Flat lay photography - my new header

I don't know if you've noticed but I've been making some changes to the layout of the blog. One of the things that was bothering me the most was the header image. It's the first thing you see when you enter a blog, kind of the first impression the reader gets and mine wasn't making me happy at all!
With that in mind, I had this idea of making a new lettering piece (every excuse is a good one). The process of creating it is something I'll probably talk about in a different post as it's something I don't usually do as everything was made manually and I usually jump to the computer stage as soon as I can...
Nonetheless today I wanted to talk about the process of creating the image per se.

I knew I wanted to take a photo in my desk with a composition of elements that were simultaneously inspiring and useful. Well...not all elements are actually useful but they tell a bit more about me when you first enter the blog (that's why there's a children's book there which wouldn't usually be on my desk while I'm working on lettering but is such an important part of me that there was no way it wasn't going to me featured there. Choosing only one was obviously the problem...

The objects that were going to appear in the image were decided but having google and pinterest as my best friends I decided it wouldn't hurt to see what others have been doing around the same subject. To my surprise, I discovered a world of articles about flat objects photography but they featured mainly beauty stuff

After laying the objects ins an organized chaos, I started to take pictures. I suggest you take an experimental photo to get your composition right. Seeing your composition through the screen is completely different and helps you see if everything is well balanced.
An important tip is when you take some photos you think you're happy with, see them in the computer. 

For example, this is the first photo I took and I thought it was ok but when I saw in the computer I realised there was a stop of white space. With everything still in place I was able to fix it. And I'm not even joking this was what editing looked like. Not comfortable but efective.

I knew I was going to use natural light so I waited for the weekend to work on this as I come home after dark during week days.
My office as a great natural light during the afternoon but it starts to get direct sunlight around 4pm and since I dind't want huge light contrats I started photographing right after lunch.

Then It was just a matter of editing the image to soften the shadows and make the letting pop a bit more.
I quite like the final result and it being the first think you see.
What do you think?

meet Tosta

Se me seguem no instagram, já conhecem a Tosta. Ela chegou cá a casa este mês e tem sido tão central na minha vida que estou a ter dificuldade em pensar num tema para o padrão do calendário do mês que vem que não sejam diferentes cocós. Vou tentar esforçar-me. Enquanto isso, aqui ficam algumas fotos dela.

If you follow me on instagram you already know about Tosta. She entered my life this month and has been so central to my life that I'm finding it difficult to think about a theme for next month's pattern (a theme other than poop I mean). I'll try harder but in the meantime here are some photos of her.

I can fly - book review

Hello there,

this second book review comes because I loved this book so much that I wanted to tell the world about how awesome it is.

I Can Fly was written by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Mary Blair and is part of the Little Golden Book Classics collection.

This book from 1951 and renewed in 1979 is a small rhyme about a little girl with a lot of imagination that plays with a different animal in each spread.

My favourite thing about this book as to be the illustrations. I didn't know Mary Blair's works before but found them so magical that a book with a selection of her from this collection is already on its way.

The book ends (I've seen that in other edition this comes in the begining but I actually prefer it in the end) with a lovely bordered sheet of music called "I can fly" in which the lyrics are the text of the book.

What better book to read in an afternoon in the sun?

If you want to buy it you can for only €4.23 for example in Book Depository.

See you soon.

Hyperactivitypography from A to Z - book review

As I told you before, lettering is something I really want to invest in this year. With that in mind I decided I needed new books on the subject, and any reason is a good one to buy books, right?

A few days ago, as I was searching through Amazon and Book Depository, I somehow laid my eyes on this beauty and I experienced love at first sight. I ordered it the same day and counted the days till it arrived (13 days).

I decided to present it to you because it deserves all the recognition it can get.

I can say that Hyperactivitypography from A to Z is an exercise book that at a first look may seem targeted for children buy is in fact a great tool for typography beginners as it takes a serious and clever yet fun look at this very complex subject.

My love began with the cover, pretty colour put together beautifully and the cutest characters interacting with the title.

In terms of dimension, the book is a little smaller than I was expecting (16cm x 21cm / 196 pages), I thought it was a big table book and was very pleased to discover it fit my bag perfectly, which makes perfect sense since it's an exercise book.

The book is filled with typography themed jokes that are funny and clever. I was browsing through it and found myself smiling, which trust me, has never happened before while reading about typography.

Before you start reading there are two pages with instructions on how to use the book, the supplies you need (pen, ruler, scissors...) and there's also a typometer - a ruler to measure fonts - and a ruler to measure line spacing. To me, these are more like a curious addition than a helpful tool, as I will not cut them out.

The book is divided into 28 chapters - 26 themes where each name starts with one letter of the alphabet, another one with the answers to the exercises and a final one to practice what you learn.

The next images are from different chapters. 

One of the details that I love is the colour palette used. The book is printed with only 5 colours (cream, pink, blue, green and orange) and each chapter uses only three of them, and the scheme changes in each chapter.

To me, the most difficult exercises are the ones where you need to writes the names of the fonts used in the text which tells me I need to work on that.

Have you seen Mr. Garamond up there? Definitely one of my favorite details on the book are the illustrations of the typographers!

One last thing you might be asking is "how can you write on such a lovely piece?" and the answer is I'm not, how could I? It was never my intention.

So, that's it! Are you buying it already?