I've always thought that every artist should have note cards printed up with images of their art on them. Add your contact info to the backside and voilà! It's a pretty picture and a subtle advertisement at the same time.
A number of artists have told me that they later see their note cards framed in people's homes and offices. What a nice compliment!
After questioning Paula, I received this response:
Yes, it was a drawing just for you. I've decided after years of using dip ink pens, that I truly love using a ball point pen best of all. So I researched archival ink, and bought a pen that uses it, and have been doing little drawings like that on all my letters, to Celebrate.
I was pretty sure it was an original, but I inquired to make sure the drawing wasn't printed before it was hand-colored. Paula wrote:
I used to do little originals, and hand color them, and then I had some of them printed, giclée on paper, but haven't done that for a while. People always seemed to think the originals were prints anyway, so it made sense. That's a good idea, and less costly, to print, and hand color them with simple color.
So that's the idea: Come up with a great drawing and print it on nice paper that you can hand color in order to personalize each one. No, it's not a unique idea, but I haven't seen it done much.