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Mark making – mood board

Mark making mood board by Arnold & Bird

When mark making is used on patterns, products and art, I find it never fails to inspire. This theme can seem so simple on the surface but when you dive into it there is wealth of little details you can keep discovering. Marks can create texture, depth, pattern and layers of transparency – and that equals a whole host of design potential.

Check out the mood board I curated this week – plus have you seen these brushstroke cakes yet?? Genius!

Mark making mood board by Arnold & Bird

Key design styles I’m inspired by:

  • Making marks 3D – take inspiration from this bakery in Russia and their incredible cakes. How about a cross hatch sketch made into a trim?
  • Kids projects that are based on mark making are ideal for sensory play. Make marks using bubble wrap, foil, vegetables or imprinting marks into play doh.
  • Alternative art kits for adults –  why not create your own mark making brushes and tools out of natural elements. An ideal next step on from colouring in books or calligraphy to occupy busy minds.
  • Layer and layer again different unique marks. Colour and composition are key to bringing a piece together and for creating designs that are perfect for alternative packaging, fashion, home accessories and furniture.

How do you already use mark making in your work? Or would you add it in a different way? Let me know your style on Instagram, Facebook or in the comments below!

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Image sources (clockwise from top left): 1. Hung Kei Shiu 2. Lamai McCarten 3. Hand made brushes by Lorna Crane 4. Tasarım Tabaklar 5. Kalabasa 6. Ah Haa school for the arts 7. Jess Williams 8. Creative Bloq

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Decorative feathers – mood board

Decorative feather trend mood board

My first mood board had to be about feathers as I LOVE them! There is a feather in my logo and this motif is really important to my brand identity. The word Arnold comes from my Grampy who was a pigeon racer, and Bird comes from my Gran’s maiden name. I love the combination of the two names together and the fact that both have a connection to feathers.

Personally, I see feathers as more of a theme, rather than a trend. They’ve been around for a while but there is so much design potential in this pretty and delicate motif as summarised below.

Decorative feather trend mood board

Key design styles I’m inspired by:

  • Taking the feather shape as an outline and adding different patterns within this – geometrics, florals or natural influences compliment well and would look gorgeous
  • Cut away details on a feather add a different motif element and visual interest to this simple silhouette. How about recreating this idea in paper, metal or fabric?
  • The use of real feathers in make-up, jewellery and fashion means you can go subtle for a delicate look or bold for real impact!
  • Feathers used on arrows are perfect for anniversaries, Valentine’s day or as a gift for the one you love
  • Pastel tints, metallics or bright and bold hues – feathers really do work well in a range of colour ways

What do you think – would you add feathers to your work? Comment below or on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Can’t wait to hear your take,
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Image sources (clockwise from top left):  1. The Thinks 2. Anthropologie 3. Backstage at Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016 4. Carlos Palma 5. Chris Maynard 6. Shop Wild Cotton 7. Wicked Jealous 8. Creative Market

 

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Mood board – Christmas decorations

Holidays are coming! Yes the Cocoa Cola advert is here, it is November and Christmas is well on it’s way. So I have created a mood board of some of my favourite Christmas decoration ideas.

I made decorations for my house last year and I can’t wait to do it again this year. I am going to create some new christmas paper bunting to literally spell out that it is Christmas as well as a new wreath. I also love the branch with baubles on, perfect for my small flat and for something a bit different.

Also how cute is the advent calendar, what a treat to have presents all wrapped up for each day!

For image sources and more inspiration – below is where I found these beautiful ideas and products:

1. Present advent via Englemor 2. Antlers with baubles via Beeld Steil 3. Porcelain key decorations via notonthehighstreet.com 4. Xmas paper bunting via Likainen Parketti 5. Branch with baubles via Dottie Angel 6. Wooden tree via Freshome 7. Candy cane wrapping via Katherine Maries 8. Felt ball garland via notonthehighstreet.com 9. Paper doily wreath via Martha Stewart

 

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Mood board – Mr Brainwash

I have been a bit slow getting the details from the brilliant Mr Brainwash exhibition up on the blog. However I have now put together a mood board of all of the pieces I love, along with a few more below as well.

I love the prints, they looked like screen prints however the details was beautifully done in a painted style. The addition of pops of colour works so well in the pieces as well.

The show is open again now so go and see it! It is free and such a great exhibition.

http://www.mrbrainwash.com/

 

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Mood board – Italian signs

I was (slightly obsessed) with taking photos in Venice and Rome of all of the signs they had. From the street signs (loved all of these) to signs for shops, door numbers, on buildings… The list goes on.

While I was in Italy I felt it would be a perfect material to create a mood board from all of the signs I had photographed.

A few of the ones I love –  the Gheto Vechio sign, it had a scruffy looking pigeon underneath it. Also the Via Della Croce was the street we stayed on in Rome. I love the light as well and how it is illuminated.

I hope you enjoy the small details as much as I did.

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Mood boards – feathers and fashion

Feathers – illustrations, beauty and fashion, all mixed together to create beautiful products, looks and images.

This mood board was inspired by the Light as a Feather print by lovelysweetwilliam on Etsy. It is beautifully done and such a nice sentiment as well.

This led me to look at more feather illustrations and also opened up the fashion and beauty aspect as well. I love how it all works together.

This is by far my favourite mood board so far 🙂

Image sources:

1. Feather eyelashes via foxxycleopatra 2. Turkey feathers print by amberalander on Etsy 3. Feather print via Well Dressed for the Apocalypse  4. Feather fashion shot via Treasure Dress 5. Feather headdress via Wicked Jealous 6. Light as  feather print by lovelysweetwilliam on Etsy 7. Feathers via Julie Digs Design 8. Feather eyelashes via Favim.com

Background image: Surface//philia via Rachael Taylor’s design blog

 

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Mood board – merci

Merci

Merci, Danke sehr, Gracias, Thank you.

You have to be thankful for life and I am right now. Here is a selection of thanks in French.

I love the car number plate however the merci text on the photo postcards is so nice, simple but effective.

Sources:

1. Merci plaques from Jules Vernacular 2. Merci car number plate from The Sickles family 3. Merci Mon Ami from Merci Mon Ami bistro 4. Merci cards from Fleaing France 5. Multilingual cards from Belle Photo on notonthehighstreet.com 6. Merci board from Fashion the Thessity 7. Mini cards from Yeehaw on Etsy.

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Mood board – pallets

A pallet is the structural foundation of a unit load which allows handling and storage efficiencies.

Ahh pallets, you find them on the street abandoned and just look at all of the different uses there are for them!

I think they work particularly well in the garden and make great planters. I don’t currently have any in my garden but I do have a wheelbarrow with herbs growing in it and also lots of potatoes, onions and flowers growing from bulbs as well. Alot of these are growing in balsa wood fruit and vegetable boxes. I can’t wait to see what they produce when they are ready.

When I am ‘grown up’ and have my own home, I can’t wait to try out a few more of these ideas.

Sources:

1. Dumpaday 2. Design Sponge 3. A Simple Kind of Life 4. Mint Love Social Club 5. 6. 7. Dumpaday

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Mood board – hessian sacks

Hessian or burlap in the US, is a woven fabric usually made from skin of the jute plant.

Hessian sacks – I LOVE them! Hence why I have  created a whole mood board dedicated to them. I think it is the combination of the fabric and the different details printed onto them, plus the fact they can be used in so many ways and personally I just think they look really good.

I love them in the home and I bought a couple in Brighton last year. Now I just need to decide what to make with them? A creative project for me this summer, however I think I will team them with pallets to create outdoor seating. More on my love of pallets to come soon..

For now my favourite way to use them on this mood board is the headboard.

Sources:

1. Coffee bean bag via Design Fetish. 2. Headboard via Canadian House & Home. 3. Ottoman via Hudson Goods. 4. Cube via Ballard Designs. 5. Personalised tinder sack, Harrow and Green via notonthehighstreet.com. 6. Weekender bag, E-side via notonthehighstreet.com. 7. Hanging sacks via Clive Tompsett photographer.

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