wow, it's been a while since i've blogged. but today i read this post by holly of decor8 and decided this is my space, and sometimes the inspiration comes thick and fast. and other times, i'm neck deep in work and something has to give. today i wanted to share a page from my inspiration/to-do list/worry list notebook. seriously, this notebook has helped me manage my anxiety, get organized and plan out new goals! the awesome power of a to-do list :)
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.