i realize it's nearly the end of june but i thought i'd share the desktop wallpaper i've been using this month. i love having a plain background to see all my files and these images are the perfect inspiration between jobs at work! click on the image to download (1920 x 1200)
part of the latest department store magazine is a beautiful collection of images taken by deborah smith.
"I set out, over the period of one year (from one wedding anniversary to the next) to take one photograph per day. Could I picture or describe some aspects of a marriage with one photograph? I was thinking also of Frances Hodgkins' Self Portrait: still life, c.1935 where she reveals something of herself by presenting an assemblage of her inanimate accessories." Deborah Smith
i'm running a bit behind this week so instead of diana travels and collages, i thought i'd share a little behind-the-scenes step-by-step of my envelope creations for the elevated envelope project...
i spent the better part of two hours, sitting in the sun carving my lino block. i appeased my inner perfectionist by drawing some pencil lines to use as a guide and then freehanded the pattern. it was so liberating (cliched but true) to just 'see how things turned out' :)
i think shortly after this photo was taken i decided to carve down the sides of my print to make a border and took a rather large chunk out of my supporting hand with the lino tool. not ideal.
next up, i used a white water-based ink and a couple of rollers to print my design onto kraft cardstock. the ink was a little more opaque than i originally intended but this turned out to be one of my favorite qualities of the print.
after printing and drying, i hand scored, cut and glued each envelope - one of those jobs that seemed to take a lot longer than i had anticipated! i then hand-wrote a short letter, enclosed a couple of my favorite things and it was off to the post office...
and away they went! (yes, someone was watching while i took this photo and they thought i was very strange!)
if you've got some spare time, i'd definitely recommend participating in the next swap - i've had envelopes arriving from all over the world and they are all truly mini-works of art.