Real Weddings | ‘Taste of Tropics’ Work in Progress

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Remember the leafy and tropical inspired Save-the-Dates I styled and designed at the end of last year? Well, the lovely couple got hitched early this summer and so I wanted to finally get round to sharing some behind-the-scenes of the main stationery elements that I put together for their big day. Using Elena Boils tropical illustrative motifs, I designed and artworked all the layouts of each piece (from the invitation suite to the on-the-day element) by teaming it up with some modern brush-calligraphy. And yes, I did hand-cut and letter all those leaves out for their alternative seating plan….call me insane but that’s what you do to stand out from the crowd ;)

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I’ve had a ball working on these and I can’t wait to share the official photos once I get a copy! Here’s a teeny glimpse of some of the stationery elements, ranging from Order of Ceremony and schedules of the day to menus to both hand-cut/hand-lettered seating name cards and signage!

I hope you like them and if so, do stay tuned for more!! xMBM_signs 02MBM_signs 01MBM_signs 02Photo 18-05-2016, 10 29 20MBM_signs 02

 

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Real Weddings | Work in progress

MbM_Real Weddings_A&D 01Hey folks! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. Can you believe we’re into week three of January already…!?

Anyway, further to my last post on wedding stationery, I thought I’d share another fun one I’ve been appointed to do that has some serious tropical vibes going!  It involves a lot of leafy prints, a lush colour palette and oodles of hand-lettering, which is just what I need to get through these winter months! :)

I did the couple’s Save The Date last year, where I opted to hand-letter over some rubber-tree leaves, style it across a wavy peach backdrop (an element taken from the main illustrative piece for the stationery suite) and then photograph and turn it into a postcard. The idea was that it gave a glimpse into what’s to come and setting the scene of the wedding without giving away the entire design – a teaser, so to speak.
MbM_Real Weddings_A&D 02For those of you that don’t know me as well, I’m always looking for any excuse to letter whatever surface I can find (give me a wall, floor, a rock…whatever!) and doing so on leaves was something yet to tick off the list so I was delighted to get working on this. When you are dealing with natural, raw, odd-shaped mediums like leaves, it can be tricky trying to compose the lettering perfectly and it’s not like you can do to many trial runs either as no leaves are the same. It’s these challenges that I get a kick out of so bring them on!

Well, these are some of the behind-the scene shots of the final leaf I was styling for the Save The Date postcards. I’ll be working on phase two (the main stationery suite) very soon and cannot wait to get started. While I wont be taking on any more wedding projects this year (I’m going to be focusing on other areas of my work) I have to admit its these unconventional kinds that really make me want to do weddings. So yea, if you know of or having a wedding that takes on lots of bespoke lettering, type-based signage, backdrops and installations….then i’ll make an exception! :)

Happy weekend folks and I’ll keep you posted on progress soon xx

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[Molu Mantra] Quote of the Week

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Happy Monday folks! I hope you’ve all started the new week nicely.

Well, this week’s quote is from the film The Switch which I randomly came across on Netflix recently and I must say, I found it pretty entertaining. I do like Jason Bateman and Jennifer Anniston so that obviously helped! Anyway, it’ the opening line…actually, the ending line too…. that caught my attention and felt it was quote-worthy. It’s definitely a nice reminder of how those random unexpected moments in our somewhat busy, routine-obsessed, or perhaps even mundane lives, can be the most incredible things that happens to us. I for one, can vouch for that on numerous occasions.

So, keep that in mind as you start another busy week! You just never know what’s waiting for you around the corner!  :) xx
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[Inspirational] Hand-lettered watercolour quotes

MbM_BLOGTACULAR-QUOTES-01(C)I’ve been playing about with some hand-lettered illustrations this week (a break from all the branding and portfolio work thats kept me well out of mischief!) and been exploring ways to bring them alive by overlaying them onto textured watercolour backgrounds – a bit of mixed media fun so to speak. What do you think? They’re far from perfect but it’s all part of my journey into the world of graphics and illustration but with particular focus on lettering and typography. I know there’s many ridiculously talented folk out there doing some incredible hand-lettering work and I just want to be able to do the same but obviously bring my own personal flair to them…..which is kind of what you see here. Anyway, it’s all work in progress….trying to find my niche, as Will Taylor put it! :)

These quotes are from some of the most inspiring key speakers that I had the privilege to listen to at Blogtacular early this summer, and I felt it was only right to share them with you, as we come to the end of another week (we all need a bit of morale-boosting from time to time!) If you do like the look of these, let me know if this is something you’d buy as a print as this is an area I’m hoping to evolve. I may actually start doing a ‘free printable’ series of inspirational quotes too that you can print yourself and have up on the wall. But yea, any feedback is greatly appreciated so please feel free to let me know your thoughts :)

Have a lovely weekend! xx

[Workshop Shenanigans] Modern Calligraphy

MbM_Calligraphy-Workshop_1A couple of Sundays ago, I went along to my first modern calligraphy workshop held at the The Blacksmith & Toffee Maker pub in Angel. I’ve been pretty infatuated with this fluid and rounded form of hand lettering for a few years now (particularly around the time of our wedding when its revival had taken by storm across the US) and have been longing since, to find a way to learn it…..but classes back then just wasn’t easy to come by (or too expensive), and trying to teach yourself or even emulate the style wasn’t really cutting it for me…nor was it any fun!

Well, this summer, much to my delight, when I heard through the blogging grapevine that Quill London (an oh-so-fabulous online boutique that stocks some of the most divine stationery……you have been warned though!) were holding workshops in London, I couldn’t resist jumping on the bandwagon and finally invest in some time learning the skill properly.

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The three-hour workshop, taught by the lovely and talented, Imogen Owen, covered all the fundamentals you need to know of modern copperplate calligraphy with plenty of time to practice all the shapes, strokes, alphabets…etc that you were being taught. Looking back, I’m still amazed at how much you learn in those three hours! Mind you, it does take A LOT of time and patience to get used to the pointed nib! Unlike italic and Gothic lettering, with its angled/bevelled nibs (which I did in fact, briefly dabble in back in high school), copperplate script is different in that the thick and thin style of the strokes are simply down to how you apply pressure onto the nib….for a newbie, perhaps not as simple! ;) And if you’re like me, you may want to keep your ‘perfectionist’ side at bay for the first couple of hours just so you don’t end up with the so-called “calligraphers claw”……and all the frown lines and funny faces that come with the sheer concentration!  :D

Anyway, it really is all down to practice because you are essentially training yourself to write again (a lot beautifully this time!) The more you do, the more it becomes second nature to you….or at least, a lot smoother with a lot less scratching! ;) I haven’t done as many practice sessions since the class but with the little I did last week I can already see an improvement, particularly with those thick and thin strokes. Still a loooooooong way from ‘perfect’ but hopefully in time, and with heaps of practice, I’ll get there! 

MbM_Calligraphy-Workshop_18MbM_Calligraphy-Workshop_10MbM_Calligraphy-Workshop_11MbM_Calligraphy-Workshop_16So, if you’ve had this on top of your to-do list for quite a while too, or you’re just looking for a delightful hobby or perhaps fancy a more creative social outing with a group of friends, then I would highly recommend these classes as they’re not only fun but affordable, condensed, and super informative….plus you get a starter pack, along with heaps of scrummy cakes and tea/coffee on the day! Classes are getting increasingly popular so for more information their next workshop dates or to book classes, hop on over to Quill London’s website. They do also offer limited ‘early bird’ tickets so put yourself onto their mailing list if you’d like to be informed of those upcoming dates first, which is what I did.

Well then, while you do that…..I’ll keep practising and keep you posted with any progress I make, which I hope will be a weekly thing. A massive thank you to Imogen for imparting all of her calligraphy wisdom (you must check out her beautiful stationery!) and to Lucy for hosting such a wonderful set up! I’m SO so glad I signed up!! I do also like to mention the three lovely ladies on my table that I had the pleasure to meet that afternoon, who made it all the more fun; Helen (food blogger at Look What We Ate Today), Jeni (oxford based planner and stylist, Vanilla Rose Weddings) and Viktoria (creative buyer at the fab homewares, accessories and gifts brand called Bombay Duck)……it’s always a bonus meeting genuinely lovely people from at such events and occasions!

Happy days! xx

Ps. thought this quote below was so apt for me……you can only guess what I was doing while writing it :)
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Love is kind, love is patient; Happy Friday!

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The paper flowers and hand-lettered piece I made for the ‘modern baroque’ shoot. And this is one of my favourite verses which was in fact read at our wedding….and one that I need constant reminding of! ;)

Happy Friday everyone!! Wherever you are, I sincerely hope it’s a good one and that you have a wonderful weekend ahead. Much love xx

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[Molu Mantra]

MbM_HAND-LETTERING_WK-2BAhh, don’t we all fall victims to that every now and then? It can be so frustrating being gripped with fear or doubt that we find ourselves procrastinating more than we ought to. Sometimes, we over think things far too much that all it does is put you in constant mental turmoil or it stops you from moving forward in life – I’m guilty of that! Sometimes, you just have to let go and let life carry you places. Because you never know where it may lead!

So, what can we do to stop ourselves from thinking too much and just let things happen?

On a lighter note, I’m still practising my hand-lettering skills…..although, still very basic. But the weekly tasks are definitely helping so I cannot wait to try more and see improvements!

Enjoy the rest of your Friday! I think it’s time for me to put my pens down and switch off from the computer!!

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Happy Friday!

MbM_HAND-LETTERING_WK-1And so, we come to the end of another week. I hope it’s been great one for you although I know it’s been tricky trying to get back into work mode after the lovely 4-day Easter weekend! So I’ve eased myself with prettier stuff like bits and bobs for the blog, working on wedding invitation designs and looking up inspiration for a branding project.

I’ve also decided that one of the many things to do this year is hand-lettering and typography. It’s always been a great interest of mine (cursive handwriting was a big fascination since primary school!) but having never been taught it properly, I’ve set myself various tasks and challenges to learn and develop the skill further. Even signed up to an E-course (which I’ll tell you about later). You’ve probably seen some wedding stuff recently where I’ve dabbled in some lettering but in order to really improve and develop I’ve decided to do a piece each week focusing on an inspirational quote. So here’s the first of this hand-lettering series….it’s basically a pimped-up version of my handwriting – so nothing too fancy! But hey….I’ve got to start somewhere right? Slowly but surely, as they say! Anyway, have a wonderful weekend folks whatever your plans! x x x

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