Printmaking fun!

Creating abstract fun with a Gelliplate

I recently bought a smaller sized 5×5 inch square Gelliplate for abstract and nature printmaking projects. I found this size perfect for my Hobonichi journal. It’s a fun and relaxing way to collect ephemera for future art journal projects.

I usually like to use nature samples for my imprints, like leaves and ferns, but here I cut out my own stencils from file folder cardstock. Part of the fun is learning to enjoy the happy surprises that you end up with, even if you do get a few “not so great” prints along the way. In the end, it’s all about having fun in the process–re-visiting your child-like experience with art.

Studio 318 New Art Journal Cards in the shop!

More of my sketchbook images to use in your planners!

Thank you Instagram and Facebook friends who have ordered new art cards this past week. I am so grateful for the enthusiasm you have for these tiny works of art. I can’t wait to see how you use them in your art journals and planners. I currently have 5 different series of art journal cards, or “tip-ins” available in my Etsy shop.

They are professionally printed on 80# glossy (front only) card stock. The colors are very rich–I’m very pleased with the quality, and I’m also ecstatic that I do not have to print them here at the studio. Ya know… painters just wanna paint! Professional printers are a blessing to one-woman shops. 😉

Have a great week everyone!

New Stationery Journal Cards

If you know me at all, you understand that all this marketing and techie stuff makes my head spin. Often I find myself wrestling with Photoshop or InDesign, which only furthers my belief that I am and will always be of the “analog” creative type. Paintbrush hairs, spilled ink, stained fingers, and acrylic paint mysteriously appearing in the oddest of places. Yes, give me the tools of the stone ages!

Still, offering printed materials of my original work is both a necessity, as well as a labor of love. I do enjoy sharing my images with my journal and stationery planner friends, even though I must battle my way through the scanning, uploading, and printing decisions.

So the good news is that I conquered a design challenge this week, and I managed to get some digital files off to the printing company. Yes, I tried to print these journal/tip-ins at home… on my deskjet, on various brands of cardstock, at various ink settings.  AGGY! It was not pretty! My standards are too high, so I was happy to hire someone for the printing process.

You can find these in my Etsy shop. Yes, I’d rather have a shopping cart system here on the blog, but that’s a whole other techie universe. And well… you can obviously see where I am lacking those special skills.

Thank you to my sweet and encouraging customers. You know I just wanna paint! 🙂

Now In the Etsy shop!

Now In the Etsy shop!