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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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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!

Wallpaper: June 2017 Calendar & Pattern

Helloooo June—okay, I know I'm a day early! But here's the first month of summer coming right up. I also just want to casually say that it's my birthday month and by default my favorite month of the year. There's always been so much excitement in June with the new (best) season upon us! I can NOT wait for summer to get here but in the meantime, we will be doing lots of traveling to get ourselves out in nature or soak up the warm weather. June's schedule looks absolutely crazy. We start the month off already in Switzerland (hello from the alps!), head to Venice shortly after, then we are off to Norway. In between our own travels, we have a few visitors from the States coming our way—one being my sister! Her visit coincidentally lines up with my birthday so it will be nice to be around family that day.

Before we know it, I will be back here writing about how June flew by and I can't believe July is starring back at me. Time flies during this time of year and honestly, all I want to be doing is swimming which isn't so easy in London. If I am honest, during the downtime in the summer I tend to get a bit homesick. I'm so nostalgic for the classic New England summer with long days by the ocean, trips to the lake, hiking in the white mountains, hanging by my parent's pool, BBQs, ice cream...ahhhh. It is probably the number one thing I miss from home and a driving force to return someday. For now, I have to make sure I remind myself to live in the moment and enjoy the British Summertime. London is at its best this time of year and since we moved so close to a park this past autumn, we are excited to have a boost to our summer lifestyle this time around. It has already proven to be top notch!

Wishing everyone a wonderful June and a warm sunny start to the summer!

Event Recap: Primrose Hill Festival

We moved to Primrose Hill back in the fall and one of the main reasons we were drawn to this neighborhood was the sense of community. It's small but full of life. You can feel the pride that people have for this little corner of London. As we settled into our new spot and were making our flat our home, we got word of the Primrose Hill Festival. It happens twice a year and we were excited to see what it was all about when the first one rolled around in December. The whole neighborhood comes out for a day of celebrating the area with local vendors, great food, and live music. With the December market being centered around the holidays, it felt cozy and full of that Christmas cheer. It was clear at this point that we had made the right decision when picking a new neighborhood to put some roots down in.

As Spring was approaching, the neighborhood was buzzing with talk about the festival once again. I was really excited to see what this one would be like—a non-holiday themed event. My interest was peaked. Then, Rico came home one day and asked if I had saw they were looking for vendors so we started discussing if it would be a good place to test out tabling. As I've noted before, I'm more of a behind the scenes gal but this is my year to have grit so I decided it was worth a try. It felt important to put my face and name out there in my own neighborhood, or even just to connect more with the locals. So, I submitted, was accepted, and got to work at prepping for the big day!

It ended up being an amazing day, truly. I loved being able to meet new people and chat about everything from my work to life in general. We got to hear some beautiful stories from others about their journey to how they ended up in Primrose Hill or London. There was so much support and love felt. It made me feel welcomed and closer to my community. And, one of the best parts of all was having a constant stream of friends stop by and surprise me. Being a creative and someone who works as a soloprenuer, it's especially important to have friends like this. People that are reassuring, supportive, caring, and loving. I'll never be able to fully express my appreciation for those who came by.  I returned home at the end of the day completely blown away by it all.

Maybe it was the gorgeous weather we lucked out with but it felt even more alive than the December one. I'm definitely still buzzing from all the energy—even weeks after. I'm happy to be a part of this neighborhood and I am walking away from the festival having learned so many new things from jumping into my first ever tabling event. It will be exciting to see where else this leads! The biggest takeaway from it all though was a reminder to continue pushing myself outside my comfort zone.

A Hand Lettered Font Story: Fabello

As I noted last month, one of this year's goals was to make handmade design more accessible to all people. I have been working hard at building up my Creative Market shop with hand lettered fonts and illustrations. It has been a fun process but I have also learned a lot along the way of what direction I want to head in and with that who I am as a creative. This journey is about embracing myself and having grit—to continue to push myself outside of my comfort zone and own my work. I made the leap to create under my own name rather than Sea of Atlas (which as you can see has still remained a creative space in the form of a blog) this year. That change has made me take ownership of what I do. I can no longer hide behind a brand or a company, it's just a raw version of myself as a creative. That vulnerability is what drives art to truly come alive. I have never felt so free in what I can create and where I can take myself.

So, when I created my most recent handmade font, I decided to name it after myself. If I am honest, it felt a bit odd to do so. I'm used to be the quieter one in the group—I'm an observer and listener—or in cases of my art, I've always hoped that it could speak for itself. But as I have gotten older and further into my path in the creative field, I want to speak up and be a part of the conversation more. Naming a font after myself isn't meant to be vain. It is meant as a reminder to myself that it's okay to love yourself, your work, and completely own it. I'm proud of the work that I do and this is a nod to myself for being a strong and fearless dream chaser. When I look back at the past few years and all the work I have put into getting where I am today, it inspires me to keep pushing and shows me that I am so much more capable than I think am.

I can only hope by sharing my reasoning behind the Fabello Font and my story, that it can help inspire others to push further with their own work and passions. Life is truly built up of our own choices and while we don't always have complete control, it's important to remember that we have a power within us to go after our dreams as best as we can.

Wallpaper: May 2017 Calendar & Pattern

Over the past month we have been busy getting into the swing of our travel season. With trips to YorkBudapest, and Prague, it has been a good one so far! Life is really picking up pace as the warmer weather surrounds us with its loving arms. Everything seems to have a new found strength pushed into it with obstacles that speak to my word for this year—grit. While I've been continuously challenging myself outside of my comfort zone in different ways, May is starring me back right in the eyes ready to see if I can take it on. I tend to run my business solely online—with coffee meets up when possible of course! But this month I'm stepping outside and will be teaching hand lettering at the Creating for Good Conference as well as setting up a stall in the Primrose Hill Festival for my artwork. I've been working away at prepping for these events and ready to learn some new lessons about the business. There's no doubt in my mind that I'll also have a better understanding of who I am as a creative and overall person after these as well. I'm looking forward to see what new energy these will bring my way!

It's going to be a busy month but in all the best ways possible. From the working these events, plugging through client branding projects, building up the online shop with items like handmade fonts, and exploring my new role as an artist—there's a lot of things going on. In between it all we will continue on with our travel season with a short trip back to Paris and a week long adventure through the Swiss Alps.

Through it all we wish you all nothing but the best for this month ahead! Hopefully the warm and beautiful weather continues to give us all the good vibes we need to enjoy Spring!

In The Shop: Hand Lettered Fonts

This year, one of my goals was to find ways to make handmade design more accessible to everyone. Handmade design has a place in my heart and soul. It's the side of design that I love to be a part of and creating in. The quality of it offers brands and people really unique pieces to help build their look. I find it captivating and am pulled towards its unique ability to draw the eye in. One thing that can be tricky with handmade design though, is its price—and that has aways bothered me. As a designer you have to charge what you are worth—your hours, blood, sweat, and tears. Handmade design is a detailed process that is worth the investment but for businesses or bloggers just starting out, the price can be a make or break.

So, what's the solution here? I hate having turn people away because their budget can't cover what they are after. I believe they deserve access to elements that can get them started on the right foot until they are able to invest further. That's where websites like Creative Market come in. You can find an abundance of goods to help you get up and running. It's also a great spot for so much more. I've found great gems on there like mock-up to help present my work. I'm also seeing bloggers using it more and more to get stock photography or header fonts. I could go on and on about what you can find on the website but the last thing I will say is Creative Market is where you all should be heading to help give projects you are working on an extra boost.

The shop I am building currently contains a selection of handmade fonts and illustrations all done with my own two hands. Each of these products have their own story and creative process that you can read further about by heading over to the shop. Just click the product you are interested below or the shop bottom to make your way there. I am so excited to be able to share these with you all and give you the ability to start making beautiful graphics, logos, wedding invitations, and so much more on your own! If you have any request of fonts you have seen around the blog or in my work, I would be more than happy to hear them! As always—enjoy!

Wallpaper: April 2017 Calendar & Pattern

Friends—it's spring, it's spring, it's spring! Can I say that 500 more times? I'm so happy to see the weather getting warmer, the skies more blue and sunny, and the days getting longer. It is making my heart so darn happy! London has been looking good these past couple of weeks. I love when all the trees are in bloom making the streets full of beautiful color and vibrancy. We have lots in store for us this season and right into summer as well. We'll be stepping more into the swing of things traveling to York, Budapest, and Prague this month. I almost had trouble containing my excitement enough to type that. This time of year makes me feel so alive. I love getting away from it all to experience new cultures and adventures. It's amazing to be able to take in so much inspiration and I'm excited to see what comes of it all through some new artwork.

We are also getting closer to the Primrose Hill Festival on the 21st of May where I'll be hanging out selling some of my illustrations and paper goods. I truly hope to see some friendly faces there and meet some new ones as well!

Wishing you all the best of April and spring! Here's to breathing new life into what we do with the changing of seasons and the fresh beginnings!

Wallpaper: March 2017 Calendar & Pattern

Coming in with this bright and cheery March desktop wallpaper in hopes that Spring will come sooner rather than later. We have gotten some glimpses of warmer weather here in London lately and it has me aching for that good ol sunshine. I've never been someone to hate the winter—I think it is magical in its own ways—but this winter seems to be extra grey and gloomy. It's especially tough when winter just means months of rain like it does in London. We're holding strong and still getting out when we can to wander around this beautiful city though. It's been a couple months of a more low key life style. Weekends have been spent recharging and gearing up for out travel season that'll be starting oh-so-soon! 

We're heading to Riga, Latvia this weekend for one last (hopefully) snowy winter weekend to get our fix. When we return it shouldn't be too long before London is in full Spring mood. I can not wait to have days in the park reading and picnicking. And a recent plan with a friend has me sneaking away to Lisbon later this month to give my summer soul some love. All signs are pointing towards some fresh new beginnings as the plants start to bloom and show their colors.

On another note, I've been selling illustrations and fonts over on The Creative Market this year to make handmade design more assessable to more people. I'll be putting up items like these monthly floral illustrations if anyone wishes to use them in their own projects. I'll have a more detailed post soon about these but I welcome you to hop over and check the shop out!

Wishing you all a happy March!

Commissioned: Travel Drawings For The Global Creator

Back in the early fall I was commissioned to do a travel inspired illustration series. To be asked to do this was one of the best ah-the-world-gets-me moments. Over the past couple of months, I've been sharing a little bit about them on my art Instagram but since I have been getting a lot of inquiries about where to purchase, I figured I would open the book a little further to share my process and to better direct you all. Most of my personal art work revolves around my recent travels or are nature inspired. For me, it's about taking all the information that I am absorbing around me and trying to translate that into something to bring me back to certain moments in time. So when Amy Hayes, founder of The Global Creator, contacted me to be a part of her England collection for the online shop, I could not have been more excited. 

Our main reason for moving to London was to be able to travel more freely. We had a longing to get out to see the world and experience life in a new way—to shake things up. We've been enjoying London for two years now. I have so many visuals and all sorts of information whirling around in my head ready to come out on paper whenever the time is right. Travel has become my number one resource for inspiration. After being away in a new country and soaking up a different culture, I can't help but continuously feel transformed. Seeing the different architecture, wandering around the unique city lay-outs, and finding inspiration in different artistic approaches around the world. This series touches upon the key cities that have all won a spot in my heart. It felt good to finally get some of these locations down on paper and translated through my own artistic style.

These are all one-of-a-kind drawings—not prints. So when you head to The Global Creator, know you are purchasing a true piece of art that no one else will have. I believe in this process—one that is about the hands, the texture, the lines. It's not about mass production but connection to the individual piece. Each one was drawn by me on handmade paper. My hope with these drawings is to help connect others back to their favorite travel memories or to stir a little wanderlust up. These drawings show all different angles of these cities—some highlight an icon and others show what you can find when you wander a little further onto a side street or more local neighborhood.

Creating these brought me right back to some of the most amazing memories we have made over the past few years and I hope that they can do that same for others. Traveling is one of the best things we can do during this wild life of ours. It helps us to open our eyes to new cultures, ways of living, and to embrace one another. We all need that in this moment. I'm so thankful to Amy for letting me explore this series and pour out my recent inspirations onto paper.

Wallpaper: February 2017 Calendar & Pattern

Happy February—we are officially a month into the new year! For February, I have chosen the Primrose which according to the US is this month's birth flower. It's such a lovely little bloom and I hope that it can help bring some beauty into everyone's lives these days.

Now, I wish I didn't have to start with or dwell on the negatives but January turned out to be a month full of emotions. In ways I am happy to be removed from the situation continuously unfolding in the US but at the same time I feel like I'm in an in-between state since we can't always be physically there. I'm trying to do whatever I can from far away like supporting causes that I believe in to hopefully offset some of what is going on. It feels like it just isn't enough though but I am not sure what is. This is a time that while we all have our individual journeys to keep on track with, we need to put self aside and realize the pain that is happening to others. I wont stand for the cause of that pain and I wont stand by anyone who does. Looking ahead, I can only believe in the power of the people and that positive changes can take place. We have to keep up the good fight.

On a softer note, February always seems to be a slower month which I can't complain about. We won't be traveling until March so it's our last few weekends to really enjoy London before life starts to pick up a bit. There's also a couple of things to celebrate—Valentine's Day and, more noteworthy, February marks eight years since Rico and I first started dating. It's still fun to remember those anniversaries and back to where it all started. I'm lucky to have such a smart guy by my side who is in for this wild ride of life with me. He keeps me sane and I'm sure I'm going to need that in the weeks ahead.

I wish you all nothing but the best this month! Keep sending those good vibes out into the world. It needs them. 

Download & Print: 2017 Desk Calendar

Let me start off by saying that I know we are just about two weeks into January—Eek! So, I know this is coming to you a little late but as I was working on the desktop wallpaper for the year, I decided it would be cool to push it even further with a printable calendar. When I was working as a paper goods artist, one of the pieces I really looked forward to designing every year was my small desk calendars. I poured a lot of love into them and they always ended up being my top sellers each year. 2017 felt like the year to spring back into that but with this free version you can print from the comfort of your own home!

Each month has it's own birth flower. With knowing very little about these, I drove right in to do my research on the US and UK versions of the list in order to make a nice mix of the two from flowers that inspired me. To carry out the illustrations, I decided to get back into some brush drawing for the year's calendars. I haven't done much of it since college when I first fell in love with using bamboo brush with ink (Thank you, George Burk). There's something really soothing and freeing about working with brush illustration. It gives a softens and simplicity to the pieces while working with the contrasting light and dark. I think there will be some more of this in my future...

Through growing as an artist, I realized how much of my past work and exploration will continue to creep back in no matter how far I stray from it. With the blog, I find myself continuously reverting back to my paper goods studio to pull inspiration and offer goods in a new form. And, here with the calendar, it came together to morph with my old student work. It's beautiful that parts of our lives can be ever flowing.

I hope you truly enjoy this desk calendar and that it comes in handy many times throughout the year!


TO CREATE

1. Download calendar below.

2. Print calendar.

3. Cut in half each way.

4. Enjoy.

Wallpaper: January 2017 Calendar & Pattern

Whoa. 2017 is days away folks! So, I'm just jumping on here to say that I hope everyone has been having a wonderful holiday season and is gearing up to bring in 2017 with nothing but love! This past year was quite the year around the world. We all agree on that, right? I think I'm just as ready as everyone else for it to be over so we can make some bigger and better things happen in the new year. While we have some uncertainties ahead of us and are bound for at least a rocky road, I'm hopeful with how many beautifully strong human spirits there are in this world. Let's show 'em what we are made of :)

In lighter news...I'm carrying through with my illustrated desktop wallpapers! I haven't quite decided if I am sticking with this theme BUT this month's wallpaper highlights snow drops, a January flower. I thought it would be fun to tie the illustration further into the month this time around with the seasonal flowers. Let me know what you think and as always, enjoy the month ahead!

Commissioned: Hand Lettered & Illustrated Rupi Kaur Poem

It's was a busy spring and summer in the studio working on all different projects from custom lettering to wedding invitations. I have been doing some serious slacking in sharing my work on here as each are finished. It's always fun to be able to walk you through more of my process as an artist so I have truly missed doing so. The best intentions have always been there but have unfortunately slipped through the cracks. As the year is coming to a close, I've set the goal for myself to pick this back up and welcome you all back into the studio to see more of what goes on in that side of the business.

One of the more inspirational projects I worked on during the summer was designing and creating a custom Rupi Kaur piece for a client's home and a couple extras for her to pass along on as gifts. The poem is so empowering and inspirational so it was very important not to overwhelm the words with too much distraction. The lettering was kept nice and simple. As we went through options for the lettering, we ultimately landed on a style that was a variation created and based off my normal hand writing to keep the emotion of the poem raw. Having the lettering stay in a more organic form brought a personal voice to the words as if they were being spoken directly the reader or written in a letter.

On the bottom of the pieces, I put my own twist on the mountain illustrations that Rupi Kaur uses as a representation in her book, Milk & Honey, to sit along side the poem. Strong, towering, powerful mountains connect so well to the words written by Rupi Kaur. Not only do mountains represent that strength but together as a mountain range, it shows the power of a community lifting each other up. I wanted to do it the justice it deserved. Talking with my client, we knew it wasn't right to make it frilly or focus on the beauty. That would contradict what these words represent, lifting woman up for their intelligence and strength. 

All together, it was relatively simple process. I worked with my client on a few rounds of rough sketches with different options and edits. The completed final drawing was done on a handmade soft off-white paper (my favorite). Lettering and illustration for the piece was created with a good ol' micron pen to supply a strong contrast to the paper and make it easy for the readers/viewers to be captivated by the words.

I love projects like this. Ones that represent something so much greater than just putting pen to paper. Getting to work on a piece that meant something to someone—to many people—and have it represent such an important message is a really unique opportunity that I am very thankful for.

Spotted: Peace Illustration In The Tiny Canal Cottage

The Tiny Canal Cottage motto: "you don't have to live large to live beautifully." Owned by Whitney Leigh Morris and Adam Winkleman, the 1924 Craftsman-style home located in the Venice Beach Canals of California is 362 square feet full of love and absolutely stunning design. While the two call the cottage home, they also rent it out for shoots, commercial & editorial content creation, and product styling. And, you can totally see why!

The couple just recently revealed the nursery for their little babe on the way. And I must say that they truly worked their magic once again to show us all that their motto is nothing but the truth. The exciting part for me—my Peace Leavesdrawing found its way into the nook! Whitney and I connected a few years ago when I was just starting out. She is someone I look up to immensely and has always been a huge source of inspiration. Her impeccable taste makes it quite the honor to see my work make it into their beautiful home!

A lovely thanks to Whitney for the support! And a very happy congratulations and best wishes to the Mom and Dad to be! That little one is so lucky to constantly be surrounded by such a cherished home.

A New Beginning For The Etsy Shop

When I first started my own company, every single day I worked towards creating and building an Etsy shop full of paper goods from greetings cards to calendars. It was my first real step into the small business world. I learned so much from maintaining the shop and gained tools to grow my business to the next level. Over time, my business (which was then named Light Rust Studio—throw back!) evolved into a creative studio where custom work was put at the forefront of everything. That is where I found my true passion—creating unique branding, hand lettering, illustration, and stationery for people who were bold and adventurous like myself. 

It has been a heck of a journey and one that I am darn proud of. During a recent reflection and evaluation of my path, I realized that it was time for the Etsy shop to have a new beginning. It deserved some love and I want it to continue to exist as a part of the ride. So, when I started to sketching and drawing more as a part of my new morning routine, it naturally shifted to sharing my illustration with all of you and then making the shop be a place where my one-of-a-kind art work can have a home. I'm slowly but surely working on refilling it with pieces like these that truly mean something to me—and hopefully to you. These four drawings are a start and are surely not the end.

It's been a fun month getting this back up and running. I have felt really grateful to have all of you along by my side. The love and support given has meant so much to me—not just for motivation to get the shop going but it's an amazing display of community, something our world continues to need more of each and every day.

So, thank you from the bottom of my heart <3

It's Auction Time: Ocean Blue Painting Series

Over the summer, I made the commitment to myself to get back into painting. After a few trips that involved the ocean, I felt a particularly strong calling to it and its meaning in my life. The strokes in the paintings all reflect the movement of the ocean. If you think about the way water acts and flows, it is much like the way life works. There are calm points and rough points. Sometimes two elements crash into one another. Things drift and comes back. I find a sense of peace in relating my work and life to the sea.

When I look out into the ocean, one word has recently jumped out in my mind over and over again—connection. There is so much connection involved in the sea: person to person, place to place, our body and our minds, our spirit to the earth. I think about how this one large body of water touches the coasts of countries all over the world. The ocean brings us all together as one living and breathing earth. As I stand on one side of the Atlantic Ocean, my family stands on the other. Our spirits are carried through the waves and our bodies move with it. The ocean, and water in general, is a symbol of wholeness—an element in life that brings us all back to a natural, refreshing state.

There is simplicity in finding inspiration in the ocean. Anyone who grew up near the coast knows its powers. It has a way of healing the soul and making you feel refreshed. For me, my five senses feel alive by the sea. The light glistens on the deep blue surface, the air smells and taste of salt, there’s the sound of the waves hitting the shore and the birds circling above, the sands slightly indents from our movements as we walk alongside the changing tides, and we feel our bodies floating, carried along with the waves. And even when we get home, we can still feel the water moving our bodies. My favorite feeling is going to bed after a long day at the beach. You close your eyes, feel like you are still in the ocean, and relax to the rocking of the waves. And like that movement that follows me back home, I allowed the inspiration from the ocean to come back with me into my studio when creating the Ocean Blue series. It comes from a place deep in my soul.

These paintings have helped me transform back into the artist I once was and allow my artistic roots to shine through. They proved to me that you can take these leaps and push yourself to be better, to work harder, to create out of passion and love. It is important to me that while I have such a strong connect to this series, that they go to homes that not only call for the ocean like I do, but also I want them to hang as a reminder of what we are capable in life. We are all here for a purpose and whatever that purpose may be, strive to make it a good life. So with that said, we are happy to announce that we are hosting an Instagram Auction starting tomorrow and ending Saturday highlighting the four remaining pieces we have from the series.


INSTAGRAM AUCTION DETAILS

THE PAINTINGS

We have a total four paintings from the series that we will be auctioning off. All were painted by me (Brittany Fabello) using acrylic paint on natural canvas. Each painting is unique and we have details for each below matched up with a picture of the painting so you can know exactly what you are bidding on.

THE SCHEDULE

We will be kicking off this auction on Tuesday, 2 November 2015. Each day at 3:00pm GMT (10:00am EST) a new painting will be revealed going from smallest to largest of the series. Bidding will continue on every painting until Saturday, 7 November 2015 at 3:00pm GMT. This means some paintings will have a long open bid time, and others will have only a day so be quick to stay on the painting your heart is after!

HOW THE BIDDING WORKS

Bidding is open to US, EU, and Canadian residents. Once the bid is open, you will comment under the picture of your desired painting with your bid and email. We ask that everyone bid in increments of $5.00. If you are not the first bidder, you must tag the last bidder in your comment so they know they have been outbid. Examples:

FIRST BIDDER: "seaofatlas $25 hello@seaofatlas.com"

FOLLOWING BIDDERS:  "brittfabello @seaofatlas $30 brittany.fabello@gmail.com"

Once the bidding is closed, we will announce all the winners by the end of the day on Saturday, 7 November. On Monday, 9 November 2015, we will be in touch through the provided email with details. Shipping will be free and all final invoices must be paid via Etsy or PayPal.


TUESDAY, 3 NOVEMBER

OCEAN BLUE FOUR

+ Created in London, UK in July of 2015
+ 40 x 40 cm (15.5 x 15.5 in)
+ Stretched 100% natural linen canvas
+ Deep 38 mm edge (1.5 in)

Starting bid $75 (Originally $460)


WEDNESDAY, 4 NOVEMBER

OCEAN BLUE FIVE

+ Created in London, UK in July of 2015
+ 50 x 70 cm (19.6 x 27.5 in)
+ Stretched 100% natural linen canvas
+ Deep 38 mm edge (1.5 in)

Starting bid $100 (Originally $618)


THURSDAY, 5 NOVEMBER

OCEAN BLUE TWO

+ Created in London, UK in July of 2015
+ 60 x 90 cm (23.6 x 35.4 in)
+ Stretched 100% natural linen canvas
+ Deep 38 mm edge (1.5 in)

Starting bid $125 (Originally $773)


FRIDAY, 6 NOVEMBER

OCEAN BLUE THREE

+ Created in London, UK in July of 2015
+ 60 x 90 cm (23.6 x 35.4 in)
+ Stretched 100% natural linen canvas
+ Deep 38 mm edge (1.5 in)

Starting bid $125 (Originally $773)


Please join us on Tuesday, 3 November 2015 at 3:00pm GMT (10:00 EST), for our Ocean Blue Painting Series Auction. We are excited to get this rolling and have you all there to share the love of the ocean with us!

Lemon Thistle and Roots & Whim Collaborative Giveaway

Today is Clean Off Your Desk Day! So...cheers to that! In honor of this day and starting the new year off freshly organized ready to tackle all your set goals, we have joined up with the lovely ladies behind Lemon Thistle and Roots & Whim to bring you two giveaways to help style your office. These two ladies styled our prints and calendars to show you how they can work in your office!

See below on how to head to their blogs to enter the giveaways! We hope this inspires you to keep up with your new year's goals with the help of Light Rust!

Colleen over at Lemon Thistle is starting her year off by organizing her cluttered office into this beautiful and inspiring bright space. Her new office features our Climb The Mountain printwhich she is giving her readers a chance to win!

Roots & Whim's Hayley found three different ways to display our typographic desk calendar in her office. We love how she has it hanging here on the wall so you can see all the months at the same time! To win one yourself, head over to her blog to enter!