A Custom Portrait for Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi

Custom portrait created out of paper for Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi

It’s definitely been a crazy week considering I planned on getting these photos up on Friday. Many of you saw a highlight of this portrait I created for Ellen Degeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi a few days back and I am excited to finally be sharing more detailed images with you. The details are what make this piece so special but it’s the sentimental detail that transformed it into an extraordinary work of art that will forever be cherished.

Customization process for Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi

Before I get to work on any piece, I pull together all the details and photos that are needed. It’s the piecing together of the photos and the personal details that truly make these portraits speak to the individual it is being gifted to. I wanted to give you a glimpse into what the process looks like in it’s beginning stages. Once the photos have been selected, I make very detailed notes on each and every pattern, button, stitch, shoe lace, and freckle. It’s a much more detailed and lengthy list than that but you get the idea.

Custom portrait created out of paper for Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
Paper details from the custom paper portrait of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
Paper Gorilla

I’m sure you are curious about why a gorilla has been added to their custom portrait. Read what Ellen had to say about this majestic creature. “I’ve always been passionate about helping animals. Nobody knows this more than my wife, and she knew the exact right gift to give me. These gorillas are so incredible and so closely linked to us, sharing 98 percent of our DNA. There are only 880 of these majestic creatures left on this planet. I’m beyond excited to get to work with the Fossey Fund to support their work and help protect these amazing animals.” - Ellen Degeneres

Custom portrait made from paper of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi

This piece was one that I couldn’t wait to get started on but have to admit, I was a bit nervous. I have worked on my fair share of cuddly dogs, cats, birds, and even pet chickens but never have I created a gorilla! When I am executing a piece it’s not just about creating the perfect outfits and glueing down some hair. It’s about finding ways to capture each individual person and animal in it’s truest form. Bringing my subjects to life through an unexpected medium. That in my opinion is what makes these paper creations so magical.

paper gorilla by Brittani Rose
Custom Paper Portrait.
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How To Transition Into The Career of Your Dreams.

 Photos by Heather Kincaid

Photos by Heather Kincaid

I didn’t just wake up one morning and decide that I wanted to become a paper artist and it be an overnight success. It was years and years of experience that got me to where I am today. Sometimes your experiences in life have nothing to do with the field you dream of being in but in a magical way they prepare you for it. I started out as a hairstylist in Los Angeles with the idea that it would be a career that would fill my soul creatively. Though it was a form of creativity, it didn’t come natural to me. Little did I know that it was paper scissors that were meant to be held in my hand and not sheers. If you are waking up each morning, dreading to drive to your current job and dream of the idea of doing what you love, then what are you waiting for? I had the honor of sharing a few tips on how to start the transition from corporate job to dream job on MyDomain.

How to Change Careers, According to 3 Women Who Just Did It
Inticate and detailed paper illustration by artist Brittani Rose.
How to Change Careers, According to 3 Women Who Just Did It
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A Once in a Lifetime Custom Portrait Offer!

Custom Paper Portraits by Brittani Rose

Have you dreamed of owning a custom paper portrait of your own or wished you could wrap one up to gift to a friend or family member? Well now is the time to order one, especially with the holidays quickly approaching. Best part is you will be designing a custom portrait for half the price! Yes, you read that right! I am taking selective orders at 50% off.

Here’s why! For over a year I have been wanting to offer custom portraits at two different price points. Price point one would be a click and design style option that I am working on (which I talk more about) and price point two would be my signature and very detailed custom portraits that you are most familiar with.

Create the portrait of your dreams out of paper.

What I am looking for:

  • Stylish couples (This offer is only good for couples portraits. Regular price applies to all other portraits)

  • Couples of all ethnicities

  • Photos of desired outfits. Must be simple, solid color basics (examples: pink dress, blue pants, white shirt, brown shoes, etc)

  • Photos of desired hairstyles

  • Photos of small accessories (examples: Sunglasses, eyeglasses, neck scarf, some styles of hats) *Not required to be considered.

I will be accepting a handful of selected portraits to work on based off of styles that I would like to include in this new portrait category. Those of you who are accepted will be receiving a custom portrait which is priced at $820 for only $420!! I don’t offer sales on my custom portraits so this is truly a once in a lifetime offer!

I will be using the outfits, hairstyles, and accessories you provide me with as options for future clients to select from. Once everything is complete, they will select the hairstyle, skin color, eye color, outfit, and small accessory that best represents them. Their order will be submitted to me, where I will then recreate their selected designs.

DON’T WAIT!!! I will be very selective on the number of styles I will be choosing from!

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Podcasts for Creatives

Podcasts for Creatives.

I recently reached out to my amazing community for podcast recommendations that were geared more towards those in the creative industry. After asking, I received countless messages asking if I would share what was recommended to me. I had no idea there were so many of you searching for the same type of information that I was. So here it is! A list of podcats that I have come to count on for personal and business growth as a creative. I hope you enjoy these and please leave a comment if there is a podcast you love that isn’t listed!

Creative Business:

  1. The Brand Shaker Podcast

  2. Raise Your Hand Say Yes with Tiffany Han

  3. Savvy Painter Podcast

  4. Positively Creative with Dorothy Collier

  5. The Jealous Curator : ART FOR YOUR EAR

  6. Etsy Conversations Podcast

Business:

  1. Side Hustle School

  2. Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman

  3. Girlboss Radio

Management & Marketing:

  1. The Influencer Podcast with Julie Solomon

  2. Empowered Publicity with Amanda Berlin

Uplifting & Inspiring:

  1. Super Soul Conversations with Oprah

  2. The Good Life Project

  3. Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert

  4. Pursuit with Purpose with Melyssa Griffin

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AN ANNIVERSARY GIFT EXPERIENCE THEY WILL FOREVER CHERISH.

Wedding Gift for Her on your one year anniversary by paper artist Brittani Rose.

Finding that perfect gift for your significant other can sometimes be a difficult task. It is hard to find that one of a kind piece, as we live in a time and age where objects are easily obtained.  You can only gift so many handbags, watches, jewelry and clothing pieces before it starts to become predictable and the sentiment lost.  

Fun fact: Did you know that paper is the theme for your first anniversary?  To be honest, I didn't know there were themes until only a few years ago. 

Custom art will not only WOW them the second they open the box, it will undoubtedly become a piece of art that will forever be cherished.  A constant and happy reminder of a special moment in time that the two of you shared.  

The best part is how simple creating a custom art piece for your special other is.  All you have to do is submit your photos, sit back and relax as I work with my magical scissors.  I take great pride in my work and guarantee to send you a gift that will be nothing less than breathtaking.

Paper Wedding Bouquet by Artist Brittani Rose
personalized wedding gift by paper artist Brittani Rose
Custom Pet Portrait by Artist Brittani Rose
Custom Paper Wedding Anniversary Gift by Artist Brittani Rose
Personalized Anniversary Gifts by Brittani Rose
Unique Anniversary Gifts for Couples by Artist Brittani Rose
Dog Portrait made from paper by artist Brittani Rose
What to get for your wedding anniversary
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HOW I BECAME A PAPER ARTIST

 Photo by: Heather Kincaid 

Photo by: Heather Kincaid 

I am often asked how I started this career path as a paper artist and it has always been a hard one to answer.  You see, paper art has always been something I enjoyed doing since the age of four.  I can still picture myself on my grandparents living room floor, cutting out my own paper dolls and designing girly outfits for them to play with.  It is one of my most favorite childhood memories and it has made its way forward in my business.  These paper dolls are without doubt the heart of why I do what I do.    

Paper Dolls by Brittani Rose Paper

As I hit my teen years, I got really into paper collage art.  I would go through my mom's old magazines and cut out images that inspired me and letters to create words like "love" and "happiness".  It was somewhat of a vision board now that I look back, only it was covering my closet doors, school books, and the inside of my locker.  I also started playing around with illustration and would create magazine collage art pieces of mermaids (always a favorite of mine).

Mood Board Inspiration Brittani Rose Paper

Now fast forward to my adult years, which was the start of Brittani Rose Paper. The opportunity to create custom portraits was a happy accident, which led me to discovering my true passions as a paper artist.   One afternoon, I was looking around my home and noticed that I didn't have a single photo of our family all together.  Taking a photo wasn't an option so I thought to myself, "why not create one"!  I went to my local craft store and picked up some glue, a few scrapbooking paper packs and got to work.  It wasn't anything spectacular but it was something I was really proud of.  I quickly made a second portrait as a birthday gift for my mom and that's when things started to happen.  I soon had friends asking for one of their own and realized that I could possibly make something of this and opened up an Etsy shop. At the time, we were moving around a lot so the thought of having something to call my own was a dream.  It was by far the best decision I have ever made.  Yes, it was scary but what did I have to lose?  

Vision board by Brittani Rose
How I became a paper artist
I Still have those paper packs I bought all those years ago.  I do not use them anymore but can’t seem to let them go. 
 Photo by: Heather Kincaid

Photo by: Heather Kincaid

I didn't start receiving orders right away which now looking back was a good thing.  It gave me time to figure out how to photograph my work, attractive ways to style it, and to simply learn how to use Etsy.  About a month into it, I received my first sale and it wasn't from a friend or family member!  I still remember that feeling and have kept in touch with her ever since!  I have to be honest and say that I feel a little embarrassed looking back on the portraits I was creating during that first year.  Like I said, they were nothing like they are now.  However, It's a wonderful reminder of how far I have come and of how much my style has evolved.  Once I started gaining new friends on Instagram and was generating a steady flow of income from Etsy I launched my website.  I am so proud of the work I create and owe it al to the four year old me who was creating from deep within without even knowing it.  If there is passion in your heart for something, run with it, love it, nurture it!  You may have no idea what will come out of it but thats the beauty of it all.  

 Photo by: Heather Kincaid

Photo by: Heather Kincaid

I look back at the fifth grade me, winning grand prize for a paper art piece I created for a local newspaper to now having created paper illustrations for Anthropologie.  A brand I have dreamed of working with since I was a teen.  It has definitely been a lot of work, frustration, doubt, and learning as I go.  But if it wasn't for that passion for paper at a young age, none of this would have ever evolved.  What is your thing?  What is the passion that drives you?

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