Thursday, February 26, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
i had a bride show up with sparkle paper envelopes and hoping to find purple ink that would stick to it. no luck. she is going to get her save-the-dates addressed with a purple sharpie.
after testing about a dozen purple inks, i was starting to like the look of dissolved ink. this was a tul pen. i get them at office-max-depot. they are very nice pens. the navy, dark green and burgundy are very nice if you need to match those colors and want to use a regular pen.
the address line will be tiny between the two big lines but i will not smear it. and it will be green because all the love stamps have a touch of green.
Monday, February 23, 2015
and the white *shadow* on the address was a good way to make that lettering pop out against the background. i can tell that the gray was an essential part of giving some dimension to the branches, but, then the brown lettering probably looked a little muddy over the top. very nice.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
i am going through all my markers an pens and testing them to weed out the dry ones.
a fun holiday envelope from ann-margret will show up in a few weeks. my incoming mail got way ahead of my outgoing mail. and i am alternating daily between my envelopes and those i receive.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
and the way the postmark adds some snowflakes on the left is cool.
looks like cola pen writing to me
and the little fine lines tie everything together nicely.
Friday, February 20, 2015
in a crazed state of mind, i started stealing ideas without considering the stamps. after i found the snow angel, i wished i had made the e by looping a scarf. too late. desk cleaning frenzy continues.
address line will be a tidy block toward the right margin. at about the level of the bird's knees.
after i posted the top left image, i added the jim and caroline, but now i can't arrange this page, so i am just leaving the previous scan in....
Thursday, February 19, 2015
either way, thank you nonnie
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
i am thrilled to know that the USPS is appreciating mail art.
and here is a link to some more mail art http://anothertheletter.tumblr.com/
there is something interesting about that hunk of black and the white triangle.
i want to tip it to the right a little and make it into an envelope behind the lady....
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
but enclosed in this envelope are
new deadline - april 15, 2015
Sunday, February 15, 2015
i wonder if the club will ever go viral and if i will ever reach a tipping point where i am getting more mail than what i can respond to.
also, question for jill:
is there significance to the cuckoo clock?
not that i am sensitive about being cuckoo...just wondering.
thanks jill, i know there will be stealing of this idea.
thank you elena
scribbles and dots...they look great with that stamp.
i'm trying to think of a way to morph this into another holiday....
or, if i was smart, i'd just start my holiday cards NOW.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
i will write the address, tiny on the cards and sure hope it arrives.
Friday, February 13, 2015
i bumped today's scheduled post to insert this one. it arrived from the netherlands. anna saw one of my envelopes on pinterest and decided to mail me a surprise letter. she didn't say anything about my blog, so i have to respond by snail mail and warn her that i put her envelope on the blog. i hope that's ok with her, if not, i can take it down. she must have seen one of the old envelopes from my studio days at 430. i changed it to 420. someday i need to obliterate all the 430s, but there are so many on pinterest...there will always be 430s out there.
here is the cool part. my mailman knew to give it to me. isn't that nice? feb 4th was letter carrier appreciation day. i need to send a belated thank you.
thank you anna - there are several ideas on this envelope to inspire both my readers and myself.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
they have some styles of penmanship that you may choose. or you may send your own handwriting and they will make it into a font.
you may then type in messages to people and the robot will write your message using a real pen and they will mail the letter/note for you.
and the price is very reasonable - $2.99US.
of course, any handwriting turned into a font still lacks the variety in characters that makes real handwriting look real. it would be fun to know if they make a go of it. i'm thinking i should start a service where people call me and dictate over the phone and i do an actual letter and drop it in the mail.
it does bother me that they have this nice bit of handwriting in a very prominent place - implying that they will send a letter that looks like this. this is very pretty....but it is not done by a robot.
should i contact the company and suggest to them that they are misleading their customers?
this is what the robot writing looks like:
the new envelope for today is in a post below.
so...there is one more. the book of stamps came with several little red wax seal stickers. of course, i can't find them at the moment
so...some day, they will turn up and maybe i will have a brain storm that will compensate for the dullness of the potter series.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
i am bummed that i do not have any of these stamps left. i had several envelope ideas that i really liked, but not this one...so, i will be looking for opportunities to steal this idea and apply it to another stamp. but, i doubt i can top this.
(no doubt she is named for the city of florence, one of those cities that continues to be a great source of inspiration to artists)
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
the top one is just loose loopy silver gel pen script with the counters filled in with colored pencil.
the scarf name is just a very quick and sketchy impression of the scarf.
i wish i would have used bleach, in a spray bottle, to make speckles coming out of the wand. bleach on black paper is a very cool technique.