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Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Creative Stroll

Do you find that you end up running off on a journey of a thousand miles on the internet?  You end up somewhere totally unrelated to the beginning of your journey?  You forget where you were going in the first place?  Welcome to my day.

I can't remember what I was looking for, but I happened across some interesting websites and I wanted to share them with you ...



Letterpress address cards

Take these letterpress address cards for instance.  Simple.  Creative.  Organized. Done.  I love them. They are made by 1canoe2 who has a store on Etsy.



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I love feeling like I stumbled across something unique, even if it is just address cards.  What caught my attention about these, though, is that the text is letterpress.  So, I got to thinking ... how can I create something with letterpress quality?  How is it done? I started searching, and this is when I find myself running off on a journey across the internet completely unrelated to why I was there in the first place.



Three_red_hens_blog

That's when I discovered Three Red Hens Blog and started learning about how Letterpress is created and how it can be done at home.

I learned a lot from Erika's 3 tutorials and promised myself that one day I would take the time to try this creative process, and that I would also commit to becoming more proficient at learning Adobe Illustrator.



Sketchpad

From Erika's blog, that took me to Mike's Sketchpad and a tutorial on the Anatomy of a Vector illustration.  Great post!

If only I was as good at Illustrator as I am at Photoshop, well, I'd have less time on my hands than I do now.

That's the one thing I wish I had - more time.  More time to pursue creative ideas.  More time to spend with friends.  More time to learn new things.  More time to travel.  More time to sleep.  Face it, I just need more time - we all do.

So, no, I'm not going to pursue another creative adventure in letterpress, but I am going to keep it in the back of my mind for when that day comes that I need to create something special on card stock and want to use letterpress.  But!  You can learn it!!

I don't think there is anything online that you can't learn on your own if you try.  I've learned web design, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Wordpress, TypePad, and more online - in my own time.  Go run off on a tangent and take a journey of thousand miles around the net in search of your next big idea!

In the meantime, I think I might just buy those address cards.

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