Love birds are a recent design to Artemis Stationery.  It has a rather interesting beginning which I thought it would be good to explore today.  I also found some photos of the prototypes I’d made which so far haven’t been seen.

initial lovebird sketches
initial lovebird sketches

So where did the idea begin for Love Birds?  Well it was Christmas 2012.  Aside from crossing my fingers for snow it’s a time when for a week or two there is not often too many enquiries so I can think about new ideas and get the sketch book out.  Sorry I know snow is a nuisance for many but I do love snow, especially at Christmas time.  Anyway, one of the previous Christmas’s ideas revolved around birds and wood.  Love birds are very common theme so I can’t claim any great originality there.  I did plan them to be stylised love birds rather than the actual species (for my take on actual Love bird wedding stationery see here).  The wood came in as textures have been popular of late and I wanted to use one of the less exploited ones.  I also like the natural feel of wood and the fact it is similar yet not quite the card we I print on.

Lindsey and Ross Lovebird design
Lindsey and Ross Lovebird design

I have to admit though that the New Year caught up with me. I was working on the current website and the work load picked up.  I’d spent a long time exploring wooden textures and not quite finding one I thought would work.  This was also complicated by the fact I wanted to find some commercially free one’s to play around with.  Not that easy!

Lindsey and Ross's Trieste place name design
Lindsey and Ross’s Trieste place name design

My next brush with Love Birds was on holiday, or rather the plane ride to me holiday.  A long plane flight gave me time to sketch.  I’d taken a sketch book, pencils and a rubber.  The only downside was there was no images to look at for inspiration.  I forgot to print any so I had to stick to more simple themes rather than complex designs.  So I did get a chance to start sketching birds.

love bird mounted invite
love bird mounted invite
A5 sheet Lovebird wedding invitation
A5 sheet Lovebird wedding invitation

The initial realisation of the design came about later that summer while working on day stationery for two of my clients Lindsay and Ross.  They had already had Trieste invitations and were sticking with it for their day stationery.  They had a very nice corel and pastel yellow colour scheme.  A good combination between fun and vibrancy and the delicate and elegance often associated with wedding style.  It was the back of the table names, place cards and footer of the table plan though where Lindsay and Ross had an extra request.  As you might guess it was for a pair of lovebirds in front of a heart.  You can see what we came up with here.  They were a little more stylised than the sketches and we for Lindsay and Ross I made one of the love birds larger than the other and a slightly darker colour.

Example of a Lovebird place name
Example of a Lovebird place name
Back of place name
Back of place name

So now I had the Lovebirds and just needed the textures.  Instead of crawling the net I thought I would search my home and well other friends and relatives for wooden surfaces to photograph.  I took loads of photos of doors, work tops and furniture.  Eventually I got two different ones.  One texture to use as a background and the other to use for the birds and hearts.  As you can see from the final design there is a few twists on the design for Lindsay and Ross as it’s a design in its own right rather than a detail on another design.

Lovebirds and heart bifold wedding invitation
Lovebirds and heart bifold wedding invitation

I hope you like the results.  You can get prices and more details on Lovebirds on the main wedding stationery website:  visit Artemis Stationery

Inside of bifold invitation
Inside of bifold invitation