Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Hand lettered mug: Engineer by Day, Gamer by Night

Engineer by Day, Gamer by Night - hand lettered coffee mug

Engineer by day, gamer by night...some people are just awesomely talented that way. So much that they deserve a custom hand lettered mug, don't ya think? This one's for you, gamers. Enjoy! ;-]

Xo, Dio

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hand lettered mug: It's a Beautiful Day to Save Lives
Any Grey's Anatomy fans out there? If so, you share my pain. ALL my pains. I mean, so many wonderful characters have passed on, and they have all hurt. All of them. But by far, McDreamy was the most devastating loss. This one's for you Dr. Derek Shepherd, and all your fans. Hand lettered with love, of course.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Hand lettered mug: Be Still and Know That I am God

So happy to include this beautiful piece to my collection of hand lettered mugs. It is by far my most favorite mug, as it comforts me and brings a smile to my face each morning. 

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sweet Dreams, Printable Hand Lettered Artwork

New on my website - hand lettered printable wall art! 
Great for a kids room or nursery. Just print and frame, or color it first then frame! 

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Fontastic Birthday Invitations!

Birthday Bash blank invitations

I treated myself to a couple of fonts recently and I couldn't wait to put them to good use, especially my new cursive fonts. Ever since I began practicing my hand-lettering, I've been more drawn to calligraphy style fonts, such as Bulgary by Artimasa.

I have a pretty hefty font wish-list, but after seeing the many different looks you can achieve with Bulgaria by using the glyphs palette in Illustrator (as seen in the image below), buying this one was an easy choice. It's clean, legible, fun and sophisticated at the same time - not an easy combination of characteristics to achieve, so hats off to the designer for a job well done and font well designed!

And thanks to all the amazing font designers out there! You guys make our job as graphic designers MUCH easier by providing us with the tools that allow us to shine in our craft.

~ Dio
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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Under the Sea Fill-In-The-Blank Invitations

Introducing the latest addition to my line of printable stationery, under the sea invitations - just in time for your upcoming summer parties! I'll soon add a template of this design to my Zazzle shop where you'll be able to customize them on-screen and purchase them already printed. Until then, you can print as many as you need for one low price, when you purchase this print-at-home PDF download from my website. The invitations measure 5"x7" and fit perfectly into A7 (5.25"x7.25") envelopes.

~ Dio
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Hand Lettering: Live, Love, Sparkle

So now that I've been practicing my hand lettering for a while and becoming more confident in my abilities, I decided to try something new. I found a few plain ceramic mugs at a good price, I  thought "oh, what the heck..." bought some ceramic markers* and came home eager to try my lettering on a new medium. Part of me was a little nervous about possibly ruining a perfectly plain coffee mug, but I figured #1) it wasn't a huge investment, and #2) I can always use them as planters or donate them to Angel View. 

Well, to my surprise, I really like they way they turned out! I especially love the metallic inks, they really add a nice accent to my designs. Above is one of the cups I've decorated. I think this one might become my daily companion at the office. Don't be surprised if you start seeing a few of these in my Etsy shop or website. Once I get started on something, it's hard to stop, and I don't have enough cabinet space to store them all! 

~ Dio
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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Feliz Mother's Day

Feliz Mother's Day

Mother's Day is celebrated in Mexico on May 10th regardless of what day of the week it falls on. This year (2015) it falls on the second Sunday of May, same as Mother's Day in the US. So in honor of my momma and my heritage, I created this illustration in my sketchbook wishing all Spanish-Speaking and English-speaking and Spanglish-Speaking moms (like me!) a very Happy Mother's Day.

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