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An Unusual Way to Grow a Primrose

We thought you might like to see our unusual methods for growing flowers at Painted Tongue Press, so we’ve put together a photo essay about it. We begin by studying photographs of the flower, plant or vegetable that will be the subject of our next card – in this case, primrose. When our card line started out, we used old botanical engravings and illustrations, but all of the recent cards in our line are drawn from scratch, in house, by Kim Vanderheiden. Kim uses the photographs from various sources as a basis for understanding the plant’s nature and behavior, and variations on how it grows. She uses sections of photographs as a basis for the illustrations, but changes elements to suit the needs of the drawing. It’s important to capture the botanical nature of the plant and not copy a photographer’s composition. She draws the plant in vignettes because that plays into the way we create our final composition on the card. Here are the primrose drawings that were used for our card, complete with the little critter. Each card has a critter. Sometimes it’s a small bug. Sometimes it’s something more obvious like a bird or rabbit. After the […]
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Hot Chilis for Cold, Cold Winter

I think we could use some hot summer seasoning right now! This image is from a fresh new greeting card design that will be on the press soon. So hot, it will melt the snow off your sidewalk, thaw your tootsies, and defrost your ice encrusted windshield. Unfortunately, it won’t put out your garbage cans in the snowbank on garbage day, but if it can de-ice airplane wings and warm the runway it just might get your flight going. Take care everyone!
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March of the Flowers

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This January, Painted Tongue studio is filled with stacks of our botanical cards, some new releases and some reprints, fresh off the press. Here are some pictures of the newest cards, which just began shipping to stores this month. The Camellia card is a gem, and is available with the greetings, “Happy Birthday” and “Happy Anniversary” as well as blank.
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New Releases

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We have several new releases to share with you! For the first time, we’ve made a calendar using our greeting card imagery. A detail is shown above, and the overview, along with several other pictures of new cards follow… 
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