November 2019 Illustrated Desktop Wallpaper

November 2019 Illustrated Desktop Wallpaper

I trust everyone had a wonderful Halloween! We got totally mobbed by cute kids Trick or Treating last night, Patty dressed up as a Banana Split, and Daniel won a costume contest for his rendition of Garfield, complete with giant paper mache head. All in all, it was a spooky success. I also talked about my haunted apartment in my Halloween Animated Instagram Post.

For this month, I wanted to capture the feeling of coziness (SAT Word Bonus Points: "hygge", pronounced "hue-guh"), and do something a little more fun than just your typical (but lovely) fall leaves. I hope you like it! I love how the calendar fits in the camping mug, lol.

November 2019 Illustrated Desktop Wallpaper by Paper Raven Co. #desktopdownload #dressyourtech

* Click on the image above to download the Desktop Wallpaper.


If you like these, I would love if you'd share a snap of your space with the newest wallpaper with me, and I will be reposting them on my Instagram Stories!

Thank you so much and high fives if you already knew how to pronounce "hygge". High fives if you learned something! High fives all around!

 
Warmly,

November 2019 Illustrated Desktop Wallpaper by Paper Raven Co. #desktopdownload #dressyourtech
November 2018 Desktop Wallpaper

November 2018 Desktop Wallpaper

Happy November! This month, I will be gearing up for the holidays, launching our 2019 Folk Art Florals Calendar (coming November 5th!), and donating to some good causes. Most importantly, I will be VOTING! Who's with me?

This month's calendar was created in my ProCreate App for the iPad Pro - I have been loving this workflow so much! I typically use the Dry Ink brush under Inking for my linework. 

November 2018 Illustrated Desktop Download


* To get the wallpaper, click on the image above! Then, save it and set it as your desktop background. Yay!

If you like these, please tell your friends about it, and tag me on Instagram with a pic of your desktop in your feed or stories, and I'll be sharing them on my Stories :) Also be sure to check out my Stories (or the Wallpaper Story Highlights in my profile) for mobile wallpapers!

Have a great November!
Warmly, Erin

 

Free November 2018 Illustrated Desktop Wallpaper by Paper Raven Co. // www.ShopPaperRavenCo.com

 

A Thanksgiving Printable Set

A Thanksgiving Printable Set

Paper Raven Co. Thanksgiving Card and Gift Tag Printable

 

Surprise! I'm comin' atcha in the evening tonight to hand-deliver a fun and free printable for your Thanksgiving festivities. I have whipped up a Thank You Card and a set of little Gift Tags for you to use on Thursday. Simply click the image above to download. I recommend printing the items on cardstock paper on a color printer. Or you can go to your local Kinko's or Fedex store and request that they print it for you.

Here are some ideas to get you started: 

  • Attach the gift tag to a bottle of wine and bring it to Thanksgiving Dinner.
  • On the back of the card, write 2 - 3 things you appreciate about the hostess. Tuck it in an envelope and bring it with your side dish. 
  • If you're hosting, print several sheets and use the gift tags when boxing up leftovers to send home with your guests. 
  • Give the card to someone who helped you cook! 
  • Write guests' names on the gift tags and use them as drink markers. Tie them around the stem of a wine or water glass. 
I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed illustrating these for you. As always, I would love to see how you've used them! Feel free to tag me on Instagram for some virtual high-fives.

I hope you have a very warm holiday, filled with good food and people you love.
Warmly, Erin
Free Thanksgiving Wine Label Printable

Free Thanksgiving Wine Label Printable

I hope you have a peaceful and fulfilling Thanksgiving, whatever your traditions are. In the spirit of the holiday, I have created a free printable wine label for you to dress up your hostess gifts! Please print as many as you'd like.

What You'll Need:
1. Bottle of Wine or Spirits
2. Double-Sided Tape (Or regular tape will work)
3. Scissors
4. Printable

Directions:
1. Click below to download the printable. The print size is at 8.5x11" (standard printer).
2. Cut out the printable along the border. 
3. Fill in the "To" and "From" sections. 
4. Use double-sided tape to attach to your bottle (you can remove the label first if you'd like, but it's not required - this printable wraps around a standard size bottle). 
5. Bring your gift with you to your gathering!

DIY Gold Painted Pumpkins

DIY Gold Painted Pumpkins

Halloween is my favorite Holiday. I mean, I like it more than Christmas. Maybe it's the air getting crisp on my morning walks with Patty, or maybe it's that everything is covered in Pumpkin Spice, or maybe it's the beautiful scenery and changing colors. Or the opportunity to carve pumpkins. This year, I wanted to do my own take on Pumpkin Decor, so I spent a nice sunny fall morning making this DIY to share with you. Enjoy!

Don't forget to post your finished pumpkins on Instagram and tag me at paperraven.co so I can see!

1. Gather your materials! I grabbed the mini Pumpkins from my local grocery store, and if you need some cheap (but good!) paint, you can head over to your local hardware store and grab a sample of Valspar "Satin" (pictured above) for like, $2! That's less than a tube of good acrylic, this art school grad will tell you. Pick up your favorite paintbrush and a Gold Sharpie. You may also want a cup of water for refreshing the brush and a paper towel.

2. Get ready to paint! Don't forget to shake up the sample for even pigment distribution!

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3. Paint a flower shape. It doesn't have to be intricate - we will be adding the gold accents on top of the paint once it dries, and this is where the detail will come in. 

4. Be free to make floral shapes, leaf shapes and berry shapes. Don't worry about messy edges - they will be covered in gold! Try to fill the front side of the pumpkin, or you can even cover the whole thing! Once the paint dries (about 20-30 minutes), apply a quick second coat.

Paper Raven Co. - www.ShopPaperRavenCo.com - DIY Painted Pumpkins

5. Voila! They look so elegant and sophisticated - and the gold isn't even on yet! Let these babes dry for 30 minutes and make yourself a cup of coffee or tea. 

Paper Raven Co. - www.ShopPaperRavenCo.com - DIY Painted Pumpkins

6. Now the fun part! Using your Gold Sharpie, carefully outline each shape in gold. I found it was easier if I pressed lightly. Then, add in interior details like petals, leaf veins, and decorative elements. Have fun with it! You can go for realism or a graphic style or a mix of both. 

7. The Gold Sharpie dries fairly quickly, but give them a good 5 minute sit so you can admire without smudging.

Paper Raven Co. - www.ShopPaperRavenCo.com - DIY Painted Pumpkins

Paper Raven Co. - www.ShopPaperRavenCo.com - DIY Painted Pumpkins

And there you have it! You can make as many of these as your heart desires! Here are some ideas:
- Nestle them at your front doorstep with a cinnamon broom and a basket of pinecones. 
- Get the super mini gourd pumpkins and make each a place setting at your next Fall Get-Together.
- Fall Wedding? Make one for each of your tables for a pretty (and affordable!) centerpiece.
- Or, decorate your Thanksgiving Table and make a beautiful place setting, like we have done here:

Paper Raven Co. - www.ShopPaperRavenCo.com - DIY Painted Pumpkins

Fabric Tablecloth, "Sweet Leaves and Berries" from Minted // PlaceCard, "Autumn Thicket" from Paper Raven Co. // Dinner Plate from World Market // Lantern from IKEA // Dessert Plate Thrifted

Paper Raven Co. - www.ShopPaperRavenCo.com - DIY Painted Pumpkins

Don't forget to share your finished pumpkins on Instagram and tag me at paperraven.co so I can see! Or leave a comment here with how you used the DIY :)

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