School is back in session (for the last semester!) but I wanted to share a project that I did before the break. I made these Thank You cards as a self-promotional piece that reflect the geometric style of my personal branding. These A4 cards are screen printed in red, gold and black ink.
Stay tuned to see more of my personal branding!
Happy 2015! Given that it is a new year, we decided to try something neither of us has ever made before. We found this recipe on Williams-Sonoma and changed the flavors around just a bit. These make the fluffiest, most delicious ginger scones. We highly recommend using this as a base recipe and subbing in any other dried fruits or flavors you can think of.
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbs. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
2/3 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup crystallized ginger, chopped
1/2 cup buttermilk
Adapted from a Williams-Sonoma recipe | Serves 6
Directions (copied directly):
Prepare the baking sheet
Preheat an oven to 425°F. Line a rimless baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix the dough
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the butter until the mixture forms coarse crumbs about the size of peas. Stir in the apricots and ginger. In a bowl, whisk together the egg and buttermilk until blended. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and, using a rubber spatula, stir just until evenly moistened. The dough will be sticky.
Shape and bake the scones
Turn out the dough onto a floured work surface and press together gently into a round about 8 inches in diameter. Using a sharp knife, cut the round into 6 equal wedges. Place the wedges on the prepared sheet, spacing them about 1 inch apart. Bake until the scones are golden brown, 15 to 17 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, let cool slightly and serve warm. Makes 6 scones.
We will definitely be making these again! We’ve decided next time we’ll use fresh ginger and orange zest. What do you like in your scones?
The holiday season is upon us! Have you finished all of your shopping yet? While we love to shop locally and even D.I.Y. a lot of gifts, we wanted to add an even more personal touch to our gifts this year. We decided to screen print rolls of festive wrapping paper. We each designed a simple pattern – Katherine made the white snowflakes and doily pattern, and Tara made the silver tree print. Even though we screen printed our designs, you could easily achieve the same look by stamping on brown kraft paper.
Our process was pretty simple. We designed minimalistic, monochromatic patterns that would tile easily and then printed them on the roll of paper so we would have plenty. We love the way each doily and tree look slightly different!
For the rest of the wrapping, we used supplies we already had on hand like twine and various red ribbons. We love how each package is unique, but with a refined color palette they all fit into a beautiful system. To put your gift wrapping over the top, you can add some evergreen clippings and pine cones; just tie or tuck them under the twine to secure.
We’ve added yet another project to our collection of holiday screen prints! So what do you think? Are you making your own gift wrap this year? We would love to see your ideas!
This week we are featuring our classmate and close friend, Daniel Kagan. Daniel is a senior at Virginia Tech studying Visual Communication Design and minoring in Business Leadership and Art History. He considers both Leesburg, VA and Orlando, FL his home.
Here is Daniel’s take on what graphic design means to him: “To me, design is more than just what I do, it is who I am. I firmly believe that design is a lifestyle and isn’t something that you can turn on and off. I find inspiration everywhere, and work to discover clean, simple solutions to complex problems. I have been creating since I was old enough to hold a pencil, and bring a background in studio art to deliver design that often incorporates hand-done typography and illustration. I have a passion for branding, packaging, advertising, and other forms of print media.”
The project that he decided to share with us was for a Packaging class that we took last year. He created a shaving cream line with three scents, each with a corresponding animal and color palette. The product is targeted at younger men who want the luxurious feel of a clean shave. The illustrations and hand-done typographic logo emulate a more rustic feel, playing off the woodsy scents.
We love the way this project turned out! If you’d like to see more of Daniel’s work, please check out his website.
“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” – G. K. Chesterton
An early Happy Thanksgiving, to everyone! We’d like to share how grateful we are to our family and friends. Thank you for supporting us and our blog! We hope that everyone has a lovely holiday next week, spent with their loved ones. Enjoy your food and feel free to share some of those delicious Thanksgiving recipes!