Sunday, June 23, 2019

Hedgehog Postcard

This postcard was created awhile ago, as my assignment for Fraktur calligraphy class, with the wonderful Yukimi Annand.  I wasn't happy enough to post it until I added the red heart.
   Earlier this year, I joined Post Crossing. I LOVE regularly getting postcards in the mail from all over the world. Preparing the cards takes a lot of my time and the outside-of-USA postage cost really adds up, but for now, I'm enjoying this way too much to stop.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Brush-Pen Lettering Class

By request, I’ll be teaching another series of beginning brush-pen script classes in Chino Hills, CA - July 13, 20, 27. By request, I’ll be teaching another series of beginning brush-pen script classes in Chino Hills, CA - July 13, 20, 27. We always have a good time! .

Coptic-Bound book

 Rosana and I got together to make
books. I was determined to buy nothing new and, for the cover, dug out a sheet of soft paper from the bottom of a drawer in my flat file. The accent piece was unearthed from a box of scraps I was saving for just such a thing. I have lots of scrapbook paper, also bought LONG ago, which I aim to use up. I used pieces cut from several different sheets to create wrap-around spacers for each signature. (Does anyone know the proper term for those spacers?)

I made a few errors with this and am chalking it up as a learning experience. I want to make another of these!


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Scrap Collage

Nothing like a deadline to give me an excuse to create. This was the final round of our altered-book exchange. This page was the most fun to make and consisted of collaging color-coordinated scraps. I started with the piece of multi-colored tissue on the right, then pulled scraps with coordinating colors. I always try to include lettering--the word has no relevance, other than I liked the looks. The design on the lower left is clipped from an the "Ruby Red" one-color postcard I designed some time ago. The swatches on the left represent the various colors found throughout the collage. So much fun and I have plenty of fodder to make many more of these!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Postcard #22: Sewing Notions

Before calligraphy took over my life, sewing was my passion--designer and hand-tailored clothes, quilts, embroidery, upholstery. I remember getting up at 4 in the morning to sew a section on a pink ultra-suede skirt, or the pony-print for the seat on a French Provincial seat, before leaving for work. Those were the days. . .
   This is my latest postcard design.

I can find my nibs!!!

I spent part of the last two days organizing a few of my nibs, both pointed and broad-edged. In addition to these correlated cardboard "holders" in the base and lid of a small cigar box, I loaded boxes of vintage nibs into a larger cigar box. I should never need to purchase another nib in my lifetime!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Coptic-stitched Book with Vintage Covers

A couple weeks ago, the Inland Empire/Pomona Valley chapter of SfC sponsored a program at the Riverside Main Library, to make these coptic-stitched books, using the covers from discarded books. Amy Spencer did a wonderful job of teaching--I learned tips I don't remember ever hearing before. And, she had great tools I had never seen, such as a tearing bar (heavy weight to ease tearing of the paper to size for the pages).  While I was familiar with curved needles for other purposes, she had bent needles available, which made it so much easier to maneuver the needle between the signatures. Thanks, Amy!!!

While at the workshop, I decided to vary the design, so I waited until I got home to finish the book. My motto is Use what I have!, so I rummaged in the armoire in my art room and gathered muted colors of patterned scrapbook paper, chosen because they coordinated with the cover. I cut the paper to fit and wrapped each signature with a coordinating paper.  

Nothing from the old book will go to waste--the spine is tucked inside to serve as the bookmark and the pages of text will be fodder for collage.

Next, I want to make books with covers cut from Davey board and covered in a collage of favorite papers. So much fun!

My work can also be seen on instagram: @KADmiumDesigns

Monday, March 4, 2019

Snail Mail Postcard

My friend, Joyce, uses a snail as her personal symbol. (I use a heart.) I'm always on the lookout for greeting cards featuring snails, to send to Joyce--it's amazing what you find when you look. I once found a snail Xmas ornament.

It recently occurred to me that I should create a snail mail postcard to send to her. A couple days ago, I created the first draft and today, I revised the lettering from heavy brush script. This is written using Shaded, Open Script, a style designed by Anne Elser. I may redo the lettering again, later, after I've had more practice.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Penguins for Postcrossing

I joined Post Crossing and the first mail assignment was for a woman in Germany, who loved penguin images. I took that as a prompt to design a new postcard--here's the result.

Mini-painting from class with Sherry Thornton

Created in class with Sherri Thornton, who is  teaching, again, after a break during which she worked full-time as a graphic artist. I'd wanted to take classes with her since 2003, when I saw work by her students.  We all had a great time--the techniques are simply fun!