Sunday, February 18, 2018

Big & Little

In college (a long time ago!) I took a semester of silkscreen printing. I needed a refresher course so I signed up for a weekend screen print class through Otis College of Art. Since the class was only a workshop, we used stencils to print from (instead of photo emulsion which gets really fine detail). I spent all week coming up with ideas and cutting my stencils.

The part that is cut out is the part that gets the ink. With linoleum blocks, the part that is left after carving is the part that prints whereas with silkscreen, it's the opposite so I had to change my way of thinking. I designed an image using 2 colors. We used contact paper for the stencil and here is what my first stencil looked like (the white part is the stencil and the green in the center will be a color).
The stripes in the half circle and the round dots in the middle were added separately on the screen.

Stencil cut with white contact paper
After sticking the stencil on the screen and taping all around, I was ready to print. My first color was orange.

ink on the screen
Next comes pulling the print. (Since I was printing and couldn't photograph it, I took a picture of classmates using a squeegee to pull the ink through the screen)

pulling a print
How does it look? I took a peek as I peeled the paper from the screen. The blue taped helped me register the paper.

the first print
Here is another look. Can you guess what it will be?

After cleaning the screen and taping the second stencil to the screen, I was ready for my second color. Since I was rushing to get done by the end of class, I neglected to take any pictures but here is the finished product. I was able to print 15 images on paper and do one tote bag.

Big & Little Owl Buddies

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Flea Market Sunday

I haven't been to the flea market in a while but today went to the Long Beach Antique Market in Long Beach, California ( As usual, I saw lots of wonderful things (and even purchased a few).

Japanese Kokeshi dolls
A Cat in a Hat
Robot love
Wire chairs
Olive Oil
Chinese bobble heads
A Halloween figure - evil or just grumpy?
Sambo dart game with great graphics.
African fabric in shades of blue
Old dolls and heads (always slightly creepy)
A dapper Easter duck
A valentine basket with red glitter Christmas trees?
What looked like fabric turned out to be beads. Great to look at, hard to sit on.
A stack of vintage suitcases
Colorful Bakelite

Sunday, January 14, 2018


I collect lots of stuff. Mid-century birds, vintage tins, and crocheted rocks to name a few. Sometimes the clutter drives me crazy. But I can't imagine empty walls and shelves. Each item is special for a different reason and anytime I need a little inspiration, I just have to turn my head and there is something to discover. I also collect things to display my collections - a peeling spice rack, old wood drawers turned sideways and hung on the wall, and vintage cutlery boxes are some of my favorites.

Hornsea birds and salt shaker (holding an old key) and a bakelite bird napkin ring
lots of birds
Scandinavian bird dish and vintage letterpress type
everyone needs a chippy blue vintage truck
vintage tins and Japanese cat
funny wood egg cups, Japanese kokeshi and vintage French match boxes
pottery and wood
lace and crochet decorated rocks

Sunday, December 31, 2017

52 Weeks of Collage Part 2 Week 52

Wow- my last collage of the year! 
Sparkly stars, handmade papers and a fortune for the coming year. 
Good-bye 2017, hello 2018!
collage week 52

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas 2017 (and 1953!)

Some favorite vintage Christmas illustrations from the book
Favorite Christmas Songs and Stories The Big Treasure Book of Christmas
Illustrated by Dellwyn Cunningham
Published 1953 by Wonder Books, NY. (a division of Grossest & Dunlap, Inc.)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

52 Weeks of Collage Part 2 Week 51

A little red bird, vintage music, stars and Japanese washi paper scraps.

collage week 51

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...