Monday, March 31, 2014
so i put it on a lower line then i did the street and realized i did not have room for the city and state. so i sprinkled them in between the names. and i ended up fulfilling the *requirement* for three elements or three sizes. then i added the hearts and dots with galaxy markers. and it ended up being blog worthy. not the greatest, but a good example of not-planning > which makes a mess > which gives you an opportunity to think of something to fix the mess > which sometimes ends up being just fine. i compare it to wandering.
remember, not all who wander are lost.
sometimes you find good stuff while wandering.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
the stamps and address are not *real* - this is just an example of how i like to arrange elements.
as i find envelopes to mail, i will start inserting things like this. so, if you get odd inserts in your envelopes from me, this explains it.
Friday, March 28, 2014
thank you, smash, for sharing this one that you mailed to yourself.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
you may see more about them on his blog.
and the lower postcard features the font he designed.
i love graph paper - and anything based on grids.
i am also a big fan of the *rule* of 3, which means i would have colored in one more square. maybe the A in the bottom row or the left square in the I. i am guessing that it would bother finn to be inconsistent. and there really aren't any rules....so, that is part of the fun of making things. making decisions. there are so many possibilities with this font - it's easy to butt in with opinions. i think we can download the font. maybe finnbadger will tell us where we can download it in the comment section.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
to be sent to hungary. deadline is mar 31
there are a bunch more calls for entries at this blog
in case you have time to fill.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
on the top one, i added a layer of gray. the stamp clearly has black and i will probably try doing one with black rather than gray.
on the bottom one, the stem has a little reddish-brownish cast to it, so i used colored pencil.
trust me, they both needed that second color. they were really blah when they were just plain green and if you don't have an assortment of colored pencils, etc, just adding some plain lead pencil would have been enough to fix the blah-ness of the plain green.
lidian is one of those adventurous people who stumbles across the blog and then writes to me. thanks, lidian.
Monday, March 24, 2014
i like the way it is photographed with the shadow.
i suppose the address is on the other side.
i'm glad the p.o. is warming up to mail art.
maybe my dream, to have my own little work station at the p.o. where i address envelopes for customers, will come true.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
ok...there are 3,700+ photos on her photo stream -and- there is one envelope on pinterest. i don't see any other envelopes. but, this one is so cool, i just had to post it.
there are some postcards, but nothing with addresses. i don't think she does much mail art. but, it was fun to see her art and then see what she did on an envelope and her choice of stamps.
this is the pin board where i found this envelope. it is fun to scroll through all the envelopes she pinned and see how many of them are from my blog
Saturday, March 22, 2014
this is a way to treat the address where it is not in a block. i let it wander randomly to echo the random dots on the stamp.
i don't always put the info in the order requested. i figure the machine won't read it, so the postal workers who get to read un-machinable mail can have a little change of pace. or maybe they have a voodoo doll with my face on it and a bushel basket of pins.
Friday, March 21, 2014
ZIG Wink of Stella Glitter Markers.
we really couldn't see the sparkle under fluorescent lights, the kind you would have in a classroom.
but, at home, under a halogen light, they are very twinkly and very pretty. i love them.
then, we had a discussion about arranging the elements on an envelope. i always like to fit things into a rectangle. a lot of people put the zip a little lower and a little to the right which is good for the p.o. and their scanning machines
but, i tend to keep all the address info in a rectangle when the name is big and splashy.
in this case, i penciled a rectangle that is the same size as the stamp.
then, it is a fun puzzle to figure out how to fit the address into the rectangle. the main name was done with a ZIG scroll & brush marker, using the brush tip.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
i need more postage, although, i am thinking of just using up all my vintage stamps, one at a time, and putting them in larger envelopes with forevers.
the street address will go on the pencil horizon line.
such a pretty stamp.
it's from back in the day when they used the process of engraving to print stamps, so they have the raised-ink feel that money has.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
or you may just click this link
and you will need the password
to view the video
password -- envelope
there is no blog post for video no. 1.
i just added it to a post about an envelope. it is about outlining.
thank you to the people who posted comments.
i am way behind on responding to comments because i am uber-distracted with my new distraction, making videos.
any other requests?
this is an image from the first video. go to the video tab above to get the link to it.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
i see the alphabet in the layers of the squarish rectangle...but wonder if there are words? or a pattern to the letters?
i love this envelope and the way the cancel is right over the wand.
maybe i can figure out a way to remove the grease pencil.
Monday, March 17, 2014
the street address will go above billings, in one line
Sunday, March 16, 2014
i tried out my new phone camera and the smallest setting for file size to see how this photo looks on the blog.
i mentioned a while ago that i would try to do a tutorial on how to make envelopes. i am having trouble getting around to that...so, you might google, how to make an envelope. you will find lots of tutorials.
i will include the link to one that shows up at the top of the list.
be sure to check out some of the others.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
i included her note because she has perfect little printing. my daughter took a photography class and was taking notes in all caps. the instructor scolded her for *yelling* in her notes. these were her own notes for her own use. i agree that typing in all caps is yelling...but good grief...how could this charming tiny cap writing be mistaken for yelling.
thank you jeri :-)
Friday, March 14, 2014
my new favorite markers are
sakura pigma calligrapher markers
available from john neal
so far, the nibs have not mushed down.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
and i am really excited about the response image i found to send to you.
it is a famous phillip.
care to guess which one?
finnbadger does all his work on the computer. so, anyone who is not a scribe or artist, feel free to join in the fun using your computers. they are a valid tool.
note the way a postal worker took a sharpie to the stamp. aarrgghh. he/she could have at least drawn a cute hat.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
if today were international gratitude day, i would say THANK YOU in all caps :-)
christy clearly knows her way around with nibs and ink.
i will be posting a huge stack of mail over the next two weeks and little by little, i will also include my mail responses.
and.....to show my gratitude, i added a page and a video. if you look up above today's post, there is a row of tabs [wedding envelopes] - [award winners] - [videos]
click on [videos] if you want my tips on how to outline. sorry about the mumbling. i will try to learn how to put it subtitles.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
google bernd letters and you will see a bunch.
i do not like the s in evans, so i might have to just mail this one inside an improved envelope, solving my problem of never having anything interesting to put inside envelopes.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Sunday, March 9, 2014
a brand new, never been used
size 1 Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph.
if anyone is interested in any of these pens, let me know. some of them are selling for quite a bit on eBay. not sure i will get around to selling on eBay, but if anyone wants to make me an offer...
jmwilson411 (at) yahoo.com
where did they come from? people used to give them to me. i never used them...so most are in nearly new condition.
i have a whopperplate, too, but not sure i want to part with it yet. they are becoming quite sought after.
i don't think my scanner likes to scan white paper. these look muddy. *sigh* scanners are so difficult or complicated.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
you can see more of their work at the link below.
it looks like they blogged from 2009 to 2011.
i started feb 2010 and here it is mar 2014. they look like they try to do a lot of different things. i will attribute my success at sticking with this for so long to my lack of interest in other things. i do not recommend being so *narrow.* just observing.
Friday, March 7, 2014
this is what happens when i don't have a desk. i wanted to do something very fun with the stamp, dotting the i
but, after spending about 15 minutes searching through my stamps, the only one i liked was the forever globe
and i don't want to waste $1+ on this envelope.
i suppose something will eventually show up that will *go*
Thursday, March 6, 2014
i like the abstract swoop-dee-doos on the top one.
and on the bottom one, those are interesting flourishes on the h and l.
i don't recall ever seeing any like that.
and i like the - non-straight- base lines
thank you :-)
i really don't think that this is a copywritable idea. the lesson books for learning to write in the Spencerian style show crossdrills which are pages of writing one letter at a time in rows that cross like this.
it's an idea...but, i just don't see it as something so unique that anyone could claim ownership. it reminds me of the brouhaha over zentangles. maria thomas gave the name to the concept of careful-exacting doodling. later someone confronted her with the work of a previous artist who had given a different name to the same concept. she pretty much shrugged it off as - yup, it's doodling. and went on her merry way. so....i think the idea of writing in rows - up/down/back/forth/kittycorner/cattycorner - is just writing. and...i can think of about 10 variations off the top of my head...so, let's see how many variations we can come up with. i know finnbadger is racing to his computer at this moment (cursing me for interrupting his day when he had other things to do that will not be getting done)
uh...*thanks* PO for the ugly red addition /:-(
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
This was Best in Show last year.
Below is the post with details about how to enter. I've had 8-10 envelopes accepted over the years. I probably don'thave time to enter this year. But, I like to remind others to enter. The link below is also a great place to troll for ideas.
Ssssssssss.. . that's the sound of time slipping away as the deadline
approaches for your entries in the 2014 Graceful Envelope Contest.
This year's theme -- The Superlative Letter "S" -- allows you to show your
style and spirit by symbolizing some sentiment starting with S. So set
aside some time, since all envelopes must be postmarked by March 24, 2014.
Winners will be chosen based on artistic hand lettering, creative
interpretation of the theme and effective use of color and design,
including incorporation of postage stamp(s). There is no entry fee.
For rules and galleries of winning envelopes from past years, visit
The Graceful Envelope Contest is conducted by the Washington (DC)
Calligraphers Guild and the National Association of Letter Carriers. The
contest is open to all ages, with separate categories for children.
Send your entry through the mail to:
The Graceful Envelope Contest
100 Indiana Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001