Saturday, September 21, 2013

And the Printing Goes On.....

18florilegium by Roberta Warshaw
18florilegium, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

The "Florilegium" series continues. I am still going strong with this series. I have no idea when it will end and I will move on to a new series but I am in no hurry. I am enjoying the dance!

And I am learning that it is indeed a dance with these. Light to dark and back again. Shape shifting a little to the right here, a little to the left there.

I had originally designed this mask to hang from the top of the page as berries would. But, alas, it was not working. I thought it was just a bad mask. So I put it aside and when I did I put the first pass upside down. And there it was. It looked right that way.

So I began layering by just moving the mask ever so slightly. and the motion started.

If there is no motion in a piece then to me it is not yet successful. When it begins to move then I know it is on its way to being complete. The trick is in knowing when to stop. It isn't always obvious!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Color Chart and A Website

It has been over a week since I wrote anything. Sorry about that. I had some gum surgery this week so I have been a little under the weather. I still can’t eat solid food and I DO SO NEED A BAGEL!

Since I am taking it easy this week I decided to create this color chart of Golden paint swatches. I got the idea from a posting on Golden’s facebook page and thought it was a great idea. Now if I need to see what a color really looks like I just look at my swatches. I also like the way it shows what the color looks like with white added. So no surprises! It comes as a poster so you have to cut it up and laminate it. I don’t have a laminating machine and so I just used an iron.

I decided that I did not want to join the colors with rings as they did in their photo. I have placed them in a binder with rings holding the pages together. This way I can bring it along to the art store or when I buy online and use it in a way that I can compare and contrast colors better. I like seeing them in relation to one another this way.

The other thing I have been doing is working on a new website. I decided that I am in too many places. Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Etsy, Instagram, Pinterest……….sheesh. And then people tell me they can’t find my website! Well, maybe that is because I didn’t have one! DUH! Imagine being in all those places and yet none of them are a personal web site. So I bit the bullet and bought a domain.

   You can see the new site here.

This is a way I can show people what I am doing, what I have done in the past, my artist statement, and a little about me. I am hoping to be able to add a shopping cart to it as well. But for now it is set up as a gallery only. Although there is a contact form if anyone is interested in purchasing something from there. I like the way the images open up larger and one can scroll through them. Anyway it is an ongoing project and should keep me busy while I mend.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Florilegium 20 by Roberta Warshaw
Florilegium 20, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
I am beginning to have more success in the layering process of gelatin print making. It is a real learning curve for me. So much so that I still never know what I am going to get. But I am more relentless now with the ones that don't work.

I put them in a pile and rather than let them sit or cut them up, I use them as bases for more printing. Often I can get them to really shine. That is the goal anyway.

I hear people talk about mud a lot. "Don't get mud.." they say. I really like mud. I am all about those deep muddy neutrals. If you use them in conjunction with purer colors they can really make things pop.

I always work with three primaries. Plus white. I rarely use black as I come from a watercolor background where I just never used it. I will use black if it is the only thing. Something that is just black, like a lino print or something. Other than that, just three primaries. More than that and I confuse myself as well as the work.

Sometimes they are:

cobalt blue
napthol red
indian yellow


phalo blue
napthol red
hansa yellow


cerulean blue
napthol red
indian yellow

Friday, September 6, 2013


Florilegium6 by Roberta Warshaw
Florilegium6, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
I mentioned in my last post that when I was in California I visited a lovely estate called Filoli.

Filoli was once owned by a single family and now it is in the care of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is a gorgeous place with several unique gardens. There is a rose garden, a fruit tree garden, a reflecting pool garden and multiple others. They are all so well maintained and wonderful for strolling through.

In the mansion itself are numerous elegant rooms with varying themes. One of these rooms is dedicated to the Florilegium of a few of the gardens. These are collections of botanical prints done in reference to the plants within each garden.

I was so impressed that I decided to make my own “Florilegium” of some of my abstract plant shapes.

You can see more of them on my flickr site here.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Mask Cutting

stencil 1 by Roberta Warshaw
stencil 1, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
While I was sitting in the airport waiting for my plane, I did quite a bit of sketching with the idea of cutting the ideas out for masks for my prints.

This is a ghost print of one of them. I think I mentioned that I am trying to work on my layering technique as well as making my own masks for work that is totally my own. Even when I print from a plant I always feel that it is not my own. After all it is mother natures right?

So this is totally my own and I rather like the idea of using more and more of these stencils and masks. I have a few more that I made which I will post in a day or two.