Monday, August 8, 2011

Making a huge dfference with a coat of paint.


It is my opinion that too many houses/buildings get painted neutral colors  Blah!  We needed some color here!

You can see my swatch of red.

The back yard view.  Even on a mild year the grass dries out right in front of my studio windows. 

 Someone said the colors reminded them of a Strawberry.  Not a bad thing to think about.
We still have a little detailing to do, but it's such a brilliant difference I just had to share with everyone.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Adventures of Photo Emulsion Silk Screening

My first successful photo emulsion silk screen.
Over the last few weeks I have taken on the endeavor of teaching myself how to silk screen with the process of photo emulsion.
I love printmaking, and silkscreening is just another process to create a print, I have done tons of stencile screens but never a photo emulsion.
I had a lot of difficulty along the way.  I struggled with screens not washing out, and when they finally did wash out the whole screen started to wash out, not just the image.
After struggling quite a bit and then doing more research and watching a bunch of videos I figured it out.  My positive image that was printing on a piece of clear acetate (aka film) was not dark enough. 
I'm really excited to move forward with this process.  I have a bunch of images I've been working on and am ready to dive right in!

It was amazing at how fast my screen rinsed out when I finally had all the right components.  I did a happy dance.
Here is the video that finally lead me to my fix on my photo emulsion problem.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fish sketches for Fish Clocks!

 I'm stocking up for the Ilwaco Saturday Market that I'll be at on August 6th and September10th.
Ilwaco is a town I will consider retiring in some day.  I love that little fishing town!

Sketching tuna in prep for the Tuna Classic that will be going on Aug. 6th !

Salmon Clocks!

Sneak Peak at finished Salmon clocks!

Olympia Blog

I started this blog with the intention of keeping it up, and I did quite well for awhile.  But then as we all know only too well, life got busy.
I have begun to work with the OlyEtsy team to develop their blog, and that is where my posting time has gone to.   The most exciting thing about the OlyEtsy page is the Photo Editing tutorials for Etsy sellers!

I will continue to post to this blog, but not nearly as often.  I think my plan is to continue to keep up my Sketch a day project.  Perhaps make it my main posting subject. 

Feel free to come visit me and some of the other amazing artist who live in and around Olympia WA as we build forces and create beautiful art on our blog Olympia Etsy Artist!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Art on the Ave, Tacoma WA

I admit it, before this year I had never even heard of Art on the Ave.  But in the last months I have been hot on the trail for events to vend at.  And behold, Art on the Ave appeared to me with a reasonable booth fee, a weekend I was available and a town not very far from Olympia.

What I discovered was an event with much diversity in activities, music, arts, food and people.  There were four different stages ranging from hip-hop to rock to jazz and even a family stage.  There were five different beer gardens, a basketball tournament, a half pipe, pet zone, roller derby girls and so much more.  There was literally something for everyone.

I am very proud of myself for this show, I did most all the heavy lifting by myself and set up and tore down almost all by myself.  I had a little help getting my tent all the way up, I'm not quite tall enough.  This is after all the first show I've done without my husband there to help.  He would have loved this event, particularly the half pipe.  I'm kind of glad he was not there, we don't need any broken bodies.      

Luckily my good friends Trista with Wigglin' Wasabi and Niki Bilodeau with her hand etched glass were vending at the same event. Although we wanted to set up our tents side by side we were unfortunately back to back.   But they were  still around to give me bathroom breaks and a hand setting up and tearing down. 
Trista with Wigglin' Wasabi and Niki with her hand etched glass were in the booth behind me.

One vendor used his space for sidewalk chalk fun.  It was great watching his process!

Overall the event was a success, I gained more fans, sold some merchandise, made a few contacts that will lead to future sales, and had a great time.  I will most likely do this show next year.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Surf Cabin 2011 in Ocean Shores

Every year a group of my friends rent a cabin/house at the Ocean.  Usually we find a place close to surfing, but this year the house we found was in Ocean Shores WA located on 23miles of canal and only miles from the beaches.  The house was closer to a mansion than a cabin, with beds enough for 12, a Bed and Breakfast type dinning room, a garden Rail Road, and a private movie theater seating 14 with a ice cream parlor.  Crazy!

Our days were spent combing the beach, riding mopeds around town, and paddling the canal.  My days were also spent doing some fabulous water colors.  To see more of the watercolors, follow this link to my Sketch-A-Day Page.

For more pictures of the house.  Follow this link to the Gibson House B&B.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hot Air Balloon clocks

Up and coming clocks.
Stay tuned, they should be released next week!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Does Sand Sketching Count as a Sketch-A-Day project?

Out at the Ocean this last weekend and I went a little nuts on the beach!  Check out my Sketch-A-Day page for more pics.

Monday, June 6, 2011

My Vending Booth

I've been waiting for a dry and sunny weekend with a bit of free time to set up my full booth for the first time and this last weekend was it.
All my pieces that I've been collecting for this booth over the last few months fit together perfectly.  Having it up gave me some great ideas for unique signage specific to my upcycled records and I'm excited to get them started as to have them up for my next show.