What kind of things make you stop and take a moment? For me, it is something that looks like it could have an interesting texture or something very small that I need to take a closer look at to see all the details.
I believe that texture is one of the things that draws me to letterpress. I love the feeling of the different weights and surfaces of the paper. It is really enjoyable for me to hand someone a card or print created with letterpress and to see the reaction once they really start to feel the paper in their hands.
Tiny objects have always been an obsession. They spark the imagination – they make you stop to analyze them and in the process your mind goes to the questions who would use such tiny things and who would make such tiny things and how did they make that tiny thing and how could I use it? When objects and images are so small, you can take them anywhere as your pocket inspiration or give inspiration to others!
My first letterpress project is a business card. I set the type in the composing stick using 12pt. and 18 pt. Baskerville font. This took me a lot longer than expected because as I was setting the email address, I realized that my set of typeface did not have the @ symbol. I did some research and learned that when letterpress was at its peak, this symbol was used but not so widely that it was included with each typeset. One had to purchase these symbols separately which is what I had to do before I could finish setting the type. 🙂
Baskerville font from M&H foundry
@ symbols from the typefoundry of Patrick Reagh
Very excited about this new addition to the studio! Now we just need to get it out of the crate and put it all together. Stay tuned.
In honor of World Watercolor Month, I am taking the Fresh Florals Watercolor class at art-classes.com with Sandy Allnock. Today I practiced my Trilliums in preparation for their portrait. It is fun and relaxing to practice different shapes and techniques – no pressure.
I have spent the last few days at the 2017 Advanced Copic Retreat in Arizona. Created by Copic Instructor, Jennifer Dove, this is an extraordinary event comprised of 12 hour days, multiple marker techniques and a lot of fun! This is a mini bunny I created with Copic markers and a multiliner. Teeny tiny strokes!
Today I started the Whimsical Sketching class with Sandy Allnock. Our first exercise was flowers!
Sometimes it is just fun to see what you can do with a limited palette. For this butterfly, image by Marianne Walker, I used R81 and BV13. I highlighted the light spots with a white gel pen so that they would really stand out.
This is a page I colored (with Copic markers) from Lisa Funk’s Creative Lettering Journal – a wonderful book filled with lettering drills, quotes and images. A fun way to augment your lettering practice.
The Apple Branch image is from DoveArt Studios. This was an additional exercise in water droplets and it completes all my unfinished images from last year’s Bootcamp.
Ready for Advanced Bootcamp!