First thing’s first: we received a special treat this week, with an amazing birthday party surprise involving some of our favorite wrapping paper designs. Photographer and language & literacy champion and blogger, Michelle of Avery & Augustine, threw a fantastic birthday party with a few of our wrapping sheets as the guests of honor. She made us a few faux invitations with a blog-able address and phone number (ten points each if you can guess the books where they both originated) for her bookish birthday party and book drive. Check out that duplexed invite with Christian Robinson’s “Candles” wrap on the back! Wooo! Plus, a copy of Kelly Dipucchio and Christian Robinson’s latest installment of the Gaston series, Antoinette. We are so inspired by this creative suite! Check out more of Avery & Augustine’s bright ideas and photos over on her blog or Instagram. Thank you, Michelle!
Happy post-Valentine’s Day! Are you suffering from a love hangover? Well, grab a Bloody Mary and cozy up to freshen up your creativity with some of the color inspiration we are obsessing over lately. Color palette inspiration at it’s best: from the rich browns, to the deep purples, the dusty browns and sultry shadows, we are putting together a lovely collection of work to get our juices flowing. What color palettes are motivating you this winter? Take a look below at some of ours and enjoy!
Happy post-Valentine’s Day! Are you suffering from a love hangover? Well, grab a Bloody Mary and check out these color palettes that we’ve been obsessing over. The sultry shadows, the deep purples and the sweet chartreuse. Ooh, lala we are loving it. What colors are getting you inspired as of late?
Hey there, cupcake! Valentine’s Day is just another excuse for us to keep the love flowing, so we thought we’d bring you ten of our favorite fun factoids about l’amour to get you ramped up and ready for February 14th. Read on to learn more about love than the fact that it really is all you need. How many of these do you know?
- Animals that mate for life:
- barn owls
- bald eagles
- golden eagles
- Gibbon apes
- brolga cranes
- French angel fish
- sandhill cranes
- red-tailed hawks
- prairie voles
- black vultures
2. The enduring symbol of love, Cupid (or Eros) is said to have come from Chaos (“The Yawning Void”) and represents the primitive forces of love and desire.
3. Scientists suggest that most people will fall in love approximately seven times before marriage.
4. “Light My Fire” by the Doors was the number 1 Billboard single in 1967 for three weeks, when it was succeeded by “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles.
5. Genie’s Rule Number 2 from Disney’s Aladdin is that he can’t make anybody fall in love with anybody else–you little punim there!
6. Roses are a traditional symbol of different types of love, depending on their color:
- Red roses: passion and true love
- Light pink: desire, passion and energy
- Dark pink: gratitude
- Yellow roses: friendship or jealousy
- White roses: virtue or devotion
- Lavender or thornless rose: love at first sight
7. Engagement rings are often worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because the ancient Greeks maintained that that finger contains the vena amoris, or the “vein of love,” that runs straight to the heart. The first recorded wedding rings appear in ancient Egypt, with the circle representing eternity as well as powerful sun and moon deities.
8. Allegedly, Robert Smith of The Cure was inspired to write “The Love Cats” after reading the novel, The Vivisector by Patrick White, which details the demise of a love triangle, infidelity, and a sack of stray cats.
9. Cleopatra once swallowed a pearl that was submerged in a cocktail to settle a bet with her lover, Marc Anthony, about her power and wealth.
10. Mothers always have their children in the back of their minds – now it seems that this is quite literally true. Fetal DNA can enter a mother’s brain and remain there for decades, according to autopsies of female brains. (Newscientist.com)
Sources: Factretriever.com, Wikipedia.com, and Petful.com
What inspires you? Lights your soul? Gives your imagination flight? Breathes passion into the day? Here at Red Cap, the answer to those questions has one answer: talent. Beautiful, unfiltered, human talent. We admit that we have fallen down what we like to call the Instagram Rabbit Hole: a trip that may last for hours and hours as we comb through inspirational photos of all types of work in all mediums and manifestations.
Today, we grouped a few that we are really loving as of late to show off and hopefully start your journey down the rabbit hole. See below for the favorites, and keep up the amazing work everyone!
@yasminemei | floral designer | yasminefloraldesign.com
Based out of Los Angeles, Yasmine creates stunning works of floral design with “an emphasis on the ethereal, simple, and classical.” With a mix of traditional flowers and exotic plants, her instagram is full of inspiration if you love the greenery like us. Just look at those tiny bananas!
@teaaalexis | renders | lairs.tumblr.com
These images are going to blow your mind! Alexis Christodoulou creates renderings (yep, you read that right–NOT photos) of imaginary architectural spaces that we could dream about for days. Hailing from South Africa, Alexis works in advertising (and a bit with his family’s winemaking business) and is not a formally trained architect. Read much more of his fantastic story at The New York Times Style Magazine: Singapore.
@kelseyemc | photographer | kelseymcclellan.com
@pandahandler | stylist | michelle-maguire.com
This photographer and prop stylist team has created some of the freshest images we have seen in a while! Together, they create tiny vignettes of food-inspired art, and much more. The story behind “Wardrobe Snacks” via Michelle’s website is delectable:
Wardrobe Snacks was inspired by diners lacking the luxury of being seated at a table: my stepdad who rests his sandwich on his thigh (hell with a plate!) in between bites while he blasts an action movie on his TV; a commuter cramped up on a crowded bus retrieving an item from a bag or pocket; a lunch-breaker on a park bench eating from her lap. They’re informal — perhaps even a bit awkward — spaces as far as eating is concerned, yet the diners always appear to be comfortable and perfectly satisfied with their chosen snack, almost Zen-like.
I am committed to my work, and to my lifestyle. In my work, I am committed to using fine and sturdy fabrics in the collection, because I want the pieces to last a very long time. I am committed to making everything in Los Angeles, because it is important to me to support my community. I choose these things because I believe they are right and good. In my life, I know that I deserve to be a sane person. I know that I need time away to be sane, so I take it. Not because I am spoiled, but because I value my existence as a happy, balanced person. Everyone deserves this.
@avionclothier | designer + store owner | avionclothier.com
Katherine Tsina Bird is the designer and store owner of Avion Clothier. Based in New York and Los Angeles, Katherine combines her training in dance with a tremendous talent in fashion design to create clothing with air, life, and flight. And fun fact: she also happens to be married to another great talent: musician Andrew Bird.
@ambergressphotography | photographer | ambergress.com/blog
You may remember a few photos that we have posted that were taken by Amber Gress in the past, and she continues to inspire us with her work! A self-proclaimed “photographer, traveler and lover,” Amber photographs everything from people to weddings to scenic sites and magical moments. Each of her photos holds a unique story, and we love ‘hearing’ them.
@shopgordon | handmade apparel | shopgordon.co
Another talented clothier, Leah Redmond is Shop Gordon. She creates “simple, utilitarian fashion, made-to-order for the eco-conscious and fashion forward woman.” Inspired by her childhood in Hawaii, Leah created her debut collection in the traditional Hawaiian plantation fabric, Palaka, modernized for men and women today.
Hello, Krista Perry! We wanted to show you a little sneak peek of one of our upcoming artists, Krista Perry, whose designs will be debuting this coming Spring for Red Cap Cards. Playful and bursting with color, with a dash of psychedelic nostalgia, Krista’s art just makes us happy. Nods to mid-century patterns plus bold fluorescents and bright colors make her sketchbooks stand-alone pieces of art. Check out the fantastic sketchbook video below for even more of her work. Also, make sure to follow her on Instagram for nearly daily updates of what she has been working on.
Located in Massachusetts, Krista studied and received an honors BFA in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she was recognized by the Society of Illustrators Student Competition, and was printed on the cover of their student catalogue.
We also adore the bio on her site, which is as colorful as her artwork:
“When she isn’t illustrating, she loves people watching, seeing live music, and daydreaming about fabulous Italian dishes.
Someday she would like to….
- own a fully-functioning disco ball (and learn how to dance)
- be on The Price is Right
- hug a real live cactus in a real live desert
- go on a pizza date with John Stamos (have mercy, am I right?)
- open her own roller rink
- go on tour with a band“
The holidays are winding down, and it’s time to send all of that love that you received back out into the world. This year as we’re clearing away the holiday decorations, making resolutions, and getting very tired of all those leftovers, don’t forget to say thank you! Say thank you to family, friends, teachers, co-workers, helpers, grandparents, baristas, or anyone who has touched your lives for the better. Keep the love flowing!
We’ve collected a few Instagram photos of beautifully illustrated thank you cards from some of our Red Cap artists below to get you inspired to write a handwritten note to those who mean the most to you. To see more, just click over to the entire thank you card collection, and thank you to YOU!
Happiest of holidays! We are busy moving our warehouse this week, so any orders that are made from now on will ship on January 10th with expedited shipping at no additional charge. In the meantime, have a magical holiday, and we hope that you and yours are warm, cozy, and filled with love this holiday season. Take a look at some of our favorite festive illustrations and photos below. Be merry & jolly, and we will see you next week.
Happy Thursday! The leaves are changing colors all over the country and LA is a crisp autumn 103°. This week, we are taking a look at what some of our talented Red Cap artists are up to, as well as showcasing a special giveaway we are sponsoring with Books for Diversity. Take a look!
In celebration of our newest collection by Christian Robinson, we’re partnering up Books for Diversity on a special giveaway! Win a copy of When’s My Birthday? (by Julie Fogliani, with illustration by Robinson), The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade (by Justin Roberts with illustration by Robinson), and a set of sixteen new Red Cap birthday cards designed by Christian Robinson. Click over to the Books for Diversity Instagram to see how to enter the giveaway!
Also, we are fully embracing the art of fall, and with this beautiful piece of fall foliage heaven by Red Cap artist, Carolyn Gavin–how could you not? Click over to her Instagram for gorgeous work and amazing process videos of her art work.
We are equally impressed with Red Cap artist, Josie Portillo‘s beautiful work which she showcased on her Instagram this week–an editorial piece for The Washington Post‘s Book World in celebration of The Library of Congress’s National Book Festival. Also, make sure to swing by and check out her newest cover for The War I Finally Won, a sequel to the well-loved The War that Saved My Life, out now!
Were you as in love with Triangle as we were? Debuting on May 8th, 2018, meet the second installment of Red Cap artist, Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett’s “shape trilogy” with Square. We can’t wait to check this one out, and if you’re just as excited, make sure you take a look at our “It’s In The Eyes” essay which focuses on Klaassen’s ability to capture emotion in simplistic eye illustrations. Be there or be….
Also this week, we caught a glimpse of Red Cap artist, Kate Pugsley‘s brand new 2018 calendar with Frankie Magazine! The description got us excited: “with a whole year of radness to lay your peepers on, the 2018 frankie calendar is really a bit of a doozy. each month is spruced up with illustrations from some of our favourite artists, like pete cromer, lieke van der vorst and kate pugsley.” Yes, please!
If you’re in the mood or some Badass Bunnies, Cats or Dogs in your text stream, make sure you download Red Cap artist, Anke Weckmann‘s brand new collection of emoji stickers to make your text messages way more awesome than they currently are. Let’s be honest–would you rather send three “Yay” bunnies quietly cheering in a row or one more sad thumbs-up emoji? You decide. Click here to grab your own Anke emoji stickers.
Last but not least, our dreams are coming true, with Christian Robinson‘s brand new line of Cotton + Steel fabrics, coming in March 2018. We’ve only seen this special glimpse on his Instagram, but it sure made us want to start sewing 1960s shift dresses and kitchen aprons.
Have a great week!
What’s new with our amazing artists? What a delight it is to scroll through Instagram and find out what new and exciting projects they are lending their talents to. Whether it’s a sketchbook piece, a new collaboration, or a sneak peek at something brewing–we’re always intrigued and inspired. Scroll below to check out some of the new work and projects that our tight family of collaborators are working on when they’re not doodling for us:
Photos as linked above.
We are in the midst of summer! We hope you are enjoying the life-giving rays and beautiful days. If you’re on the beach or sitting, sipping cocktails poolside, make sure to scroll through some of the amazing artwork that our artists are offering up on Instagram. We picked a sampling of a few great photos of work by our Red Cap artists from the past week to suit your fancy. Click the link below each photo for more, and make sure to follow us (@redcapcards). Happy browsing!
We hope you enjoyed your International Women’s Day! Whether or not you took the day off in honor of #adaywithoutawoman, or you simply celebrated your fellow and/or favorite females, we felt the love yesterday. In honor of the International Women’s Day, we wanted to present some beautiful work by some of our favorite female artists–Red Cap Cards artists! See below for work some beautiful work they created and make sure to visit their websites, linked via our artists page. We love and respect you all. The future is female!
We hope you’re getting ready to hunker down with your honey tonight–and by all means, a “honey” may represent your spouse, partner, child, pet, or really just a huge box of Junior Mints. Whatever works. We love you oh-so-much at Red Cap Cards. Have fun, eat some candies, and enjoy the love that is within your grasp. Here’s a few visual treats to get you started…
Happy Valentine’s Day!
What a delightful time of year! Autumn days bring cozy-cuddling, candy corn, and warm cider…sweaters, foliage, and pumpkin spice. Last year we had fun with our Life in Fall by Sarah Burwash and Life in Halloween Kids by Kelsey Garrity-Riley post, and this year, we wanted to focus on the spectacular and spooky art work that our Red Cap artists have produced on their own. We took a crisp stroll through their blogs, tumblrs, and Instagrams to find these beautiful illustrations that will you have you ready to go trick or treating (especially that fantastic animated gif by Yelena Bryksenkova!) Happy Halloween, everyone!
Woo hoo! It’s a great week on Instagram. We love following along with all of our artists, because it makes it easy to take sneak peeks at what they are working on along the way. We get to honor their individual processes and get a little glimpse in the process. And not just artists–we also love to see what bloggers and more are up to. This week…we’ve been in on the action as well!
This past weekend, we were excited to support Avery & Augustine’s Little LitFest (#littlelitfest), which fosters community through the love of children’s literature. The attendees to the event packed sunny yellow suitcases with items from Lately Lily, Isabel Roxas, Scout Books, Sakura and Zig Zag City Guides, as well as our cards by author/illustrator, Jon Klassen, and illustrator, Christian Robinson.
Plus, some inspiration from Anke Weckmann, who released another Sketchbook video on her Youtube channel. Makes us want to get to work!:
Last but certainly not least, we are getting in the mood for the upcoming holidays. We know it’s only September, but we just can’t resist! Keep following our feed for more photos of our new holiday collection. Or check out the entire lot, here.
Squad goals is most definitely correct. Who caught this Instagram post from Red Cap Cards artist, Chris Sasaki, on Sunday night? We are so proud of him for his fantastic work on the OSCAR winning Best Animated Feature, Pixar's Inside Out. What a special night! Congrats, Chris! View all of Chris's designs for Red Cap, here.
Also found on Instagram: sneak peeks of Jon Klassen's third installment of the “Hat” trilogy: We Found a Hat. The book will be released on October 11th of this year, but in the meantime, check out the cover illustration and interior glimpse. We are loving the Mojave feel! Click over to view Jon's designs for Red Cap to tide you over for a spell. This one looks especially relevant!
Happy Tuesday, everyone!
It's been a while since we've caught up with our artists on Instagram. If you're not currently following them, make sure you do so after checking out some of their most recent posts. Anything from art work to their studio spaces, every day musings and new projects–we're hooked. Plus, it's fun to feel like we get an insider look before anyone else! Click on the screen-grabs below to be taken to their Instagram feeds:
Lizzy Stewart has two new pieces out (one for sale now, and one on pre-order). Check out Lizzy's new annual planner design for Little Otsu below, which can be found on their site, here. Produced each year by a different artist, we are so excited to see that Lizzy is in the hot seat for 2016.
“The tenth installment of the Little Otsu Annual Weekly Planner returns with all the great aspects from the previous volumes including more artwork from the wonderful London-based artist Lizzy Stewart! All the useful features you've come to expect from the Annual (undated monthly and weekly spreads, handy list pages, easy-to-use wire-o binding) are combined with the added charm of Lizzy's artwork, ranging from seaside landscapes to architecture to found objects to animals with a special emphasis this year on images from her travels. Each weekly spread features a different drawing so there's a new experience each week to add inspiration to organization.”
Plus pre-order her travel zine on her site, here, which will be shipping September 9th. If you can't get to Europe on your own, trust us, you will WANT to see it through the eyes of Lizzy Stewart.
“32 page, full colour zine of my sketchbook kept on a 12 day trip from Vienna via Croatia to Venice. Drawings, paintings, notes and doodles.”
Josie Portillo also shared some great work via her Instagram with a great illustration that highlights how Middlebury College has evolved since 1914. Such amazing work and intricate work. Keep sharing these, Josie!
View Lizzy's designs for Red Cap Cards here, and Josie's designs here. We love you both, keep up the awesome work!
Images as linked above.
Red Cap Cards is all about staying in touch with friends and love ones. And we want to stay in touch with you! Did you know that we have various avenues of sharing with you–not just this blog? Click below to find us on several other social media avenues. We'll have loads of fun!
Find us on Pinterest! We're pinning up a storm of some of our favorite illustrations, interiors, colors, and oh-so-awesome things we like.
Tumble along with us on tumblr. We share all of our blog posts there (a bonus for your RSS feed!), and share posts of some of our favorite illustrators and artists.
We're on Instagram–a definite favorite. Sneak a peak at new cards, happy styled shots and little moments right from the den of Red Cap.
Last but not least, we're still truckin' along on Facebook! Get a sweet reminder of each blog post, plus goodies on all of our favorite members of the Red Cap family.
Don't forget to say hello when you meet us there!
Are you on Instagram? We are mildly addicted. Where else can you see your favorite artists and illustrators' work as they're working on it–bright and in full color? Plus, (Chris Sasaki is good at this) little doodles that might never make their blogs or shops, just fun little pieces that show the creative process. Most of our artists are here as well, so if you're following us–most definitely follow them too! See below for a Red Cap Instagram Extravaganza!
Anna Emilia Laitinen
Last but not least!!
Images courtesy the above artists' Instagrams