Tuesday, June 30, 2009
When I immediately thought of the swap, I was drawn to the deep sea. The dark blues, and purples that are present. The way that the light glistens as it streams through the darkness to highlight other colors nearby. I also thought of deep sea creatures that lurk in this darkness.
This is another of my watercolor backgrounds. As hard as I tried, I really couldn't get a deep, dark background. I had treated the wet background with kosher salt to mottle the look to simulate bubbles. The jellyfish was created using a hand cut stencil. A transparent embossing paste was applied thick so that it would simulate the bubbles on the skin of the translucent animal.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I had been scheduled to take another class based on paper engineering that is scheduled to start on Monday, June 29th but it might be dropped due to underenrollment. The economy is hitting everywhere--especially the non-profits.
The museums in NYC are laying off people by the droves.
Well, at least tonight, we will eat well at The Center for Book Arts. As part of the last class celebration we have having a pot luck dinner.
But, I am still a little sad.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
This is the final book from my Bookbinding I class. It is a classically bound book with a flexible spine. It has 20 sewn signatures and handsewn headbands. It was sewn on tapes. The only difference for me is that it has my twist on the bookcloth covering.
For most people, the front and back of the book are covered in the same manner (e.g., the quarter or half bound book). As I have mentioned before, it drives me crazy when you can't tell which is the front or back of the book when you have a blank journal or an untitled journal.
My solution is to completely cover the back of the book in the spine covering material and only used decorative paper on the front of the book.
The picture is a little dark but the bookcloth is a dark navy blue and the paper is a blue paisley on a chartreuse background (paper and cloth from NY Central Art Supply).
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
This is another of my favorite cards from the Renegade Craft Fair. I love the graphics and the colors. Of course, if it has orange in it, I have to have it. Once again, I like the simple graphic nature of the card. And, who doesn't love owls--other than field mice, anyway.
This card is a flat, rather than a foldover and comes with a craft paper colored envelope. The designers are screech owl designs and their website can be found at http://www.screechowldesign.com/.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Another favorite booth at the Renegade Craft Fair was the Unique Goods by Cary booth. Cary was a very personable artist who had a great booth of cards and other materials. Many of the cards she featured were based on botanicals which was fine by me. The series of cards that I am interested in is her dandelion set.
Visit her site and enjoy the great stuff that she has to offer.
Once again, it was a pleasure to meet someone who seemed genuinely interested in her buyers and seemed to really enjoy meeting people at the craft fair.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Cards by Andy Pratt Design.
On Saturday, I travelled to The Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn in my old stomping grounds in Williamsburg. This was my first year to attend because something always prevented me from going in previous years. This Craft Fair features handmade items from numerous independent vendors. This year there were over 200 vendors and it was a bit overwhelming but I managed to make my way through the booths.
To reduce my anxiety, I simply concentrated on paper goods. I should have returned on Sunday to visit the shops that were featuring larger paper items--there were many cool posters that I could have easily snapped up. But once again, I decided to stick to smaller paper products--mainly cards.
The first artist that I would like to feature was Andy Pratt from Andy Pratt Designs. As most of you know, I go weak in the knees for simple, colorful graphics and Andy provided just what I like. I chose the Thank You and Happy Birthday cards because they were just too cool. He has numerous other cards and prints that are available. His NYC locations prints are definitely worth seeing.
Another aspect of our encounter that I appreciated was his ease and openness at his booth. It is pleasurable to meet artists/owners that are easy going and seem to enjoy working at these types of events. Not only did we talk about his business but there was plenty of joking and joshing going on.
I highly recommend his products. Please visit his online store at http://www.andypratt.net/.