Free art deco fonts, part 2

Last week I shared some free art deco fonts, and since I couldn’t limit my collection to just one post, here’s a second round!

Free fonts are a great resource for your crafting. These fonts are all 100% free or public domain, so you can download them and use them in a variety or projects!


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Subtype by Sabit Kovacevic
Ritzy Remix by Nick’s Fonts
Kilsonburg by Typodermic Fonts
Architype by Shannon Frye
Dwiggins Initials KK by Koeiekat
Caviar Dreams by Nymphont

30. March 2016 by Jessie
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Soft desert color inspiration

I wish I could say I took the amazing dessert photo below, but alas it was only a backdrop at the American Museum of Natural History. It’s just so pretty! So I decided to curate a color story from it, I really love the soft natural hues. They obviously lend themselves to plant illustrations, but also a neutral baby nursery color palette, or paint colors to decorate a terra cotta planter.


What could you do with this color palette?

28. March 2016 by Jessie
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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone, I hope you have all had a lovely weekend!

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Hand lettering by yours truly, video created with the Flipagram app.

27. March 2016 by Jessie
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Easter host & hostess gifts to DIY

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If you’re headed to a friend or family member’s house for Easter this year, how about you DIY them a personal host/hostess gift? I love when I host a party and guests bring flowers or wine, its not needed but makes the host feel good :)

Here are some inexpensive ideas you can whip up in time for Easter that would make great host gifts, so get creating and have a Happy Easter!

So simple. Buy a pineapple, paint the top of it a springy color. I’ve brought pineapples as host gifts before, they are fun and unexpected, and just look cool, and this is a way to make them look extra festive! Tutorial from Life, Love and the Pursuit of Shoes. And if you’re hosting Easter, you could make a bunch as centerpieces!


Sew some adorable felt bunny coasters. Unfortunately I was unable to find a source or tutorial for this image (if you are the creator, let me know so I can link to you!) but you can use the image as inspiration!


Put together this no-sew Easter basket by upcycling old denim! Tutorial by Beth Huntington on eHow.


Mix up some orange colored sugar scrub and make it look like a carrot, so cute! If you’re not into adding coloring to your scrub, I think it would still look like a carrot when left the natural sugar color. Recipe and tutorial from Oh My! Creative.


Then we’ve got this recycle bottle bunny planter DIY I posted last week!

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Follow me on Pinterest to see other amazing artists & crafters that inspire me!

25. March 2016 by Jessie
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Beautiful free art deco fonts, part one

A beautiful typeface is the foundation for thoughtful wedding invitations, successful promotions, scrapbooking labels and typography wall art prints. Luckily for you budget savvy designers & crafters out there, we have numerous free font resources available (a bloggers like myself who compile favorites for you <3 ).

I began researching for this post planning to just compile one art deco fonts post, but I found so many I needed to split it into two. So come back next week to see a second group of equally beautiful art deco fonts!

These are all 100% free or public domain, so go ahead and use them for themed party invites, retro wall art, and whatever you can dream up!

Free art deco fonts part one | crafty

Park Lane by Nick’s Fonts
Riesling by Bright Ideas
Anchor Jack by AJ Paglia
Manbow by Typodermic Fonts
Dionisia by Tano Veron
Metro Retro by Nick’s Fonts

What will you make with these art deco fonts? Come back next week for another collection!

23. March 2016 by Jessie
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Pom pom fringe bag

Happy spring!


Yesterday marked the first day of spring, and I’m already looking forward to picnics and farmers markets.

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I already own SO MANY reusable shopping bags. Aside from the fact that my mom usually uses them as gift bags, I just can’t resist a good tote bag – buying one or making one! This DIY using pom pom fringe (or really any trim you want) is a super quick upgrade to your favorite farmers market bag.

You will need…

tote bag
pom pom fringe in multiple colors
sewing pins
sewing machine/needle & thread
or hot glue gun

Let’s get started…

Cut fringe to the width of your tote bag and pin in place.

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With your sewing machine, or needle and thread, attach the pom pom fringe to the tote bag.

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You could also skip the sewing all together and just use hot glue.

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Its that easy!

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Now you’ve got a super cute tote bag that’ll stand out this spring. You could paint or stamp an image, or a monogram, to personalize the bag even further. Perfect teacher gifts! Or Mother’s Day!

Do you have any fun tote bag DIYs?

21. March 2016 by Jessie
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Dr. Suess fantasy inspirational quote

dr suess fantasy quote,

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient to living” -Dr. Suess

This is such a beautiful quote, seriously, Dr. Suess was a genius. We all need a little more fantasy and nonsense in our lives!

The background photo above is a page out of my altered book. As usual, hand drawn typography by yours truly.

You can follow me on Instagram for more inspiration :)

20. March 2016 by Jessie
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Free spring desktop and phone wallpapers!

Happy almost spring! Can you believe Sunday is the first day of spring? I can’t, but I’m not complaining!

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This will be our first spring in NYC. Most of the time we’ve lived in the city its been cold, so I’m excited to wander the warm and sunny streets, getting more opportunities to explore. But I also know I’m really going to miss the springs we spent in Nyack, NY, walking in the morning to get coffee, picking flowers on the way home, there were these beautiful trees with pink falling flower petals… its really going to be different without that aspect of nature in my daily life (I’ll have to take lots of walks to the park!).

In anticipation of missing nature outside, I designed a little plant-inspired desktop wallpaper. This wallpaper features my illustrations of beauty berry, rose hips, lavender and basil. Right click the image you want to download below to save it to your computer. Most of you with lap tops and cinema displays want the widescreen wallpaper.

Widescreen wallpaper:

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Classic wallpaper:

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Pin, download, and share this free wallpaper all you want, happy spring from me to you!

18. March 2016 by Jessie
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Altered book pages

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I’ve been slowly working on an altered book over the past couple of months. Not for any real reason, just when I have some extra time I want to experiment with new mixed media techniques, and an altered book, or art journal, is a great way to do that all in one little place. For a while my goal was a new spread every few days, but now as other projects have taken priority I’m working on it a bit less frequently.

What is an altered book?
An altered book is when an artist takes a book and uses mixed media techniques to change its appearance, turning it into something new. Its really as simple as any book that has been somehow altered. This can be simple drawing or painting on each page, or it can be intricate cut paper or even sculpture. Techniques used are endless, but it my research the most popular seemed to be painting, collage, stamping, drawing, and cut paper.

What type of book works best?
If you are just going to be drawing and journaling, even painting (really anything that will remain pretty flat), any book should do. If you’re going to experiment with mixed media, collage, embellishments and all that fun stuff, you’ll want an old hard cover book with a sewn binding. Most artists prep the pages in a few different ways, here’s an article from Johwey Redington that I found helpful when starting my book. Since I wanted to experiment, I only prepped about half the pages throughout my book this way, the others I left natural.

So here is some of my progress so far. If you see any pages you’d like a more detailed tutorial for, just leave your ideas in the comments!

Below I first used hot glue on the pages, mostly just tracing over lines and boxes of text, then added watercolor over that. The hot glue masked the text, and gives a pretty cool three dimensional effect.

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The following spread was inspired by moon phases. For the background I created lots of layered and textures with different colored & textured paints. I also used some letter stencils just to create some shapes and interest. I made stencils for the moons to get sharp edges, and used lots of different metallic paints and glitter.

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For the following mandala page, I wanted to experiment with the same imagery on each page, but done with different materials. Black and gold pen on the left, and colorful watercolor on the right.

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This is probably my favorite and most simple page, but the photo doesn’t do it justice! I used painters tape to mask off the squares, and filled them in with gloss sealer and fine gold craft glitter.

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Painters tape to the rescue again here. I taped off the inside of the pages to leave the text untouched, and sponge painted different metallic paints to create the frame. When the paint dried, I carefully removed the painters tape, and used a black micron to draw some plant illustrations.

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For the following dream catcher spread I really wanted to build a lot of texture. I started by painting with coffee for a natural base in the background. On tope of that I added felt and fabric, embroidery, cut paper feathers and “beads”, painted accents and gold metallic paint pen… really just anything I could find to add new texture.

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Below I traced a couple different sized tape spools to make the circles, then just filled in the sections with paint. The secret is to leave a bunch of sections open with text showing through.

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This was another spread where I wanted to play with the same type of image, done in different materials. The left chevron pattern was made with a stamp I cut out of cardboard. The right chevron pattern was created with different cut paper, felt and fabric.

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16. March 2016 by Jessie
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Recycled bottle bunny planter DIY

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If you’re looking for a cute project to decorate or gift this Easter season, just pull a bottle out of your recycling bin! I’ve seen the cat version on Pinterest a bunch and have really wanted to make one. While brainstorming Easter projects, I thought about that cat planter and realized with a few tweaks it would make a pretty adorable bunny planter!

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What you need:
empty plastic bottle (any size will work, I used a 20 ounce bottle)
X-acto knife
acrylic paint
permanent marker
gloss sealer (optional)
iron (optional)

First, clean the bottle and remove the label.

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With a permanent marker, draw a straight line around the bottle. For the 20 ounce bottle my line was about 3.5″ from the bottom of the bottle, but you can choose the height based on the size if the bottle and the size of your plant. Also draw a pair of long bunny ears.

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Using an X-acto, cut along the bunny outline you drew. You can use scissors to smooth out any areas if needed.

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The cut edges will probably feel a little sharp. The secret to get these softer if an iron! Set your iron to a medium setting. All irons are different, better to start low and turn it up if nothing is happening, if you start too high you risk melting the bottle too much. Hold your cut edge against the iron to reduce sharpness. This step is option but does make a difference!

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Paint the outside of the bottle whatever color you want your bunny to be! I used a acrylic paint, you could also use spray paint.

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Add an adorable face, and color the inside of this little guy’s ears. You can use permanent markers or paint. I tried out both and in the end liked markers better.

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Optional – add a coat of gloss sealer. This helps keep the outside of your planter clean, with a glossy finish you can wipe off any dirt. I used FolkArt Outdoor Gloss Sealer. Let the gloss sealer dry completely.

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All you have to do now is find a plant to fill your new planter!

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These would make super cute centerpieces, party favors, or host/hostess gifts! Do you plan on crafting anything for you Easter celebration this year?


14. March 2016 by Jessie
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