Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
I thought it would be easier to respond to all the comments from yesterday at once.
Well that has certainly brought that piece to life. You'd never know it started life so bland! And you've pushed me into adding copper to my Golden range! Bland is putting it mildly. First layer is printed with a gelatin plate and a couple of random things I grabbed as I demonstrated this technique. I love copper best of all the metallics, and I don't use a lot of metallics in my work. But they are great as little accents.
Is that onion-like thing a stamp? ... Have you ever resorted to using your feet and the floor to stamp? (I've run out of counter space) I think the onion thing is a radish, but who cares? No, it is a Thermofax screen but I am sure it is a stamp somewhere. My BARE feet? I haven't, but it sounds like a plan. Except that I've run out of floor space, too.I love this, the additions really make this piece. Now, I really want to take a class with you. It seems that's what's calling me now. Cathy, I'll be teaching in Denver Sept 12-15 at Front Range Contemporary Quilters, so contact them to see about registration.
Wow, you really enlivened that piece! Is it instinct or years of training that tells you what to add next and where? Pure instinct. Never had any training. Never took an art class, except for art history in college. Trial and error and asking myself "what if?" I highly recommend it.
I'm thinking about getting some Golden paints after hearing wonderful things about them. Do you know of a good source? Michael's doesn't seem to have them and I'm unfamiliar with art stores or catalogs... Lisa, Golden makes the best acrylic paints. Since they are not fabric paints, you might want to check Michael's where they have the regular art supplies. I bet they have 'em. Otherwise, Dick Blick has them, as does any 'real' art supply store. Just keep a few things about acrylics in mind if you are going to print fabric with them:
- They dry very quickly, so if you screen with them, wash them out IMMEDIATELY or they will clog the screen.
- The antidote to that is to use Golden's GAC 900 and add a little bit to the paint. This is a fabric medium that keeps the paint from changing the hand of the cloth. But I would still wash it out fairly soon.
- Golden's fluid acrylics are great. They're not as thick, and are very concentrated.
- If you are stamping with acrylics, or gelatin printing with them, this is not so much of an issue.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
And the deck was pure poetry in the rain.
While I was outside, the pies were baking: two pecan pies and an apple-cranberry. I don't know why I bother with the apple, since everybody fights over the pecan. I will have to kill my husband if he even THINKS of breaking off a piece of the crust before Thursday.
Monday, November 21, 2005
As I continue cleaning up the studio (is this my full time job?) Here is what I have found so far, this evening:
- a Halloween-size Nestle Crunch bar
- a receipt for $9.68 from a half price bookstore, dated 07/24/94
- one of my business cards with the name and phone number on the back of someone named Juanita Thompson
- a bar of no-name bath soap
- a broken foot from my $20 suitcase
- 20 old francs 1952
- 5 centimes 1964
- 5 centimes 1980
- 50 heller from Slovenska Republika 1993
- a Garden State Parkway token
- a plaque that says "Grandchildren are the reward for not strangling your teenagers."
- a dead leaf
- 2 bottles of nail hardener
- innumerable free pens from the bank, none of which write
- a darning egg
- a New GEM Micromatic razor with 5 blades: a giveaway from a bituminous coal dealer in Newark, NJ - still in the box
These are the easy items: the tough ones are the pieces of really ugly fabric I have printed in class demos and can't do anything with but can't throw out. I read an article in the venerable NY Times about a year ago that said people who can't throw stuff out have a form of mental illness that stems from an inability to make decisions. Oh, woe. Do I have company out there?
Sunday, November 20, 2005
2. I was in high school when this one was printed and disseminated...although this seems to be a 1961 reprint. There are instructions inside for building a fallout shelter. And get the grammar in this first sentence: "Fallout is tiny pieces of dust and debris, which are made radioactive by nuclear explosions." They left out a word or two, didn't they? My editorial finger is twitching. The last page should get the award for understatement of the year:" Fallout is dangerous."
3. Jumping back to a more pleasant topic: I found the brochure that came with our family's first dishwasher, somewhere in the early 1950's. My mother swears that we all stopped getting colds as soon as the thing was installed in the remodeled kitchen. The countertops were salmon with little boomerangs on them. So much for today's trip down memory lane. Back to my feeble attempt to straighten up...
Friday, November 18, 2005
I really need to finish ironing fabric and packing supplies for the gelatin printing workshop I'm teaching tomorrow. Went to the podiatrist today for a problem with my foot which turned out to be a pinched nerve caused by a bone spur. Not bad enough, but he gave me an injection in the bottom of the selfsame bad spot on the foot. Teaching requires standing. Uh oh. Maybe not tomorrow.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
#6: checked my 2006 calendar for conflicts. Seems ok. So for #7, I am going to bed.
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Friday, November 11, 2005
- Took my car in for its 30,000 mi service and came out more than $1,000 poorer. But they did wash my car.
- Did not take a walk today.
- Went out for dinner tonight and did not overeat but made up for it with a ton of Haagen Dazs Black Walnut ice cream, which I am eating as we speak.
- Spent almost an hour on the phone with my friend Helene tonight, which cheered me up immeasurably.
- Ironed 2 more scarves.
- Would go to bed now except that the other resident of this household is watching tv in the bedroom and I cannot sleep with noise. On the other hand, why should he be relegated to the basement tv just because I need my BEAUTY sleep???
- Found out that the Printing from your Pantry class I am teaching11/19 at the Arts Guild of Rahway can accomodate 2 more people. If you're in driving distance of exit 135 on the Garden State Parkway, go to http:///www.rahwayartsguild.org and maybe you'll get lucky. Gelatin Plate printing fun!
- have decided to go up to bed and see what happens. I may or may not report back.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
The other ironing I was doing was taking the wax out of two pieces of fabric and then ironing them again after I had washed them. Here is one, which is rather pastel. I think I shall have to screen some stuff on top, since I am not crazy about pastels. On the other hand, maybe somebody else will be crazy about it as it is. I am pleased with the complexity of the layers. Finally, another piece - before and after I ironed-washed-ironed it. Why does it make me think of candy bars?
I'm making progress on that list from a couple of days ago. I got a teaching contract out in today's mail - and tomorrow, maybe I'll get to make a couple of postcards in addition to finishing up today's odds and ends.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Saturday, November 05, 2005
We brought a bottle of champagne to celebrate our first meal in their new co-op and we had a wonderful artichoke fritatta that Jessica made and great, truly New York bagels that were small and chewy - not like round white bread that you find everywhere else in America.
On the way home, we were going too fast and my digital camera is too slow for me to shoot all the gritty, industrial landscape that I wanted to get. But I did get this shot of something wonderful; I know not what it is: maybe the towers of the Pulaski Skyway. To me, it is beautiful. It was a good day. Even though I am older than I was yesterday. Then again, who isn't?
Friday, November 04, 2005
You Are Mexican Food