Tuesday, July 30, 2013
nice bounce to the letters and very skillful at a design that fills up a lot of space. i am seldom successful at filling the space. but, i like it when i see it.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
i did not have this stamp in mind. but isn't it wonderful?
(need more time)
the tape is silver tape from the hardware store that might be for taping metal ductwork or something. the hardware store has as much enticing stuff as the art supply store.
but, it is certainly easy to read.
and it is fun...very stealworthy.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
i found out that nobody had told him to use water and shaving cream. he was just scraping the whiskers off with a razor. ouch. nothing much to say about this idea...except that it does not bother me at all to make plaids without any planning whatsoever. see...i am not compulsive.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
and you need a pile of vintage stamps.
i like smash's stretched out script on the address.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
i think the pattern has potential.
it would be nice if you had the exact colors in the stamp and chose the stamp first. on this one, i just used a few of the 17 markers from jan and then went looking for a stamp.
the address would be tiny
flush left, hugging the left edge of the envelope.
i might add some g-tec layers and rescan this one if it is an improvement.
the quality of the actual lettering is supposed to be child-like. after a 5+ year haitus from teaching a summer class (5 days in a row) for non-adults, i agreed to do so this year. i am fully expecting that the kids will have some great stealworthy ideas.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
lots of funny cartoons.
kim is not kimberly
kim is a guy
so there is some locker room humor
just warning you....if you have delicate sensibilities.
they have a ton of illustrated envelopes.
this one downloaded, but the rest would not, so, you'll just have to surf on over and check them out. they list information about the envelopes as well as the prices realized.
this one went for 500 pounds, i believe....
Saturday, July 20, 2013
i have a new penpal, cathy from mississippi. you can't imagine how excited i am to send some envelopes to mississippi. cathy is the 4th person to find my blog and boldly send mail. smash was first, then finnbadger and there is a third person who did not leave a return address so i am not able to send mail. i think that person is from texas. so, my new goal is to have a penpal from every state.
wisconsin, you are overflowing with talented mail artists.
other states that are taken are, iowa, ohio, washington, new mexico, connecticut and california.
i suppose i could go through the archive [banker's boxs] and find a bunch more. do they count if i have not heard from them recently?
the address is pencil, but the zip had a layer of ink. i wonder if cathy did that or maybe someone in the postal system wanted to beef it up.
it would be fun to do a whole series of envelopes based on games.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
i have not finished the grill.
still pondering this whole idea.
i need to surf around and find some better images of kabobs.
that grill is perfect.
the asterisks with dots on the end are nice, too.
i L-O-V-E doing searches on Google Images for
anything and everything....
remember, you don't click and paste and print
you just look at the image and draw your own. or you may print them off if you need to trace the image.
remember, you may only do this for enjoyment, you may not do it to start a business.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
technically, i drew the railroad ties. the lines are the track.
[ a week later]
when i was looking for a stamp, the round one seemed nice in the circle so i change my plan.that is the forever stamp for send 1-oz anywhere in the world. it costs $1.10. that is the rate for a postcard or a 1-oz letter. and since they are now selling them as forever stamps...i wonder if this will be the only choice for a long time.
this stamp will also be enough for up to 2-oz on a letter going to canada - according to my newest penpal...stay tuned for a very fun piece of mail :-)
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
i drew the design with a very pale marker, then outlined with G-Tecs.
Monday, July 15, 2013
and while i discussed diagonals in finnbadger's...
an alert reader mentioned the diagonals in the one below.
yes...there are two elements that are tilted...
but, i would not say that it is a layout based on the diagonal.
we do tend to put stamps in corners
so the other element had to be somewhere to the left and lower.
and in some ways...that leads the eyes to the corners
but, the the whimsical tilting keeps the eye moving around.
it's hard to find good examples of the kinds of diagonals that i think
i suspect there is more going on that is hard to explain in words
as always...it is my opinion
i googled bad design
and -oh, dear- lots of examples.
this one popped out
there is a funny story
and this person wanted to illustrate *bad design*
so they put the big red header on a diagonal
so...there is at least one person who agrees with me.
full story here
as i mentioned in a previous post, i am usually not a big fan of diagonals because a lot of people will tilt their lettering because they want something *eye-catching.* well, it catches the eye, and then flings the eye off the page. diagonals are useful to show depth and motion. subtle or implied diagonals will lead the eye around the composition. if you have a nice composition with some verticals and/or some horizontals and then you slap a big bold diagonal across the whole thing, it can be very distracting. here, finnbadger embraced the diagonal, the stamp and address fits in nicely. his subtle use of the 420 placed ahead of the name is a clever homage to the block of copy that was already on the page. subtle is nice.
he also lined up the stamp and address with the left justified caption and painting below. a small touch, but essential. good design is not rocket science. it is just paying attention to the details and making the elements work together. yes, you can *catch-the-eye* with jarring elements. but, it is just as effective and might hold the viewers attention a little longer if you have some subtle connections within the elements. that is just my opinion, but i am right. (that is a quote from the illustrious mary jones, an artist. http://maryjonesart.com/ )
i made mine more S-shaped.
i haven't decided how to finish it.
choosing a stamp
would be the best way to go...
and then pulling out three colors from the stamp.
in the note in the envelope,
ruth mentioned that she did not count
the squares so that the number of squares
was divisible by three so the pattern would
come out right. i don't think it is a problem to
have the color sequence have one inconsistency.
i did look for it, because ruth mentioned it, but
i don't think i would have ever noticed it.
it is hard to decide when to be compulsive. i think the key is to be as compulsive as you like, but then, don't *fret* if things start going off in some unplanned direction. relax and enjoy the unexpected. there is nothing wrong with setting the goal of making something precise. but, if it doesn't work out...it's not a big deal.
the above comment is directed at envelopes. i am not making a broad statement. for all you neurosurgeons who are following my blog, you go right ahead and be seriously compulsive.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
i like the way the lettering goes across the white space switching from black type on white to white type on black. very good idea...would be harder to accomplish than it looks.
i am still surprised that his envelopes are only $250
Saturday, July 13, 2013
oh....FinnBadger has struck again. he is not a one-hit-wonder. you'll have to wait for me to scan it. it's very nice. i like his design sense...which is surprising, since i am not usually fond of diagonals.
Friday, July 12, 2013
very simple - elegant.
making the S's long is a very nice touch.
those cool flowers are made with a Miracle Wedge 7900 brush
available from John Neal
White House calligrapher, Pat Blair, recommends them.
I recommend them, even though I don't allow myself to have one....I get so little done even with my modest supply of supplies.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
maybe we have kindred spirits at the p.o. who like to add-and-pass.
add-and-pass is something that is done in the world of rubber stampers. they have a list of participants. one person starts something, then mails it to the next one, who adds something and passes it to the next person on the list and so on.
i will try to remember and post a sample of the stamp that needs to be on an ivory envelope. maybe there is more than one.
and yes, that bunch of growing stuff on the L is hiding the fact that i made an r after the o, because i was talking. i have a small group that meets once a week to prepare items for the blog and i am learning that i reeeeeeeeeeeeeeally can't talk and write at the same time. but i sure enjoy fixing mistakes.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
cut off the top part of the top of a file folder
write just above the edge
when you get to a letter with a descender or *tail* just skip the tail
after you complete the line, pull the envelope up and add the tails to f,g,j,p,q,y and sometimes z
you can make marks on the file folder at the top of the envelope
to keep the level of the starting line consistent.
first i drew the straight line, with a ruler. then i used the fine end of a ZIG Writer and then went over it in a few places with the bolder tip.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
but this stamp is so perfect.
guess i better hand deliver it.
but can i part with that stamp?
i'm not the only one who has trouble parting with stamps.
i guess i can cut a picture of one out of the catalog the p.o. sends me.
Monday, July 8, 2013
jenni has a good combination of letters in her name. the three iiis, the two Ls, the double n, and the w - and the e can reflect the n-shape. the odd-ball letters are the J and S at the ends...and those two letters are usually odd-balls. J goes to the left and S goes back and forth. but you can still use the same kinds of arcs you used in the e-n-w.
i never finished these - maybe i should. the point is to look at the selection of letters in the name you are writing and see what kinds of shapes you have to work with.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
i think that link will take you to the herman miller poster and a bunch more highly stealworthy ideas. remember...you may only steal them for your own enjoyment. you may not sell any design that resembles this poster or envelope.
i've only had one job, in an office, working for a boss. the boss had the whole collection of herman miller posters in the office, so it was fun to run across them again after [yikes] 34 years. time flies, but good design lasts forever. i think the set of posters looks just as fresh as it did in the 70's.
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
isn't this adorable. i hardly ever like flag stamps, but i would totally steal this idea.
smash has made comments that she thinks her names looked *tacked on* and aren't integrated into the design. this one is fine. the pale blue lettering are cloud-like. so it totally works.
if you had done the address in one tiny line, off the end of her foot, so it formed the sidewalk, that would have been a nice touch.... some people are uncomfortable leaving a big chunk of white space...but, space is as meaningful as matter....
i do not have the patience to do that much coloring in... carol says on her blog that she colors in with copic markers. they are wonderful markers, but, i can't allow them in my house/studio. if i did, i would be messmerized and never get anything done. i have invented this new spelling/word. if you mesmerized, you just lose your ability to refocus on what you should be doing. messmerized means you lose focus for so long that your studio (and house) are a mess.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
i'll be mailing this to marji :-)
(after marji tells me that she saw this post- marji plays *test the post office* all the time. so i am starting a new game *test marji*)
and thanks to FinnBadger who left a comment on an older post alerting us to these wonderful new UK stamps: