Favourite Fall Font Combinations

One of my favourite parts of graphic design is bringing fonts and colours together to create a piece of art.  As we’re ushering in a new season shortly, I thought now would be a good time to do a font pairing post, so today, I present to you some of my favourite fall font combinations.

I enjoy pairing thicker, bolder fonts with lighter ones, serif fonts with scripts, and so on.  I think you’ll see a pattern in most of the stuff I design, when it comes to fonts.  When you’re pairing fonts, just try to make sure there is contrast between the two fonts.  If you choose two fonts that are similar to each other, it’ll just look “off” and unpleasant to the eye, even if you can’t pinpoint exactly why.  There are many other rules to consider with typography (like leading, kerning, and so on), but contrast between fonts is definitely a good place to start.

So, without further ado, here’s my favourite font combinations for autumn:

Favourite Fall Font Combos from Superflash Creative

1. A Song For Jennifer  2. From The Woods 3. DK Kwark 4. Frente H1 5. Little Trouble Girl 6. KG Skinny Latte 7. Egrigio Script 8. Bountiful 9. Tall Trees 10. Acoustic Bass 11. Sketchetik 12. FFF Tusj 13. MA Sexy 14. Amatic 15. Bleeding Cowboys 16. Mesquite STD 17. Marcelle Script 18. Homestead 19. Colleged 20. Autumn 21. Rechtman 22. Mayonaise

 

For more fonts, please check out some of my previous font posts:

And of course, my “Font Obsession” board on Pinterest.

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Lyrical Inspiration Tuesdays 01 – The Civil Wars

So, I decided to add a new feature to my blog – “Lyrical Inspiration Tuesdays” – every Tuesday, I’ll offer up a new quote graphic with a YouTube video link to some of my favourite (and your favourite) songs!  This will allow me to flex my graphic design muscles in a quick and easy way, so I can play with fonts and colours – and will allow you to discover some new music.  I might pick something old, something obscure, or something super pop and fresh.  Either way, it’ll be fun, and I invite you to play along!  Got a song or quote suggestion, email it to me!

Here we go with week 1.  My song choice… “Dust to Dust” by The Civil Wars.

The Civil Wars - Dust To Dust - Lyrical Inspiration Tuesdays at Superflash Creative

The Civil Wars are a band from Nashville, Tennessee.  They recently announced their breakup on Facebook, which makes me very sad.  But this song will always stay with me.  The hauntingly beautiful melodies in this song are found in all of their music, and I highly recommend giving their other songs a listen if you like what you hear here!

 

Doctor Who Party

Party SpreadAs you may have gathered from some of my previous posts, I am a huge Doctor Who fan. To welcome the new Doctor, I decided to throw a little party for myself and my Whovian friends.  We gathered at around 5pm, so that we’d have plenty of time to eat, chat and play games before the new episode came on.

When I began to plan my party food, I was working with some dietary restrictions – I wanted all my food to be gluten-free and vegan friendly, so it wasn’t as easy as looking up a Doctor Who party on Pinterest and copying the recipes and ideas.  I had to come up with a little bit of creative thinking.

The Sonic ScrewdriverI started with a punch, that I fondly named “The Sonic Screwdriver,” served in turquoise blue Old Fashioned glasses, with a big bowl of ice on the side.  It consisted of 100% pure pineapple juice, some green Powerade (melon & pineapple flavour) for colour, and malibu rum.  It tasted like summer, and the entire bowl was gone by the end of the night.  As a special Whovian touch, we sipped out of Dalek straws, which were sitting in my TARDIS mug!  (AAHH! Daleks in the TARDIS?!)

As an appetizer/snack during the show, I prepared a bruschetta-style tomato mixture, as well as guacamole, served with gluten-free tortilla chips.  These were a big hit!  For the guac, I used this recipe, minus the cilantro (I’m not a fan!)

Sontaran Spuds & veggiesFor dinner, I served oven roasted potatoes (aka “Sontaran Spuds” – which was quite timely, since Strax was featured in the first episode of Series 8!), along with roasted vegetables and Jasmine rice.  I had originally intended on shaping the rice as an Adipose, but I ran out of time… so just imagine that it looks that way!  I couldn’t come up with a clever name for my veggies… anyone have any suggestions?

DessertFor dessert, I bought some Lucy’s cookies (I tried making some cookies, but I used a new recipe and it didn’t turn out – FAIL!).  So I set out some cookies with a cute little “ginger” quote – the Doctor always wants to be ginger! As well as some Adipose-Mallows (large marshmallows, with small marshmallows cut in half for legs and feet, and the face was painted on with chocolate).  I also used my Doctor Who chocolate moulds to create some festive little allergen-free chocolates in fun shapes!

Whovian Chocolate

 

Yahtzee in actionAfter dinner, I broke out my game of Doctor Who Yahtzee – which is basically like the original version, except the shaker is a TARDIS, and the dice have various Doctor Who characters on them.  It was pretty funny because none of us had actually played Yahtzee before… and the Sonic Screwdriver beverage was making math a bit difficult!  We had a blast though.  We managed to get in 6 rounds before it was time to sit down and watch “Deep Breath” (Series 8, Episode 1).

Did you do anything to celebrate the new Who?  What did you think of Peter Capaldi’s premiere episode?  Leave your thoughts in the comments… and check out more party pictures HERE.

Creative Kiddie Crafts – Superhero Costume

My nephew is about to turn two, and he has one of the biggest imaginations I’ve ever seen in a kid his age.  Last year, his obsession was with monsters/Monsters Inc.  This year, he is all about the superheros.  Spider Man and Batman are his favourites, but he kept telling my sister that he needed an “ornange” (aka orange) shirt so that he could be “Super Matthew” – and a birthday idea was born!

supermatthewlogo

I started by designing a “Super Matthew” logo in Adobe Illustrator. The colours were more just a guideline of what it “could” look like.

I ended up going shopping for fabric after creating the logo, and I found some cool orange and mint-green/turquoise based prints that I loved so much! I also dug deep into my mom’s old fabric stash and found some vintage options that were super cool. The vision was definitely coming together in my head.

Now, keep in mind, I don’t really fancy myself a sewer, so this was a bit of a challenge for me.

supermatthewmask I decided to start with what I thought would be the easiest part of the costume – the mask.

I picked out my orange and mint green felt, some matching embroidery floss and ribbon and went to town on making a reversible mask.

I based my work on this tutorial over at slowmama.com that I came across on Pinterest. I didn’t follow it exactly, but I *really* loved the tip about using packing tape to affix the mask to the felt when cutting the pattern – that worked so much better for me than pins!

 

supermatthew_mThe next step was to begin turning the logo I made in Illustrator into a textile version with fabric. This was a bit more challenging than I anticipated, because in graphic design, there are all kinds of tools to help you make straight, precise lines. With fabric, not so much.

I created two versions of the “M” – one for a cape, and one for a t-shirt. They definitely had a bit of a “handmade charm,” but they were pretty good, I thought!  I used fabric glue, rather than sewing the pieces together.
supermatthew_giftI created the cape using this tutorial from The Southern Institute.  It was pretty easy to follow – all I did was buy a large men’s t-shirt, cut off the arms and front, add a velcro closure to the neck, and glue on my logo.  Voila – instant cape!

For the wrist cuffs, I just free-handed them using felt, and stitched on a little M.

And for the t-shirt, I found a shirt that was one size too big for my nephew (so he could wear it for a while) and glued the logo on.  I folded them all up, wrapped them in some blue tissue paper and set them into a reusable box.

supermatthew_card Finally, I created a card using various matching papers and washi tape, carrying through the “Super Matthew” theme.

I also included a Spiderman board book, and an Incredibles book – both of which he was more interested in when he opened up his present!  Oops.  I think my family was more excited about the present than my nephew was… UNTIL my niece decided to put his cape on herself, and he realized exactly what it was that was in his present.  Then, he immediately wanted to put the cape (and the shirt) on, and he ran around the house yelling “FLY!!!” … it was just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

 

Personalized Digital Art: Tinker Bell Portrait in Photoshop

Screen shot 2014-07-29 at 4.29.42 PMFor family birthdays, I always try to go with a present that is personal, creative and significant.  So, when I was taking a Photoshop class in the spring, I created my final art piece with my niece’s birthday in mind.  The project was to take a personal, family photo, and transpose it into something entirely different.  My niece loves Disney, just like me, and she is especially loving Disney Fairies, and Tinker Bell in particular, lately (Just like her auntie!  Girl after my own heart)

When I received the assignment in Photoshop class, one of my first ideas was to take a picture of my niece and turn it into something whimsical and fantastical.  And what is more whimsical than Tinker Bell in a forest?!

Screen shot 2014-07-29 at 4.29.22 PMI started with this photo of my niece dressed up as Tinker Bell, posing on the front lawn.  And then I eliminated virtually everything from the picture.  Using stock photography, Photoshop Brushes, various gradients and techniques I learned throughout my photoshop class, I was able to create a forest scene with a little Nicole-fairy dancing on a magic mushroom.

I replaced the small Tinker Bell costume wings with dragon fly wings that I created myself by turning them into Photoshop brushes.  I downloaded various grass and mushroom brushes, and combined several pieces of stock photography for the final piece.

When it came time to have it printed, I had a bit of trouble finding a place that would print an extra large square photograph, so I ended up resizing it slightly to fit in an 11×17 picture frame.  I picked up a sparkly black frame at Michael’s, and had the photo printed at Walmart.

When she unwrapped her present, it took her about two seconds before she realized that it was actually herself in the picture, and then she was absolutely ecstatic.  It was so cute to see the expression on her face.

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If you would like a gift like this for someone special in your life, hit the contact tab, and we can discuss the details!

Quick Creativity: ICAD

I’ve been keeping pretty busy lately between my two night school courses, my photography job and my own Superflash projects – but one of my new favourite things that I’ve started doing is “ICAD” – aka, Index Card A Day, a project by Daisy Yellow Art.  This is a great project where you design one 3×5 or 4×6 sized index card each day for 61 days (all of June and July).  There are prompts that you can follow, or you can choose to do whatever you want – the point is to take a bit of time each day to be creative!

So far, I’ve been following the prompts.  I’m not sure if I’ll stick with that through the entire project, but I’m enjoying it for right now!  Here are my first 5 cards:

ICAD #1: Prism

Day 1: Prism

ICAD #2: Circus Tent

Day 2: Circus Tent

ICAD #3: Hello my name is...

Day 3: Hello, my name is

ICAD #4: Puzzle

Day 4: Puzzle

ICAD #5: Galaxy

Day 5: Galaxy

Are you participating in this project?  Have you ever done anything like this to challenge you to be creative every day?  Leave your thoughts in the comments – and if you’re participating, leave some links to your cards too!

May The Fourth Be With You

May The Fourth Be With You by Superflash Creative Happy Sunday, and May The Fourth Be With You!  Are you a Star Wars fan? Today’s the day for you to celebrate!  Are you doing anything special to mark Star Wars day?  Dressing up as your favourite character maybe?  Or just wishing this wonderful greeting to everyone you meet?

Here’s a little art piece I created in Photoshop.  I’m thinking of using Yoda as a full resolution printable – what’s your favourite Star Wars quote?

Share in the comments below, and let me know what you’re doing to mark Star Wars Day this year!