heard of the Vegas neon boneyard? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, especially as someone who collects letters for my house. My Typography Pinterest Board also continues to be a source of inspiration. What is it about the written word?

You’re all movie stars. Thank you and happy Monday!

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What can I say? I’ve been busy.

The good part about working hard is that you have a lot of fun stuff to show for that time. I’ve successfully branded an event, created countless posters, taken on the Kentucky Derby and in general workin’ it. Hard. I’ll try to get back to posting regularly, and especially posting some of my work lately.

To start things off, here are two pictures I took last weekend while working a booth at Pedalnation.

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Those of you who know me personally know that I should never be allowed near bikes- but something about the way they look and how shiny they are really draws me in. Maybe someday I’ll own one (and even learn to ride it!)