Friday, May 31, 2013

Domestic Captivity

My most recent book.

Concertina style book with stitched signatures.
Linoleum printed background

 Rubber stamped letters.

A few sample spreads.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Hero Arts Contest

I am entering my accordian book "Flowerography" made with Hero Arts Letter Stamps in their contest called "Stamp Your Story". 

For the book I used one letter stamp for each flower arranged in a variety of designs to form the flowers. I used one letter for the ground in order to add continuity to the pages as they progress.

Many of you who have been following my blog for a while now know that I love creating flowers. I love making up my own versions of flowers and this book is titled: "Flowerography". It is made on Rives BFK print paper using Colorbox archival inks. The signatures are sewn together with cream colored linen bookbinding thread. I do love the way it came out.

I love using these small letters in my projects. Lately I have been practicing using them to make words and sentences. It isn't the easiest thing to get them on a fairly straight line but I make guides for them and then I can be pretty successful. I actually don't mind if they are not totally aligned since it gives the pieces a more rustic look.

I am always on the lookout for their alphabets now.  They sell them at my local Paper Source. I even have a few sets of their larger letters as well. There are so many things that can be done with these letters. I am only just beginning my investigations with them.

Be sure and go to the Hero web site and see all the great stamps they sell!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Back in the Studio

linocut by Roberta Warshaw
linocut, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

My husband's surgery went well. He is home recovering now and will need a walker for 6 weeks while his knee heals.

Last week was quite difficult with the surgery and the hospital and all that goes along with that. It was so exhausting I would find myself falling asleep at 11 AM!!! That is quite unheard of for me.

The visiting nurse comes once a day and the physical therapist is now part of the team. Today I went swimming for the first time in over a week while the physical therapist was here working with him.

Yesterday I even got into my studio for a bit. Between the swim today and the studio yesterday I am starting to feel human again.

I had placed an order for some linoleum scraps and I am playing around with carving. I do need some better tools if I am to continue with this form of printmaking.
Those Speedball cutters are really hard on your hands.

I have some other small things I worked on which I will show you at another time.

That's it for now. Duty calls.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Liberate Your Art 2013 Postcard Swap

Recently I joined in a postcard swap called "Liberate Your Art 2013" by Kat Sloma. The following postcards are the ones I received in the mail. It was really fun and I hope to do more of these swaps in the future as time permits.

From  Kat Sloma


 From Pearl 

From  Sherry Harmes

From Lindsey 

From Yolanda

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Life is What Happens While You Are Printing

I signed up for another class at Mass College of Art. This time I am taking a 2 day workshop in Japanese Wood Block Printing. I really like printing. It is something I haven't really done much of before. Ever since I took that monoprint class a few weeks ago I am quite hooked! In the past I would carve linoleum blocks to make cute little cards and such but never to make real art.

So this should be a challenging and rewarding opportunity for study. This image is cut from linoleum since I don't have the knowledge or the tools yet for wood blocks. I thought I would just practice a bit and that is what you see here. Practice.

Of course, I have to get through the next brutal weeks ahead first. On Tuesday my husband is having knee surgery. He fell a few weeks ago and tore his quad tendon. The surgery for this is quite invasive. They drill holes in your knee and suture the tendon back to the knee. He won't be able to bend the knee at all since it needs to heal in place. So he will be in a locked brace.

He will be on crutches and out of work for 6 weeks. Yes, you heard me. 6 weeks. That is a long time to be on crutches. And out of work. Although he may be able to work from home after a few weeks of healing. The first few days will be difficult I am sure. He does have the option of staying in the hospital overnight. I have insisted that he do that since it is an option. Very often it is not. That way they can teach him how to get around on the crutches, go to the bathroom etc. Plus they can manage the immediate pain after surgery. I much prefer that.

I am not having my usual Mothers Day brunch this year. I don't want to exhaust myself beforehand. So we are going to try and have a quiet weekend to gear up for the surgery and post op recovery.........

That's it. If you don't hear anything from me next week, you'll know why.

Have a nice weekend and enjoy Mother's Day.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Black and White

B&W print2 by Roberta Warshaw
B&W print2, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

I haven't been too productive over the past week or so. So much is going on right now. My husband will need surgery on his knee after a nasty fall. We will know more after his visit Monday with the surgeon.

Always something isn't it?

I am still making those little prints to keep me working. I decided to do them in black and white for a while. It helps to see if the design is strong enough. Sometimes I can't tell when I work in color.

I think I see an all black and white book in my future!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!