I have long enjoyed playing with paper... making books, doing origami, and as you may have already realized, weaving parts of my paintings.
So when I started experimenting with greeting card ideas, my ideas turned away from simple images to tri-folds and 3-D pop-ups.
As I mentioned in my last post, we had two new babies born in our neighborhood in April. So along with the chicken pot pies, I delivered our best wishes with this card that wraps a sweet baby in a big heart!
Emboldened by my success with the baby card, I thought of a friend who has taken on some heavy-duty work to help people struggling with opioids. Her courage and tenacity inspire me. I envisioned a card that looked pretty on the outside, but speaks to her strength inside.
But in my excitement, I hadn't figured out the paper engineering! Didn't really come together as I had envisioned.... Ha! Ahhh well. Onward and upward.
So it was back to Bert ... a couple of new cards in time for Father's Day and summer weddings.
Now it's time to pack up my sketchbooks, pens, brushes & paints and head north out of Arizona's heat. More from Minnesota in June.
"Greetings!" Seems like an appropriate beginning after being silent for so long. But actually I am referring to my latest artistic endeavors.
Even though we email and FacetTime often, I love reading an actual letter or card from my sister or granddaughters. I even put "Real letters in my USPS mailbox" on my Christmas list and it has been so fun to get “real mail”.
At Christmas I received a subscription to Sketchbook Skool and specifically a “kourse” about creating Greeting Cards. I started the exercises and had fun with Valentine’s and a couple of birthday cards.
After the new year, I devoted most of January to getting ready for the Arizona Sage Art Market in early February. Then Mike and I took a three-week cruise in February - March! So it’s only recently that I have turned my attention back to designing cards.
As 2018 is The Year of the Dog and that we have a new (to us) dog...Bert, I’ve been working on a series of cards featuring his wonderful black and white swirls and spots.
The first batch has just arrived from the printer. You can find them in my Gallery/Shop.
If you're interested in a card for a particular occasion, let me know … I’d enjoy trying to figure a way to express that thought!
Here’s to spring! ~ Candace
Along the way....
When I first decided to create a website, I thought of it as a virtual catalog to "get my work out there". Then I picked up a copy of Austin Kleon's Show Your Work. He so clearly states my sense of how we are a community of creatives who benefit from sharing our process and work; I decided it makes sense to blog and share mine. Enjoy.