Wallpaper: May 2018 Calendar & Art

Computer & Phone Wallpaper: May 2018 Calendar & Art | Britt Fabello

We are in full spring mode...though you wouldn't be able to tell from London's weather. Earlier this month, we lucked out with a beautiful week of high temperatures then it went back to a winter feel around here with cold rain. The glimpses have me hopeful and as I am writing this, the sun has made an appearance once again—let's hope it sticks around!

It has been a month of navigation for me. I recently had put a pause on creating new work. Not because I didn’t want to—far from it! Life was feeling a bit out of control, not on the path I wanted it to be, and I was working on too many things I wasn’t passionate about. It had me in the ultimate slump. These are the moments I like to embrace and learn from though. It is easy to stay stuck in them and forget the bigger picture. I got a huge wake up call and reminder that our time here is too precious to be doing anything but what we love. While I know that isn’t always practical, I'm finding myself unable fight it any longer. I don’t want to look back and wish I had took the leap to chase my dream. For me, this season of life is going to be about readjusting and aligning myself on the path I have truly always wanted to me on—art. It’s nerve-racking and exciting. I need go through what this means and how to move forward on my own right now but I promise that there will be more to share about this and the changes as I work through them. Thank you for continuing to always stick by me in these defining years of life. I think I've finally found my sweet spot and I'm ready to enjoy what it brings!

Outside of this revelation, I have been back traveling a lot with my husband. These trips are what have been sparking me to rethink and realign. There are plenty more adventures ahead—Porto, Snowdonia, and Italy are up next this month! I look forward to where those guide me next.

Have a wonderful May and a happy Spring! The warm sunny weather is working its way in and summer will be here before we know it.

Computer Desktop Wallpaper: May 2018 Calendar & Art | Britt Fabello
Phone Wallpaper: May 2018 Calendar & Art | Britt Fabello

The Reflection Series: Abstract Landscape Paintings

The Reflection Series | Paintings by Britt Fabello

This week I am releasing the 'Reflection' series out into the world. It has been some time coming because I felt the need to hold on to them a little longer and feel their strength. They have been hanging up on my studio walls guiding me along my way to the next stage in my art career. It does not due them justice to just say that these works have played a huge role in my creative path. Picking up the paint brush again last autumn to begin a new series brought these out of my creative soul. It felt like a cleanse. My hope is that when they find new homes, they can do the same for someone else.

  Reflection I

Reflection I

A little about the works...

The 'Reflection' series paintings are inspired by reflections of mountains in natural bodies of water. While evoking how we feel amongst such grand settings, they conclude that nature is grounding; it is humbling. Each work visually represents the process of clarity that comes from the moments we are able to escape to nature and process life around us.

  Reflection II

Reflection II

  Reflection III

Reflection III

When I stood in front of the first canvas and started putting black paint on it, I thought that I was going crazy. Working with darker backgrounds challenged my brush strokes and drags of the palette knife. It also forced me to slow down and be methodic in where I was going to create the balance in the pieces. The black background with the white and neutral layers, created a strong contrast on the pieces. While nature itself is soothing, more dream-like, the contrast in the work represents our everyday life in comparison to the moments of peace we get when we take a break and head to the mountains. The contrast in the work allowed for simplification of the settings. I wanted the work to show parallels to these reflections we find in nature to how our minds work processing/reflecting.

Digging in further to nature representing our own emotions, I realized in this series (and my Ocean Blue series) how true that statement really is. It is perhaps that when we pull ourselves out of a busy city, the streets of our towns, or the comforts of our home, and we put ourselves somewhere to breathe fresh air, that that is the closest we will ever get to understanding how we work and who we are. I believe in the importance of taking moments to sit back and watch nature take its course. By doing so, similar movements can be seen in how we can successfully manage our own lives. It is relatable to say that going to the mountains or escaping to the seaside, brings me back to my core. There is a reason why these spots are so highly sought after for a nice relaxing vacation.

  Reflection IV & V

Reflection IV & V

  Reflection VI

Reflection VI

  Reflection VII

Reflection VII

These simplified landscapes show that upon reflection, life can be simplified too.

 

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Wallpaper: April 2018 Calendar & Art

April Desktop & Phone Wallpaper by Britt Fabello

Happy April! Winter seemed to have dragged on this year—everyone agrees with me on that right? I got to experience real London snow for the first time in our three years of living here though. While it was magical, I am ready for spring to be in full force—for the trees to be green again and the beautiful flowers to pop up around the city. We can't be far away from that now! I'm admittedly currently in Morocco though so I am experiencing nice warm weather already. I am keeping my fingers crossed for the sun to be around more in London after we return. I'll try to bring it with me!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend and is kicking off this new month with happy spring thoughts!

April Desktop Calendar Wallpaper by Britt Fabello
Stitched Phone Wallpaper by Britt Fabello

International Women's Day 2018

International Women's Day 2018 | Britt Fabello

To all the ladies out there—the empowering forces, beautiful souls, and amazing humans. May we continue this momentum of standing up stronger than ever. I’m so thankful for each and every one of you. This community makes me feel lucky to have such inspirational people surrounding us all to continuously lift each other up. Let’s keep rocking the world by showing our power and worth. Happy International Women’s Day!

Wallpaper: March 2018 Calendar & Art

March 2018 Desktop Wallpaper by Britt Fabello

March is here which means spring is that much closer. I have been enjoying the snow here in London this past week though. In my three years of living here, I have never seen so much! It makes me feel like we are back in New England. I keep saying that this would be the perfect goodbye to winter—so, hopefully, once the snow passes we can start warming up and watch the nature around us come back to life for a new season.

Another reason I am excited for this new month is that we are getting back into a fuller travel schedule around here. We have two trips this month—one brings us back to Alpbach for a final ski of the season and the other brings us to Morocco. Very opposite trips but I can not wait for either! At the start of each travel season, I love knowing that I have no idea what new inspirations will be coming my way as I see new places and continue to grow.

I hope you all have had a lovely couple of months of your new year and wish you the best for March!

March 2018 Desktop Wallpaper by Britt Fabello
March 2018 Desktop Wallpaper by Britt Fabello

Wallpaper: February 2018 Calendar & Art

February 2018 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper | Britt Fabello

Sitting down and writing this while in complete disbelief that it's already February...the start of the new year has flown by. Sometimes when I look out the window and see the grey gloomy London skies, it feels like winter has been going on forever though. I have been focusing on some winter hobbies to make these months seem less dreary. At the end of last year, Rico and I were getting in a good groove with ice skating. This year, we pushed ourselves a little further and went skiing for the first time! We were bracing ourselves to hate it since it takes some time to pick up but we absolutely fell in love. So much so that we have already booked a trip back for March. I truly can not wait!

In January I also got back to focusing on my artwork after breaking for the holidays. My current series has me exploring a few different mediums—acrylic on canvas, ink on paper, and hand stitching. Right now they feel a bit separate in their practices—though they feel joined by intention, story, and color palette. The hope is that as this exploration continues, they will start to intertwine. I am already feeling that pull and have been sketching out lots of images that my brain seems to be swirling around.

For the month ahead, I am looking forward to continuing on with our downtime to re-establish routine and gear up for the spring when lots of traveling will be happening. We have our year mapped out already on where we are hopping to go! With new destinations, comes new inspiration. You never know where life will lead you and what change those places will bring. On that note, I leave you with good vibes for February! May it be relaxing, reviving, and settling as we all prepare for spring.

February 2018 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper | Britt Fabello
Mountains & Moon Phone Wallpaper | Britt Fabello

Wallpaper: January 2018 Calendar & Art

January 2018 Desktop Calendar & Mountain Moon Phone Wallpaper | Britt Fabello

Happy New Year! By this time I will have just landed back in London (that's right, I rang in the New Year attempting to sleep sitting up next to strangers...how glamorous...ha). Luckily Rico and I will be treating ourselves to a nice breakfast at one of our favorite local spots, Greenberry Cafe, to celebrate being back! Then I will probably crash and try to pretend that the jet lag isn't making my eyes want to roll back into my head.

This month we're hanging around London for the most part but we've decided to book a little ski weekend in the Austrian Alps. I've skied a few times, Rico has never, so it should be interesting! We are buying some gear, getting ready, booking our rentals and ski lessons, and are anxious to enjoy some time in nature learning a new skill! Over the past few months, we have reminded ourselves that it is never too late to learn something new. That we have to always push ourselves to be our best. One important task for me was to find ways to make the winter more enjoyable. These colder and shorter days can be a battle for me. Some ideas that instantly came to mind where skating and skiing. I grew up skating and absolutely love to do it but never prioritize it—now that I put my foot down, we've been twice this year with plans to go more once we are back...and continue maybe even through the warmer months. It's naturally progressed now to inspire us to go skiing and I can't wait to see how it goes!

Now that you've gotten a little life update from this side, let's chat about wallpaper! Another new year means a new wallpaper series! This time around I have decided to use my artwork (rather than design work) as inspiration and to keep things closer to my current creative journey. I have enjoyed creating graphics by hands in the past to bring you all unique and fun wallpapers that hopefully brighten your months but since I'm not spending my days designing anymore, it felt right to rethink what the wallpapers should and can be. The only conclusion that felt right is to bring it closer to my roots so I can share more of that with you. January's design is taken from one of my recent ink paintings. My artwork lately is based around the concept of how the reflection of nature's movements and visuals can teach us about our natural human emotions. You can read deeper into that here. My hope is that these paintings I am creating, can draw out a sense of peace and clarity in it's viewers. As wallpaper, this moon & mountains painting can be a daily reminder for that grounded stability from the earth.

May you enjoy and have a wonderful start of the new year!

January 2018 Desktop Calendar | Britt Fabello
Phone Wallpaper | Artwork by Britt Fabello

Design: Chicago Youth Centers 2017 Annual Report

Wallpaper: December 2017 Calendar & Pattern

December 2017 Desktop Wallpaper by Britt Fabello

So, the end of the year is here. 2017 was a defining year for me and I have a lot to reflect back on before I say goodbye to it. This final month will be a time for just that. Then to truly close the year off, we will head back to the States for some family time before kicking off the new year in the air on our way home to London. I'm excited for this year to be over because I have a really good feeling about 2018. I never want to wish time away and I wont be doing that, but I'm feeling good and positive about whats ahead.

I hope everyone has a lovely month celebrating the holidays and a new season! Enjoy this wonderful, cozy, and festive time of year :)

Holly Christmas Phone Wallpaper by Britt Fabello
December 2017 Holiday Wallpaper by Britt Fabello

Primrose Hill Christmas Festival 2017 Recap

Work by Britt Fabello

This past weekend was the Primrose Hill Christmas Festival. Having participated in the neighborhood's Spring festival, I decided to give their holiday one a try. I was a bit worried for the weather—you never know what you are going to get at any time of the year in London but once we get into the cooler months, that is especially true. All I could picture was pouring rain. Luckily, it was a beautiful day though (minus the chill). The sun was shining and people were out enjoying getting into the holiday spirit.

Primrose Hill Christmas Festival | Britt Fabello
Primrose Hill Christmas Festival | Britt Fabello
Primrose Hill Christmas Festival | Britt Fabello

The May festival was my first ever tabling event. I was careful about it and had a very limited display so I could get a feel for what I needed if I were to continue to do events like this. The last thing I wanted to do was to buy a bunch of display items that I would never use again. This time around, I was ready to jump in and was more prepared thanks to those notes. The wind made it a bit tricky but I managed to get something together that withstood it. We only had a few large gusts that still managed to shake us up a bit!

Primrose Hill Christmas Festival | Britt Fabello
Primrose Hill Christmas Festival | Britt Fabello
Primrose Hill Christmas Festival | Britt Fabello

Thanks to these Primrose Hill's festivals, I have been able to ease my way into events like this. What's easier than working right down the street? I am also grateful for my husband who helped me rent a car so we could easily transport everything without making a billion trips back and forth from our flat and the stall. He also amazingly stayed by my side all day to help with sales and pass the time. It helps so much to have him and friends come by. It was nice to see familiar faces stopping in to say hello as well as some new!

Looking forward to doing it all again in the spring! With hopefully warmer weather :)

Design: Branding for Extraordinary Passport in Collaboration with Taylors of Harrogate and Creating For Good

Design: Branding for Extraordinary Passport in Collaboration with Taylors of Harrogate and Creating For Good | Britt Fabello

Taylors of Harrogate and Creating for Good came together to create a year long series of creative workshops ending with a trip to Rwanda to experience and tour the tea farms. Branding the event under one name, Extraordinary Passport, meant we needed to come up with a system to carry them throughout the whole journey together. By taking the window from Taylors logo and adding elements that would be a part of the workshops, we successfully came up with a crest to do just that. This brand element was carried out on the passport, bottles, stickers, and other materials used throughout the workshops.

Within the collaboration, I also worked as a pro bono designer for Creative For Good. With the team, I helped them create a stationery suite highlighting what they do as well as their partner, Women for Women. This element along with the passport and a few extras were shipped in vintage suitcases to each individual social media influencer chosen to partake in the journey. It was important to keep the color palette neutral to fit into the style of each influencer but also bring in Taylors colorful brand. Together they balance each other out and allow for versatility in the social media images.

Design: Branding for Extraordinary Passport in Collaboration with Taylors of Harrogate and Creating For Good | Britt Fabello
Design: Branding for Extraordinary Passport in Collaboration with Taylors of Harrogate and Creating For Good | Britt Fabello
Design: Branding for Extraordinary Passport in Collaboration with Taylors of Harrogate and Creating For Good | Britt Fabello
Design: Branding for Extraordinary Passport in Collaboration with Taylors of Harrogate and Creating For Good | Britt Fabello
Design: Branding for Extraordinary Passport in Collaboration with Taylors of Harrogate and Creating For Good | Britt Fabello
Design: Branding for Extraordinary Passport in Collaboration with Taylors of Harrogate and Creating For Good | Britt Fabello

Photography by Giulia Mulè.

Design: Lettering for Sage's Tattoo

Design: Lettering for Sage's Tattoo | Britt Fabello

Sage and I were lucky enough to have our paths cross during college. We have kept in touch here and there so it was great to hear from him again when he was ready for his next tattoo! I used old school calligraphy (pen and ink) to create these custom designs for Sage. The words are pulled from John Irving's The Cider House Rules (which I highly recommend reading if you haven't!). I loved that Sage wanted to keep it simple and classic in these designs. I'm also always honored when someone—especially a friend—asks me to design a tattoo for them. I mean, it's the same thing as asking me to put my work permanently on their body (in case you didn't know)! So, a major shout out to Sage for working with on this as well as the always amazing Gretchen Powers for taking these stunning photos of the designs.

Design: Lettering for Sage's Tattoo | Britt Fabello
Design: Lettering for Sage's Tattoo | Britt Fabello
Design: Lettering for Sage's Tattoo | Britt Fabello
Design: Lettering for Sage's Tattoo | Britt Fabello

Photography by Gretchen Powers.

Wallpaper: November 2017 Calendar & Pattern

November 2017 Desktop Calendar by Britt Fabello

November is here and we are long into autumn now. I have been doing a lot of watercoloring painting with this new season and seeing where that path takes me. It is such a wonderful medium to work in so I am excited to be exploring it more. I am hoping to get back into some larger acrylic paintings or mixed mediums but I'm learning to pace myself. My inner artist has been full of inspirations still from our travels this past year but I am already aching to get back out there for more. We don't have any trips planned through the end of the year though. We have been putting a focus back on doing day trips here in England so we can see more of this beautiful country before the day comes that we have to leave it.

For the month ahead I hope to stay on this track. We have family coming to visit for Thanksgiving which has become a new tradition. It does seem a bit backwards since Thanksgiving is an American holiday but the pub near us does a nice dinner for it. It's nice to not to feel like we miss out on holidays with our families when we get visits like these.

Wishing everyone a happy November!

Peony Phone Wallpaper by Britt Fabello
November 2017 Wallpapers by Britt Fabello

Wallpaper: October 2017 Calendar & Pattern

Wallpaper: October 2017 Calendar & Pattern

When this post goes live, I will have just landed back in London after a visit to the States. I am really looking forward to seeing my family and getting to soak in New England for a little. The toughest parts of being away are missing those two thing—but London does a good job of distracting me! Months seem to by flying by and I can not believe that summer is over. It is always a bit painful to say goodbye to such a beautiful and full season but autumn has its ways. Soon the leaves will be turning and walking through Regent's Park will look a little different with the bright yellow hues all around us. I love lighting candles this time of year and getting cozy in the evenings with a good movie or book. Each season gives us a new reason to feel excited, restored, and inspired. I'm excited to see what autumn has to offer!

Sending all my love as usual! Happy October & Autumn, friends :)

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Wallpaper: September 2017 Calendar & Pattern

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Hello & welcome to the new journal on my studio website! From this point forward you will find my wallpapers posted here alongside any other art/design focused topics. Sea of Atlas, where you used to snag these from, has been converted into a travel only blog which I hope will still be enjoyed by many! Speaking of travel...we're kicking off the month with a trip to Portugal. I am really excited to be in warm sunny weather and by the beach. It will be a last burst of summer before autumn starts to truly show its face. We are also traveling back to the States later in the month to visit family and friends. It feels like it has been FOREVER since we have been home. It will be a nice time to refresh, reconnect, and enjoy our beloved New England. It feels crazy that these trips are already here along with September but I am very much so welcoming this month in! I wish you all the happiest of months and hope you are getting out to do some of your own end of summer exploring.

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Design: Illustration & Hand-lettering for The Letter Publication

Design: Illustration & Hand-lettering for The Letter Magazine | Britt Fabello

For The Letter Mag's courageous issue, we teamed up to create a custom illustration as well an a hand lettered piece. This recent publication is helping to inspire women to be courageous, daring, and free. That's a message I'm willing to push over and over again. Thanks to the team behind it all for letting me be a part it!

Design: Illustration & Hand-lettering for The Letter Magazine | Britt Fabello

Wallpaper: August 2017 Calendar & Pattern

August has always signaled that the end of summer is coming near for me. It feels like we hit that mark a few weeks ago here in London though with the cool autumn like weather we have been having. I keep telling Rico that summer is over but we are trying to hold out hope that things will turn around here. Besides focusing on the weather, I've been enjoying our time back in London with a more low key schedule. June and the first half of July were definitely crazy. I thought we had learned our lesson when we did the same thing last year but we couldn't help packing our schedules full with travel itineraries. It's such a wonderful time to travel in Europe. You still miss a lot of the crowds but get some great weather. We will continue to stay put until the end of August when we take a little weekend trip to Ireland. We'll get our last taste of summer in September with a trip to Portugal as well as the States (we're hoping autumn arrives a little late!).

Enjoy the sun and all that comes with it while it last folks! Wishing you all the best for August.

Wallpaper: July 2017 Calendar & Pattern

I'm in complete shock that I am writing about July today. June surely flew by! Does anyone else feel this way? Our travel season has been in full swing so I'm a bit all over the place when it comes to dates. We took full advantage of June by starting the month in Switzerland and making our way to Italy and Norway. July will be kicked off in similar fashion—we aren't slowing down just yet! Tomorrow we board a plane to Bosnia where we will hang out for a little before making our way to Croatia (for our third time...we might love it!). After this trip, we'll be hanging out in London until closer to the end of summer. I'm looking forward to the second half of July being about down time and getting back into the groove here. With all my traveling, I've had plenty of time to reflect and think about whats important to me. Seeing new places always unlocks new parts of who I am and helps bring new ideas in. I have some changing and shifting I plan to tackle (and share) soon. For now, I'm just focused on getting to that warm sunshine and spending some time in the ocean.

Happy July my friends! Hope its a good one for you :)

A Hand Lettered Font Story: Montmarte

The latest addition to my hand lettered font collection is Montmartre. After our recent Spring trip to Paris where we spent a good amount of time exploring the neighborhood of Montmartre, I felt inspired. While wandering around the quaint streets and cobblestone hills, I was constantly looking around at the hand painted signs, old architecture, and feeling the vibe of this creative hub. After stopping into the Musee of Montmartre (now one of my favorite places on this planet) and viewing the exhibition on films depicting this very neighborhood throughout different time periods, it was clear to me where this trip's font was going to be pulled from. I felt drawn to the old movies— the black and white pictures and classic story lines. It was so clear then that the inspiration I was taking home from this trip was going to be very vintage inspired.

The Montmartre font has that typical 1920s classic feel. It plays with its glamorous side but also keeps things down-to-earth with organic lines unpolished lines. While the typeface has all it's characters from uppercase to lowercase, its a font that really stands out when used in moderation. I would not recommend writing a book with this font—no way! As I was working out in my head how Montmartre would work in the design world, I saw it being able to stand on its own in simple settings. It's strong enough to even work its magic with one character like the bottles or the store sign I've mocked-up. It has a clear style—a strength—that could really tell a story for a brand.

Making fonts has been a new process for me this year and I am really enjoying taking the lettering I've been creating for years after trips and converting it into a typeface for more people to enjoy. I love that it's helping to make handmade—really unique and artfully done—design so much more accessible to all people and budgets. And, of course, there is just something about putting pen to paper to come up with this magical new ways to pull inspiration from places all over the world. There is a zone I get in when I am drawing each of these letters individually. I want that passion and love for the craft to be felt. While these fonts get taken from their handmade beginnings and become digitized, I always make sure to leave their organic quality.

I'm sure there will be many more fonts to come—I feel like I am only just getting started even though I've been working at this all year to build a strong library for all of you to use and create with. There's been a lot of learning along the way so I can make sure these are always the best they can be. Hopefully, these fonts help guide you all to create outside the box and push your branding or to just have fun with it!