Paper Raven Co. Blog
It has been a very busy Spring over here at Paper Raven Co. Springtime always brings new projects and new clients that are always fun to work with, and I'm excited to share some of the products I've designed very soon!
Stay tuned for the 2022 Calendar Theme Voting! As we've done for about 4 years now, I will gather up some good ideas for a Calendar Theme, and then will invite you to vote on your favorite! This is always the most fun part for me, so I hope you'll keep an eye out and let me know what you think.
We are also doing a Flash Sale on our New Perpetual Calendars!
Take 10% off today only with code SPRINGVIBES (ends 4/1/21 at 11:59pm EST)
In my personal life, Daniel and I are gearing up on our First Home Search and feel really optimistic for the possibilities of growing together and making a house into a home for us. Everything feels like it's falling into place :)
* To receive the April Desktop Wallpaper, please click on the Graphic Below:
I love to see your setups! Take a snap of your space with your new wallpaper, and tag me over on Instagram so I can give you a high-five!
Thank you all so much again.
Happy April! :) I hope it's been feeling like Spring wherever you are! This is the first Spring we are in our house, and we have been discovering all kinds of plants and trees that we didn't realize we had in our yard - like daffodils, a dogwood tree, and a Japanese Maple tree (Dan's favorite). As we've made these discoveries, it's truly felt like a little bit of magic. I also feel a shifting sense of energy: an excitement for things to come and a renewed sense of joy. So with that in mind, I created April's Desktop Wallpaper for you, to share a little magic with you too. I hope you like it!
* Click on the image above to receive the Desktop Wallpaper.
If you like these, I would love if you'd share a snap of your space with the newest wallpaper with me, and I will be reposting them on my Instagram Stories!
* Be sure to check out my "Wallpapers" Instagram Story Highlight to grab some free backgrounds for your phone!
Thank you so much!
One of the best parts of my day, as the weather has warmed, has been walking my sweet dog Patty in the afternoons. Our neighborhood is in bloom, and we have a ton of bird species nesting in the trees. During our outings, I like to pause and take a moment to intentionally appreciate nature, to notice details, and welcome that peaceful mental state into my work. If that sounds a little "woo-woo" to you, maybe it is. But in an increasingly chaotic world, especially when the environment and the planet is at such risk, it's become a focal point of my day to stop and be grateful for the beauty around me. Nature teaches us so many things: persistence, balance, harmony; I find that very comforting, and I've strived to make those principles an integral part of my illustrations.
So for April's Desktop Download, I give you an illustration based on my favorite scene from Alice in Wonderland: you can learn a lot of things from the flowers. Click the image below to grab it.
Here is the full illustration (but click the image above for the download!), and a detail shot of me drawing it. I start with a pencil sketch, then ink in the leaves with India Ink, and then ink in the lines. Finally, I bring the illustration into Photoshop to finish it. Happy Spring!