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

first fabric printing


I am so excited! I have finally found a way to combine my love of printing with my love of textiles. Now this should be a no brainer – printing on fabric – I know. The trick for me was to decide what to print on, specifically what did I already own that I could print and have some fun. It didn’t take too long to realize that practically everything in my studio is fair game where printing is concerned. After I’d carved a couple of new stamps, I looked for somewhere to use them. Here’s what the stamps look like:

newly carved stampsI found a couple of aprons that I had purchased with the intention of “embellishing” one way or another. Good to go. I went to work at my friend’s house. Susan Fae and I have such a great time working together, feeding off of each other’s creative energy. I didn’t get a lot printed that night, but I’m happy with the results. The first apron with all the words is just a fun project where I stamp words when I’m doing cards. The apron was a gift from “Mr. Cappuccino” here in Calgary. It was a lovely apron – but so white – so plain! I had to do something. Most of the ink used is not textile ink, so I doubt it will stand up to a lot of washing. We’ll see. Maybe I just won’t get it dirty…

sample apron

detail of new stampThese next two illustrate the variety of aprons I buy. What can I say? I’m attracted to color and simple form. No matter how lovely, there is always room for improvement.

green striped apron

detail on green apron

orange spotted apron detail

orange spotted apron

more details on orange apronI am always on the look-out for great linens and kitchen textiles, like aprons, that are calling out for a little something extra. The orange apron has already gone to live in Toronto. I know it will be very happy there. I’ve just ordered a supply of textile inks so expect to see more fabric prints in the future. I’m anxious to get busy!

printing at home

This past week I decided to do some printing at home, in the kitchen. I was close to a sink with plenty of horizontal work surfaces nearby. I wanted to get some Christmas cards done – possibly early enough that they could be sold for use this Christmas. I used some beautiful cards which I had picked up in Colorado a couple of years ago, and carved designs specific for each design. This was not the most practical way to work, but the result was worth it. My head is spinning with ideas. These particular cards were gorgeous to begin with, so it was a challenge to find a way to enhance them respectfully. I love a good challenge.

star wand card

added outline stars

striped star card

added gold stripes

skirt with shoes card

added red to shoe

peace banner

added PEACE banner

peace package card

card packaged with envelope