Every summer I make many ‘copies’ of one Cottage Card to send to close friends. I am lucky to have a lot of friends, so I make a LOT of cards.
I usually keep the prototype here in my cabin in Vermont. So far, there are 12 of them. The Fairy Card started like this, but a square image is harder to mail, so it morphed into a rectangle.
I begin with a sheet of watercolor paper, grid it with masking tape and draw the design on each card.
Then I use classic assembly line techniques, pioneered by Henry Ford. Of course, there is a huge difference since I fill all the positions on the assembly line!
I start adding color, working on all the cards sequentially. No two are alike, but the palette is consistent.
This is a group of brunette fairies.
And they are all pleased to be bathing in an upturned mushroom cap.
And to fly around with rainbow wings.