Skateboard Deck // Cartoon Mountain

Adventure Time Mountain I finally have some new custom art to share with you all! It has been a while. I was busy focusing on school and other projects like canvas and guitar pickguards, and haven't had a custom deck to work on since March. But now I have this super playful one to share with you, enjoy! P.S. This one's headed out to Australia...so excited to be sending these out internationally!!

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This client wanted this deck as a gift for her boyfriend. She had a lot of various components she wanted to incorporate into the board, and it was important that I worked them into a cohesive composition. I approached this piece the same way I approached this past deck. Since one of the client's big ideas was to have the Nightmare Before Christmas Jack and the Adventure Time characters snowboarding, I decided to do a mountain scene and then do my best to tie in the other elements.

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Another request was to have a sloth with a gangster chain reading "Sloth Life." I incorporated this humorous element into the scene by hanging him from a tree that was in the background.

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Another little touch was the client's request for Fireball to be held by Jack Skellington while he snowboarded. I threw that in, but also didn't want it to be a lone element, so I had some buried in the snow at the base of the mountain as if it was waiting for Jack at the end of his run.

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Along the way, it is somehow become a tradition that I always take one photo of a finished deck. At first it was an accident, but when I noticed it happening after the completion of a few decks, I decided to continue. It is a fun way to see where I was at the time each one was painted and what I was wearing at the time.

Thank you so much for checking out my work! If you are interested in a custom deck, check out my listing for one. You can also check out any of the deck designs in my Etsy shop, or any of my past art.

White Hot Technicolor

IMG_5490 I'm all for basics, but summer needs some color! I'm wearing white pieces to stay true to my personal style, and threw on a bright skirt for a fresh look. Finally, the studs on both the shoes and the bag are keeping it tough. I can feel my style evolving in a more minimal direction, but I think I'll always be that little 90's girl obsessed with Lisa Frank and rainbows.

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Notice the paint marks on my hands? I'm working on a bunch of skateboards right now, and just finished one up tonight. I can't wait to share it with you! In my book, messy hands, are happy hands. Thanks for reading! x. Paige

basic tee // TJ Maxx

skater skirt // Forever 21

flatforms // Deena and Ozzy by UO

white crossbody // UO, clutch converted into a purse

DIY Guitar // Part 2: Sketching + Woodburning

TITLE INTRO Hi guys! I hope you enjoyed last week's post that was part one of our new series, DIY Guitar! Now, it is time for part deux! This will cover my sketching process to come up with the perfect design, and then about the wood burning process and some tips. Enjoy!

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Jake and I threw a lot of ideas back and forth about what kind of design to put on this guitar. At some point, we settled on a koi fish because we both like Asian art and Japanese tattoos. We also thought the shape of the koi body would flow well with the shape of the guitar. This was one of our final sketches, which I drew on a guitar body template I made up in Photoshop.

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However, at the last minute, I think both of us knew we weren't crazy excited about the koi fish design. Although I was the one drawing, the whole sketching process was very collaborative between Jake and I, especially because he will be the one playing the guitar! One day we had an aha moment. One of our favorite bands is Four Year Strong. They have a lyric that goes "We built this city on heart and soul," and once we started discussing that as a possible design, we were hooked. This was one of the original sketches, but we improved it before getting started.

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Here is a refined sketch before we began wood burning. It incorporates a city and sunburst, as well as stars and a planet to make it a little more etherial. As you can tell, I didn't draw out the entire design perfectly before sketching it on the guitar in pencil, but that is kind of how I work. I usually save the final sketch for the final product, and do it freehand.

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We were now ready to begin wood burning! I used a Walnut Holly Creative Woodburner, which has lasted me over 6 years and it has always been reliable and awesome.

woodburning tips

If you're unfamiliar with wood burning, here is a little guide to get you started. There are a ton of different tips you can purchase for your woodburner, and most come with about 4 when you buy it anyway. The ones I use most commonly are these three.

The universal tip: this is what I used for the majority of the guitar design. It has a very straight and sharp edge that creates clean, straight lines. Curves are a little more difficult with this baby

The point tip: This was a new tip I picked up, that I now love! I used it for all the stars because it makes nice little perfect circles. I also used it for some of the curves, like in the planet and lettering.

The shading tip: I didn't do any shading for this project, but it's a great little tip. The harder you press, the darker your shading will be!

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Here is how the design turned out. I was very pleased with it considering I hadn't woodburned a big project since this longboard.

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Here's our whole design! We love it! Let me know what you think of it in the comments, and if you have any questions about wood burning guitar projects, let us know! Stay tuned for Part 3: Staining! x. Paige

Travel Journal DIY

IMG_5061 Before blogging, there was journaling. Whenever I go on a big trip, mainly to Europe, I collect little bits and pieces of my travels and compile them into a big fat book. I've never been one to sit down and write much, so I choose to go a more visual route by keeping ticket stubs, brochures, and postcards, and then adding little comments of memories here and there. With thoughts of going abroad on my mind, I thought about these journals I had tucked away, and decided to share them with you. Here are my favorite pages, and some tips and tricks!

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This journal is from when I traveled to Germany + Paris with my mom for 2 weeks when I was 13. My love of all things colorful is reflected on these pages. When it comes to travel journaling, I say that anything goes. I tape in candy wrappers and even receipts, because it's fun to look at the different shops and currencies.

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If my pages are looking a little sparse, I even throw in a few related magazine cutouts, like the backpacking bag covered in travel stamps.

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The other journal I have is when I took a 26-day Europe trip through an educational program, which 3 of my friends happened to go on as well! We visited Greece, Italy, Austria, and Germany. On a trip like this, journaling is awesome because you're bound to forget certain things, and this fills in some of those gaps.

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With this journal, I packed more drawing supplies and stickers that related to the countries. This helped because I was a bit busier on this trip. I used colored markers to write down silly memories, and the stickers helped make the pages have more depth and interest.

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There are no limits to journaling! Stick whatever you want inside. One of my favorite parts is this fold out book of mini postcards, which pops up when you flip through the pages.

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You may think it's hard to collect so many things on your travels, but I will just take any brochures, etc. offered to me, and just stick them in my bag. At the end of the day, its relaxing to sit down and journal to reflect on your day.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my memories and my tips on travel journaling! I am so happy I have these little collections to look back and remember my fun vacations with friends + family. I am sure I will be avidly journaling (and blogging) while in Copenhagen, especially because I will be seeing it through an architectural background now that I am in college. Thanks so much for reading, and stay tuned for my future travels! x. Paige