Hand Painted Calendars – Ranunculus

In creating some products for #NSS aka National Stationery Show. I decided to create a complete 12 image collection showing the color mood of each month, while using the already hand painted image concept that was used for the Starry Night artwork that will be featured in the new 2013-2014 issue of ChicagoStyle Weddings magazine. These Hand Painted Calendars -Ranunculus are a slim line calendar that is great for inside a cabinet or cubicle. Fun and colorful, just something to make you smile when you look at it, or a great gift!

One of the flowers that keeps coming up in wedding floral work is RANUNCULUS, known to some as buttercup. The name Ranunculus is Late Latin for “little frog,” from rana “frog” and a diminutive ending. This probably refers to many species being found near water, like frogs. The name buttercup may derive from a false belief that the plants give butter its characteristic yellow hue (in fact it is poisonous to cows and other livestock). A popular children’s game involves holding a buttercup up to the chin; a yellow reflection is supposed to indicate fondness for butter.They are soft and delicate, feminine and colorful all at the same time.

The movement that occurs in the swirls is visually pleasing. Much like in the inspiration piece for Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh… the swirls and movement keeps a viewers eyes interested and engaged in the painting. Looking and the depth and color dimension of each circle and swirl. Moving from one to another and back, essentially keeping them focused on your image for awhile. (the whole idea) Case and point of why people stare at ART and why one person may see one thing and another may view it differently.

The hand painted calendars are printed on a glossy white 4″x10″ stock that is notched out at the top with a white wire calendar hanger for space saving hang ability.

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Check out our Etsy storefront to purchase these calendars.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/154269518/hand-painted-modern-art-calendar?ref=shop_home_active

Some FUN TRENDS from Chicago Style Weddings and others…

PRINT MENU CARDS.

Keep guests informed about what’s for dinner. Get the precise menu listing from your caterer and then print out the particulars on menu cards. You don’t need a card for each guest. Simply print out a card or two for each table. Your guests will appreciate knowing the menu, especially if they have allergies or certain food preferences.
Don’t forget your food stations and drink menus as well, keeping your guests well informed will be

DISH SMALL BITES.

Wedding guests don’t always want a full course meal. Instead serve yummy dishes in appetizer portions. Mashed potato bars are super trendy. The classic comfort food is being reinvented as a reception hit, complete with fix-ins like cheese, bacon bits and chives. Delish!

I know a great caterer that can hook you up with this Fun Station as well as others…Catering by Chef Paul contact Ginger

SAVE-THE-DATES.

Wedding stationery is a must for brides and grooms and it’s never been more important to have save-the-date cards. As soon as you set a wedding date, send all the people on your probable guest list a save-the-date card so they know to keep the date open on their calendars. After all, people are busy these days. If they know about your celebration ahead of time, they’re more likely not to plan any other activities for that date.

CREATE CREATIVE WEDDING PROGRAMS.

Wedding programs tell guests what to expect on the big day, but that doesn’t mean the programs have to be boring or predictable. Have a good time creating something to inform guests and be memorable at the same time. Some ideas? A program modeled after a social networking site like Facebook or Twitter or a program inspired by your favorite comic strip – use comic panels to tell guests what will happen throughout the event.

MODERN CHOICES.
The contemporary, modern wedding will still be big in 2011. Brides are opting for non-traditional dress choices, such as: beautiful hues instead of the usual white or ivory; old shoulder instead of strapless; and short cocktail dresses (the little white dress) instead of a long gown. This trend will continue through décor, as well, with couples steering away from the customary 10-person round table and opting to mix table shapes and sizes. They are also incorporating bright and bold colors, cool lounge settings, and after parties; choosing cupcakes instead of a wedding cake; and letting color tie together the bridesmaids as they choose different styles of dresses.

VINTAGE TOUCHES.
One of the top wedding trends for the upcoming year is vintage and retro-inspired with a modern twist. What’s old is new. We’ll see:

vintage wedding dresses with cap sleeves

beautiful textures

ornate details

natural settings, including outdoor and backyard weddings

photo booths (actual and set areas with draped-cloth backdrops)

vintage photography

Eco-friendly weddings

Trend Watch 2010-2011 Chicago Style Weddings

http://thebeautybridal.com/442/five-hot-wedding-trends-for-2011.html