Sunday, July 28, 2013

Back From Vacation

embroidery by Roberta Warshaw
embroidery, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
I am back now from a lovely vacation in the Berkshires. The first week was so hot we could only be in or around the pool. Such problems right?

I had brought some embroidery thread with me and managed to work on a few pieces at once. I like this one the best. I used some SOVA bead backing that I had left over from some previous beading projects.

It works pretty well for embroidering. I then discovered that the wax Neocolor crayons by Caran D'Arche work well for coloring the background. I then used my water brush to move the color around as a wash. It at least gives a base to design around. I like it better than plain white.

It is good to be home. I always miss my art supplies and of course my grandson as always.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Putting the Studio to Bed

Putting my studio to bed before I go on vacation is always hard for me. As much as I love getting away I don't like leaving my art supplies behind.  It fills me with unease. 

I always want to bring everything with me. But that is just not possible. When I was making jewelry I would bring beading with me. 

Of course I always bring my sketchbook and colored pencils so I will bring those. I can't possibly bring my collage materials. It is just too much and too messy. I am going to bring some embroidery thread with me. I can do that while sitting at the pool. I have some small pieces of cloth and a few books of stitches. So I will practice some new stitches. That has awakened my interest in a meaningful way.

I also bring books with me. I have  the following books packed: A Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton,  Through the Flower by Judy Chicago and Destruction of the Father Reconstruction of the Father by Louise Bourgeois. Not what you would call light summer reading but I have had those books around for a while now and they need to be read.

So this will be my last post for a couple of weeks. There is no internet access where we stay and no cell service. In the beginning it is hard to live without those things. But each day gets easier as I find myself filling my day with other activities and enjoying it. I think everyone needs to go offline for a bit. If only to remember what life was like without it all. I feel for the generation that has no idea what it is like without all the electronics.

It wasn't bad. It really wasn't. In fact it was quite delightful and I got a lot more done.

See you all in two weeks.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Speedball Catastrophe

How disappointed am I? Let me count the ways. I have been printing my linoleum prints and collograph prints for a few weeks now using Speedball water based black ink. I thought everything was going along just swimmingly until I tried to add some color using watercolor pencils. Guess what? They smeared all over. Black ink was everywhere.

Ok. So I thought, silly me of course they would smear with water color.

Then I tried collaging with some of them. The acrylic medium I use for collage had the same effect. A mess of black ink everywhere.

Yesterday was the final straw. I had a few pieces I had done that didn't print really well so I thought I would use the other side of them as I sometimes do to save $$$. I never expected the water based acrylic medium to "wake up" the ink on the other side but it did.

I have since found out that Speedball inks don't dry......What??????????

Then I read the reviews on Dick Blick which confirmed it. They do not dry. Now call me crazy but why would you make a product that doesn't dry?

It is really upsetting as I can not use any of these prints for anything. What a waste of time and money.

Speedball. Never again.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Hot Summer Days..........Carry Me Along

flower by Roberta Warshaw
flower, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
I still love that song from the 70's by "It's a Beautiful Day". Hot summer days is what we have now and I am really enjoying the searing heat.

Now the fourth is over. We didn't do much since we are usually away at this time of year. But with my husband still in recovery mode we aren't leaving until next week. Hopefully he will be OK without his physical therapy for a couple of weeks.

My grandson leaves for a week away at The Farm School on Monday. I hope he enjoys it. I know I will enjoy getting a bit of a break.

Then it is off to the Berkshires. I will bring my drawing equipment and sketchbooks and perhaps some embroidery thread as well to practice stitches on. I am a bit rusty with my stitches since I haven't embroidered in years.

I am still doing well selling the cards. This one can be found in the usual Etsy place.

Enjoy the heat while it lasts!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

nest of seeds by Roberta Warshaw

nest of seeds, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
I just want to wish everyone a lovely 4th of July. It is hard to believe it is here and finally warm. Although as we say here in Boston, we have two seasons: Winter and the 4th of July.


I hope to relax and do some studio work. I have been newly engaged with an old hobby of mine, embroidery. I love adding tiny embroidered details to my work. it is a very soothing thing to do. Not as much stress as creating a painting or a print.

I like the Zen of it.

Whatever I can do to help me relax and remain calm in the stress is a good thing.

If you are interested in purchasing this card it can be found here: