Friday, February 22, 2013

Bon Voyage

Nest Series #6 by Roberta Warshaw
Nest Series #6, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

I thought I would leave you with one of my prints from my last time at the gelli plate. It seems like weeks ago because it was.

I am off on my vacation to Tucson tomorrow. I am really looking forward to a break from the winter and all the many stresses I have been dealing with.

I hope to come back refreshed. I made a decision not to bring my computer this time. I want to concentrate on drawing when I get a chance and not always running to the computer at every turn.

So, I shall see you when I return next week. Enjoy your week!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

New Life for Old Clothes

I have a ton of these shirts that I have acquired over the years which I purchased from J. Jill and Talbots. I have been wearing the same style for many years. I like them because they are simple, warm, comfy and flattering. But, let's face it. I am a bit messy. I eat tons of salad and as a result I have salad dressing spots on just about every one of them. Once they get a stain on them I relegate them to studio wear. Although I have been known to forget I have them on and go out in them much to my chagrin.

At first I tried stamping designs over the spots but they faded out rather quickly as I wasn't able to get enough paint on the fabric with my stamps because the fabric is knit and very stretchy.

So I tried out my new stencils from Stencil Girls. I think it worked really well. I used Jaquard fabric paint in metallic gold. After the paint dried I ironed the reverse side to heat set the paint. The top shirt was done with their "Trees" stencil and the bottom shirt was done with their "Tire Track" stencil (which I won by the way on a blog hop!) Gotta love those blog hop giveaways!

I feel like I just went out and bought a whole new wardrobe. I am going to have to get some more stencils so I can do some more of the previously ruined shirts!

I may even take them on vacation with me next week!Talk about up-cycling! To think I almost put them in the Goodwill bag!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Some New Postcards

These cards have nowhere to go just yet. I was playing around with some abstract designs on my gelatin plate. I wasn't sure what to do with them so I cut them up and made postcards out of them. They are different. Not my usual thing. Perhaps I will send them out at the next call for mail art from somewhere......................

I will be lucky to get into my studio at all in the next week or so as my son is having his surgery tomorrow and will be recuperating in the bed in...........where else? studio.

I can't even begin to tell you how exhausted I am. This thing with my son is really the final straw in what has been a nearly constant state of doing, driving, etc. for my family.  I can't keep it up. I know that. But for now I have to rally.

I still hope to be able to take my vacation to Tucson the week of the 23rd. If I can't get away I will be more than disappointed.

I hope it warms up out there. I hear it has been rather chilly and I don't need that!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Postcard Swap

Today was a very exciting day for me. I received my first postcard in the mail from Linda Kittmer, a wonderful fiber artist from Canada. You can find her blog here. She even decorated the reverse side of her postcard which is something I never thought to do with mine. Next time I will try that. It is like getting 2 postcards instead of just one.

I knew it would be exciting to find a treasure in my mailbox but I wasn't expecting to feel so elated over it. There is really something special about sending and receiving artwork from and to a perfect stranger. It reminds me a little bit of when I was a kid and we had pen pals from all around the world. This is a new version of that tradition and I am finding it quite exhilarating and refreshing.

Especially after yesterday.  My son took my grandson snowboarding in New Hampshire and I got the phone call we all dread. My son broke his wrist and we had to go up and drive him home. It was 2 hours up (we left at around 3PM). Then there was all the waiting around for x-rays, casting etc. Then we had to drive another half hour to the ski resort to pick up his car. Then the 2 hour drive home in the pitch dark on black icy roads. We didn't get home until 10 at night. My grandson was a real trooper. Poor kid. I think he felt really bad since it was he who crashed into my son. We brought my daughter with us and she drove my son and his car back here to Boston. It was a long grueling day and night.

My son will need surgery on his wrist. I am hoping he can get it done very quickly since it will start to heal incorrectly. It isn't his first break. In 2000 he broke his other wrist and in 2005 he broke his ankle. Ahhhh snowboarding. You want your kids to enjoy life but at what cost? Anyway he isn't really a kid anymore at 40 years old.

Well, at least I have my postcard projects to keep me occupied while we wait for the surgery to be over and he can begin to heal.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Liberating My Art

I just got my postcard order from and I must say they did a terrific job!
It is just amazing to me how inexpensive printing a color, glossy postcard is these days. I remember well when it was unaffordable to print just a few cards like this. They were only $1 a card!

I ordered 20 different cards so that I would have a variety to choose from to send to Kat Sloma for the Liberate Your Art project.

As you can see, I put my blog address and e-mail address on the back so people will know where and from whom their piece originated.

I have been energized to mail my art away ever since participating in Jane Davies postcard swap to save her rural Rupert, Vermont post office. I think it is a great way to get your work out in the world. To release it from the confines of the studio where, at least in my case, it piles up and piles up until there is nowhere left to put anything.

Not everyone has the time or energy to do craft fairs or to have gallery shows. My life is such right now that I barely have the time to get into my studio at all. So for me, this is quite a perfect way to put it out there. This particular swap requires the cards to be printed and not to send the original piece, but that is OK. I will send the original art whenever it is required and for this swap I will send the printed art.

On the front of the postcard box there were these words:

Postcards: Helping keep mail alive!

I think that sums it up rather well.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Save the Post Office!!

About a week ago Jane Davies sent out an APB to all her artist friends to help her save her beloved post office in Rupert VT.

You can see her video and plea here.

This is the card I am sending. I feel very strongly about saving all of our post offices. Even the tiniest ones. With all the e-mail and texting we do now, I think we have too easily forgotten our roots.

There is nothing like a handwritten letter or card. The joy of checking the mail box is a very special feeling. I still remember when I lived in a very rural area and my only contact with the outside world was my mailbox down the road.

It was never too cold or rainy or too snowy for me to trudge down there to see what goodies were in that box. I fondly remember the joy in spring of all the wonderful seed catalogs!

Jane has the most adorable post office. I love the chickens pecking. Some day I will venture up there to see it with my own eyes!