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Monday, September 29, 2008

Holiday Cards: Input and Enter!

The holidays are quickly upon us. Ok, wait, no, I am not normally a person who thinks about the holidays well before Thanksgiving, but since this year I want to print and sell holiday cards, I thought it would probably be good to get started. But I must admit, it's been pretty hard to get into that mode while it's still seventy degrees outside.

So, here is the deal. I need help deciding which to print. So here is how you come in. Vote for your favorite (or favorites!) using the poll on the right hand side of the blog and then comment below with your email address or email me your contact information, and you can be entered to win a set of 10 hand printed holiday cards. (In addition to voting, comments are also welcome).

Please also contact me if you would be interested in preordering at a discount.

These cards will be flat and sized at 8.5 x 3.67 inches and silkscreen printed and come with envelopes.



Ornaments
printed on brown chipboard.



Bulbs
printed on white cardstock.



Deer
printed on brown chipboard.

Please also pass this link along to your friends. Thank you so much for your input! Please enter by this Sunday, October 5. Thank you!

P.S. While voting for the cards, make sure you are registered to vote by clicking the link directly below my poll!



Friday, September 26, 2008

Playing With Beet Juice and Raspberries

Untitled, 5x5 inches. I was trying to draw these raspberries one day a couple of weekends ago. I got so frustrated I smushed them into the clayboard and spread them around. I liked the background color. I had some beet juice/salad dressing (by the way: steamed green beans, canned beets and Maple Grove's Lime Basil Vinaigrette make a nice salad!) left over from lunch and poured that on the clayboard too. I let it dry and then worked into it with watercolors (of the leaves I picked up when walking Ernie -- thanks Ern!) and the fly stamp I made.

I had fun with this.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

FG Bethany Does It Again

Looks like FG Bethany is still quite popular at MyFonts.com. From a recent newsletter...

Bethany font sample
Bethany was one of the featured fonts in last month’s Rising Stars newsletter. It has been doing extremely well since, occupying the top spot of our Bestseller list for weeks. Bethany is spirited and spontaneous, but has better legibility than many other handwriting fonts thanks to the openness and simplicity of its shapes. The smileys, of course, are a very nice bonus.

It is a very nice write up. I can't wait to actually know how many sales I have! You can also purchase it at Font Garden, the foundry that produced it.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Playing Around: Orange Tree.

Today I played. I cut paper, I taped it to transparencies, burned screens and loved the process. I made these orange tree cards -- no computer...best feeling ever.

I'll be selling them on Etsy, but I left them at the studio tonight because I couldn't wait for them to dry. In fact, the last 20 or so I had to print in very dark light because we lost power on Bedford Street and Prospect Street. Needless to say, I wasn't waiting around in a dark studio for these guys to dry!

Today I also started my study of tomatoes, which is as much a study of tomatoes as it is new methods of working with mediums. I wanted to do more on that today as well, but alas, the power...

Monday, September 8, 2008

A Drawing A Day, 9.8.08

Carrots. 37 minutes. 4 inches square. watercolor on clayboard. Lunch from today. Not sure how I feel about it. Scans always look better to me than the real thing.

On another note, I can't seem to find my Page-a-Day book and have decided to end this project. It wasn't what I wanted, the paper was too glossy, and it ended being something I had to force myself to do at the end of the day. Forcing wasn't what I wanted from this project, so I have decided to focus my energies elsewhere.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Art = Books?

When I was younger, I had a friend tell me a magic number of pages I should read before deciding whether or not I wanted to continue reading the book -- too few pages and you didn't give it a fair chance, too many and if you didn't like it, you probably would continue not to...The number seventy-five seems to stick in my head, but that seems awfully high...

Anyway, I digress. I was thinking about this with art. How do you know when enough is enough and no matter what you do, it is not going to look any better? Take the baby print for example. I don't like where it is going. Do I abandon it? Do I take a break from it? Do I do seventy-five different things to it?

Cropping it helped, but I am still not sure I like it. I was going to incorporate flies as well, but I don't know. I had to make the fly drawing into a rubber stamp though, because the detail was too much to come out on the screenprint. We'll see what happens...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Technically Speaking

My art feels like one big technical difficulty after another. Why can't it be easy?

Fly Paper

Not really sure...was playing with these fly drawings for something else, but I did something not as I wanted for the other project but I loved the result. So here it is. Don't know what to do with it, but it sure is pretty.