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Mother’s Day Flowers

by abby on April 27, 2012 | Comment

mother's day stationery gift

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 13th—that’s only a couple weeks away! Have you found a gift for Mom yet? AbbyDora Design has a wonderful selection of Mother’s Day gifts and cards that will certainly make your mother feel very special.

Wild Flower Stationery
mother's day flower card

Instead of sending Mom a bouquet of flowers, send her a set of our Wild Flower Stationery or Flower silk screen prints. These flowers will keep their beauty for a whole lot longer!

Wild Flower Digital Prints
modern digital flower print

These colorful and modern prints will add a splash of color to any room. The graphic silhouettes are printed on watercolor paper to give the look and feel of silk screen prints. Buy one or the whole series.

Don’t delay on your shopping! Head over to our store now and cross one more thing off your to do list this week.

Art of Visual Storytelling

by abby on April 24, 2012 | Comment

Children's Picturebooks

Yesterday I literally woke up to the words “visual storytelling” from my radio. My brain revved awake. I was intrigue. What was NPR doing talking about visual storytelling? As I come to find out all this week, on Morning Edition, NPR will be doing segments on children’s picture books! What a treat! I’m always interested in hearing what’s happening in the world of children’s publishing.

The NPR segment yesterday highlighted a new book by an English picture book historian, Martin Salisbury, that discussed the importance of both the text and the image in a 32 page picture book to express the narrative. It was refreshing to hear a non editor/art director say that “it’s quite a challenge to condense a story into just 32 pages while maintaining simplicity and elegance.” Picture books are a challenge to write and illustrate! So much effort goes into the precise text selection and the accompanying illustrations. A book takes a year or more to publish in part because there are so many rounds of edits and sketch revisions until the book is “just right” and appears effortless.

I’ve ordered this new book and am quite eager to sit down and see what picture books Salisbury has pulled as examples of great visual storytelling. More to come!

Handmade Mother’s Day Cards

by abby on April 20, 2012 | Comment

shabby chic mother card

Mother’s Day is only 1 month away. Do you have a special card for your special mom? AbbyDora Design can help! We have a variety of sweet and colorful notecards perfect for wishing your mother a happy day. Here are just a few:

spring flowers blue bird

handmade mother's day card

Please visit our Etsy shop for more handmade Mother’s Day cards and great gifts.
Life is full of moments to be shared. Send someone you love a note card.

2012 Summer Art Festivals

by abby on April 17, 2012 | Comment

abbydora design corn hill festival

We had some exciting news last week. AbbyDora Design will be showing at two Rochester art festivals this summer! We will be at the 2012 Corn Hill Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday July 7th & 8th AND we will be at the 2012 Park Ave Festival on Saturday & Sunday August 4th & 5th. More details will follow in the coming months, but we are very happy to be a part of these fabulous art festivals!

Creative Courage

by abby on April 13, 2012 | Comment

henri matisse art quote

I was reminded of this quote by Henri Matisse yesterday afternoon as I was speaking with several of my senior illustration students. There are only 5 more weeks until graduation and the uncertainty of their future is weighing heavy on them.

It’s not an easy transition to go from student to professional artist. It takes courage and belief in yourself and in your creative abilities. There will always be doubt—about whether this solution is the right one or whether a career as a freelance illustrator is the right choice. This is where courage is valuable. Courage pushes you to try. How do you know unless you give it a shot? The first step is to connect with people in the creative industries: Call art directors. Mail promo cards. Submit work to competitions. Do it all to begin to build a name for yourself and your artwork. Don’t be shy. Be brave! At the start it will be a bumpy road, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be worth all the effort. With determination, hard work, and some courage, the life of the illustrator can be greatly rewarding.

Passover and Type

by abby on April 9, 2012 | Comment

new haggadah 2012

In light that this week is Passover, I would like to share with you images from The New American Haggadah published by Little Brown and Company. It’s a gorgeous book with fabulous type as art!
new american haggadah

It’s designed by the Isrealis graphic and type designer, Oded Ezer. He went beyond just typesetting the manuscript. Instead, he took sections of the hebrew text and created works of art to illuminate the pages. He wanted the haggadah to only be typographic, but through his use of a variety of mediums including: wax from Chanukah candles, ink, cut paper, and even a kitchen torch, he created compelling works of art.
new american haggadah
passover prayer book design

I truly love the feel of the traditional mediums to manipulate the hebrew letters. There’s an immediate human connection with the words when they are drawn by hand. Even Ezber said in an interview with Imprint-The Online Community for Graphic Designers, “If I touch the letters, I think and I hope that people will be touched by them.” It’s so true. Well done.

Passover & Easter Dessert

by abby on April 6, 2012 | Comment

spring cookies

Passover begins tonight and Easter is on Sunday, so I thought I’d share a great macaroon cookie that fits both occasions. The recipe is based off of a Martha Stewart one, but with a few of our own alterations.

Melt in Your Mouth Macaroons
Makes 15-20 (depending on the size of your macaroons)

3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (recommend organic coconut)
2 large egg whites
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup dark chocolate (Ghirardelli 60% cacao is wonderful)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper—this is very important— otherwise the macaroons will stick to the baking sheet. In a large bowl, combine sugar, coconut, egg whites, vanilla, salt, and chocolate chunks. Roll up your sleeves and use your hands to mix all the ingredients together. TIP: If you like to have a few plain macaroons, mix the sugar through salt first and set aside a cup or two of the coconut mixture.

Wet your hands with cold water and form small to medium loose haystack shapes (about 1 1/2 tablespoons). Place them on the prepared baking sheet, leaving an inch between haystacks.

Bake until peaks and edges are golden brown, 12-18 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from oven and let the cookies rest for 2 minutes on the sheet to cool slightly. Remove the macaroons from baking sheet and place them on a wire rack to continue to cool.

These macaroons are best served slightly warm, but they can be stored in an air tight container for up to 3 days. Enjoy!

Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Font Finds: Birthday Doodles & Monsters

by abby on April 3, 2012 | Comment

It’s been quite awhile since I posted a Font Find, so I thought I’d share with you a couple of fonts with playful gylphs that can make your designs even more fun.

The first is: Birthday Doodles by Outside the Line.

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custom greeting cards

This font features all sorts of cute drawings of all things party related: cakes, cupcakes, streamers,and confetti. I love energy shown in the line work. The cakes on pedestals are my favorites!

The other font find is: Monstro by Ricardo Marcin & Erica Jung.

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cute monters graphic

Who doesn’t like a cute monster? This collection of monster pictographs is fantastic! Each monster has such personality. The gritty texture of the letterforms, which are paired with these glyphs, adds to the mischievous tone of monsters themselves. It would be a blast to design with this group of characters!