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Art On The Go – Home

Yes, I know I’ve not been updating my blog as frequently as I would like. In addition to traveling, I’ve had a few computer problems which are hopefully finally fixed. What I have found is that I have crowded way too much into our little 19′ van. It’s hard to get to all my art supplies as I stuffed everything I could into every little nook I could find.

This has been our home for the past two and a half months. This is overlooking the Columbia River Gorge just outside of Portland, Oregon.

This is our little home (above). We’re loving the traveling and hope to work to reduce the amount of unnecessary items.

And FIY “home” was written with a brush in black on white paper, photographed and changed into white in Photoshop, then layered on top of the photo.

Enjoy, Candy

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude and sharing for me. Today I count my blessings, of which there are many. Although this past year has been extremely stressful, I have had a great many wonderful experiences and fantastic support from family and friends.

This is a collaboration I did with my mother. She did the Chinese brush painting and I did the calligraphy.

This is a collaboration I did with my mother. She did the Chinese brush painting and I did the calligraphy.

I am so grateful to all of you who read my blog and those who share your comments with me. I feel so blessed to be able to share my paper art with so many people, many of whom I will never meet. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

I am grateful for my loving family and friends, near and far, old and new. Thank you ALL for being so supportive of me and of each other. I am truly blessed to have you as part of my life.

Love and blessings to all, Candy

PaperLove E-course – Week 1

This past week I’ve been taking an E-course called PaperLove. It’s a 5 week course taught by Rachel Hazell of Edinburgh, Scotland. All the participants are in a Facebook group where we can share our creations, ask questions, and inspire each other.

My notebook with scraps of chiyogami papers. I'm writing where I bought the paper and additional information about each paper.

My notebook with scraps of chiyogami papers. I’m writing where I bought the paper and additional information about each paper.

The participants are from all over the world. There are 54 of us in the Facebook group, so there’s lots of interaction. We started by introducing ourselves and sharing photos of our studios.

This was a texture project using squares of copy paper.

This was a texture project using squares of copy paper.

Rachel shared lots of information about the history of paper and introduced other paper artists. We had exercises 6 days of the week. This course has me exploring things I never would have contemplated before. And it also requires me to leave my perfectionism behind (really hard).

Pamphlet stitch book from assorted papers found around the house. I included some practice paper and a waxed paper bag in my pages.

Pamphlet stitch book from assorted papers found around the house. I included some practice paper and a waxed paper bag in my pages.

The hardest thing about my pamphlet stitch book was to do it without measuring, just eyeballing it. That’s not how I usually work, but I must admit, the book came out fine.

Acrostic using stamps and hand lettering. The words are printed on the right (in case you can't read my writing on the photo).

Acrostic using stamps and hand lettering. 

There’s a lot more to the class than I’m showing here. And I’m still working on my “book within you”. I’ll share it with you when it’s further along.

For my acrostic poem, I used watercolor paper, alphabet stamps, a fine black pen and some old ink pads.

For my acrostic poem, I used watercolor paper, alphabet stamps, a fine black pen and some old ink pads.

If you are interested in Rachel’s work, check out her website: Rachel Hazell.

Enjoy, Candy

Tips & Tools – Organizing Tombow Brush Pens

I use Tombow brush pens a lot for quick, colorful pointed brush calligraphy. There are a number of different brush pens on the market, but where I live, Tombow has the largest variety of colors.

My spreadsheet helps me organize my Tombow Brush Pens.

My spreadsheet helps me organize my Tombow Brush Pens.

I was constantly buying colors of pens I already had until I came up with a way to organize my brush pens. Each color has a three digit number. I entered the numbers on a spreadsheet and told the spreadsheet to organize the numbers in ascending order. Voila! I have a list of colors in numerical order that I keep in my purse.

I not only keep track of my Tombow Brush Pens on my spreadsheet, I also write the color combinations I use on sample sheets.

I not only keep track of my Tombow Brush Pens on my spreadsheet, I also write the color combinations I use on sample sheets.

When I go to the craft store I can add another color or two that I don’t have. I just look at the number on the pen and can see immediately if I already have that color. That’s exactly what I did yesterday when I purchased some more brush pens. To help me even further, I have brushed the color next to each of the numbers on my spreadsheet. This helps me see which colors I may be wanting to add. I’m thinking blues for my next shopping trip.

It's now easier for me to repeat colors that I like together. My sample sheets are a big time saver.

It’s now easier for me to repeat colors that I like together. My sample sheets are a big time saver.

I also have started writing sample color combinations. Next to the calligraphy sample, I write the number of the pens I have used. Now I don’t have to wonder which colors I used to get the effect I want. It has saved me a lot of time.

Organizing my Tombow Brush Pens has saved me a lot of time.

Organizing my Tombow Brush Pens has saved me a lot of time.

Organizing doesn’t come naturally to me, but I sure appreciate the results. I find I work better in an organized environment, so I struggle to find ways to organize my environment and my art supplies. I so appreciate being able to have a quick look to decide which colors to use for a project.

I love having a quick reference guide to my colors.

I love having a quick reference guide to my colors.

I will be writing names for a fund raiser later this year. I will be using my sample color sheets for people to pick their colors. It will allow me to spend more time writing and less time trying to figure out color combinations.

Organizing doesn't come easy for me, but I do like the results.

Organizing doesn’t come easy for me, but I do like the results.

Happy Organizing, Candy

Studio Snapshot – National Letter Writing Month (week 4)

I’ve been having a fun time designing matching envelopes and stationery this month. I’ve been sending out at least one letter a day in a hand decorated envelope in honor of April being National Letter Writing Month. These are the envelopes I sent out last week.

I sent Lilli this envelope and stationery for day 19 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope went to Lilli for day 19 of National Letter Writing Month.

I sent Lilli a paste paper envelope last year, so I wanted to send her a different type of envelope this year.

This letter and envelope went to Shelly for day 20 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope went to Shelly for day 20 of National Letter Writing Month.

Shelly (above) and Leanne (below) are participants in the Letters of Joy Envelope Exchange. I like the way both of these envelopes and matching stationery came out.

This letter and envelope went to Leanne for day 21 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope went to Leanne for day 21 of National Letter Writing Month.

It’s been fun to exchange envelopes with others around the country and sometimes around the world. I’ve been in numerous envelope exchanges and they really are lots of fun. I’ve made a number of new pen pals and friends.

This letter and two envelopes went to Diane for day 22 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and two envelopes went to Diane for day 22 of National Letter Writing Month.

Diane does the most wonderful iris folding using both oriental papers and old kimono fabric. I wanted to send her an envelope that had a Japanese feel to it. So I put her letter into an origami envelope and put the envelope into a translucent envelope so you could see the detail of the paste paper and the folded origami envelope inside. I used colors to go with the wonderful cherry blossoms on the stamp. I really like the way it came together. Sometimes my ideas work the first time around.

This letter and envelope went to Eric, in France, for day 23 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope went to Eric, in France, for day 23 of National Letter Writing Month.

I have exchanged a number of pieces of mail art with Eric over the years. He lives in France and has pen pals all over the world. He has a blog: My Mail Art World. Check it out to see lots of creative envelopes and art.

This letter and envelope went to Sharon for day 24 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope went to Sharon for day 24 of National Letter Writing Month.

My dear friend, Sharon, used to live just down the street from me. We would get together at least once a week. She moved to Portland nearly 4 years ago and I miss her dearly. We stay in touch via phone and snail mail, and an occasional visit. I sent her letter in this envelope made from one of my paste papers.

This letter and envelope went to Susan for day 25 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope went to Susan for day 25 of National Letter Writing Month.

I have not yet met Susan, even though we’ve been exchanging decorated envelopes and calligraphy for some time. She’s on the East Coast and I’m on the West Coast. Maybe some day we’ll manage to meet in person. Meanwhile, our mail goes back and forth across the country.

To see the envelopes I sent out in other weeks see:
National Letter Writing Month – Week 1
National Letter  Writing Month – Week 2
National Letter Writing Month – Week 3

Happy letter writing, Candy

Studio Snapshot – National Letter Writing Month (week 3)

As those of you who have been following my blog know, I’ve been sending a letter in a hand decorated envelope every day this month in a challenge to myself because April is National Card & Letter Writing Month. These are the envelopes and matching stationery I sent out this past week.

This paste paper envelope and matching stationery went to Phawnda.

This paste paper envelope and matching stationery went to Phawnda for day 13 of National Letter Writing Month.

Phawnda is a fellow calligrapher who does some amazing calligraphy. You can see some of her work on Phawnda’s Facebook page: https: www.facebook.com/calligraphyanddesignbyphawnda

This is the card and envelope I sent my long time friend, Marge.

This is the card and envelope I sent my long time friend, Marge, for day 12 of National Letter Writing Month.

Marge is an artist friend of mine. I decided to send her one of my oops! envelopes. I spilled two drops of ink on the envelope. I wanted Marge to remember that I’m not perfect! This is one of the reasons I love making and sending hand decorated envelopes, they don’t need to be perfect because they’re “just” envelopes. I tend to be a perfectionist, but I don’t worry about that when I make envelopes because they’re going to get mashed by the postal service anyway.

This card and envelope went to Alyce, one of my blog subscribers.

This card and envelope went to Alyce, one of my blog subscribers, for day 14 of National Letter Writing Month.

This card and envelope went to Alyce. I love how the Copic markers blend together on this flower envelope. I’ve been asked where the address goes. Well, it just wraps around the petal of the flower that has Alyce’s name.

This letter and envelope went to Karen.

This letter and envelope went to Karen for day 15 of National Letter Writing Month.

Karen is one of my envelope exchange buddies. Above is the card and envelope I sent her. I love how the center of the flower almost glows.

This card and envelope went to Marilynne.

This card and envelope went to Marilynne for day 16 of National Letter Writing Month.

Marilyn was in a car accident. She’s finally home after a stay in the hospital followed by rehabilitation. I wanted to send her something fancy. My copperplate needs more practice, but I thought she’d appreciate my attempt.

This card and envelope went to Finnbadger (aka Phillip) for day 17 of National Letter Writing Month.

This card and envelope went to Finnbadger (aka Phillip) for day 17 of National Letter Writing Month.

I’ve been in a number of envelope exchanges with Phillip, aka Finnbadger. He has a blog where you can see some of his envelopes: www.envelope100.blogspot.com

This card and envelope went to Abbey for day 18 of National Letter Writing Month.

This card and envelope went to Abbey for day 18 of National Letter Writing Month.

I should have used my Slide Writer Laser Liner for Abbey’s name on the stationery. I must remember – this is just a letter and I don’t need it to be perfect.

To see the envelopes I sent out in other weeks see:
National Letter Writing Month – Week 1
National Letter  Writing Month – Week 2

Happy letter writing, Candy

 

Studio Snapshot – National Letter Writing Month (week 2)

If you have been following my blog, you know that April is National Card and Letter Writing Month. I have challenged myself to send at least one letter a day, in an envelope I have decorated, for the entire month. Here is what I sent out this past week.

This letter and envelope went to Martha for day 5 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope went to Martha for day 5 of National Letter Writing Month.

Martha is one of the people in an envelope exchange I am participating in. I need to send my exchange envelopes out by the end of the month. My challenge to send a letter and envelope a day is a perfect reminder to get these envelopes in the mail.

This letter and envelope went to Sallie for day 6 of National Letter Writing Month.

This letter and envelope went to Sallie for day 6 of National Letter Writing Month.

Sallie is a friend I met through my blog. Last year she even made me a wonderful breakfast before I went to a Calligrapher’s Conference that was in the town she lives in.

My envelope and letter for day 7 of National Letter Writing Month went to another Sally, also in Washington.

My envelope and letter for day 7 of National Letter Writing Month went to another Sally, also in Washington.

Sally is a friend I met at a calligraphy conference many years ago. We still keep in touch.

This envelope and note (along with the banana bread) went to Gayle for day 8 of National Letter Writing Month.

This envelope and note (along with the banana bread) went to Gayle for day 8 of National Letter Writing Month.

My friend, Gayle, just had surgery. I hand delivered her get well soon letter as well as the banana bread.

My letter and envelope for day 9 of National Letter Writing Month goes to Jean, not Joan as I misspelled her name on the envelope.

My letter and envelope for day 9 of National Letter Writing Month goes to Jean, not Joan as I misspelled her name on the envelope.

If you’re a calligrapher, you’ll understand. We calligraphers concentrate on getting our letters “just so.” So much so that we tend to not think about the spelling. That’s exactly what happened here. This letter and envelope went to Jean, not Joan, Wilson. Since Jean is a calligrapher, I’m sure she’ll understand, so I sent it the way I addressed it.

My letter and envelope for day 10 of National Letter Writing Month went to Sophia.

My letter and envelope for day 10 of National Letter Writing Month went to Sophia.

Sophia is a friend who loves purple. So, I just had to send her an envelope with her name in purple.

My letter and envelope for day 11 of National Letter Writing Month went to Hans.

My letter and envelope for day 11 of National Letter Writing Month went to Hans.

Hans, like Martha, is one of the participants in my envelope exchange.

To see the envelopes I sent out in week one and later see:
National Letter Writing Month – Week 1
National Letter Writing Month – Week 3

Happy Letter Writing, Candy

Tips & Tools – Slider Writer Laser Liner Review

This past Thanksgiving, I purchased a gift for myself, a tool called the Slide Writer. It’s a tool that makes a line with a laser light. I tried it out when I first got it, then forgot about it.

The Slide Writer uses a laser light as a visible line on which to write.

The Slide Writer uses a laser light as a visible line on which to write.

Now, after realizing that my calligraphy for my envelopes was sloping a bit, I pulled it out and tried it out again. I love it! It’s perfect for getting my calligraphy straight on my envelopes!

I can slide the laser up and down and align it with the ruler on the right.

I can slide the laser up and down and align it with the ruler on the right.

I really don’t like drawing pencil lines on my envelopes. Sometimes my ink smears when I erase. When I use a colored brush on ink, the pencil lines still show. But now, it’s super easy to write in a straight line.

The light isn't quite as bright on the right side of the envelope, but it's quite visible in person. I had no problem seeing it and writing in a straight line.

The light isn’t quite as bright on the right side of the envelope, but it’s actually quite visible. I had no problem seeing it and writing in a straight line.

For anyone interested in purchasing one, I bought mine through Paper & Ink Arts. It is also available through John Neal Bookseller.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – National Letter Writing Month (week 1)

April is National Card and Letter Writing Month. I am challenging myself to send at least one letter a day, in an envelope I have decorated, for the month of April. Here is what I have sent out so far this month.

This envelope and letter went out to Betsy on April 1.

This envelope and letter went out to Betsy on April 1.

Betsy moved into her new digs on April 1st. I hope my letter is the first one she receives at her new address. Moving is very stressful, so hopefully this will life her spirits while she is unpacking.

My letter and envelope for day 2 of National Letter Writing Month goes to Miles.

My letter and envelope for day 2 of National Letter Writing Month goes to Miles.

I’ve owed my mail art and pen pal, Miles, a letter an envelope for a few months now. Hopefully I can use this month to get caught up on mail art to many of my friends as well as some to new ones as well.

This is what I send to Natalie for day 3 of National Card and Letter Writing Month.

This is what I send to Natalie for day 3 of National Card and Letter Writing Month.

Natalie, like me, makes paste papers. She requested I send her something made from paste paper. The design on the paste paper I used for the envelope is decorated with a stamp (in this case a.k.a. a toilet paper roll center). I then pasted 1″ squares of paste papers to the side of my letter.

Today's letter and envelope goes to Angel, who is one of the people in my envelope exchange from Letters of Joy.

Today’s letter and envelope goes to Angel, who is one of the people in my envelope exchange from Letters of Joy.

I am happily playing catch up with my envelope exchange from Letters of Joy. I still have a couple of weeks before I would be labeled “late”, so the challenge to myself for sending a letter and envelope a day this month is helping keep me on track.

This is what I have sent out in later weeks:
National Letter Writing Month – Week 2
National Letter Writing Month – Week 3

Happy letter writing, Candy

Studio Snapshot – I Love You Accordion Card Books

For over a month I’ve been busy with family and helping my dad downsize and move. This has left me with little time to make art. The result is that I haven’t been replacing the art that has sold out of my studio.

Three I Love You Accordion Card Books. Each one is hand lettered with watercolor and gold accents.

Three I Love You Accordion Card Books.

This week I realized I sold out of my I Love You Accordion Card Books. I guess they were popular for Valentine’s Day gifts. So this week I worked on making three new ones. I won’t put them all in my studio at once. I’ll keep a couple here in my studio at home.

Each of my accordion card books has a cover that is covered in one of my original paste papers.

Each of my accordion card books has a cover that is covered in one of my original paste papers.

It feels good to be back in my studio again. Although my current schedule is still pretty busy, I’m hoping to be able to carve out a couple of hours a day to work on my art. I’ve been missing it.

I Love You Accordion Card Books.

I Love You Accordion Card Books. Because each book is an original, they are all just a little different.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Valentine’s Day

Most of my studio time this past week was in preparation for Valentine’s Day. I made cards and place cards. I loved playing with embellished brush lettering.

Here's the Valentine's Day card and envelope I made for Marge.

Here’s the Valentine’s Day card and envelope I made for Marge. She always makes me such great cards, I wanted to give her one too.

 

After playing with brush lettering for the place cards (see Studio Snapshot -Valentine Place Cards). Below are the finished place cards.

These are the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

These are the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

I used different colors for each of the 7 different names. I also made each of the borders just a little different.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

Although each of the names are a different color and have a different border, they look great together. That’s because the lettering on all the names are similar.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

You can see my practice for the place cards, Studio Snapshot – Valentine Place Cards.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

This is my favorite of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch. There seems to be a whimsical nature to the letters here.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch. Obviously, this one is mine.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch. Obviously, this one is mine.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Calligraphy Name Tags

After I showed photos of last week’s Valentine Place Cards, I was asked to make some name tags using a similar style. These are for an upcoming event where everyone knows Kathy, but hasn’t met Kathy’s family.

These are the calligraphy name tags I made for Kathy and her family.

These are the calligraphy name tags I made for Kathy and her family.

I loved the idea of making the name tags color coordinated for Kathy’s sister and brother-in-law.

Calligraphy name tag for Kathy's dad, Bill.

Calligraphy name tag for Kathy’s dad, Bill.

Favorite colors were considered when deciding on which colors to use for each name. Bill likes blue and turquoise.

Calligraphy name tag for Kathy's mom, Judi.

Calligraphy name tag for Kathy’s mom, Judi.

Judy leans towards favoring colors in the red to burgundy range.

Name tag for Kathy. Since all her friends know her already, nothing else is necessary on her calligraphy name tag.

Name tag for Kathy. Since all her friends know her already, nothing else is necessary on her calligraphy name tag.

This is such a sweet idea to introduce family members. I hope others will take this idea and use it.

Calligraphy name tag for Kathy's sister, Michelle.

Calligraphy name tag for Kathy’s sister, Michelle.

I can’t take the credit for this idea. I just did the calligraphy for it.

Calligraphy name tag fot Kathy's brother-in-law, Tony.

Calligraphy name tag fot Kathy’s brother-in-law, Tony.

I also did a demonstration of this lettering during the First Friday Art Walk. In addition to embellishing my calligraphy, I also did the same thing with names I printed out on the computer. I printed the names in Ariel Bold in fairly light colors and embellished them just like they were calligraphy. This is a great alternative to those of you who don’t do calligraphy, but like the look of this lettering.

Calligraphy name tags for Kathy and her family.

Calligraphy name tags for Kathy and her family.

I hope this inspires you to try something like this.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Valentine Place Cards

As an incentive to practice my calligraphy, I took an online class last month from Martha Lever called CalligraFun. I have done brush lettering for years, and this class was a lot of playing with brush calligraphy and embellishments. So this past week I played around with different ideas for place cards for our brunch on Valentine’s Day.

These are two of the Valentine Place Cards I am making for the 7 of us who will be having Valentine's Day Brunch together.

These are two of the Valentine Place Cards I am making for the 7 of us who will be having Valentine’s Day Brunch together.

A group of seven to nine friends and family have Sunday Brunch together each Sunday. Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, so I decided it would be fun to make Valentine Place Cards for our table.

Some of my practice lettering.

Some of my practice lettering for Valentine Place Cards.

It has been so much fun trying out new ideas for lettering names. I used the brushes and pens I had on hand, but now am going to go out and buy a few more colors.

Playing with ideas for lettering names.

Playing with ideas for lettering names.

Different pens and different papers give different results. I have decided that I will use watercolor paper for my final place cards.

Playing with different brush pens and papers. Practice can be a lot of fun too!

Playing with different brush pens and papers. Practice can be a lot of fun too!

 

It’s been a special week full of birthdays and calligraphy. I loved it!!!

Happy lettering, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Paper Origami Mandalas for Valentine’s Day

This past week I got the urge to make my paper origami mandalas in reds and pinks. I pared them with a red shadow box frame, and they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

All the paper origami mandalas were made with left over paper scraps. I used eight 1″ by 4″ pieces of paper to make each mandala. Each of the eight pieces of paper were folded many, many times.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

The pink on this Paper Origami Mandala didn't look good in a red frame, so it's not framed.

The pink on this Paper Origami Mandala didn’t look good in a red frame, so it’s not framed.

Links to how to make these and other mandalas and rosettes are on last week’s blog post: DIY – Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes.

Enjoy, Candy

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude and sharing for me. I am so grateful to all of you who read my blog and those who share your comments with me. I feel so blessed to be able to share my paper art with so many people, many of whom I will never meet. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

A collaboration I did with my mother. She did the Chinese brush painting and I did the brush calligraphy.

A collaboration I did with my mother. She did the Chinese brush painting and I did the brush calligraphy.

I am grateful for my loving family and friends, near and far, old and new. Thank you ALL for being so supportive of me and of each other. I am truly blessed to have you as part of my life.

Love and blessings to all, Candy