the great printastrophe is over.

yes. i did it. and, as promised - the update.

the block. it’s a lino block and it’s seen it’s share of wear. sweet little goat boy in all of his delicious glory. i had decided once and for all to create a screen using this very block. using water based block ink and a brayer, i printed the image onto un-stretched silk cut to size. the image printed so easily and was perfectly crisp.

then it was time for the tedious - long and painstakingly detailed - work of hand painting the image with drawing fluid. this is a little risky because there are really no guarantees as to how clean the fluid will rinse away after adding the screen filler - especially with so many tiny marks and details. i just had to go for it. i used a 000 round brush for almost the entire image. zzzzz i stretched the silk after the fluid was dry (this is an old hat thing. most people should stretch the silk first while it’s wet).

i pulled the screen filler, let dry, then washed the fluid out or… scrubbed the fluid out vigorously (insert limp, tired arms here).

pulled as i normally would with silkscreen ink of the fabric variety. i know i lost some of the beautiful details but at this point, it’s a perfectly acceptable trade off. PLUS, with all the bleeding and other issues i was getting before i lost details anyways. the icing is that i printed three shirts (because mae needs one of everything mama makes) in about 5 minutes rather than screwing around with that block for a half hour on each shirt.

now that i completed the kids, i’m excited to set to work on the i love ewe. that one should be comparatively easier! xo

moving along stitch by stitch... themes this week.

i’m sick.  sort of.  i sneezed yesterday and in that one act i brought forward dormant cold symptoms.  i got to work.

this, my dear friends is an elixir of sorts made with ginger, apples, lemon, and yellow carrots.  i made the mistake of adding a bit of honey on my first go around - this nearly made me vomit.  somehow this 100% all natural cold smashing treat tasted exactly like honey lemon halls which i have horrible memories of.  SO, no honey on the second go around and it was much better.  even though i’m still feeling slow and strange and a bit feverish with headaches, this is no average court cold.  usually colds hit me like a hammer and i’m down for days.  i’m a real sissy when it comes to being sick - so i guess the fact that i’m sitting here typing this is proof that this stuff is doing it’s job.  if you’d like the exact details on how this concoction came to be, just let me know… 

as i was going through my pics i noticed the themes for the week…

healing beverages…. or, healing for me.  wine, tea, coffee, and essence of gelfling as i’ve come to call it.

there are a lot of pretty girls that spend their time at this house. (check out mae’s christmas mittens!  she’s gonna die when she finds out they were really for her after all)

a constant theme - knitting.  mae has decided to learn after seeing pics of this little one.  i’m really loving his blog right now by the way.  he reminds me so much of the boy - his sense of humor and writing style is perfection.  tonight as i sat down to write this hubs burst into the bedroom asking if i heard mae.  no, of course i didn’t… “she said, ‘daddy, leave me alone!  i’m knitting here!’ i just can’t win in this house with you women!”  nope.  sorry, babe.  i finished mae’s little shawl and have been whipping up the tiny bow earrings for shits and giggles.  they’re cute.  alizah wore her pair to school today and all the girls wanted a pair.  so cute.  i was also thinking of writing up a quick little pattern for that shawl.  i knit it on the fly, but i could write it up easy enough.  is it worth the effort?

printing with mae.  we were on a full blown ink type/setting method mission early in the week and i think our experiments are going to pay off.  she was so funny with her bicycle helmet on… hubs came downstairs after i posted the pic on instagram and said to mae, “do you know you look like a crazy person here?”  and she burst out laughing.  she definitely inherited our sense of humor.

ten days ‘til christmas… and i have one more gift up my sleeve.  it’s been agony not being able to post about it because i fear the recipient will see it and the entire surprise will be a bust so, i’ll post all about it after the holiday.  OH, and i’ve been updating my twitter again if anyone is interested.  not feeling well makes it hard to drag my butt up to the computer and twitter is the perfect medium for a phone internet-er. until next time xo


the fascinating life of copyright.

if you’re a facebook friend of mine and i mean me not the pink brutus version, then you may be friends with hubs and in turn know that there’s something really weird going on with his motorcycle involving a t-shirt.  you may also know i’ve been griping about levi’s if you follow me on twitter or instagram.  are you tired of the cryptic messages we’ve carved out for you?  ok.  sorry.

i’m not here to gripe.  promise.  i’m here to warn and celebrate.

let’s just get the warning part done and over with.  

hubs has a motorcycle.  it’s pretty famous as far as motorcycles go which is weird to me because we’re not famous but sometimes people think we are which is also weird.  so, this motorcycle was built by our friends at ardcore… also the place hubs is the painter for… also where hubs designed these silly handle bar things that are called f-u bars or something like that and everyone went ga-ga over them.  he designed them for his motorcycle… that weird famous one…. it’s been in some magazines and junk so that’s pretty cool.

the other morning a fellow he did work for sent him a text that jolted him out of bed.  apparently a certain very world famous company (famous for jeans) has printed a picture of this famous motorcycle on some of their new t-shirts.  this is a picture hubs took in our driveway maybe a summer or two ago.  this is horrible and flattering simultaneously.  there has been a huge uproar about this in the chopper motorcycle scene over the past week and people are getting super amped up!  not us though.  we know a patent attorney and he’s on board with getting this resolved for us.  it’s not really a big deal though - we’re just really like…  sick of being screwed.

here is the warning:  i swear i thought people were nuts for water marking every stupid snap-shot and secretly thought they might have illusions of grandeur or something, but please - for the love of god - either make sure you have very clear watermarks or a very clear disclaimer on your website/blog about your photos and text being YOURS and that they are protected under your website’s/blog’s copyright.  kay?  please?  because even though it’s really freaking cool that someone else might love your (what ever) that much it’s also pretty shitty to have it snatched out from under you.  thanks! (you may notice a new addition to my own blog space….)

now!  celebrate…

i’ve been really busy and getting these prints done makes the vision more in focus than ever.  for years i felt like all the things i wanted to do were just out of reach and for some strange reason during all crap we’ve been wading through recently the inspiration and drive have joined forces to give me a leg up.  it’s a very, very good thing.  it’s a thing worth celebrating.

for those of you who don’t know this, i was a ceramist in another life.  i was also a printmaker.  these are lino block carvings - test prints for the final clean up.  i’m so freaking close it’s palatable. 

baaaah, meeeh

ewe kids… xo