Sunday, June 23, 2019
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
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
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
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.
Monday, April 8, 2019
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
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
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Monday, January 28, 2019
Thursday, January 3, 2019
These are part of my digital collage project. The cards often start with clippings from a magazine. "Treasured memories" is lettered with a brush pen, which shows up well against the busy background.
I worked for 4+ years in Leiden, about 3/4 of an hour inland from Amsterdam. I loved Leiden--it was like a pretty, much smaller version of Amsterdam and that small town had seven (!) museums, most in the center of town.
My coworkers and I all had bicycles. Even though the company provided cars, bicycles could miss the "rush-hour" traffic jams. Those two- and four-lane roads weren't made to handle the every-increasing number of cars on the road. Plus, there were interesting things to see on the out-of-the-way lanes we could easily take via bike.
Whenever first-time visitors came to town, they invariably wanted to visit Amsterdam, so a group of us would take the train and play tour guide. Way too many wonderful memories for a 4x6 postcard!!!