Embellishments Make the Difference

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.

Mr. Halloween finished photo with all the glitz.

Mr. Halloween finished photo with all the glitz.

Here, I am adding the fine glitter to the collar and sleeves of the costume.

Here, I am adding the fine glitter to the collar and sleeves of the costume.

The original watercolor is on the left. I use that image printed on the note card, and then dress it up.

The original watercolor is on the left. I use that image printed on the note card, and then dress it up.

This photo was made outdoors

This photo was made outdoors

The edges of the card are cut to give it more of a decorative look.

The edges of the card are cut to give it more of a decorative look.

This shows the glitter around the collar a little better, but when in the indoor light, it really sparkles.

This shows the glitter around the collar a little better, but when in the indoor light, it really sparkles.

Mississippi Market in June

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.

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Here's my 2018 booth!

Here's my 2018 booth!

Photographing Your Art

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.

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Watercolor Graduation Card, Hand painted on handmade paper

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.

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Watercolor and ink birthday card. Word Art using paint and ink.

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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.

You can see the gold ink shimmer in the light on the right side of the card in this photo. The integrity of the paper is evident as well. It has a beautiful color and is very consistent throughout the card and envelope.   shelleyroze.etsy.com

You can see the gold ink shimmer in the light on the right side of the card in this photo. The integrity of the paper is evident as well. It has a beautiful color and is very consistent throughout the card and envelope.

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This is the back of the card with the “Happy Birthday” message.

This is the back of the card with the “Happy Birthday” message.

Barn Venue, Save the Date cards, handmade paper, watercolor and calligraphy.

Barn Save the Date card on handmade cotton paper.

Barn Save the Date card on handmade cotton paper.

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…

You can see the lettering a bit better in this photo.

You can see the lettering a bit better in this photo.

This is the wedding suite, which shows the invitation menu card and envelope.

This is the wedding suite, which shows the invitation menu card and envelope.