Friday, May 31, 2013
they did one to commemorate 9-11
and in 1949 (?) there was one to commemorate volunteer firefighters. but other than that, firefighters seem to be really neglected. and then i checked on policemen...and there are a couple. take a bite out of crime and law and order....neither focus on the people who do the work...
i don't really have time to start another campaign. but i think someone needs to alert the panel that chooses themes for stamps that policemen and firemen and firewomen and policewomen need commemoration on stamps.
maybe there are some that i missed...so, if anyone has seem them, please let me know and i will edit my post.
(second post for the day is below)
i used the big-brush faber-castell marker for the name and my little gray g-tec for the little lettering.
i wonder if she actually took time to sit and draw in london or if she took pre-drawn envelopes.
maybe she will tell us...
Thursday, May 30, 2013
and here is a link to jeri's website
where you may see some of her other entries
and this is the second post today, so be sure to check the post below. :-)
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
congratulations jeri. :-)
it's a 3 post day and it is only 5:30 a.m.
don't miss the two posts below this one.
her is a link to jeri's website where you can see some of her other envelopes
and i have to decide about the two leaves on the A. should they be the same? is one better than the other? should the lightness to darkness be a gradation? it was a stroke of luck that i found a stamp that looked nice with the colors. its difficult having such limited colors with G-Tecs and i am still bummed that they have discontinued colors. that just seems like some kind of torture. why would they do that? get us addicted and then deny us. is it part of a larger plot? i have a sci-fi book or movie percolating here.
if smash wants to send a photo of it, i will post her photo.
alyce's looks better with three lines.
thanks alyce !!!
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
i have no idea where this is going.
check below for the other post today.
i have alway liked chuck's use of dots. but then i never met a dot i didn't like.
Monday, May 27, 2013
here is a good talk on embracing the *problems*
which is what i will need to do here.
and she did this way before i was on this flower kick
so, clearly, it was stealworthy.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
look below for the official post for today.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
these are all G-Tec. except the yellow centers of the flowers are a fat ZIG writer tip. any bullet tipped marker would work or you could draw a circle or there are 17 other ways to make the centers of flowers.
i did not think too hard about where the centers were. then i wrote the letters around each dot.
the addresses will maybe float in the air or go over the stems.
here is a little work in progress
Friday, May 24, 2013
if you click on it and look closely, you will see that it is sloppy. i was experimenting.
and trying some new brushes. i am a big fan of the windsor newton series 7 brushes. they are expensive. i tried the windsor newton sceptre gold II
and.. i was not disappointed. i still think series 7 are better, but, students aren't always eager to buy the most expensive supplies.
amy is getting a dee-luxe envelope because she helped me when i had the final big fat sale to empty out my studio. i am almost done with the big move and i have been scanning again. the phone photos will soon be a thing of the past.
i added some more white dots after i took this photo. and sadly, i do not have time to do a rescan. too many new ideas coming up. this one is so *last week.*
Thursday, May 23, 2013
thank you nancy :-)
for the inspiration
you need to click on the photo and enlarge it to really see the detail.
the address with be stacked on the left. i used a .25 G-Tec...
in the comments yesterday, Smash mentioned that her Crane's envelopes are not holding up with watercolor. I prefer William Arthur to Crane's and it has to be the kind used for engraving or thermo NOT letterpress. Crane's just bought Wm Arthur and I am pretty nervous that the primo William Arthur paper will be phased out. IMHO...there just isn't anything like it.
Of course, you can always buy watercolor paper and make your own envelopes...it's very easy.
Jackie: i am pretty sure you could tell the difference between my envelopes and Nancy's if you saw them in person. her colors are much brighter. mine are a bit muddy. Nancy uses more colors than i do. I think my dots around the letters look different....but she might start copying mine when she sees the one i did today (not this one - one she hasn't seen)
Nancy: i don't have any trouble with .25's clogging. but, i am vigilant about putting the caps on. i am very impressed that you have been getting such fine lines with .3s. very impressed!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
here is my thank you to jackie, done in the hillarian style. oh-my-goodness. i can't begin to tell you how ugly this one was. i did not think i could save it and then it all pulled together. so, lesson for today, don't ever give up. i was not able to fix the c. it is too small, but, i can live with one mutant per name. the space inside the a is nice and it would have been nice to have that much air between the other letters. yes, all those green blobs were added to hide the one that was an accident.
and here is a scan of the gem i posted a few days ago because scans are better than phone photos.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
and i think it is my favorite
it is pretty simple
and it probably needs more
but, i just love the way it all fits together
and looks like a greek key design
(or maybe a greek key after too much ouzo, eh?)
some day...i want to do this in a blind emboss
the address will go in tiny letters, just above canada. it was done with a navy ZIG writer and then carefully outlined with a G-Tec so that the ends and corners were squared off and crisp.
it would also look nice to move the stamp up to the corner
and stack the address in three lines, further down on the right.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
yesterday i showed the two envelopes that arrived with JEAN on one and 420 on the other and a bar code. they were inspired by the ZIP + 4 + 420 that Smash sent. there was no return snail address...so i wasn't sure we would hear from the sender. below is the transcript of the comments in case readers don't go back and look at comments:
Saturday, May 18, 2013
the message on the back says: I'll see Smash's ZIP + 4 + house
and raise her a name+IMB
Greetings from Texas....
so - here is the new
Postal Hall of Fame
this is the second post today
the post office kindly delivered it without cancelling any of the stamps.
i need to scan it and repost it so you can see it better. i did get back to scanning, so, in june, you won't have to put up with photos any more
i was stealing the ribbons and dangles from alyce.
there are just too many things going on.
first i left the t out of stella, that P is too big, the dangles are too flat. so, ignore this and enjoy the artwork from jackie...
bear with me...
re-organization and move is progressing
and some new stuff is almost ready to launch....
Friday, May 17, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
and picasa has changed so that i can no longer scroll through my 900 scans...to see what has been posted....so, here it is. and it is pretty enough to run twice. thank you jeri. she sent it to my mom at mom's new address. you are all welcome to send mail to my mom.
it is a little hard to see the street address - it is 4111
jeri used one of those double tipped nibs.
and those red birds are stealworthy!!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
i think the address belongs in that wider space between the stems.
note to ann-margret who asked what the ZIP+4 means. it is an additional 4 numbers, optional, that will route the mail to a more specific area. so, the ZIP+4 plus the house number, is technically all the information that is needed to get the mail to the house.
and note to carol and sue regarding my thoughts about my idea or an envelope where i write one name, using each and every pen and marker that i own....i think i have to do it. and yes, it will be a large envelope.
these are the faber castell brush markers that jan donated to my teaching supplies and which will probably drive me into rehab. i can't stop experimenting.
i really like those three letters that are nudging outside the lines - the T, N and Y
and the black is nice touch on the thank you.
and i like the way there are little strips of white peeking through.
they act like a highlight.
thank you for the thank you :-)
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
tomorrow, i will show one that i like a lot and it was so easy. i think jan will want them back and i suppose i can part with them, but it will be hard.
my new *thing* is going to be cross-pollinating ideas. along with eliminating all the bothersome chores to devote more time to this obsession....
the first layer is galaxy metallic marker - then some gelly roll silver and the last layer is G-Tec. the address is in pencil in case i decide to actually send this one and use her real address. i think *we* should all get post office boxes so i don't have to go through all these gyrations to post envelopes and then re-address them to mail them. but, trekking to the p.o. box would be a chore.
i love that stamp. it's interesting how some very serious stamps blend nicely with silly cartoons.
oh...i just took the time to google *robot alphabet* and there are TONS of robot alphabets. many of them are as cute as anything i could do...so, i don't think i need to spend any more time on robots. although i did not see a robot butterfly, so i might have to do that one.
Monday, May 13, 2013
the two main places for the stamp are in the crook of the J and under the crossbar of the E.
here is my reply to the envelope from smash that i showed yesterday
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
i helped design this invitation and did all the addressing for my son-in-law's sister. the top photo is a little blurry, the rectangle in the upper corner is teal. it was letterpressed. the response card had a blind embossed chevron pattern that also appeared on the envelope liner. i thought the parents of the bride would enjoy a variety of envelopes on the response cards, so i hand addressed them and tried to come up with 125 different ways to address them. but, i ran out of time and did some repeats. they did tell me that their letter carrier mentioned that he/she had really enjoyed delivering all the pretty envelopes.
stacey of PinkFineStationery did the actual design. the bride and i just offered copious suggestions.
yes, i lined the envelopes by hand
here is the link (hopefully) to the G-Tec page on John Neal's website