DIY: Felt Heart Mask

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Who are you looking at with heart eyes this Valentine’s Day? This DIY felt heart mask makes it pretty clear! Super simple to make, you probably already have all the supplies on hand. Wouldn’t it be fun to craft a bunch of these with guests at your Valentine’s Day party?

DIY Felt Heart Mask DIY Felt Heart Mask

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Jessica Hische’s 7 Truths for Creative Success

If there was ever a person who embodies the philosophy of learning (and succeeding) by doing, it’s probably Jessica Hische. The renowned graphic designer is a doer to the max. The self-employed artist got an early start working for Louise Fili Ltd., designs for clients ranging from Tiffany & Co. to Target, and recently published her first book, the aptly titled In Progress.

On January 28, Minted CEO Mariam Naficy hosted a fireside chat at Minted’s San Francisco office, asking a number of questions provided by Minted’s global community of artists. Here, we highlight some of Jessica’s insights for creative success. Watch the video of the fireside chat with Jessica here.

Minted CEO Mariam Naficy (left) hosted a fireside chat with Jessica Hische on January 28, 2016.

1. Present Life as Truth

Now that Jessica has an established career, she’s able to negotiate her terms with clients—moreso than as a rookie designer. “But it has to do more with your confidence,” she said.

Jessica explained that some creatives are compelled to enter into negotiations apologetically, instead of just putting reality on the table. “Parents need to present their lives as a truth,” she said. “Don’t think of your life as an inconvenience for your client. They have to understand the realities. Everybody has their thing, and I think we whitewash our humanness. We should be honest and say, for instance, If I get less than eight hours of sleep, I’m a wreck.”

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Printable Valentine’s Day Posters

I may have performed a victory dance when I found out that Staples and Office Depot now offer color engineering prints (a.k.a. large poster-size prints created on plotter printers traditionally used for engineering and architectural work). At just seven bucks a pop, that means posters for all occasions. First up? Valentine’s Day posters, of course! Find the link below to download seven designs to get you in the love day spirit.

valentine's day decoration

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DIY: Valentine’s Day Gold-Heart Garland

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

I tend to prefer simple, understated decor for Valentine’s Day. There’s something so sweet about a delicate handmade garland—it can add a nice little festive touch to a plain space. Today we’re sharing how to make this terrifically simple gold-heart garland. We used gold faux leather but any gold paper or fabric would do. Plus, it’s versatile—you could easily reuse this garland anytime you’d like to add a pop of gold to your next party.

DIY Gold Heart Garland | alice & lois for minted Julep
DIY Gold Heart Garland | alice & lois for minted Julep

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Download: February Desktop Wallpapers

Now that it’s February, freshen up your computer desktop with one of these two charming wallpaper designs by Minted artist and graphic designer Kristin Doversberger of Lorent & Leif.

February 2016 Desktop Wallpaper Download

Download: “Flower Pattern” Desktop Wallpaper (above)

February 2016 Desktop Wallpaper Download

Download: “Terrarium” Desktop Wallpaper (above)

Download instructions: Click on the download links above and the image will open in its own tab (depending on your browser, you might need to click again to make it full size), Next, drag the image to your desktop; for Macs, select System Preferences and then Desktop & Screen Saver; for PCs, right-click the picture and then click Set as Desktop Background.

Note: These designs are for personal use only and were created by Lorent & Leif for Minted.

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Meet a Minted Artist: Lindsay Megahed

For a Chicago-area artist, Lindsay Megahed’s paintings emit quite the California vibe. From the beach scenes of “Weekending” and “Sea Wall” to the bright, dreamy colors in many of her other limited-edition prints, she’s got a lot of West Coast going on. But the Cali energy isn’t all that Lindsay has to offer. She’s a multi-talented artist-designer who’s won 109 awards across Minted categories: holiday cards, Valentine’s Day stationery, fabric, and, of course, art. Here, Lindsay talks about raising two boys, developing her career, and her insightful advice for up-and-coming artists.

What’s it like to be a work-from-home artist?
Very messy! Inspiration can strike at any time, so usually my studio is covered with works in progress—paper scraps, canvases, paint tubes, and palettes (I can’t throw anything away.) My studio is right off my main living space, so I don’t really have consistent start-and-stop working hours, and there are a lot of distractions. But being able to be so flexible with my time makes the haphazard work environment worth it. I can volunteer at my boys’ elementary school and attend all their events and activities, which is my main entertainment these days. Being home a lot, I do miss talking to grown-ups, so it’s always nice to hop online to see what’s happening in the Minted community.

Your work is so colorful. Do you have a favorite color combination?
I always start out trying to freshen up my palette a bit, but blue/green and orange/pink always seem to take over in the end.

Big Sur” by Lindsay Megahed

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