Thursday, April 02, 2009

Dots Done Directly

When you have to write a card to someone, what do you usually do? Sometimes I just use all the ones I've accumulated over the years. I'll buy interesting looking designs or textured paper notecards. Lately it seems I get a new set of note cards from charities trolling for donations every week (hello FINCA, I think I've gotten 7 sets over the last few months! Which makes me not want to donate...). I tend to use those freebie ones for the not so formal communications, like sending checks to people or businesses.

But when you're writing a thank you note or just a letter to someone, it is nice to make a card that you think will suit them. I don't usually take a lot of time to do these, sometimes it is just to use up excess paint from something else, or extra fabric or paper bits that need to be collaged on a very small scale.

In this case I was writing to Jaye who really really loves polka dots. So I took a watercolor paper card and used my Caran d'Ache watercolor crayons to make some brightly colored, randomly dispersed dots. After the addition of a little water, the card still needed something. Which in this case was some black pen circling the dots and adding some specks in the background.
I was pleased enough with how it turned out that I snapped this picture.

It makes me wonder whether this is a good enough type of design for a run at a Spoonflower custom fabric printing order??


Angela said...

I love the colors and the polka dots!! I think this would make a fantastic fabric print!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

As an artist, I hate to admit I have NEVER thought of this! Yes, I have made nice cards with photos I have taken, and I have done a few from things I have Photo-shopped (nominal talent!!!) and I have also made really nice cards with a small envelope lining from artwork I have produced, then photographed and done multiples. (anybody wanna buy some?????LOL!)
But this is SO COOL. It's *just right* What a terriffic idea!
And yes, it probably would make a good fabric print and no, Anne is NOT going to look at the custom printing site! No, NO, NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

CPDB Librarian said...

I think you should try it. I love the card!!! I have it in my living room now and will move it up to the inspiration board soon. Thanks. J.