Little touches can make a big difference when decorating note cards. This is one of my new cards for Halloween, and I decided to add a little glitter, and flocking to bring out the details. It turned out very well. The card was printed from an image of one of my original watercolors - see photo below. I printed the card myself on 100lb, acid free cardstock. I decided to add a small amount of fine teal green and red glitter around this guy’s collar. Using red flocking, I glued a small portion to the tip of the hat, his nose and the costume pom poms. The glue that I used was the really tiny glue dots, purchased at Hobby Lobby, and then some Elmer’s glue on the costume, as well as the collar. Sometimes, I will even add Swarovski crystals to cards so that they really pop. Most of the time, that is when I am working on a birthday card, etc. It is great to see how the small amount of glitter and flocking really brought out more detail. This one is one of my favorites. Doing these kind of projects, makes me really look forward to the holidays.
Mississippi wholesale market is coming in June. We are getting ready for the show, and only have a week left to prepare. Stationery and pendants will be available for retailers to view in my booth. The show is very nice, and Mississippi Magazine will be hosting this year. If you are a retailer you might be interested in attending the show. There are some very good products offered from makers in the area.
So you finish several paintings and you want to post them, and sell your work? It’s easy to snap a photo with my cell phone and then slap it up on my facebook page, but if you want to sell on your website or Etsy etc., you need to take great photos (and lots of angles), to sell on these platforms. Most people want at least 5 photos or more because they can’t actually pick up the item and observe it. I have been selling on Etsy for over 10 years, and have learned alot about photographing my art. I am still learning, but trial and error has been the best way for me to learn. If I can help others to save them some frustration and time, that will suit me fine!
Here we go: The first photo was taken awhile back, and I wanted to let the colors pop, in the light, so I tried photographing the painting in half sunlight/half shade. The color is good, but the cotton boles are a bit washed out. These days, I rarely photograph in sunlight. Most of my pictures are taken on a sunny day, under the cover of my porch or carport. This way, you get the natural light, and no harsh lighting. You may have to lighten the image more in a photo editing program, but I have learned that this is the way to get a true representation of the colors in the painting. Also, a lot of times, sunlight washes out the color if it is the brightest part of the day.
The second photo was taken later, in the shade, but it may have been a bit too shady, as the sun was on it’s way down. I usually like to photograph artwork in the morning, on the porch, when the light is better in the shade. As I said, I am still learning, but it is much quicker to get my photos done, since I’m not guessing about what is the best lighting.
The last photo is an example of what the natural light on the porch looks like. This is the best way to get the true color of the artwork for me. No harsh lighting and it isn’t too dark.
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.