Posts Tagged ‘music’


Security envelopes

September 3, 2010

'Bird Confidential' fabric

Ever since I saw some of the cool stuff people are doing with security envelope patterns, I’ve been them saving up. They’re such great little bursts of graphic pattern in the midst of everyday business correspondence.

I finally put a few envelope scraps to good use in this fabric design for the Spoonflower “Collage” contest. It’s not for sale yet — I think I want to do some fine-tuning to the background colors.

I also used a bit of security envelope (along with a recipe and some sheet music) in this cover proposal for last year’s KFOG Live from the Archives 16 contest. It didn’t win (although it was one of 10 finalists), but it was one of those rare art projects that turned out pretty much exactly how I visualized it:

KFOG Live from the Archives 16 entry

What got me thinking about envelopes today was the Craftzine blog post about artist Francisca Prieto’s amazing security envelope creations.


KFOG “Live from the Archives”

July 23, 2010

KFOG Live from the Archives 17 entry

KFOG picked my design as one of 10 finalists in the cover art contest for their latest “Live from the Archives” CD. As always there’s lots of great competition — vote for your favorite at

Since this was LFTA #17, I went back to my notebooks and got inspiration from the doodles I used to do when I was 17. My entry is all hand-drawn, including the lettering, on notebook paper and manila envelope with ballpoint pen. Sometimes it’s fun to get away from the computer and break out the old-school tools!


Big Gig poster

May 24, 2010

Big Gig poster

My vintage Hatch-inspired poster is one of the five finalists for radio station The Band’s “Big Gig” concert. It was a lot of fun to put together – influenced by the work I did last year on the Big Band poster for Bird.


Greetings from Memphis

December 28, 2009

Album cover for "Memphis, California" by Lane Murchison

I’m thrilled that Lane Murchison’s new CD, “Memphis, California” is out, featuring my artwork. I’ve known Lane for years and this is some of his best work yet. You can listen to samples and find out more on his website [which I also built :)] at

For the artwork, I had a great time combining various paper textures and type effects to create an old-timey postcard featuring Hettie Lott’s photos of the recording session at Sun Studio.  I learned how to mimic a letterpress effect in Photoshop, a technique I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of from me.  I also used this great tutorial on how to give photos that old vintage linen postcard look.  I love the fact that I’m still learning new stuff on every project!

I’ll be posting more images of the album in my portfolio soon.