Traveler1 by Kayla King
I played with some digital collage over the weekend. I’m trying to push myself a little bit outside of my normal illustration style. After my Grandmother passed away last year, I began to wonder about the afterlife and what, if anything, we get to take with us there.  Then, I read The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom, which had an interesting take on Heaven.  The Travelers is a small series of three, exploring the question of what happens to our memories when we die? Do we get to take them with us? I like to think we get to carry the best and brightest with us; a sort-of parting gift from one lifetime into the next.

What do you think?

Traveler2 by Kayla KingTraveler3 by Kayla King

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by Kayla on 02/06/2014

tagged as , in ART

A Few Faves | tinyinklings.com

Good morning!  I wanted to pop in today just to share a few recent faves with you from my Pinterest boards, ones that have had an impact on me in the past month.  Hope you enjoy!

This chair from 1st Dibs took my breath away the second I saw it.  I normally don’t even go for captains chairs, but the lines on this one, the woven leather seat, and that mid-century vibe its throwing out really had me at first glance.  Now if only I had an $18,000 chair budget…

This apartment via A Cup of Jo is so beautiful.  I love the simplicity, the clean lines, the art, and most of all, the fact that it looks livable.  Like friends would want to come over and just stay and stay.  I love that.

I make this museli almost every week.  I love that it’s really not very sweet and it’s full of whole grain goodness.  I add extra nuts and chia seeds to the mix and top with golden raisins or fresh berries.  Mmmmm…..

Hope everyone is having a nice week!  We finally got a sprinkling of rain this morning, which was better than nothing, but here’s hoping for more this weekend!

P.S. i couldn’t not throw this out there, but I had an extra $55,000 and a huge house, this is the first thing I would buy.  So awesome!

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by Kayla on 01/30/2014

in INSPIRATION

I have always been a voracious reader.  My mom attributes it to her having more time to read to me when I was a wee thing before my sister came into our lives.  In any case, it’s always been a nightly ritual to read a few pages before I go to sleep every evening (My poor husband.  He’s had to learn to fall asleep with the dim glow of my lamp lighting up half the room…and yet he never once has complained.  Love him.).

I heard once that there was a man (I forget his name) who wrote down the title of every book he ever read for something like forty or fifty years.  When he died, his family found these incredible lists of everything his mind had consumed.  Hoarder status?  Maybe.  But something about that is incredible to me.  It would be so interesting to look back over your life and see how your tastes changed, how some years you read more or less, and to remember old favorites long forgotten.  Seeing as I can’t remember what I ate for dinner last night, I’ve been keeping the same kind of list (digitally.  that negates the hoarder status, right?).  I often have people asking me if I’ve read anything good lately, so, along with my little list, I thought I’d post anything good that I enjoy here.

Marcus Of Umbria | tinyinklings.comMarcus of Umbria by Justine van der Leun

“Then she flew up to me, screeching to a halt, and she pushed her soft chest into my chest and rested her head on my shoulder, panting in my ear, as the sun disappeared completely.  The Crucianis had their circle, the one into which Emanuelle was born.  With Marcus, I felt I had at least the beginning of something just as meaningful – something that was mine, the beginning point of a circle.”

The Graveyard Book | tinyinklings.comThe Graveyard Book by Niel Gaiman

“You’re alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you’re dead, it’s gone. Over. You’ve made what you’ve made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished.”

The Five People You Meet In Heaven | tinyinklings.com

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

“Love, like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy.  But sometimes, under the angry heat of life, love dries on the surface and must nourish from below, tending to its roots, keeping itself alive.”

images via: 1 2 3

design by me, kayla king

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by Kayla on 01/27/2014

tagged as in MY LIFE

Painted Floral Hello - Personal stationery by Kayla King on Minted.com Vintage Ride - Personal stationery by Kayla King on Minted.com

I have a couple new personalized stationery designs available over on Minted…just in time for the holidays!  Painted Floral Hello is perfect for the ladies, while Vintage Ride is great for the dude in your life (who’s not afraid of sending a handwritten letter, that is).  Minted is also offering 15% off when you buy 3 or more gifts (stationery, art prints, journals, photo calendars…), but hurry, the code is only available for a limited time!

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by Kayla on 12/09/2013

tagged as , , in INKLING PAPER,INSPIRATION

I designed a couple of posters last week for a contest held by the San Diego Latino Film Festival.  I love entering these things as it forces me to think outside my comfort zone a bit.  What do you think?  Which one do you like best?

San Diego Latino Film Festival 2014 - Design by Kayla King San Diego Latino Film Festival 2014 - Design by Kayla King

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by Kayla on 12/04/2013

tagged as , , , in INKLING PAPER

La Lune_downloadable desktop wallpaper | tinyinklings.comDid you guys get to see the full moon on Friday night?  It was HUGE and incredibly bright.  For some reason it really made it feel like Fall to me.  Maybe it was in combination with watching Hocus Pocus and working on my Halloween costume.  My office has a costume contest every year and my co-worker and I are going to be Melanie Daniels and a crow from Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”.  I have a feather mask and tail I borrowed from a friend and am working on making wings.  You can bet I’m going to wear bright red lipstick and maybe even draw drops of blood at the corner of my mouth. Hoping we win something good!

Back to the moon.  I had played around with a phases of the moon art print awhile back, but I’ve been sitting on it for so long, I thought I’d turn it into a wallpaper and give it away for free!  Enjoy!

Click to download “La Lune” wallpaper: DESKTOP / IPAD / IPHONE

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by Kayla on 10/21/2013

tagged as in FREEBIES

Kayla King in Pregnancy and Newborn MagazineConstellation Dreams by Kayla King for Minted in Pregnancy and Newborn MagazineOne of my fellow Minties let me know over the weekend that my art print for Minted, Constellation Dreams, is featured in this month’s issue of Pregnancy & Newborn magazine!  Hooray!  What a cute nursery space they put together.  I’m so honored to have my work included! A big thanks to Lacey Major and the team at PN Mag for the mention!

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by Kayla on 10/14/2013

tagged as , , , in PRESS

FakeIt_downloadable desktop wallpaper | tinyinklings.comWow, it’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these.  Real talk: sometimes, I can’t believe that people pay me money to do what I do.  Most days, I’m completely confident in myself and my skills, but on occasion, I feel a little less confident, like if they really knew I was stumbling my way through an aspect of the project, Googling stuff I should probably know how to do already, they’d see me as a fraud and kill the contract.  On these days, I abide by the mantra “Fake it ’till you make it”, because I’ve realized, if you project confidence, eventually you will feel confident.

Anyone else feel this way on occasion?

If you do, I’ve made you a little wallpaper to download to remind you to keep your chin up and keep doin’ your thing.  You’ve got this.

Click to download “Fake It” wallpaper: DESKTOP / IPAD / IPHONE

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by Kayla on 09/16/2013

in FREEBIES

Minted Ad_Real Simple Magazine Fall 2013 | tinyinklings.comI’ve been a little M.I.A. lately, and while I’d love to say it’s been because I’ve been working on a bunch of new stuff, that’s not true.  Mostly, I’ve been splitting my time between our kitchen remodel and binge watching new (to me) episodes of Once Upon a Time on Netflix.  I’ve been trying to get some new paintings started, but I’m having a hard time motivating.  So far, I’ve gessoed my canvas…and that’s it.  Blerg.

I did have a co-worker share a fun little press piece with me last week.  My children’s art print, “I See The Moon“, was featured in a Minted ad in Real Simple Magazine.  It’s within a special insert for families, which I think was just sent to subscribers, but still pretty cool, nonetheless.

I See The Moon by Kayla King for Minted.com

P.S. I just wanted to send a little shout out to Annie from Needle Points North for the very kind email she sent me this week.  I was just having a blah start to the week and it’s amazing what such a short, kind note from a stranger did to lift my spirits. So, Annie, if you’re reading this, thank you!

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by Kayla on 09/12/2013

in MY LIFE,PRESS

Do The Twist - Moodboard by Kayla King | tinyinklings.com
I’m working on a really fun project right now doing graphic design and illustration for a local business in San Luis Obispo. The end product will be an A-frame sidewalk board used for advertising in a very visible part of the downtown area. I’m really excited about this one. The client wanted something 60′s inspired with lots of color and texture. This is the mood board I put together for the project. Can’t wait to share more!

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by Kayla on 08/27/2013

tagged as , , in MOODBOARDS