Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
these are done on a computer and i suspect Rehj is a graphic designer. or maybe someone who just loves to play with fonts. there are times when i wish i had spent more time learning how to do things like this on the computer...but, it didn't happen. i blame it on the offspring. all that time driving to pick up fast food really cut into my creative time. and what happens to kids who are raised on fast food and kraft mac? all three turned into foodies. always rejecting the ways of the parent. and none of them read this blog, so they will not be availing themselves of all my valuable parenting tips.
but, i digress....thank you, Rehj, for participating in the exchange and sending the bonus.
p.s. i did make really good homemade marinara sauce - so they did have some exposure to decent food.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
thanks, miss munster.
also, miss munster asked if i might be joining the chicago guild at any of their workshops. sadly, i have had to put workshops, conferences and conventions on the list of things that i no longer do. i miss seeing all my penpals, i really do....but, after years of neglecting my family, they finally figured out something that would lure me into the fold. grand-offspring. i was not expecting to enjoy messy crabby small people again. but, some kind of weird subliminal wiring seems to be connected.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
i'll never understand the p.o. but i do appreciate anytime they forgo the nasty sharpie marks
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
thank you, miss munster
Monday, June 22, 2015
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015
these were g-tecs with a bit of water added.
Friday, June 19, 2015
MOMA had an exhibit of mail art in 2014.
i have always wanted the des moines art center to have an exhibit of mail art.....but figured they would consider mail art too amateurish...but if MOMA has done it, that should be enough validation...
and a personal note to all the people i owe personal notes to...it may be a while. i thought i was caught up - but there was a tsunami of events that have pulled the rug out from under me and...
(i desperately want to add a third metaphor, but am running late - so maybe Jack will think of a zany ending to the sentence)
today's regular post is below
thanks for joining the exchange, kay.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
thank you carol and thank you kate.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
i can tell that the address is a font, but i can't tell if the ribbon writing is a font. it doesn't matter. i like fonts as much as i like hand lettering. i like how rehj fit everything together.
thanks to both of you for participating in the exchanges.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Second Attempt Anxiety. the third attempt is always the charm. i dread going through the process of doing the second bad idea.
Monday, June 15, 2015
birthday greetings that arrived from two of my penpals. they both go back to the very beginning of my calligraphy and lettering days when i joined the local guild. in fact they were founding members. sadly the guild is no longer active...but i am happy that we stay in touch. (although i never remember their birthdays....i'm surprised they still remember mine.)
Sunday, June 14, 2015
very nice story, including photo of the tomb he built for himself and also detail photos.
this link is fine for an overview
this is the official site, with more photos and more information for those interested in lengthier chore-avoidance.
today's regularly scheduled post is below.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Friday, June 12, 2015
and if i found one of these (below), i would fill it with mail
record breaking number of envelopes to address this weekend - so i will be taking breaks and adding bonus posts to the regularly scheduled posts
today is the last day to sign up for the next exchange
see bonus post below this one
Thursday, June 11, 2015
not any better than the first.
i might even start removing all these ramirez envelopes that are not blogworthy.
some of her other work is mind boggling. photo realism in tapestry. who knew.
i have some other mail inspired quilt and fabric-y images. here are a couple. still looking for some others.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
thank you readers :-)
today's regular post is below this one
i google a ton of obscure stuff and i can never stump google. i have never had an original idea. until this one. there was not a single picture of peacocks playing poker. i was stunned. also happy that i finally had an original idea. but i am equally depressed that this is it.
then, to make matters worse, i folded the paper too close to the lamp, so now it is a reject. and i hesitate to invest more time along these lines. even though it is tempting to google every single creature to see if anyone has done them playing poker.
serious time wasting information follows:
i like that stamp with the lettering.
wish i would have put it down, right above 3rd street.
then i thought the leaves might look better outlined because everything on the stamp is outlined and i think this is an improvement -
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
or he could hike over, knock on the door, and say, "give me my damn envelope." call first, john, and i'll make a video. don't come later than 7 pm as i will be asleep.
this idea should catch the eye(s) of those people who intend to learn how to do enough lettering to make fun envelopes (without going to any work to learn anything). this is the worst possible lettering. the only thing that makes it fun is the color, the variety, and the outlining. and all you need are cheap kids markers or sharpies.
for outlining, i do have all the G-Tec colors that they make, which will set yo back a few dollars. but you could just get a really sharp pencil and outline with pencil and it would be pretty. or colored pencils, if you have them.
thanks, finnbadger and sonjia.
update to this post which was written several weeks ago
sadly, sonjia passed away suddenly on may 26. everyone who knew her was shocked and saddened.
i met sonjia when a friend of hers brought her to a calligraphy guild meeting. she had no previous experience at any art or craft but she took to lettering like a duck takes to water. at our first meeting, she was looking through my notebooks and saw some of my winning entries in the Graceful Envelope contest. she quietly made a note, researched the contest, entered and that year we were both winners. the link above shows a second winning envelope by sonjia. i was so proud of her to just dive into lettering and not be timid. sonjia is also the person who told me about someone who always signed off their letters, Onward through the fog. i loved that sentiment and have adopted it as my own.
sometimes i just say -onward-
Monday, June 8, 2015
it was made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin's inks (popular with scribes)
and then alert reader, jackie, sent this superb link to the peacock room - one of those stories about artists that just makes you smile and be proud to be an artist. so validating. thank you jackie.
today's regular post is below- and below that is another one.
peacock madness has me up to 3 posts a day - but i promise, from now on, we will only have
i had to give up on peacock wednesdays, too much work to find a calendar. but, i think i only have one peacock per week from now on. elizabeth sent me a font that took me into new territory.
i can't figure out why Crane's is taking such pleasure in running customers around the block. there must be some kind of conspiracy. my screenwriter genes are awakening.
or notice that the top-knot feathers on the head spell out phillip. but it is slightly better than the pamela
and then i had this idea for jack which is a more polite than the first one - even though he says he liked the first one. this one might look better with the eye on the left end curved up and the other end curved down.
Sunday, June 7, 2015
so be sure to scroll down.
Since the exchanges are so popular, Jan has offered to run the next one.
Beginners are most welcome.
Calligraphy is fine but not mandatory.
Digital designs are fine.
Any medium is fine.
There is no theme.
You do not have to put anything inside the envelope - just decorate it.
Sign up for 5 envelopes by Friday, June 12th. Lists will be emailed to you
on Saturday, June 13th.
Please get your envelopes in the mail by June 30th.
If you want to do 10 envelopes, include that in the email to Jan and if there are enough people who sign up, you will get 10 names. Who you send to and who you receive from may not be the same people.
If anyone is missing envelopes from the previous exchange, please let Jan know.
remember to scroll down to the post for today, below this one.