Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mother Nature - Pastel Sketches

Pulled out the pastels to work on my Mother Nature block. The theme is Mother Nature welcoming our dog, Thor (because all dogs go to heaven).

I want to incorporate images of the moon and stars.  Back to the pastels.

Another couple sketches:

And another one.

Personifying Mother Nature.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring Projects

Getting behind!  So what else is new?

The mythology print exchange is due May 1.  Time to take it off the back burner and give it another stir.

Added to the menu:  a commemorative collection for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.  As I'm still missing a friend who lives in the affected area, this project has personal meaning.

Blocks for the Puzzle Block Exchange are going out soon.  No idea yet what I'll put on it.  Guess I'll wait to see which piece I get.  It has a city theme.

On the poetry front, fighter poem assignments have gone out and are due back May 1.  That's when my mad editor skills come into play and the book gets magically done.  That's due early June.

I'm teaching a sprang class at the Fiber Retreat, also in June.  Still compiling supplies and making the looms.

And for silliness I'm still writing fanfic entries for the Last Author Standing contest.  Haven't been voted off the island yet.

Throw in Will's and Bill's birthdays and it's a busy Spring.  Is that all?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Cosmic Tidbits - Leftovers II

Prints are away.  This is the best signed one.  I had some trouble finding anything that would write on both the very dark prints and the lighter ones.  I opted for a silver pen for the darker prints and dark pencil on the lighter ones.  Not entirely satisfactory, but done.

I can't wait to see what prints I get back in exchange.  8-]

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Leftovers II Scans

Here are some of the Leftovers II prints.  Quite a lot of variety in paper, ink and image, which adds to the charm in my opinion.  ;- ]

They're all pieces of the Once In a Blue Moon block, which tickles me.  Hey, if printmaking isn't fun, why do it?  ;- y

Now I'll pick 14 of the best (or most curious) and send them winging on their way.

Can't wait to see what I get back in exchange.  8-]

Monday, March 07, 2011

Blue Moon Leftovers

Well this was fun.  I had to stop myself from printing up every leftover piece of paper in the studio.  I only need 14 for the Leftovers II exchange.

I print my woodblocks face down, but this is basically how I aligned my leftover pieces of paper on the block.

Haven't decided if I'll sign and label them on the back, or on the front with a metalic pen.  Don't know which "rule" to break:  the sign-it-in-pencil rule or the sign-it-on-the-front rule.  ;- j

Any suggestions?