It’s been awhile since I’ve just done a random, throw-everything-forget-nothing kind of post, so that’s what I’m about to embark on. If I don’t make it out, send help.
I’ve found myself snapping random, sometimes black and white photos. I don’t know why, but I’ve been loving capturing the everyday. I need to bring my camera in public more. I find it’s a great way to get some really interesting photos.
Finding the beautiful out of the ordinary — I love it best.
Discovering having melty, chocolaty hands touch you isn’t as bad as we might imagine. XD
“Watermelon is a good fruit — You eat, you drink, and you wash your face.” ~Enrico Caruso
Oh my, *checks calendar* it’s been way too long. I’m glad to be writing again! Even though I’ve been “quarantined” I’ve somehow let the days slide quickly. Is that possible? XD
Well, in my absence I’ve done a lot around my house, which I’ve enjoyed. It’s been nice having time to do things I’ve wanted to do, but just didn’t find the time to do. And luckily all of this craziness seems to be slowing down a bit at the start of Summer! I end my school year on the 22nd this year, and I can’t wait to have those long, fun Summer days ahead. Anyone else?
Well, lots of letters have passed through my *sanitized* (🤣) fingers, and I thought I’d share a bit ‘o recent letter art/lettering.
For some reason, I’ve been really into identical envelope art. Each day when I mail out letters, each day has different envelopes. A few days ago I did these black and white envelopes, using a white Signo broad gel pen. This is a wonderful, affordable pen for dark papers as such. I also use it a lot for highlights when lettering, one of my favorites.
I suppose this was another themed day. XD I love using a slightly different tone of color on envelopes to do the lettering, it creates such a pretty, soft, simple look.
Ah, another! Hehe. I love doing this lemon-looking pattern. It was so Summery I couldn’t stop doing it. XD I used my Tombow Dual brush pens and the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens for this.
I really enjoy using washi tape as borders for envelopes. If you’re running low on time, but want to make your snail mail fun with color, throwing a bit ‘o washi tape or sticker on there is a great way to spruce it up!
Using drop shadows is one of my favorite ways to do letter art. It just adds a little sumpin’ sumpin’. What are your favorite ways to spruce your envelopes? I’d love to know!
I’ve been enjoying lettering bible verses lately. Below is part of one of my favorite verses (and a sneak peak into the June BUJO setup(: ).
The walks lately have held many beautiful flowers and beautiful skies. Have you all walked this Spring? Do you have flowers blooming?
My cousin and his family came to visit a week or so ago, and so provided some photo opportunities of his little children. It was so fun! Toddlers and babies are interesting subjects. (:
Oh yeah, my brother caught a baby mouse in our next-door field. hELp. He will just pick anything up. O.o
Though, it is rather cute. XD
A few weeks ago I took a walk through the field while the flowers were in full bloom. I documented some of it, so here we are! (:
That is it for now, friends! Truly, how are you doing? Farewell!
What part was your favorite? What would you like my next post to be about? What do you think about lemons? What’s your favorite color?
I was starting to write a letter today after I bought a few things at Hobby Lobby (“the Hob Lob” as we call it) and I wanted to make it very fallish. It seems like Christmas is just around the corner, a few people I know have decorated! So I definitely want to squeeze as much fall in as I can.
Letter writing is a great way to do that!
I though I would share with y’all some of the small things that make your letters pop with the seasons in simple ways.
NO. 1 Toned card + envelopes
Hobby Lobby, one of my favorite places, has a nice selection of packeted cards and envelopes. They have these nice rectangular brown ones there now (50%, too!) that I got earlier. They’re a nice difference from the regular white, and when you do reds and oranges on them, the brown looks so nice and fallish!
NO. 2 Colored pens
these are a great way to make your cards and envelopes pop and immediately remind you of fall. I always go for reds, oranges, browns and greens.
I made a quick, simple card using the bullet end of a dual brush pen for the words and the brush end for the leaves.
I got those two front plaid wash tapes at Hobby Lobby earlier. I thought the would be fun to use through the fall and winter months in my bullet journal and on letters.
NO. 3 Tapes or stickers
These are affordable, long-lasting touches for your letters. The fun patterns and widths are just so fun to see on envelopes in the mailbox, and they’re fun to put on everything.
NO. 4 Tiny tidbits and fun things
Fall themed stickers, papers, poems, Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s), paintings, cutouts, etc. are fun touches to put inside a letter when it doesn’t seem like enough. There is usually always some fun little thing to add a little more joy to the letter when it is opened.
NO. 5 Colorful envelopes
I kept the envelope pretty simple, but the reds and the plaid make it stand out. You can draw a box around the address in bright colors, paint, sketch, anything. It’s so fun to personalize the mail!
The last thing I got from the good ‘ole Hob Lob was a new wax seal stamp. The whole stamp pin came off of my old one, so I figured I should upgrade(: I got the heart stamp, and I really like it!
NO. 6 Wax seals
These are my favorite part. I don’t do it every time, but I really enjoy choosing the colors. (I bought this from Amazon. Great buy!)
I used a gold over the wide plaid washout tape I got. It turned out pretty! A very simple and easy way to make your envelope fancy and pretty.
I hope y’all enjoyed that! It was something I had on my mind to share, it was fun!
Now, I attempted to take some portrait photography for my blog for a new Gravatar image and such, but I ended up having to recruit my brother. It’s really hard to get it to be focused perfectly on a tripod and ten-second timer!
This was one I took by myself. It turned out good, but I kept getting the washed-out background (upper left), so I called good ‘ole Evan.
I think he did pretty good! It was a frigid windy day, so camera shake and all was hard to avoid, BUT THE LIGHT! ♥
This one probably turnout the best out of all of them. My hair was being wiped all ’round!
These leaves were so pretty!
He attempted to catch me mid-hairflip, but alas, no good….
…AH! There we go. XD *applauds brother generously*
Oh, you know, just your every-day stride in the midst a field. (;
Is it a bird? no, a plane! It’s AUDREY KATE! The severely ungraceful land-skater! 😂
Maisy trudged through the woods to join us when we were walking back. She didn’t know she would be in a picture, though! Hehe. (She wasn’t that grateful…)
I hope you all are having a DEEElightful evening!
What was your favorite part about the letter? Do you use wax? What photo was your favorite? Di Evan do a good job?
It sure has been a few minutes! I’m back today with a chunk of photos and tidbits and different things. We went on vacation to Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and South Dakota, and it was also my first time on an airplane. All this provided a good bit of photography opportunities(:
I learned on our trip that different camera settings are very useful. A lot of times I would find myself raising aperture and lowering the ISO, then other times it would be completely different. It was fun to experiment!
Without further adieu…
Various, non-vacation photos…
I’ve been taking lots of black and white (monochrome) photos, and I’ve been learning a lot of fun things using it. Wood looks neat!
Recent Letter Art
Fall has been sneaking up on me (with no help by the weather. It’s still in the 90’s), in the decor and art sense. I really really love autumn, so I took that into my letter art. Robert Frost, I’ve found, as I scrounged the poetry books on our shelves, that he has quite the Autumn poem selection. (Below)
That’s it for the photos for today. Which part did you like best? I’m so excited about Inktober this year. I will be posting the art I’ve done with the promt word given, so be sure to check back periodically for those! If you’ve never heard of Inktober, you should definitely look into it. It’s a fun way to stretch your creative muscles!
I hope you are all having a delightful day! Come back tomorrow for a peek at my Bullet Journal. (:
Which pictures were your favorites? Have you ever been out west? Do you live where Buffalo roam? Do you like airplanes?
I have written lots of letters lately, and I love doing art on the cards and envelopes, and I thought y’all might like to take a peek!
I do lots of different styles, but they all mainly include brush lettering and/or watercolor.
Bible verses are some of my favorite things to put on cards. They’re fun to look up, fun to write, and they look nice on cards(:
I really like to use watercolor and quotes in the making of my cards. I have a section in my bullet journal where I stash my favorite quotes and I have another journal that I write down my favorite verses in. It helps to write these things down so you don’t have to go ‘a searchin’😁
I really like drawing scenes in colored pencil as well. (Sorry, this one isn’t my greatest😆)
Themed cards and envelopes are really fun to do.
Doing a outline around the addresses and stamp with a theme (ex. leaves or black lines like in picture 3) can add a little sumpin’ sumpin’ to your envelopes.
ATC’s! My favorite(:
Well, that wraps it up for this (shorter) post. I hope you enjoyed reading this! Let me know which envelope/other was your favorite, I’d love to know!
I hope you all have a wonderful day!
What was your favorite? What’s the longest letter you’ve ever written (mine was ten pages–yesterday!)? Do you have a pen-pal?