Monday, February 03, 2014

Custom cards

As a child, I would spend hours creating dolls and houses and theatres and puppets out of cardboard, paper and boxes.  It seems that never leaves me entirely.

I have some tendonitis or similar in one hand and am giving it a little rest from the palette knife, but can never stay away completely, so this weekend I thought I'd do some work on an articulated card concept I've been playing with.  These will be available as printable sheets that can be cutout and assembled.  I have a couple of pieces completed but not assembled yet, as the cutting out is an issue for me right now.  These are created on 250lb watercolour paper, then painted with watercolour.  I haven't used my watercolours in ages and quite enjoyed using them again.  I love how the colours meld together making them perfect for creating fish.

I'm considering offering custom cards of pets using this template. The purchaser would provide the face of the cat in a photograph (there will be dog ones too) and the original will be shipped.  This prototype has Tripod as the model (he works for food only he told me)  It comes with several insert tags that one can write messages on depending on the circumstance.  Its 9" tall and 4.5" at the widest point.   Definitely not a toy, but a unique piece of art can can be framed or given as a unique gift.

I'd love to know what you think of the concept.


Celeste Bergin said...

excellent idea...I love how Tripod came out..!

"JeanneG" said...

As you know, I love anything to do with Tripod.

RH Carpenter said...

How clever! Love how it turned out.

Jeanette Jobson said...

Thanks Celeste, it was fun to do.

I am never sure why you think Tripod's so great Jeanne, but I'm sure he's glad he has a fan!

Rhonda, I'll be trying a few more cat heads and see how they turn out, working out the kinks before I let them loose on the world. :)

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

I love this idea. The card turned out perfect. I'm with JeanneG … anything to do with Tripod has my vote.
Also … I love the size.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

hope you get some relief with your hand, sounds painful :/

i think its a good idea, and being able to have either a cat or dog helps give the idea a wider audience

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I love the painting and the concept.
Tripod isn't perchance a three legged cat is he? Not that it would matter...

Jeanette Jobson said...

Nancy, thanks, Tripod sends his best wishes. :)

The joys of old age Jen. Everything starts giving out. It slows me down a bit but nothing stops me.

Thanks Mary, I'll be playing around with other cat heads and some dogs too.

And yes Tripod is a three legged cat. What else could I call him? :) He was a feral cat living in the woods who lost a foreleg who knows how. Perhaps a rabbit snare, horrid things. But I added his leg in this image. Balance was needed.