Sunday, December 30, 2012
every year susan makes a very pretty card. this one was folded flat and her addressing was tiny monoline italic in red and green.
thanks, susan. i should have taken a photo of the whole tree...this is the only ornament other than the silver balls. an ornament with its very own tree.
or maybe she just doesn't like pairs. there are 5 dots in the counters, an odd number. am i over analyzing this? yes i am. and what about that grouping of dots on the far left. why are they in a flying Y?
Saturday, December 29, 2012
the black was done with a huge marker. probably prisma color with a wedge shaped nib. they are so much fun and great for making posters or signs.
Friday, December 28, 2012
i love the way the candles are in black (see the black on the stamp) and the other lines of copy are in color. while i have used this stamp many times for birthday envelopes, i do not recall ever making black candles. even though i frequently suggest using a minor color in the stamp for the major lettering. so, i think my oft-used tip is a good one. black candles ---sounds a little dark and ominous. but the slenderness and height of the candles make them very graceful and light.
thank you carol.
stay tuned for more fabulous envelopes by carol.
after i wrote the comments above, i received this email from carol and i'm sure you'll enjoy hearing the story behind this envelope.
"I waited until the day before the entries were due and just sat down and made myself come up with an idea. The theme that year was the Fifth Anniversary of the Postal Museum. So, I opened my hand (five fingers), and decided to emboss my hand behind whatever else I would do. I then found 5 ascenders in "the graceful envelope" and made them extra tall and put flames on them. I decided not to use capitals, so the ascenders would have all the attention. Then (blessings abound!) I opened my box of stamps and VOILA the Hanukkah candle stamp…so I echoed the primary colors of the candles in the address details on the envelope."
back to jean's comments:
i have to point out the part where she says she waited until the last day and then sat down and made herself come up with an idea. there are so many artists who describe that process. there is something about last minute pressure that makes a lightbulb go off over your head. procrastination can make for so much stress. but, that last minute pressure seems to be magical. so, if you are up to the last minute to do something, don't give up...just sit down and make the idea spill out on the page. i guess the sitting down part is important. if you are pacing around looking for an idea, it doesn't work. you need to be sitting there with paper and pencil.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
i really like the way the ll in ellen pops up rather high. i also like the way the lestters are touching, but not always touching at the bottom.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
here is part of what he says about decorated envelopes:
"These envelopes are almost always done with brush markers and/ or fine Zig Micron pens. I enjoy doing them because they give me a chance to experiment with lots of different styles and ideas. The color and decoration scheme usually take their cue from the card design, and the letterforms are sometimes related to the forms used on the card, if I like the style."
you may read more at his blog and also scroll through his posts and see some more artwork.
thank you ray for permission to run this image on my blog.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
i loved that little drawing that i found somewhere. i was hoping to redraw it and make it look like chuck and me....but that didn't get done either.
today's critique will point out that the ck in chuck is too large -or- the u is too small. but, ribbon writing is pretty loose, so, i won't be too hard on this one.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
ann-margret is in canada, that is a fake address. i think she watches the blog. last year i did some holiday ideas for her and i saw one name *Dana* that she wrote in a style like this. so i am just guessing how to do the other letters. my example doesn't thrill me yet, but i am going to keep working on it. and maybe Ann-Margret will tell us if there is an exemplar somewhere.
the r is too wide. see the big hunk of white space inside the r. it's not wretched, but it is a little off. anyone interested in making their lettering consistent in spacing should watch those r's.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
i do not have an exemplar, so it is an extrapolation. ann-margret had an example of it that i admired about a year ago. i wrote the black first and then used a red tombo brush marker. i will add the actual address above the city state. i might use all caps, block printing, just to mix it up a little.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
as always, jeri does a great job with the centered layout. and the dots are very nice touch.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
i'll label this one confetti, and eventually, go through all the envelopes and label more that have confetti, one of my go-to decorations.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
anyhow, it would be fun to do envelopes using lots of these ornament stamps. i didn't actually use stamps, i just ran off some color copies of the stamps. that's my curly casual penmanship with a nikko g and mcCaffery indigo ink. the envelope is a nice leftover from a william arthur job. sadly, crane's bought william arthur so this might be the end of nice paper. i try to not think about it.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
on dec 7th, i asked readers to research and find the name for that space that is surrounded by the letter c, not to be confused with a counter, which is the space surrounded by the letter o. jackie found the word, and it is aperture. now we would like to know if there is a website that has all the anatomical names of the parts of letters. thank you, jackie, for leading the research department here at the alphabetic institute.
also, kris, i responded to your question about whether or not the post office ever has issues with unconventional mail, especially when the entire address is written in one line. short answer, no, they just want it legible and level with the landscape orientation. longer answer is posted in the comment section right after your question on the catherine envelope on dec 10.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
love this one
makes me want to quilt
the black and white stamp looks great with all the colors.
(insert my standard whine about not having enough b&w stamp choices from the usps)
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
i usually don't include any personal notes on my blog, but many people who follow my blog were friends with nan and her recent passing has been heartbreaking. she was a powerhouse in the world of calligraphy and was the person who coaxed me into teaching....which led to this blog. had i not met nan, i would probably be buried in piles of unfocused practice pages. thank you nan.... the whole calligraphic community thanks you for your contributions. and we thank your family for sharing you. she was the mother superior of our internet-based scribal convent.
Monday, December 10, 2012
they seem to be young and very energetic.
the way the screen looks to me right now, i can't see the edges of the envelope.....i hope it looks ok on the actual blog. it should look like a square envelope.
oh, this lettering has no name. it is just scribbly...and what i do when the pen is fine and i want a bolder looking style of lettering, but am too lazy to look for a bolder pen.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
i have enjoyed the ornament stamps, right-side-up and up-side-down, so, i thought i would try one sideways.
now i have to try the other four ornament stamps, sideways to the left and sideways to the right. and this one looks like a spaceship, so maybe i should have some orbiting a planet.
the usps is unveiling the stamp designs for 2013. subscribe to *beyond the perf* (at usps.com) and they will send you an email every time there is a new one to view.
p.s. i just noticed that the pale blue bars of color that i put between the letters of the name, to mimic the pale blue lines on the stamp do not appear on the computer i am using. so i will try to do a better example of this one and post it fairly soon.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
love the little devils in the corner
love the lettering
love the last name on top, tiny
love the tiny dots of color in the counters
(counters is the name of the space that is surrounded by a letter and isolates it from the space on the outside of the letter...but, i forgot what the name is for the space that is only partially surrounded...like the center of a c...would someone please post that word in the comments, or send it to me and i will add it to this post...please and thank you)
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
now it is dec 3 and i am filling in and scheduling things to appear in the coming weeks. i added this one to make up for the problems with the top one i like those two stamps together. and i love making a grid into a name....
Monday, December 3, 2012
that has a loopy pattern like this. i made the envelope out of a piece of wrapping paper. it is a favorite, so, i made my own version with a dry brush and some ink. i have an odd little brush that should be pointed, but it is all fluffed out and i only use it with ink. i only dip it in about a 64th of an inch. it holds quite a bit of ink and then dispenses it nicely. it is almost like a set of multiple brushes in one holder....which is a genius idea. note to self, make a multi-brush ...call it the leeloo dallas brush. does anyone know who leeloo dallas is?
Sunday, December 2, 2012
note to my students who have studied neuland...i am pretty strict about keeping the bottom of the j square. you have to rotate the nib and you come around the curve. i approve of her nice tight letter-spacing...and the centering is good. centering is not easy.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
i pity the person who has to clean off my desk when i fall off my perch.