Artist Love: Reva of Daughter Zion Designs

I was introduced to Reva's shop, Daughter Zion Designs, at the end of last year, and I knew immediately that I had to feature her :) Her work features some of my favourite elements - watercolour, calligraphy, florals, and more - blended so elegantly. And she's Canadian. So it was just a matter of time until she made an appearance here!

I'm so excited Reva agreed to the feature - there's even a little giveaway for you at the end! - so please keep reading to find out more about her gorgeous shop!
Small Things
What inspired you to open your shop? What was/is your goal or motivation behind it?
My husband, Josh, was the final push for me to open my shop, plus lots of friends and family. I've always been a maker of lots of handmade things, and I couldn't tell you the last time I bought a card for someone. I've always been the one in our family to make all my cards by hand, usually with unique lettering. My goal when I started the shop was to just make at least one sell. I thought that if I could sell at least one of my pieces, I'd be stoked. When I launched my shop, it was at 1 in the morning, so right after publishing my first listings, I went to bed. I was thrilled when I woke up to more than one sale the next morning! Currently, my goal is to use my talent for the glory of God. Most of my pieces are leaning towards scripture and faith filled words. My motivation behind my shop is 1 Corinthians 10:31 "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

Genesis 24:67
What is the process of creation like?
When I come across quotes or scripture pieces that stand out to me, or when someone emails me with a custom request, I usually start with a sketch. I loosely work out lettering styles, to see what's going to fit in the space of the design. If it's a custom request, the customer gets the sketch emailed to them to see if it's something they like, or if any revisions need to be made. From there, I usually do another more refined sketch, and trace that onto my final paper. Then I head in with ink, using a pointed-pen to the calligraphy or hand lettering. If there's going to be an colour, I use watercolour as my main medium. Sometimes it will be painted on before lettering for a background, or after, if it's floral works or other illustrated elements around the lettering.
You Make Beautiful Things
Where do you find inspiration for your prints and/or cards?
I read my Bible everyday, so I often find scripture references from there. Sometimes I'll come across great quotes on Pinterest, or through listening to music. Mumford and Sons have definitely helped me out a lot! For colours, I take pictures of beautiful flowers that I come across going on walks, or in my family's gardens. My mom and grandma have such beautiful gardens, so when I'm there in the spring and summer, I take the time to snap a few pictures for reference.

You use watercolours & calligraphy (like the one below!), two of my favourites! When did you first start using those mediums?
I love watercolour and calligraphy! I've been a watercolour lover for the last few years, but have used it off and on for the last 15 years. I learned from the greatest art teach I've ever had, Cindy More, and think of her often when I pick up my brush to paint. I first used a pointed-pen in high school, and I completely hated it! I couldn't even tell you what you made me pick it up again. Over the last couple years, I started using it regularly. India ink and Sumi inks produce such beautiful, rich blacks, and I just fell in love. i bought books, watched YouTube videos, and took Molly Jacques Modern Calligraphy class on Skillshare. If anyone is interested in learning calligraphy, I would definitely recommend her class. Now I make sure that I'm purchasing quality inks and nibs, and comfortable nib holders. (Paper Ink Arts and John Neal Bookseller are both excellent resources.) Be patient, and practice practice practice! And trust me, from experience, even left handed people can be successful calligraphers.

Oscar Wilde
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints? 
My Oscar Wilde print had a small 'aha' moment. This piece was originally a custom order, which I now sell as a print in the shop. I was looking forward to creating this piece for the customer, but when I opened the message with their inspiration photos, which was 4 different photos of flowers and painting styles, I didn't know what to do. The inspiration photos were all so different, in completely different painting styles, and I was flabbergasted as to how I was going to pull these all together. Usually I don't do much in terms of sketching out the watercolour parts, especially flowers, as I like them to develop more organically. For this piece, however, I felt that I needed more planning to make it work. In the end though, I was so happy with how the flowers turned out! I love that this customer trusted me enough to get all their inspiration pieces to work together.

Daughter of the King
What is your favourite item in your store?
One of my favourite pieces in the store is the Daughter of the King card. This was one of the first pieces I ever made. It means so much to me, as it rings so true to me as being a daughter of Jesus Christ. A close second, if not a tie for first favourite, is Beautiful Things, which comes from the Gunger song after the same name. I could listen to, and sing, this song over and over. You can listen to their live version here.

A whole load of new items are coming to the shop soon! I've been working lots for the last coupe months on new pieces, plus new fun things in the shop! I've fallen for Project Life, and have been working on creating something fun for others who use this scrapbooking method. I've also been working on a wedding line, which I'm hoping to launch soon! Keep an eye on the shop and blog over the next couple weeks to see the release.


Thankyou so much Reva!! I'm excited to explore some of those calligraphy links - need to buy some new nibs & practice! I think the new wedding line will be gorgeous too - exciting stuff!!

Reva was sweet enough to offer you guys a chance to win one of her cards, which could totally be framed as a print too :) Enter via the Rafflecopter box below!

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If you can't wait to win the giveaway, Reva is offering 15% her shop with the code GALLERYNO8 until March 30!

You can follow Reva & Daughter Zion Designs on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest, as well as her shop & blog of course!