Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Freebie: Chinese lanterns invitations for any celebration

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I get the privilege of living within a short drive from San Franciso's famed Chinatown. On my last visit I photographed some beautifully colorful Chinese lanterns hanging in a shop. By bringing the photograph into Photoshop, I was able to create an art photo from it that then became the invitation design you see above.

My inspiration

Paper lanterns evoke for me wonderful images of making memories with celebrations and festive events--large and small. Glowing in the twilight, they seem magical to me. That's probably why I love John Singer Sargent's painting "Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose". I love it so much that I have a framed print hanging on my studio door.

A bit of trivia
  • Chinese New Year begins on January 23rd
  • This year, 2012, will be the year of the dragon
  • In China, Chinese New Year is known as "Spring Festival" (the literal translation of the Chinese name 春节 (Pinyin: Chūn Jié)
  • The festival begins on the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calender and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day.

Happy creating and remember...

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