Day 59: Stop and look around you

The entire world can inspire you in ways you couldn’t even imagine. All you have to do is stop and look around you to find your muse.

Today’s muse comes from an iron headboard I saw posted on Pinterest.

I know what you’re thinking, “Really?!?! I headboard was your inspiration today?”

Well, yes. What’s wrong with that?

The headboard had this amazing scroll work that give it an Art Nouveau design. I just used that as my inspiration for today’s card.

Good Night.

02.28.14 Inspired by an iron headboard © 2014 Stacy Schilling

02.28.14 Inspired by an iron headboard
© 2014 Stacy Schilling


Day 58: Make it personal

Most people are not artists nor would consider themselves creative in any way.

But that’s okay because everyone is NOT good at everything.

Sometimes we get in the habit of thinking that to give a card, it must be store bought and perfect.

I hate to break it to you, but sometimes the best cards are handmade, and you can really express your creativity and personality in it.

In my day, I have been known to make my own cards (not on the computer) by hand and send them to my clients. I’ll admit that I don’t do this often enough, but I should get back to doing it. Maybe I’ll choose a few of the cards from this challenge and then send them to my clients. Who knows.

Anyway, today’s thank you card is an example of a handwritten card you could create yourself and give to someone. And yes, the “thank you” is NOT a font. It is my own handwriting (I use a Bamboo Wacome tablet when I work.) created directly in Illustrator.

Be inspired.

02.27.14 Inspired by handwriting © 2014 Stacy Schilling

02.27.14 Inspired by handwriting
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 57: I love a BIG smile!

When I see a sunflower, I get the BIGGEST smile on my face.

I love, love, love sunflowers!

Most people don’t love sunflowers and that’s okay. I’m sure you probably pegged me as a rose or tulip kind of girl, and although I do love a good bouquet of roses, sunflowers make my heart melt.

Sunflowers just make me smile. 🙂

Today’s card is inspired by my own artwork: The Sunflower Garden.

Years ago, I created a sunflower series of brightly colored sunflowers on a black background. I know what you’re thinking, “A black background?”. Well, yes.

What’s wrong with a black background?

Before I finish my explanation for my series, let me give you a little background on me as an artist.

I’m considered a contemporary artist – and some of my work clearly reflects it, especially my money series (Yes…there is real money in some of my paintings and they are all for sale so just ask for the price and let’s make a deal!) Anyhow, in college I was known to do something highly unusual. From my seventh grade art class, I learned how to draw upside down, and I used to do this technique in my college art classes. Well, in my Drawing II class, we had to pick an artist from a list and draw in their style. The artist I wanted to draw from wasn’t on the list, but I got permission. Can you take a guess who it was?

Give up?

It was Henri Matisse, who has a thing for drawing and painting from nude models, and…do something unexpected in his work.

Yes, I did a drawing of a nude model (because I was an art student this is pretty normal in the art world and not inappropriate) and put something unexpected in the drawing – because I couldn’t get the model’s hand to look right, I drew in a big flower where the hand was supposed to be. Then, I drew a stem from the flower to the right edge of the paper – something Matisse would totally do.

Well, when it came time to get feedback from my peers, most didn’t like what I did with the flower. However, my professor made the comment, “this is something Matisse would do”, I knew I got an A on my final piece and in the class. 🙂

Okay, back to my painting series and today’s card. So, I decided that my Matisse moment would be to put the sunflowers on a black background so they would “pop”.

For my card, I just did a quick drawing of what a painting would look like in my series. Check out my artwork – which by the way is all for sale (hint, hint).

In a tribute to myself, here’s today’s card.

02.26.14 Inspired by my own artwork © 2014 Stacy Schilling

02.26.14 Inspired by my own artwork
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 55: Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles everywhere

When I was a kid growing up, one of my favorite summertime activities was blowing bubbles.

You know what I’m talking about?

It was the plastic brightly colored bottle and a cool looking wand that when dipped in the bubble solution and then flicked through the air, dozens of bubbles would fly around you. They were pretty to look at and fun to see how many you could make at one time.

If I had a bubbles right now and it wasn’t cold and dark outside, I’d make some bubbles.

Anyhow, the idea for bubbles popped into my head because I’m working on a logo for a client right now that wants to incorporate water in their logo identity somehow. I had to take a break from working on it to make my card and clear my head, but I guess my subconscious is telling me that maybe I should incorporate a bubble somehow. Or, it could be the design style to use – very illustrative with gradients an all. I very rarely use gradients in my logo work, but on a rare occasion they make an appearance into the design.

Check out today’s card and tell me if you can find the hidden message.

02.24.14 Inspired by bubbles © 2014 Stacy Schilling

02.24.14 Inspired by bubbles
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 54: I love, love the 1950s style

While searching Pinterest for inspiration to get my creative juices rolling, I stumbled upon a picture of interior design from the 1950s that caught my eye.

I’m a sucker for anything from the 1950s / Mid Century period.

There’s just something so cool and interesting about that design style, which explains why so many of my cards (at this point) are slightly similar to that time period.

I think at some point I will come out of the 1950s and move into another time period, but until then…enjoy today’s card.

02.23.14 Inspired by 1950s interior design © 2014 Stacy Schilling

02.23.14 Inspired by 1950s interior design
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 53: I just don’t feel like designing today

I still don’t feel like designing. I’m just not in the mood.

That happens with designers. Sometimes our creativity keeps running and we can’t keep up with it, and other times it runs dry as a well on a hot desert day. And then there are days when we just don’t feel like being creative. There’s nothing wrong with that…it just happens.

Eventually we see something that inspires us and then our creativity takes off like a bullet flying out a shot gun!

My juices are slowing down. It could be that I’m tired and haven’t felt like my body and mind has gotten enough sleep. I need one good day to sleep in late, past 11:00 a.m. to recharge my batteries – that didn’t happen this week. 😦 Or, it could be that my upper shoulders are so sore that I can’t focus until I can get the muscles to loosen up, then I’ll feel better.

Or it could be that I really don’t feel like being on the computer. It happens!

So if you think my designs are cheesy right now, don’t give up on me. This is what happens to every creative individual out there that wants to be creative 24/7, but just can’t.

I am a prime example that you can’t be creative 24/7. I need a break!

Anyhow, here is today’s card.

02.22.14 Inspired by Illustrator © 2014 Stacy Schilling

02.22.14 Inspired by Illustrator
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 52: There is no rhyme or reason

When you’re on a time crunch, it’s interesting to see what the final result will be when you get finished.

This is what happened to today’s design.

I came home tired from work and I really didn’t feel like being on the computer at all. There are days I just don’t feel like designing.

But instead of giving up, I decided to push myself to create a card because of my commitment to create one every day. I have 313 more cards to create.

Ugh…will I make it?

Anyhow, I didn’t have a plan or inspiration for today’s design. I just opened up Illustrator and started creating shapes with shapes, and ended up with a pair of eyes as my starting point. Then, I somehow morphed everything into a cartoon-like face with a body like a caterpillar. I’m not very good at creating cartoons, but I gave it my best shot.

Well, then the card needed some color and text.

And violá…a finished thank you card.

What do you think?

02.21.14 Inspired by Illustrator © 2014 Stacy Schilling

02.21.14 Inspired by Illustrator
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 51: When your day gets turned upside down

Have you ever had one of those days when you felt like your day was turned upside down?

I had that happen to me twice today! Something comes in unexpectedly and puts a monkey wrench into your whole day and ruins it.

Well, if you’ve ever had one of those days…this card is dedicated to you.

It’s almost Friday!!!!

02.20.14 Inspired by an upside down day © 2014 Stacy Schilling

02.20.14 Inspired by an upside down day
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 50: Everything is an inspiration

I have a headache tonight because I am very tired. I had a very long, but productive day and I didn’t get everything done on my to do list.

As usual, I’m too tired to think let alone design, but I have to. I made commitment to myself and all my awesome blog followers (Thank you for following my blog! You guys rock!) to design a thank you card everyday. So here I am on Day 50 creating another card.

Yippy Skippy.

Anyway, I searched Pinterest for some ideas, but came up short. However, I did see a cool looking red suede high heel that inspired today’s color palate.

As for design wise, nothing jumped out at me. But then I started going through my font collection (I have over 3,000 fonts and keep collecting more because you can never have too many fonts!), when I forgot that I had the “Rubber Stamp” font and decided to use it.

So, imaging I was using an actual rubber stamp and red ink pad, I started stamping the heck out of the paper and created today’s design.

Sometimes, it’s not what you don’t have…it’s what you do have and what you make of it.

02.19.14 Inspired by a rubber stamp © 2014 Stacy Schilling

02.19.14 Inspired by a rubber stamp
© 2014 Stacy Schilling