Summer Adventures: The last day of school

The summer began with the ending of my 9th year of teaching.  I have had many educational hats during these years, my most recent job has been as an Education Specialist, supporting students with mild to moderate disabilities (ADHD, autism, dyslexia, Down's Syndrome, etc.).  The last project I did with my students used the metaphor of a road to imagine their lives in the future and make plans for attaining their dreams.  Here are two of my favorite student projects:

A perfect replica of A.'s neighborhood, down to the trellis and vine and my student mowing his lawn out front

A perfect replica of A.'s neighborhood, down to the trellis and vine and my student mowing his lawn out front

R. captured the spirit of this project beautifully!  It starts at our middle school and follows him to college, getting his first car, getting married, having twins, entering art school and landing the "Best Job" as a cartoonist.

R. captured the spirit of this project beautifully!  It starts at our middle school and follows him to college, getting his first car, getting married, having twins, entering art school and landing the "Best Job" as a cartoonist.

Summer Adventures

I just finished my first week back at work after a beautiful, emotional, and inspiring summer.  It went by so quickly (!!!!) but I want to express my gratitude by posting some of the highlights under a new category: Artistic Adventures.   In the spirit of Julia Cameron's "Artist Dates," these are moments that inspired, refreshed, and motivated my artwork and creativity during the last 2 months.

I hope you enjoy this series! 

Beach Wedding

Kristin asked me to design her invitations around a beach sunset theme.  Her wedding was at Casa Romantica in beautiful San Clemente.  She wanted the spirit of the place in her invitations.  I created a cutout in the shape of a moorish archway--a prominent feature at Casa Romantica--to allow the text and image to have their own space.   I then incorporated the original watercolor of the sunset and pier into Kristin's day-of details, including escort cards, favors, and table numbers.  It was such a pleasure working with this lovely couple! 

Invitations with archway cutout

Invitations with archway cutout

Kristin's escort cards with hand-painted edges

Kristin's escort cards with hand-painted edges

Table numbers with succulents

Table numbers with succulents

Winter Wedding

Amanda and Daniel had already printed their invitations, but wanted some details to enhance their elegant winter wedding day.  Their colors were navy and green, with red accents.  Amanda suggested a pine cone, so I used that as a starting point. 

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I worked on the wedding day program first.  I coordinated with Chris Skillern (Reinvention Designs), who designed Amanda and Daniel's invitation, to ensure a consistent font palette.

Next I worked on the table numbers and beverage labels:

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So much fun! 

Thanks for this great project and happy wedding day, Amanda and Daniel!

Current Project - pine cones!

I am so excited about my current project!  I have been trying to figure out the lovely mixture of mathematics and chaos that is the pinecone. 

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At the core of my process is exploration -- when I get a new subject, I try it out it in different media -- pen/ink, watercolor, colored pencil, guache, pastel, pencil, and then look at what other artists have done with it. 

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I decided I wanted the feel of a botanical illustration with more character and heart, and I loved what Jane Burkinshaw and Olga Inoue had done.  Here is the latest -- I am going to add some pine needles, I think, and adjust the coloring in Photoshop to better fit the client's wedding colors.

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Update

on 2012-12-22 19:44 by Joanna Casucci

This one is finished!  See my latest post for an update.

Cowboy Wedding

Abbi and Brian are true originals -- she a houseboat-dwelling artist and he an authentic LA cowboy.  The wedding theme they chose fit perfectly!  Abbi and I did a quick brainstorming session and figured out how to incorporate two cowboy stock images she had found on Gettyimages.com.  Abbi posed for a quick photoshoot, and we lucked out finding a photo of Brian in a cowboy hat!

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A little bit of Photoshopping and a lot of fun with fonts... and voila!

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So much fun!

This was a mix of letterpress and digital print.  All printing was done through the lovely Maria at mpressstudio.com.

Garden Wedding

Melinda & Jared wanted a tree image to reflect the natural setting of the wedding venue - the beautiful Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo, CA.  In search of the perfect tree, I ran across this beauty -- a carob tree.  I loved the twist in the trunk--like two lives intertwining...  

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I started with a watercolor on a large sheet (22" x 30") of watercolor paper

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I scanned the final image, worked on the font and text selection, and sent a prototype to Melinda and Jared.  Since their colors are yellow and teal, they requested that yellow be added to the design.  I painted, scanned, and added yellow flowers to the tree--what a great addition!  The design suite was printed on watercolor paper and mounted on navy cardstock... and the final result:

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My Wedding!

Here is my process for creating an invitation suite for my own wedding. 

The Save-The-Date Postcards are based on a sketch of some sparrows in my grandma's backyard

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The paper texture is courtesy of Splendor and Demise.  The final Result:

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The Invitation started with a sketch from our front yard:

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 and became this:

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The paper texture creating the border is an adaptation of a texture created by Nevermore Graphix.