Friday, June 29, 2012
forcing myself to find something nice to say about these two. i guess i like the way the bowl on the R is not closed in the bottom example.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
very pretty stamp. this is just a picture of the stamp. i did not actually buy any of these. they make more stamps than i can use...so, i do not get to buy all of them. you'd think the p.o. would send me a complimentary sheet of every stamp they produce...just to encourage me to keep up the blog.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
i found it on this page.
treat yourself to some free art history lessons and read all about matisse and click on every single link
and read all that, too. then go scribble some bright yellow flowers on an envelope and mail it to someone.
design lesson from matisse: fill up all the space. i was never a huge fan of matisse and it is probably because he did not leave a lot of white space. but, that is part of understanding design...
and then i look at the details of things like his stars and centers of the flowers
most of them are made with 4 lines, creating 8 spokes.
one has 3 lines and 6 spokes
and one has 5
is this important?
and checkout the number of petals on the flowers, 4, 5, and 6
does it matter?
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
not the best stamp to go with that lettering... that old geometric love stamp would have been better...but, this is one of my quick ones, so i'll let it go. again, wish i had all day to play. and wish i had a complete set of colors in both the dry broad edge and the glaze pens....
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
the style of the lettering doesn't really go with the stamp. but, it doesn't exactly clash. i'd like to think of one more thing to do to this one. it needs a pop somewhere. maybe it just needs the yellow-gold lettering beefed up.
i think this will take you to a post where he lists 4 people and if you click on their names, you will go to some groupings. again... some images are fun, but others are adult, so you have been warned.
this one is actually hexagonal. he has written a book on perspective. and is working on another one.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
this is the blog and there are lots of good envelopes. some so-so ones as well.
can anyone figure out the words in the picture on the right?
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
below is a second post that popped up in the middle of sunday because i forgot to set the schedule button. so, scroll down if you didn't see two envelopes (and two postcards) yesterday.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
on top is an envelope from 2003 from ann van tassell. i do not know what that style of lettering is called. i love how it is spooky. and audrey is looking a little nervous.
below are two of my favorite postcards. one from a person who has what she calls a *sifting room* where she sifts through things and decides what can be kept and what needs to go....i'm trying to decide how many things i can keep by scanning...
the other postcard is from a fellow gorey-afficianado.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
this one from belgium has the swipe-worthy idea of putting the stamps on in a grid and then using those 4 spaces wisely. it helps that the stamps come to the edge of the envelope. you would need to construct a custom envelope if you did not have one that worked with the size of the stamps.
found on this blog
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
this just in: my mom was reading the blog and she does not like it that i am so critical of some of the envelopes. i tried to explain that this is an educational blog and that part of making better envelopes is being truthful about the flaws. she did not agree or understand. but, i thought i should mention this in case there are others who do not understand why i point out the flaws. i guess i could balance the remarks by including what i do like. i love the way the R and A in frances overlap. i could have a lot of fun with that name if i did not have to eat, sleep, and do chores.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
that is glaze pen over the top (the last name)
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
this person has over a thousand images on their flickr file. i did not look to see if any of them are envelopes.
oh...i love the idea of writing *mail art* in the corner to explain why the envelope is not a plain envelope. another swipe worthy idea. i might consider doing that when i don't put the stamp in the upper right corner.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
yesterday i was talking about liking to do three things. this is an example where two was enough and i never would have considered adding any more. unless i did not like the overlap of the green marker. i can see adding green tone-on-tone squares.
tried and true design rule: return to a unit you already have.
repeat that square. (and it does not have to be obvious...when you are thinking...gee, does this need something else? look at what it already has and use that)