Sunshine and Moonshine Set

Namaste Original Woodburing Piece

Namaste Woodburning

This was my first official woodburning project that I didn’t view as a practice piece. As you can see below, this is a shallow wood block you can buy at a craft store or make yourself if you’re so inclined. I love paper and wood and eventually when I have the time, I will learn more … Continue reading Namaste Woodburning

Koi Fish Woodburning

A few months ago, Jonathan Estrin over at Grind Skate Club posted a photo of a woodburning he did of a koi fish. I liked it and commented on it and he asked if I’d like to do some lettering around it. We’d previously talked about collaborating on a piece and I’m happy that this is the … Continue reading Koi Fish Woodburning

Twin Birthday Party Invitation by Case Sensitive Designs LLC

Pumpkin Birthday Invitation

I designed this invitation for a twin first birthday party! They were born at the end of November and their mother, Jenny, was inspired by all the fall colors, leaves, and of course pumpkins! This was my first official invitation design job. Jenny asked me months ago about work for her twin daughters’ first birthday … Continue reading Pumpkin Birthday Invitation

Santa Letters

Here we are at that wonderful time of year again, coming up to us fast. Thanks to the generous and wonderful grandmothers my sons have in the family, the seed of Santa was planted in their hearts at a young age. Since then, I have done a fine job of encouraging this concept in our … Continue reading Santa Letters

Hand Carved Cedar Box

This box was one of the Christmas commissions I completed in 2015. The above thumbnails show the process from conception to completion. A friend got this cedar box from a friend of hers and schemed with me to turn it into a gift for her youngest daughter for the holiday.

“Kenzie” Custom Skateboard Deck

This was a fun project that was also a 2015 Christmas commission. The client came to me with the idea of lettering her daughter’s nickname on a skateboard to hang on her wall until she was ready to learn to skate. Since the board was already finished and ready to build, I sanded down the … Continue reading “Kenzie” Custom Skateboard Deck

Calligraphed Wedding Script for Musical Couple

I’d been wanting to do a project like this for a while when my friend Tristyn approached me about it. She was selected by some friends of hers to officiate their wedding in December 2015. Since they are all musicians, Tristyn wrote a lovely themed speech for the event. As a keepsake gift to the … Continue reading Calligraphed Wedding Script for Musical Couple

Friedrichs Wedding

What started as a small project — “Renee, will you write the numbers on the chalkboard painted wine bottles for the tables?” grew into, “Jessi, why don’t you let me letter the quotes you want to display in the corks of each?” and quickly spread to wedding signage and escort cards. It hit the books … Continue reading Friedrichs Wedding

Photo Shoot “On Being Human”

Cyril Davis of Infinity Machine got Jaime LeAnn Edwards and I together at The Book Stop downtown to make this shoot he dreamed up a reality. This was another project that I jumped at the chance to do! Read the full write up and check out some of the progress shots here.

Dr. Seuss Excerpt. Original Watercolor and Calligraphy by Case Sensitive Designs LLC

Watercolor Dr. Seuss Excerpt

An inspirational commission to soothe a broken heart. This original watercolor served as a reminder that we are never so alone as we feel, complete with truffula trees to remind us of where we came from. Leave it to Dr. Seuss to convey such a grounding message in such whimsical and memorable language. I chose … Continue reading Watercolor Dr. Seuss Excerpt

“Mountains” Wall Hanging for Nursery

  “Let him sleep for when he wakes, he will move mountains.” Napoleon coined this phrase and it has been popping up in nurseries and online lately. This is my spin on it, with Lombardic inspired letters and woodblock themed artwork. My original idea was for the mountains to have geometric shapes and a forest … Continue reading “Mountains” Wall Hanging for Nursery

Lovegrove Wedding Certificate

What a treat it was to add the names to this wedding document! This was written in sumi ink with a Hunt 101 pointed flexible nib. Pete Lovegrove has the honor of officiating his son’s wedding this coming February. Many years of happiness to the newlyweds.

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Death is Nothing At All

The poem is from the perspective of the deceased, a comforting reminder of all the ways they never truly leave us.

Golden Escort Envelopes

    Beautiful navy blue gouache on mini metallic envelopes spell out names of guests for an escort display at an October wedding in Tucson. Custom mixed color, all calligraphy by hand! Loved working on this one. Each escort envelope features the guests’ names, handwritten with a pointed flexible nib. Inside each envelope is a white … Continue reading Golden Escort Envelopes

Laughter Sparkles Like Sunshine

  My client, Cindy, asked if I could “do something” for her. She brought this phrase to me, written on a blank page of a checkbook register. She said she was starting early this year gathering Christmas gifts. This piece turned out larger than I’d planned — typically I work in small intricate pages. I … Continue reading Laughter Sparkles Like Sunshine

Sunshine and Moonshine Set

Simple line drawings that I intended to be tattoo designs, these turned out much larger than I thought they would! A radiant sunshine emerges from behind clouds, while a crescent moon shines in the sky. Each print measures 6″ x 6″. In the photo, each is matted and framed in an 8″ x 8″ frame.

"Saguaro Blooms" Limited Edition Linoleum Print

Limited Edition Saguaro Blooms Block Prints

Limited edition linoleum block prints over vibrant watercolors. Inspired by the blooms of the saguaro cactus during the month of April in Southern Arizona. I illustrated, carved, painted, and printed each piece individually. You can read the full process here on the blog. Each piece measures 4″ x 6″ and is sealed to be protected against light … Continue reading Limited Edition Saguaro Blooms Block Prints

Limited Edition Letterpress Print

I made these prints in my first ever typesetting workshop with Amanda of link Tanline Printing!I had more trouble learning the terminology than I did actually setting the type and running the letterpress itself. I originally chose a different passage to work with, but I ran out of the lowercase letter e and had to … Continue reading Limited Edition Letterpress Print

"Know then that the body is merely a garment. Go seek the wearer, not the cloak." --Rumi

Seek the Wearer

Original watercolor and calligraphy join together in this piece. I created it as a gift to my classmates to celebrate our graduation from yoga teacher training late in 2016. The text is one of many brilliant writings by the poet Rumi: “Know then that the body is merely a garment. Seek the wearer, not the … Continue reading Seek the Wearer

Watercolor painting by Renee McAdam of the Peggy's Cove lighthouse in Nova Scotia.

Peggy’s Cove

This is the first watercolor painting that I was ever truly happy with. Watercolor takes time to learn to understand the dynamics of, and even more time to get it to do what you want it to do when you want it to. At least it did for me. This lighthouse is at Peggy’s Cove … Continue reading Peggy’s Cove

Watercolor painting by Renee McAdam of a lonely skull.


I painted this one while I was doing some sketches for a business card design. I love skulls because they remind me of how similar we are to each other underneath it all. And that no matter who we are or what we do, the science and reality of our mortality is always with us. … Continue reading Skully

“Peace” Hand-carved Linoleum Block Print

This is the card I designed for the 2017 holiday season. I handlettered and cut the word “Peace” into a linoleum block. This hand, or style of writing, is called versal. The lines for the letters are drawn individually, rather than being produced with a nib or a brush. The background is a purple and … Continue reading “Peace” Hand-carved Linoleum Block Print

My first book! Accordion fold book with alphabet theme from Alisa Golden's Making Handmade Books. Walnut ink and PearlEx on sketchbook paper.

Alphabet Themed Accordion Book

This is the first “book” I made from Alisa Golden’s Making Handmade Books.

Place cards written by hand in calligraphy by Case Sensitive Designs LLC

Placecards for Tucson Wedding

Classic minimal Copperplate Script in walnut ink on place cards.

Completed tunnel book

Thoreau Tunnel “Book”

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” — Thoreau

Simple line drawings that I intended to be tattoo designs, these turned out much larger than I thought they would! A radiant sunshine emerges from behind clouds, while a crescent moon shines in the sky. Each print measures 6″ x 6″. In the photo, each is matted and framed in an 8″ x 8″ frame.