2018 is shaping up to be a big year for Paper Owl Artists. January has us facilitating a Happy Mail Workshop at Jaffe Center for Book Arts. The workshop will be alot of fun with more than enough projects and goodies to fill the day. Registration is already full but perhaps another will be scheduled for the Spring.
February we'll participate in the Jaffe Center's Maker's Marketplace, one of our most favorite events. A great venue, exceptional vendors, fabulous visitors (and buyers), and always yummy donuts and coffee. We'll be spending time in January making new cards to add to our current selection. If you're in the Boca Raton, FL area, please plan to visit. We'll post more information about the event as it gets closer.
In case you haven't seen one of Jeff's handmade journals, you don't know what you're missing. They're beautiful. Each one is a treat to hold in your hand, let alone write or sketch in. I'm trying to convince him to leave his full-time job to make journals but he likes his job (and paycheck) too much to listen to me. However, he will be making more journals in 2018. They'll be available in our Etsy shop throughout 2018 along with our greeting cards and paper collages.
As for me, I'll be continuing to work on paper collage cards and am also developing a new "line" of watercolor cards. I've loved watercolor for the longest time. 2018 is my year to work with it. I am NOT an artist, abstract art is my most comfortable medium so you can expect to be some interesting and uplifting cards this coming year.
Why do Jeff and I have such an attachment to making greeting cards? For one thing, they're fun and meaningful to make and send to people we know. We also think it's important to express our creativity. It's also satisfying to us when people purchase our cards Cards, whether store bought or handmade, are a way for people to connect and communicate with one another. In today's high tech world of email, texting, and Facebook and Twitter postings, we believe our world is losing the ability and feeling of emotionals and tactile human connection. Greeting cards are just one way of providing this connection.
We hope you'll continue following us throughout 2018. Let us know what kinds of cards you'd like us to make. Visit (and support :-) our Etsy shop . Make a heartfelt intention and commitment to send or give just one card (or letter) to someone you know. More would be even better! Whether it be for a birthday, anniversary, get well, sympathy, or just to say hello, I promise you that you will touch the recipients heart and soul. And who knows, you might even receive one in return!
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Monday, December 18, 2017
We're getting our bits and pieces of paper together to make our annual holiday greeting card (see below). I'll post a photo of the finished card in a few days. But why do we send holiday greetings and when did this tradition start? To read more about the history of holiday greetings, visit my friend, Carol Christmas' fabulous letter writing blog, WriteALetter.org. Carol is a retired postal service delivery worker with a love for all things mail and letter writing related. She and I have been letter writing penpals for a few years now. Her blog is well worth visiting!
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Jen and Jeff's 2017 Holiday Greeting Card
Jen and Jeff's 2017 Holiday Greeting Card
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Monday, November 27, 2017
Jeff and I have been creating handmade greeting cards for a few years now. I am a greeting card junkie. I make them, buy them, and collect them. I use them when writing to my 25+ penpals around the world. I was sad when one of my favorite cardmakers closed her Etsy shop a couple of years as I like to help support hobby and small business cardmakers like Jeff and me. We have an Etsy shop (www.paperowlartists.etsy.com) we'd love you to visit and, we sell at a local Maker's Marketplace a few times a year. We also make custom orders (email us if you have a card you'd like made, firstname.lastname@example.org). But, I also invite you to visit (and shop) other cardmakers on Etsy and elsewhere. Here are just a few Etsy shops I've purchased cards from, their shop names below each card photo. If you love greeting cards, please consider supporting handmade cardmakers this holiday season :-)
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Do you love to receive mail? I don't mean bills and junk mail. I mean happy mail ... personal letters, written just to you, postcards (vintage and new), handmade and dressed up Dollar Store cards, and some surprise mail as well? If so, or even if you're curious, this workshop might just be for you.
Join me and Jeff Saturday, January 27, 2018 for an all day workshop Jaffe Center for Book Arts (Boca Raton, Florida) on how to create and send a variety of fun mail. Register soon as there are only 12 spots available! Click here for more information: http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/spc/JaffeCenter/workshops/happy_mail.php
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Wishing you and yours a happy and grateful Thanksgiving. Jeff and I are each grateful for our families, our health, and prosperities. We're equally grateful to have one another in our lives. We appreciate each of you who follow us for your individuality, the individual gifts you bring to your world and the the world and large, and of course, we appreciate your support of our endeavors. We wish the best for each of you this holiday season. Thank you, and Gobble on!