Sunday, September 11, 2016

Other people's letters

Sometimes I would like to read other people's correspondence - what are they writing about? Trivialities, children, pets, or are they exchanging recepies? Or do people write about themselves, of things they've seen? Of their innermost thoughts? Of fears and concerns?
Friends used to write letters to each other, I wonder if they still do?

Today letters have been all but replaced by text messages, emails or facebook messages... but here I offer a few glimpses into letters, into a slow life and not so instant correspondence.

For me, monochrome is an excuse to use a neutral color - even though I do know any color can be treated tone-in-tone. But I do love my neutrals, especially after heavy doses of high colors as in my recent works.
Here I started with my absolute most favorite neutral ever, Hickory Smoke by Distress Inks.

Hickory Smoke is a complex color. Its value strongly depends on your surface and other materials. That makes working with it so exiting. Sometimes it is pure grey. At times it veers towards purple, at other times towards blue. Did I say how much I love it? Love it!

I stamped the writing hand onto a piece of vellum. I cut a small slit into the picture and inserted the feather.

The feathers were found one afternoon on our yard. We live close to a wood. A hazel grouse (link to awesome photos) had been snatched by a bigger bird which must have dropped it into our yard for some obscure reason. It had been a veritable death fight, feathers flying around.
But such perfect beautiful feathers! Grey, fluffy with peaks of elegant brow and rust. For this I selected the more tonal feathers.

With all this bla-bla about making it, have you been paying attention to the letters at all?  These friends have quite a lot to say to each other. Go now, and be inspired to write a letter to someone!

entering into:
The Artistic Stamper: Monochrome Monochrome
Anything but Cute: #17 Friendship


  1. Ja nämäkin!!! Sinä se osaat tehdä niin upeita kerta toisensa jälkeen :)

  2. Olen samaa mieltä Susannan kanssa!

  3. They are perfect! Really truly amazing!

  4. Alice, I have to agree, we have lost the fine art of letter writing! Yet when we get a handwritten letter, we treasure it! Why don't we send one to other's more often knowing this? Your ATC's are so perfect for our Friendship challenge, and I love that you used those feathers, but a sad story that went along with them. That's nature. Thank you for sharing your artwork with us at Anything But Cute! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

    PS I have a collection of old letters from the 40's; so interesting to read the "conversation" between this young lady and her friends!

  5. Das ist eine wunderschöne Interpretation zum Thema und tolle Kärtchen! ;-)

  6. This is so beautiful ! thank you so much for sharing with us at The Artistic Stamper
    WIshing you good luck to win beautiful stamps !

  7. What an absolutely beautiful set of ATCs! Just perfect for our 'Friendship' challenge at Anything But Cute! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful art with us!
    Branka DT x

  8. Nádherná. Jednu mám doma a moc za ni děkuji.