"Depths of my Heart"
Valentine's Greeting Cards

Going to the beach and spending the day frolicking in the salty waves is a cherished childhood memory. Since the ocean was the setting of so many family celebrations, picnics, get-togethers and weekends away, I now associate the beach as a place where love is often shared—if not between family, pets, and friends, then a place to recharge and show myself a bit of self love, basking in the sun for some well-deserved "me" time.

This Valentine's Day, I embraced the ocean with all my heart and dove head first into the deep waters for inspiration, however metaphorically. I started my artistic journey on the sand with some quirky, lovable crabs and then dipped my feet into the shoreline waters, falling head over heels for the baby sea turtles hustling towards the ocean during nesting season. Once fully immersed in the sea, I thoughtfully maneuvered around a bloom of jellyfish with their long ribbon-like tentacles before plunging towards the ocean floor, where eventually, I came face-to-face with a graceful octopus—a marine creature that has long captured my heart. Although this under the sea adventure was but a whimsical dream, it's colors and vibrant details inspired this greeting card collection, luring it from the "Depths of my Heart!"

As always, designing is a process, one that often results in discarded colorways and alternative illustration concepts, which you will find below. It's part of the journey of arriving at a finished collection I can be proud of!

I hope these oceanic friends bring you happiness this Valentine's Day. I put so much love into creating them and am crazy excited to finally be able to share them with you!

1 comment:

  1. I love how you described yourself "swimming" in the ocean to find your inspiration. And I really like seeing how the designs started and how they finished. Do you always start on the computer or ever sketch ideas down on paper first? The crabs are my favorite, but I like the purple envelope coloring the best. I love how your snuck in hearts every where, like on the sea turtle's shell!