Fall Wallpaper Roundup

This is quite belated, but I realized that I haven’t put out a wallpaper roundup in a while! These fantastic bloggers have released some really lovely digital freebies over the past few months, and they deserve to be shared. :)

I love how some of these fall wallpapers showcase vibrant, warm colors, while others lean toward chilly blues and grays.

Even though winter is coming up in just a few weeks, I thought I’d still share my favorites — perhaps for those like me who can’t quite let go of the rustic mood of autumn.


Fall Wallpaper by Saffron Avenue

Fall in Love with Fall Wallpaper for desktop, by Saffron Avenue

Fall Wallpaper by Make and Tell

Deck Your Desktop Wallpaper for desktop, tablet, and mobile, by Make and Tell

Fall Wallpaper by Squirrelly Minds

Citrine Wallpaper for desktop, by Squirrelly Minds


Fall Wallpaper by Proper

Botanical Wallpaper for mobile, by Proper

Fall Wallpaper by Dani Schafer for DesignLoveFest

Dress Your Tech: Dani Schafer for desktop and mobile, for DesignLoveFest


Fall Wallpaper by Lemon Thistle


Calm Life for desktop and mobile, by Lemon Thistle

Fall Wallpaper by Kat Grabowski for DesignLoveFest

Dress Your Tech: Kat Grabowski for desktop and mobile, for DesignLoveFest

DIY Watercolor Lettering Business Cards

Owl Ink - DIY Watercolor Business Cards


The other day, I decided I wanted to make myself some business cards! Not so much out of necessity, as most of my calligraphy projects are done for friends and family who already have my contact information, but because I simply wanted a few to pass out to acquaintances and new friends.

Since I wouldn’t be giving them out left and right, I didn’t really have a need to get 100+ professionally printed ones. I decided to make my own!

(Apologies for the poor lighting. Daylight savings has really thrown a wrench in my after-work blogging routine…)


Owl Ink - DIY Watercolor Business Cards


I started out by painting a light wash of my favorite site colors — sage green, gray, and light beige — on cold press watercolor paper.


Owl Ink - DIY Watercolor Business Cards


The trick here is to not think too much about how it looks. The more abstract and messy, the better the final effect will be! Just be sure not to over-saturate the paper with water, because then it will buckle and your cards may not lie flat.


Owl Ink - DIY Watercolor Business Cards


Using my handy paper cutter, plus an old business card as a guide, I measured and cut the paper into 12 cards.


Owl Ink - DIY Watercolor Business Cards


As you can see, each card is different! Because I don’t need very many of them, I can afford to make each one unique. :)


Owl Ink - DIY Watercolor Business Cards


I used my favorite lowercase alphabet stamp set to stamp “calligraphy” on the front of the card.  To make this easier, I used washi tape to turn the individual letter stamps into a word stamp.


Owl Ink - DIY Watercolor Business Cards


I love the vintage look of hand-stamped words. Luckily for me, “calligraphy” was just the right length for the cards!


Owl Ink - DIY Watercolor Business Cards


Next, I needed to add “Owl Ink” lettering. I did this by dipping a small paintbrush into black fountain pen ink.


Owl Ink - DIY Watercolor Business Cards


The black ink looks very rich and dark once dry, which I absolutely love. In some cards, you could even see a slight purple-blue sheen where the ink had pooled!


Owl Ink - DIY Watercolor Business Cards


Afterwards, I just wrote my name and contact information on the back with an 0.8 mm Pigma Micron pen.


Owl Ink - DIY Watercolor Business Cards


I’m really happy with the way they turned out! If you like the organic, imperfect look of handmade things, then this is a great way to produce a small batch of eye-catching business cards without going through a professional printer. If I ever meet you in person, I would be thrilled to give you one!


Owl Ink - DIY Watercolor Business Cards

Owl Links | Volume 001



Get it? Owl Ink? Owl Links?! I think I’m so clever. ◕ᴗ◕

Here are some interesting things I’ve read recently in the realm of calligraphy, design,  art, stationery, and beyond!




How to Properly Address Your Wedding Invites – The Return, by A Fabulous Fete: Helpful guidelines on the proper way to address the soon-to-be-married couple on your RSVP return envelope

Calligraphy Inspiration: Brush & Petal: Such stunning watercolor + modern calligraphy work by Sarah. In addition to beautiful calligraphy, she also does wedding photography! So talented!

Graphic Design

Designer’s Guide to Creating Logo Files: Having recently found myself in the position of designing a logo for a friend, I found this very helpful. In brief: give your client Vector (CMYK, Pantone, Black, White) AI, PDF, and EPS, Raster (JPEG, PNG), and size variants.

Free Fall Springs Clip Art, by Miss Mandee: I love these tiny autumn accents! I downloaded her clip art pack and will probably use them here on the blog :D


DIY Color Study, by Mon Voir: DIY tutorial on how to get the most out of your watercolors! By blending each color with subtle hints of other ones, you can create a comprehensive color study of available tones and hues. I definitely want to do this!

The History of Ombre, by Design Sponge: This old article resurfaced in a recent Design Sponge newsletter, and I thought it was a fun and visually enticing read.


Field Notes Colors: Shenandoah, by Three Staples:  I don’t use Field Notes often so I’m still in the middle of last Spring’s Shelterwood 3-pack, but I do love all things woodsy and organic. Jinnie’s write-up is definitely encouraging me to pick up this year’s fall edition.

Staedtler Triplus Fineliner in Nature Colors, by The Well Appointed Desk: Ana’s review of this muted color set is perfect for fall! In fact, I think it would pair nicely with Shenandoah Field Notes… :)


Ursula K. Le Guin on the Sacredness of Public Libraries: Le Guin is one of my favorite authors of all time. I love her succinct yet powerful words on the public library system as a treasure to be preserved.

2015 Renegade Craft Fair – San Francisco: Any Bay Area folks interested in attending this year’s Holiday Craft Fair? I will be there on Sunday!



Vintage owl graphic from the British Library Archive of public domain images. Remixed by me using Photoshop PS5.