Creating awesome works of art is a wonderful thing. But for all the time spent, why not get more mileage out of them by reproducing it? This is not a new concept. Pen-pallers have been "photo copying" such things and adding them to their letters since Xerox came on the scene in 1959. The above two pieces are not the original, but reproductions done on a home printer. (They look a little different in color because the papers used are different from one another.)
With today's technology, you have more options than just a photocopy...
You can take a snapshot with your Smartphone and Bluetooth-it to your home printer! (wireless sending). Don't have a printer at home? No problem, places like Staples can print it for you from a digital file (or photo) you upload to their online site from your smartphone.
My work is rather detailed
so I choose to scan my
instead of taking a photo.
I invested in a good home printer that also scans. Once I've scanned my work I use photo and desktop publishing software to incorporate them into Envelope, Tuk-In and Stationery designs.
It really is fun to reproduce your work this way. Not only do you get more mileage from your work to share with more penfriends, you can also modify your work if you wish... many times over. Design software affords you the ability to crop it differently, add a copyright line, brighten, blur sections, etc.
This is just to get the idea of reproducing your work on your radar. How you do it is all up to you. In fact, if you want to forgo the computer all together, you can for some applications. IE: If I wanted to use my "Dolphine Tree" on an envelope template without a computer, I would just have to photocopy it at a reduced size and plan out my "location" carefully on the glass area of a photocopy machine. There is always a way if you have the Will. =)
You can see above that I'm rather fond of placing the opening flap of my custom envelopes on the side. But I try to design the front so that it remains "landscape" oriented because if I make the front vertical (portrait oriented) I would have to pay an additional "nonMachinable fee", which is currently 22¢. The post office however, con not stop you from designing the backside of your envelope as portrait if you wish.
You don't have to create your own envelope templates either. I've printed my art on Letter size paper for envelope templates I've made myself (above), but I've also printed on store bought envelopes. These already-made envelopes are sold in standard sizes that most home printers are set up to receive through a feeding tray.
Remember, what you're seeing above are reproductions. You can see I've cropped them differently. Go ahead and try it. Here is a tip: before you even get on a computer, grab your original finished art (respect other's work and always use your own original art), and just sketch out on paper what you'd like the placement and size to be on your finished envelope, card, book mark, etc. Once you're happy with the "design" THEN use your computer program of choice to make it happen.
A computer can not design, that must come from you first. A computer comes into play "after" as a tool to help produce your idea. =)
Hello, I’m Nina, the maven behind the
IQS blog. I’m all about creativity (ya think?).
I work in several disciplines. So it's no surprise that the Art of Letter Writing would come knocking on my door. Smitten!
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