Saturday, August 28, 2010

Some New Work

Tomorrow is our annual Chicago Calligraphy Collective picnic and we're having a greeting card sale. I came up with these few new designs that I thought would work for the cards as well as larger prints. This first one is an Irish proverb that I thought would make a nice greeting for the front of a card. I lettered this on a 12" x 9" sheet of Arches Text Wove, with a pointed brush and sumi ink. I scanned it into Photoshop and cleaned it up, then reduced it to a 6" x 4" image for a card.

This second image was from a sheet of marbled papers that I made last week at a creative play date with some friends. I didn't like the way the whole sheet turned out, but when I isolated part of the sheet, I saw this image. I then filled in the white spaces with sumi ink and this was the result. Thought this would look cool as a very large print.

The next three images are some of my abstract markings turned into 5" x 7" greeting cards. The first one is sumi ink and a red Sharpie Poster Paint pen on a printing paper. The second, sumi ink and the Sharpie on Arches Text Wove, and the third is bleach on black card stock with the Sharpie paint pen.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


Well, this time I have a really good reason for not posting for a while. After my last post, we went on a spontaneous vacation. Since we really didn't know where we were going, I brought along my laptop—my very expensive laptop—to plan the trip while en route.

All was well until the final day, when we went to a water park and I slid my laptop bag slightly under the back seat before we went inside. (The key word is "slightly". Part of the bag was sticking out.) And I forgot to zip it. And, unbeknownst to us, just as we got out of the truck, our son had tipped over the cooler that had water in it. And when we got back, all the water had mysteriously disappeared and wasn't on the seat or on the floor of the truck!!!!!

Yep, you guessed it! The "perfect storm", as my husband is describing this little catastrophe. :-)

So, after drying out the computer for 48 hrs. per my tech guy's instructions, it worked for about 24 hrs. then died. Of course, neither my Apple warranty or my homeowner's insurance covered this particular scenario. (Found out that if the water main in my house had broken and spilled onto the laptop, THAT scenario would have been covered. ARRGGHHH!!!!!)

Fortunately, most of my data had been backed up. (I have learned the hard way that I need to do that!) But my iPhoto folder had not been backed up in awhile. I took the computer in to see if it could be repaired and was told it would cost more to repair it than it would to get a new one; but they did retrieve my data, so all is well. My new computer arrived yesterday and I am now fully operational again after almost 2 weeks without a computer.

So, I hope to have a nice little post sometime at the end of this week. A few of my artist friends are getting together for another creative play date and I hope I'll have some fun stuff to share with you then.

Enjoy the rest of summer vacation and try to keep cool! We've been having awfully hot and humid weather here in Chicagoland and I've been staying indoors way too much.