Art

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    March WallpaperThe month of February may be over, but the romance in the air is still in full bloom. Trade out the Valentine cookies, love notes, and rosy, heart cutouts, for a batch of fresh blossoms,  warm, sunshine days, and fruit smoothies. March is a magical month to be in since it's the first month of Spring, so get your sunglasses out, sun hats, sun lotion -- anything sun-related, and let's explore the world together. To set the mood for March and the very start of Spring fever, indulge in our colorful March desktop wallpaper, tailored for mobile phones and tablets, too!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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    We teamed up with Leonora of Yellow Heart Art for our 7th Birthday Party, and we've completely fallen in love with this talented lady. Not only do we love her artwork, she has a larger-than-life personality, that never fails to make us laugh (and that's only been over email!).  Everything is handmade by me in New York. She started Yellow Heart Art back in 2011 as a way for me her have a creative outlet when she still had, what she calls, a terrible corporate 9-5 job. She handmakes everything in New York, and has been seen in Kourtney Kardashian and Mindy Kaling's homes, Lauren Conrad's events, The MTV Movie Award Celeb gift bags and more! Read on to learn more about Leonora, and prepare for a few laughs along the way! Visit our instagram to win a personalized portrait of you by Leonora. Ends 9/28! 

    Tell us a little bit about yourself!
    I'm an over thinker and am always rockin' a scarf. I love statement necklaces and will always be a backstreet boys fan (tell me whyyyyyyy) I park my car better in reverse than forward and I love me a good cucumber and avocado roll. My husband bought me a website as a birthday gift and it was the most romantic gesture in this history of ever (you can go to YellowHeartArt.com to see it, it's a hot mess but he tried!) 

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    What does your creative process look like?
    My creative process goes 1 of 2 ways with out fail. I either nail what I am trying to do right away, or I work on something for days and days and day and it's still not where I want it to be. This is usually followed by curse words, tears, trips to starbucks for a cake pop (or 3) to help clear my mind. I first think of a bunch of quotes that I want to use, and then from there figure out which of the words I want to be emphasized in the print. My custom portraits happened totally by accident. I had made a custom portrait of my husband and I for our engagement party invites. Our friends and family complimented me on our little doodle that I thought I would give them a try in my shop. They are a huge hit and so many people love having a custom portrait of them in their home!

    What kind of food helps fuel your creativity?
    A bowl of salted almonds and baking chocolate chips. I convince myself it's healthy because, like, almonds. 

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    How does your personal style influence your artwork?
    I love playing around with different color palettes and patterns with my clothes. I have always been really into "umphing" up an outfit by adding either a really cute hat, a giant     statement necklace or a scarf. I do the same thing with my prints because I don't just want to slap some words on a page and call it a day. I want to take those art quote prints to the next level by making them out of gold foil or adding some fun decorative elements like geometric shapes or water color marks. 

    Where do you look for inspiration during your creative process?
    Actually I go to fashion trends. I see what color palettes are popular and what patterns people are drawn to. I then try to incorporate those pieces into my designs. I'm working on getting some floral patterns into my prints, I'll let you know how that goes!

    How do you come up with the sayings in your artwork?
    From my own head ha! Basically I always try to make a print relatable. If I am selling my items in person somewhere and someone walks by and goes "ha! I've totally felt that!" then I know I succeeded. One of my best selling prints is "Take on today like you just aced your eyeliner" because I know for me the days where I have a perfectly symmetrical cat eye (on the first try) I feel like I can legit stop a moving train with my bare hands (note: don't do that, you'll ruin your eyeliner) so instead of saying something like "take on the day!" I try to amp it up with some humor and quirk.

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    Our motto here at Ruche is #LiveBeautifully. How do you live beautifully?
    I #LiveBeautifully by embracing my flaws. It took me a LONG time to be ok with them (and honestly, some days those insecurities still creep back up) but I've come to realize people are not as critical of me as I am of myself. I hate smiling too wide for photos because I Have 3 fake front teeth (thank you 14 year old me for fainting face first down some stairs) when I tell people this they are shocked to hear I have fake teeth. My thighs rub together when I walk and I am rocking some crazy stretch marks on my upper arms but ya know what? No one cares, and if they do then that's their problem because I am still going to wear tank tops and smile as big as I can because life is too short to constantly worry about how other people view you. 

    Do you have any advice for anyone interested in a similar career path? 
    Yes! It's ok to fail. It's ok to make things that suck. It's ok if people don't like what you do. Not everything you try to put out there is going to be a winner, if it was that easy we would all be gagillionares living in pent house suites while flying around in our private jet that have our faces painted on the outside of them. Don't get discouraged, if you are truly passionate about what you're doing you'll make it work and rally! 

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    Thanks Leonora! Visit her Etsy to purchase her beautiful artwork and enter our giveaway to win a personalized illustration of you our instagram! 

     

     

    xo,
    Ruche

     
     

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  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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    If you love illustrations as much as we do, you are in for a treat! This month's wallpaper was designed by illustrator Emily Poulin. Emily just graduated from the California Baptist University in May and is now designing at Krochet Kids in Costa Mesa, CA. Not only do we love her illustrations but we love her style! In this post we talk about her artwork and creative process.

    How did you get started in illustration and graphic design?
    I thoroughly enjoy challenges and realized that I wanted a job that was creative problem solving. Graphic design demands that you think on your feet and process quickly! You never know what project you are going to get or what kind of constraints you have to work within. I also am drawn to details and how they can flesh out a message in its entirety. I love the finishing touches that subtly add to an overall design! 

    How does your personal style influence your artwork?
    I'm very detail oriented in my own personal style. I love braids and tiny accents. I am drawn to things that are unique and show someone else's passion and creativity. I try to incorporate that in my own work-- take things from my daily life or things I find amusing and share it! 

     

    Where do you look for inspiration when channeling your creativity? 
    I don't often look for inspiration out right. I try to take notice of things in my day to day activities and almost catalog them in my brain. If you go on Pinterest or look other places you're letting someone else solve the problem for you! I try to engage with people outside of my creative bubble and immerse myself in their passions and ideas. I am constantly reading something or trying a new technique to keep me learning. 

    Do you have a favorite piece of artwork that you’ve created?
    I don't have a favorite piece of work honestly 

    Our motto here at Ruche is #LiveBeautifully. How do you live beautifully?
    I try to live a life that is encouraging and considerate of others. I find there is such joy in investing in other people and helping them in their journey and growth process. I think life is a lot about growing alongside one another, posing questions, and actively engaging with the world around you that creates meaning. 

    Where can we find you when you aren’t creating swoonworthy art?
    Well when I'm not swooning haha -- You can probably find me baking something or biking around my city! I'm always on the lookout for a good spot to read or undiscovered local gems! 

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    Do you have any advice for anyone interested in a similar career path?
    I'd say it's important to be dedicated. Design can be exhausting at times-- it seems there's always anther revision! It's important to be diligent in your work and practice creative endurance.  Keep a notebook around to jot down sketches or ideas at any time. I also find it therapeutic to make checklists to visualize project progress! 

    I had no clue where design was going to take me when I began-- I didn't even know what Adobe programs were. The journey has been a lot of being thrown in the deepend and learning to swim on my own. But through that process I've learned a lot about myself and the importance of community. I've met so many rad people as a result of my career and I can't wait to see what comes next! 

     

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     Thanks Emily!

    We just adore Emily and her works of art. To view more of her work, follow her on instagram @emilieepoulin! Download your Free September Wallpaper

    xo,
    Ruche

     


  • Friday, May 1, 2015

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    The month of May brings all the blooming flowers from April's sprinkle of showers. Bask in the sun and enjoy the blissful days of spring with this month's free desktop calendar! This month's calendar was designed by our incredibly talented Ruchette, Kelsey DeLange of Honey and the Hive. Check out her Etsy shop and follow her Instagram to see more artful creations and wonderful paintings. Read more about Kelsey and her creative inspirations in our interview with the artist herself here. Stop by our wallpapers page to download the free wallpaper for all of your devices. We hope you're just as smitten as we are!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    With the arrival of spring, we are welcoming the month of April with open arms! Celebrate warm weather and blossoming flowers with our latest desktop calendar featuring a blush hued floral anemone design created by the amazingly talented Quinn Luu. Start the month with a fresh wallpaper for your computer! See more sizes (including mobile and tablet-friendly sizes!) and desktop wallpapers here. Read on for an interview with the talented artist and designer herself!

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    We adore everything about Quinn Luu's artwork from her beautifully crafted handmade paper goods to her intricate embroidery and floral prints. This beautiful bride-to-be shares all her creations on her website. Every project she works on is meticulously made with a simplistic, feminine touch. We love her soft and simple personal style that reflects the delicacy of her artwork. We were so fortunate to learn more about Quinn, her artwork, and her creative process, and we're so happy that she created such a lovely piece of artwork just for us! 

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    You currently reside in Boston, which is home to beautiful historical landmarks and intricate architecture. What are some of your favorite things to do in your lovely city?
    I love taking in all of the shops tucked away on Boston’s small streets. In just a few blocks, you can get fresh flowers from the farmer’s market, support a gamut of small shops, dine at award-winning restaurants, and then pick up a box of cannolis for the walk home. Trust me when I say that you CANNOT leave Boston without trying cannolis from Mike’s Pastry!

    How does your personal style influence your artwork?
    My personal style definitely reflects a neutral palette. I love minimalism and I’m drawn towards simple, clean pieces. I enjoy playing with more colors in my artwork, but that calm, feeling of freshness is still there.

    Do you have a favorite piece of artwork that you’ve created?
    Yes! The paper flower wall I made for my engagement party! That 7x7.5’ wall taught me that sometimes it can take a ton of time and a few (ok, like 935,356) glue burns to create something beautiful and worthwhile.quinn-luu-2

    Where do you look for inspiration when channeling your creativity? 
    Ooh, good question! I keep a list of all the fun things that I want to try to do or create. If I ever feel uninspired I just re-visit my list and get started! Next up: laser-cutting.

    Our motto here at Ruche is #LiveBeautifully. How do you live beautifully?
    #LiveBeautifully by counting my blessings everyday. I think that in the pursuit of our dreams and our happiness, it’s important to take a step back and just enjoy what we already have – just be happy. I may or may not have gotten that advice from a fortune cookie... but it’s true!

    Where can we find you when you aren’t creating swoonworthy art?
    Working at a tech company or spending time at the dog park with my pup, Hampton. 

    As a bride-to-be, how have you been putting your personal touches on your big day?
    I am so excited to be able to personalize everything from our wedding website, to place cards, to even creating our ceremony arch! The best part – it’s very collaborative. For our wedding monogram, I drew the wreath and my fiancé (who is not a designer, by the way) came up with the minimal AQ concept down to the exact placement of the wavy line. It’s a lot of fun being able to design everything, but it’s so much more special and personal when it’s a joint effort.quinn-luu-3

    We're enamored with Quinn and her works of art and her passion for creating charming works of art that are both personal and made with love. We love her ability to live beautifully through her creativity and we can't wait to see more from Quinn Luu! 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Sunday, February 1, 2015

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    January has flown by (we hope you haven't completely abandoned your New Year's resolutions by now!) and we are so excited for a new month. With the approach of February comes an abundance of florals, hearts and lace and a first look at spring! Here's a little fun fact about this month's free desktop calendar: the background is actually a portion of our hand-painted mural that served as the background for our upcoming lookbook! Stay tuned to spot the artwork from this month's calendar in our lookbook, and get the high res version of the free wallpaper here!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Thursday, January 1, 2015

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    A new year, a new month and... a new desktop calendar! We are looking forward to seeing to what the new brings, so we're starting it on the right foot with a new desktop wallpaper. Click here to download the high-res version!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Thursday, December 25, 2014

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    It's been another amazing year, and we're so happy we've been able to share it with all of you! We've made new friends, laughed with old friends, and smiled through each and every day. We hope your holidays are filled with warm greeting, cozy evening, and plenty of sweet treats to go 'round. Happy holidays, Ruchettes!

    xo,
    Ruche 


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  • Tuesday, December 23, 2014

    Even the coziest of homes look even more comforting when decorated with holiday adornments! Trimming the tree wrapped in a favorite sweater or scarf is something we look forward to all year long. When it comes to the holidays, we adore the sentimentality that comes with receiving a homemade gift or the satisfaction of creating your own holiday decor, so we just had to create our own mason jar DIY that is both easy to make and looks charming on any stocking-covered mantle or decorated side table. Photo 11_title

    Supplies:

    Mason Jar
    A sheet of black paper
    Santa Snow Spray
    Tea Light Candle
    Double tape or regular tape
    Stationary supplies: pencil, ruler, and scissors or craft knife

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    Step 1: Sketch an outline of a town. We drew outlines of houses, complete with windows and chimneys, and trees of varying sizes. We left the windows larger so we could cut them out later to add more depth to our town when placed against candlelight. holida-mason-jar

    Step 2: Using a black sheet of construction paper, measure the circumference of your jar and determine how high you want your town to extend. Your township should cover at least half of the height of the jar.mason-jar

    Step 3: Using a pencil, trace your town onto the black construction paper. The trees and houses do not have to be the same height. It is visually compelling if some buildings are higher than others. Cut out your sketch with scissors. diy-mason-jar

    Step 4: Spray 1 inch to 1 ½ inch of the jar with Santa Snow Spray. To create a light misty appearance of snow, spray the jar from a distance.  Put your jar aside to dry for 1 hour.holiday-crafts

    Step 6: Apply tape on your township and on the small trees and buildings before wrapping your jar with it to ensure that it properly stays put. Then tape the end of your town. cute-mason-jar

    Step 7: Place a candle inside your mason jar and light it up for the holidays!  winter-wedding-ideasThere's always room for error - your town country does not have to be perfectly cut out! Once you are finished, place your candle jar around the house and light it up to show the silhouette of a Christmas town country! For more decor inspiration click here, and see more DIY projects here

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Sunday, December 21, 2014

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    With a week filled with holiday excitement, getting gussied up, and lots of cooking, baking, and feasting, we're taking this Sunday to relax and spend a little time enjoying the first day of winter. Enjoy your Sunday, Ruchettes! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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