Full Life in the Emptiest of Places | Skillshare Projects

Full Life in the Emptiest of Places

I have always loved Greeting Cards for the shot of joy a personal card received in the mail gives you. Even though the Post Office is beleagered i'm still hoping for this form of caring to be viable for years to come. My topics are encouragement, exhortations, and promises. 

Specifically, an excerpt from Isaiah 58:1 in the Bible. I prefer the version in The Message:

I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places
    firm muscles, strong bones.
You’ll be like a well-watered garden,
    a gurgling spring that never runs dry.
You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew,
    rebuild the foundations from out of your past.

I was looking at images on Google but found that some of the ones that came up were my own. I decided to raid my own photos on Flickr. These give a good sense of empty spaces and full life: 

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhenderson/11508807436/ Lone Oak Tree on a Hill
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhenderson/10249685353/ Little Feet
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhenderson/10078996195/ Disaster Preparedness Practice Area (rubble)
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhenderson/8166925534/ In Need of Transformation (rubble)
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhenderson/8404267860/ Sunshine Gardens. I love this cheerful font. (full life, strong bones)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhenderson/11094668063/ Sunrise over a Nature 

    Study Area which is being revivified (well-watered)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhenderson/10938933273/ Remains of the Day - this speaks to me of a full life in old age. (rebuild the foundations from out of your past)

My word list is: desert, flat land, cancer, prison, homeless, unemployment line, table of friends at meal time together, firm muscles, strong bones, well-watered garden, gurgling spring.

Here's the practice session from Lesson 2. And wow, I made every mistake Kate went over at the end. But it's great to know for the next practice session. Thanks!

I've done some more experimenting and sketching now that I've learned a few lessons:

Had some fun with shape AND color:

Sketched out 6 different layouts:

And tried the parallel pen on the intended greeting card stock:

And another layout:

The cursive font didn't really work for the "emptiest places". That phrase seems more like it deserves the barrenness of san serif. At the same time, some don't see serif as a "strong font" and I want "A Full Life" to be really strong relative to that phrase. A contrasting balance of ornate and simple would be good too. 


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