Category Archives: So … That Happened

Reviews. Things I have tried. Other people might benefit from knowing how that went for me.

What A Day!

For a Wednesday, this has been pretty eventful!

Which much of the day was spent in the studio cranking out items to sell on Sunday, I also managed to improve my swimming a bit, leave my ATM card in an ATM, listen to a whole book, run some errands, receive several much-anticipated deliveries, and generally “enjoy” that sense of having WAY too much to do, and nowhere near enough time and money in which to do it.

I have never before so much looked forward to the winter holidays as a time when almost-nothing will happen!

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Last night I finished this pendant, an etched-and-enameled sterling silver medallion with an asymmetrical marblewood setting. It makes me happy.

Today, I got my new business cards, which (at least in my imagination) are visually and verbally engaging.

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I realize some of the text is tricky to read in the photo, but the point is that the fairly unremarkable, factual text is sharing space with glossy linework of my own devising.

As far as all that other stuff on the thing-do list, I guess I don’t need to list it out here. So, I won’t. Just trust me, there is an awful lot to do!

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9NOV: New watercolors!

Still tweaking with some new coloring options, I tried another set of watercolors today. They’re interesting colors, which I would probably – mostly – not have mixed myself, but they are weirdly gummy. On a hunch, I tried dusting them with some pearlescent powder, and it did stick pretty well. Not sure actually sure they’re BETTER for that, but they are SHINIER…

Intaglio print, colored in watercolors, topped with pearlescent dusting powder.
Intaglio print, colored in watercolors, topped with pearlescent dusting powder.

The OTHER thing I did today was cut out glass for about a dozen ornaments and hangers. They’re not done, and some of the tiny cuts on my fingers are still bleeding, but I bet tomorrow I can have some kind of interesting photo to share about that.

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6NOV, 7NOV, 8NOV

The last few days have been a blur of around-runnery, technique-testing, and jury-rigging. I wanted to put pictures every night, but then when it was night, and I was tired, it all seemed so complicated!

Relief printed designs, mounted on foamcore board, awaiting the sell / don't sell decision.
Relief printed designs, mounted on foamcore board, awaiting the sell / don’t sell decision.
Testing out some metallic ink as a fill on drypoint prints. It's satisfying to DO, but not as rewarding just to look at.
Testing out some metallic ink as a fill on drypoint prints. It’s satisfying to DO, but not as rewarding just to look at.
My small flock of spinner racks. Left to right, they are Large, Medium, and Small spaces to put things in. The left-most is getting some minor repairs and safety maintenance done.
My small flock of spinner racks. Left to right, they are Large, Medium, and Small spaces to put things in. The left-most is getting some minor repairs and safety maintenance done.
Just a little scenery, a brush with some pearlescent pigment powder. I liked it.
Just a little scenery, a brush with some pearlescent pigment powder. I liked it.
Materials test: glue pen + pearlescent pigment powder, no underprinted image or guideline. (Freehand, extemporaneous design)
Materials test: glue pen + pearlescent pigment powder, no underprinted image or guideline. (Freehand, extemporaneous design)
Pearl-pigment watercolor pans (Kasutomo) painted over another drypoint etching.
Pearl-pigment watercolor pans (Kasutomo) painted over another drypoint etching.

If you are wondering, the answer is, no. These test pieces generally do not satisfy my standards, and will not be for sale. Items like them might turn up at shows, but these are regarded as strictly tests of the materials, and NOT finished works.

Beyond all this, I have been working on a coloring / book calendar, and working out prices, and helping out at Albuquerque Exotic Woods, and feeling guilty about the state of my yard, and and and.

Oh, and coffee.

5NOV: The Happy Accident

Relief print, freehand design carved from a 1/8-inch thick piece of low density polyethylene (LDPE), printed in dark brown water-based Speedball relief ink.
Relief print, freehand design carved from a 1/8-inch thick piece of low density polyethylene (LDPE), printed in dark brown water-based Speedball relief ink.

When I print, sometimes it is hard to throw out a misprint. Maybe it is a misprint because the ink distribution wasn’t good, or the paper wasn’t lined up properly. Maybe it was a misprint because it didn’t meet my standards for some other reason.

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