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Crafting is something that has always been a part of me. Since the age of four, I was especially attracted to crafting with paper. I would sit for hours making paper dolls, cards and pictures from cut paper. It was the one thing that brought me pure happiness, and it still does.  The opportunity to create custom portraits was a happy accident, which led me to discovering my true passions as a paper artist.  

What is this new discovery you ask?  Once again, by a happy accident I found so much joy when working on fashion and beauty styled illustrations.  I will now be taking my focus off of custom portrait orders and start focusing more on brand collaboration.  Using my paper art as a way for them to showcase new and featured items in a unique way.  I will speak more on this soon!  If there are any specifics you would like me to cover please leave a comment below. 

Intricate miniature clothes made from cut paper by Brittani Rose

As of August 1st, I will not be accepting any more custom portrait orders for 2017.  A few openings will become available again in 2018 but space will be limited.  If you are interested in having a portrait created please follow the steps bellow.    


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IT ALL STARTED FROM A HAPPY PLACE IN MY CHILDHOOD

Turning a life long passion into a career. Brittani shares how it all began on her blog.
 

I don't know where I'm going from here
but I promise it won't be boring.
- David Bowie
How finding the perfect sandal gave Brittani Rose the final push to pursuing her dreams as a fashion illustrator. Read her story on  her blog.
Turning a life long passion into a career. Brittani shares how it all began on her blog.

I found so much truth in this quote by David Bowie during this season in my life.  I have recently realized that I haven't been creating time to do what I love most because what I am doing now is working. Creating custom portraits happened accidentally.  It was a weekend project that grew into a business very quickly simply form friends and family seeing it on Facebook.  I have finally made the choice to step out of this safety net of portrait making to pursue the one thing that excites me most, the one thing that has always made me happy.  And that is to combine my love for paper and fashion into one and move my career over into fashion illustration. 

Fashion has always been a part of my life, thanks to my incredibly stylish mother.  I remember going through her closet at the age of five, putting on her pretty dresses, clicking around the house in her heels and draping as many pieces of jewelry around my neck as I possibly could.  Some of my favorite memories would be the weekends spent at the Pasadena flea market, digging through piles of vintage jewelry, bags and clothes.  Or when we would lay on the floor in our living room and flip through the newest Spiegel catalog, marking our favorite items.  I can still smell those catalog pages from the 90s. 

Turning a life long passion into a career. Brittani shares how it all began on her blog.

During my teen years, fashion began to transfer over into my art.  Looking back, it was the beginning stages of me evolving into a paper illustrator.  I would sit on my bed listening to Blink-182 (which probably dates me) while going through piles of my mom's old fashion magazines, tearing out, collaging and creating mixed media art with anything that inspired me.  I remember admiring fashion illustrations, dreaming about how cool it would be to have a job illustrating for my favorite magazines and brands.  This dream has never died and has only grown larger of over the years.  I have found great pleasure in recreating items from some of my most favorite brands and am excited to see whats to come. 

Turning a life long passion into a career. Brittani Rose shares how it all began on her blog.

I remember walking into Madewell and seeing these pretty pink sandals for the first time.  They were ME in every way!  So me that it was is if they were specifically created with me in mind.  It was simply love at first site, which naturally left an urge to recreate them in paper form. 

In my opinion, these are the perfect summer sandals to pair with your favorite dress.  And to make things even better they are on sale! 

Turning a life long passion into a career. Brittani Rose shares how it all began on her blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MOTHER'S DAY GIFT BOX PICKS

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My duties as a mother has been one of the hardest jobs I've ever taken on. The hours are long, the pay is...well, there is no pay, I have supervised restroom breaks, get purposely farted on (perks to having boys), and am obligated to answer way too many hypothetical questions. With that said, my job as a mother couldn't be more rewarding. I wouldn't trade in a minute of those sleepless nights for all the sleep in the world!

I try to remind myself how quickly the past twelve years have gone by. I can often get so caught up in the work that needs to get done and the mess that needs to be picked up that I forget to stop and take in the joys and memories that each day brings. 

With Mother's Day just around the corner, I thought I would put together a little gift box of things any mom would appreciate and enjoy. A gift that allows her to slow down, relax and pamper herself, as we often times put that last on our list of things to do.

Happy Mother's Day to all you amazing Mama's! 


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brittaniRose Paper Illustrations

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LUNCHING ON CLOUD NINE

Spring time is by far my favorite season to create in. I find so much inspiration in the colors and textures found all around me during this time of year!

When planning our table design I wanted to keep it airy, playful and feminine. I knew I found the piece to work off of the second I laid eyes on these floral dinner plates. Now that I had my inspirational piece it was time to build and create!

Adding in paper elements to my design was of course a no brainer! These scroll like place settings were so simple to make and pulled the look together beautifully. You can learn how to make some of your own here.

 
Vintage wine glass
 

I am so in love with the delicate etched details in these wine glasses. They added the perfect touch of charm and femininity. 


The plates pictured were all purchased at Home-goods. These were the plates I originally had in mind as I am a huge fan of Suite One Studio. You can  find them in store and online!

 
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These glass pillar candle holders added height to the center, keeping that airy theme as the candles floated on top of the table. Grab one or two while they're on sale!!

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One of my favorite pieces purchased for my home. I know you'll love it just as much as I do.

 
 

Think outside the box!

You don't always have to stick with traditional pieces when creating your table setting. For example, I wanted to pull in more of that feeling of airiness and found just that in this sheer tufted curtain! You read right, a curtain!! It allowed the brightly colored table cloth to shine threw while keeping the look soft.


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WEEKEND WEAR

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Weekends are all about relaxing, recharging and getting things done. I have made it an effort to put the scissors down come 4pm Friday and not take work "home" with me. My weekends are filled with getting everything that's been neglected during the week done (like our home), it's not a pretty sight when you have two kids, one husband and two dogs! My Saturday and Sundays are jammed packed with sporting game schedules, meal planning and grocery shopping (add dog bathing to today's list). Since I am on the go and in and out of the house all weekend I want to have the appearance of being put together all while keeping comfortable. I've sourced the internet and put together a few weekend looks that I personally love. 

Which one of these is your favorite?

 
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Loeffler Randall

Winnie Tassel Slippers

The perfect weekend slip on. These little beauties have been on my wish list for sometime now. I just love the look of the silky pink tassels against the metallic leather.

 
 
 
 
 

Loeffler Randall

Crossbody Pouch

This bag is just so fun and can be paired with anything. The texture that the embroidered flowers give this bag is what caught my eye the first time I saw it. Not to mention its perfect tiny size. How many of you are like me and lug around a bag that's equal to your weight? 

 
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Karen Walker

Super Lunar in Rose Pink

A pair of Karen Walker sunglasses are a must have for daily survival in my book. I can't drive, see or function outdoors if I don't have a good pair of sunnies shielding my eyes. I am such a fan of her styles and love the pink frames even more! They also come in black for those of you who aren't huge fans of pink. 

 
 

Chanel

Chanel N°5

A spritz of my favorite perfume always makes me feel put together, even if Im decked out in workout clothes.

 

Madewell

BALL STUD EAR JACKETS

A little business in the front and a whole lot of party in the back! I don't believe an outfit is complete unless you have at least one piece of jewelry on. 

 
 
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Tips on Framing Your Art

Your special piece has arrived and now it is time to find the perfect frame!

I often get asked the question, "What type of frame should I buy?" Your custom piece should only be framed in a shadow box style frame. This will protect the piece from getting smashed and from harmful contaminants that float around in our environment.

You can find shadow box frames at any craft store or framing shop. Depending on how dimensional you portrait is, you'll want to find a frame depth of 1" - 4". Another great option would be to find a large keepsake box that you love. I have seen several frame style keepsake boxes at my local Homegoods store. I love this option as they are usually lined with fabric, giving your piece a touch of added texture.  

If you are looking for ultimate protection I recommend upgrading the glass in your frame to a Conservation Clear glass. This is the best way to go as it offers the highest level of UV protection. Over time, exposure to indoor and outdoor UV light rays will contribute to fading and deterioration. Conservation Clear glass effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays to protect against fading and helps keep your art pieces brighter, longer. 

Custom frame
your special piece. 

Floating

Floating your portrait is a beautiful way to display your priceless piece. This method is the perfect alternative to the traditional matted frames you are most likely familiar with. It will make the artwork appear as if it is floating, giving it an added visual detail. 

If a scenic background has been added to your custom portrait I can't recommend this method of framing more!

 
 
 

Get creative!

Choose a beautiful acid-free paper to place beneath your art piece. Simply cut the paper to fit the chosen frame and mount the custom portrait on top with framers tape.


Matting

When adding matting to your piece, I highly suggest keeping the thought of less is more in the forefront. Stick with whites and creams to keep visual attention on your one-of-a-kind piece. To preserve it overtime, make sure all matting materials are acid-free. 


Framing to the edge

This option is exactly as stated keeping all eyes on the art. Simply find a frame that fits your portrait dimensions and hang!


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