Monday, April 30, 2012

Papermaking Workshop at Twinrocker

This past weekend I took a papermaking workshop at Twinrocker Handmade Papers in Brookston, Indiana. I highly recommend a group field trip/workshop at Twinrocker! You will have a wonderfully messy, creative time.

And guess who joined me there? None other than fellow blogger and calligrapher Jane Farr, from A Place to Flourish! It was nice to be able to meet up with Jane and her sister Kathy, from Tennessee, along with some of my Chicago Calligraphy Collective friends.

We learned how to dip the screens and get the pulp to lay just right on the surface. (That's me with the master papermaker and owner, Travis Becker.)

We also learned where NOT to put our thumbs!!!

We watched as the master showed us how to "couch" (pronounced "cooch") the wet pulp/"paper" onto the felts. Make sure to rock onto your toes and place your weight forward. Rock your weight from right to left and lift the frame off the felt.

We also made some smaller, 8.5 x 11 sheets 
and got to "paint" with colored pulp. 
Here's Jane's sister, Kathy, 
with one of her beautiful sheets.

And then it was time to load the stack of wet sheets into the large press. This double stack was just slightly too high, so Travis and CCC member Sandra Wagner (a blogger, too!) used their weight to press the stack down just enough to fit into the press.

The fruit of our labor being pressed by 30,000 lbs. of pressure to squeeze out the 
excess water and flatten into sheets.

Here's Jane gently laying each finished sheet 
on top of another. The whole stack will be dried 
and then delivered to us in about three weeks.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Quote Job - FINALE!

I finished the quotes on my hair salon walls yesterday. Took about 7.5 hours up on a scaffold. Can't imagine painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling on one's back!!! Came home with sore knees from bending and kneeling in weird ways. :-)

My client is very happy with the finished product!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Fun Part of My Job!

The owner of my hair salon commissioned me to paint some quotes about beauty on the salon walls. (Actually, we decided to barter because I wanted free haircuts!!!)

He chose two quotes by Coco Chanel and I just finished a preliminary sketch of the first one (seen here). This one will be about 4 feet wide by 3 feet high.

Will post some pics of the finished work in a couple of weeks. I start painting some time next week.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Baby Gift

Just finished this piece as a baby gift for our dear friends.