For Your Sake Papercut

Posted by on Jun 26, 2011 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

For Your Sake Papercut

Commissioned by a Jewish dayschool as an award, the intricate design makes use of the most delicate lines to hold the papercut together.  Notice  the fine lines of the tsitsit and the tallit itself, and the rays of light from the ner tamid.  Once I had the visual elements in mind, the challenge was to craft an overall pleasing design, so the long narrow image developed. I found the text in a museum exhibit of poster art from the time of early Israeli statehood.   The particular poster that grabbed my attention was urging new immigrants to learn Hebrew.   Notice the different ways in which the Hebrew and English letters remain attached within the artwork.  As a papercut design, everything that appears black in the artwork (positive space, as this is the paper that remains while the rest is cut away) must be attached to other black paper or else it will fall away....

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PA Supreme Court Certificate

Posted by on Jun 10, 2011 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

PA Supreme Court Certificate

Even a buttoned-up certificate from the state’s highest court can come to life when color is added!   I regularly craft certificates such as this one, and add personal touches in the limited space available, in keeping with the clients’ instructions.

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Duty Tours

Posted by on Jun 10, 2011 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Duty Tours

I am often honored with crafting a memento for families, and this piece is an example.  The poem was written by a man whose family found this poem he’d written captured his enduring legacy.   Lettered in gouache in the blues and greens that they chose, this is a most simple piece that belies the work that goes into measuring, laying out text, choosing styles, and mixing paints.  A very gratifying ‘job’ this is! The movement of color throughout the piece is accomplished by adding a new color to the pen nib with a tiny brush just before it runs dry, allowing the colors to blend together as they are laid down on the paper....

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Muted Color Border

Posted by on Jun 10, 2011 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Muted Color Border

Once the color palette was chosen for this award, and the layout was carefully plotted, I used a technique of adding drops of color to the pen with a tiny brush each time it began to run low of paint.   This allows the colors to blend in the pen and create a smooth transition of color within words. The thin lines on the border are created with a ruling pen, and the inner border line of color is painted with a tiny brush using the same colors as were used in the lettering, just further watered down.

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Blown Paint

Posted by on Jun 10, 2011 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Blown Paint

The design on this painting is created by placing drops of gouache (opaque, water based paint) onto the paper and carefully blowing on the paint while wet to direct the color.  This technique, when used in a document like the pictured award, requires both freedom and control.   Working very quickly allows a blending of multiple colors to create a marbling effect in miniature – that’s one of the unexpected results!   Tiny raised gold leaf dots catch light and bring the piece to life.

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Jewel Tones Art Nouveau

Posted by on Jun 10, 2011 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Jewel Tones Art Nouveau

It’s amazing how the introduction of color into lettering can make a piece sing!   The client here requested a jewel tone palette and gave me enough background information about the recipient to craft a piece of art that captures an aspect of her essence.

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