It has been a long winter and that says a lot coming from someone who typically loves cold weather. Don’t get me wrong, I try to see the beauty in all God gives us but sometimes the muddy snow on the side of the street is just plain uninspiring. Over the years I’ve learned to surround myself with simple things that lift me up. The past few weeks I’ve been making regular visits to the market to get a little Spring in my home. Even simple roses are enough to lift my spirits and pull me out of the winter blues.
So curious to see what I’ve been up to over the last few weeks? Come along then…
My Mom recently had surgery after months of suffering with a rare condition. All went smoothly so of course we celebrated with dinner, some time spent together and of course flowers. I painted this juicy Anemone Flower just last night. So what you ask is juicy when it comes to painting? This is a word I’ve come to use a lot of the years, a word that when I utter it, The Momental Girls just kind of laugh and look away.
Juicy isn’t just about pigment hitting wet paper and exploding. Juicy in my mind is the moment where color bursts onto the page but even when dry it still seems to distill that magic moment where watercolor mingles and does its beautiful thing… Not all watercolors are juicy simply because not all watercolors have a vibrant spirit…
If you don’t already follow me on Instagram… you might want to! My newest paintings seem to find their way there and of course other daily randomness. Matthew Robbins creates these cool #HuntandGather posts daily which inspire me to no end. Of course I had to design a pattern after this one he posted a few weeks back.
I’ve become obsessed with Roseville Pottery lately…like really obsessed. The kind of crazy where I will attend any auction within 50 mils that features even one piece of this chalky hued, sculptural floral pottery. So I’ve been filling my Roseville collection with blooms and winter greens and painting each…so has begun a series…
These watercolors are certainly not juicy but still have a distinctive mood I love.
Recently I created elements for a new Watercolor Peony Pattern…I was really feeling the groove when painting these lovelies even though my reference weren’t the real thing but photos…. A bit of juiciness happening here for sure…
I’ve been waiting a long, long time to share this project with the world. This funny thing happens in the publishing world…it requires patience – something we all don’t have too much of these days, myself sometimes included. Having your work featured in a print magazine requires an insane amount of patience but as an artist I have to tell you nothing beats seeing your work on the glossy pages of a national magazine. Experiencing the evolution of an idea from its original spark to full blown professional images is quite the privilege and I am grateful. We capped off last week with a sneak peek at our cover editorial for Destination I Do Magazine (on newsstands February 18th)and this week we received word that our Sepia Art Shoot originally created in…wait for it… fall of 2012!!! was on newsstands in the latest issue of Bridal Guide Magazine! So today I’m finally sharing a peek of our Sepia Wedding Ideas….just a peek though, more to come.
I’ve been enthralled with Sepia since college…since the first time I picked up a piece of Sepia hued charcoal for my first figure drawing class. Its rich tone is neither muddy or heavy but still intense and powerful. Neither brown nor red, it meets the eye somewhere in the middle of a rosey amber glow that is nothing short of enchanting. As for photography Sepia conjures images of a bygone era’s slim smiles of women dressed is ruffles and rhinestones.
Sepia is simply intoxicating in its many shades and forms and this project is dedicated to all its wonder.
Want to see more of what inspired these Sepia inspired wedding ideas? Head here to the Pinterest board that started it all! From Rose Gold finishes and gold flatware to Terracotta textures and creamy hued peonies. this wedding inspiration scene speaks in muted notes of color…sweet, rosey-blush Sepia.
So this is certainly only the beginning of what I have to share but head out and pick up a copy of Bridal Guide Magazine to see for yourself!! XO
Styling, Stationery, Custom Linens, Concept – Momental Designs :: Production and Design – Forevermore Events :: Photography – With Loves and Embers :: Floral – Bloomers :: Gowns – Wattters :: Hair and Makeup – Julie Thomas :: Calligraphy – Moya Minns :: Vintage Rentals – Big Day Vintage :: Sweets – Carly at 25 Main
As we sit here with the freezing wind blowing outside I desperately needed a breath of fresh air…a reminder of all things Spring to come. So here we have it. A few years back I created a collection of wedding invitation suites inspired by the seasons. This Watercolor Leaf invitation suite was my homage to Spring. I chose a monochromatic palette of strong greens and hand painted every piece…no printed watercolor finishes here…not a chance.
Jill and Ryan from With Love and Embers brought such emotion to each image and somehow were able to capture the spirit in each. One of my favorite moments below is the vintage thread buckle designed to secure all pieces.
I began with a palette of green stocks and then chose the perfect ink to compliment. Mixing a bit of white into the watercolor ensured the vibrant colors would still sing strong against the bold stocks.
Textured stocks mimicking watercolor paper allowed the watercolor brushstrokes to really come alive!
Diving into a momentaldesigns.com overhaul. Excited to make this site easier to navigate and tell the story of our work that much better than before!
Planning an amazing editorial project inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid!
Still reeling a bit over our work seen inside and on the cover of the latest Destination I Do Magazine!
My artist brain is swimming in shades of red raspberry, fuchsia and all thing Peony after chatting with Nicole about her wedding invitation vision. When someone love flowers as much as I do, well…I get pretty inspired. How about those etched glass charms? Dreaming up the perfect invitation presentation design to include these lovelies! There is something enchanting about this mix of tonal reds, fuchsia and pink…the richness lends itself to a masterful watercolor painting…don’t you think?
I love days like today. This post, although completely impromptu, comes with it an insane amount of anticipation. Today a big box of magazine arrived and surprised us all! Last September, my team and I traveled to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina to make art. Today I’m not planning to say much more…really just want to revel and celebrate all that came of one simple spark of an idea. So incredibly humbled to have our styling and bouquet work on the cover along with the talents of Claire Pettibone, Wendy at Blush Asheville and Emily Anne Hair.
The Abbey Gown from Claire Pettibone…
We assembled vintage millinery elements like beaded berries, textured puffs, buttons, fabric flowers, hand painted paper blooms and ferns, all to create this eclectic wedding bouquet. My favorite detail are the paper sweet peas spilling from the bouquet and trailing along the velvet ribbon lengths…
Styling, Stationery, Bouquet and Shoot Design – Momental Designs :: Photography – With Love and Embers :: Custom Calligraphy – Meant to Be Calligraphy :: Venue – Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC :: Gown – Claire Pettibone :: Makeup – Blush Asheville :: Hair – Emily Anne Hair