Category Archives: Personal

New Article and Portfolio Featured

There have been quite a few things going on for me and Creative Curio outside of this site! Check out some of the things I’ve been up to lately.

Changes at Creative Curio

What happened to all the great Creative Curio articles?? You may have noticed I (LaurenMarie) haven’t been around here much lately. Want to know why?

Keep reading!

@CreativeCurio (aka, I’m on Twitter)

Ok, I did it. I gave in. I finally have a Twitter account! Add CreativeCurio to your Twitter friends! It would be so fun to meet some of you readers who don’t comment but have a Twitter account. I’ll get a badge or something in the sidebar or footer soon, too. Meanwhile, let me know […]

More Color Inspiration and a Birthday!

Color inspiration is something we’ve done infrequently on Creative Curio. Come take a look at color palettes from packaging, a yoga studio, and several branding images. These include a wide range of colors as well as color theories from monochromatic to a palette of six distinct colors.

Letterpress Printing Resources

Many of you know that I took a letterpress course back in August and then proceeded to clean up a letterpress of my own. The Vandercook SP15 is now fully restored and I was able to print my first project on it last weekend!

Unfortunately this post doesn’t focus on it because we actually taped it and I still need to cut together a video for you, but I do share some awesome letterpress resources with you. This post contains links for letterpress websites, letterpress blogs, letterpress stories, several knowledge base sites and letterpress inspiration!

So You Want to Draw a Photo-realistic Vector Banana?

A few months ago I saw some photorealistic vector images and I thought to myself – that’s cool! I don’t know why someone would do such a thing, but it amazed me that it was possible.

Please realize, this is far from a beginner guide and if you have only a little experience in vector drawing applications, sorry, then this article is not for you. I won’t go over every detail–there are steps that simply won’t be mentioned–so it’s not a complete step-by-step guide.

If you don’t have a graphics tablet (like a Wacom), then it’s going to take you twice as long to accomplish drawing these kinds of images. A mouse just isn’t precise nor fast enough.

You need to be fully competent with the Pen tool and have a complete understanding of using anchor points and anchor handles.

Got that? Ok, let’s get going!

Happy 1 Year Birthday to Creative Curio!

It sure doesn’t seem like I started this blog a whole year ago. Time really has flown by!

Thanks to everyone who has become a friend over this year! Vivien, Tara, David, John, Jacob Cass, Jacob Carter, Kristarella, Esben, RaShell, Steve, Liz, Charity, Brian, Sander, Doug, Tracey, Rob, Jamie, Alec, Paul, Toon, Blue Buffalo, Liam, and so many more that I can’t name you all… I’ve enjoyed getting to know you!

Thank you to the 1,600+ subscribers to Creative Curio! You are welcome to come out of your feed reader more often to comment! I’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas and opinions on things.

I would love to hear your feedback on Creative Curio, and feel free to give your input on the direction you’d like to see it head.

And a prize giveaway! Well… we need some prizes first. Want to help?

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