I've always been a person of color...lots and lots of color around me! I have photos and color pieces of my work all around my home office.
In 2009, I don't carve wood anymore...and in August, 2006, I took up writing seriously. While I was in the hobby shop one day, I noticed specialty paper that I had never seen before and I thought to myself, "I have to have some of this paper to dress up my writings, etc." This paper is fabulous and comes in hundreds of styles and patterns.
All come in the standard format (8.5 x 11) and come in a wide range of topics...such as sports; cooking; music; hobbies; and on and on. All are affordable, too!
When I was in the art world, I would write the descriptions of my wood pieces and where the ideas came from, etc. But, I would always put them on colored paper and add a few color graphics to the piece. The color enhanced the piece so much!
When I saw these incredible papers, I knew that I had to put them to work somehow...probably in my home office. I needed a new look, anyway. I figured about 25 of these prints would make my home office look fantastic, so I got started.
With more than 125 articles in my portfolio, I couldn't do them all...so I just let the type of paper available decide which paper to buy. I chose the paper that matched up with the topic of my article. So, I didn't write the description of the article until AFTER I bought the paper! All the descriptions of the articles were brief...about 75 words or less; the text was keyed with 36 font (bold) so it could be seen and read from a distance. I bought some prints that could be used vertically and some prints that could be used horizontally.
After I bought the paper, I wrote all the descriptions for the articles I would use. I keyed them all in Word, and centered them on the paper. I printed them all out, and went to the copy shop and made transparencies out of all of them...WALLA...
The transparicies would fit nicely over the design/styled paper and slide into a clear plastic cover. Since the creative prints were the same size as the clear plastic covers, I have to trim (cropp) the standard papers by about half an inch. I then pasted them on a solid color paper to provide a background edge or border for all of them.
There were dozens and dozens to select from at the hoppy store, so it was hard to make the selections. I wanted all of them! Below is a list of the papers I bought, and I try to paint a picture for the reader as to how the piece looks. These incredible papers can be used for books; articles; letters; stories; misc. projects and wall hangings as I used them, etc.
(description page) This page is dark and light brown and animal paws scattered all over the page. Could be the paws of a cat or dog; a lion; a wolf, etc. I used a dark brown sheet for the border/trim. This page is an example of the types of specialty papers available, etc. (vertical)
This is a photograph of a pile of gold pencils, and is a short description of my writing world, etc. I think it fits perfectly! I used solid gold paper for the background trim around the edges.
This is a colorful page of powder-blue and is dotted around the margins with colorful balloon in red; dark blue; green, orange, etc. All the text is centered in the middle, and it's a great page for the celebration of writing, etc. It is pasted on a gray background trim. (vertical)
This is a photo of a pile of footballs in brown with the white stripes on a football. There is a little green grass in the foreground and background. I used dark green paper for the trim and background in this scene. This print is perfect for my article entitled, Are You Ready For Some Football? (vertical)
This is powder-blue paper with all the snowflakes on the page are white. This is a great-looking paper! I used a gray paper for the background trim. This paper is perfect for my article entitled, "Felix Navidar (Merry Christmas) (horizontal)
This is an ordinary picture of a blue sky, with puffy clouds and a few gray clouds in the distance. This is a perfect paper for my Cloud 9 page on my website. A gray solid paper was used for the trim on this page. My business card appears in the lower right hand corner. (vertical)
This is the only black and white page that I saw. The page is white with all the musical notes dancing about the page in black! I used a black background page for the trim around the edges. This print is perfect for my music article entitled, "The Beginning of Rock and Roll For Me (1955)" (vertical)
Don't Golf My Way is the story of my miss-adventures on the golf course, and this print is perfect to help me tell the story! A photo of grass...that's it...with a dark green background trim. It is perfect for a golf story, or other stories involving grass, etc. (vertical)
Of the hundreds of prints available, I can't say if I have a favorite...but if I did...this print would have to be at the top someplace. It is an incredible likeness to the uniforms worn by our military! The olive-greens; the dark and light greens; the tan; and grays, etc. This print looks exactly like the real thing...amazing! I used this paper for my article entitled, I'm Proud to be an American Veteran. (horizontal)
Another colorful paper, as this print is pink throughout with red; white; purple and lavendar hearts throughout the paper! I trimmed this paper with a dark red paper, and I used it for my article entitled, It's All About Making People Happy. (vertical)
This is a completely orange page and is a photo of a pile of basketballs. I created this page, because my hero is basketball coach, John Wooden, of U.C.L.A. It goes perfectly with my article entitled, Isn't a Hero Just Another Sandwich? (vertical)
Plain and simple...one simple word on a page is boring...YAWN! (every word on this page is boring, too! YAWN...we need to dress up this page a little!)
After this project was finished, my home office looks like a mini-gallery! It's so colorful, because of these fantastic prints, which are quite affordable. Visitors can just browse around and read the text and see the wonderful prints.
Adding color to your writings...is just another quality of life! (YAWN again here...but don't hurt yourself!)
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