8 Scaretastic Prints to Have at Your Next Halloween Party

You know how some people love Halloween more than Christmas? I know, I don’t get it either. But there are people who really do feel this way and I am not one to get in the way of holiday enthusiasm. So I came up with this list of Halloween-perfect prints. Maybe display one or two on the mantel. Or give these to friends, if perhaps your love for Halloween has reached the gift-giving level.

1. Anthony Christou

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2. Miao Miao Design

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3. Printable Wisdom

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4. Greg Abbott

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5. amira143

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6. The Kismet Print Press

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7. Catrin Welz-Stein

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8. Jill Howarth

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Instagram Series: Photographers IV

Inspiration is all around us, especially in the age of social media. Through our Instagram Series here on Ecka & Pecka, we hope to bring lettering, calligraphy, photography, and illustration inspiration closer to you. Get to know new artists, go behind the scenes of their creative lives, learn from their works in progress, make friends, and be inspired.

This week, here are who you should follow:

1. Carole Poirot (@mademoisellepoirot) – Mademoiselle Poirot is an interior stylist, blogger, and all-around lovely lady. Her Instagram feed is a heaven of rustic charm and old world elegance.

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2. Kim Ficaro (@kimficaro) – Kim is another stylist with a gorgeous Instagram feed. Her account is a lovely mixture of nature and darling home goods.

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3. Lucy (@mscraftberrybush) – An accomplished craft blogger, Lucy has an Instagram account that will make you smile. Her paintings are quite beautiful, too.

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Throw a Cute Nautical Birthday Party

This lovely A Smyth Co. card showcases fun illustrations and of course, a humorous message. Aside from being utterly perfect for any friend who is about to celebrate a birthday, it’s also a great inspirational piece for a party. With that said, let’s take a look at some DIYs, recipes, and decor that would be perfect for a nautical party:

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1. Anchor Cupcake Toppers

2. Sailboat Dessert Cups

3. Cupcake Flags

4. Race Day Napkins

5. Nautical Cake Pops

6. Paper Boat Place Holder

7. Rope Table Mat

8. Sailor’s Knot Napkin Ring

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The Instagram Series: Letterers III

Inspiration is all around us, especially in the age of social media. Through our Instagram Series here on Ecka & Pecka, we hope to bring lettering, calligraphy, photography, and illustration inspiration closer to you. Get to know new artists, go behind the scenes of their creative lives, learn from their works in progress, make friends, and be inspired.

This week, here are who you should follow:

1. @anthonyjhos – This artist’s work is clean and beautiful. You can purchase prints of his work so make sure to follow his Instagram.

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2. Tristan Kromopawiro (@phonoric) – An artist who wields a pen like no other. I like his one-word pieces.

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3. Bob Ewing @bobewing_) - If you like no-frills but still gorgeous lettering, Mr. Ewing’s Instagram feed will not let you down.

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Funny and Cute Food Art Pints by Teo Zirinis

It’s been so long since we featured funny art prints from a single artist. Good thing I chanced upon Teo Zirnis and his work while I was prowling Society6. His take on food art uses a good combination of puns, minimal colors, and oh-so-cute faces. You can’t help but agree, take pity, or laugh at the edibles that come to life in his art. Take a look below:

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Check out the Society6 account of Teo Zirinis HERE.

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Allison De Meulder of Matrick and Eve: We started in the paper industry in 1999 and never looked back.

Today’s feature is a creative lady who has been in the paper industry for a long time. We are talking about Allison De Meulder of Matrick and Eve. Check out our quick chat below and let’s get to know the talent behind this stylish stationery company.

Why Matrick and Eve? What’s the story behind the name?
The name Matrick and Eve is a combination of my three children’s names. They inspire me every day!

unnamedWho are the creative people behind the brand?
Matrick and Eve was created by myself, Allison De Meulder and alongside my talented husband and wonderfully creative team of designers.
I love that our styles are all a little different, yet they meet somewhere in the middle to create the perfect blend that is Matrick and Eve.

Is Matrick and Eve a full-time business? Do you have day jobs?
Yes, this is our full-time business & passion. We started in the paper industry in 1999 and never looked back. It’s pretty amazing to have your passion as your job each day.

Tell us about your studio. Where is it? How did you come by it? What’s your favorite spot in it?
Our studio is located in the hip area of South Tampa. It used to be a floral studio before we moved in so it’s pretty raw with exposed pipes and worn in concrete floor. The back half of the space is pretty industrial, it’s where we print, package, craft and design. Our boutique is up front with the customer service area and my office. My favorite spot is my office because I have huge windows and I love light. I get to watch cars and people go by and I love that kind of bustle since I grew up in a city environment.

Your favorite color combos are:
Yellow & grey, gold & blush, and navy & hot pink

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Your current favorite fonts are:
Fun handwritten fonts like Pacific Northwest and whimsical and versatile fonts like Amelie

Describe Matrick & Eve products in 3 words:
Fresh, vibrant, jovial

After a long day at the studio, how do you and your staff wind down?
We definitely have a fun bunch here. Usually our wind downs involve sugar (ice cream sundaes, whoopie pies…we are not particular). We also laugh a lot about anything and everything, and especially about ourselves. A good laugh at the end of the day can certainly wipe away a day of press problems or rush situations.

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7 DIY Ideas to Welcome Fall with Style

It seems like it was only yesterday when we welcomed the comfort of warm days. The last cold season took a long time to relinquish its reign to spring and summer. And it’s looking like it will be coming early this year. But why complain when you can party? Instead of lamenting the fact that it’s fall once again, let’s just celebrate! Here are fun crafty things you can do or make to welcome the season with style.

1. Pumpkin Shape Cake

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2. Yarn Pumpkin Garland

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3. Leaf Place Card

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4. Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

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5. Painted Gourds
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6. Vanilla Pear and Vodka Cocktail 

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7. Fringe Streamers 

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If you met this A Smyth Co. card while out stationery shopping, how to decorate your home for Thanksgiving probably entered your mind. This list is a good place to start.

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Susie Ghahremani of boygirlparty: loving every part of every process

We can never get enough of stationery with darling animal illustrations. Which is why it was only fitting that we feature the brilliant artist behind boygirlparty. Boygirlparty (one word, as we learned) is one of the gift and stationery companies out there that is sure to make you smile. Whether you’re buying for yourself or for a friend, a boygirlparty product will not let you down. And whether you’re a creative entrepreneur or you simply like nice artists, you’ll love this quick interview we conducted with the brains behind the brand, Susie Ghahremani.

1. You are incredibly talented! Can you tell us a short history of your love affair with illustration? 

Thank you so much!

Creating handmade products has been a natural showcase for my artwork. I earned an Illustration degree at the Rhode Island School of Design and go wherever my art has taken me — from building my own product line to the pages of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to the shelves of boutiques like Art Star Philly and Craftland to big chain stores like Barnes and Noble and Urban Outfitters.

susie-ghahremani-22. How did you transition from being purely an illustrator to somebody who runs a creative business?
There was never a transition; I have always done both simultaneously.

3. What do you love the most about selling things using the items you’ve drawn?
Knowing someone is bringing it into their home to make part of their lives. A lot of times, illustration is either disposable (newspaper, magazine) or only for one person’s enjoyment (as with an original piece of art) — making products with my work has expanded the life of my artwork to become personal and permanent to many people.

4. Your stationery is just lovely. Can you tell us what your creative process is like? How does an illustration become a stationery design?
I paint in gouache; everything I create is hand painted.

For creating stationery designs, usually I have a product idea and I get to work on sketches and then final paintings, based on the ideas I’ve had for how it will be used and the size of the product. I scan and place my artwork in templates to be printed, and that’s about it! Sounds easy but often it isn’t.

5. What tools of the trade can’t you live without?
10/0 liner paintbrush, gouache, a very sharp pencil, my sketchbook(s), Uniball Micro Deluxe pen. I think I’m at the point where my scanner + mac + a solid internet connection are pretty required as well!

6. What’s the nicest thing that a customer has ever said about one of your products?
Anytime anyone tells me anything nice about my products, it makes me happy — but when they say I am their favorite artist, I feel like there is absolutely no higher honor!

7. Your favorite animal to draw is:
I like drawing them all. I draw finches a lot and am most known for my owls. I really enjoy drawing from life and nature that I can see in person!

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8. Any advice for illustrators who also want to turn their hobby into a successful business?
Be good at more than just your hobby. Be a strong communicator, a photographer, pay attention to details. Unless you’re rich enough to have a staff of help the size of Downton Abbey’s, be willing to work hard at least 50% of the time at things that are not your hobby, like packing and shipping or communicating with customers or building a website. Love every part of every process!

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