You may recall that I’m trying out a subscription to a monthly box of paper goods from OliveBox. Click here to see what I got for January and December.
For February, I received this box of goodies, which included a message in a bottle, a mechanical pencil that looks like a giant wooden pencil, an envelope of vintage stamps, and a letterpressed letterquette.
The message in the bottle actually has a message. It says “You Are Loved.” How sweet and comforting is that. And the letterquette is an actual glue-bound pad of letterpressed notecards with bright green edge painting and a glue-bound pad of envelopes. Such a clever set!
Each month keeps getting better and better!
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I love postcards! I love collecting them, sending them and receiving. But they are hard to find these days. So I bought a kit from Amazon with adhesive templates for making my own postcards.
I’ve been using my own photographs to create a series of Weekend Exploring postcards, which I share each Friday. So I thought it would be fun to use those digital postcards to create actual postcards I can put in the snail mail. I used Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper, which looks amazing on my Epson Artison 1430 printer.
Here’s how to make them yourself:
- Print two postcards per page.
- Trim them to 6″ wide by 4″ high.
- Peel off the top part of the adhesive postcard back.
- Align it with the top of the photograph.
- Finger-press the top edge to secure.
- Peel the rest of the adhesive off, and finger-press the rest of the template to seal the photo and eliminate any bubbles or creases.
It’s a great excuse for taking more photos and improving my photography skills. I can already tell making my own postcards is going to be addicting!
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These pages started out with a watercolor background, pencil sketches, more watercolor painting, pen and ink details and some hand-lettering. Inspired by the illustrated Paris Letter I received in the snail mail, I purposefully left white space on these pages for room to write a short letter. I would love to create a new series of sketchbook pages like this, turn them into stationery, and call them Nature Letters.
(reminds me of The Secret Garden, one of my favorite books)
I’m looking forward to doing more of these illustrations in my sketchbook, especially as Spring arrives and things come back to life in our gardens and on the trails nearby, providing just the right inspiration I need.
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Welcome March! I am so happy to see you, the month when my favorite season begins – Spring. The first day of Spring is March 20, so mark your calendar.
Click here to download your free printable calendar for March 2014, which features my robin illustration, a sure sign that Spring is coming as our frozen world hopefully starts to thaw soon.
I left room on the calendar days so you can record meetings, appointments or special days. And there’s a column on the right side to keep your notes and to-do list for the month.
Hope you find these free printables useful and fun. Happy March!
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Yay, it’s Friday! Time to reflect on and appreciate things that happened over the past week, and share with you a new weekend postcard featuring one of my recent photos.
- I adore the illustrated letter I received from Paris.
- I received some other fabulous snail mail this week from friends and family.
- I love a wonderful new coffee–table book of illustrated maps I got recently.
- I’m thankful to my sister for listening to me ramble on about a new secret licensed art project I’m working on.
- I’m thankful for satisfied freelance clients.
- I am lucky to receive a hand-me-down macro lens and a telephoto lens from my aunt Madelon who doesn’t use her photography equipment anymore.
- I am happy to have a new desk at work that is bigger, brighter and quieter. Being next to a window always makes a positive difference in my spirit.
- Getting my order in the mail for my monthly coffee subscription makes me happy.
Our weekend agenda includes as much illustration as possible for above–mentioned secret project, experimenting with my new camera lenses, a car repair, pot roast in the crock pot, and happy hour cocktails. Oh yeah, don’t forget to watch the Oscars on Sunday night.
Happy Friday. Enjoy your weekend!
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I have art crushes. More of a feeling of admiration and inspiration for other artists’ work.
Today, I want to introduce you to Janice MacLeod.
She just released a book called The Paris Letters, a memoir about her career burnout at a copywriting job at an advertising agency in Los Angeles. She spent a year figuring out how to pare down her possessions so she could fit her life into one suitcase, and save enough money to quit her job and travel the world. She ended up settling down in Paris where she illustrated letters about life in Paris, which she sold subscriptions to and mailed all over the world. Here are samples of some of her illustrated letters, included in her book:
Her letters are illustrated with a small set of watercolors and handwritten. You can buy a single letter or a subscription to her letters at her Etsy shop. After I ordered her book, I ordered one of her letters to see if it was as fabulous as I thought it might be. Yes, it really is fabulous!
I first discovered her when I was looking at my Instagram feed, and saw a picture Nicole Robertson shared of Janice’s new book. I loved the cover illustration, so I did some investigating, and became drawn to Janice’s story. Her writing is so fabulous that she has pulled me in. This is the first book I’ve made the time to read in a year (in my defense, I was a little busy last year with school and three jobs). In fact, I can’t put it down!
I love the concept behind her success. I love her writing style. I love her story. I love her illustrations. It’s so exciting and inspiring to learn about this story and own one of these wonderful illustrated letters.
PS – By the way, according to my WordPress stats, this post will be my 1,000th post! Wowza, that’s a lot of blogging since 2007! I love this new creative direction I’m heading in so thank you for stopping by. Stay tuned for a recap of the past 7 years of blogging…
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It’s no secret that I love nature, being outside, soaking up sunshine and fresh air, watching wildlife, looking for wild treasures. So naturally (ha!) nature provides great inspiration for my art.
Today I’m excited to share free printables with you:
Field Guide Bookmarks featuring my Cardinal, Robin, and Grackle illustrations.
These are inspired by the field guide art booklets I created with my nature illustrations. The back side has a collage of leaves and seed pods I’ve illustrated.
Click here to download the PDF. Here’s how you can make your own set of bookmarks:
Print the two pages on cardstock. Trim the bookmarks to 2″ wide by 6″ tall.
Put double-sided tape on one side, peel the paper backing off, and align the other side on top.
Finger press to seal the adhesive.
I know more people are reading digital books on their tablets these days. But who doesn’t still love the smell and feel of an analog book?! This book has renewed my desire to read so it’s great having a new bookmark. In fact I can’t put this book down! (Stop by tomorrow for more on that book.)
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