Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Traditionally Painted Designs for New Home Cards by Greeting Card Universe Artists..

...and a few that contain 'houses' for different occasions!

One of the artists who has contributed regularly to these post featuring GCU artists who use traditional methods, suggested that our next theme should be 'cottages'. (I wonder if you'll be able to guess who it was!). But to allow more people to participate, I broadened the theme to include any cards to do with moving house and also any that include a house or cottage, no matter what the occasion. 

So this time we have an even wider variety than usual for you to enjoy! Please click on the cards to see them full-size -

Cathie Richardson

Watercolour and Ink

Ana Ferreira


Judith Cheng


Alison Kolesar

Collages made with handpainted (watercolour) pieced paper
(Background and greeting added digitally)


Diana Ting Delosh
 Watercolour and Ink


Lisa Charlton

Aqua (Acrylic and Watercolour blend)

(Also available for apartments etc)

Lyn Hamer Cook
Acrylics on Canvas


Diana Liu

Watercolour and Ink

An updated version of the traditional Chinese Plum blossom painting. Plum blossom is one of the most beloved flowers in China.They bloom most vibrantly amidst the winter snow, after most other plants have shed their leaves, and before other flowers appear. They are seen as an example of resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity. 

Candace J Hardy


Bambi Papais

Lynda Linke

Brushtip Markers and Coloured Pencils



Michele Naquaiya



Judy Adamson 
Handpainted Paper Collage


If you enjoyed this post of traditionally drawn and painted greeting cards from GCU artists, please leave a comment and/or click on the +1 button at the end of the post.


art2cee2 said...

Very pretty cards! :-0

Judy Adamson said...

Thank you, Crystal.

GCU is going through all the cards, removing ones they deem 'unmarketable' and 'hand drawn' tops the list of likely candidates. But I can't imagine that any of these would fall under the 'unmarketable' label.

cjhardy said...

Thank you so much for giving traditional artists this exposure. I doubt that the general public knows what time and effort goes into these creations. Look forward to the next hand painted challenge.

Cindy said...

Wonderful post, Judy. These cards are all very charming and beautiful.

Thanks for sharing them.


Naquaiya said...

This post has been total eye candy for me. I just love hand painted artwork and really enjoyed this. You are to be commended. I never knew that hand painted cards were the least popular. You learn one unpleasant thing every day by reading. Thanks Judy.

Judy Adamson said...

Thank you all for your kind comments :)

Michele, I don't know that hand painted cards are in fact the least popular; it's just that 'hand drawn' came at the top of the list, though some will be deemed good enough to keep. Difficult to see where the reviewers will draw the line though.

Naquaiya said...

I was not thinking in terms of GCU standards, I was thinking the statement you made applied to hand drawn cards in the greeting card industry, and how they held up to vector drawings or photography. Easy to misinterpret many things via messages on the internet.

Judy Adamson said...

Oh yes, it's all too easy to get crossed wires! I know of one large UK publisher who only takes handpainted - no computer input at all, not even for the lettering and there are plenty of smaller publishers who specialise in handpainted designs and 'Art Cards'.

Di said...

I don't think any of the artists in this post has to worry about being chopped from GCU. And I don't think that GCU has it in for traditional artists - just non-artists that think anyone can call themselves an artists. I know I've now opened myself wide for crit. But being an artist that has reached commercial standards doesn't imply years of schooling or training it just means an artist whose work has reached that commercial level from years of practice doing and yes sometimes even schooling. I think if you were to scan the internet you will see plenty of "art" being sold on GCU and other POD's where as unkind as it is you may think to yourself -"they got nerve" -and "will someone actually buy it?l" - really.

The point is -is it "marketable art". For example: When I 1st started on GCU their was a Parent who started a store posting his kids art. These kids were not art prodigies. And no the parent was not an exceptional designer and did not do clever things to elevate toddler's art. So while he/she thought this was great fun - I think the only 1 who thought to buy these cards might be relatives or friends of this family. This type of amateurism is what I believe GCU is trying to curb. The key is marketable art.

Bambi said...

Nice blog!! Even a published artist, whether traditional or computer, can have artwork rejected from time to time. Be bold.... just keep creating!!

Judy Adamson said...

Hi Di and Bambi - thank you for your comments and yes, Di, I have thought what you suggested :)

I'm not actually worried about rejection on my own behalf these days - I'm old enough and ugly enough to take it with a pinch of salt - unless a large sum of money is involved!!!

But there are artists who are now really suffering and losing confidence because of this move and I've explained why I think it's so unfair on the thread where I advertised this blog post. I never intended it to become yet another discussion thread, but I was asked directly why I was so negative about it so I've replied.

Anyway, I think we've had a smashing turn-out this time and thank you all for your contributions!

Lisa Charlton said...

Thanks Judy, for your time, kindness and for such wonderful promo. Such fine company we are all in! However, I must disagree with you on some of your comments...... You are not old and definately not ugly either. Smiles, Lisa

Judy Adamson said...

Thank you, Lisa - I feel really pleased to have been able to collect together such a wealth of talent. And even more pleased that, in the nick of time, someone posted a workaround that enabled me to publish this post at all! :)

So thank you, everyone - and Smiles all round!

Jean said...

Judy, Very nice collection! I would love to live in any of these cottages. I really like the bird houses.

Judy Adamson said...

Hi Jean - thank you!

I agree, those bird houses are particularly sweet :)

WebbieLady said...

what a lovely collection! Very unique, remarkable and thoughtful...

Judy Adamson said...

Thank you, WebbieLady!

montyandrosie said...

Thank you so much for including my dog in the blankets pic, Judy! It's so good of you to take the time and do these fab posts.

Judy Adamson said...

You're welcome, Susan, and I enjoy seeing such a great collection of handpainted designs!

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Judy Adamson said...

Thank you, Shawn - glad you found it interesting :)