EXQUISITE CARDS

Friday, February 5, 2016

TAKE ME TO PARIS

Illuminated script from my archive
From a quick sketch that's not exactly exciting. Photoshop lets me play with various layers to turn this into an interesting greeting.

initial eiffel tower sketch

I scan a tea menu onto a watercolor wash

Monday, February 1, 2016

ILLUMINATED ALPHABETS

learning my ABC
Following in the tradition of medieval illuminated text initials, the letters of the alphabet became a favorite subject of graphic design from the 15 century on. I started doodling after I came back from a recent show at the  Print & Drawing Gallery at the Metropolitan Museum.
a page from the gallery

18 century, Florence, from the current show

my latest script with photoshop magic

My initial, JC, watercolor

Monday, January 18, 2016

PHOTOSHOP MAGIC

From sketch to photoshop magic...

how cool it would be to be cruising on this sweet vintage bike. A little imagination goes a long way to get thru these bleak grey days.

bike with layers of florals on green pastel landscape

same illustration with a little photoshop magic

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

WINTER BIRDS

All the rain last week kept the birds away from the feeder. They are back, with the snow. All puffed up.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

HOLIDAY FLORALS


some edits on Photoshop
Despite lots of running around this holiday week, I get to sit down & work up a few more new Holiday design.
inspiration from the florist

HOLIDAY BOTANICAL

A little Time out from my holiday running around this week. Appreciation for the quietly beautiful things surrounding me.

quick pencil sketch

my awesome watercolor brush

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

FANTASY BIRTHDAY DESIGN

No 2 designs ever start out the same way. Came upon this old sketch. It's only a few lines, but it still holds my interest after all these years. I needed an excuse to get back to playing with my watercolor. By the time I'm done, this flower fairy takes on a life of its own. 

ethereal flower fairy

close up

new Birthday card
I explore it further with some edits on photoshop. I did not set out to design a birthday greeting. By adding the balloons, it makes for a lovely magical birthday card, or a festive birthday invite.