PDA

View Full Version : Project Discussion: Holiday Cards in Pastel!


Pages : [1] 2

Mikki Petersen
11-04-2004, 06:28 PM
A new project has been announced in the WetCanvas! project system!

Title: Holiday Cards in Pastel!
Project Leader: 1mpete
Relative Difficulty: Easy
Type Restrictions: Postcard/Notecard
Medium: Pastels
Subject: Not Applicable
Days open for signups: Always
Maximum participants allowed: Unlimited

Description:

The Holiday Season is fast upon us! Sending a greeting card at this time of year is a happy tradition and a way to maintain contact with distant friends and family. Last year, I decided to send a card with a piece of my artwork on it so everyone could see what I was doing. I received calls and notes from people thanking me. Several people even said they would frame the picture to have as part of their future Holiday decorating. It was good for my self-confidence and appreciated by those who received a card. So that is what this Project is about . . .

Do a Holiday painting that represents your Holiday customs…Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah…most cultures have a Holiday that occurs at this time of year. Use the reference photos at left for ideas then let your creativity flow. Put the faces of loved ones in a Holiday scene. Paint a scene reflecting Winter in your part of the world. Create a still life painting of objects representing the season to you. Paint a favorite toy or group of toys. Paint a pile of candy or ornaments. Create something from your imagination. Paint a child enchanted with the spirit of the season. There are so many possibilities.

Last Year, I used a reference photo of a chipmunk eating a nut and a photo of poinsettia leaves to compose a painting of a chipmunk on a stump eating a candy cane with evergreens and poinsettia leaves in the background. It was fun to create and it my first animal painting AND it came out pretty well. I used pre-creased card stock and envelopes purchased at the local office supply store. To compose the card, I used an inexpensive print shop type program. It was so easy to do, that I also personalized my envelopes by printing labels (easier than printing envelopes). In fact, the whole experience was so satisfying that all my Birthday Cards this year have been composed and printed by me. Some with my artwork, some with clip art and some with a combination.

There are lots of images in the Reference Image Library available to inspire you, especially in the still life category. In the Flowers category, there are poinsettias and many forms of evergreens in the Trees and Bushes categories.


Additional Information:

For more information on the project: Click here! (http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_details&proj_id=787)

Remember, in order to help keep the discussions on projects organized, you should post your questions, suggestions, and comments on submitted work here in this thread. By doing this, we allow other non-project efforts to not get "pushed down" by a swarm of project-related threads.

Kathryn Wilson
11-04-2004, 09:03 PM
I've signed up! This was a most enjoyable experience last year when I did four paintings and printed out cards - everyone was sooo appreciative to get a little painting of mine - :clap:

meowmeow
11-05-2004, 01:39 PM
I'm going to try to do this. Not making any promises though...but I will realy try. It is a nice idea.
How do we get addresses and stuff if we want to send them?


Sandy

Mikki Petersen
11-07-2004, 12:45 AM
People interested in sending cards can PM me their address and I will compile an address list to be PM'd to each person on the mailing list and only those on the list. Hope you will join in Sandy, even if it's just to make a card to send out to business contacts. It becomes a good form of advertising, too.

prestonsega
11-07-2004, 12:50 AM
Thanks Mikki for leading this project...tis going to be great!

Dark_Shades
11-07-2004, 04:28 AM
Sounds Great Mikki....... um, count me in..... Computer willing :mad: :D

ColorMyWorld
11-07-2004, 09:06 AM
Mikki, I've signed up. Thanks for starting this project.
I'd wanted to do a Christmas card this year. Maybe this will give me the push I need to actually get it done on time!

CarlyHardy
11-07-2004, 11:19 PM
All signed up.
Will send you my addy for snail mail...I'd love to get cards and send some to all of you!! Thanks, Mikki :)

Mikki Petersen
11-08-2004, 12:38 AM
Ho! Ho! HO! We are off and running! Our mailing list has 5 names on it already! I'm going to do a collage of cards from my artist friends to become a permanent part of my Holiday decor. Don't forget if you want to be on the mailing list to PM me your address. Hmmmmm...what to paint....hmmmm

dragonlady
11-08-2004, 05:58 AM
How do people feel about snail-mailing cards to other countries. I'd like to add my name to the mailing list but wonder if it's fair to expect people to send cards to addresses outside their own country. Or would we just send to those on the list who live locally ?

Mikki Petersen
11-08-2004, 08:43 AM
Good question. I participated in two postcard exchange projects where we sent original art to 24 other participants all over the world. For anyone's curiosity...it is 80 cents US to mail anywhere in the world. If anyone is worried about the cost, they can choose not to sent out of Country. This is all a voluntary thing in the spirit of the season. I don't mind sending outside my Country...in fact it is a bit more special to get mail from foreign places. Keeps my postperson intrigued. :D

meowmeow
11-08-2004, 08:54 AM
postcard exchange projects where we sent original art

I assume those were not pastel! That would keep the postman intruiged...or messy!

I have done a holiday card exchange with people from another forum and it was all over the world. None were prohibitive to send and it was great fun getting them from Australia and New Zealand and Sweden. But there were people in the group who just couldn't afford to send them to everyone and we all understood that.

I don't imagine we are talking about huge numbers here either...obviously sending out 200 cards at .80 a pop would add up!


s.

dragonlady
11-08-2004, 10:51 AM
Thanks, I'll PM my address to Mikki, but I won't be upset if anyone feels they don't want to send out of the country.

emmachester
11-08-2004, 01:21 PM
Mikki,

This sounds like fun, I'm in. Now...what am I going to paint?

Sherry

Mikki Petersen
11-08-2004, 02:53 PM
[QUOTE=meowmeow]I assume those were not pastel! That would keep the postman intruiged...or messy! QUOTE]

Actually, a lot of them were pastel or oil pastel...but we all sent them in envelopes wrapped in glassiene so the postman wouldn't ruin them...or steal them :evil: And it was great fun. Those swap projects are a good way to get to know other members who usually frequent different forums.

As for the expense...we are from as many levels of affluence as we are varied backgrounds and resident countries...I would expect everyone to do only what is comfortable for them. This is supposed to be fun not stressful.

dragonlady
11-08-2004, 02:55 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41819

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/43451/tn_lights.jpg

Boy, did I get in a mess with this one- all those darks! Again this was a real learning experience as I've painted very little architecture and never at night ! I can see that some of the windows etc are a bit wobbly and that clock face was a real pain to get symmetrical, and I can see now I've missed a line of lights.
C&C welcome.

Mikki Petersen
11-08-2004, 03:12 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41819

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/43451/tn_lights.jpg

Hooray for Joy :clap: ! Our first brave entry and a beauty too. I can see the delineations of the different objects Joy. This is very festive. I like! :clap:

paloma
11-08-2004, 03:56 PM
This sounds such a great idea I want to join in with the fun. Will have to put my thinking cap on with regards to what to paint ;) Will pm you with my address Mikk. Alexandra

Mikki Petersen
11-08-2004, 04:12 PM
Welcome on board, Alexandra!

prestonsega
11-09-2004, 02:52 AM
OK...Joy broke the ice and I followed suit. So the rest of ya'll post your wip's ( I showed you mine, you show me yours!!)

dragonlady
11-09-2004, 04:56 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41862

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/29946/tn_xmascard1.jpg

Good start, Preston. Reflections are already looking good.

Mikki Petersen
11-09-2004, 09:15 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41862

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/29946/tn_xmascard1.jpg

Preston, this is already looking very good. You have wonderful lights and reflections on the ornaments. Does the acrylic wash leave the tooth pretty much intact on the Wallis? Do you heavily dilute it?

meowmeow
11-09-2004, 12:03 PM
I love your town at Christmas,Joy! What a wonderful little painting. Very ambitious!
Great start, Preston. Those are going to be terrific! Very Christmasy!

prestonsega
11-09-2004, 03:14 PM
Does the acrylic wash leave the tooth pretty much intact on the Wallis? Do you heavily dilute it?

Hi Mikki, and thanks again for bringing this project to fruition.

Yes, I dilute the acrylic heavily, thus the underpainting is very dull. The advantage is that the white "holidays" are non existent. It also gives me an early look at the light /dark pattern. Hoping Santa brings me a set of Createx. :D

bogbeast
11-09-2004, 11:29 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41819

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/43451/tn_lights.jpg

COOL!!!!!

bogbeast
11-09-2004, 11:30 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41862

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/29946/tn_xmascard1.jpg

Beautiful ornaments, Preston!! Great reflections!

Pat Isaac
11-10-2004, 08:48 AM
Okay, Mikki I signed up, but am not totally sure I can get it done.

Pat

Mikki Petersen
11-10-2004, 12:04 PM
That's perfectly fine Pat! Glad you are interested and don't let this become a stressful thing. If you do it, have fun! IF you don't...forgetaboutit!

Pat Isaac
11-10-2004, 01:53 PM
Okay, Mikki, shall do.. :)
Pat

Pilan
11-11-2004, 12:31 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41819

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/43451/tn_lights.jpg

this is beautiful! :clap:

what size is it?

P

prestonsega
11-11-2004, 12:40 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41942


As this is a wip, I will reserve comment and not mention that the little red ball appears to be holding up the clear glass bowl.... :D

Truly great start...the foilage is unbelievably realistic.. :clap: :clap:

dragonlady
11-11-2004, 12:49 PM
Mikki, sandy, Libby, Pilan - thanks for looking and commenting, I appreciate it.
Pilan, sorry, forgot the details. It's 18"X12" on Wallis.

meowmeow
11-11-2004, 01:17 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41942

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/9169/tn_xmas_card01.jpg

Oohhh! Glass, glass, and more glass! Love it...even if the red ball is holding up the glass. Kind of neat! :D Really wonderful start, Julie!


Sandy

SweetBabyJ
11-11-2004, 01:44 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41954

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/9169/tn_xmas_card02.jpg

Thanks, Sandy; I'm hoping the red glass ball has been pushed back far enough now with the addition of greenery and a dropped shadow- it needs to read "under", so at least I've got that right. The whole stand thing will give me fits, but I figure it gets too stubborn and I'll just crop- no skin off my nose.

Dunno if I'll get to much more today- kids coming in for a visit and some errands to run. We'll see.

meowmeow
11-11-2004, 01:50 PM
I'm not worried Julie. I am sure you will get it to "sit" right...I was just enjoying expanding on Preston's little jibe! :D Not to mention it of course! :D


s.

Mikki Petersen
11-11-2004, 02:28 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41942

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/9169/tn_xmas_card01.jpg

Julie! this is already gorgeous. Such bright rich colors of the season. The star looks okay to me so far. The greenery is some of the most believable I've ever seen painted. Have to agree with Preston though...that red ball does seem to be balancing the bowl atop of it...maybe because it is "kissing"...

Mikki Petersen
11-11-2004, 02:30 PM
BTW...not sure if everyone knows this...just because you are designing art for a holiday card, you don't have to limit the size of your painting. Work at a comfortably large size. When it is reduced to print on your cards, it will look even better.

Mikki Petersen
11-11-2004, 02:34 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41954

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/9169/tn_xmas_card02.jpg

Defining the stand took care of the balancing ball problem...should have known you had it planned.

You seem to have the same affliction I have. By the time I'm half way through a painting, I've lost interest and want to move on...so many paintings, so little time.

Kathryn Day
11-11-2004, 03:57 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41954

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/9169/tn_xmas_card02.jpg

Oh, Julie, nice. I like the frosted effect on the bowl. Will be a winner.

k9artisan
11-11-2004, 11:21 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41969

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/29946/tn_XMAScrop%7E2.jpg

This is such a great painting! I love the reflective balls with the greenery. You really captured a Holiday moment!
Amber :clap: :clap: :clap:

k9artisan
11-11-2004, 11:28 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41954

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/9169/tn_xmas_card02.jpg

I really like this painting so far. The bowl is terrific and all the reflections are great along with the bright colors! Fantastic can't wait to see the final image!
Amber :clap: :clap: :clap:

dragonlady
11-12-2004, 04:23 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41969

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/29946/tn_XMAScrop%7E2.jpg

This has really turned out well. The reflections are terrific and that greenery superb. LIke the crop too.

prestonsega
11-13-2004, 12:55 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41971

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/40628/tn_xmas-sm.jpg


Amazingly colorful white poinsettias. Beautiful painterly strokes.....its sings (Christmas carols of course :music )

:clap:

meowmeow
11-13-2004, 07:46 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41971

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/40628/tn_xmas-sm.jpg

Wow! THis is gorgeous! I always like floral close ups and htis is no exception! Excellent!


Sandy

meowmeow
11-13-2004, 07:47 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41969

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/29946/tn_XMAScrop%7E2.jpg
REally striking crop, Preston! Well, don't strike it ir it will shatter! :D Just beautiful.


Sandy

k9artisan
11-13-2004, 08:12 AM
I just wanted to thank Preston and Sandy for their nice comments about my painting (the poinsettia). It really means a lot to me.
~Amber :)

Pat Isaac
11-13-2004, 08:17 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41971

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/40628/tn_xmas-sm.jpg

Great close-up of this flower. Nice strokes with a painterly feel.
Pat

Pat Isaac
11-13-2004, 08:20 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41969

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/29946/tn_XMAScrop%7E2.jpg

oooooohhh, Preston. This is just so Christmasy. How about those reflected colors... :D
Pat

prestonsega
11-14-2004, 01:21 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42026

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/250/tn_snowmandrawing.jpg


Carly...I knew I could count on you to produce something uniquely wonderful and origonal.....Looking forward to your finished work with the same anticipation of child awaiting Santa's arrival! :clap:

k9artisan
11-14-2004, 02:35 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42026

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/250/tn_snowmandrawing.jpg

Carly,

How cute! I really like this and can't wait to see the finished piece! Thanks for sharing, it is really good.
~Amber :clap: :clap: :clap:

ColorMyWorld
11-14-2004, 09:53 PM
Okay, I've finally started on my holiday image. Just uploaded a progress photo. I've been having a hard time trying to find an image that I want on a card. Have settled on this for now but not sure if it's my final. It's just so hard to get geared up for Christmas already!

ColorMyWorld
11-14-2004, 09:54 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42026

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/250/tn_snowmandrawing.jpg

This is just such a great whimsical image! And nicely done too.

ColorMyWorld
11-14-2004, 09:57 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41971

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/40628/tn_xmas-sm.jpg

Amber, I'm glad you ended up cross-posting this. It will make such a nice card.

prestonsega
11-14-2004, 09:58 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42055

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/48177/tn_poinsettia01.jpg

Great crop.... did you sign up for the O'Keefe project? This would make a great entry there also! :music: Its beginning to lookk a lot like Christmas....

Good Start!

ColorMyWorld
11-14-2004, 09:59 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41969

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/29946/tn_XMAScrop%7E2.jpg

This ornaments are lovely but I like the evergreens even more. You managed to get that evergreen sprig to look absolutely perfect!

meowmeow
11-15-2004, 07:19 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42026

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/250/tn_snowmandrawing.jpg

THis is going to be super, Carly! Just adorable!


Sandy

meowmeow
11-15-2004, 07:20 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42028

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/47091/tn_My_House_2004.jpg

What a great, holiday scene! Very nice!

Sandy

meowmeow
11-15-2004, 07:21 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42055

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/48177/tn_poinsettia01.jpg

Looks like you are off to a great start...I like the crop in the photo!

Sandy

Pat Isaac
11-15-2004, 08:05 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42055

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/48177/tn_poinsettia01.jpg

Wonderful crop on this flower and a great start.. :D
Pat

Pat Isaac
11-15-2004, 08:07 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42028

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/47091/tn_My_House_2004.jpg

What a nice little scene. Very welcoming... :D
Pat

emmachester
11-15-2004, 11:27 AM
This is my first project, so I'm still trying to figure out the whole routine. Thanks for the comments on my entry, but I started a completely new version on Wallis paper which I will post later in the week.

Sherry

Gaart
11-15-2004, 01:38 PM
Hi I signed up.!

Gaart
11-15-2004, 01:47 PM
Good question. I participated in two postcard exchange projects where we sent original art to 24 other participants all over the world. For anyone's curiosity...it is 80 cents US to mail anywhere in the world. If anyone is worried about the cost, they can choose not to sent out of Country. This is all a voluntary thing in the spirit of the season. I don't mind sending outside my Country...in fact it is a bit more special to get mail from foreign places. Keeps my postperson intrigued. :D


I've done two exchanges too. I just don't know if I can keep up with it this year. Can I just make some to post.. and for me to send to familiy and stuff.?
I really do love getting the cards from everyone. But I still am not finished with the Post Card Exchange.. I think I have four or five more cards to do.

bnoonan
11-15-2004, 02:51 PM
What a treat to drop in and see what gorgeous artwork cards you are all creating. I'm a bit behind in all facets of my life at the moment and thinking of the holidays isn't possible at this moment - sorry Mikki. I think you need to start this thread in August... give me time to prepare :) .

Lovely work - the ornaments, the bowl with greenery, the fabulous poinsettias, and the warm cozy home. Those are what come to mind - if I'm missed one - oh yes - the snowman!!! Excellent work!

thanks for making me start to think of the holidays!

:) B

prestonsega
11-15-2004, 04:40 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42028

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/47091/tn_My_House_2004.jpg


Very inviting......kinda gives me the warm fuzzies!!!

k9artisan
11-15-2004, 04:53 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42055

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/48177/tn_poinsettia01.jpg

Oh Ann,

This crop is wonderful! You should definitely do the O'keefe project too with this! I can't wait to see how it turns out!
~Amber

SweetBabyJ
11-15-2004, 04:57 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42082

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/9169/tn_xmas03.jpg

As finished as it's going to get- I've got a few too many irons in the fire right now. I've been checking all the entries and might I say "WOW!" there's some really good stuff here- y'all oughta get in touch with Hallmark. Both the poinsettas are very nice (one of my favoriste plants, but they die easily- on me, anyway), and the snowman decoration is precious. Nice house, too- it looks very festive. The town scene is wonderful- very cheerful and bright! And I must add "Preston's balls are very shiny" (If anyone is thinking I meant anything other than the painted ornaments, you have wicked, filthy minds). Odd greenery, though- looks nothing like the stuff up here.... :rolleyes: :D

Happy Holidays, Y'all!!

Thanks for the project, Mikki, it's been fun!

CarlyHardy
11-15-2004, 09:16 PM
Gaart,
you only mail your cards to the other members if you choose to. Mikki is keeping a list of the names and addys of those who want to exchange, but it's optional. Join in just for fun!
carly

prestonsega
11-15-2004, 09:35 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42082

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/9169/tn_xmas03.jpg

Phenomenol.....wonderful as each element looks, ( scented evergreens, luscious ornaments )the frosted glass effect of the bowl is, to me, the mostest wonderfulest!! :clap: :clap:

meowmeow
11-16-2004, 07:34 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42082

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/9169/tn_xmas03.jpg

Fabulous, Julie! Of course, you might check the fifth pine needle down on the branch second from the left, it is a tad too long! :D REallly, I can't find anything to nit pick about this...it just kept getting better and better and it can't get any better. Just wonderful...bright, festive, in the holiday spirit!

Sandy

SweetBabyJ
11-16-2004, 10:59 AM
Are you sure it was the fifth? On my monitor, it was the fourth. :D :D :D

Thanks, Sandy- and Preston, too. Now I gotta get that whole area cleaned up 'cause Turkey Day is coming....

dragonlady
11-16-2004, 12:31 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42082

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/9169/tn_xmas03.jpg

It will do indeed ! This is terrific Julie, love it all especially the star (and I'm sure that was a pain to get right)

Gaart
11-16-2004, 11:19 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42055

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/48177/tn_poinsettia01.jpg

Wow! that is quite an undertaking... Flowers are my biggest fear... I tried to do roses this past summer and failed miserably.
Looks like you have a good start.

Gaart
11-16-2004, 11:24 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42082

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/9169/tn_xmas03.jpg

This is wonderful. So lifelike. I can almost smell the tree.
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42028

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/47091/tn_My_House_2004.jpg

This is very nice. Very difficult subject to make work.

ColorMyWorld
11-17-2004, 02:01 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42094

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/47091/tn_Christmas_2004.jpg

I like this. It has the feel of twilight with guests about to appear. Very welcoming.

SweetBabyJ
11-17-2004, 02:15 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42094

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/47091/tn_Christmas_2004.jpg

NICE Sherry! Cleaner, crisper and even more Christmas-y! Good work!

prestonsega
11-17-2004, 06:36 PM
I thought I replied to this today :confused: . Aging....what ya gonna do??

Sherry....I feel like I've been there for the birthing of this one...lol from the sketch to the final work!!! ....and the wait was worth it....You should be proud.... :clap:

emmachester
11-17-2004, 06:59 PM
Thanks Julie and Preston, the 3rd time was the charm. The right paper makes all the difference in the world.

Sherry

meowmeow
11-17-2004, 07:14 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42094

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/47091/tn_Christmas_2004.jpg

Definitely cheerier! Just lovely...inviting!

Sandy

ColorMyWorld
11-17-2004, 09:06 PM
Sandy, Pat thanks for the kind words of encouragement.

Amber, how did you manage to get so much variation in the Poinsettia leaves? This limited palette is driving me to drink! (hot cocoa, that is)

Thanks Preston, it was looking at the O’Keefe project that gave me the idea for this crop.

Gaart, I didn’t really have a fear of flowers until I started this. Now I’m not so sure!

I just uploaded a progress photo. Any ideas on how to keep these colors from becoming monotonous?

prestonsega
11-18-2004, 02:21 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42138

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/48177/tn_poinsettia02-A.jpg

This is coming along just fine...so don't pass judgement on yourself so soon in the game.....You know how a work looks till it gets to that point near to completion......Carry on! ;) ;)

meowmeow
11-18-2004, 07:13 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42138

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/48177/tn_poinsettia02-A.jpg

I think it looks very Christmasy...but you shouldn't feel as if you have to stay with only red and green....there is no reason you can't add more colors to spruce it up if you want to.


Sandy

k9artisan
11-18-2004, 01:51 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42138

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/48177/tn_poinsettia02-A.jpg

Ann,

I think you are doing a terrific job here! I see plenty of color variation too. Keep up the great work!
~Amber :clap: :clap:

ColorMyWorld
11-18-2004, 10:36 PM
Hmm…. Maybe I’m just impatient with this one. Change that, MORE impatient with this one!

Maybe I’ll see if I can figure out how to add a little more color.
Meanwhile, I’ll keep plugging away at this and see how it develops.

Orchidacea
11-18-2004, 11:08 PM
Ann,

It's looking like it's going to be lovely! Keep at it, I want to see it done!

Kathryn Wilson
11-19-2004, 10:15 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41969

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/29946/tn_XMAScrop%7E2.jpg

Preston, you did an incredible job on this - I especially like how you handled the pine needles - VERY NICE! :clap:

Kathryn Wilson
11-19-2004, 10:18 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42082

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/9169/tn_xmas03.jpg

Another great job on the pine needles - this card is certainly all about the holidays - NICE WORK!

Kathryn Wilson
11-19-2004, 10:19 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41971

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/40628/tn_xmas-sm.jpg

Super job with those OP's! :clap:

Kathryn Wilson
11-19-2004, 10:21 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42170

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/14941/tn_moonrise-wc.jpg

My first holiday card - added my name to the address list. I had great fun with this and hope to do a few more - :D

Kathryn Wilson
11-19-2004, 10:23 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42026

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/250/tn_snowmandrawing.jpg

This is going to be wonderful! Can't wait to see it finished!

Kathryn Wilson
11-19-2004, 10:25 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42094

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/47091/tn_Christmas_2004.jpg

thanks for sharing a little peek into your world at Christmas, it's lovely!

prestonsega
11-19-2004, 10:33 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42170

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/14941/tn_moonrise-wc.jpg

Nice job, Kat! You asked about decorating the trees,,,,as they are they are great all around seasonal secular greeting cards.,,,,,simply beutiful!

meowmeow
11-20-2004, 07:15 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42170

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/14941/tn_moonrise-wc.jpg

Love it! Just a gorgeous wintery night with wonderful, long purpley shadows! Do I recall a discussion about this! :D I guess you went out there in your mind and you sure did it!
I would leave the trees plain but since it is your design you can do what you like!
very nice!
Now I am hoping to feel well enough later to start mine.

Sandy

Kathryn Wilson
11-20-2004, 09:37 AM
Thanks Preston and Sandy - glad you like it. I think I will leave it plain - that way I still have a painting when Christmas is done. I can always decorate the little tree individually for family.

Sandy, I used to walk and cross-country ski in woods like this and had this picture in my mind after I talked with you about it. The tree shadows on the bottom are a happy accident - I didn't like what I originally had there, so I brushed it out and voila! there were the shadows. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow!

ColorMyWorld
11-20-2004, 08:09 PM
Finally figured out what the problem was with the Poinsettia. It wasn't the image I had in my mind for my Christmas card. That was why I was having so much difficulty doing it. I didn't really want it!
I wanted something cute and homey. And when I gave into that, I very quickly had my Christmas card painting finished! Talk about the subconcious driving what you do! :D

ColorMyWorld
11-20-2004, 08:14 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42170

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/14941/tn_moonrise-wc.jpg

I like it! It has a very regal feel. All the blues make it calm but it’s not cold.
I think decorating when you print like you did last year is perfect for this.

Gaart
11-21-2004, 08:53 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42094

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/47091/tn_Christmas_2004.jpg

Oh my this is better. The other one was good but this one is bright and cheery.
I like!:)

E-J
11-21-2004, 09:20 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41969

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/29946/tn_XMAScrop%7E2.jpg

Preston, it's gorgeous! :clap:

Got a lot on my mind at the moment. I was thinking that I need a small project that'll get me pastelling and take me out of myself for a while - then I suddenly remembered I'd signed up for this one!! I would like to do shiny baubles too ... will be a fun challenge, I think :)

meowmeow
11-21-2004, 01:25 PM
Waaahhh!!!
I finally was feeling better and had some time so I set something up and sketched it onto the paper. Then I used some Nupastels and then went over that with turps. I have done that before. The turpentine dries almost instantly and then I have an underpainting...and well...this time something went haywire. The turps won't really dry. :mad: I have used paper towels to wipe some off and been working a bit with the pastels over it but so far it is looking pretty odd.
I am going to try giving it some more time and see if it dries and I can work on it some more.
If not I'm not sure if I am up for starting all over...and this is so bad I don't think I can even show it....it's just all muddy yucky awful.
I think I'll go do something else for a while.

Skulking off grumbling......

ColorMyWorld
11-21-2004, 02:16 PM
Waaahhh!!!
I finally was feeling better and had some time so I set something up and sketched it onto the paper. Then I used some Nupastels and then went over that with turps. I have done that before. The turpentine dries almost instantly and then I have an underpainting...and well...this time something went haywire. The turps won't really dry. :mad: I have used paper towels to wipe some off and been working a bit with the pastels over it but so far it is looking pretty odd.
I am going to try giving it some more time and see if it dries and I can work on it some more.
If not I'm not sure if I am up for starting all over...and this is so bad I don't think I can even show it....it's just all muddy yucky awful.
I think I'll go do something else for a while.

Skulking off grumbling......

How awful! You've done this before, what was different? The paper? The brand of turp?

meowmeow
11-21-2004, 02:57 PM
I have done it before. I used to do it all the time.However, this turpentine has been sitting here for a long time and I think it somehow has gone bad.
I did just upload one picture so you can see it. You can see the alligatoring in the background. The pastel just isn't going on right. Sort of smearing and a lot of it looking very dark and odd.
It also is a much more complex painting that I had thought. Well, I knew it would be but this is just putting it over the edge.
I may try to play with it again later but I think I will possibly attempt it again or try something else...after the holiday this week. Just too much going on right now.
Bleah.....

Mikki Petersen
11-22-2004, 10:31 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41971

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/40628/tn_xmas-sm.jpg

This is such a lovely interpretation of a poinsettia! The way you handled the oil pastels looks almost like an impasto brush technique. And all those colors in the leaves. Pretty terrific!

Mikki Petersen
11-22-2004, 10:35 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42231

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/48177/tn_Waiting_for_Christmas-A.jpg

Great story painting! I love the sentiment of the season in this one and it will be perfect on your Holiday cards!

meowmeow
11-22-2004, 10:53 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42231

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/48177/tn_Waiting_for_Christmas-A.jpg

This is really neat! I like the colors and the softness of it all as well as the subject. Very nice!

SAndy

Mikki Petersen
11-22-2004, 10:56 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42170

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/14941/tn_moonrise-wc.jpg

Oooooooo! I like the stylization in this, Kat! Very dramatic and interesting to look at. I also love all the big trees bending into the little one. So many interpretations. Way Kewl!

Mikki Petersen
11-22-2004, 11:00 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42026

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/250/tn_snowmandrawing.jpg

Beautiful sketch Carly! What a fascinating snowman doll and he's so casually floppy in the sketch. This will make a beautiful card even if you do not color it.

Mikki Petersen
11-22-2004, 11:02 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42241

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/15050/tn_P1010003.JPG

Sandy, I like the concept and think that you will be able to pull this one off with a little more work. The alligator effect might make for an interesting background?

Mikki Petersen
11-22-2004, 11:05 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42138

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/48177/tn_poinsettia02-A.jpg

Are you going to finish this one,, I hope? I know the color pallette is a bit restricted but you can liven it up by adding some additional contrast colors and secondary compliments. I think it looks beautiful so far.

meowmeow
11-22-2004, 11:06 AM
Thanks Mikki! I did do some more work on it last night and it looks better...I even fixed the elipse on top of the ribbon thing! :D It looks better and I feel a little more comfortable with it but I'm not sure...there is just something so "off" about the texture. It isn't taking the pastel very well.
I have a real busy week but if I have time I'll play with it some more and try to salvage it. If not then I'll either try something else or...well...I'll see.

Mikki Petersen
11-22-2004, 11:09 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42255

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/47843/tn_holiday_sketch.jpg

Ya know, Cori...there is something sweetly innocent about this sketch just as it is. You might consider using it for some of your cards and then developing your other ideas. I reminds me of a UNICEF card.

Mikki Petersen
11-22-2004, 11:10 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42094

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/47091/tn_Christmas_2004.jpg

Well melancholy this is not! Such an inviting and warm looking entry. Makes me wish I was invited for Christmas Dinner.

CarlyHardy
11-22-2004, 11:13 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42026

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/250/tn_snowmandrawing.jpg

Beautiful sketch Carly! What a fascinating snowman doll and he's so casually floppy in the sketch. This will make a beautiful card even if you do not color it.
Thanks Mikki,
It wouldn't be finished without the color:) but that will be done with my oil pencils that I use with the oil pastels. I'm doing each one individually so every one is different. I'll post a pic of some of them with the color later :) This one was so much fun that I'm sketching another (wooden snowman) with my pastel pencils but it will have to be printed. The pastel falls off too much unless I spray it a lot.

This has been a really fun project! Thanks for getting us all motivated :)
carly
carly

Mikki Petersen
11-22-2004, 11:14 AM
Hi everyone! I realize I've beena lousy host(ess) for this project so far. If you read the scumble, you know I've been up to my ears in business for about ten days now. I go home today and promise to have a mailing list composed and PM'd by tomorrow. We can always add to it, but I wanted to get it started for the early birds. I love the work that's been done here so far and can't wait to finally get started on mine. Frankly, I can't wait to get back to the "dust" again after 10 days of painting billboards! Ho! Ho! Ho!

Mikki Petersen
11-23-2004, 02:42 AM
This has been a really fun project! Thanks for getting us all motivated :)
carly
carly

I'm glad you are enjoying it! I usually loathe the whole holiday card thing. But last year when I designed my own card for the first time, it became much more personal as a gesture than just buying cards and signing them. That's where the idea came from for this project. Then I remembered how much fun it was to receive mail from all over the place when I participated in the Postcard Exchanges so thought we might have a Card list for here, too.

meowmeow
11-23-2004, 07:52 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42255

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/47843/tn_holiday_sketch.jpg

What fun! It will be interesting to see waht you come up with to add to this...although I agree with Mikki that it could stand by itself.

Sandy

meowmeow
11-24-2004, 11:23 AM
I had a few minutes this morning and sat down at the easel to work on my ribbons and bows a bit. After a couple of minutes I realized something just didn't seem right. I sat and studied my painting and my set up and realized that some four legged creature apparently did not like the arrangement and took it upon herself to move some things around! :D
So....I tried to recronstruct it and worked a bit more. If I can do a little mroe later I will post an update...still have not decided if I will stay with this though or try something else. I think my brain is just too fried these days! :D
But I wanna participate in this!

khourianya
11-24-2004, 10:09 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42320

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/15050/tn_ribbons.jpg

Wow! I love the sheen you have on those bows! You seem to hae managed to rescue this one really well, considering how down you were about it earlier on! good job!

khourianya
11-24-2004, 10:10 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42325

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/250/tn_Untitled-1.jpg

This one looks just like the kind of hliday card i would pick up a whole box of to send to my friends and family around the world! Far too sweet for words!

khourianya
11-24-2004, 10:11 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41969

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/29946/tn_XMAScrop%7E2.jpg

The reflections on those holiday decorations is superb, preston. I really like the crop you chose!

khourianya
11-24-2004, 10:13 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42082

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/9169/tn_xmas03.jpg

Simply stunning, julie. people should consider themselves very lucky indeed to recieve this card in the mail!

khourianya
11-24-2004, 10:14 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42170

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/14941/tn_moonrise-wc.jpg

This is such a sweet image, Kat. The fact that it has a story makes it a very special piece, indeed.

khourianya
11-24-2004, 10:17 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42260

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/43451/tn_lightsfinal.jpg

I love how each and every one of those little light just twinkles and glows int he darkness. This is an absolutely magical holiday scene!

khourianya
11-24-2004, 10:18 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42231

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/48177/tn_Waiting_for_Christmas-A.jpg

The colours in the tree and wreath are so rich, you can almost smell Christmas in the air. I also love the little puppy in the window! Too sweet!

Mikki Petersen
11-25-2004, 12:24 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42320

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/15050/tn_ribbons.jpg

Sandy, this came out quite nicely. You would be much happier, I think, if you just accepted that every painting has a really ugly stage where it looks like it will never come out...but it does in the end. :) I agree with Cori that the shine on those ribbons is very convincing. I also think the composition is pleasing and I like the loose painterly feel this has. It will make wonderfully impressive cards!

Mikki Petersen
11-25-2004, 12:28 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42325

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/250/tn_Untitled-1.jpg

I love this card! It is so bright and cheery and I could not suppress a smile when I saw it. Gotta be a winner!

Mikki Petersen
11-25-2004, 12:33 AM
Attention!

I have PM'd the Holiday Card List to everyone who PM'd me an address (I think :confused: ).

If you received the list, please check your address and be sure it is right.

If you sent me an address but did not receive a list, please PM me right away and I will correct the list.

If you did not send me an address, you will not receive the list. The project is about the art, not the exchange, so you are welcome to be part of the project without joining in the exchange.

HO! Ho! Ho!

Kathryn Wilson
11-25-2004, 08:03 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42320

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/15050/tn_ribbons.jpg

Yay, Sandy, very festive indeed! I love all the different colors of the bows.

Kathryn Wilson
11-25-2004, 08:04 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42325

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/250/tn_Untitled-1.jpg

Carly, your two cards are precious - ever thought of working for a card company - :D

Kathryn Wilson
11-25-2004, 08:05 AM
Thanks, Mikki, for the list. I see we have several "overseas" cards to send out. Any idea of how long it takes for a card to get to England and Spain from the States?

meowmeow
11-25-2004, 08:12 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42325

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/250/tn_Untitled-1.jpg

I love this little guy, Carly! Amazing that you were able to find someone so short to model for you!
:D

Thanks for organizing this Mikki. I know it has been a super busy time for you and having to put together the list and all just added to the overall craziness, I'm sure.

Thanks for all your kind comments about my ribbon mess! It was just a bit frustrating but in the end I was glad I stuck with it.

ColorMyWorld
11-25-2004, 08:14 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42325

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/250/tn_Untitled-1.jpg

Oh, this little guy is wonderful!
I love the richness of color and he seems so animated.

ColorMyWorld
11-25-2004, 08:19 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42320

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/15050/tn_ribbons.jpg

I know you didn’t enjoy working on this with all the problems but it doesn’t show. This turned out lovely. You got a nice shininess on the bows too.

ColorMyWorld
11-25-2004, 08:46 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42138

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/48177/tn_poinsettia02-A.jpg

Are you going to finish this one,, I hope? I know the color pallette is a bit restricted but you can liven it up by adding some additional contrast colors and secondary compliments. I think it looks beautiful so far.

I may finish it eventually. It is put away for now as I have no desire to work on it. It's funny how emotional painting can be.

CarlyHardy
11-25-2004, 04:52 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42325

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/250/tn_Untitled-1.jpg

Carly, your two cards are precious - ever thought of working for a card company - :D


LOL! My goodness NO!! I would hate to think I had to sit and concentrate on so much detail all the time. This was fun to do for a special occasion but I'll be glad to get back to my looser style next week!! :D
carly

khourianya
11-28-2004, 01:22 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42421

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/47843/tn_holiday3.jpg

Well, I am plugging right along on this lil guy...I really like how HE is looking, but something is amis with that cloth. I want it to look soft and rich (the rich will be in the colour) but right now is seems to be so full of movement that I almost fear the snowman will tip over! lol

I am wondering if I straighten the "horizon" if it might help pull it together. maybe I'll pull it into photoshop and see if i can test my theory there...but if anyone has any suggestions - just let me know...I am planning to finish this either today or tomorrow.

meowmeow
11-28-2004, 03:54 PM
Well I am not sure...but I actually like how the lines in the background are "off"...I think this is coming along fine. Just wondering maybe about the value of the middle background, but not sure. If might be too bright and distracting, but I think the shape is okay.

CarlyHardy
11-28-2004, 04:43 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42421

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/47843/tn_holiday3.jpg

Well, I am plugging right along on this lil guy...I really like how HE is looking, but something is amis with that cloth. I want it to look soft and rich (the rich will be in the colour) but right now is seems to be so full of movement that I almost fear the snowman will tip over! lol

He makes me think of a "Charlie Brown Christmas". Maybe you could put a little tiny tree with a star at the top next to him for balance :)
carly

CarlyHardy
11-28-2004, 04:46 PM
Cards are tucked into their envelopes, addressed and ready to mail :D But you won't know which card you're getting until you open it up!!

Ho Ho Ho
carly
:D

khourianya
11-28-2004, 06:55 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42440

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/47843/tn_holidayfinal.jpg

Well, here he is - done as dinner! Now, I can hardly wait to get him printed!

meowmeow
11-28-2004, 07:05 PM
He's a cutie, Cori!

khourianya
11-28-2004, 07:08 PM
Thanks Sandy!

ColorMyWorld
11-28-2004, 09:32 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42440

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/47843/tn_holidayfinal.jpg

He’s cute! This little snowman gives a child-like innocence. And I like the strong colors that make him pop.

paloma
11-29-2004, 11:51 AM
OK here is my effort. Weather here is ghastly so it made me stay in & get on with designing my card. It is the Port area where we live in Spain - usually they decorate the streets with fancy lighting this time of the year; but as yet it hasn't been done.

So I improvised using a pic we took one evening & painted this with oil pastels for the first time- not sure if I like them as much as softies!! but as you can scratch out thought they would be a better option.
Now I have to figure out the printing & get them off to you this week .

meowmeow
11-29-2004, 01:14 PM
What a wonderful, lively, festive scene. I really like this, Alexandra!!!!


Sandy

ColorMyWorld
11-29-2004, 02:02 PM
Alexandra, it’s very festive. I like the twilight with all those colored lights. You have just enough detail that I can imagine myself there.

khourianya
12-01-2004, 12:41 AM
I agree! Alexandra - this is a very festive scene. So often I tend to associate the holidays with deep white snow and cold and i forget that it isn't like that everywhere! I really like this piece! Good job!

I took the plunge and ordered my cards today. Lots of them. I figure if I don't use them all up this year, I will be able to offer them up at any shows I might do next year...

Mikki Petersen
12-01-2004, 02:06 AM
Alexandra, this is a lovely painting and will make gorgeous cards, I'm sure. I like the bright colors and the exotic scene so unlike what we usually think of at Christmas time. Not only that but I think the scene could be interpretted for other times of year as well. Could be almost any festival scene. Great job!

I really hope to get busy on mine tomorrow. Things have finally slowed down a bit and I'm so jealous of the work all of you have been doing. :envy:

Kathryn Wilson
12-01-2004, 07:13 AM
Alexandra - that is a wonderful effort at oil pastels. Very festive and different from the usual Christmas cards out there. All the wonderful colors, and then the palm trees - no snow for you!

I need to send off my overseas cards this week I would suspect - want to get them to you before the big day gets here - :)

paloma
12-01-2004, 08:28 AM
Thanks gang for all your nice comments. This is a first for me - the card was easier to do than working out the printing!! LOL :eek: getting the right envelopes hopefully this afternoon - I did have some all lined up correct size etc, now hubbie has got involved !! so what was a going to be a doddle is turning out to be a major operation with coloured background & printed greetings inside- he used to be an 'Art Director' so whatever I do I get overidden!! Never mind I shall get them all off to you by the weekend- with luck !!

Just to let you know that it never snows in these parts so what you see on this card is all year round , apart from the lights that is :cat:

Kathryn Day
12-02-2004, 01:07 AM
I have really enjoyed seeing the great assortment of beautiful holiday paintings. What a lot of talent in one place!! I joined the project and finally was able to start on my painting today, but have family obligations and will be out of town this weekend and the next. I WILL get it finished, but just wanted everyone to know that it might get to you a little late. :(
I plan on picking up the card stock to print them on this weekend. I picked a painting by Michelangelo Orazio Gentilischi (1565 to 1647), as my reference. A painting of the Madonna and child. It is proving to be quite a challenge. :D

Ruth Grinstead
12-02-2004, 04:17 AM
I'd like to join if I am not to late.

Ruth

dragonlady
12-02-2004, 05:55 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42325

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/250/tn_Untitled-1.jpg

I really like this, it's very cheerful, perfect for a Christmas card.

dragonlady
12-02-2004, 05:56 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42440

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/47843/tn_holidayfinal.jpg

What a cute little fellow. Really nice.

dragonlady
12-02-2004, 05:57 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42320

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/15050/tn_ribbons.jpg

After all the hassle you had with this one, it worked out well. Love the mix of colours and the reflections.

dragonlady
12-02-2004, 05:59 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42170

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/14941/tn_moonrise-wc.jpg

What a lovely painting, Kat, and well done for painting out of your head. I particularly like the way the shadows all point to the small tree.

dragonlady
12-02-2004, 06:02 AM
Alexander, super painting, love the mix of colours. Very unusual for a Christmas card but it works well.

meowmeow
12-02-2004, 07:27 AM
I'd like to join if I am not to late.

I don't see why not! Sign up, Ruth and PM Mikki your address.


Sandy

Ruth Grinstead
12-02-2004, 11:05 AM
I don't see why not! Sign up, Ruth and PM Mikki your address.
Sandy

Thanks Sandy, done :D . Although I managed to make sending Mikki my address take 2 PMs :confused: .

Can someone tell me how to comment on the cards. Do I use the middle thing under the card in the brackets that says comment! ? Or do I have to copy and paste code to get it in this thread?

Ruth

Mikki Petersen
12-02-2004, 11:46 AM
Hi everyone. I have sent Ruth's address to everyone on the list...I think...so if you did not get a PM from me with her address, let me know.

Ruth, did you join the project? You won't be able to post your work to the project until you join up. Go to the main project page and select "join this Project" and poof! you are in. To comment on entries, you can browse the gallery or you can click on the link attached to any of the thumbnails in this thread. Then select "Comment" and a dialog box will appear. The last bit of wording in that box tells you to delete that sentence and write your message. Don't delete anything above that sentence, or the thumbnail will not appear with your message. Glad you joined us!

Ruth Grinstead
12-02-2004, 12:06 PM
Thanks, Mikki, for explaining how to comment. Yes, I have joined the project :D .

Ruth

ColorMyWorld
12-03-2004, 10:47 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42584

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/48177/tn_Nikki%26Santa-1-A.jpg

I need your help!

I want to make a special card for my niece. I am about at the point where I need to start working all the white areas. But I'm not quite sure how to handle the white. I think if I use grey it will look dirty and if I use blue or purple it won't look good either.

HELP!

Mikki Petersen
12-03-2004, 11:08 PM
Funny you should ask, Ann! We had a project about painting all the colors of white last year. Here's the link: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_details&proj_id=592

In this project everyone painted subjects that are white but they were not to use any pure white. I think if you skim through the thread and the paintings in the gallery, you will find many ideas and answers to your questions. Great beginning to this special card by the way :)

ColorMyWorld
12-04-2004, 12:50 AM
Funny you should ask, Ann! We had a project about painting all the colors of white last year. Here's the link: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_details&proj_id=592

In this project everyone painted subjects that are white but they were not to use any pure white. I think if you skim through the thread and the paintings in the gallery, you will find many ideas and answers to your questions. Great beginning to this special card by the way :)

Thanks Mikki that thread is an eye-opener! I got a couple of good ideas.

meowmeow
12-04-2004, 07:18 AM
Just wanted to thank Carly for the WONDERFUL card which arrived yesterday. It's beautiful!

Okay...printing....printing...messing up...messing up....going to buy more card stock! :D SOme days it doesn't pay to bother! :D
Anyhow, mine should go out Monday, I hope.

Mikki Petersen
12-04-2004, 02:09 PM
Yikes! I'm so glad this project did for you guys what I hoped it would do for me...mainly getting those cards out early. It's been so busy around here I haven't been at my easel in weeks. I have several ideas if I could just get time to pursue them. Maybe after the closet is built...sigh!

dragonlady
12-06-2004, 05:15 AM
Thanks, Carly - the card arrived this morning and is really lovely, so nice to see it in colour.

I'm just getting mine printed, I hope to get them in the post later today.

tampster1
12-06-2004, 12:56 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42440

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/47843/tn_holidayfinal.jpg

Cori this is very nice cant wait to see it up on my mantle. ;)
Tammy and family

khourianya
12-06-2004, 01:01 PM
Heck, Tammy - he's also my gift tags, you guys will have tons of teeny ones! :) Nice avatar btw...looks stunningly familliar

CarlyHardy
12-06-2004, 01:33 PM
So glad to know that the cards are arriving safely!! :) I'm sure the postal workers didn't appreciate having to handstamp most of the ones I sent...hee...hee...hee!

carly

Gaart
12-07-2004, 08:46 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41819

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/43451/tn_lights.jpg

Very nice. I love the dark back ground and just the bright details.
Nice work.

Gaart
12-07-2004, 08:48 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42320

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/15050/tn_ribbons.jpg

Wow! Very nice. Lots of work.
I have the hardest time coming up with holiday themes. You did a great one.

Gaart
12-07-2004, 08:49 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42325

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/250/tn_Untitled-1.jpg

This is just as cute as can be. And a great job.

I made my Holiday card the send out, but I did it in colored pencil. I'd forgotten about this thread when I did it and so ... But I'll do at least one for this place. :)

Gaart
12-07-2004, 08:52 AM
I have really enjoyed seeing the great assortment of beautiful holiday paintings. What a lot of talent in one place!! I joined the project and finally was able to start on my painting today, but have family obligations and will be out of town this weekend and the next. I WILL get it finished, but just wanted everyone to know that it might get to you a little late. :(
I plan on picking up the card stock to print them on this weekend. I picked a painting by Michelangelo Orazio Gentilischi (1565 to 1647), as my reference. A painting of the Madonna and child. It is proving to be quite a challenge. :D

I recently saw a painting of his at the Fort Worth Museum.. they also have one of his daughter's ... Two of my favorite painters.. But of course Caravaggio is thier inspiration.

and Alexandra.. I love your card. So beautiful and so much work.
What a wonderful place to live it must be.

khourianya
12-07-2004, 11:46 PM
CArly - i just wanted to let you kow that your card arrived here today and it is absolutely lovely. thank you.

Mine are still being printed, so they may not arrive to y'all before the 25th, but rest assured they will be on their way to you within 24 hours of my recieving them...

Mikki Petersen
12-08-2004, 11:24 PM
Still waiting for a card from Carly...hope the Postman didn't deliver it to the wrong address :mad:

Sherry, I received your card today and was so impressed. It looks so professional...just beautiful! Thank you.

Still trying to get my painting done. Don't know where the time has gone this year :confused: Now we've added a quick trip to Seattle to surprise our daughter with her gifts! It's tomorrow or never!

Kathryn Wilson
12-08-2004, 11:29 PM
Carly, I received your card this weekend and it is adorable - I love all the added touches.

Sandy, got yours today - the ribbons and bows all turned out beautifully!

Sent out my cards yesterday and today - the overseas cards will take a while to get there, but they are on their way!

meowmeow
12-09-2004, 08:47 AM
Glad someone got mine!

I am about to leave for Maine so I may not know if cards are coming in...I'll let you all know when I get back what is here! Hopefully hubby will bring the mail up when he comes back for work for a couple of days.
Thanks in advance!

Clare in Texas
12-09-2004, 11:46 AM
Hello

I got inspired by all your ideas, and here is what I came up with.
I used plain card stock and envelops made for 8.5 X 11 folded.
It is a crop of the picture behind the range top.

Clare

Clare in Texas
12-09-2004, 11:50 AM
Oops, here is the image in jpeg format.
Clare

emmachester
12-09-2004, 02:30 PM
Clare--beautiful artwork. Love the entire composition.

I'm so impressed by everyone's creativity. I've never made my own Christmas card before and I'm glad I got the extra nudge to do it.

I've received both Carly's and Sandra's--both are amazing. I can't wait to check the mail everyday.

Mikki--if you don't mail your cards until Dec 26th, don't worry. It's a common tradition to receive (and send) cards AFTER Christmas. At least it is in my house.

Sherry

Mikki Petersen
12-09-2004, 02:32 PM
Beautiful Clare! Love the creative sentiment!

Mikki Petersen
12-09-2004, 02:42 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42440

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/47843/tn_holidayfinal.jpg

Cori, I don't know how I missed this adorable little guy. What a wonderful and cheery holiday card (and tags) he will be! Isn't it fun to have your own artwork on cards and tags?

Mikki Petersen
12-09-2004, 02:44 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42698

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/14550/tn_Hunnybun_Xmas_%282%29.JPG

Okay...after several false starts, I've finally come up with this, inspired by our new puppy. I did this with a watercolor underpainting which works quite well, BTW. Probably not my best work, but time is at a real premium right now. Not supposed to be like this...I'M RETIRED!

Kathryn Wilson
12-09-2004, 03:37 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42698

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/14550/tn_Hunnybun_Xmas_%282%29.JPG

Oh, how cute! I love it! :clap:

meowmeow
12-09-2004, 04:07 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42698

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/14550/tn_Hunnybun_Xmas_%282%29.JPG
He is wonderful, Mikki! What a great job you have done.

meowmeow
12-09-2004, 04:08 PM
Clare, your arrangement is lovely....very nicely painted!


SAndy

bnoonan
12-09-2004, 05:20 PM
Mikki - Does John know you put a coat on that poor dog???

B :rolleyes: :)

Kathryn Day
12-09-2004, 06:08 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42698

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/14550/tn_Hunnybun_Xmas_%282%29.JPG

Nice one Mikki! Looks like he can't wait for Christmas!!

Carly, got your card yesterday. Very charming and brightened my day. Received one today from Color my World. Like how you cropped it!

I am going to be the straggler. I should finish the painting today, then be ready to print the first of the week. Have a family Christmas get together this weekend. Hope they won't be too late. This has been a fun project, thanks for starting it Mikki.

dragonlady
12-09-2004, 06:15 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42698

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/14550/tn_Hunnybun_Xmas_%282%29.JPG

He's lovely, Mikki, glad you found the time.

CarlyHardy
12-09-2004, 07:52 PM
I was so excited today at the post office!! My box was filled with Christmas cards....LOL!!

Sandy, the bows and ribbons glisten!
Ann, your puppy at the door looks so sweet but the snow made me shiver!
Sherry, your open doorway is a Currier and Ives setting for Christmas!
and Kat, the glitter on the snow is the perfect touch!!

I love them all :clap: :clap: Am going to make a special display for my art friends :)
carly

ColorMyWorld
12-09-2004, 08:07 PM
I haven’t looked in a few days and some new cards are done!
I’ve started getting cards in the mail. I thought they were great online. They are even better IRL!!!!

Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42698

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/14550/tn_Hunnybun_Xmas_%282%29.JPG

Mikki, this is SOOO cute!

Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42637

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/52306/tn_christmas_kokopelli.jpg

How clever! It’s nice to be reminded that Christmas is not always snowy.

Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42638

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/52306/tn_SouthwesternChristmasCard.jpg

I also like the different twist on a classic theme. Both of yours made me smile.

Clare, nice painting and I like the puns!

khourianya
12-09-2004, 08:42 PM
Ann - I recieved your card today. thnak you, it is lovely and i have proudly displayed it on my ribbon of cards, next to Carly's card!

I am hoping mine will arrive from printing tomorrow and then I will have the weekend to get them ready to send out. What a fun project this has been!

Kathryn Day
12-09-2004, 10:31 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42701

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/7947/tn_maddona_and_child_card.jpg

Finally got the painting finished. Will get the cards printed the first of the week and mailed off. Hope they won't be too late arriving to some of you that live far away.

ColorMyWorld
12-09-2004, 10:42 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42701

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/7947/tn_maddona_and_child_card.jpg

Very nicely done! Those fabrics are so rich! I really like the folds in the blue fabric.

Kathryn Wilson
12-10-2004, 08:45 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42701

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/7947/tn_maddona_and_child_card.jpg

Wow! Great job Katy - rushed or not, this came out really well. :clap:

Kathryn Wilson
12-10-2004, 08:46 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42637

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/52306/tn_christmas_kokopelli.jpg

Wow, so totally different and very creative! A Kokopelli Christmas - :D

ColorMyWorld
12-10-2004, 08:47 AM
I've put all the cards up on the TV cabinet. What a lovely display!

About half of my cards(includes overseas ones) went out last week before I got interrupted. The other half is going out today. so if you haven't gotten one from me yet, it's on the way.

I'm curious. How did/will everyone print the cards?
I used Avery textured card stock (50 cards for $10US plus ink) with my printer on its best setting.

Kathryn Wilson
12-10-2004, 08:48 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42638

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/52306/tn_SouthwesternChristmasCard.jpg

Nice! I like how you put the star encircled by the tree limbs. Reminds me a little of RC Gorman work.

Kathryn Wilson
12-10-2004, 08:54 AM
I'm curious. How did/will everyone print the cards?
I used Avery textured card stock (50 cards for $10US plus ink) with my printer on its best setting.

I was wondering the same thing - I used a Canson watercolor card that's quite heavy and probably won't use again for this type of thing. Box of 30 for $7.99. I use an Epson 1270 printer and the ink cost is a killer at $30 a pop for just the color cartridge. I'm going to print a few more of these on glossy paper to see how they look.

khourianya
12-10-2004, 10:03 AM
I'm curious. How did/will everyone print the cards?
I used Avery textured card stock (50 cards for $10US plus ink) with my printer on its best setting.

I actual am getting mine done through Future Shop's Photo Lab (I don't know if there are Future Shop's outside of Canada - they are owned by Best Buy, if that puts it in perspective)

Anyway - I am getting 48 custom note cards (with envelopes) with my painting on the front. I think it cost about $40 canadian, but I did the math and realized that if I was to buy commercially available cards, it would cost about $10-15 for 12 cards...so really, custom cards with a custom message inside is about the same price...perhaps even less.

As for my gift tags, I laid them out myself in Photoshop elements and then used the custom package feature to create a sheet of 16 2 X 2.5 inch images. I then had the print shop at work print them off for me on their high res colour laser printer. Cut them myself and I think I ended up with well over 100 tags for about $4. I don't have 100 gifts to give, but I figure if I do a show next year, I can easilly offer them up in packs of 10 as a sale thing...

I thought about printing them myself, but between paper and ink for my Epson RS300...I would probably have been bankrupted. :D

k9artisan
12-10-2004, 10:15 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42698

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/14550/tn_Hunnybun_Xmas_%282%29.JPG

What a cute painting! I just love this! Thanks for sharing!
~Amber :clap: :clap:

k9artisan
12-10-2004, 10:20 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42701

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/7947/tn_maddona_and_child_card.jpg

Oh this is so beautiful! You did a terrific job and I hope you will continue to make your Holiday cards. I started doing it in 2002 and it is a lot of fun. Great job!
~Amber :clap: :clap:

k9artisan
12-10-2004, 10:24 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42638

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/52306/tn_SouthwesternChristmasCard.jpg

What a lovely card! I really like the composition in this. Really nice job! Thanks for sharing it with us!
~Amber :clap: :clap:

Mikki Petersen
12-10-2004, 12:41 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42637

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/52306/tn_christmas_kokopelli.jpg

I think this is just great! So nice to see people doing cards that reflect their areas. This is SOOOOO Southwest and yet it also says Christmas to me. Ho! Ho! Ho!

Mikki Petersen
12-10-2004, 12:44 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42638

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/52306/tn_SouthwesternChristmasCard.jpg

Now THIS is about Christmas! You have a great knack for capturing the feel of the Southwest. This painting really stirred up feelings for me.

Mikki Petersen
12-10-2004, 12:47 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42701

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/7947/tn_maddona_and_child_card.jpg

Boy do I understand that rushed feeling! But your work here does not look rushed or forced in any way. Im not familiar with the artist (being uneducated in Art History) but I love the vibrant colors and the hint of stylization. What a beautiful painting to appear on a Christmas card.

Mikki Petersen
12-10-2004, 12:55 PM
I print my cards on Avery card stock using an HP psc 2410 printer. I thought about doing the cards on glossy photo paper this year but got rushed. Photo quality takes so much longer to print. that Epson cartridge sounds pretty reasonable to me...a color cartridge for my HP is about $45US. My total cost for cards and evelopes was about $20US for 50 cards. I would have liked to do textured stock this year but our office supply store was pretty picked over when I went in so it's plain old stock but they look pretty good. Postlady gets them today!

I want to take a moment to thank all of you for joining this project. My life is so hectic right now (in a good way) that I might not have done my cards this year if not for the pressure of doing them for this project. It gives me such a good feeling to do my own cards rather than run out and buy a box of something. After all, we are artists...shouldn't it be our art reflected on our cards? Happy Holidays all.

Ann, I got your card yesterday. Isn't it amazing how well these print up? Yours is just as cute as can be!

meowmeow
12-10-2004, 01:08 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42637

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/52306/tn_christmas_kokopelli.jpg

Wow! I really, really like this one! It's so different and so wonderful! Excellent job!


Sandy

meowmeow
12-10-2004, 01:08 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42638

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/52306/tn_SouthwesternChristmasCard.jpg

This one too...what a great style you have...so light and airy! Just a great look!

Sandy

meowmeow
12-10-2004, 01:10 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42701

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/7947/tn_maddona_and_child_card.jpg

Lovely painting, Katy. It makes a wonderful holiday card!


Sandy

khourianya
12-10-2004, 02:09 PM
Oh wow - so many new entires into this project. I don't have time to comment on them all individually right now, but will try to get back later to post comments! they look great, though, guys! :D

The postman just delivered my cards here. I am so impressed and I can't wait to get them all sent out to each of you. Looks like tonight I will be addressing envelopes and writing in cards... :clap:

Kathryn Wilson
12-10-2004, 05:29 PM
Yay, the cards are rolling in! I received Sherry's and Joy's today. Each and every card is so special and the artists are so creative - I've really enjoyed participating in this Project.

Thanks for heading this up Mikki! :clap:

Ruth Grinstead
12-11-2004, 05:15 AM
Sorry Guys I am still with you in spirit if nothing else. So I am doing everything back to front. Cards being posted tomorrow and no xmas stamps as after queueing for half an hour at the post office I was informed they had no pretty stamps for UK, Europe or the rest of the world :crying: . Anyway this week was hell :( so next week has to be better :D . So Monday morning I am coming back to study the thread properly.

Ruth

meowmeow
12-11-2004, 10:34 AM
Don't worry Ruth. I didn't use fancey stamps either...those lines are too long...and I guess I'm too lazy! :D
It's the thought that counts!


SAndy

Ruth Grinstead
12-13-2004, 03:09 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42320

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/15050/tn_ribbons.jpg

I think this is great, I like the colours and the sparkle to it. Well done for getting past the unexpected.

I received the card over the weekend so many thanks Sandy.

Ruth

Ruth Grinstead
12-13-2004, 01:48 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42231

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/48177/tn_Waiting_for_Christmas-A.jpg

This is lovely and bright and cheerful and I love the look of eager anticipation on the dog's face.

Ruth

Ruth Grinstead
12-13-2004, 01:51 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41969

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/29946/tn_XMAScrop%7E2.jpg

What lovely shiny, reflective baubles you have there, Preston, I am quite jealous.

Ruth

emmachester
12-14-2004, 02:31 PM
Mikki,

Just received your card and my-oh-my, it's a beauty! You work well under pressure. Everything was so colorful and nicely done. Of course, in my book, you get extra points for having a dog on the front.

Thank you.

Sherry

Kathryn Wilson
12-15-2004, 10:16 AM
Ann - received your card - how adorable is that puppy looking out the door - watching squirrels at play in his yard maybe?

Mikki - what a treat to open your card too - what better gift than a puppy under the tree for Christmas - :D

Hope everybody is getting my cards - haven't been hearing that you have :(

Kathryn Day
12-15-2004, 12:21 PM
Hi,
I came home to a mailbox full of cards!!

Sherry: Beautiful inviting card!

Sandy: Your bows just glisten!

Mikki: Loved the puppy! looks like he is guarding the tree from Santa.

Kat: The snow scene is perfect. Looks cold, yet that little tree looks protected. The touch of glitter was a great addition.

I got mine mailed to you all today. I found my printer does not do a very great job of printing, but hopefully it will still send my message of best wishes to you all.

khourianya
12-15-2004, 01:34 PM
Mine go out today, so hopefully they will arrive fairly quickly. It has been such a joy to come home to a new card everyday! I must say, I have gotten more cards from you all this year than I have from family and friends so far! :)

emmachester
12-15-2004, 04:30 PM
It's such a joy to check the mail--everday brings a new treasure.

Kat--I received yours--a very creative and beautiful design, love the little hint of glitter. It adds a nice touch.

Ann--love the dog at the door. I have one area of just christmas cards with dogs on the front.

Joy--your little village looks even better in person.

Thank you everyone.

Sherry

dragonlady
12-15-2004, 06:07 PM
Hi Kat, I also received yours today - love your trees and the glitter enhances them

and Ann's, thanks it's lovely

and Sandy's - it turned out really well despite the problems you had - very festive

and Alexandra's - super, colourful picture of your town, probably the most unusual Christmas card I've ever had :)

I'm really enjoing receiving these, thanks to everyone and especially Mikki for setting this up.

Mikki Petersen
12-16-2004, 01:36 AM
Ho! Ho! Ho! What a treat to come straggling in from a 16 hour drive home from Seattle and find these lovely cards waiting for me! I got cards from Sandy, Kat, Joy and Alexandra and they are so beautiful!

Sandy, I know you were not satisfied with your painting but I think it looks wonderful on the card you sent. Beautiful shiny ribbons and bows :D

Alexandra, I loved your painting when you posted it and I'm so pleased to have my own copy.

Kat, the splash of glitter added a really special touch to your cards. Such a beautiful night time snowscape! THank you.

Joy, your painting also made up into a remarkable card. Adding that red border really added a festive touch to all those lights.

Merry Holidays! And thank you for sharing with me!

meowmeow
12-16-2004, 07:16 AM
I'm glad to know everyone is getting the cards I sent.
Hubby is coming up today and hopefully he will be bringing the mail and I will see what is there for me!!!! I'll report as soon as I have them. If he doesn't bring them then I'll see them when I go home on Sunday (I think I am gong home Sunday!).

Sandy

meowmeow
12-16-2004, 03:32 PM
Wowee! Hubby just came up with a big pile of mail...most will end up in the trash bin...amazing how much junk comes in a few days.
But, oh boy! All those gorgeous cards! You guys made such professional looking cards. I am so impressed! Thanks to all of you!
Kat, Mikki, Sherry, Alexandra, Ann and Joy. They are all just so beautiful!


SAndy

CarlyHardy
12-17-2004, 12:02 AM
Me too!! Me too!! My favorite thing these days is running into the post office and checking my box for Christmas cards!!! For some reason, its just a lot more fun seeing all the beautiful artwork that I know each of you took the time to create especially for this project :clap:

Mikki, thanks for all your effort with this....above and beyond at this time of the year!!

I am sitting all my cards across the top of the entertainment center in my sunroom/studio so I can see them all day :D
carly

Kathryn Wilson
12-17-2004, 10:17 AM
I agree Carly and Mikki - these cards have made this Christmas very special!

Preston, received your card - your message meant alot - :D

Amber, your card design was lovely as is your pointsettia -

Thanks, Mikki, for hosting this Project - :cat:

Mikki Petersen
12-17-2004, 01:07 PM
Carly, I finally received your card...have no idea what the delay was...IT IS WONDERFUL! I love the tissue enclosure, such a special touch, and the little bow...and I already raved about the art when it was posted.

How festive my mantle looks with all these wonderful art cards. WooHoo!

k9artisan
12-17-2004, 01:27 PM
I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all of those who have sent me their beautiful Christmas cards! It was so cool getting to receive original cards like that and both my husband and I really are enjoying them. We have them hanging on our front door and it has really brightened our holiday! You all are the best!
love,
~Amber :clap: :clap: :clap:

paloma
12-18-2004, 03:16 AM
Just want to let you know that I have just picked up your beautiful cards this morning. Thank you so much to all of you - they have pride of place on our huge victorian sideboard for all to see; the envy of all our friends here in Spain. :cat:

khourianya
12-22-2004, 12:15 AM
Yikes - I just discovered 4 or 5 cards that fell behind our water cooler and didn't make it out with the others last week! Some of you might be getting your card from me a little bit late for christmas...but rest assured, it's on it's way! :)

I have so loved getting cards from everyone this year! They are all so beautiful and special to me! I am thinking I will put them all together in a scrapbook at the end of the season!

fruitpastel
12-22-2004, 08:56 AM
Well, I've only just noticed this fab project and now it's already the 22nd December ... oh well have a brilliant time everyone and I will definitely join in next year! :wave:

PS. As I am so late, I did a little card on this link ... have a creative holiday :)

Happy Christmas to Everyone ... you might need java to see this ;-) (http://www.paintimpressions.com/xmas.htm)

Ruth Grinstead
12-22-2004, 10:19 AM
PS. As I am so late, I did a little card on this link ... have a creative holiday :)

Thank you for your online card, Theresa, very seasonal and a big welcome from me.

Thank you for organising this project, Mikki, I have a lovely collection of very special Christmas cards this year. I hope we will do it again next year, so that I can get on board at the beginning.

Thank you to everyone for sending mine across the pond :D .

I hope you all have a very good Christmas and a creative New Year.

Ruth

Pat Isaac
12-22-2004, 12:06 PM
Beautiful card, Theresa. Such a peaceful landscape. :)

Pat

Mikki Petersen
12-22-2004, 12:37 PM
Beautiful landscape Theresa. I love how the snow is dusting the grasses. That snow effect looks really good too :)

Cori, I was one of the lucky ones...I got your card on Monday and it's adorable! That little guy is really colorful and charming.

meowmeow
12-22-2004, 07:06 PM
Hubby just brought a big pile of mail from home...and there were cards from Katy, Preston, Amber and Cori! They are all so lovely...so well done they look professional! Thank you all so much!!!


Sandy

k9artisan
12-23-2004, 03:19 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=42866

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/8539/tn_Christmas_2004.jpg

I really like this pastel painting. It is light and airy and just has that wintery airy feel. Thanks for sharing it with us and Happy Holidays!
~Amber :clap: :clap:

k9artisan
12-23-2004, 03:21 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=43010

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/completed/6932/tn_rink.jpg

What a clever winter scene! The figures look wonderful too! Really great! Did you say this was a watercolor? or pastel and watercolor underpainting?
Great job & Happy Holidays!
~Amber :clap: :clap:

k9artisan
12-23-2004, 03:26 AM
PS. As I am so late, I did a little card on this link ... have a creative holiday :)

Happy Christmas to Everyone ... you might need java to see this ;-) (http://www.paintimpressions.com/xmas.htm)

What a beautiful painting. I would love to see a larger version of it. Maybe you can attach a photo of it here? So we can see what it looks like without the java snow (though I do like the effect you created).
Merry Christmas!
~Amber :clap: :clap:

fruitpastel
12-23-2004, 03:53 AM
Thankyou all for your nice comments .... :) The place is not far from where I live in the Peak District, UK. We are expecting snow for Christmas too :D

A larger version for Amber, without the snow falling ... I'm off to Northumberland for a big family Christmas so have a great time everone. :wave:

Snow, Kinder UK (http://www.paintimpressions.com/snownwedgekinderlarge.jpg)

k9artisan
12-23-2004, 04:03 AM
Just breathtaking! Is this soft or oil pastel? I promise that is my last question lol!
Have a Merry Christmas!
Amber :clap: :clap: :clap:

fruitpastel
12-23-2004, 05:38 AM
Hi Amber. Thanks :) It's soft pastel; rembrant and unison, on museum board, (approx 50cm x 70cm) prepared with clear colourfix primer over acrylic underpainting.

I do a lot in oil pastel though; I love your OP poinsetta! It's so vibrant :)

.... merry Christmas! :wave:

Kathryn Wilson
12-23-2004, 06:36 AM
I think I've gotten all my cards - Cori, your snowman is adorable and you've piqued my interest in that card printing web site. I've placed all my cards in a prominent place and they look wonderful - each and every one very special.

Fruitpastel - that snow was a delightful surprise. Thanks for sharing it with us. If you work in oil pastels, I hope you'll join us in the OP forum.

khourianya
12-23-2004, 10:28 AM
I am so happy to hear that everyone is getting their cards in time for Christmas (and my apologies again to those who probably won't get theirs until after the 25th - most of those were overseas, but a couple were in the US).

That card printing website I used is really cool. You can also order larger greeting cards - I just preferred the note cards. They also do calendars...and I am thinking of doing that next year as well - I think they would make nice gifts....

I think I have cards from everyone now! They have really added something to my Christmas decorating this year - thank you all! And I think I have officially run out of room to put any more cards!

ColorMyWorld
12-26-2004, 09:45 AM
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Your cards were all grouped together on my wall and added a beautiful touch to my Christmas decorations.
I hope we can do this again next year!

Cori, I really like the way your cards printed up. I may try that next year.
I did do some “refrigerator” calendars this year. I printed 4 months per sheet of paper so a year only took 3 sheets. Cut them out and stapled the stack to a magnet.
I was so excited that I actually had 12 images that fit into the monthly themes. And the family and close friends who got them, loved them. A big ego boost!

meowmeow
12-27-2004, 07:13 PM
I got Ruth's card over the weekend...it really came out nicely in the end! You should be pleased...I certainly was to receive it. Thanks!


Sandy

CarlyHardy
12-28-2004, 01:34 AM
I think all the cards have arrived!! and I have to agree with everyone, this has really brightened my Holiday season!! Thanks :clap: to all of you for sharing your art this Christmas. I'll be keeping mine in a scrapbook with little notes about the art so I'll have a special remembrance of the joy of opening each and every envelope!!

carly

dragonlady
01-04-2005, 07:52 AM
Cori, your card finally arrived ! I really like the little snowman. I'd just like to thank everyone for the cards, they are all terrific and I really enjoyed receiving them.

ponting
01-07-2005, 12:07 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=41819

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/787/progress/43451/tn_lights.jpg

I am just getting time to view some of this wonderful work and I really wanted to comment on this piece......Beautiful, I love it ....reminds me of my life as a kid.....I was a kid once you know....Cheers, Di