5/15/2014

Another happy client




"Wow! I love it!! 
Truly even more adorable than I imagined!! 
Thank you so much for this - I appreciate that you were able to work it in to your schedule!" 

---Tracey at Aisle Do



Always happy to help folks out. This wedding planner came to me in a hurry for signage. Once we talked, we decided to make this sign for her to keep since this situation comes up for many weddings. It is a chalk foam board making it light weight. It can be put in a standard frame or used as is. It is painted with a chalky finish acrylic, so it is permanent but looks like chalk.
 

3/25/2014

Graceful Envelope History - Family

The Graceful Envelope Contest started in 1995. I learned about it in 1999 and submitted my first entry. The theme was 'The Beauty of Nature'.
I was a new mother of twins. Sometimes the only way I could get them to sleep at the same time was to take a drive and park at the ocean. I designed that first envelope in the car with Nadine & Evan fast asleep. I was so thrilled just to have completed something. To my delight, my envelope was recognized as a 'winner.'
In the summer of 2002, there was a traveling exhibit of some of the creative envelopes from the contest. When it came to the Public Library in Charlotte, I was thrilled to see my envelope hanging on the wall. This time the kids were old enough to take many adventures downtown to visit mommy's envelope.


The 2006 theme was 'A Fine Line'. Not sure what my inspiration was . . . but some how I developed this:


Two of the three little monkeys are my two cuties! I thought it was too funny! This one was awarded Honorable mention.

"C's the Day" was the theme for 2008. At the time I was homeschooling my darlings. So, when it was contest time, we ALL participated. They now had catagories for youth. So during school we would work on designs. Evan, age 9,  went with a Chipmunk, chairs & Christmas trees:


Nadine, age 9, used a cute chinchilla eating cheese:


It was so much creating together. My entry as a 'Colorful Graceful Envelope Contest' - winner:


Such a crazy thing, but it gives me such joy to create these envelopes. I guess I like the challenge. There is no cash value for winning. It takes me usually a month from design concept to taking it to the post office to hand it off. In the grand scheme of things, not many folks know about this contest - usually the post office worker wonders what it is all about. So no big claim to fame here. But it is something I look forward to doing when the theme catches my imagination. There have been years when the deadline slips by. But nine times I have submitted, six times I have been selected, and the last one - well waiting to find out.

3/24/2014

Complete



Clean.

Simple.

ELEGANT



Just completed another job for a very pleased mother of the bride!

3/13/2014

Graceful Envelope 2014

Just a glimpse of my entry for the annual Graceful Envelope Contest

This year's theme is the letter 'S'. Can you guess how many things starting with the letter 'S' can be seen in this little piece of my envelope?

S
Sienna
Sapphire blue
Shades of color
Steel nib
Swirls - calligraphers prefer flourishes but that is not an S
Subtle colors & images

They announce the winners in June. Such a long time to wait.
My entry in 2005 took Best in Show. Very exciting. My entries can be viewed at my flickr.

2/22/2014


Another layout for this piece. Still need to add the text.

1/30/2014

A Single Word



In the cold of winter, finally some inspiration to create a finished piece for an upcoming exhibit.
Step 1)  Pencil sketch


Step 2) Working with watercolor on good paper


Step 3) After the letter 'A' is dry, outlined the letter & color blocks with clear masking fluid.


Step 4)  Add watercolor washes to the square. Once dry the masking fluid comes off with a gentle rub.



Step 5)  Working out the words to go around the focal point. Still on this step.