InCoWriMo Week 4

InCoWriMo2020

Wow! Last week was a total bust for me as far as letter-writing is concerned. So, yeah,I am behind. Managed to get two written and into the mailbox today (yay! The flag is back on our box!!!) Would have gotten a picture of said flag but it is raining and will continue to rain until sometime Wednesday morning. It is Monday as I write this.

Will I “catch up”? As in get 28 letters and/or cards out this month? I don’t think so but I’ll get within a couple of that total. And that’s okay! I’m not going to make myself crazy over this. Yes, this is a quantity goal but I do want to feel like I’ve also put some quality into it too.

How about you? Did you fall behind? How did you deal with it? Leave me a comment, I’d love to know.

Are you ready for another download? Have you had a chance to download the postcards from week 1, week 2 and week 3? Β I’ve used them myself and so far none have been returned. LOL! Here’s this week’s card: Poinsettiapostcards. The usual 2-up with a bookmark. I hope you can (and do) use these! My main goal is to make letter writing addicts out of all of you. Nah. Just kidding! That’s not the main goal. πŸ˜‰

Now, go make connections and spread a little joy in this crazy world!

InCoWriMo Week 3

I realized halfway through last week that my last post may have sounded like I was analyzing week 2 rather than giving my thoughts on moving into it. So to be clear, these are my thoughts moving into week 3: hanging in there!

The “please take my mail” flag has not been replaced on our mailbox due to nothing being able to dry out right now. The snow has been lovely but today’s high was in the 50s so now we have mostly mud with a little snow on the shadowy side of things. So every few days I can usually get by a blue box to drop the letters and postcards off.

Using postcards is a big help! First it’s only 35-cents to mail a postcard. Also, limited space means you can’t write a novel. Okay, that could be good or bad but when pressed for time or ideas, it’s a GOOD thing!Β 

IMG_1625In week three, fatigue is my biggest issue. I do enjoy writing/sending mail but not on a daily basis.Β  So postcards or small note cards are my “go to” when pressed for time and energy. Speaking of which, here’s another postcard file for you to download: glowfinalpostcard. Same two-up format with a bookmark. This one features,Β  my pastel painting “Glow“. I love the unusual perspective of looking up through the flower.

Okay, that’s all for this coming week. See you next week! Drop me an email or comment to let me know how your InCoWriMo experience has been.

Drawing Tutorial

This is one of those things that I’ve done so much I really really thinking about it. It’s “just something I do” when I don’t know what to draw or when I’m feeling like I’ve forgotten how to draw. Silly, but sometimes the doubt-monster takes over and this is how I defeat it!

Thanks to questions from friends, it’s like I’m seeing this for what it is: a drawing exercise I really enjoy. I usually spend about 30 minutes but for the sake of a tutorial I’ve broken it into three 10-minute segments. The first one is here. Part two & then three will be available next week.

I’ve purposefully selected simple and inexpensive supplies like vine charcoal & newsprint paper. The last worry I want (when I’m feeling doubtful) is that feeling of “wasting” supplies. I want to relax and let my hand make marks on paper while disconnecting my analytical brain. JUST DRAW!

So… Give it a shot! Let me know what you think and stay tuned for part two and three!

InCoWriMo Week 2



Thought I’d check in and let you know how my week’s been going in regards to InCoWriMo 2020…

So far, I’m keeping up at writing a letter or card every day. Having a stack of cards ready to go has been a tremendous help! Getting them into the hands of the post office has been a more delayed thing. You see, the flag on our mailbox fell off at the end of January. I didn’t think it would be a problem but, as far as getting the postperson to take outgoing letters, it was! That is to say, they wouldn’t. So, I had to work in a trip to a blue box or the PO downtown to mail last week’s letters. No biggie, not a deal breaker. They still went out. But guess what?!! Now my WDH (wonderful, dashing husband) has fixed the flag so I can just walk the letters to the box as I write them again. Whew!

How about you? Did you get a chance to use last week’s postcard download? Let me know how it worked for you. If a honey bee isn’t your thing, here’s another one for this week: Giraffe postcards. Same format as the “Bee Brave” ones: two postcards and a bookmark!

Would you like to see one of these postcards in action? I still have a couple spots open on my InCoWriMo list! Email me your snail mail address and I’ll send you a giraffe postcard in the mail with a note from me. πŸ˜€ I will not use your address for anything else!

Now go find connection and spread a little joy!

InCoWriMo2020

In 2017 I stumbled across this thing on IG. The goal: write a letter to someone every day in February. Seems everyone has different ways of meeting that goal. My top goal is to, by the end of February, have mailed out 28 letters, cards or notes. Each piece of mail to a different person.Β  I count replies too (If I haven’t already mailed that person in February.). This fits into my life and doesn’t add stress. I wrote a wrap-up post last time with ideas I use now.

Why should I spend the time writing and sending snail mail when I could be making art? Well, they are kinda two sides of the same coin, no? They are both about making connections and spreading a little happiness out there in the big scary world. So, that’s why I do both!

Would you like to exchange a letter, card or note with me? I have a few spots left on my list! Doesn’t have to be more than just this one. It can be as plain or as fancy as you wish πŸ˜‰ If so, please let me know! Send me an email with your snail mail address!

If you’re interested in finding more InCoWriMo pals, look up the tag #incowrimo2020 on IG. That’s where I’ve found most of mine. But watch out! You may end up with a long term pen pal. πŸ˜‰

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Postcards after trimming

Need a card to send? I’ve got you covered! I’ve created (and tested!) a printout with two postcards (and a bookmark!). My test was printed on 12pt gloss coverstock. Click Here to open and then download the pdf. There’s no side-two. I figure you know how a postcard works and can fill it in on your own. πŸ˜‰

Next week, I’ll have another one for you. Last years downloads can be found: here, here and here.

Any questions?!! Let me know!

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Not yet trimmed.

Upcoming Newsletter

Pelican Card GiveawayWhew! Long time no post. I’ve been here busy making art but that’s not what this post is about…

It’s THAT time again! For my first quarterly newsletter of 2020, I thought I’d try something new: a giveaway! The card pictured here and enough vintage US postage to mail it.

The card is the same one you can get through my InPrnt shop and it features “In His Finest“.

All you have to do is be a subscriber of my newsletter on January 30th, 2020. Then, on January 31st, I will randomly select a name from the list and mail it to that lucky subscriber! To be clear, I’ll mail this in a bigger envelope so that the card is usable and mailable by you.

Why a card with postage? I want to encourage you to send mail! Next month is InCoWriMo don’t ya know! Also, to say thanks to my subscribers for supporting my newsletter. If all goes well, this will be a regular thing!

Stay tuned for more on International Correspondence Writing Month!

Happy Fall Newsletter

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Tomorrow, my quarterly newsletter hits email boxes. Not on my list? No problem, you can of course sign up here.

I ONLY send to this list four times per year so it won’t clog your inbox. I share things that are going on in my studio and with my art. If you want to hear from me more than that (I’d be so excited!) you can find me on IG and Patreon.

For the newsletter, here’s also an archive where you can get caught up on past editions. And of course there’s a (time-sensitive) little something for subscribers at the end of each one. πŸ™‚ Just a little thank you for supporting (yes as a subscriber you are supporting) my art.

Speed-sketches Volume 17

sketchbook video openerIt has been a while but here’s another speed-sketch video of a recent sketchbook spread. Tools are the usual: hand-bound sketchbook of Canson’s classic cream paper, Nitram charcoals, and an eraser. Oh! And I use Spectrafix fixative on each page when I’m done.

Give it a like and subscribe to my channel while you’re there!

4 Reasons to Be My Patron

Building on my previous post, I thought I’d fill in a bit more about why being a Patreon patron is such a great thing. Not just being MY patron, which I would love you to be, but being a patron of any artist.

1. Supporter vs Collector

So let’s say you know me or you know my art (maybe both) and have thought something like this: “I can’t collect your art because I don’t have enough {money/space} to buy real art.” Sound familiar? I know I sometimes feel that way! So how can you support your favorite artist if you can’t buy their art?

Micro-donations! With micro-donations, you can still be a patron of your favorite artist without all the nail holes in your walls. πŸ˜€ As a Patreon patron, you can easily change your donation amount at any time. You can increase it, decrease it or stop it altogether! It makes it so easy to feel a part of the art and artist you love.

2. See For Yourself

Ever wonder “How much time does it take to make that?” orΒ  “Where did she come up with that idea?” As an artist on Patreon, I can easily share with you what goes on in my studio. I can fill you in on things as they happen like what I’m currently working on and the next artwork I have planned.

3. More Life in Art

Pretty pictures are nice, but knowing the story behind them makes them come to life! Ever wonder how a painting happens? What was the inspiration? As a patron, you get to watch the art come to life as you watch it’s story unfold.

4. More Art in Life

Do you find yourself wanting more art in your daily life? Do you snail mail? One of my tiers has a downloadable card pdf and another has a matching envelope file EVERY MONTH! They feature my artwork and you can use them for all your personal correspondence or gift giving. There’s three years worth of uploads there already. That’s a whole lot of snail mail love! I use these files myself so I know they work too!

Does a print of my art sound like more your speed? One tier in particular gets you a coupon for 15% off one orderΒ my INPrnt shop each month you are a patron. As soon as I reach my first goal there, there’s a print giveaway too!

I hope that demystifies the whole Patreon idea. Micro-donations are a great way to support your favorite artists. Take a look at my Patreon page and check out the tier perks. I’m running a special offer until May 13! On that day, every patron is eligible for a Patron of the Arts sticker wrapped up on a hand-written note from me!