Thursday, October 28, 2010

Carol Pallesen Workshop, continued

These last two images aren't cards. I'm not sure what I'm going to use them for. I was thinking the tree image would look good with some words written in white on the lower right side. We'll see.

Carol Pallesen Workshop

Last weekend, the CCC hosted talented lettering artist Carol Pallesen from Reno, Nevada. (Carol doesn't have a website yet, but just Google her name and see what you come up with.) She taught a workshop called "Batik Cards". (Batik is a method of dyeing fabric, in which parts of the cloth not intended to be dyed, are covered with removable wax).

I've always wanted to learn batik because of the bright colors and wild patterns that one usually sees in this process. Carol made it easy by applying the technique to paper, which was a great way to introduce it to beginners.

The results were simply breathtaking. Everyone did such beautiful work! Unfortunately, I did not bring my camera so I don't have the step-by-step process to show you. I'm hoping to get some images from a friend, but until then, here are some of my finished pieces.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Very Special Piece

A dear friend of ours got married over the weekend and this piece was a gift for her and her new husband. It is a testimony to God's faithfulness in their lives.

Our friend became a widow 15 years ago, at the age 43 years old. She was left to care for five children, ages 7 to 16. Our church family, as well as her immediate family, took seriously the biblical mandate to "care for widows and orphans". And the Lord was faithful to become husband and father to her and her children. We watched in awe as her "mourning was turned into gladness" and her children grew to be men and women who loved the Lord with their whole heart, soul, mind and strength.

Her new husband was also a widower for 2 years and father to 3 young adult children.

Theirs is a story of love, loss, healing and love again. And this verse has become their theme. The fall colors were chosen by both of them, to fit with their living room decor. I used a pointed brush with gouache for the lettering and watercolors for the color.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Your Handwriting Made Into a Font!

Someone on Cyberscribes just posted this link for a Pilot Pen promotional piece. A very clever advertisement. Click on the link and watch the little instructional video, which in itself, is very creative. If you choose to do it, you can get your own handwriting made into a font...for FREE!

Here's the link: Pilot Handwriting Promo

NOTE: I am not endorsing Pilot, and am not being paid by Pilot to post this. This is strictly for fun and I thought you'd be interested. :-)