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Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Tutti fruitti

Last week, I got myself a bunch of daffodils that blossomed within a few hours. This week, I have scarcely needed the heater on at home. Today, I changed my winter coat for my body warmer. It's official, Spring is on the way!

I had intended to take a photo of the aforementioned daffodils, but I didn't get around to buying a vase before they wilted. They were in an old empty bubble bath bottle, which while being exactly the right size, was not exactly pretty enough for a blog photo, I felt. I'm on the hunt for a nice vase now...recycled glass methinks.

So in lieu of a fresh springy photo of my daffodils I thought I'd share with you what I've been working on this week:

The plan is to make some lovely gocco-ed notecards with various designs, starting off with apples and pears as a two-design set. I thought fruit would be a nice colourful thing for notecards. This is a rough idea of the colour I'm going for - how they turn out will depend on what the ink is like. I'm thinking of mixing up a sort of pale yellowish green, nice and zingy. The apples are either going to be red with green leaves/stems or green all over like the pears...or a mixture.

They're going to be very itsy bitsy - 7cm by 10cm when folded in half. I have been busying myself with cutting out the card ready:

It's lovely recycled card from a company in the UK, to go with my itsy bitsy recycled paper envelopes. I'm deciding on whether to go with the white envelopes for these or the brown 'craft' colour...hmmm.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Plans and schemes

You may have guessed from the clues in the previous post that my new product line for the shop is Gocco printed Moleskine notebooks. I have a few designs in mind, including one featuring Queen Felicity, but my printer only came with supplies for making one design. It was a tough choice but in the end I went with the El Bandido design I used for the fabric covered book I made last year.

Getting used to the Gocco took a little time. I did several test prints before taking the plunge with my supply of lovely notebooks, but because of the weight of the books, they react to the pressure of the Gocco differently. The first few notebooks have small flaws in the prints - splotches of ink, uncrisp lines etc:

See that blob of ink on the right of El Bandido's body? I'm such a perfectionist, I can't bring myself to sell these slightly flawed books at full price, but they're still good to use and I think I've found out what I was doing wrong - later prints have come out much better so I'm offering up my first 'oops' notebooks at a lower price. Why not mosey on down to the shop and snap one up?

Later, I'll be listing the books with clearer prints like these:
They still each have their own little quirks - that's the appeal of printmaking - but the lines are generally crisper.

These are some of the cameo animal themed designs I have in mind...
Please vote for your favourite in my poll on the right and help me decide which to work on next when I get more printing supplies. The bear and rabbit are both going to be black line with red details. I might make Queen Felicity's crown a golden yellow too :-)