Saturday, January 25, 2020

It's a Word, It's a Plan, It's Letterman

If you were a fan of PBS' Electric Company back in the 70's, you might remember this phrase. Joan Rivers was the narrator for this sketch and Letterman would fix words that were causing havoc in a scene by ripping the letter off his chest and replacing it with a better letter.


I loved that show and, when my kids were little, we got the videos from the library so they could watch them. They probably humored us, but we still say things from the skits that starred Morgan Freeman and Rita Morena.

All of that to show you some lettering I've been working on. I've always enjoyed doodling and I tried calligraphy as a teen and had a good time in art school with typography projects. So, I picked up some lettering books from the library, joined some Instagram lettering challenges and now I'm back in the lettering game.

Obviously, this was the letter B that I drew after a lettering book lesson.


These are just the horoscope names in a different font. I really dig this font and have been using it a lot lately.


This one is done in gel pen and then I scribbled over it in marker and rubbed the dark blue off the light blue gel pen.


When I saw the prompt for the lettering challenge over on IG was wild, of course I thought of animal print, so it had to be chunky letters so I could draw inside them.



If you're interested in some lettering lessons, I like the book below and you can get it from Amazon here, if you want...not an affiliate fyi, and you can head to this blog, Page Flutter,  to see her top picks for beginning letterers. 


And I recommend 80# paper or paper for laser printers, so there's a smoother surface than regular copy paper. I also recommend trying a million different pens to find what you like. I've seen people who can letter beautifully with just a pencil...but I'm not fond of graphite on paper when I'm writing, so I use either Colorit brush markers or Tombow Fudenosuke hard brush tip. If you wanna join me, I'm part of the @happyletteringchallenge group.

Happy Weekend!
Chark








Saturday, January 18, 2020

Winnie-the-Pooh Day

Friends! It's Winnie-the-Pooh Day! I looovvee Pooh bear. He's a throwback to my childhood and a throwback to when my kids were little. He's so stinkin' cute and the stories are so sweet and clever and innocent.



From the Time website:  A.A. Milne’s books—including the simply titled Winnie-the-Pooh, which was published on this day (October 14) in 1926—made Winnie the bear and his animal friends world famous, but they were not only the product of Milne’s imagination. 

The author, along with illustrator Ernest H. Shepard, actually based his work on some very real stuffed animals—those of Milne’s son, Christopher Robin Milne. Although the book was published 89 years ago Wednesday (2015), the beloved character got his start five years before, when Milne gave his son a toy bear for his first birthday on Aug. 21, 1921. But that bear wasn’t named Winnie: he was initially called Edward. The name Winnie came later, from a brown bear that young Christopher Robin Milne visited in the London Zoo. 

Amazingly enough, I don't have a new Pooh bear project to share, but I am in the middle of one, so I'll post it soon. And here's a project I made a few years ago...it's a little gift bag decorated with stickers a Pooh and Piglet die cut, using these die cuts from Jo-Ann.






Instead I'll post a little lettering practice I've been working on with words that remind me of Pooh Bear.



Happy Weekend!
Chark




Sunday, January 12, 2020

Snowman Redux

So I spent yesterday redrawing the snowman from last week's post (see below). This time I put the snowman on kraft, drew light pencil circles in to follow and looked at the Hallmark card a little closer. I do like this more than the silver on black paper version I made...but it's definitely more of a copy. An homage, if you will, to the original card that sparked my imagination. I'm not trying to put them out of business, so I'll share a link to buy their cards here just in case you love the originals.

Here's my second try.


And my first try.


And the Hallmark card.


I think there are plenty of inspirations for our cards and actually having another card inspire me is pretty normal...one time I took inspiration from a clothing tag and one time it was a dress someone was wearing at church and a book cover once. I take lots of photos that have something that inspires me and often it's a color combo or a stamp I own but see used differently than I thought. Sometimes it's some cute nature photo that I have nowhere near the talent to draw, but wish I did.

I love watching videos for inspiration but I rarely follow through on those videos. But I keep watching 'em! Some of my favorites are Vicky Papaioannou whose art journal pages are really great and she creates multiple cards with a kit videos that I enjoy (and she has a fab accent) and Mary Polanco, who is super down-to-earth and makes mistakes and tells you how she fixed them and who does comparison videos and gives alternate supply ideas (plus her cute kids sometimes show up).

What inspires you?

Happy Weekend!
Chark

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Wrapping Up the Holidays

Did you see my little pun there? It's time to wrap things up and get back to normal...we'll have to take down the decorations and stop eating Christmas cookies for breakfast (or was that just me?), and go back to our regularly scheduled lives this week. But I did have one last project that I wanted to share to say goodbye to the holiday season.

This is a card I saw in my IG feed for Hallmark and I loved the idea, so I used it for some inspiration. This is their card.



And here's my drawing. I got some new uniball signo pens, and I love how they look on black. I used silver for this one. The red is marker on top of the silver. I never made him into a card, but was fun to make and I might try him with white uniball on kraft like theirs.


Oh and if you want to squeeze in one last holiday, today is National Spaghetti Day, which I could celebrate every day. I'm a huge pasta fan and my favorite sauce is a meat sauce which I haven't made in forever, with green peppers and beef that simmers for an hour on the stove. I think this weekend is the perfect time for it!


Happy Spaghetti Saturday!
Chark





Sunday, December 22, 2019

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

I can't believe we're just a couple days away from Christmas. My family exchanges gifts on Christmas Eve, Santa brings stockings on Christmas Day and somewhere in there we do a family celebration with my husband's brothers and aunts. That's the big family gathering, with tons of food, presents, talking, laughing and hugging. This is the tree from this year.




I love catching up with all the nieces and nephews and there are 11 on my husband's side of the family. Our aunts are in their 80s and are a hoot and a holler. They're around 5 feet, Italian through and through and opinionated as all get out. They're hilarious and they are loved by everyone who meets them, practically...but I'm guessing Aunt Katie has ruffled a few feathers in her life. Aunt Mae is the exact opposite of that. My favorite perfect example of this is when Aunt Katie told her younger sister, "you're cold, put on a sweater." And Aunt Mae did!



This is a tag I just finished with some vintage elves from an old postcard, tiny words from Cosmo Cricket and poinsettias made with a die I won from Poppy Stamps. I went for the grunge look and used a tag I had already painted and foiled lightly. The black stars are foam and the candy cane I made from a pipe cleaner that was already red and white. I used a Pitt Artist's marker for edging.



This last Christmas card I'm sharing uses a Power Poppy digital on kraft paper. I love white pencil on craft. I used white Uniball pen and some light colored pencil too. The plaid paper is Carta Bella.



Happy Holidays!
Chark






Friday, November 29, 2019

Lemon Cream Pie Day

I'm pretty jazzed to find out today is Lemon Cream Pie Day...I super love the lemon pie at Bob Evans. There's whipped cream, lemon filling and a little lemon candy on top. It's just the best...and now I'm wondering if they have lemon pie in the fall...hmmmm.


Here's the history of National Lemon Cream Pie Day from NationalDay.com

"Food historians believe lemon desserts have been around since the Middle Ages! Whipped cream, on the other hand, is a relative newcomer: it didn’t show up until the 16th century. It first appeared in recipes in Italy in the mid 1500s and then traveled to France and showed up in recipes there just after 1600. Somewhere between then and now, someone had the brilliant idea to marry them together in a way that’s basically sunshine baked into a pie dish. 



Here's a lemon cream pie recipe if you're a baker. I like baking way more than cooking and this seems doable...but it's a little involved. I like this recipe better, and you don't really have to be a baker to attempt this one.



I'm a pretty big fan of lemon, but I know some people aren't...so I'm going to throw in a recipe link for a chocolate cream pie. Shhh! I'd probably pick chocolate over lemon :)


If you only want to craft to celebrate National Lemon Cream Pie Day, here ya go. This is $1.50 digi image from JW Illustrations, it's colored here as pumpkin pie, but I think you could make it lemon.


You can hop over to Tutorial Tuesday to see how Denise made this lemonade card...though it's not pie, it sure looks tasty!


This free lemon digi art comes from A Little Sugar and you can check out how they used it here. Let me know what your favorite cream pie is!



Happy Friday!
Chark