13 July 2014

Hand lettered prints by Maiko Nagao


Always be yourself unless you can be spiderman, then always be spiderman.
Available from www.collected.co.nz   

Cus all of me, loves all of you. Available from www.collected.co.nz


Be YOU tiful. Available from www.collected.co.nz 


Shine bright like a diamond. Available from www.collected.co.nz 


We are all a little weird. Available from www.collected.co.nz


Aroha = Love in Maori. Available from www.collected.co.nz 



Do epic sh*t. Available from www.collected.co.nz

I have super exciting news! My prints are now available exclusively by the amazing LeeAnn Yare from Collected! LeeAnn is an interior stylist, magazine writer, and TV presenter from Auckland, NZ. Her store Collected is a treasure trove of all LeeAnn's favourite interior finds. If you haven't checked it out yet, it's a MUST! Available in store and online at www.collected.co.nz/collections/decorate

If you like my work, you can also check out my '365 days of type' challenge here.

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28 June 2014

Free printable wrapping paper - hand lettering by Maiko Nagao




Need last minute gift wrap? I designed some spunky FREE printable gift wraps for you all. They are A4 in size but they can be easily A3 if you print two out and tape together! Make sure you set the page 'to fit' when printing! Download yours below.





//  Hearts //  Stripes  //  You are awesome  //





*Please note these gift wraps are for personal use only and not to be redistributed or sold. If you would like to share these, please credit and link back to this post for downloading.

If you like my work, you can also check out my '365 days of type' challenge here.

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Win Maiko Nagao hand lettering prints!



Hey you! Wanna win my hand lettering prints? Then hop on over to my Facebook page and tell me which one is your favourite in the comments section. That's it! Competition closes Sunday 29th June so get in quick!

If you like my work, you can also check out my '365 days of type' challenge here.

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24 June 2014

DIY Nautical rope vase




Check out this gorgeous DIY Nautical rope vase by Julie via Coordinately Yours! It would be perfect for a DIY rustic wedding don't you think? The image on the left is from Savvy Sugar and they have a super easy step by step guide for you to follow.

- All you need is some rope, washed can and a hot glue gun. Attach the rope around and around the can using glue until you get to the top. It only takes 5 minutes to make!

You could also turn it into a pen holder for a bit of pretty decor on your office desk...

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22 June 2014

Free wallpaper download - Do epic shit. Hand lettering by Maiko Nagao



I have to remind myself to 'Do epic shit' once in a while. My most recent 'epicness' was a trip to Sri Lanka. What kind of epic shit have you done recently? I hope these wallpapers will inspire you in some way! x

This is part my 365 days of type mission. Check out my other hand lettered work here!








I will have plenty more wallpapers coming so stay tuned!


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23 May 2014

DIY Anti monster spray - FREE printable


My friend's most amazing tip to rid your child’s fear of scary monsters at bed time comes in a spray bottle! That's right, just use a squirt bottle (with water in it) to spray away those uninvited monsters! 

Here's how:
1. Simply print my label out on a piece of A4 paper, trim to the appropriate size
2. Stick to any spray bottle with water inside
3. If you can, add some scent to the water for added magical ghost repelling qualities. Lavendar is a great essential oil for bed time!







Sweet dreams!!

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14 May 2014

Be YOU tiful - hand lettering by Maiko Nagao




Be YOU tiful. So simple yet so powerful. This is part my 365 days of type mission! Check out my other hand lettered work here!

Hope you have a fab day!

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12 May 2014

365 Days of Type - Hand lettering by Maiko Nagao





Currently feeling oh so inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's quote 'There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people". To view my other hand lettering pieces, please click here!

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10 May 2014

Happy Mother's Day! Hand lettering by Maiko Nagao







Happy Mother's Day to all the mum's out there! Here's a blinged up Mother's Day card version I sketched up earlier this week again as part of my 365 days of type.






Hope you have a fab day!

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5 May 2014

DIY Chalkboard paint in any colour


Here's a super easy chalkboard paint tutorial by A Beautiful Mess. Remember you can use this chalkboard paint on anything from walls, dishes and objects!

You will need: 
- 1/2 cup acrylic paint (any colour you like)
- 1 tablespoon unsanded grout
- Mixing cup or bowl, spoon, paint brush and an object or board you plan to paint on.    

1. Measure out your paint and grout. The unsanded grout is a fine powder so be sure to work in a well ventilated area.
2. Stir the grout into the paint until no lumps remain.
3. Paint your surface with your new custom chalkboard paint! The paint will begin to harden once it is mixed, so only mix what you need at one time as it won't store as well as other paints.
4. Once your chalkboard has fully dried be sure to slate the surface before using it for the first time. To slate a chalkboard lightly rub chalk along the surface and then lightly rub it off.

Voila! Make sure you check out A Beautiful Mess' full tutorial here!

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4 May 2014

Mother's Day card - free download by Maiko Nagao




It's Mother's Day in exactly one week! Do you have anything special planned? Today's creation as part of my 365 days of type is this card. I really mean this. If my mum wasn't my mum I would totes pick her has my bestie!





Make sure you print on a thick A4 card and set it to 'fit to page' when printing. There are two grey lines at the top and bottom as markers for you to cut in half to make two. 

Don't forget to download out my other 'You're so freakin' awesome mum' Mother's Day card here.

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*Please note these cards are for personal use only and not to be sold or redistributed.





2 May 2014

365 Days of Type continues... Hand lettering by Maiko Nagao





Here are a couple more hand lettering pieces to add to my 365 Days of Type mission! The first one "She's a dreamer, a doer. She sees possibilities everywhere" is what keeps me motivated and inspired to do this mission. You can purchase it from my Society6 shop here!

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Currently inspired by this quote - 365 Days of Type by Maiko Nagao


 



My quest to do a sketch a day lives on... Here is today's creation. Dalai Lama's beautiful quote. "The world doesn't need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds." Ahhh... I have put it up on my wall to remind me at all times.

If you have any quotes that inspires you please let me know in the comments section below!

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29 April 2014

365 Days of Type by Maiko Nagao - Free wallpaper download




So I have set myself a new goal. A sketch a day... I'm really hoping I can keep it up so please watch this space! I love quotes that inspire me and I hope they do the same for you too!










I will have plenty more wallpapers coming so stay tuned!


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23 April 2014

DIY No sew scarf pillow cover in 5 minutes




Check out this gorgeous DIY no sew pillow cover tutorial by Creature Comforts!

All you will need is a large light-weight scarf, and a throw pillow insert. The pillow used here is 16″x16″ and the scarf is 76″x40.” 

Here’s how to make your pillow cover.:

1. Open and lay your scarf down on a flat surface. Place your pillow insert onto the center of your scarf. Fold the bottom half of your scarf up over the top of your pillow form.
2. Then fold the top half down.
3. Grab the two long ends and knot them in the center of the pillow.
4. Knot once more for a fuller look. Feel free to tweak the fabric until it looks good to you. Tuck loose scarf ends under the open scarf flaps on either side and distribute the bulk evenly. 

Make sure you check out Creature Comforts blog for full tutorial here.





21 April 2014

DIY Brownie mix in a jar gift




Homemade gifts are so sweet, especially ones that taste good! This idea by Call me cupcake is just adorable! Make sure to pack everything tightly (especially the flour and cocoa powder) to keep everything in it's place. You also need to write down a set of cooking instructions which is at the bottom of the recipe!

Check out Call me cupcake's page for full instructions and more amazing pics!





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