Saturday, May 19, 2018

Collage #10: The Apple

This card was inspired by an apple drawing created during a colored pencil class which Marjorie Grace-Sayers and I are taking at Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre--we love it!

I scanned and layered the apple, digitally, with found photos--the apple tree was digitally manipulated for a more painterly look.  After printing, the postcard edges were rubbed with a red stamp pad.

Now to find time to write and send these! I'm SO far behind on correspondence these days.

Friday, May 18, 2018

KLM Dutch Houses - postcard

This scene on this postcard reflects the wonderful time I had commuting to Holland for over four years. Some of my favorite souvenirs were the ceramic Blue Delft Dutch houses, filled with Bows (Dutch) gin, which KLM gave to it's business class passengers.

I also picked up a similar design in Friesland--a bird house, and a similar little house, a little more colorful, picked up in Italy, when I purchased Rembrandt soft pastels. It would have been cheaper to buy those pastels in the U.S., but I wanted that little house!

This design features a digitally manipulated photo of those little houses. The Dutch neighborhoods have different colored pavements, one indicates a pedestrian walkway and the other is for bicycles. Pedestrian beware if you get in the way of those bicycles! The route I took to work took shortcuts that bypassed auto traffic. It even had a round-about strictly for bicycles! On semi-dark mornings, the police would stake that out and give tickets for not having a light on the bike. My coworker and I didn't have a light--people would warn us and we'd get off and walk.

The skies in the Netherlands weren't always this blue-they had lots of clouds, and often rain or light snow.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

#9 in collage series: Yellow-green postcard

Image collaged from magazine clippings, then manipulated in Photoshop. Handlettering is simply a caption for online posting. The postcard itself doesn't include hand-lettering--I didn't want to make it any busier. 
I'm practicing italic--I've been busy with the pointed pen and brush for awhile and haven't spent enough time with italic, one of my very favorite hands. I'm working to remedy that, now.  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

#8 in the Color Series of Collaged Postcards: Lime Green

Created a simpler design for No. 8. And, I'm switching to italic--for the moment, at least--I had been neglecting the broad-edged hands, due to teaching so much pointed pen and brush. Time to remedy that!

I'm practicing with markers in-between lettering with the dip pen--alternating those tools for pages of text and plenty of envelopes. The goal is to loosen up, without getting messy.

I have more ideas for collages, now the trick is to find time to execute them!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Custom Postcard - Monument Valley

Postcard created to commemorate our recent trip to Monument Valley. The bottom scene depicts the View Hotel within the Navajo Tribal Park. The top scene is the view from our balcony. We hiked the four-mile Wildcat Trail around the West Mitten Butte--the weather was cool, so that was perfect. We saw horses, as well as many interesting native plants, which were labeled at various points along the trail.  The pieces were collaged in Photoshop, then the composition run through the Waterlogue app to add watercolor-like texture.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Collage #6 - Midnight Blue

I'm working to further develop my eye for composition, through collage.

Postcard started with images, all prominently dark blue, clipped from a magazine, and pasted onto a watercolor postcard. Scanned, then manipulated in  Waterlogue and Colorama. Script clipped from one of my copperplate teaching exemplars and layered in Photoshop.

These are so enjoyable. I have plans for more variations in the coming weeks, including incorporation of drawings from my journals.

Mail Art

Decorated envelopes. Two on top left are for the current Cyberscribes exchange and the others are for guild business or personal.  Lots of fun to do . . .

Brush-lettered script

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Collage #5: Color Series - Aqua

I'm very much enjoying this collage project. This is the 5th in the One-Color series, and incorporates found images and lettering, each of which prominently feature aqua. The 88 near the upper right is a stamp I received while living in the Netherlands, so it has special meaning to me.

The collage consists of clipped magazine images pasted onto a blank watercolor postcard, then scanned. I ran it through Waterlogue, then manipulated it further in Photoshop. I had intended to add pointed-pen lettering, but didn't want to add clutter. What do you think?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Collage #4: Color Series - Lemon-Yellow

Working on more "one-color" collage postcards--this is #4. I clipped images from magazines, arranged them on a postcard, then applied special effects via photoshop, Waterlogue, and Colorama.

Lastly, I brush-lettered text, then scanned and layered over the completed image. Lots of Fun--looking forward to the next one!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Collage #3. Color Series - Passionate Peach

Collage #3 in my Color Series. This one features peach-colored items, although here, some look mauve.

To help develop my eye for composition, I clipped images from magazines (decluttering and making art at the same time! I pasted the images onto a watercolor postcard, including a salvaged postage stamp. I digitally manipulated these to add texture, then layered brush lettering on top.

I'm working on several more of these collages. I also want to start incorporating scans of some of my sketches. A fun project.