Sunday, December 20, 2015

Calligraphy & Lettering Art for Cards: Part 3

Cards for Adults

The final part of this series is focused on greeting cards created for adults.

Often I find the artistic portion easier to create than composing the written message.  But the advantage of creating your own card is that the customization is unique for that person...the colors you know they like, the appropriateness of the lettering for the occasion, and the overall mood created by the artwork.  Thankfully, having a style that is "all over the place", as I do, is beneficial!  I love the formal flourishing of Copperplate (Congratulations card below), but I also love the ability to play with funky letter forms and shade with my colored pencils.
I hope you enjoy the selection below!  Let me know what you like!

Above and below: Neuland style lettering, ZIG Calligraphy Marker, 
and Prismacolor pencils on Strathmore drawing paper

Faith, Hope, Love: Drawn letter forms, Faber-Castell PITT markers, 
Prismacolor pencils on Strathmore Drawing paper

Drawn lettering and design, PITT markers, colored pencils, and glitter pen

Some recent drawings I've been working on, inspired by photographs of tiles...
I scanned and reproduced my drawings in black and white, then printed 
and colored individually.  Lettering was added with Prismacolor Verithin pencils.

 This card was designed for a client who had been gifted a pair of shoes from Seattle designer Luly Yang.  The colors used were inspired by the shoes themselves.

This last selection was designed and made for a personal friend who was recently promoted
to Colonel in the United States Air Force.  

 I found the Air Force logo online...I traced the image,creating a simple black and white 
line drawing that I then scanned, resized in Photoshop to fit my card dimensions, 
and printed onto Strathmore 300 Series Drawing paper.  
Next, I wrote the Copperplate calligraphy message in Ultramarine Winsor & Newton gouache
and added highlights to the left edge of the lettering with Dr. Ph Martin's Silver Calligraphy Ink.  I chose to do the lettering first, knowing if I made a mistake it would be at this stage.  I didn't want to spend the time painting the logo, to then make a mistake in the calligraphy and have to start over!  
Last, I painted the logo with black India ink and the Dr. Martin's Silver, which has a great metallic shine!

Thanks for visiting this series!  Next up...a little post-Christmas sharing of Christmas projects!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing what products you used. Always helpful! Love the " Faith, Hope, Love: Drawn letter forms, Faber-Castell PITT markers,
    Prismacolor pencils on Strathmore Drawing paper"