Japanese Dolls

The day after Christmas I flew off to a destination far different than anywhere I’ve ever been before. Japan was a new adventure, a place to find fresh inspiration for a new year.

My Mom’s family lived in Asia when she and her siblings were growing up, so we’ve had various artifacts from Asian cultures all over our home. My grandparents received this Japanese doll as a gift when they were overseas, and I’ve always loved it so much.

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It was my dream to see a living breathing Geisha or Maiko (Geisha in training) while I was in Kyoto, Japan… but unfortunately luck wasn’t on our side. I’m fascinated by their look! However, we did catch a glimpse of many beautiful women dressed in Kimonos for the New Year.

I picked up a few traditional books with artwork depicting the style and dress of kimonos at a book shop in Tokyo. Flipping through them inspired a lady of my own…

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I loved the wooden Kokeshi doll my mom had in our home, so when I went to Japan I made it my goal to find a special one of my own. The name Kokeshi comes from the combined meaning of “small wooden doll”.

The simplicity of the Kokeshi dolls (and the simplicity of Japanese style in general) is beautiful. Here are a few Kokeshi inspired watercolors from my sketchbook while I was in Japan…

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Parker Pens Holiday

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Parker Pens are undoubtedly classic. A classic brand that has kept it’s beauty and has a history written in the hands of President’s and notable authors alike. You’ve probably come across this famous Parker Pen advertisement by the charming Norman Rockwell- which is personally a favorite of mine!

I’m honored to have been tapped by Parker Pens to create their holiday greeting cards this year!

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It’s easy to get caught up in today’s digital world, but I truly believe in the act of sending hand written cards and notes. There is nothing more special than receiving a personalized card with a note during the holidays (or anytime, really!). There is an unspoken charm to handwritten letters that I hope never disappears… I’ve collected letters and cards I’ve received over the years and it’s the most wonderful feeling to discover them all over again. The different papers, designs, handwriting, colored inks; they are full of such personality! Email just doesn’t carrying the same magic…

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Leave a comment below about a hand written card moment or memory you have for a chance to win a lovely Parker Pen of your own. I’ll be choosing one winner to receive either the Parker Premier or Parker Sonnet. (please be sure to leave a way for me to contact you if you are chosen.)

Final_Parker_Cards2Happy Holidays! Follow along here as I’ll be taking over the Parker Pen instagram account this week!

This post was made as part of my collaboration with Parker Pens. Parker Pen purchases $75+ will receive a set of our holiday greeting cards at Parker Pen retailers.
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HOLIDAY SALE

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I’ve extended my holiday sale! Use the code PaperHoliday in my shop to get 20% off your order. New prints just added. Ends December 14th!

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GOWN TIME LAPSE

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20% off your entire order from my shop using the code PAPERHOLIDAY – ends December 12th. 

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GOWNS IN TULLE

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Created by layering tulle over a gouache illustration. See more tulle pieces.
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