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Thursday
Jul072016

Blank floral cards added to shop

I love flowers in my garden, but when I paint them, they are almost always  gathered into bouquets. As blank cards they are perfect to have on hand for any occasion. 

My bouquet cards are now in my SHOP under Blank Cards

5 x 7 cards are individually sleeved. 

Monday
Dec282015

Celebrate Joy in 2016

I am a cup half full girl. Certainly I have failures and frustrations just like everyone else, but focusing on those things is not going to make my day or my life better. I think it is easier for me to do almost anything if I add a few happy thoughts in to the mix.  I  leave my bad stuff at home. 

I know a few people who look at their day in just the same way. Honestly, they just sparkle! And when I watch them with other people, I see their smiles bring smiles and happier discussions to those with them. You know it really is contagious!

Just like Dick Van Dyke sings to Janet Leigh in Bye Bye Birdie, smiling can work like magic. Put on a happy face. Spread sunshine all over the place and put on a happy face!   

Below is my "spread the love" greeting card.

Inside greeting: Can I borrow some of that?

 I just love this cheerful happy woman with arms filled with daisies. She sends out positive vibes to everyone. If you know someone who spreads the love - let her know it works.

And let's celebrate our joy in 2016.

Sunday
Dec272015

new greeting card formats for 2016

Oh my!

As an artist, I'm always wanting to make new things. For 2016 I revised my sweet Garden Club Volunteers. I've always loved our antique photo albums with delicate edged photographs and faded writing accompanying the photos. And I am a fan of beautiful old garden journls. The new card fomats are inspired by antique photo frames, vintage faded papers and beautiful cursive writing. I've painted my own vintage look papers, and even used old photos from John's family albums to find just the right square frame that fits my garden ladies. I've added a lovely handwritten font and I think I've made some darling cards that will suit the old quotes I'm so fond of. 

Here are two of the new style. Take a look.....

 

                                      I love these new cards. Look for them in my shop soon!
                                                                                                                                     Cheers
                                                                                                                                      Susan 

Sunday
Jun282015

Carving Stamps

As many of you know, I use hand carved stamps to create the lush layerd patterns in my paintings. They add a richness of texture and design to my work. Here is a short tutorial of carving stamps, Hope the tips are useful and you find a way to incorporate some stamping into your paintings.

I use Speedball Speedy Cut rubber pads for my stamps. Its made in several densities. Some are more flexible than the others. I like the pink material. It is slightly rigid and holds the edges of my carving very well.I also use a speedball carving tool. It comes with a variety of carving blades.

I cut the stamping material to a size I like for my stamp. I draw my images with a pencil. They can be as a complex as you like but remember you must carve around shapes so tiny details can get lost. I stamp with paint more often than ink, and that is a thicker material that will fill up tiny spaces.

I used the small carving blade to cut my interior flower designs. I used a wider blade to carve around all of the flowers. As you can see, it takes several rounds of carving to remove all the unwanted material.

This is roughly my carved design. I always test the stamp before calling it completed to make sure I've cleared away any material that might interfer with my design.

I rolled out a small amount of red ink on plexiglass with my brayer. I then rolled the brayer across the top of my stamp to see the ink pattern. I can see any areas where I missed carving away unwanted material in my design and can go back and remove it. Can you see some of those small random red spots? Those would be spaces I missed and had to go back and lift them out with my carving tool.

Once I'm satisfied I just flip the stamp over and make an image. This is a big stamp and as you can see, I moved the stamp slightly on the right. It creates a shadowed image. I don't want that, so I need to be careful when placing such a large stamp on my painting. These errors are often not fixable, so be careful.

Finally, as Sister Robert Ann used to say in our vocabulary class, it is not enough that you memorized the word and can spell it, now use it in a sentence. And so friends, you must use your newly carved stamp in a painting. Below is mine. As you can see, it's a dominant pattern in my painting. I'll bet now when you look at my painting you can see many other stamped images. There are 6 other stamps I used. See if you can pick them out.

Things I've learned.

 

  • Keep the shapes simple.
  • purchase the correct tools for carving. 
  • large stamps are flexible and can move around on the surface when stamping. Apply them with care.
  • a thin layer of paint or ink is best. 

 Make happy art today, Susan

Friday
Jan022015

Happy New Year 2015

That is how I feel today - pretty excited to see the new year start. Last week was not the same. Everyone in this house had a cold. We spent lots of time wrapped in blankets, lying on the couch and sipping tea with old Christmas movies to keep us company. Not a bad way to be sick, although the amount of work pushed aside so we could just be sick was staggering. Now that I'm recovered, I'm running to catch up so that I can be off to Atlanta on Sunday.


This is not a beer, 
but it is my favorite insulated mug filled with steaming hot Earl Grey, honey and lemon. 

 

These little birds were gifts this year but we were too sick to add them to the birdie tree. For now they look pretty sweet keeping my books company. Thank you Betty and Kevin!

 My new Quilted Women series is making lots of people happy. At first they were released as blank cards. I always knew they needed to say something. I must say, I really labored over the sentiments. It was important to me that they conveyed messages as uplifting as the paintings are. Finally, after writes and rewrites,  and finding a few inspirational quotes, they were ready for print. I can't wait for you to read them. I've just added the new greeting cards to my shop on the website and you can read the wonderful messages with them. I'm so pleased to add 9 new cards to my greeting card line. Below is a preview of one I've written for comfort.

Inside greeting: 

Just as quilts are pieced from the worn dresses
and shirts of our relatives, they are evidence of our own history, 
and provide us with soulful comfort.

May you gain strength and comfort from those who love you.

I'll be at the Atlanta Gift Show, America's Mart
Jan 8th through 12th
Building 3, floor 5, booth 1706

All of my new greeting cards, note cards and a few new ladies (shown above) will be in the booth each day. If you are a gift buyer please stop by and say HI! If you are a card fan, please show them to your favorite gift shop and perhaps they will carry the cards so that you can buy them locally. They are always available in the SHOP on my website.

And here is my motto for 2015! Remember reading Ann Lander's column? I started reading it in 7th grade and always looked for her sage wisdom. What a smart clever woman.  I'm going to follow her advise.

Happy New Year girlfriends!