July 2019 Calendar: A Free Digital Desktop Wallpaper for Download

Happy July! I’m excited to release this month’s free download: Our July 2019 Calendar Desktop Wallpaper! So you may notice this month’s wallpaper is a little lighter and brighter than usual. I’m shaking it up a bit with this Pink Lemonade summer print! It’s fruity and sunny and the perfect background for summer.

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June 2019 Calendar: A Free Digital Desktop Wallpaper for Download

Happy June, everybody! I’m excited to release this month’s free download: our June 2019 Calendar Desktop Wallpaper! For this month’s download I’m borrowing the illustration that graced the June page of our Moonlit Garden 2019 desk calendar: the lily! This floral design is a little more abstracted and a touch more funky than some of my other work. To me it feels tropical and lively, perfect for the onset of summer.

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Introducing Coral Charm: Our Newest Collection!

Hey everyone! Today I’m so excited to introduce something that’s been in the works for a while here at Root & Branch: our brand-new Coral Charm Collection, featuring limited edition art prints, a boxed card set, and wallpaper!

I’m thrilled to share that with this collection, we’re adding three new categories of products to our line. Today on the blog I’m sharing a bit of the background behind this collection and the design decisions that made it a reality.

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March 2019 Calendar: A Free Digital Desktop Wallpaper for Download

For this month’s download I picked a special illustration that was created as a part of our Moonlit Garden 2019 desk calendar: the lotus flower! This flower has a lot of meaning for me, as it was one of the things I was most excited to discover when I first moved to China.

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The Twelve Cards of Christmas (and Other Winter Holidays)

It’s holiday card season!! Now I know that Christmas, Hanukkah, and all other holiday cards are something that I know can bring up a plethora of feelings… from joy to stress to guilt. There are some people among us who never fail to send out adorable cards every year, even complete with family photos. These people are amazing and I am not one of them.

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Wintry Woodland: Our Holiday Fabric Collection on Spoonflower

Today is a great day for Root & Branch because we’re launching a new fabric collection: Wintry Woodland! I’m definitely the kind of person who isn’t opposed to celebrating Christmas from the moment it gets cold… and my definition of cold is anytime that I have to wear layers. Needless to say, I’ve been in the festive spirit for a few weeks now.

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How to Keep a Sketchbook

Keeping a sketchbook is one of the easiest ways to see a physical record of your creative process. So much of keeping a sketchbook is in the basic need to “get it out” … many of us feel a sort of release when drawing, even if the result isn’t something we’d want to share. Drawing can be relaxing, especially if you’re not focused too much on the end result. If you’re anything like me, focusing on the process instead of the end result is difficult. It takes a lot of practice. This is why sketchbooks are so important!

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Mapmaking 101: Map of Suzhou, China

Hi everyone! Today I’d like to show you a peek behind the scenes of a recent project I’ve been working on… an illustrated map of Suzhou, China.

Over the past few months, in addition to managing Root & Branch Paper Co., I’ve been working to expand my portfolio as an illustrator and graphic designer. You can see my portfolio here: jessietyree.com I have challenged myself to expand my horizons as an artist, and in doing that I decided to create this map of Suzhou.

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Free Digital Wallpaper: November 2018 Calendar

Happy November, friends! It’s time for a new download: our November 2018 Calendar Wallpapers, totally free here on the Root & Branch Paper Co. blog. For the month of October we're excited to feature our Ruby Cosmo print. It’s a funky floral print with a muted pattern that I think works well for the cooler months!

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Free Digital Wallpaper: October 2018 Calendar

Happy October! For the month of October we're putting the spotlight on our Moonlit Marble Hellebore print. I love the moody dark hues of this pattern and I think it’s the perfect fit for October. It’s a time when the temperatures are dropping, Halloween is on its way and autumn is really here!

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Wake Up & Work: Our Workday Morning Playlist

Happy Sunday, readers! I put together a playlist for myself that is a balance of relaxed, fun songs, and more upbeat ones that get me in a working mood. I thought I'd share it here as our third Root & Branch playlist. For a few more selections of tunes, find our afternoon slump and night owl playlists.

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The Making of Moonlit Garden: A 2019 Calendar, pt. 2

This is the second post in a two-part series about our 2019 wall calendar: Moonlit Garden! In Part 1, we talked about the conceptual and creative story behind this calendar and the illustrations it contains. In this post, I'm sharing a behind-the-scenes look at how this calendar came into being, specifically focusing on the manufacturing side of things.

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The Making of Moonlit Garden: A 2019 Calendar, pt. 1

I'm so excited to finally share with you all a project that has been in the works for the past several months (and even years!) : our 2019 wall calendar, Moonlit Garden.

A late-night stroll through the moonlit garden reveals lush and mysterious flowers whose beauty is most fully displayed long after the sun sets. Some blooms, including the exotic cereus, only open at night. Others, like the Japanese wisteria, are known for their intoxicating fragrance which only grows stronger during the evening hours.

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Free Digital Wallpaper: September 2018 Calendar

It's September! Time for a new download: September 2018 Calendar Wallpapers. For the month of September we're bringing bold and warm hues with our Pink Ice Protea pattern. This is one of our most popular patterns, and it's also a personal favorite. I think it has something to do with the color palette: fun and vibrant jewel tones always win. Plus, proteas! You can't go wrong with proteas.

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