As part of my job at the library, I get to put together displays and brand them according to season or theme. So far I've created a display for pet lovers (including such favorites as Marley and Me and The Art of Racing in the Rain), Brit Lit (exclusively British authors, of course), and Get Lost in Space (lots of sci-fi and fantasy if you like that sort of thing). Each display gets its own special flyer, bookmarks, and a blurb on the slideshow at the circulation desk. I try to highlight genres and collections that could be circulated a little more often, but that's beside the point. (Forgive me if I go a little librarian on you guys - 3 out of the 5 jobs I've ever had have been at libraries!). For the holidays (Thanksgiving through Christmas), I decided to go with a handmade theme, focusing on handmade gifts, cooking food, hosting tips, and family stories. The sign I hand-lettered on a piece of foam core board spray painted with chalkboard paint and lettered with chalk. It was so fun getting to exercise a little creativity and make the sign myself - I love how it turned out!
In order to create bookmarks and flyers to match the display, I had to digitize the artwork. It was much easier than I expected, and the results were so great! I love that it captured the handmade essence of the drawing (definitely not perfect) and the colors. Once done, I realized this would make a beautiful and festive desktop background! Remember how I was saying I wanted to offer more art and illustration downloads for you? This is me taking a step toward making that happen more often. So here's a brand new download just for you - the Home for the Holidays desktop wallpaper, in two different resolutions. Happy holidays, and merry Christmas! Enjoy for the season!