Sunday, September 30, 2012
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
here is a teaser for a whole series that will start in a few days. jeri let me borrow and scan a whole stack of her envelopes. this one says *jeri* if you look closely. it was done by her sister.
i decided to add an envelope, rather than replace the dreadful one above because i like that madonna stamp a lot.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
i had so much fun coordinating stamps with the designs. i'm sure i have said this before, my dream job would be sitting in a booth outside the greeting card store and doing custom envelopes to go with cards. i guess i could just set up in the card aisle at the grocery store. then, when i was hungry, i could barter my services for food.
and the grocery store devotes one side of an entire aisle to cards. doesn't that seem like a huge amount of space? i wonder if anyone can find out how much money is made in the card aisle. i already know that cosmetics are by far and away the most lucrative department in any department store. maybe the card aisle is the most lucrative aisle in the grocery store. help me out here, readers....please research and let me know.
did not want to waste the envelope.
scribbled out something and wrote her name on top.
i honestly hope i find time to replace this...
but, if not...there will be something better tomorrow.
the notes tucked inside are just as goofy as the envelopes....
Saturday, September 22, 2012
this has nothing to do with lettering. but, there isn't much to say about this envelope....just one of the many i sent to ellen in chicago. i like the square *o* in wilson that is standing on a corner. i like the way it repeats the stamp shape standing on its corner. it would have been fun to have the openings on the E and W, squares, standing on their corners, but that would have taken time and precision...
Friday, September 21, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
swipe-worthy feature: the red shading on the address. he did not take time to really fill in the land and sky. the shading is sufficient.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
notice where the letters touch and where they do not touch. it looks so much better to have some of the letters touching, when you are making the name into an element. but, there are times when you have to leave some space or you mess up the legibility.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
another very nice cancelling job by the PO.
i love how they lined the circle up with the margin on the address.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
i hope my blackletter student is remembering to check the blog. we were talking about how to do this style and i could not find a good example. not that this is the finest lettering, but the idea of doing chunky blackletter in a delicate pastel is something i think works very nicely on envelopes.
using your guidelines as a design element is a fabulous idea. it is one started by people who wrote books for a living in a scriptorium. apparently they charged extra to draw guide lines, so their clients would like to have the guidelines left on the page to let everyone know that they paid extra for the straight lines. that is what i have heard. it may be an urban legend. or maybe there is a different name for urban legends from the middle ages.
that green is not the best color.... i probably did the envelope before i found a stamp.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
then....the way the address is done in script. ugh-mo.
it should have been block lettering that looked more like the HOUDINI, only tiny.
the postmark is distracting, the way it hits the corner of the rectangle, but i like the venetian blind over harry's face. and the placement of the large rectangle is way off. it would have taken a lot of planning to get this one right. many of the envelopes to ellen were done in haste and with the knowledge that she would not be nit-picking at the design.
Friday, September 7, 2012
design tip: you do not need to be literal and draw apple shaped letters. if it's red and has a leaf, it's an apple.
yesterday, i said these were from college days. this one was her first apt after college. so, i guess these will just be the chicago years.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
this idea came from the stamp, but you could use it any time you wanted to practice your penmanship. just fill the envelope by writing the address over and over in a light shade. then write the address one more time in a dark shade.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
we will continue to have one international envelope per week, usually on tuesday or wednesday.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
the second N was all blobby. i tried to clear it out with an Xacto knife.