Friday, December 7, 2012

This Weeks Doodles

I've been working on Christmas tags this week.  Honestly, I think I'll do a tag journal in the new year. I just love this format.


These 3" X 6" tags are cut from watercolor paper (love the texture and the way it accepts paint and adhesive).  I used only hand painted papers, paint (watercolor and acrylic) and ink.  I've been concentrating on doing more of my own lettering.  If you have a book or e-course to suggest that would help me develop my lettering skills, please leave a comment about it.  I think that would be a fun focus for the new year.


The ties are cut from strips of recycled sari silk. I buy it in skeins that contain every color of silk you can imagine.  I'll post a picture of a skein sometime.  Each one is unique and very lovely.


I can't show you my favorite one just yet since I want its recipient to be surprised.  It will soon be on its way to a new friend as part of a tag swap sponsored by Kirstin McCulloch of LilliBean Designs.  Sign-up for the swap is already closed but I'll let you know if she organizes another in the future!  Kirstin creates the most wonderful canvases with beautiful faces and messages.  I hope you'll pop over to her blog and check out her lovely work.

It's shaping up to be a busy weekend here...lots of errands and Christmas-y activities.  I hope you have something fun planned, too.  Enjoy!

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26 comments:

  1. Your illustrations are so lively and happy- love the way you use text in such a creative way.
    Your blog looks great too- makes me want to redesign mine:)

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    1. Hi, Lori! And thanks! I love your blog so much just the way it is but it fun just to play with things now and again.

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  2. These are so sweet and individual and unique! I love them and I'm sure the person you're sending your favorite one to is very lucky indeed!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. And thank you SO MUCH for stopping by!

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  3. I really like these, especially the peace on earth one. I hope you get a lot done this weekend! I hope I do, too! Happy PPF!

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  4. Quite fun and your lettering looks pretty darn good to me. Calligraphy is a struggle for me and far down on the list of things I want to learn and in this case re learn....I'll just watch all my online friends get better! xox

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    1. Ha! I just can't stay away from words, so I really want to be able to write things out instead of stamping, etc.

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  5. These are so sweet, Janice! I love them. I admire your lettering as well. My handwriting is totally crazy and wish I could write nicely like you! :)

    I also love your little stars on "Peace on Earth." They are so fab!

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    1. I like the stars, too! I'm sure they'll turn up again somewhere...

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  6. Hello Janice, I love these tags, you are into the spirit too, wonderful! These weeks running up to Christmas are such fun, busy and festive, so enjoy! xx

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  7. Hello Janice, I love to read your blog and see all your wonderful projects! Thanks so much!

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    1. Sharon, thank you so much for visiting my blog. It totally blesses me that you took time to leave a comment as well.

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  8. Beautiful tags!
    Love the colors and lettering!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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    1. Thank you, Mary! And happy PPF to you as well!!

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  9. Janice - you tags are stunning! I can't wait to see the one you created for the swap. Thank you so, so much for the shout out. It means so much coming from such a talent soul like yourself xx

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    1. Thanks, Kirstin! I love your work as well. It is really fun to be connected to so many diverse and unique talents.

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  10. Your tags are amazing, you are very talented and whoever will be receiving your favorite tag is so lucky :)

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    1. Thank you, Sandra. It's so great of you to stop by and leave such sweet encouragement!

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  11. Loving all your handpainted tags, beautiful work. Happy PPF, Annette G
    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Hi, Netty, and thank you for stopping by from PPF. I am loving the comaraderie of the group...so many lovely, encouraging people to connect with. Have a great day!

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  12. Hello!

    I think you're lettering is great already! I took an online class from www.elviestudio.blogspot.com, and it was really great! And really affordable. Also, I think Joanne Sharpe does great lettering, and she offers online courses in lettering as well. And, Lisa Engelbrecht has a great book called Modern Mark Making.

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the suggestions! I'm going to check these out today!

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  13. Janice, I received my tag over the weekend...it is fabulous!! I really love it!! Thank you so much! These others are wonderful too. I'd love to see a skein of the silk and know where to purchase it. Have a very Merry Christmas and many blessings in the New Year!

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    1. I am so glad you like it! I thought the tag exchange was a fun project. The skeins of silk I currently have came from a local quilt show vendor. I'll try to find his shop info and get back to you.

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