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Floral Watercolor Art + Tips About Graphic Design

Thursday

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I did a watercolor painting session last week for a friend of mine. She needed a logo for her new business Christian Grace Embroidery. Since she wanted the elements in the design to include florals, I thought it would be easier to do it hand-painted first. When I used to work as a full-time graphic designer, I always tried to make my work simple and clean.  I like choosing simple fonts and avoid using more than 3 font styles. You can see my old commercial designs and advertisement layouts here. Today, I wanted to share some basic steps on creating graphic designs like this.

RESEARCH

Most of my clients give samples of what designs they like in terms of look, color schemes etc. I also do my own research for inspiration before I start putting the composition together.

 

SKETCH

Start to sketch what the composition could look like. I like to make a few studies (definition) to see which design will work great for the product/service.

 

COLORING

Watercolor is a great option to use for creating floral artwork. I wish I brought my good paint brushes that I used in the Philippines. Investing in good brushes makes a big difference in your brushstrokes when it comes to painting.

 

SCAN

After I’m done painting, I use a scanner to transfer it to my computer. Then, I start polishing it up in Photoshop.

 

LAYOUT

I always make sure that I have a good resolution size of my design in Photoshop, so the quality of the image will be good when printing, uploading, etc. Try to explore different styles coming from the original artwork. For example, for the Facebook header, I repeated​ the floral artwork three times to create artwork on the top. You may try to remove some elements or try to copy some areas, according to what you need.

 

I hope this helps those who want to make their own logo for their business, or those who are beginners in graphic design. If you are fan of embroidery, don’t forget to check out Christian Grace Embroidery and their products. Support local moms and their business in Houston!

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Pregnancy Style and Essentials

Monday

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When I was pregnant with my first son, I was clueless in terms of what pregnancy essentials were. If you are a first-time mom, I’m sure you’re also wondering what you actually need for yourself, aside from prenatal vitamins. Today, I’m sharing the things that helped me feel comfortable and relaxed during my past and current pregnancies.

 

Bio Oil Skincare Oil

Stretch marks….  I still have stretchmarks from my past pregnancies, most are from my first one. I wasn’t consistent with moisturizing my belly then. I regret it now due to the stretch marks that appeared after my pregnancy. If you have tan skin like mine, you may experience darker stretchmarks like I did. Mine were actually almost black from my first pregnancy. Although, it eventually will lighten after a year or so. That’s why, this time, I’m using this Bio Oil to prevent darker stretch marks around my belly. I really like it, especially the smell! I use this in the morning and before I go to bed at night. One of my sister-in-laws used the Bio Oil when she was pregnant, and she loved the oil too!

 

Pregnancy Support Pillow

My former boss gave me a pregnancy pillow that truly helps me to sleep better at night. You might hear that the best sleeping position for pregnant women is laying on her left side. The pregnancy pillow that I have has a big C-shape design, supporting my back and can be placed between my legs as well. Before I used this pillow, I experienced leg cramps at night a lot. However, now that I use it, I find it really helps me to sleep better and greatly reduces aches and pain. Although, My husband can’t wait for me to be done using this pillow. He says it’s taking up a lot of space in the bed. Haha!

Comfy sneakers

When I’m pregnant, my feet and legs get tired easily, especially when I’m standing for a period of time (I get more varicose veins during pregnancy). I love to use comfy shoes (I use these shoes from this style post) for outdoor errands with the kids. I think it’s easier to move around if you are comfortable with what you’re wearing on your feet. When you’re pregnant you also have to remember that you’re carrying extra weight from your baby bump.

 

Comfy Bras

Pregnancy will cause a lot of changes to your body. This includes changes in clothing sizes and your underwear. I avoid bras with underwire because it’s not comfortable to wear underneath my clothes. I love to use a bra that has a good fit, gives a good support, and is comfortable; something I have is similar to this. I also like to use strapless, tube top bras (or bandeau bra).

 

Water

Keeping yourself hydrated during your pregnancy is very important for you and your baby. It can make you have to go to the bathroom often, but it really helps your body stay strong and healthy. During my first trimester, it was hard for me to drink water since I was nauseated and vomiting. What I do to help with the nausea, is add flavor droplets to my water. I also don’t forget to bring a water bottle whenever I go out. I currently love to use a similar bottle which I keep inside my bag.

 

Snack

In addition to water, I love to bring snacks. Being pregnant makes me feel hungry all the time. I think this little boy I’m carrying eats a lot, like his brothers… My favorites snacks to bring include granola bars and animal crackers. 😉

 

Exercise Ball

Lastly, I don’t want to forget to mention this amazing exercise ball. I love to use this while working on my work desk while pregnant. It’s more comfortable on my belly to sit on a big bouncy ball compared to a normal chair. This exercise ball was actually such a big help for when I went into labor. There’s a rocking technique I used (check it out online. Search for “Birthing ball”), which really helped. Another cool thing about using this ball, is that I can use it after I give birth. When my newborn is fussy or crying (even if he’s been changed and fed), I’m sure I’ll be able to calm him down while sitting on it. When my other two kids were babies, they loved it when I sit here. I think it’s because it gives a gentle bouncing motion, helping them fall asleep.

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(A good friend of mine lent me this top. I’ve been using this a lot, especially this season. Here’s are some similar items to my outfit that you can check out online: TOP, HAT, MATERNITY PANTS )
Is anyone else expecting this year too? What are your pregnancy essentials?

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Hello Island Mama is a makeup, DIY, design, and lifestyle blog by Em Smith. She is the mother of two boys and a wife, who loves to inspire and encourage others through her works and stories. Originally from the Philippines.

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