Monday, August 27, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
that is a good tip. too often people just trail off. it is more interesting to have a precise stop. knowing you are going to add a dot helps you stop at a good place. this is a way picky tip. if it sounds ridiculous, just ignore it. but pay attention to work that you think is really nice and see if you can see how precise the starts and stops are.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
the wed = international envelopes lined up until feb of 2013
Monday, August 20, 2012
i might be posting more things that are not envelopes. but they will be rectangles with names, so you can imagine they are an envelope. i got waaaaay behind on my blog postings...
Sunday, August 19, 2012
anyhow, marji is a powerhouse and she does some very nice italics.
this looks like walnut ink.
very nice, marji. thanks for writing out all 220 names. i feel like such a slacker for only doing 135 for your guild (those were the ccc envelopes that i have been running since january and just finished :-)
but, i had so much fun doing those that i was thinking of sending an envelope to the 220 people who attended the convention this year....except i only do fake addresses...decisions decisions. do i really want 220 more envelopes in my OWN collection.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
i like using the spaces between the letters and within the letters. sometimes the names work out perfectly. there are 7 letters in her last name. if there had been 8 or 0, i could have put the other letters right befoe the t or after the y.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
recently, i saw an article that told of some company luring her back to a job. i hope it is just part time. i suspect she was very good at her first career and probably enjoyed the work. hopefully she has been enjoying the painting, too.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
i did not have this stamp in mind when i wrote the name. but, i like how the shape of the O in monica is a little bit like the shape of the bird. and it might have been cute to put two little red hearts on top of the O, or it might have been too-sweet. i guess when i put in yellow stars, i was thinking that i did not want any more red. it is tricky to balance the letters. i do not have rules before i write. then after i write, i remember rules.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
design lesson, use your whole arm as you make letters that are this large. i guess that is not a design lesson, it is a lettering lesson. learn to move your whole arm and don't just wiggle your fingers.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
can you see how the stamp is the lady's face and the rest of her hat and body has been added.
i have had postal workers here tell me that you must never write on the stamp. so, i would be very careful about even writing this close to the stamp. it would be best to draw the image and put the stamp on top. of course this idea could occupy me for hours. something as simple as making a design where the stamp adds to the design when it is layered on top. how could i have not thought of this previously?
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
in answer to the frequently asked question...where do you get your ideas?
i just mess around stacking things and see what happens. i look for spaces.
the space between things is just as important as the things. that is pretty much a *law* not a rule.
does anyone want to debate that statement?
probably not, because as mary jones says:
that is just my opinion, but i am right.
Monday, August 6, 2012
here is something to note. with the two ascenders on l and d...they look better fanning out than they would if they were tilting towards each other. i do not think about these things when i am writing, but, after they happen, i can see that i like them better.
tilting open looks happier than tilting together. i probably do not have to think about these things now, but when i first started, i was always careful to make a couple practice names in pencil on a scrap of paper so that i knew what the overall shape of the name would be. now, i automatically *fan* out the name. although, if you are hanging from a clothesline, it will fan the opposite direction. i'll have to make some examples to show you.
the l in alicia is tilting too much for me. it is not awful, but more than i would like. when teaching, i try to remind people that less in more, subtle is better. beginners tend to put way too much tilt into their letters. they only need to be slightly off. when there is too much tilt, it becomes hard to read. and it also looks more chaotic rather than just playful.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Saturday, August 4, 2012
this is another in the finish-up-the-ccc-names. no, the po does not want the stamps down in the corner...but, as i keep saying, they better just appreciate any business that they get.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
i like this style of writing although the t-h-y in kathy has too many letters in a row that are the same height. i used the numbers for visual interest rather than draw more flowers. this is not the best of the group. might even be my least favorite.
*when i say [today] i am saying it a week ago when i saw that i only had about 7 posts lined up. i now have about 50 posts lined up and i even put in a *final* post at the end of the list of scheduled posts so that if i die in an accident or bonk my head and am in the hospital, you will know that the blog has come to an end. i did not want it to just end mysteriously without giving you some kind of explanation. i am counting on some of my followers who will probably hear about what has happened to me to post comments in the comment section so that you can learn the specific details, if you are interested. however, i would encourage you to be more interested in other things. like ...what's for supper?