Thursday, March 22, 2018

Dear BHB: Here's the Rilke quote (off-topic)

Portrait of the BHB as a Young Man
Last fall, the BHB (BigHelpfulBrother) and I were having a conversation about stuff that he has been studying since he retired. He was always drawn to books and learning. I was drawn to pencils and paper. It took a couple decades for us to find any common ground. Technically, we didn't. We just figured out that we could laugh at our differences instead of getting all uppity.

In the end, he will have studied himself to death and I will have arted myself to death and neither of us will have any answers to any questions.

The conversation last fall was about finding answers to big questions and I remembered a Rilke quote - not the exact words, but the gist of the first line. Then, I remembered to research the quote and was pleased to find the full quote.

Here is my monumental existential question.... where the heck are my images/photos/scans/pictures stored on my computer. And you can be sure I did not say heck.

He keeps telling me the difference between photos, pictures and images.
I post the info on Post-Its on mycomputer.
It doesn't help.

Here is the quote.

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”

P.S.  Happy Birthday BHB.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Acetate Splotched from Eric

This one is cooler than cool. It is printed on acetate and beautifully constructed by our pen pal from France, Eric.

Love it. You really have to see it in person to get the full effect.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Green Bird Flourish for Jeannette

I hope Jeanette appreciates that she received one of the beloved green bird flourish stamps. All time favorites of mine. Very hard to part with them.

Very hard.

Yup. Serious deterioration in these posts.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Loaves from Clover

Clover only exchanged once or twice - so I will not have an envelope to Clover tomorrow. I really like this one. It seems like she might have used rubber stamps for the lettering.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Frontera Bag to Eric

Rick Bayless's Frontera is one of my favorite places to eat at O'Hare. Nobody likes O'Hare. I love O'Hare. They have done all kinds of improvements. It had so many years of problems, I don't know if it will ever resolve its bad reputation.

Eric, if you are ever at O'Hare, I'll be happy to meet you out front and take you to all my favorite Chicago eateries.

I guess there are other things to see in Chicago. I should probably find a better tour guide than myself.

I loved the way the bottom of the shopping bag looks like an envelope.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Multi-Color-Multi-Balls to Connie

A second set of from-an-exchanger-to-an-exchanger.

Using up sports stamps.

This style is becoming my go-to style when I'm struggling with ideas. Please let me know if I am overdoing it. It may look quick and easy - but I actually spend a lot of time with the logistics of picking up each color and not having the same color appear too close to itself.

I've been posting a lot of blog posts today and wonder if my blurbs start to deteriorate. I won't know until March when they pop up and I cringe at myself.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Vintage Pattern from Connie

This one has a very cool texture. Whatever Connie used to layer and hold the paper together dried really stiff. It doesn't feel like paper any more but has nice texture. Plus I love that assortment of stamps.

Yesterday, Chuck sent me an image of his Hendrix envelope - with the additional color. It's so much better than the version you saw yesterday - so you may scroll down and see the improved version - if you have a ridiculous amount of time to kill....or are looking for ways to procrastinate.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hendrix to Chuck

Here's an idea. I could alternate between envelopes from people and envelopes to people. Yesterday was one from Chuck and today is one to Chuck. I know I added  a some more color to this one. Not sure if I have another picture of it.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Horn of Plenty from Chuck

I pondered putting all the Thanksgiving envelopes in November. Then, I decided I need to fill the calendar in order. Jumping around gets me so confused and we need me to stay a little less confused.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Crayons and Volleyball to Alison

Not quite as absurd as the snowflakes and soccer ball - but done on the day I was using up those stamps.

I guess I made pencils as well as crayons. After it was done, I realized that crayon themed items really need to have all the colors in the box. Nobody has multiples of just 3 colors. Maybe this one is just as absurd as the other one.....

Monday, March 12, 2018

Little People from CathyO

I love the little people. They might be stickers from Aiko Fukawa. When this blog pops up, I will take some time to search that artist.

Cathy's been practicing her penmanship. Very pretty.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Big 5 to Bug

Another orphan stamp.

I mimicked the 5 when I made the B. I also added more detail but did not rescan it. It needed a little more dark on the G.

These artist's stamps are wonderful for pulling ideas. I get picky about the colors, but then I remind myself to relax and be happy with close-enough.

I can't remember what color I used for her street address.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

November Exchange Envelopes

The top one is from Carroll and is made out of a page from a magazine. Very curious image - no clues on the flip side about what's happening.

The leaf below is from Kathie McC. It is an actual leaf with several layers of something like gel medium. She sent it inside a regular envelope because she was afraid the leaf could not handle the PO machines. Good idea - and would probably work with any kind of plant material - petals?

Friday, March 9, 2018

Flower border for Faye

There are several envelopes on Pinterest with flowers like this. They all look way better than mine. I need to slow down and figure out why mine are so clunky. They are not quite wretched - but I know they could be better. I really struggled with finding a stamp for this one and then forgot to rescan it....

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Absurd combo for KateR

I tried taking a stack of envelopes and some pens on a trip. These snowflakes were done during a bit of turbulence. I finally gave up. When I got home, I pondered pitching it - but I was on a mission to use up all the sporty stamps and somehow snowflakes, soccer balls, and asterisks seemed like a fun (absurd) combination - so I had to guess who would enjoy something absurd. Or, I might have chosen a name that was going to fit nicely.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Basketballs to Janet

Not spectacular - just fun and using up orphans. The street address will have to be super tiny to fit between the last name and the town.

This idea would work with any number of stamps. There are tons of details on stamps that can be scattered around on the letters.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

From Britney - Constellations

Britney's first envelope for an exchange was (is) stellar. It arrived in November. I met her in class in the fall and she is a serious over achiever.

I added little white squares with the zip code on it - to show her where I would have put the zip code. Since she did such a nice job of centering - I thought the 5 hanging off to the left was a little distracting.

She already had really nice lettering skills when she arrived as we can see in my address and her lettering on the back. I think I remember her telling me that her studies had included something in the area of architecture - maybe landscape architecture. Forgive me Britney if I am way off on this. I'm old and forgetful. You are young - and have a bright future ahead of you, if you decide to stick with the calligraphy.....feel free to correct the info in the comment section.

Here is how her envelope looks without my 2-cents. And below is the flip side.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Jan Exch to Troy - Baseball

This one was an obvious idea. The January exchange was -for me- one more stage in the effort to clear out excess stamps. Having only one or two of a particular stamp left is not the best way for me to come up with good ideas. I do much better when I have at least 10 opportunities to develop an idea.

I had penciled the baseballs without a good idea of how to finish them. If I had it to do over, I would have convinced my uber-lazy self to get out of my chair and take the two steps to the drawer where I have circle templates.

Obviously I have to add the address - maybe I will think of something to make this a bit better.

And to be even more honest about how lazy I am - my chair is on wheels - so I could just roll over there. Too bad there is not an olympics of lazy - I'm sure I could medal.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Lost Postcard Project

On December 10th, there was a comment left on one of my blog entries. Clicking on the person who left the comment brought me to this postcard and her Lost Postcard Project.

It's a very fun project and if you are in need of a lead for surfing - head on over to her blog and read all about it.

I love art done by future adults. Especially those who love white space as much as I do.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Volleyball and Hearts to Maggie

January exchange envelopes were a hodgepodge of using up orphan stamps and pondering valentines. I never get things organized to post some good ideas for holidays - right before the holiday. Any doo-dad could be sprinkled along one end of an envelope and there are tons of ways to make borders for stamps. I'm pretty sure I added more hearts in tiny black on this one.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Jackie Landscape No. 6

This is the last in the series. I hope it inspires some of you to do something similar. I hope I remember to click on my own note-to-self and give this arrangement a try.

I wonder what would happen if we all used the same envelope for inspiration on the next exchange. Good idea? or Bad idea? Obviously, we would make it optional.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March Exchange Sign-up - Dangles

My January envelopes in progress.
Sign-up for the March Exchange starts today and ends on March 4th.
Regular exchangers: I need all your info typed out - please do not send me an email that says "I'm in." I have been making this request down in the body of the sign up posts - but I don't think regular exchangers are reading the entire post because they have read it so many times. I know I wouldn't keep reading each month.
But, it is too hard fo me to dig through my old files to find your addresses. Thanks

Beginners are welcome. You will get a list of 4-5-or-6 people to send envelopes to. One of them may be out of the US and international mail requires $1.15 postage.

No theme, any medium, digital is welcome. Collage is welcome. Enclosures are optional. This is an envelope exchange.
Please put your return address on the back and write OPEN if there is an enclosure or EMPTY if there is none. It is also nice to write March.PTEX on the back of the envelope for those who may participate in more than one exchange. PTEX stands for Pushing the Envelopes Exchange.

To sign up -even if you have signed up many times- I need the following information typed.
Your email

Non-US exchangers - please follow the format that your postal system prefers.

Email the above information to me at;
jmwilson411 (at) yahoo (dot) com

If you are having a birthday in March, let me know. Exchangers have the option to send a birthday themed envelope.
If you are agreeable to be on two lists, let me know. It is nice to have a few people willing to do ten envelopes in order to make all the lists come out even.

Deadline to sign up is March 4. Lists will be sent on Mar 5th or 6th. Please get your envelopes in the mail by March 31st. If you are going to be late, please email the people on your list so that we know your envelope will be late.

Any questions - email me.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Snowflakes (3) - Dec Exchange

One of our newer exchangers who found the exchange through a class I co-taught last fall sent an envelope with snowflakes. It is good for students to participate in group critique and we learn a lot by critiquing all the mail that comes in from exchangers. Nobody hears what we say, so we don't have to worry about hurting any feelings.

Two students in the class had joined the exchange, and they were very good sports about hearing our comments. My first question about her snowflakes was, "Did you turn the paper as you drew the details?" One of my best tips for flowers, snowflakes, or any symmetrical design is to turn the page so that your hand is making the exact same motion - in all six directions. At first, it seems tedious - but as you see the lovely symmetrical image appear you usually enjoy the look and appreciate that it might have taken an extra 60 seconds - but it was worth it.

I work really fast and am not too careful with the strokes. You can see a lot of asymmetry.  The minor differences don't really bother me. I'm pretty emphatic that the gestural portion of the image is what matters. Just my opinion.

Here are a couple more. I think the lavender envelope above is my favorite. But I only had one. The ones below are those truly nasty shimmer envelopes. I have literally hundreds of them left over from a job and will spend the next few months trying to make friends with them. Paint pens are nice. But I struggle with finding something tiny that will stick. Even permanent markers rub right off. I learned that the hard way. Grrrrrr. You may be able to see that I had to resort to strips of clear tape on these to protect the addresses. Grrrrrrrr.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Gold Experiment to Chuck

Here is one that did not get much attention after I did the lettering. I guess when I have Grant Wood as my co-pilot, I don't feel the need to add much. I've hoarded these stamps for a long time - and it's like sending my baby off to college.

Morning edit - which means I am editing my blurb in real time. When I checked the blog this morning , the first thing I noticed was that the letters need a little drop shadow. Not a hard line - just a soft smudge....

Monday, February 26, 2018

Patty - First Time Exchanger

I met Patty in one of my classes and she dove right in to the exchange. In September we had 10 people on the waiting list for the next class which would start in January, so I suggested adding a second fall session, which filled and Patty took that one too. I brought this envelope in for show and tell to let the new batch of students know about the exchange. They ooohed and ahhhhed over this one - and then I told them that it was done by a fellow classmate who had only had one 6 week class. They were impressed. I think Patty enjoyed the oohs and ahhs. It's fun to hear unsolicited compliments.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Anything Goes to Amber

I was mistaken back in January when I said I only did one in this series on gray. I found another one. It was towards the end, after I ran out of Paul Newman stamps. This might have been the very last one. It certainly has the most details layered on the top.

I often say that there is an arc to doing a series. I start out with some ho-hum, then I hit a groove, then I fall off. That did not happen with this series. I remember when I got to this one that I really wanted to just keep going. I didn't - and now I wonder where I would have gone.....

That middle stamp bugs the heck out of me. I should send Amber another lace stamp to cover up the center stamp. I wonder what this one looked like after it went through the cancelling process. I wonder if it would have been better to turn the middle stamp a quarter turn so that it was more symmetrical.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

And the survey says......

I love drawing the pencil letters. For some reason, I had left the crossbar off the A and was going to send it that way. Then, in looking for a stamp, I thought the colors of the Hanukkah stamp were nice and decided to add that little bit of purple. If I had it to do over, I would have put her last name on the crayon.
14 people responded to the survey and it was a treat to read all the things they had to say about their journeys. Link to the survey, in case you don't know what I am talking about:


Rather than posting the responses on this blog, I have started a new blog that will be for conversations about the journey. Whenever I add anything to the new blog, I will link to it here. So, if you are a regular reader, you don't have to keep checking the other blog. I have no idea how often I will post over there.

The new blog will probably not have artwork with every post. It will be for the wordier topics.

Pushing the Envelopes began as a way to stay in touch with my students. The new blog will be a place to post all the funny/interesting/uplifting stories about the students and students may post all their stories about me. Other topics are also long as they are art or mail related.

Here is the new blog:

And thanks again to the people who responded to the survey.
It was one of my better ideas, if I do say so myself.
Other perspectives are so interesting - and helpful to me as a teacher.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Bonus Post - Follow-up to my rant about scientists

Regular daily post is below this one.

On Jan 19 of this year, I had a rant about how scientists were very slow to figure out that Neanderthals were not some separate, unrelated branch. It offended my inner Neanderthal because I thought, even as a teenager, that it was obvious we were related. So, I am delighted to share this update about some cave art.

Using a new and improved radioactive dating technique, researchers discovered that paintings in three different caves were created more than 64,800 years ago. That means the paintings were created 20,000 years before modern humans, or Homo sapiens, arrived in Spain, according to a study published today in the journal Science. The discovery makes these the oldest examples of cave paintings in the world and the first to be attributed to Neanderthals.

One of the points I try to make in all of my classes is that the urge to make art is primal. If you take a yard stick and put 2018 at one end and 64,000 years ago at the other end - all of recorded history is in the first two inches on the yard stick. That makes 2-inches where we have some recorded information and then 34-inches where life was fairly primitive. So, think about life in the caves. No supermarkets, no fridge, no Monopoly, no LLBean. But they did manage to decorate the walls. I'm guessing they had some singing and dancing and skits, but they forgot to charge their phones and post any recordings on YouTube - so the only records we have are on the walls. I guess they find a few beads. I just checked and it seems that the oldest beads are 100,000 years old. So, it's safe to assume that the urge to decorate goes back at least 2 yard sticks. [Shout out to MBT: make-up artists probably predate the bead makers and interior designers.]

If you haven't seen it, Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a wonderful film about France's Chauvet Cave.

The point is this - if you are drawn to making art - and we need to include all the arts - embrace it as a primal urge and don't let anyone tell you that it is *just* a hobby or a simple pastime. Enjoy that time you spend puttering and acknowledge that it is an essential part of daily life.
Old beads.

Maggie and Bug - Exchangers

Maggie sent these leaves in October but the envelope does not scream fall. Ginko trees are so different. They turn bright yellow and then drop all their leaves in a couple hours. I am writing this on Nov 5th and the ginko next door just dropped all its leaves before they turned yellow. We had a sudden drop in the temperature and the tree just dropped them green.

Below are some birds sitting in a cartoon tree - from Bug.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

From Lynne or Maggie?

A Westchester postmark means this is from Maggie or Lynne. It is Feb 21st. I can only find the scan. If I find the envelope, before October, I will update this post.

Both Maggie and Lynne do really nice envelopes. I'm guessing one of them will recognize their witch hat and let me know.

Shout out to the Westchester regional airport. It is on my list of top two favorite airports. Santa Fe is my other favorite airport. Maybe I will put O'Hare on the list. Nobody likes O'Hare - and so far, I have not had anything really wretched happen to me at O'Hare.

Bonus Post - Pigeon Mail

The regular daily post is right below.

This article about pigeons delivering mail is worth including. I have a couple other postal related items. I wish I would have had postal history as a weekly or bi-weekly event.

Pigeon Mail

And such a pretty stamp. Technically, they are different from government issued stamps as there were 2 companies who were running the service.

There is a link in the Smithsonian article to a listing of the value of the stamps. I also found this:

This stamp was issued by "The Great Barrier Pigeongram Agency" on 11 July 1899. Catalogue value is put at NZ$300 or about US$220 at today's going rate. They are found on eBay occasionally and sell for much less! but sometimes over US$100. If this stamp was still on its "Flimsy" i.e. the thin piece of paper the letter was written on it would have a catalogue value of NZ$5,000!

The first company to issue stamps (19 November 1898) and run the service was "The Original Great Barrier Pigeongram Service." These stamps were rectangle. The other company was the "Marotiri Copper Mine." 24 August 1899 which had their name overprinted on the first issue and then designed their own stamp. 

Used stamps vary in catalogue value from $300 to $10,000 and flimsies up to $50,000. These are very collectable

To Connie - Odd Snow - Links to Famous Scribes

This is a mishmash.

The snow should have been up in the air.

The mounds of snow on the ground should not have been black.

I must have put this inside another envelope....

I do like the little houses....
and would like to do some better versions of this. And I like the border.

I'm 99% sure this idea came off Pinterest.


On Monday I had a story about my brush with a famous calligrapher. Here is another one. At one of the Ohio conferences, there was some confusion about where exactly breakfast was being served. I had driven to one location. Famous Jean Larcher and famous Denis Brown were standing there looking annoyed because they had walked a fair distance. I said, "I have my car here and would be happy to give you a ride." They were happy to pile into my car. Denis had a girl friend along. They were in the back seat. There I was, Jean Larcher riding shotgun. I still get all twitter-pated thinking about it. I couldn't engage in any conversation. I was nervous about making some really dumb driving error.

In case you are new to calligraphy, you should know that most of the rock stars teach and it's pretty easy to spend a week in a class with them. Denis turns 50 this year - so he will be around for a while. He also has online classes. Sadly, Jean passed away in 2015. But there is still a ton of great work on the internet and I have an envelope addressed by him.

Jean Larcher

Denis Brown

I had not surfed around Denis's site for a while.
There is a section about a book project that he was involved in - and the book sold for $1-million dollars. I don't know what kind of dollars....but I'm thinking it wasn't Monopoly money.

The Great Book of Ireland

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Winter-ish to Rachael

I fully intended to do all of my December exchange envelopes like this - but I did not. Instead I did the most bizarre and random set of envelopes. It had to do with my state-of-mind at the moment. There had been a string of unexpected events.

Lesson for today:
Don't be bothered with adhering to a plan. Everything that is just around the corner has little or no interest in your plans. Better to just wait and see what's going on and have a variety of tools on hand. Then wear a helmet and dive in. Or fling yourself on your back and make snow angels. I suppose you could make dirt angels if you don't have snow. I think I need to open a *help desk.* Like Lucy's.

Seriously, here's a lesson.
Just because some of the letters have a bold stroke, not ALL of the letters need a bold stroke. I guarantee this would not be as pretty if there were 7 bold strokes. Or maybe someone wants to try it and prove me wrong. I'm sure I could prove myself wrong. I guess the lesson is to not be too wedded to same-same-same.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Connie & Sara - Canada & Mexico

Adorable script
This one made it all the way from Canada without any postmark.

Below is an envelope from Sara - in Mexico. And below that, another one from Connie.

I will be posting the responses I received to the survey - asking people to reflect on their relationship with lettering and calligraphy. There are some really interesting responses. This will be the last reminder to respond and I will post the responses by the end of the month. I have to decide where to put them so they don't get lost in the daily stack of posts.

Adorable printing.

Adorable script and printing.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Purple Calligraphy Stamps to Tina + Donald Jackson Video

Super hard to part with these stamps.

Simple colored pencil Romans.

I have not done much study of Romans. They are beautiful....and deserve more attention...maybe someday....if any beginners care to listen to my good advice - it would be to take some time and really learn your Romans.

Also, I ran across these two videos by Donald Jackson. I have not watched them yet - but I'm guessing they are interesting, if you are curious about the history of writing.

My brush with the famous Donald Jackson. We were walking in opposite directions at the international calligraphy conference in St. Louis where he announced his St. John's Bible project. There weren't any other people around. I thought -- oh, oh, oh, this is my one chance to shake his hand - so I could say one day, "I shook Donald Jackson's hand." But, I thought that sounded lame. So I just smiled and nodded and he smiled and nodded. I think I heard his thoughts spilling out of his ear. I think he was thinking, "I'm glad that housewife from Iowa didn't ask me to touch her hand."

History of Writing

above - parts 1 and 2
below - part 3 and 4

History of Writing (second hr)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Spencerian Envelope Addressing - JFK

This is an example of Kathy Saunders' writing. It'a more copperplate than Spencerian. She's a long time member of IAMPETH. You may see more of her work here:

Kathy's Website

I chose this example to illustrate the link to an article about an envelope addresser who was timed at 20 seconds per envelope.

If you do the math on the claim of doing 10,000 envelopes in 40 days at 18 hours per day -- that would allow 4 minutes per envelope - and she certainly went faster than that.

It comes to 250 envelopes per day - and I know I have done that many. I would not want to do it 40 days in a row. But, I can see how it is possible.

The envelopes were for JFK's inauguration.
Fascinating for those of you who address envelopes.

Spencerian envelopes

So far I have 5 people who have responded to the survey - and the answers are very interesting. There are some strong similarities as well as some differences. I'll wait a bit to see if any more come in and then post all of them.

In case you missed it - the survey is here:

Saturday, February 17, 2018

hApPy bIRtHdAy to the BLOG - 8 years old

Oh, to be 8. I'll try to dig out a picture of me at 8. That was the year we moved from a little town on the Mississippi River (Winona) to the big city (St. Paul - not to be confused with Minneapolis). I think I was still in a good mood back then.

On this envelope, I wrote INTA. Then, somewhere before I got to SWEET, there was a spelling error, so I turned it into SWEET. I wish I had made the second INTA larger. I think these were really nice envelopes and I did not want to waste any of them. And I figured anyone who lives in the Netherlands must love sweets - and I love to draw candy. Plus, the colorful circular stamps seemed fun. Pretty random.

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my third off-spring, Hunter. He turns 30 today. Three kids - all in their 30's. Way better than having 3 teenagers, eh?

Friday, February 16, 2018

Jackie Landscape No. 5 + SURVEY QUESTIONS

The last 2 envelopes in this series do look like landscapes. I have forgotten to mention Jackie's nicely lettered addresses. I am not sure what style I would call her caps. They are very stylish. Reminder to my students to work on your simple manuscript lettering. Hopefully you can see how the loveliness of the lettering is a huge part of the success of this envelope.


If any of my readers have time - please copy and paste this list of questions into an email - and send your responses to me at
jmwilson 411 (at) yahoo [dot] com
Feel free to add details and stories to any question that triggers either the joy or anguish associated with writing. THERE IS NO DEADLINE FOR SENDING IN THE SURVEY. IF IT IS 2025 AND YOU JUST FOUND THE SURVEY - GO AHEAD AND SEND IN YOUR ANSWERS. IF I AM STILL ALIVE, I'LL ADD IT TO THE LIST -


For anyone who is not familiar with my personal definition of penmanship, calligraphy, lettering - for the purposes of this survey, this is my definition:

Penmanship is your printing or script that you use for everyday writing with regular pens or pencils and there is little or no variation in thicks and thins (called mono-line) - unless you use a brush tip.

Calligraphy is when you head into the territory of changing your penmanship to reflect something very specific. It may range from very traditional to very contemporary - but the contemporary has some relationship to a traditional style. While it may be done with a mono-line pen, it is often done with ink and nibs - either broad edge nibs or pointed nibs.

Lettering is everything else. I seldom put scripts into the lettering category. To me lettering is often based on fonts or very unusual ways of constructing an alphabet.

Writing - If those three categories are too confusing - you may just talk about your relationship with writing.

 The questions:

Do you recall being interested in the alphabet at an early age, if so what age?
Do you recall being interested in penmanship at an early age, if so what age?
Do you recall being interested in calligraphy at an early age, if so what age?
Was there a person or a book you ran across that had a big influence on your path?
Did you discover lettering/penmanship/calligraphy at a much later age?

What do you enjoy most about writing?
What do you find most frustrating about writing?
Do you have a specific goal?
Can you describe any ah-ha moment where you discovered something that really helped with your journey?

If you have taken classes, do you recall why you signed up for your first class?
Have your classes met or exceeded your expectations?
Do you think we all start with equal potential?
Why do you think some people catch on faster than others?
Is anyone truly *hopeless* (at improving their penmanship)?

US Postage Rate Went up to 50-cents for 1 oz

Unrelated visual. Unrelated to postage. The comment does relate to my dis-interest in the Olympics. I admire people who are obsessed at that level. I can relate to being obsessed at that level. But, every single activity just looks like increasing your odds of being injured.

Alert pen pal Jeri alerted me to the raise in postal rates.

Some went up Jan 21st.

I think I sent some exchange envelopes with only 49-cents.

This is just another reason to get rid of all my vintage stamps and stick with the forevers.

It looks like international - 1-oz - is still $1.15
Postcards went up to 35-cents.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Jackie Landscape No. 4

OK - this one is the least landscape-y of the entire group but it is one of my favorites.