Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
[time passes - jean continues to review posts she wrote in december and scheduled to appear daily thru the month of jan and half of feb]
Monday, January 28, 2013
[time passes - jean reviews her prewritten posts - she has time to google *stick figures* and is pleased to announce that yes, indeed, there are a multitude of swipe-worthy stick figures.]
Sunday, January 27, 2013
i think i have to label this one, not-easy. i have a lot of styles that i love that are very easy. this one, i have no idea how i would teach someone to write this way. it is my best example of what you can do if you write one name 50 or 60 times.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
1999 Graceful Envelope - the theme was "The Beauty in Nature." I chose to approach the theme from a conservation point of view, and used a paper bag for the envelope. I simply cut open a regular envelope and use it as my pattern to cut out the paper bag.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
this would have been a fun holiday envelope. nd it would have looked nice with the black and white miles davis and edith piaf stamps. or, i can picture the black and white drawing on gray of something less dramatic.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
Sunday, January 20, 2013
like....what does she do with
South Weymouth, Massachusetts?
etiquette requires that the states be spelled out....
Saturday, January 19, 2013
i like the idea of the small words ahead of the main word and then small words again...
and the first large initial cap sticking out a little to the left.
there is a nice arrangement to the words that should be noted for future reference.
Friday, January 18, 2013
i guess i could mention the S in wilson. i see a lot of bad S shapes. sometimes it works to just let it hang down below the line. trying to keep it all tucked in can make it too scrunched. the S is frequently an odd-ball letter. most letters are squarish (HTEFL) or they have some angles (MWNVXY) or they are roundish (OGQCD) but S has a whole back and forth thing going on and if the top and bottom have hooks or if the overall shape doesn't relate to any of the other letters, it can be unsightly. it is counter-intuitive to make it drop down like that, but i rather like it and i see it done by people who are ten-times better at lettering than i am. so there.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
i know carol wants to inspire people to enter the contest, but with examples like this....we might be making it look like it is a contest for only the very best calligraphers. while masterful calligraphy will catch the judges attention, they do choose envelopes done by beginners who have a very good idea.
check out the past winners and you will see what i mean....
or...click on the label *graceful envelope* and you will see several of my entries that were accepted and the lettering is nowhere near the skill level of carol's.
Monday, January 14, 2013
those fun hearts again...quick and easy.
i like the way the Ls line up
and the way the two names fit together.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
her website mentions that she has been promoting calligraphy for 55 years. so, there is a lot of experience behind this particular envelope. in some ways, it is very simple and straight forward. we could spend a lot of time looking at how the elements fit together.
i always like tight-fitting elements and overlapping and this carol's writing overlaps the stamp, which looks great. however, i will mention that i have had postal workers tell me that they will not accept stamps with writing on them. this one went through fine and there might be postal workers who would not object, but, be prepared if you decide to overlap the stamp with writing.
again... every postal worker will have a different opinion on what you can do and can't do. please do not quote me or consider me an authority on postal regulations.... i just pass along things that have been said to me directly. if i don't like what i hear, i just go to a different post office. with regard to putting the stamp anywhere other than the upper right corner, i have had very polite postal workers warn me that i am not in compliance with their *rules.* i put on my wide-eyed *who knew?* expression and nod my head that i understand the rules....then....as i walk away...the little devil that resides on my non-jiminy cricket shoulder says: they need your business more than they need the stamp in the upper right corner.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Monday, January 7, 2013
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
read all about the contest at the link above. the theme for 2013 is *A World of Change*
the theme in 2002 was *The Written Word* - so carol wrote the word *words* a gazillion times. you could adopt this idea for an envelope by writing the person's name over and over and then applying stamps and a mailing label.
When you write the word "words" over and over without spacing it begins to read "word sword word sword" which is a fun play on the quote: The pen is mightier than the sword. I don't know if anyone catches that trick…but it was fun for me to employ it on this entry.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
but, you are going to need to know how to draw a little bit.
you could take a photograph and trace over it.
you can also take photos and plug them into the newest version of Word.
it has a feature where you can convert a photo to a line sketch
then you could print it out and color it in.
first you have to move into a brownstone.
no you don't
this would look just fine with any kind of house
actually, this is two envelopes
which is a second stealworthy idea.
make a set of envelopes that -when combined-
create a much larger picture