Saturday, May 19, 2012

Doodle Mania

I've been doodling my little heart out.  Getting ready for 3 summer art festivals and a gallery show.  Pheww!!!!

I found these plain notepads with pens that had blank fronts I could doodle on, so I bought a half dozen.  Also picked up some to try but not as happy with them.  The green ones are easy to smudge, the blue one isn't bad, it has a more leather like finish so it took the ink well.  But it's kinda plain. 

Also been doodling on notecards.  One of the art fairs I'm doing requires a higher percent of original art so I'm doing notecards, bookmarks and postcards.   Whatever I can find that I can put my doodles on.   It's something to do while watching TV in the evenings. 

Since I got my new printer I haven't had a chance to try printing cards. So set out today to give it a try.  Since my WiFi doesn't work presently I first had to hook up the printer to my computer.  I also had not tried the new Page Plus program from Serif that I downloaded free so I could do my card designs at home without spending a fortune on software.  It works pretty good.  Like any new program you've got to work your way around their system to find everything.  But it wasn't bad.  I've been using Publisher and sometimes the little free Avery program.  But Avery designs couldn't be saved in jpegs or pdf files so I could only print from printers that also had Avery.

I added a thank you to one of my doodle designs and printed out some thank you cards.  Now I don't have to run to a print shop or Kinkos to print all my cards.   Love it.

All in all it worked pretty good.  It even took the cardstock easily.  I know it was suppose to but I even had trouble with the printers at Kinkos taking the cardstock and they are big heavy duty printers.

Received some sad news today, my niece called to tell me her brother had died.  A heart attack.  Far to young.   He was a Vietnam war vet that has suffered the side effects from Agent Orange along with his younger brother and their father, my brother.   They were all in Vietnam at the same time.    They all died from heart failure.  The younger of the two boys was flown from Alaska to Oregon Health Sciences University for a transplant a few years ago but died before he could get the heart.  My brother died some years earlier.  The tragedies of war are never ending even when the war is "over".

Hope you are having a great weekend.  So far we have nice weather.  Holding my fingers crossed it at least last through tomorrow.  We've had 2 beautiful weekends in a row,  so can't last much longer.

Thanks for visiting.




Corrine at said...

So sorry about your nephew.
that must be really hard to have lost your brother and his sons. My husband is a Vietnam vet, navy, so thankfully no agent orange. Wonderful doodles. Hope ypur show goes well. xox

Janet said...

Cyndee, your doodles are so beautiful and they look great on the notebooks and cards. Thanks for mentioning the Page Plus program...I'll check it out.

I'm so sorry to hear about your nephew, and your other family members who died as a result of their war experiences. Too often we think when soldiers come home that it's all over. Sadly that's not the case.

kimmie said...

love what you're doing with your doodles! they make a great journal cover - very inspiring!

I'm so sorry to hear about your nephew - you are so right about the war never really being "over" - especially for those who fought in it. So sad .....

Cottage and Broome said...

Your Doodles look great, hope they do well at the show! What kind of a printer did you get?

Sorry to hear about the lose of your nephew, agent orange has caused so many health issues for our soldiers.

Thanks for stopping by, Laura

Barbara said...

I'm so sorry about your nephew - so true about the lingering effects of war. Love your doodles, though. What kind of printer did you get? I'm going to have to get a new one eventually.

Thomas A. Marino said...

Hi Cyndee, I found you in cloth paper scissors. Love your doodles.

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