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New Pictures, New Work


Colorful Vegetable Themed Wedding Invitation
This colorful vegetable themed wedding invitation is one of our favorites, for its color and uniqueness, as well as the personal connection it has to the bride and groom. The bride’s owns an organic produce business and the groom is a sommelier. In addition to the vegetables, grapes are featured on the envelopes.

Contemporary Invitation with Folded GateAnother of our favorite recent sets, this gate fold invitation opens onto a peaceful grassy field. This couple loved to take pictures of magical and whimsical looking garden doorways and gateways when they encountered them on their travels.

Traditional Elegant Garden Wedding InvitationThis wedding took place in the garden at the family home. There was a theme of white flowers, and we selected botanicals that were in white, in the family’s gardens, and in season for the ceremony.

Florentine Traditional Wedding Invitation This elegant style of Florentine invitation is very versatile. It works well in many different color schemes, and for different seasons. That’s why it’s one of the designs we’re showcasing in our new Prix Fixe offerings, which will be released next week. (Stay tuned!) This was also featured on Style Me Pretty a visually sumptuous blog about beautiful weddings.

Urban Chic Contemporary Wedding InvitationThis invitation was designed to match the urban chic, fun, cool, retro-modern look of The Smogg Shoppe in Los Angeles, where the reception was held. The venue displayed a wonderful blend of decor, including seemingly otherworldly plantings of succulents; vintage rugs, chairs, and signs; and a converted industrial urban loft style structure and fixtures.
Olive Tree Contemporary Wedding InvitationOlive trees lined the drive to this wedding location in Napa Valley, California. We developed this stylized burled tree with with a contemporary boldness to match the couple’s aesthetic.
Maidenhair Fern Art Nouveau Wedding InvitationMaidenhair fern swirls around the text of this art nouveau influenced invitation, bringing a wonderful sense of flow to the image and text. The two elements work together with give and take, almost as if dancing.

Cherry Blossom traditional wedding invitationThese cherry blossom branches in raspberry and violet brought a stunning richness to this traditional style invitation.

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We’ve been busy!

Nora and Orlando
It’s been a while since we’ve posted about what’s going on in our studio.  This is because we’ve been really busy through the winter and into spring.  We’ve been excited about the many different projects we’ve had, from wedding invitation packages to dinner menus for events.  Please click the “keep reading” button below to see images of the different projects.  As always, we welcome your comments and feedback!

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Our Bill Denham & Bettina Pauly read at the Zen Center

On Friday, April 2nd from 7:30 to 9:00 – San Francisco Zen Center, 300 Page Street, San Francisco, California. 415-863-3136

There is a special presentation during the exhibition opening of the al-Mutanabbi Street Broadside project at the San Francisco Zen Center. Two of our artists and printers, Bill Denham and Bettina Pauly, will be among the readers.

Bill will be sharing The Diameter of the Bomb, a poem by Yehuda Amichai, translated by Chana Block. A broadside of this poem was designed and illustrated by Kim Vanderheiden, and printed and assembeled by Bill. It’s an interactive piece. A ring of black rays hug the poem and image. To view them, the reader must unfold the rays, exploding the broadside.

Bettina Pauly will be reading a translation from Abdul Satar, shown in the documentary: A Candle for the Shabandar Cafe, Baghdad, 2007, which corresponds with her broadside – a powerful piece that’s been two years in the making. It features testimony about the bombing in Arabic and English, with a hole carefully burned out of the center, between the two languages. Across the hole, the broadside is stitched back together.

Both are very powerful pieces, and are on display at the Zen Center, along with 130 other works commemorating the 2007 package bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street – a street of booksellers in Baghdad; a street renown intellectual exploration and freedom of thought and speech.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations and purchases of broadsides benefit Doctors Without Borders.


Holiday Greetings With Love From You!

Warm Holiday Wishes Card Poinsettia with Sleeping Cat

Warm Holiday Wishes Card with Poinsettia and Sleeping Cat. Painted Tongue is offering our Holiday note cards with a personalized custom greeting starting at $150.00 for 25 cards. Email Kim at info@paintedtonguepress.com!

My mother sends holiday cards every year to everyone in her Rolodex. She sits at her kitchen counter and dutifully writes each card to all the people we know. Mom never writes more than a few lines, but…

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The Color of Love

Love Card

I have always been a cynic when it comes to love. Whipping up a batch of Valentines cards in October at Painted Tongue Studios did nothing to change that. . .

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Come and See Us on Saturday!

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Roadworks: Printing With a Steamroller

Come and visit us this Saturday,  September 19th from 12-5pm at the Roadworks: Steamroller Printing Street Fair. (Located on Rhode Island Street between 16th and 17th Streets)

This event is just terrific! It’s physical. It’s noisy. It’s a fun celebration where new prints are born! Bring your four year old who loves watching machines. Bring your crafty seven year old to make art of her own at the kids tables. Shop for unique, artistic gifts (some made by yours truly!) at the vendor tables. Meet the artists. Hang with the printers. Enjoy a day outside! Continue reading