This week I painted up a big batch of Cadbury purple and yellow watercolor wedding calligraphy for a bride in the UK. I had no idea starting out just how harmonious the purple and yellow would be together, but man. Fred & Ginger, these two. I was careful not to blend them too much, I didn't want soup, and I think the effect is really nice. Well done, English bride. Good call.
I threw in a batch of mini clothes pins I painted to match the colors because she mentioned she needed something to pin up her table chart. I think they're pretty cute.
And I'd like to introduce you to my new set of drying racks. I have drying racks I've bought online but they're awful and possibly soap dishes and the cards fall out. But while I was at my family's place the other day my uncle Steph, a total sweetheart and gifted woodworker, was working in his shop and I said,
"Man, you know what I need? These boards..." And I proceeded to slice shallow angled cuts into an imaginary scrap of pine.
Five minutes later I had these. 1x6's slashed into service. If he'd handed me a baby unicorn I wouldn't have been more excited.
Look at that simplicity! They work perfectly! At about a foot long one rack holds a table's worth of cards, keeping my surfaces free from The Spread. Fellow calligraphers, you know what I'm talking about. I can't even work without them now. So if you're handy, or know someone who is, mimic yourself a set of these. Or if you'd like I can commission a set for you. Just drop me a line.
Next week among other things I'll be creating my largest piece yet (it's not that big, but I'm excited), and beginning work on the cards for a local conference - super excited to show you behind the scenes stuff on that one. Plus we'll be one week closer to explaining those apples.
See you then!