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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fox Linocut

I haven't done this type of printing in quite some time, but thought a stamp might add a nice touch to the Etsy packages that I mail out. The material that I used to carve the stamp, soft kut printing blocks, is surprisingly easy to work with and available here. I only had a very thin and very wide attachment tool to work with and will have to upgrade my tools in the future. The nice thing about printmaking, naturally, is multiple images from one plate and the ability to make adjustments as you go along. Of course, "mistakes" are not always so easy to correct, especially when I had some trouble with the mouth. I used an ink pad for printing and tried various background colors.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Afternoon Tea

I got back on Monday from spending a few days in London with my son who is working there on a project for his American company. We visited several of the iconic art museums, historic sights, and admired the magnificent architecture, but we were also very impressed with the food. We liked one Indian restaurant, Dum Biryani, so much that we had dinner there twice. My son introduced me to a creamy porridge for breakfast and we discovered clotted cream at tea time. I had to Google search clotted cream to learn that it is heavy cream that has been baked in the oven or heated at a low temperature on top of the stove for 5 to 6 hours! It's a delicate cross between butter and whipped cream.
We had afternoon tea in the atrium of the Wallace Collection near the hotel in Portman Square. The Wallace Collection is an art collection housed at the former townhouse of the Seymour family, Marquesses of Hertford. It comprises a world-famous range of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries. One highlight is a Rembrandt self-portrait that I hadn't expected to stumble across.
These pictures are from the jaw-dropping food courts at Harrods. Not only is the food exquisite, but the general ambience, from the signage to the uniforms worn by the sales staff, is magical.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

2017 Calendar Designs

I designed four small poster calendars for 2017, three using soft pastels and one using collage. There are still a few in my Etsy shop. They work well in an office or kitchen space to add a bit of color and provide you with a quick overview of the year. One has a vegetable theme, one is a floral, one is a graphic rooster and the fourth is a bird and flower collage.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Reindeer Mask

My reindeer mask is available in my Etsy shop. The Santa mug is from my husband's childhood. All of his siblings had one with their names printed on them.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

2017 Calendar Sneak Peek

All my calendars are available here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Animal Notecards

Will put these notecards in my etsy shop soon.