Sunday, February 28, 2016

Farewell Old Studio

I have spend hours and hours packing up my studio space, my dear studio space, and not it is time for a move to a new space. I will be moving to a new space a couple of blocks away and the old space will be developed into a new work live space for well known Vancouver artist Richard Tetrault and his photographer wife Esther Rausenberg.

The new space has many delights so I can not spend time crying of the loose of the the wonderful studio that I have shared with Ray Opohoff the last three years. Ray and I will be sharing a space it what was Richard Tretaults old studio where we will be joining Lori Sokoluk and Arwen Hunter. The building has a lot of history and once was one of Vancouver's larger bakeries.

More about the new studio to come.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Not Tracing Paper

Nope. It was not tracing paper. The search goes on. I have a piece of the paper I used so I will see if anyone can identify and hopefully duplicate it.

(Using old sample of paper that I acquire in the old days of doing graphic design is not such a good idea after all.)

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Laser Print Transfer

I am not sure why this never worked for me in the past. I used liquid clay, alcohol and time but I never got good results. Now just water, light but assertive burnishing and a little time seems to do the trick.here is a test I did with two types of paper. Both were burnished, wet down and left for 20 minutes.

A. The one on the left is a bond paper. I chose a light pastel colour because I thought that it would be easier to see to remove when rubbing it away. The left is a thin but hard surfaced bond that I thought would probably be not work.

B. The pastel paper worked as I thought it would. Still a messy but you can see easily what you have missed.

C. With this one I  used a paper with a hard surface, almost like vellum and it worked like a charm. (unfortunately I do not know the make of the paper.) I will try again with a today with Strathmore tracing paper and see how that goes.

I am packing up to more to a new studio space at the end of the month and Have been a little to preoccupied to post. I will try to be more disciplined.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

More Edibables - Another Sighting

Here is a picture of some charming little edibables sent to me by Karen.
licorice all sorts I have one other post of licorice all sorts. There was another that I accidentally deleted trying to make an update. That will teach me to be tricky. It was a hamburger broach. I hope I can find the photo again.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GI Moment - Enter the Fire Monkey


 Granville Island greets the fire monkey in style. Every year the lions come to dance there way through the market bringing prosperity and shredding gifts of lettuce. I am not sure about the prosperity but I can vouch for the lettuce. No fire works inside the market though. If you want to come and see ... I will not be in the market selling that day but I might drop in for the fun.

"Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 10:30am - 12:00pm
Help Granville Island ring in the Year of the Monkey with traditional Chinese Lion Dancers who will make their way around the Public Market, the Net Loft, Railspur Alley, and the Creekhouse (Railspur Alley and the Creekhouse are weather dependant). Participating tenants will hang lucky red envelopes and heads of lettuce above the entrances to their businesses and the dancers will climb up and tear them down, ripping up the lettuce and throwing it back at the business. It is considered very lucky to be hit by the flying lettuce so don't worry if a few rogue pieces fly into your face! The Fortune God will be following the dancers and handing out lucky red envelopes with treats inside to spectators."

Friday, February 5, 2016

GI Moment - A Rose is a Rose?


I am back at the market. I have to make a note of these roses. Actually real unphotoshopped roses? Well there is a little chemical skulduggery going on but the effect is dramatic. I found these psychedelic creatures at V&J Plant Shop at Granville Island. No web site yo just have to visit. On the other hand Wikipedia has something to say about it. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Dragon Square - Another Card

I have a thing for dragons. I like this one because there is a degree of ambiguity that makes it more fun to colour.

So three sheets of colouing fun: a french fold card, an 8.5 x 11 picture and a sheet of various sizes especially good for polymer clay transfers.

Here is the link Dragon Square.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Transfering to Polymer Clay


Earthrise Garden image - now not just for cards
Recently I have been occupied with designing cards and doing polymer clay production work. Yesterday I make and effort to bring the two together. The larger images are the fronts of cards the smaller are transfer on to polymer clay using water. To give you and idea of scale, the circle is 1.5 inches of about 4cm. I experimented with other liquids and I will continue on that in the future. In the mean time here is a cute little video that someone made and only will take 5 minutes of your time. She does more or less what I did yesterday.