an evening’s work

Spent last night printing. I wanted to do some little note cards for my friend, Louise. Last year I carved a bobbin from her shop’s logo.  I figured she could use some new cards. There is lots of excitement at her shop – Red Red Bobbin, as Kaffe Fassett is teaching there at the end of the month. I’m sending a book to be signed. Kaffe is an incredibly talented artist and designer who works in a variety of mediums. I was particularly inspired by his book Mosaics, Inspiration and Original Projects for Interiors and Exteriors, published in 1999 by The Taunton Press. I’m excited about getting my book signed because I love autographed books! (This applies mostly to cookbooks and craft books and it’s best when I get to meet the author. I did meet Kaffe Fassett many years ago – long before he had written his mosaic book.) In fact the first Kaffe Fassett book I purchased was in 1989 – Glorious Needlepoint. Needlepoint – wow – there’s something I haven’t done for a long time.

bobbin card

cards laid out to dryAfter I finished the bobbin cards, I printed some samples of other stamps I’ve carved.

more prints

assorted stamps

apple carvingNot all the prints are inked perfectly but they are good enough for my  record book. It was a relaxing and productive evening.

card production : slow and steady

I’ve been printing cards. I love the process – the designing, carving, printing and best of all – looking at the finished product. Sometimes the process goes smoothly, sometimes not so much. I’m still learning (and there is a lot to learn) but I’m having a great time doing so. I print on cards that I purchase – some are just plain paper (white or cream), some are simple backgrounds which are intended for “embellishment”. I also like to work on cards that other people would consider finished or ready to use. The challenge is to improve upon an already great looking card.

Birthday card

yellow birthday card

thank you card

frida you are looking good!

Maybe that’s just my opinion, but I think you’ll agree. Frida Kahlo was an absolutely amazing artist. She was a prolific Mexican painter perhaps best known for her self portraits. Here’s a quote from Wikipedia: “Kahlo had a volatile marriage with the famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera. She suffered lifelong health problems, many of which derived from a traffic accident she experienced as a teenager. These issues are represented in her works, many of which are self-portraits of one sort or another. Kahlo suggested, “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”

cards on rack to dry

I purchased these Frida image cards and it took me some time to decide what I could do to them. I like the irony of the word “happy” printed on her portraits. I don’t think she would mind though I don’t really know if she had much of a sense of humor. Here are the cards:

Frida Kahlo card

2nd Frida card

Before I forget, I wanted to show you my new card rack. I picked this up at a garage sale a couple of weeks ago – very exciting. It was kind of rusty but I could see the potential, and it was only $10. Of course it cost me $14 for spray paint (one can wouldn’t do the job) and $8 for new rubber feet. Since it is a 5 legged stand, I now have 3 extras if anyone is interested!

new card rackA thing of beauty just waiting to be filled with wonderful cards!

last minute printing

printing snowman cardThis is back-tracking a bit, but as I’ve sorted photos recently I realized that I never posted about my last printing project. It was getting close to Christmas when I realized that I didn’t have enough cards printed to send out. My plan was to send hand-made cards to all the nice people who wouldn’t be getting any fruitcake, and that was a sizable list. So, in the midst of baking and cooking and all the other things that one does in December, I decided to do some printing. I set up on the kitchen table amidst the decorations and worked quickly, perhaps a bit too quickly, but I printed enough cards to fill my needs for the moment. My son, Marc, was home to take some photos for me.