Happy Chinese New Year! I made my own Chinese New Year cards this year with the design above. I’ll share photos on another day. Have a wonderful weekend!
It’s Chinese/Lunar New Year this Friday (31st Jan) so here’s a little printable for the occasion. Growing up, my parents always made the effort to decorate the house when it is Chinese New Year as it’s the biggest festival for the year. One of the few decorations I still recall how to make are origami paper cranes that we used to hang around the house. This year, I’ve made little paper cranes for my house with an oriental-style patterned paper which you can download below.
The patterns are designed in two colourways, and I’ve made them available as a full page A4 print or a square version for origami purposes. Regardless of whether or not you celebrate Chinese New Year, these patterned papers can be used for general origami, or even as a wrapping paper.
I was originally going to try to photograph each step of how to make the paper cranes, but there wasn’t enough light for me to take all the photos in time. If you’re interested in how to make the cranes in my photos, there are tons of guides and videos online, but this one in particular is very easy to follow.
Due to the size of the printable, the downloads are split into two:
If you like this, do let me know! I’m always interested to see how the printables I share are being used. :)
I’ve decided to start a regular column/feature on this blog called “Covet” which is a curated list of items in various areas of design I would really love to have. Decorating my home has been a slow work in progress for the past 6 months as I carefully design the space, so I thought it is fitting that I start this column off with a wishlist of items in my dream living room.
When it comes to beauty products and fashion accessories, I can be very easily persuaded by a dose fashion illustration on these items, especially when they are quite whimsical or feminine in nature.
A few weeks ago, while grocery shopping, a small tub of Nivea moisturising cream caught my eye simply because it had some rather cute and colourful fashion illustration on it. I looked it up when I got home and was found out that it was actually a collaboration between Nivea and Giles Deacon (he’s widely known as a British fashion designer but is actually also a very talented illustrator) launched in September last year to coincide with London Fashion Week. Not sure how I missed it in stores all this time! Anyway, that little Nivea tub got me thinking about products that have caught my attention due to the fashion illustrations on them, so I put together this little post to catalogue these old favourites which still inspire me today.
1. Percy & Reed haircare (designed by Smith & Milton) – my absolute favourite haircare product design. I rave about the design so much a friend gave me a range of their products and a vanity bag featuring the full set of illustrations for my birthday last year, (and I’m obviously still very excited about this today!). There’s some stunning detail in the pencil illustrations for this project – I remember googling to find out the designers behind the packaging right after seeing it in a store just because I was so impressed. You can read more about the idea behind the design here by the team at Smith & Milton. Percy & Reed products are still available in stores in the UK.
2. Juicy Couture scarves (illustration by Fifi Lapin)- Silk scarves by Juicy Couture in 2012 which featured the whimsical illustrations of the Fifi Lapin bunny in various outfits. This is really cute and I do regret not getting them when they were available. Alas, it’s too late now, but her blog is still full of lovely illustrations to look at!
3. Nivea Soft cream (illustration by Giles Deacon) - This is the Nivea and Giles Deacon collaboration which I mentioned above. What’s really amazing is that these are illustrations are ‘drawn’ by hand on iPad! Watch this video to listen to Giles explaining his idea behind the illustrations. You can still purchase this at the Nivea UK site.
4. DSW 20th anniversary tote bag (illustration by Dallas Shaw) – This was a limited edition tote bag for the 20th anniversary of DSW in 2011 featuring very feminine fashion sketches by Dallas Shaw. Gorgeous! I love that the focus is on the bottom half of the body and obviously, shoes. Check out Dallas’ website to look at her other projects and illustrations.
5. Miss Marc / Marc Jacobs (illustration by William Broome) - The Miss Marc character illustrated by William Broome is a recurring character in Marc Jacobs’ accessories range. Miss Marc is not the normal feminine illustration you find in fashion, but there’s something unique about the combination of high fashion with a dark, humorous illustrated character. Miss Marc continues to be featured in different seasons of the Marc by Marc Jacobs fashion line but one of my favourites remain the large totes that were released a few years ago.
One of my resolutions for 2014 is to design more and stay creative throughout the year. Have you made your resolutions for this year? I find it useful to write these mini-goals down as a reminder and to keep myself motivated, so I designed a simple New Year’s Resolutions To-Do List for this purpose. Scroll down for the download link and instructions.
INSTRUCTIONS: Please read the terms of usage before downloading. Print the file below on standard A4 (or US letter) card stock using your home printer, and cut along the guidelines at the corner of the design. Try printing on coloured card/paper for variety.
DOWNLOAD HERE: 2014 New Year’s Resolution To-Do List
If you like this and/or used it, I would love to know!