Friday, December 21, 2012

Holidays


Wishing you perfect Holidays
and a wonderful New Year!
This is my 2012 card and was painted with Procreate on my iPad.  This was my fifth idea for a card; I liked No. 4 but accidentally deleted it when it was almost finished (which is not easy to do).  Once this reindeer painting was finished I got a cardshop app--nothing as exciting as having a deadline and learning new stuff.  There was no grid for layout; just a tiny piece of ruler across the top of the card showing inches and FIFTHS of inches.  Fifths?  I'm accustomed to eighths.  My only way to check placement was to print one.  Print?  I had never printed from my iPad, and my Canon printer is not one of those compatible with Apple's airprint.
Luckily, the cardshop app has the option of sending a PDF by email.  That worked, but I was unable to print from the PDF reader on my desktop.  So I emailed it to the laptop in the dining room; from there I could send it to the printer in the computer room.  A solution at last.  I printed 75; none were upside-down and the inside greeting was in the right place.  I folded, signed, wrote some personal notes, addressed and stamped the envelopes, and got the cards in the mail yesterday.  I can check that off my list--and my fruitcake has been delivered.
Now it's on to cleaning and shopping.   Perfect Holidays?  At my house that's a joke.

Merry Christmas! 
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24 comments:

  1. Well- it's a beautiful card and I salute your tenacity in getting it done. What a journey!!!

    Perfect holiday is a myth after all, don't you think?

    I love the tones and details of this image. You really did a phenomenal job. I hope you are pleased.

    Merry Christmas!

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  2. Thank you PAMO. My mother would call that tenacity pig-headedness. Normally, I would have used Corel on my desktop for printing but I can't open the program--error 998--whatever that is.

    Painting on the iPad is still fun--first time using a texture brush for the sky. The hard part is deciding when to call it finished. For a while there was a hatless Santa running away but I used the "undo" button on him--too cutesy.

    Perfect holidays probably happen only in ads. I think of my childhood ones as perfect, and my parents seemed to enjoy them. Maybe they thought otherwise. And, when we brought all the grandchildren home for Christmas, Mom and Dad were probably counting the days until their house was quiet again (ha).

    Merry Christmas.

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  3. My gosh Hallie, I've been missing your posts. It's the new blogger format of viewing blogs that seems to be messing me up! Anyhooooooo.....
    I'm all caught up with you again and I just want to wish you a very, very Merry Christmas, whether it's perfect or not! I hope you have a wonderful time and that you are looking forward to 2013. xo Carole

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    1. Hi Carole. Thanks, I am looking forward to the New Year. Merry Christmas.

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  4. Love your reindeer and the characteristic Hallie Humor :-) Wishing you and yours a joyful if not perfect Christmas. xx

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    1. Thank you, Jane. I had to add a touch of humor.

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  5. Well, the card is adorable and worth all the pain of getting it printed. I love the hat on his antlers. From the thumbnail on my blog, I thought it was a cardinal! LOL Sounds like you are much further along than I in the holiday preparations.

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    1. Hi Crimson Leaves. It does look a bit like a big bird with a long beak. For a while there was a cardinal on the lower part of the antler.

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  6. How clever - I like it :) Sounds like a whole day of hassle to get it done, though! Glad you persevered and have that off your to-do list. I start sending out cards on Dec. 10th but just do a few at a time. Less and less to send each year, it seems, as more people decide it's just one more thing they don't have time to do. Of course, I don't send out originals or prints of originals - maybe one day I'll try that! Merry Christmas to you and your's :)

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    1. Hi Rhonda. I saw some of your cards on your blog and thought, "OMG, she actually paints individual cards!" I make just one design and send them mostly to old friends I don't see. I've tried having more than one design--takes me forever to decide who gets what. My cards are always a down-to-the-wire project and I'm always surprised that I actually get them mailed. Merry Christmas.

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  7. Tenacity would be the word of choice for me too. Your definitely getting the hang of this digital art slant, absolutely love the combination of organic (the reindeer) with technology (grid sky and shadows.

    Merry everything to you too, Hallie.

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    1. Robin, I was actually thinking of my ink supply when I used the grid (actually decimal texture in Procreate). Matching those dots was not easy when I had mind changes--size is variable and lining it up took several attempts. I settled for close. Happy everything to you.

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  8. Nice demonstration of that effortless old magic called Christmas!

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    1. Effortless--that's what I'm looking for. Have a magical Christmas, SamArtDog.

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  9. Hallie,

    Nothing like looking at the south end of a reindeer to get in the mood for the season. It's perfect alright. It captures the spirit around here.

    Everette

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    1. A subliminal message, perhaps? I did notice but it was too late to change and cropping messed up the work (the viewer brings his baggage, you know). I just got a call from a card recipient in Northern VA--he thinks this card is too normal to be mine, thinks he sees a face in the sky and maybe a fox draped over the reindeer's back. Love it. I passed along your observation--a Rorschach Christmas card! Hope you have a perfect Holiday, Anonymous.

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  10. I am so impressed with this!! It is beautiful, painterly, despite being digital. Wonderful card to send everyone. I wonder what your other ideas were?

    OK - regarding the "too normal" comment of your friend. I think if you look at it another way, there is a raven's beak sticking out from under a miniature Santa's suit. Hah!

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  11. Hah--I see that. Could even be Heckle or Jeckle. Enjoy the Holidays.

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  12. I am glad you had the sticktoitiveness to get through that card project. I fear I would have scraped it--you have tenacity! I love the reindeer and the hat in the antlers. You are good at the digital thing... It is cool that you can merge traditional art with this new medium. Too cool! Happy Holiday!

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    1. Thanks, Celeste. It is the iPad that's cool--I like trying new things.

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  13. I love the hat on the antler!! Such good humor, as always Hallie. May your holidays be fun, if not perfect, and your new year a great adventure. Thanks for following my art blog!

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  14. Love that card ! I'm afraid I would have to paint mine. I really prefer a brush to a mouse!
    Happy 2013 and many more !!

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  15. Thanks, Sue. No mouse. On the iPad, I pick my brush, color, etc.; then use my finger or a stylus to make marks. I love the "undo" button!

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