I'm excited to finally be able to share the Minted holiday cards I've been designing, submitting, and then prepping for months and months. I am incredibly honored that this first design, "Winterberry," placed 25th out of over 5,400 entries:
"Merely by pursuing what you love you may inadvertently end up helping us plenty. “There is no love which does not become help,” taught the theologian Paul Tillich. Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascination, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. The rest of it will take care of itself." —Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
With all that is going on in America this past week, it has been difficult for me to concentrate on my art because it seems like there are so many other things I "should" be doing. But being creative brings me joy. So I will keep on, and hope that, in addition to however else I can help, doing what I love will somehow breed more love in this world, and vigilantly express gratitude for having the good fortune to do it.
I recently listened to Big Magic and it resonated with me and lifted me up. Elizabeth Gilbert's voice is enchanting, so get it as an audiobook if you have the opportunity. I recommend drawing or painting while you listen to it, if that is your craft. Although, beware: you may have to keep pausing because you will want to record for future reference the many gems you will find.
This is one of the drawings I created with my coveted Koi watercolor brush pens while I soaked up the magic:
And these are three of the four art prints in the series I created from that drawing:
This series is fun and playful, and has me excited about continuing to experiment with shape and color in this vein. I submitted this series to the Minted x West Elm challenge and if you are so inclined, I would love your vote:
Petals No. 1: www.minted.com/design-rating/736919
Petals No. 2: www.minted.com/design-rating/736927
Petals No. 3: www.minted.com/design-rating/736947
Petals No. 4: www.minted.com/design-rating/736961
I have been working on holiday products since April and I am so excited to finally be able to start sharing them! I have 21 new products that launched this year for my Minted holiday collection, including photo cards, ornament cards, corporate cards, party invitations, and wrapping paper. AND my "Doves" holiday photo card placed 36th out of over 5.000 entries, which is such a huge honor!
This has been such a great year for me for Minted. I really pushed myself because I love Minted and I want to make it an even bigger part of my business. This year I got a record-breaking (for me) 14 holiday picks, including corporate cards, photo cards, ornaments, New Year's cards, and an online invitation! And on top of that, I am so very pleased that my Warm Holiday Wishes card took 22nd place out of 4,661 entries! It is a huge honor to place in the top 50 in Minted's holiday card challenge as it is very competitive.
Also, Brittany Jepsen, creative visionary behind The House That Lars Built, was asked to be a guest judge and pick her favorite card for Minted's "Winter Wonderland Non-Photo Holiday Challenge" and she chose my Bursts and Swirls card! (see below)
And my Uh Oh card won the Holly Jolly Award for funniest card!