Oh Hello Intaglio

I love etching! I first discovered this type of printmaking during my 5th (and most fruitful!) year of undergrad with Michael Krueger's intaglio class. Then I became a graphic designer and didn't make any prints for many years. I was reunited with printmaking again in grad school when I audited Bruce Waldman's intaglio class at SVA. And then, once again, work and photoshop took over and I didn't make any prints for about 4 years. Then this spring I got the itch! I had a fever and the only solution was more etching. I signed up for Amanda Maciuba's intaglio class at the Lawrence Arts Center. It was such a great experience. Amanda had an answer for my MULTITUDE of questions. Seriously, this girl is an encyclopedia. The LAC facilities are AWESOME. I highly recommend a class there if you ever get the chance. In fact, I just signed up for another. Silkscreen coming late spring 2016. 

This is the main result of this session's class. I've been working on some projects that are taking some major brain power, so for this class I wanted to turn it all off and just make a print of my cat, dammit. So I did. I was even able to make a small edition. I put a few of the prints up in my shop if you are interested in one. 

Spring? Spring!

I have a confession to make. I actually really like winter! I like doing inside things. I like eating comfort foods, watching basketball and piling on the layers. I feel cozy and comfortable and it's nice. There's a little part of me that get's a little sad when the sun stays out later. And March? Please. What a tease. You can take March. 

But once we hit mid-April, it's ON. Spring seems to be in town to stay and I'm ready to embrace it whole heartedly. For instance, earlier this week I took a detour from my usual running route to stop by the Kauffman Memorial Garden and I was BLOWN AWAY. The tulips were in full bloom. I almost couldn't believe my eyes. The very next day I said to hell with all deadlines (and other projects I can't tell you about yet) and took the day to visit the garden with my watercolors. 

Now I just want to ENVELOP myself in these yummy colors! And, thanks to the weird glorious site that is Society6, I can! I put my paintings on a whole bunch 'o crap so you can too! 

New Shop!

Not many postable updates as of late. But between the wedding, bachelorettes and long-term project, rest assured I've been PLEANTY busy! So busy, in fact, that I've been having a difficult time keeping tabs on my etsy shop. SO, you'll see that my shop link above now leads directly to my Society6 site where you can buy all kinds of neat things like art prints, pillows and cell phone cases (I just purchased this one here). For a limited time, when you follow THIS LINK you can even get free shipping. Pretty cool, eh? The best part is, I don't have to do a darned thing...well, except make the artwork of course, but that's the easy part. My etsy shop will remain open, but I won't be posting anything new for a while. 

Unique and Different Holiday Gifts!

So you went down the Snuggie road last year huh? Weren't counting on an unseasonably warm winter were you? Are we ready to right that wrong? I have a mulitude of various giftables in a couple of online shops. First head on over to my ETSY SHOP where I have prints, drawings and etchings

 

 

And what are these little gems? Why, they're hand-drawn shrinky-dink jewelry of course! Pick up some of these and there's no way you can be the stinker in the holiday gift exchange. In fact, you may have to be prepared for fist-fighting amongst the women folk. 

 

 

Last but definitely not least, head on over to BLURB and purchase your very own "Swimmer Girls" book. I have an unlimited amount so get one for the whole family! 

In case you missed those skillfully embedded links above here they are again: ETSY + BLURB

Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk!

Do you remember that toy you had when you were a kid? That plastic "paper", sometimes printed with an outline of your favorite cartoon character (mine was primarily Rainbow Bright--shocker I know)? That you would fill in with colored pencils, cut out, put in the oven and bake, resulting in a teeny tiny version of what you just had? You know...Shrinky Dinks! Well, a couple of years ago I rediscovered Shrinky Dinks. To my pleasure, I found that they actually came in plain plastic. They became an endless time waster/procrastination aid that I became somewhat obsessed with. I gave little plastic earrings as gifts, I started an etsy shop, I got my entire graduate class at SVA into them (in which a studio-wide shrinky dink party ensued, resulting in only one fire!...I digress). 

Annyway, a little over a year ago, I was contacted by Kathy Sheldon at Lark Books to see if I would be interested in contributing to a Shrink Plastic craft book that they were putting out. Um, "hell yes" was my answer (not in so many words), and below is the result! The book is available in a Nook version now, and the printed version will be out this fall.

The pattern I contributed is my "tiger lily" earrings, still available in my ETSY SHOP. Funnily enough, the original design was inspired by my Ostracon project first semester of grad school. I'm sure this is what Viktor had in mind when conducting his class. Below are some other fun little items I've made using Shrinky Dinks.

Did I mention these are for sale in my ETSY SHOP? Once again, The book is published through Lark Books and is called, Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! More info here.