Project Reveal :: artBLISS Website

A few months ago, my friend Cindy emailed me with a question – could I help her and the lovely Jeanette update their artBLISS website?

artbliss project reveal

If you’re not familiar with artBLISS, it’s a weekend of jewelry and mixed media workshops that Cindy and Jeanette put on twice a year. A smaller workshop is held in May (next weekend, actually), and the big workshop weekend is in the fall.

Both Cindy and Jeanette wanted a fresh look that closer matched their vision of what artBLISS is; after several rounds, we ended up choosing a vintage Americana color palette/theme; since artBLISS is held in the Washington D.C. area, it totally made sense. Cindy and Jeanette also wanted a theme that was flexible, since they’d like to include other types of classes in the future, in addition to jewelry classes.

With that in mind, I worked up a layered banner with textured elements. I wanted it to feel vintage, rustic, and worn, but not heavy or dark. Knowing that general art classes might be offered in the future, I used a lot of paper elements and artistic splashes of paint rather than jewelry supplies and beads. Teresa McFayden had created the lovely star doodles, so I worked those into the banner and logo, then added red stripes to bring a little Americana into it without being overwhelmingly patriotic or kitschy. We kept the background simple and light, and a few custom buttons later, we were done.

Then, after weeks of brainstorming and tweaking and decisions, the website went live! Even though I completely missed Cindy’s announcement since I was out of town, it’s awesome to see the website in full – live and working and with content on it. I’m really proud of my part in putting everything together, and I think it looks fantastic.

What do you think? Anyone planning on going to artBLISS this year?



14 Responses to Project Reveal :: artBLISS Website

  1. I am not surprised that you did that! Hmmmm….maybe you have some new direction? I am in desperate need to make a fresh start with my online presence. It is overwhelming me at the moment. I have only been to ArtBliss once, in March 2011 for two days with Stephanie Lee. Getting to the big weekend is on my list of to-dos if only the airlines would cooperate and drop their prices significantly. They do a MARVELOUS job. I can tell you that you won’t regret it one bit if you go. And the line up they have is top notch, I tell you! Kudos to you for making this website updated and truly fitting of the venue and offerings. I love it!
    Enjoy the day.
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    • Oh my gosh, don’t get me started on the airlines and their stupid prices. This coming from someone who grew up as an airline brat and who used to work for one – things are RIDICULOUS now.

      Anyway, yes, the line up for the fall looks fantastic! I wish I could go, but one year, I’ll get there.

      Thanks for the kind words!

  2. Brandi, you really are the mastermind/artist behind the whole artBLISS image now! You did such an AMAZING job helping Jeanette and I capture that look and feel that we wanted: fresh & modern, yet vintage…with a touch of Americana thrown in! You really are dream to work with – always a step ahead with great ideas and so patient with all of our redos. THANK YOU so much, Brandi…the site looks even more incredible that I could have imagined, and I can’t tell you how many compliments we received!! 🙂
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