Archives for December 2011

Snowy, snowy night

We travelled from Victoria to Whistler on Boxing Day to visit my husband’s parents who have lived there for the past 22 years.  I took this enchanting photo on Boxing Day evening from their back deck.   That night’s snowfall was 20 cm –  a bonus for the skiers!  Some of the family skiied the following day and I went for a refreshing run in the snow on the Valley Trail.   We reconnected with more family at the Four Seasons Hotel for a fun evening with little ones buzzing about and the rest of us catching up with our past year’s adventures.

This weekend we’re back home and I will be working on our New Year’s cards to send to our out-of-town family and friends.  We are always so busy before Christmas I decided a few years ago to send my cards at New Year’s instead.   Tomorrow night we’ll be ringing in the New Year at our neighbours’ over a gourmet dinner for 12!

“And now, let us begin the new year, full of things that have never been.”  (Rainer Maria Rilke)  HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE & BEST WISHES FOR 2012!

Portfolio for prints

Here are a few photos of the portfolio I constructed for the set of multimedia monoprints “Oh! What a Life!”.  I used instructions from “Books, Boxes & Wraps” by Marilyn Webberley & JoAn Forsyth (under Folders & Soft Wraps, page 145, 146).  I used a tobacco coloured Canson Mi-Teintes paper which is flexible for folding and wrapping.  I was able to use up most of the full sheet and one of the off-cuts was perfect for the piece to wrap it all together!  I used a small square of the kraft coloured Stonehendge (this is the support paper for the prints) to make a personalized label with the title and my family member’s name.  I was very pleased with the final product. 

You can make these in any size so you might want to make a few for a package of cards or other artwork.  I believe you can buy this book through John Neal Booksellers,  They have everything you need for calligraphy and bookbinding!  A few other books on bookmaking to recommend are “Handmade Books & Cards” by Jean G. Kropper and “Bookworks” by Sue Doggett.

And … today is the day I take 7 of these portfolios with the prints to the post office for shipping to my family in Calgary, Georgetown and North Bay!  Yea!

Fun with monoprinting

This Wednesday I’ll be participating in a small office art show and the theme for framed work is “umbrellas”!  I had fun creating this print above titled “Rain, rain …”.  I scanned a photo of our son, Read, printed it from my laser printer on white bond then cut around him to removed the background.  I rescanned the image and printed  it out onto a very lightweight green paper with embedded fibres that I bought at Opus.  I made a mask to cover him and also some narrow strips.  I rolled red oil-based ink over top of the masks then I rolled up a styrofoam food tray (the kind with the little bumps) and “stamped” onto the paper.  I used some scraps of paper that I had rolled blue ink onto and cut strips.  I “chined” the blue strips and the green paper onto BFK support paper using the etching press.  Then I added the words with a mechanical pencil and used pencil crayon to colour the top of the umbrella and his t-shirt!






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