Futura poster

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I wasn’t going to share this with you at first because I thought it was a bit… shall I say boring / art school assignment-looking, but in the interest of keeping you up to speed on what I’ve been working on lately, here is one of my recent projects from my typography class. (Wow, was that a run-on sentence or WHAT?) The assignment was to create a poster advertising a typeface using only the letters, numbers and other symbols from that specific typeface.

The professor assigned all of us students a typeface on which to base our poster. I got Futura, which I’m a huge fan of / love the way it looks, so I was really happy with my assigned typeface.

As always, the first step in the creative process is to sketch out ideas. You always want to explore all possible ideas. I find that just when I think I’ve exhausted every. single. conceivable. idea, I’ve only scratched the surface. One thing art school has taught me is to never be satisfied with just a handful preliminary sketches. My best ideas come with that final push of sketching more. Sometimes my classes require me to create 50+ initial sketches.

Just for fun, here are some of my initial sketches. In my head, I really thought lowercase letters would look cool and mid century modern-esque, but on paper it just wasn’t working. That’s why you always sketch things out first!

futura poster - drifter and the gypsy blog
After my initial sketches, I created a color palette. Paul Renner–the inventor of Futura–drew inspiration from the Bauhaus and their modern, geometric approach to design. I was also really inspired by Saul Bass‘s minimal-style posters and wanted to do something in the same manner using a limited color scheme.

Even though I’m an eLearning student at SCAD, every online class still holds critique sessions. There’s an online forum where we post our work for peer and professor review. We do online critiques after every iteration of drafts.

After I sketched out some preliminary ideas, established my color palette and received peer feedback, I created a few computer drafts.

futura poster - drifter and the gypsy blog
After my computer drafts, I created more drafts and then a few more drafts and then revisions of the drafts and then refined revisions and then refined revisions of the refined revisions, but for the sake of time we’ll fast-forward to the end.

futura poster - drifter and the gypsy blog
futura poster - drifter and the gypsy blog
futura poster - drifter and the gypsy blog
Anywho, that’s some non-blogginess I’ve been up to lately. I don’t know if my schoolwork is terribly boring for you or if you’re interested, so let me know if you want to see more schoolwork of mine / my creative process in the future! Also, let me know if you have any questions for me about online schooling.

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Lady in Lavender

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As a little girl, my favorite color was lavender. Okay that’s not completely true. I had a few favorite colors: lavender, pink and blue–but only light pretty pale baby blues (was I a girl or what??). Even now, my taste in color has not changed. I always gravitate towards light, cool-tinted calm, soothing hues.

In terms of fashion, I own more garments in pinks and blues than in lavender, but when I got my hands on this American Apparel Lace Chiffon Dress in lavender (similar), I knew I had to pair it with a lavender cardigan to complete a monochromatic look in lavender.

lady in lavender - drifter and the gypsy blog
lady in lavender - drifter and the gypsy blog
lady in lavender - drifter and the gypsy blog
lady in lavender - drifter and the gypsy blog
lady in lavender - drifter and the gypsy blog
lady in lavender - drifter and the gypsy blog
lady in lavender - drifter and the gypsy blog
lady in lavender - drifter and the gypsy blog
lady in lavender - drifter and the gypsy blog
Dress American Apparel (similar)
Cardigan LOFT
Shoes Seychelles (similar)
Necklace Handmade by a friend

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Girl’s Got Style: Annika White

girl's got style: annika white - drifter and the gypsy blog
girl's got style: annika white - drifter and the gypsy blog
girl's got style: annika white - drifter and the gypsy blog
girl's got style: annika white - drifter and the gypsy blog
I found Annika one of my nights of browsing through Instagram. She’s a photographer and model originally from Santa Rosa, CA but currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. I really love her sweet style and her pale, ghostly complexion. A real life fairy, if you will. Or maybe an ice princess.

girl's got style: annika white - drifter and the gypsy blog
girl's got style: annika white - drifter and the gypsy blog
girl's got style: annika white - drifter and the gypsy blog
girl's got style: annika white - drifter and the gypsy blog
girl's got style: annika white - drifter and the gypsy blog
girl's got style: annika white - drifter and the gypsy blog
girl's got style: annika white - drifter and the gypsy blog
girl's got style: annika white - drifter and the gypsy blog
Visit Annika’s website here and blog here.

See more Girl’s Got Style posts here and style I love here.

Story Stones

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Hi Drifter & the Gypsy readers! Dani here from High Walls. I may not be a parent myself, but I have a lot of little ones in my life, many who visit and stay at my house. As such, I like to have a few fun things around for them to play with. (Can’t just leave them to watch TV all day!)

When I was a kid, my mom made me a set of story stones and I thought I would share this fun little project with you!

Rather than buying a whole box full of toys, story stones are flat pebbles with images painted on them that can be used to tell a story and play games. They are super easy to make and can be made with your little ones. My god daughter loves these ones we made. She is always asking to make additions and to hear (and tell) stories using the new and old characters we have created together!

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Materials:

– Flat stones and large pebbles – can be bought from craft stores or from your local garden store

– Acrylic paints – in white and various colors

– Black permanent marker

– Clear nail polish (Optional)

– Cue-tips

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Steps:

1. Ensure your stones are washed and completely dry before starting.

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2. Start by sketching out your image on a stone in white paint. Fill the shape in so that you have a white silhouette of your image. Allow to dry completely before proceeding. This will create a good base for your colored paints – You may find you want to do a second layer of white paint to ensure that you have a nice white base.

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3. Using colored paints, paint over the white areas, filling in the detail of your image. Allow the colors to dry in between if you are worried about them mixing. If you aren’t confident to do this free hand, sketch over the white paint with a lead pencil to give yourself some guide lines.

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4. Once the colored paint has dried, take a permanent marker and outline your image, filling in any lines or details.

5. Using a wet cue-tip, clean away any smudges or excess paint, as acrylic paints are water based, it should wash away without too much effort.

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6. Once you are happy with your picture, you can give it some extra protection from wear and tear by coating your stone with a coat of clear nail polish.

7. Repeat for as many stones and images as you can think of. Think animals, daily shapes like houses and trees, and then more fun shapes like dinosaurs, rocket ships, robots and dragons!

8. If you are making your stones for a little one learning to spell, repeat the above steps on the opposite sides of your stones, only this time, paint on the first letter of the image on the stone: T for Tree or H for House. This way you can teach while you play!

story stones - drifter and the gypsy blog
story stones - drifter and the gypsy blog
story stones - drifter and the gypsy blog
Dani (Craft contributor)

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Take it Easy

take it easy - drifter and the gypsy blog
take it easy - drifter and the gypsy blog
Nothing says good ol’ California than these photographs shot by one of my very favorite photographers Amber Byrne Mahoney. (I’ve featured her in the past here and here.) I love the loose ’70s theme going on here too. Makes me want to watch The Brady Bunch!

take it easy - drifter and the gypsy blog
take it easy - drifter and the gypsy blog
take it easy - drifter and the gypsy blog
take it easy - drifter and the gypsy blog
Take it easy, folks. It’s Friday!

Photography Amber Byrne Mahoney
Styling Chloe Chippendale
Hair & Make-up Tami Shirey
Model Sophia Tatum @ Next
Location Kelly Fondry
Shot for Oyster Magazine

Into the natural

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It’s been off and on cloudy and overcast here for the past month or so, so I find it ironic that this dress I’m wearing from Free People is called Sundaes and Sprinkles. Oh well. Overcast weather makes for nice pictures, so I’ll take it.

into the natural - drifter and the gypsy blog
into the natural - drifter and the gypsy blog
into the natural - drifter and the gypsy blog
I can’t wait to wear this dress in the summer though! I love the retro bow detail at the bust and the center cutout. It’s really light and airy and would be so cute as a fancy bathing suit cover up.

into the natural - drifter and the gypsy blog
into the natural - drifter and the gypsy blog
into the natural - drifter and the gypsy blog
into the natural - drifter and the gypsy blog
into the natural - drifter and the gypsy blog
into the natural - drifter and the gypsy blog
Sundaes and Sprinkles Midi Dress c/o Free People (more midi dresses here)

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Berry Breakfast Bars

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I must admit that when it comes to breakfast, I often default to a handful of go-tos. These go-tos involve one of two things: oatmeal or a smoothie. There’s nothing wrong with these go-tos (they are my favorite breakfasts!), but sometimes I want to try something new. I usually achieve this by changing up the toppings in my oatmeal or the fruit and veggies in my smoothies. But still, sometimes I want something entirely different. It’s not that I lack creativity, it’s that I lack the time. These berry breakfast bars can be made ahead of time and refrigerated up to three days.

And don’t get caught up in the fact that these are ‘breakfast’ bars. They can totally be eaten as a snack or for dessert as well!

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BERRY BREAKFAST BARS

Makes 6-8 bars

Ingredients:

– 2 cups medjool dates, pitted
– ½ cup gluten-free oats
– ½ cup raw sunflower seeds or nut/seed of choice
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– Juice of ½ lemon
– Pinch of sea salt
– 1 cup mixed fresh berries, chopped

Procedure:

1. Place all ingredients in food processor fresh berries. Process until ingredients are well combined and mixture sticks together when pressed with fingers.

2. Transfer to a parchment lined dish such as a pyrex or cake tin. Press mixture down into pan to flatten out. Here you can decide what thickness of bars you want. Place in freezer for about 20 minutes.

3. While bottom layer is setting, place mixed berries in food processor and pulse a few times to chop them up. You may leave a few out for decoration. Spread over date mixture and slice into bars.

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The thing I love about these bars is that the toppings are so open-ended. Blueberries and raspberries instead of strawberries and blackberries? Sure! Peaches and plums or apples and kiwis? Why not? Don’t worry about staying within the berry family at all! Experiment!

berry breakfast bars - drifter and the gypsy blog
berry breakfast bars - drifter and the gypsy blog
Ingredient Highlights:

Dates High in fiber, calcium, iron, and potassium. Regulates digestive system, provides energy, healthy sweetener, boost the nervous system.
Gluten-free Oats stabilize blood sugar, improves cholesterol levels, contains antioxidants
Sunflower Seeds Anti-inflammatory (high in Vitamin E), nerve calming, vegetarian protein, supports detox, good source of healthy fats.
Berries High in antioxidants, low in sugar/balance blood sugar, boost brain function, anti-aging.

berry breakfast bars - drifter and the gypsy blog
berry breakfast bars - drifter and the gypsy blog
Recipe & ingredient highlights Giovanna Garcia
Intro & photography Micaela Hoo

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