One of the ways I’ve been able to get comfy with Illustrator and Photoshop is through making my stationery. I’m sure that every art fart out there right now wants to make pretty things and sell them and be come some online/Etsy superstar, and I’m not ashamed that I do, too. I like thinking of a cutesy design to make and then using my tools to put them out on paper. It comes with a lot of challenges sometimes. I’ll think of an idea, assuming it is really easy, and hours later, I’m still working on it. I don’t know how to use every tool in Illustrator and Photoshop, but my comfort level with the programs are coming closer to my ease in using InDesign. I imagine that this is what people meant when they said learn that software well!
Since last week was my birthday, I decided to make a thank you cards for everyone that gave me something special. I am starting to appreciate letter writing as an art form, and how special it makes me feel when I get a handwritten note from someone I care about.
I treated myself to a pack of neutral toned card stock from Kinkos , and a few sizes in envelopes from Paper Source. Paper Source has a great selection of stuff! Since I’m still experimenting with different textures and designs, so I find myself looking at their products a lot. They have section envelopes that may have minor defects, but are still suitable to use. My favorite are the natural brown envelopes that have a recycled look to them. I think making these cute little items are only giving me more ideas for products!