Name art, painted on handmade cotton paper. The paint is watercolor with gold ink embellishments. This is a graduation card and it was created in a short amount of time. Just think of all of the creative ways we could celebrate special occasions, by taking a small amount of time to sit down and just make art for others. The back if the card has Congrats Graduate! I get the paper from a paper artist in Canada, and she does a fine job.
These cards are special, and distinguished, for the times when a text or email is not going to do. Everyone needs a special fine stationery to keep in the office, or home, for those instances when you need to say it with hand written correspondence. The luxury cards are 3.5” x 5”w and painted on 140lb watercolor paper, with deep indigo blue, watercolor paint in the center of the crest, and copperplate gold ink around the crest and used for the monogram. The gold ink also covers each corner of the note card. Cards are flat and do not fold. The message is to be written on the back and these come with smooth white envelopes. I make these by custom order, and since they are hand painted, each one will differ a bit. My method is to fold and tear the paper. After adding the paint and allowing it to dry, I add the monogram with a quill and nib dip pen. This is my favorite way to add ink to any paper, and I even use this method for my watercolor illustrations.
Now, which occasions would these be perfect for? Weddings, anniversary, bereavement, graduation, and corporate thanks you’s. Maybe a love note? Or, send with a special gift!
Shelleyroze, Shelley Ozbirn, Mississippi
Use color to spiff up the inside of the envelope! Only one thing; make sure your envelope paper is thick enough to hold up to the water. The one shown is a handmade envelope and it did very nicely when I applied the watercolor paint and ink. The card with “Heather’s” name is a wheat color, hand made paper from Canada. It has a soft, buttery feel and I am really enjoying the way it accepts paint and ink. I use a quill and nib dip pen to write my calligraphy an d flourishes, and the paper allows the nib to glide across the surface. These colors would be great for a wedding invitation, as well as birthdays, spring parties, etc.
I made this Save the Date card, using an image from my Barn Dance original watercolor. The original was painted in color, and I used the scanned image file to create the black and white sketch of the barn. The wheat color paper, is made in Canada by a paper artist. These are the very best papers and have a beautiful deckled edge. I chose Cerulean Blue for the edges, and before that dried, I added the copper plate gold ink. The calligraphy is written in the same ink with a quill and nib dip pen. The dip pens are my favorite and even though I have to keep dipping the pen in ink; they just write beautifully on the smooth, buttery paper. The ink is raised from the paper so you can actually feel each stroke of the pen. These cards are a luxury item, but I suppose if one needed them printed to save on the budget, the original text could be duplicated with a good quality printer.
Behind the barn, save the date card, there is the invitation with the black “O” monogram. The invitation paper that is made by hand in California. It is a little more like watercolor paper, and thicker than the first paper shown. I used thalo blue, cerulean and burnt sienna for the invitation card colors, and brushed on the gold before it dried. The calligraphy was done after the card dried completely. I am still working on my lettering. It is getting easier each day, but I have a ways to go before I will feel comfortable in my ability to do artistic letters…
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I love Halloween. Every year, since 2009, my husband and I have hosted a big Halloween party and it is an event that our family and frients look forward to. We all spend a great amount of time planning our costumes and keep them a secret from each other until the big night. Kids are invited too, so no one has to worry about getting a sitter and the little ones get to join in the fun. The only thing is, it gets alittle tricky coming up with new ideas for each party. Also, I have spent a pretty good amount of money on lighting and decor throughout the years, so it is nice to have some nice decor that doesn't cost much. One of my favorite things to do is to get branches that my husband cut off of the trees while pruning, and stand them on each side of the entry door, and string the mini Halloween lights on (see second photo). This makes a very nice effect and does not cost me anything extra unless I need to buy another set of lights for $3. Here's what I do; The limbs are taller than the ceiling in the carport, so I just let them bend over around the top of the door. Then, I just tie them to some staples in the ceiling and staple some of the limbs up as well. Sometimes, I use an old pot and put dirt in it for the base of the limbs, but usually that is not necessary. Decorating then only consists of some corn stalks around the tree limbs, mums and of course the jack-o-lanterns.