I just had to make my son-in-law, work for his birthday message! I know he likes to do puzzles, so I cut up the card to make him figure it out!
Tags: Abstract, Art, backgrounds, Brush lettering, Calligraphy, Creativity
I wanted to send something to my daughter in Zambia that expressed many things about her life. I used scraps that I had from previous artwork and other sources to create this scene. The cloud with rain represents meteorology, her major in college. A daisy represents the sun. On the right is a tree for the ones in Zambia, where she was volunteering in the Peace Corps. Peace for her belief in Peace and Justice and Love for her relationship with her boyfriend Patrick, a native Zambian. The waves represent her being so far away across the ocean.
Tags: Art, Birthday Card, Calligraphy, Creativity, mandalas
A homemade card is expected now, a store bought one just won’t do.
Tags: Acrylic paint, Art, Celery, Celery Rose, Creativity, Ideas, Rose
I tried the idea of using the bottom section of a stalk of celery to create the look of a rose. I just cut about two inches off the stalk then wiped the cut edge with a paper towel to attempt to get a drier surface. It could have been drier in order to have the acrylic paint adhere better. But, it gave it a mottled look which is a cool effect. The leaves are done with a sponge that I had cut a few years ago. Check out this site which shows how to make a celery rose!
Tags: Calligraphy, Camp Healing Tree, Lettering
Tags: Art, Autumn, Birthday Card, Butterflies, Calligraphy, Creativity
In our Guild we have Calligraphy Pals. We send them a little something every other month or so. This was my pal last year and I knew that she liked butterflies so I made her a few cards with different styles of butterflies.
Being creative with the cards and utilizing different techniques we learned at our Guild meetings was so much fun!
Let me know if you’d like me to design something for you using your favorite animal or object. See my contact page.
Tags: Calligraphy, copperplate-ish, cursive, freelance calligrapher, kristen style, monoline, Palmer method, wedding envelopes, wedding invitations
These are three versions of the ‘Kristen’ lettering style that I developed for my daughter’s wedding envelopes. She loved the style that someone had done and posted online. I tried to ‘copy’ that style, and truthfully it was just someone’s handwriting. I had to develop some of the upper case letters and all of the lower.
The first photo above is what I came up with for her envelopes. I used a flat edge and gold ink on a page in my sketchbook
#2 is what it looked like after I revised some of the letters. I used Dr. Ph Martin’s iridescent copperplate gold ink on maroon cover stock for this practice work.
The final two photos are the monoline version in my sketchbook using a black fine line Faber-Castell pen.
Since I developed this style for my daughter, I named it after her. The ‘Kristen’ style is a combination of my style, what this talented person had shown online, and somewhat copperplate-ish! The lower case is just me and what I remember from learning the Palmer method of cursive in grade school.
Enjoy, and let me know if I can letter your wedding envelopes!