Archive for March, 2013

"Throw the Ball" from the Love Me, Love My Dog check collection

Personal check from the LOVE ME, LOVE MY DOG check collection

There’s just nothing fun, beautiful or imaginative about the zero-personality checks issued by banking institutions. When I got the opportunity to design four collections of artistic checks for CheckAdvantage.com, I loved the idea. Paying bills can be drudgery enough, so why not write checks that make you smile? I have been using artistic checks for many years now, motivated by the desire to feel happy for and appreciative of whatever I write a check for.

It was quite a thrill for me when my new check designs went live on CheckAdvantage.com last week. I’m very pleased with how they look. The designs have gotten wonderfully enthusiastic responses from friends and family, which of course makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, but I’m most excited to see how they will sell now that they are on the market! The image above is “Throw the Ball,” from the LOVE ME, LOVE MY DOG collection.

"Nocturnal Twins" checkbook cover from the Meowza check collection

Checkbook cover from the MEOWZA collection

Each collection offers the option of a checkbook cover featuring the first design in that collection. You can buy them separately, so even if you really don’t need more checks right now, you can still have a great checkbook cover. The covers are available in either cloth or leather. The orange-drenched image to the left is “Nocturnal Twins” from the MEOWZA collection.

Address label from the DEJA MOO collection

Address label from the DEJA MOO collection

Want to add some zing to your envelopes? Address labels are also available with images from the four collections. The image to the left is “Femme Fatale” from the DEJA MOO collection.

Address label from FULL MOON collection

Address label from FULL MOON collection

There’s also a FULL MOON collection featuring a series of colorful moon-themed abstract paintings. The image to the right is “Pacific Moon” from the FULL MOON collection.

I hope you’ll visit my CheckAdvantage page and see if something catches your fancy. And happy check writing to you!

All art images copyright © 2013 Paula Ogier.


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May Moon(copyright © 2013 Paula Ogier)

May Moon
(copyright © 2013 Paula Ogier)

Greetings! February and March have been project-filled months for me. One of the fun new things I’ve been working on is putting together four designs each for four collections of checks.

I recently became one of CheckAdvantage.com‘s licensed artists—a collaboration I am quite pleased about. I’ve always preferred using colorful, artistically designed checks of my own choosing as opposed to the drab zero-personality bank issued ones. I think paying for things (and especially paying bills) should be fun, so getting to see my own designs on checks will be exciting.

CheckAdvantage was interested in a collection of dog-themed checks, as well as a cat-themed one. But they were open to just about anything for the other collections so that gave me a chance to think about what I could do with different styles and themes. The check format presents a few interesting challenges, including the check shape itself along with the various sections on a typical check with account and routing numbers and text that need to considered. After designing each collection, I made a folding checkbook cover design to go with each collection. This was all done with the use of check and checkbook cover templates provided by CheckAdvantage.

Winter Moon (copyright © 2013 Paula Ogier)

Winter Moon (copyright © 2013 Paula Ogier)

I enjoyed playing with ways to crop and format some moon-themed abstract paintings (including the two seen here), and those became a Full Moon series.

Often, cropping an image can completely change the feel and context of it and not in a good way. But I was happy to find that wasn’t the case with many of my moon-themed pieces, some of which looked great with just a detail section and others that just required a bit of repainting of sections.

I’ve finished three collections so far and am very close to finishing the fourth one. After that, there will be proofs to see and then off to market they go!

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