Personalized Thank You Cards

This was quickly done on a 3" square of watercolor paper with a black pigma pen and watercolor pencils. I left it in Sharon's guest book.

This was done quickly on a 3″ square of watercolor paper using a black pigma pen and watercolor pencils. I left it in Sharon’s guest book.

I have recently returned from two-plus weeks of vacation, which included a week-long calligraphy and bookbinding retreat. While on vacation, I made personalized thank you notes for my friends who helped me out during my travels. Unfortunately, I didn’t remember to take photos of all the thank you notes I made on this trip, something I will certainly do for future travels. But here are the ones I did take photos of.

I created this thank you in the form of an apron (because Susan loves aprons) using a collage technique that Susan demonstrated. The patterned paper collaged on to the apron is a piece of scrap pattern paper that Susan had covered with sumi and acrylic inks. The apron strings are dental floss (I used what I had available).

I created this thank you in the form of an apron (because Susan loves aprons) using a collage technique that Susan demonstrated. The patterned paper collaged on to the apron is a piece of scrap pattern paper that Susan had covered with sumi and acrylic inks. The apron strings are dental floss (I used what I had available).

Elizabeth demonstrated a book design that required a template that she gave me. I made a tiny version and included the tiny template inside this thank you cars.

Elizabeth demonstrated a book design that required a template in order to make the book. I made a tiny version of the book and included the tiny template I made to make the book inside this thank you card I gave to her.

This is not actually a "Thank You", it's more like a keepsake I made for myself.

This is not actually a “Thank You”, it’s more like a keepsake I made for myself.

My vacation is over. I am rested and inspired. My next project will be making paste papers, which I make every summer when it is hot and the paste papers can dry fairly quickly. I will be trying out my new (to me) garage for doing my paste papers. Lots more space than I’m used to. I can hardly wait! I’ll be posting my progress here on my blog. Stay tuned.

Enjoy, Candy

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