I can’t believe it is already November! Today we’re finishing up some birthday cards, and enjoying the sunshine!
:: Carrie ::
Homegrown in the Heartland
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are SO excited to formally introduce you to the first four prints in our new series that we call “The People in Your Neighborhood”. These have been a work in progress for quite some time, and you can expect two more to be added to the series sometime in the near future. We think they are quite charming.
The idea for this series has an interesting origin. Last school year I was lucky enough to get to host a student teacher for a semester. It was great. An extra set of hands in an elementary art room is like striking gold. My pre-service teacher (that’s the official title) did a fantastic job developing projects for our kids to dive into. One of the projects that he taught was relief portraits. Any time we use clay it is always a big hit, but these were just the best. The kids did a super awesome job and they had so much fun doing it. *
* Here is where I need to tell you that I did take photos of all of their awesome and hilarious relief portraits, but somehow they all got deleted from my camera before I uploaded them to the computer. I’m sorry, my fault. Trust me, they were great.
The best part about having a student teacher is that by the end of the semester, they are fully in charge of the classroom. What did that mean for me? Well, it meant that I got to play with clay too, right along with the kids. Let me tell you, it is really rare in an elementary art classroom to get the chance to actually sit down. But to sit down AND get to use my own creative juices to make something awesome? Unheard of.
So here’s what I made. Well, these are the two that survived the kiln. I had another, but he fell victim in the great kiln disaster of 2011. Let’s just say, I probably fired one batch a little early, before the clay had fully dried out. Most of those came out cracked and broken into lots of pieces. That was fun news to break to the kids. ”Boys and girls, today we are going to have a lesson on dealing with disappointment…” They actually took it REALLY well, I was worried. I guess we both learned something through that experience.
When I showed them to Beth she immediately said, “You have to draw those so we can print them!”
So I did. And I came up with a few other characters while I was at it.
Here we have Beehive Betty the Librarian. She has a very high-maintenance hairdo.
This handsome man is The Professor, a kind and scholarly gentleman.
The Sailor sports a righteous mustache…as all self-respecting seamen must.
And finally, please say hello to The Mermaid…the siren of the sea.
Each of these prints is 8×10 and was printed in our studio on our Chandler & Price letterpress. They are all available in our shop, so get them while they’re hot!
A few weeks ago, my wonderful and hilarious cousin Andrew married a most lovely gal. Katie has been around for a couple of years now, and she’s just the sweetest. We’re so happy to have her join our boisterous family! Andrew, you did well for yourself, buddy.
Of course as soon as I heard that they were engaged, I was so happy for them, but when I heard that they were having the wedding in front of the old barn on my grandparents’ farm, I was thrilled with the graphic possibilities for invitations. I drew all the little ornaments and of course did the calligraphy of the names, and Carrie drew the woodgrain border.
The little town of Clarksville, Missouri, where the reception was held, is right on the Mississippi River north of St. Louis. At one time in history, the area was famous for it’s apple orchards and production. There’s a community gathering place called the Apple Shed which is right along the railroad tracks and has the perfect vintage feel for an early Autumn wedding. Here’s a photo from Mary Kim Loeffler, their talented photographer:
The theme of Katie and Andrew’s wedding goes perfectly with our favorite style–hand-drawn, warm ,vibrant earthy colors, and a little vintage flair every now and then. Nothing too formal, but that doesn’t mean it’s not completely lovely.
This wedding invitation suite is by far our favorite that we’ve done. No offense to anyone else, it’s just that this wedding’s colors, themes, and the couple themselves just fit perfectly with the style of work that we do. These are true 1canoe2 wedding invitations. I particularly like the banner and the woodgrain elements.
As a shower gift, I printed some thank-you notes with the same artwork as the invitations. I was honored that Katie and Andrew let me design their invitations just as I wanted, and I wish for them many many years of wedded bliss.
We got a sweet little package in the mail last week from our friends at Igloo Letterpress. We met Alison at the National Stationery show in May, and found out she has ties to our home town of Columbia. She grew up here, and learned all about letterpress from her grandfather who ran a couple of presses, the ones Alison uses now. She was so sweet to send us a couple of his old printing blocks with some vintage Mizzou logos. How cool is that?!
Thanks Alison! We can’t wait to try printing with them! Mizzou-rah!!!
There have been some sneak peeks of our calendar leaking out ever since the National Stationery Show, but we’ve finally loaunched it in our Etsy shop!
This year was different because we actually designed the calendar in January and printed it in March. Talk about working ahead!
We decided to go with a fun and functional desk calendar this year, and besides some chipper illustrations, one of the coolest and most unique things about this calendar is that it comes with a one-of-a-kind hedgewood stump cut from the fields of the farm where we have our studio. After 2012 has passed you by, you’ll be able to use the stump for photos or cards or recipe cards for years to come!
We really concentrated on the lettering for the months. It’s hard to come up with 12 different styles! And it’s even harder for me not to sing “I’ll be Gone till November honey, gone till November….” the entire time I’m drawing that word.
Here’s a view of all of the designs. See if you can tell who drew what. Here’s a secret: my husband, Jason actually drew one of the months.
Be warned: we only printed 600 of these, and we are NOT reprinting. We’ve already sold more than 200, so get ’em while you can!
Here are the details:
It’s in the shop! Our latest print, Outlaws of the Wild West. We’re pretty excited about it, and we think you’ll like it too. Sixteen of the biggest and baddest outlaws the wild west ever saw.
This is Butch Cassidy and his gang. Don’t let their fancy suits and neatly groomed mustaches fool you, they have guns, and they’re not afraid to use them.
This is Black Jack Ketchum.
He was a big time train robber. I mean big time. He was caught and sentenced to death by hanging. Ouch. His last words were “Let ‘er rip!”
And this, my friends, is the legendary Jesse James.
Born in Clay County, Missouri, but known around the world. He was the leader of a gang. Altogether they robbed 12 banks, 7 trains, and 6 stagecoaches for a total of over a quarter million dollars. Jesse’s father was a Baptist minister. I bet he didn’t approve.
And, here’s some shots of my sketchbook, where our design started taking shape.
Gotta get those mustaches juuuuuust right.
From the portraits to the lettering, everything about this print is hand drawn before putting it all together, and printing it on our Chandler & Price Letterpress.
Outlaws of the Wild West, 11×14 inches. Printed on bright white Cranes Lettra Letterpress paper with brown and light blue ink.
I’ve finally completed Amelia’s birth announcements. She’s now 10 weeks old. I’ve had them designed for quite a while, but printing them and getting them assembled took some extra time. Now I just have to finish sending out my “thank you” notes before I send out the announcements. Sheesh. I’m so embarrassingly bad at things like that. The sad thing is, I’ve had the notes written since before she was born, but I haven’t found the time to address and stamp them. It’s really shameful considering how grateful I am to everyone who gave us something and took the time to throw us a shower.
But enough with the sob story. I’m thrilled with how these turned out. Big big shout-out to Heather Roth Photography (HSR Photography) out of St. Louis for the wonderful photos. She came all the way out to the country to take them and she was just amazing. I have a nice big camera, and fancy myself a decent photographer, but let me tell you this: I could never have gotten the shots that she did. She was just amazing with the poses and handling Amelia in a soothing way. I was so stressed in the first hour that I had to step away and let her do her magic. They turned out wonderfully!
So what I did was arrange a couple of my favorites in Photoshop, sent them to Sam’s Club to get printed on 5×7’s (so much cheaper at Sam’s. 38 cents instead of $1.48 at Walmart). and then attached my letterpressed piece on the middle. It was tempting to just do a digital card with no letterpress, but I didn’t think that would be quite acceptable.
I bought an edge punch at Michael’s which amazingly enough actually held up to cut through that super thick Lettra paper.
Here’s the printing plate. I tried the reversed out design, but you couldn’t really tell that it was letterpressed, so what was the point? Too much surface area of printing can have that effect, no matter how hard you’re hitting the paper with the press. We’ve learned that the hard way.
Here’s a shot of the girl herself at the age of 9 weeks. It’s funny that I was so “anti” pink before she was born, but it just suits her so beautifully! That red hair and her complexion make the pink perfect