Sunday, June 30, 2013

Bye Bye Google Reader!

As you know Google Reader is going away tomorrow, July 1st. I don't know why they can't leave well enough alone but the interwebs will be what they are and we can only try and keep up. So try this link below and hopefully add me to your blog reading that way. You can also use feedly. I have both because I don't want to lose any of my bloggy friends!


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Birds and Berries

bird and berries by Roberta Warshaw
bird and berries, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

I am happy to report that the greeting cards are selling rather well. I am really having fun making them since they are of a small enough size that I can add and embellish to my hearts delight and still sell them at an affordable amount. I think that $5.50 is quite affordable for an original one-of-a-kind piece of art. And apparently others do as well!

On this card I have added some embroidery as well as some gold leaf.

I used to do a lot of embroidery back in the day and one of my favorite stitches was the french knot. I once embroidered an entire denim skirt with literally thousands of french knots. What can I say, I had plenty of time on my hands in those days.

School is out on Friday and hopefully I will have more time on my hands since my grandson will be in camp all day and will then go straight home afterwards! A summer off from math homework is just the ticket for both of us.....

I am enjoying the heat and swimming like crazy! Hope you are too.....

Friday, June 21, 2013

While I Was Sleeping......

Perched Bird Card by Roberta Warshaw
Perched Bird Card, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
I do love it when I wake up in the morning and something from my shop has sold while I was sleeping. It gives me such a great feeling and inspires me to work. Not that I don't work when I am not making some money. Clearly if you saw my studio and all the unsold work in it you would be appalled!

But it does help. It makes me realize that, hey, there are people out there who like my art enough to buy it. I find it very encouraging. Especially since I don't have time to do shows, or put my work in galleries. The internet is all I have!

In a way I am reminded of something from my past  in the early 1970's when we lived in Key West, Florida.

I used to make hand drawn cards even back then. At the end of the day I would ride my bike to Mallory Square where everyone gathered to watch the sun go down. There were musicians, and acrobats. Mimes and food vendors. And artists like me selling their wares. I always sold something and I made many good friends that way.

It was a wonderful experience. Now at the end of the day instead of riding my bike to sunset, I upload my art to the interwebs and wait for people to find me. Not as much fun, I will admit but it is still a nice way to end the day and feel productive.

This card is available for purchase in my Etsy Shop here.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Oops.........

I must apologize since I posted a blog today and then I accidentally deleted it. I can't remember what I wrote so I will just post some of my new cards and call it a day. I think I am exhausted and thus can't be held responsible for my idiocy.

I am selling these in my Etsy shop for 5 dollars plus postage. I think that is a reasonable price. Anyway, we'll see.....








Saturday, June 15, 2013

Ink, Print, Repeat......


I have been playing around with my linocuts on strips of BFK print paper. I like these.


This one looks very African. What a wild piece of cloth that would make! There is something very active about repeating patterns. Especially when you turn the same pattern in a variety of directions.

I am really enjoying printmaking. Carving the blocks is a very zen activity and helps a lot with stress.

But who has stress right? Right.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

WIP


I haven't been in my studio too much lately, but I did manage to start to put together another small accordion book. This one is made from Rives BFK print paper with dried tea bags adhered over that. I then glued some small seed pods and added holes with a paper punch. I am still not quite sure what I will do with all the dangling threads. It is a work in progress.


I love the color the tea bags give to the book. Very organic. I first learned about using tea bags from Kim Henkel who does wondrous pieces with them.


I thought it would be nice to display it with back lighting so that the design of the holes would stand out.


As I say, it is very much a work in progress.

I was supposed to be in classes this week but both of my classes were cancelled due to lack of interest. One was a Pop Up book class and the other was Japanese Woodcuts. I was pretty disappointed. Especially since I haven't been in the studio much and it was going to be an opportunity to be in a dedicated space for 5 days just working away.

I will try and sign up in the fall if they offer the classes again. Once the students come back classes shouldn't be cancelled!