Saturday, March 22, 2014

Water Colors Envelope Art

I felt like a real artist. 
I don't normally call or categorize myself as any type of artist.  I just play is all.
 
But while I worked on this piece of envelope art, I actually felt like an artist.  Maybe that is only because I was recreating an artist's paint tin.
 

I am going to say it out loud.  I'm pretty pleased with myself.  This is SO not me.  And although there are several things about this envelope that I would change, I'm surprised I got this far with it.
 
I saw some altered paint tins in the magazine, Artists' Café, made by Connie Govea Stuart.  I LOVE them!  And I thought I could maybe make an envelope art.  I started with just dividing the envelope in half.  Then I drew lines and rounded corners.  The lines are not precise.  Shocking for me!
 
Anyway, the paint pats are too big, the words are too high and I'd like to find a paintbrush ephemera or clip art to add to it, but other than that, I'm so surprised I did this!
 
I want to mail this envelope, but not for awhile.  I have to enjoy it, as I still don't feel like I made it.  I'd like to try another, but I'm not very good at making some things more than once, and the second usually doesn't turn out better.
 
Thanks for indulging me with this post and sharing my moment with me.
 
xoxoxo
Annie
 

  

19 comments:

sheila 77 said...

Well gasp, Annie, mega gasp! Not because I don't think you are an artist, no, you always have been but, gasp - how did you do this? I've enlarged at it and peered at it, and can't work it out. It's terrific. OK, no more of this I can't draw stuff - ever!

pinsandneedles said...

Oh Annie! This is wonderful! I would never guess that this was drawn. It looks so real. You are most definitely an artist!

carol said...

Holy shit…I thought it was a photo of a regular watercolor set. And you don't call yourself an artist? PLEASE………..!!!!! You just look at that masterpiece as long as you want to, honey! YOU deserve to!!

Lesley said...

You are an artist, you are an artist, you are an artist. Now do you believe it? Awesome!

TinaW said...

I think this is awesome! I thought you collaged a picture of a paint tin onto the envelope so you made it quite realistic. Very impressive!

Miss Iowa said...

This is fabulous! I just joined a monthly altered envie swap and love seeing all the creative ideas that people come up with for envelopes. Love your watercolors!

tink's mom said...

Annie this is wonderful. If I hadn't read what you wrote I would go away believing it was a photo. Stellar job.

Renee said...

Am I the only dummie who kept looking for the envelope? Annie!! This is amazing, I thought it was a photo. My dear, you are an artist. :-) And a good one at that.

Beezus said...

I love it. But what I really love is that YOU feel like an artist. It's a great feeling when it all comes together and you feel legit! I sometimes have a hard time calling myself a quilter because I'm only now getting to the actual quilting bit, and I'm on top of the world when I feel like I can actually scrawl my signature across the bottom because it's scrawl-worthy. :)

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I told you that you are an artist, but nooo, you did not believe me! I am delighted that you now know you are.
It is amazing! You make me laugh, oh you just drew a few lines here and there. Are you kidding! You have talent girl. Way to go!

Cynthia said...

Wow! That is pretty awesome! And so funny how we view ourselves! I totally consider you an artist!!

Sandy said...

First of all, you are an artist! Wowzer Annie - this is fabulous and I would not mail it period. If you do then mail it to yourself!! I think your make is wonderful and I want you to STOP finding any fault with it. Congratulations Annie for a real work of art! Your quilts are works of art too!!
sandy xx

Judy1522 said...

You are definitely an artist! Your paint tin is amazing I love it.

Jacque said...

Girl, this is awesome! Don't ya love trying new things and then being pleased with yourself, not just because you like the result, but also because you pushed yourself and accomplished it! Beautiful!

ellen gets crafty said...

You are an artist!! Everything you make is so creative and you should be proud!!! Great job on the paint tin.

legato1958 said...

How cool is this paint tin box that you created, Miss Artiste !!
Everyone knows you are an artist, exceptin' you!!
Your art work, in all types of mediums, makes us all so happy!

I look at my Brown Eyed Susan post card every day and smile!

Susie

Tera Callihan said...

WOWZA!! I thought that was a photo of a paint tin!! I scrolled down looking for the envelope and then realized!! That is AMAZING!!! You rock!!! I'm going to share on facebook if that's ok?

West Michigan Quilter said...

Fantastic! I don't know how you did this but it looks just like my great grandson's paint box! You are a true artist!

Createology said...

Wait...I truly thought this image was of a vintage paint tin. To read that you created it knocks me out. This is F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S.!!! This would be so awesome in NLWM.
You should be very proud of yourself dear...