Approaching stores

So I packaged up my picnic day card samples and approached a bunch of stores yesterday. I printed out business “cards” (on plain printer paper because I can’t put cardstock through my printer) and taped them to the back of each sample so they can contact me. The owner of one store was excited about the designs and said she would buy about a dozen of each design that I showed her. Im waiting to hear from the other stores too but obviously the picnic day design should go first (it’s this Saturday). I also have one order from a … Continue reading Approaching stores

Pi Day & Jam & Lewis Carroll

I realized I didn’t post a quote yesterday because I’m terrible at following these nomination challenges and whatnot. But here’s a quote today. It’s not inspirational or anything. It’s just a funny part of one of my favorite books: “I’m sure I’ll take you with pleasure!” the Queen said. “Two pence a week, and jam every other day.” Alice couldn’t help laughing, as she said, “I don’t want you to hire me – and I don’t care for jam.” “It’s very good jam,” said the Queen. “Well, I don’t want any to-day, at any rate.” “You couldn’t have it if … Continue reading Pi Day & Jam & Lewis Carroll

Block print progress

Well I forgot to nominate people and ask questions in yesterday’s post – I’ll probably go back and edit it later today when I will inevitably be procrastinating on real work. Here’s how this block is going so far. Carved out the white space around the letters (I had to be extra careful on that part) and carving out the cow is tricky because there’s tons of white space in the cow so I needed to give it an outline (and those things strips of lino I leave behind have the tendency to slip or crack or break if I’m … Continue reading Block print progress

Things I’ve learned today + Nominations + Lots of words you may skim over but I’m ok with that

Today I learned that British people call ladybugs “ladybirds”. And I was thinking “what?! they’re bugs not birds!” But supposedly entomologists call them “ladybird beetles” or “lady beetles”. (This is all according to this super reliable source). Two tangential thoughts: British people also call bangs “fringe” – I remember learning that when I was part of the unfortunateevents.com forum where we discussed Lemony Snicket VFD theories and conspiracies and the site was mostly people from the UK because I guess all the Americans were on 667darkavenue and I told an emo girl who posted her selfie that she had cool … Continue reading Things I’ve learned today + Nominations + Lots of words you may skim over but I’m ok with that

Carving a block (printmaking process)

I use the smallest tool bit for most of my lines And the large scoop one for larger areas Words have to be in reverse and they are the hardest part (if you mess up on letters then it’s obvious because people expect them to look a certain way – for pictures you can just make the mistake a part of it) Words are done (small mistake on the C in CA) now Im going to carve the rest of it and then at the end carve out the spaces around the words (carved out parts don’t get printed with … Continue reading Carving a block (printmaking process)

I slept until 8 am and then again from 11 to 2

And now I’m at Dos Coyotes eating a very very late lunch I think the problem is that I got into bed again because my room was cold and I was still a bit sleepy. Also I needed to shower and I hate taking showers when it’s cold so I procrastinate as long as possible. Finished all the cards for the order my friend placed back in February (he was patient and told me to take my time – he’s also in grad school so he was understanding) Im going to go over to the post office tomorrow and see … Continue reading I slept until 8 am and then again from 11 to 2

Parfait & Card Stock

I took a picture of my breakfast this morning. The camera quality on this phone is wayyyy better than my old phone! I also drove to staples to see if they had ivory cardstock (online it said they did) but when I compared it to my envelope it was the wrong color. Supposedly Michael’s sells the color I want in packs of 5 as opposed to regular packs of 50 or 100 so it’s overpriced but I’m considering it. I never would have thought it would be so hard to get a certain shade of card stock Printing a few … Continue reading Parfait & Card Stock