September Mobile and Desktop Wallpapers

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September is the month that doesn’t feel quite like summer or quite like fall. It’s that in between month where you’re still holding on to summer but anticipating fall. So I created a wallpaper that features September / Fall flowers. That’s my take on the “almost fall but I don’t want summer to leave yet” feeling.

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Hope you like the illustrations. It’s my first time adding color to my illustrations and I gotta say, I looooove the results from editing them in Photoshop. So go ahead and hold on to summer a little longer. But don’t forget those crisp winds are right around the corner 😉

Download the wallpapers by clicking on the wallpaper. Then, right-click if you’re on a desktop or long press if you’re on a mobile device.

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Design Tip Tuesday-Write, Draw, Scribble. 

When the inspiration seems to be sucked out of your brain, get back to the basics.

Write
Take time to write your vision and the goals ahead. If your work requires daily updates, it’s good to create a schedule for the month of what needs to be posted or shared. If making a schedule for the month seems overwhelming, start by creating a schedule for the week ahead.

Also, define your project by writing down colors that you’re thinking of using and design styles that will compliment the project. Be sure to write down the audience you’re trying to target and the overall purpose of the project.

Draw
If you’re really stuck, just draw. Draw anything. Pick up a paint brush and some paint and just draw. Or use some charcoal to sketch out ideas. Seeing your ideas in different mediums, textures and paper, will help you navigate through the lack of inspiration. Going old school, getting a bit messy, will help you see things you might not see if you’re behind a computer screen.

Scribble
It doesn’t have to be perfect. As much as I love for my designs and images to look close to perfection, I know that there must be a certain level of quirk in order for it to look authentic.

While jotting down ideas, scribble, write your ideas up and down the paper, write in cursive, or try scribbling your current mood with an illustrated emoji. The less perfect, the better. The idea is to scribble and write ideas in a way you haven’t tried before. You might find something unique and beautiful while letting your imagination flow. And in turn, those illustrations or scribbled ideas can be used for your project and designs.


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Design Tip Tuesday-Simplicity

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Keeping your design simple and straight to the point is most effective. The more you add to it, the less it’s legible and appealing to the eye. When there’s too much texture, copy, and color, there is no “take-away” from it. When designing, there should always be a specific element that stands out. Keeping it simple helps you achieve that goal.

Next time, you’re creating something or dressing up, take something OUT of the design or from your outfit. It will showcase the elements that really matter. Simplicity adds sophistication and a modern edge to any design. Not all artworks are created the same, though. Some will require more “stuff”. But if the goal is to still make the most with less, you will have a beautiful, well-executed piece.

Design Tip Tuesday: Create a Mood board

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During an interview, I was asked why I decided to become a graphic designer. I told them my honest answer, “The movie 13 Going on 30”. I explained that her creative process of collecting things to establish the vision of her magazine spread made me want to do the same. I’ve always liked to collect and save things that are memorable to me. A menu, a tag or ticket stub. Designing is more about the process and the collection of ideas, than doing stuff in Photoshop.

Creating a mood board is a way of organizing thoughts and creating a consistent visual treatment. There are different ways to create a mood board. If you like hands-on projects, then pinning different things that inspire you to cork board might work. If you’re more of a techy person, maybe it’s collecting images online to create a mood board in Photoshop like the image above. The whole point is to be inspired before you create. And also, to show others collaborating on the project, a visual representation of where your vision is at. You can incorporate color palettes, font treatments, quotes, examples of photography that you like, and the list goes on.

Perhaps you’re thinking, well isn’t that what Pinterest is for? Yes and no. Yes, you can use Pinterest to make a board for your project. But grouping image of that relate to one another within one board, isn’t an option on Pinterest. So take the time, be inspired, inspire others, and mood board your heart away.

Send your summer mood boards to @styldbygrace on Instagram. I’ll repost my favorites! 

Design Tip Tuesday: White Space over Clutter

More often than not, white space makes more of a statement than clutter. Do not be afraid to leave empty spaces on your canvas. Clutter screams amateur.

White space brings balance to the artwork and allows for the focal point to take center stage. Also, white space adds emphasis to the important parts of the piece. It draws the eye of the audience to the focal point.

In a practical sense, having white space makes everything else on the artwork easier to read.

As with fashion and decor, when designing, less is more. The challenge isn’t to fill the entire canvas with “stuff”, it is to keep it as minimal as possible without compromising the copy and design elements that need to be there.

Lastly, white space is “trés chic”. It makes your artwork look upscale and elegant.


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