Friday, September 27, 2013

Framing Up

Three more works framed up.

Snowflakes are Dancing!, Looking Out My Back Door, Straight On 'Til Morning

A few more pieces ~ mostly smallish ~ to mat and frame.

Take metal basket and Longaberger basket for xmas cards.  Leave metal basket in the car; pull out more cards if they're needed, but there are too many sets for a good display.


Next pass:

Paleo-Unicorn, Paleo-Gobbler, Cosmic Bobcat. Runestones; Paleo-Horsefly, Paleo-Dragon, Paleo-Umi (not bringing)

Next pass:

Air Kraken, Paleo-Phoenix, Silk Wrangler, Hippocampus; Bandit: Paleo-Catfish, Mouse-Arr, Paleo-Basilisk: Angry Bird

This might be it.

Nope. 2 more.  Have to winnow now.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Xmas 2013 ideas

First pass at a sketch for the SH xmas card.

Still working on the surround, but basically it's the rottie pups waiting for Santa Paws at the doggie portcullis.  ;- j

Maybe bows, maybe hats, maybe jingle bells, maybe reindeer antlers.  

Here's another set of sketches.

Show Prep

Working on Control Sheets.  Have to frame up half a dozen woodcuts.  Around 30 pieces, from small to large.  I think I'll have room for them all.  ;->

Bill's going to see if we can take the panels and the art all in one trip (previously we've been setting up the panels & pop-up on the day before).  Might be able to carry the panels on the roof rack of his jeep.  It goes up in 15 minutes now, so it would be nice to save a trip.

Panels, pop-up, back-pack-o-tools

Wooden table w/woodcut display

Display rack for unframed prints

Xmas card basket; xmas cards


Food, water, etc. for goodies table

Control sheets; labels

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

More Administrivia

Looks like I don't have a clean print of Tay and the Night Visitor.  I'll have to print one up, but not in time for the Garden Party Art Show.  Maybe for the Loscon Art Show.  I want one for SH, so maybe I'll print one up for xmas (after I've done the current xmas card).

Found some misc. small prints, so if I can find appropriate frames, I'll get them ready too.  Otherwise I still need a mat and frame for Straight On 'til Morning.  I'll see what I can do about that today.


Got some frames and mats.  Think I'm set.  Now all I have to do is mat and frame.  ;- j

Friday, September 20, 2013


Got a nice wire basket for my sets of xmas cards.  Also some white card stock for printing the inserts.

Aaron Bros. is having a 60% off sale.  I'd better see what I need in the way of mats and frames.

Wire basket is what I was looking for, but FYI for another time or use, I have a couple of Longaberger file baskets that might do the trick as well.


Got mats and frames for 2 of the pieces; I'll go back tomorrow for the other two.  My brain won't hold more than that at a time when I'm looking at frames, mats, colors, sizes, etc.  Better to make it 2 (or 3) trips.  ;- j

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Working on Insert Card

Working on insert cards for my mixes sets of xmas cards.  Printed on card stock and slipped into the back of the clear bags.

Add etsy addy.  8-]  I need to get my shop out of hiatus.


2up version (same size as cards).

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

3card Scan

Scan of the 3 blank xmas cards I have available in sets and singles.  This (or something like it) will go in the back of the clear bag for the mixes sets.

Need to come up with some arty patter to go along with my contact info.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Garden Party Prep

Time to prep for the show.  See what I've got framed up, frame up new or sold pieces.  Pick some smaller pieces for (hopefully) easy sales.

Awaiting clear bags for xmas cards.  Nail down the pricing scheme for sets and singles.  Some display system.  Even a small box on a table.  Print up graphic card for inside bag with contents, contact info., etc.

Control sheets, labels for panels.  Business cards.


Taking stock.  I have 24 pieces ~ large and small ~ framed up.  Need to frame up 3 that sold at last Loscon and one new one:

  • Snowflakes Are Dancing! (xmas)
  • Tay and the Night Visitor  (xmas)
  • Straight On 'til Morning  (steampunk airship)
  • Looking Out My Back Door (early bird)

Test scan of the 3 xmas cards to go in the back of the clear bag.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

A little more carving

Carved some deeper lines.  Basically done and going into the mail today.

And a scan of the block:

Mirrored and darkened, a faux print approximation:

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Clear Bags Snafu

Well cr*p.  I ordered what I thought were the right size clear bags for sets of xmas cards, but it turned out I either miss-measured or got confused.  Instead of holding sets of 4 or 6 cards and envelopes, it barely holds one card and envelope, and doesn't close at that.

Back to the catalog.  The envelopes aren't the problem ~ it's the postage & handling and tax, bringing a $7 initial cost up to $25.  Crrr*p.

Maybe there's a cheaper source of clear bags.


OK, quart size baggies just close, with a couple inches extra width, for 4 cards and envelopes.  They're 7" x 8.5".  Doable, but not ideal.


I can order zippered art bags on that are 6" x 9".  I think I like those dimensions better, and it's free shipping with $25 total order.  I have a couple things on my waiting list that'll bring the order up.

Think I'll go with that.  I got taken with Clear Bags.  (It came is a cardboard envelope and that cost twice the price of the bags?)

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Bad Hair Day ~ Carving

Carvey-carve.  Getting going.

faux print ~ rev b&w

or this

May need a little bit more carving on finer lines, outlines.  Otherwise done.