Thursday, March 6, 2014
i like the abstract swoop-dee-doos on the top one.
and on the bottom one, those are interesting flourishes on the h and l.
i don't recall ever seeing any like that.
and i like the - non-straight- base lines
thank you :-)
i really don't think that this is a copywritable idea. the lesson books for learning to write in the Spencerian style show crossdrills which are pages of writing one letter at a time in rows that cross like this.
it's an idea...but, i just don't see it as something so unique that anyone could claim ownership. it reminds me of the brouhaha over zentangles. maria thomas gave the name to the concept of careful-exacting doodling. later someone confronted her with the work of a previous artist who had given a different name to the same concept. she pretty much shrugged it off as - yup, it's doodling. and went on her merry way. so....i think the idea of writing in rows - up/down/back/forth/kittycorner/cattycorner - is just writing. and...i can think of about 10 variations off the top of my head...so, let's see how many variations we can come up with. i know finnbadger is racing to his computer at this moment (cursing me for interrupting his day when he had other things to do that will not be getting done)
uh...*thanks* PO for the ugly red addition /:-(
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
This was Best in Show last year.
Below is the post with details about how to enter. I've had 8-10 envelopes accepted over the years. I probably don'thave time to enter this year. But, I like to remind others to enter. The link below is also a great place to troll for ideas.
Ssssssssss.. . that's the sound of time slipping away as the deadline
approaches for your entries in the 2014 Graceful Envelope Contest.
This year's theme -- The Superlative Letter "S" -- allows you to show your
style and spirit by symbolizing some sentiment starting with S. So set
aside some time, since all envelopes must be postmarked by March 24, 2014.
Winners will be chosen based on artistic hand lettering, creative
interpretation of the theme and effective use of color and design,
including incorporation of postage stamp(s). There is no entry fee.
For rules and galleries of winning envelopes from past years, visit
The Graceful Envelope Contest is conducted by the Washington (DC)
Calligraphers Guild and the National Association of Letter Carriers. The
contest is open to all ages, with separate categories for children.
Send your entry through the mail to:
The Graceful Envelope Contest
100 Indiana Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Friday, February 28, 2014
so...hester, if you go to the exhibit...let us know.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
i think the red guy is from the star wars stamps.
the address will be in one, tiny line from left edge to right edge, level with the little knob with the red detail.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
the sakura paint pen letters are outlined with a white gel pen (uniball) and the orange hearts are gel marker. either crayola or galaxy.
Friday, February 21, 2014
i do think the style of lettering on the happy birthday was worth posting. it is a style that requires very little skill...just imagination...and looking for fun ways to make variations of the letters.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
only tip...turn the envelope. that orange flower on the left turns out better if you make the lines using a back-and-forth motion...and you need to turn the envelope a quarter turn, so your hand is moving left to right when you make the petals. dang, i need to find the cord to my flip cam and make a tutorial.