Artist Feature: Randa of I See Noise

Nov 27, 2014

I know many of you across the border will be celebrating Thanksgiving today, but for those that aren't (or for those popping in here before dessert ;) I have a really shiny artist feature today!

I See Noise is a shop full of gorgeous, shiny, metallic prints that have this crackled effect that makes them so unique. (Along with inspirational quotes and fashion illustrations!) Randa has a serious eye for design & I'm so excited to be featuring her shop today!!

What inspired you to open your shop? Who do you imagine shopping there?
When I first opened up the I See Noise shop on Etsy, I didn't intend for anything to happen. In fact, I thought it was just something fun to do. After my first order my parents said to me "Randa, you don't know what you have here. This is going to be huge!" I thought okay...okay... thanks parentals!

I was unemployed when I made my first prints and made them for myself. My blog readership from the-unprecedented.com saw the images and immediately asked to purchase them. I took the chance and said "They're available in 2 weeks". This was my chance to call something my own - that's what inspired me.

I imagined a girl who sips lattes, likes to dress up herself and her home and enjoys all things sparkly would purchase my prints. That's the girl who I was when I was first started. I have grown so much since then and so have my shoppers. It's such a wide selection of women and men who purchase my prints now!

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful
What is the process of creation like?
Unfortunately, that is something that I keep very hush hush. But I can tell you that the inspiration process is super fun! I'm always inspired by my Pinterest board, my friends and family and as of late - a sleek minimal design. I'm currently working on collaborations with other artists, so bringing in their aesthetic has been inspiring.

Chanel No. 5
The majority of your shop is full of foil prints, what is it that you love about the metallic medium?
The foil prints are what I started with. I was in awe of the texture and loved how they looked when the light hit them just right. I was the first shop in Canada to open up with foil prints so it was something I had never seen before - I just thought it was so special!

Vintage Perfume Bottle
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints?
I like this question haha it reminds me of all of the prints that I thought were cool and they just were not! The mens collection was my 'aha' moment. I always had women ask me for custom orders for their husbands because the felt left out - awe! So, I started an entire collection just for them.

Lipstick Kiss
What is your favourite item in your store?
That's a really hard question! I really do adore so many of them but my most favourites are... The skull, diamond, whiskey bottles, lipstick kiss, find beauty quote, logic doesn't produce magic quote, black Chanel nail polish and the Chanel bag.

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Thankyou so much Randa!! I love that you just took a chance when you're readers asked & gave yourself 2 weeks to figure it out! Nothing like a kick in the pants to get to work!

All of Randa's foil prints come in silver & gold, and she even has a few illustrations too! Be sure to follow along on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook to stay up to date on all her new collections. And you must check out her shop - there's so much more than  the few prints I've shared in this post.

I am loving my 'Diamond' & 'Vintage Perfume Bottle' prints - the foil is gorgeous in real life & the 'crackle' effect gives it just a little edge. A gallery wall is never quite finished ;)

xo,
B

'Diamond' & 'Perfume Bottle' photographs by Britt Douglas, all others from I See Noise

Snapshots & A Giveaway!

Nov 24, 2014

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Hope you're staying warm :)


Last week was pretty cold around these parts, & a big ol' mug of hot chocolate was the perfect way to end the week :)


I've been enjoying Sarah Richardson's new book, and Winnie decided it was the perfect place to nap ;)


Cold weather essentials! Warm sweaters & lots of moisture :)


Giveaway time! If you'd like to win one of my 'Love Deeply' prints, head on over to Instagram, make sure you're following me, and then post a new photo showing something that you love deeply (or regram my photo) & tag me AND the hashtag #lovedeeplygiveaway to enter! I'm giving away four sets of two (one for you to keep & one for you to giveaway) so there will be FOUR winners! You have until the end of the week :)

Just to recap: Follow me on Instagram, tag me & the hashtag in the photo, win TWO prints!

Can't wait to see your entries!

xo,
B

Instagram to Twitter

Nov 21, 2014

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that all my Instagram photos have been popping up in your feed. No, Instagram & Twitter haven't decided to become BFF's, but they have a mutual friend called IFTTT :)


If This Then That is a personal 'recipe' creator that you can use to trigger any action you like. In this case, any time a photo is posted to my Instagram account (@brittdouglas_), IFTTT takes it & posts it to my Twitter account (@bhdouglas) with the photo & a link to the original Instagram photo #genius


I've linked my personal recipe below (there should be a little 'add' widget & a link underneath too) so you can share your Instagram photos to Twitter too.

IFTTT Recipe: Tweet Instagram photos WITH link to original Instagram post connects instagram to twitter


Be sure to follow me on Instagram if you liked the photos in this post, and if you already use IFTTT, I would love to know your favourite recipes!

xo,
B

Artist Feature: Alyssa of Banded Arrow

Nov 18, 2014

Taking a break from the world of art prints, today's featured artist has a shop full of beautiful cards! I think sending & receiving physical notes is such a wonderful change of pace to the very digital nature of my usual correspondence.

Alyssa's shop is full of beautiful cards (her new holiday collection is below!) and her unfussy design approach is inspiring. Read on to find out more about her shop & get a little discount too!


What inspired you to open your shop?
I have always loved crafting and cardmaking, and I majored in Art at Hillsdale College, so it's always been in the back of my mind. I was really into Stampin' Up for awhile, but I always felt so limited by the specific range of colors and stamps. One day, I decided to branch out and design my own cards, and that's where it all started. I'm pretty picky about what I like, so I try to make cards for those with similar design tastes. Beautiful colors, strong lines, good balance, nothing too fussy. My goal is simply to create beautifully designed, boldly colored stationery.

Monogram Stationery
What is the process of creation like?
It usually starts with a pattern or a shape. I love patterns, and I have sketchbooks full of pattern doodles, so when inspiration strikes, I'll sit down and draw something out. It doesn't mean I'll use that pattern right away, but whenever I need a new card, I'll often go back to old patterns and work it in to my current project. Once I have a good drawing, I scan it into Illustrator and finish the card layout in Photoshop. After that, I try not to revise too much. I really like the "not quite perfect" look, I guess. Once the card reaches this point, then design process is basically over, and the printing process of making and printing through the screens starts.

'Waves' Happy Birthday
Where do you find your inspiration? What do you do/where do you go when you're in a creative 'rut'?
As with all work, there are moments when nothing is working and I just feel incredibly frustrated. Whenever this happens, I head over to my local state park for a hike. It's amazing what even a short walk can do to clear my head. I'll spend my walking time not thinking about work, I just try to focus on the colors and shapes and feelings that I have while I'm in the park. By the time I get back to my house, I'm much more relaxed and focused, and more often than not, I have new ideas for the projects I'm working on.

You're my Boo!
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your cards?
One of my biggest sources of inspiration is actually my husband. He has really great ideas, and he's usually got something when I tell him I'm stuck. My only Halloween card is a perfect example. I really wanted to make a Halloween card, and I nothing that I had been doing was working. So I asked Sam and he said "You should do something with ghosts." And from there, the whole card was born. I know it sounds silly, but usually that's all I need to get an idea moving.

Peace on Earth
What is your favourite item in your store?
My green and gold Peace On Earth card is my favorite one right now. For one thing, I love the colors, and I think this card has a really nice balance of all three. But my favorite thing is that it's just so calm and simple. I really worked hard on this one not to overdo anything, but to simply let the shapes and words speak for themselves, and it think I was pretty successful with that. And, I just love Christmas :)

'Ombre' Thank You
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Thankyou so much Alyssa! She has kindly offered 20% off her entire shop for the rest of the month with the code 'GALLERY20'.

You can follow along with Alyssa on Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram to see behind-the-scenes and get sneak peeks when new collections are released!

xo,
B
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