Tuesday, August 21, 2007

bqck qgqin:

Oh; no: Noz ,y keyboqrd is zorking in French qnd everything I zrite zill look very strqnge: It zould be ok if I zere zriting in French; but in English is is very zeird; the letters qre qll in the zrong plqces: Youùll hqve to do your best: re,e,ber zhen ,y lls didnùt zork§: I think this is zorse: Zell; ,qybe not!

It hqs been so long since Iùve blogged thqt I expect they zill be kicking ,e out of this exclusive club: Life hqs been frqught zith qll kinds of roqdblocks thqt hqve kept ,e fro, blogging ) ,ostly becquse you donùt zqnt to heqr the boring sqgqs qnd there hqs not been qnything else since I got bqck fro, sunny Cqliforniq: BORING: ) notice thqt this zord prints just fine on the French keyboqrd:

Todqy I finqlly zent to the studio qnd spent ,ost of the dqy there: It is chilly; rqiny; qnd grey ;in other zords; perfect studio zeqther: But it hqs qlso been such q long ti,e thqt I hqd forgotten hoz exhqusting it is to stqnd qll dqy: Here; in cqse you hqve forgotten ))or never knez )) is zhqt ,y studio design zqll looks like:
Oh, wonderful - the keyboard is back to normal. It seems to have a mind of its own. What a relief.

A friend who is a printmaker asked whether she could use my press today, so she came over this morning and printed from her drypoint plates. Drypoint is intaglio but the lines are etched into the plate with a sharp needle rather than with acid or whatever other substance they are using these days. I forget. I have oil based/water soluble ink which I used several years ago for my own monotypes and still like to use because they clean up with soap & water. But my friend got better results with a wonderful Charbonnel etching ink, which is oil. Interestingly enough, oil inks clean up with vegetable oil (which I didn't have in my studio) so you don't have to use toxic stuff these days if you are a printmaker.

There was some of my leftover ink, so I grabbed a plexi plate, sprayed a piece of printmaking paper with water and ran it through the press to make a monotype. Here it is, hanging on the board and drying. I may go back into it - or I may start putting fabric through the press.

After Harriet left, I spent the afternoon working on my design wall and it felt good beyond description. I hope to get back every day this week for at least a few hours.

7 comments:

Karen Stiehl Osborn said...

Wow, I love that monotype!!

Gerrie said...

That was hysterical!1 I thought maybe you had a little too much to drink!! the monotype is wonderful.

marion said...

Great monotype. So how did you manage to get your 'puter to talk French...I talk French, but my 'puter won't oblige...sigh... or is it just natural talent on the part of your puter?

Rayna said...

In Windows you can set the language bar to any language you wish; I can get all of the accents I need to write in French (to my family) - but the keys are in different places from the American keyboard. Once in a while it just decides to spontaneously go to its French alter-ego.

Thanks to all about the monotype; makes me want to get back to working on paper and the press.

ominnimo said...

Love the print. Your fabrics on previous posts look great.
Moira.

Susie Monday said...

These are great. And isnt it wonderful to have some undisturbed time to work. Linda is back in school and though I miss the company, its nice to not have to juggle a second person's schedule. S

marion said...

Thanks for the windows info, Rayna, Must Go Try...I write in French from time to time...or, indeed, de temps en temps...