Friday, August 30, 2013

Recycle the Envelopes

One recent Mother of the bride, when faced with stacks of extras decided we should recycle the envelopes. Why not? They are a great quality paper, and it was a shame to not get more value from them. She asked me to make a guest book using leftover envelopes as the pages. Here are just a few of the envelopes to be cut into book pages.

I will share photos of the guest book as soon as I can after the wedding. I'm just cutting these pages today, and the wedding is next month.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Good Mail Day!

Yesterday was a good mail day!

I received an antique spelling book I'd ordered on ebay, a sweet thank you email from a bride who had just received her wedding envelopes and these two items:

The item on the left is a very sweet and thoughtful thank you note from one of my all time favorite brides. Her goodness and sweetness continue to impress me and make me happy to know her. The item on the right is an unexpected little gift from my BFF Diana - Schminke gold powder. A little treasure that I can mix with a binder to make golden ink, add to ink to make it shimmer, or use in my mixed media art. Diana knows what I like and what I need!

I love my friends, and I love my brides!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

New postcards and business cards!

Because my internet server changed, I needed new postcards and business cards. There is something sad, not to mention wasteful, about throwing away so many now unusable business cards. I was happy for the opportunity to make a new postcard, however. What do you think?

I used a photo of some silver envelopes addressed in my signature script, added a lavender background in Photoshop and popped my website address on the front.

My business card hasn't changed much. I added my new website address, removed a few lines of information that had it a bit cluttered, and changed the email address.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Going to the Fair!

It was almost like going to the fair today when I 1.) Met a client in front of the fairgrounds, and 2.) Picked up my fair tickets. As we waited for my client to arrive we saw these dragons on their way to the fair.

The sky looked ominous behind this ferris wheel. For good reason. Within minutes of our leaving the fairgrounds we were in a deluge with lightning striking all around.

I delivered this card and assorted other small pieces to the client. It was a pleasure to squeeze her little job in between two large ones, and a pleasure to meet her. (Please ignore the reflected raindrops from my windshield and the shadows.)

It's been a very busy week. Along with an ER run last Monday night, I had a very large project to fulfill, and babysat for Jace a couple of times. This envelope is a part of a large project that was picked up yesterday. I rarely do the staggered format, but this envelope was very large, and I think it looks great! (Address altered for privacy.)

Here is hoping we have fair weather for our visit to the Fair later this week, and no more ER visits for a very long time. I have too much to do!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Michael Clark workshop coming to Louisville!

Here is a press release I wrote (with help from some former propaganda) about the Michael Clark workshop coming to Louisville:

Michael Clark, a former banker turned calligrapher and font designer, will be at Lettersong Gallery on October 10 and 11 to teach his "Going Beyond the Poem" workshop. Says Michael, “During the workshop we will be looking at the lettering styles you use with an eye toward trying variations of those forms, a way to expand our everyday styles. While we explore a variety of layouts and designs in each of the exercises, we will look at the effect that contrast, texture and color have on those designs. We will also experiment heavily with the ruling pen.”

Clark is a commercial lettering artist and type designer who resides in Glen Allen, Virginia. His lettering can be seen on packaging for products ranging from salad dressing to book and CD covers. He designs fonts for corporations, and for resale. He has written and had published several books and has been a frequent editor of the Washington DC Calligraphy Guild’s Scripsit magazine, which highlights calligraphers and lettering artists from around the world. In this role he has introduced many calligraphers to some of the world’s best lettering artists.

Lettersong Gallery is at Story and Spring Streets in the Butchertown area of Louisville. Although this workshop is sold out, you may contact Lettersong to be placed on a waiting list. Michael will give a talk about his work at Lettersong Gallery on Wednesday night, October 9th. It will be free and open to the public.

See Michael Clark’s work on his website:

"Until the banal SANS has blinded everyone with its sterility, there will always be a place for the hand wrought form. It infuses the word with life, vibrancy and the ability to sway the viewer." (MC)

This piece by Michael has an unusually steep slant to the lettering, which fits the purpose perfectly.