Saturday, March 12, 2011

An Update

Here are some latest versions. I am experimenting with placement of the text.  I have a few qualms but they are minor.  Such as faintness of the "pittsburgh, pa" stamp.  I realized after looking at a few other save the dates that I should include our names and our location. Otherwise people would not know who the weird bird cards are arriving from!

Now I have to figure out what goes on the other side :)

Here are some reflections on the process.  I carved this design last year because it is 'somehow' involved in the invitations as well (secret.).  I liked it so much I decided to use it again.  Besides, it will provide thematic continuity.  Actually I put a lot of thought into the meaning of the design too but that is a story for another post.  

I use a speedball linoleum carver both for my eraser stamps and for linoleum.  I use erasers because I found a whole bunch of them really cheap at a miscellaneous chinese store, but otherwise there are specific stamp blocks that can be used (pictured left). 
Then I mix up the ink on a plate of plexiglass (from Home Depot) with my trusty squeegee. This is my favorite part because you never really know what color you'll get.  I am not particular about getting the shade right; I usually like to be surprised and mix colors based on how I feel at the moment.  The second batch of these that I printed had some lovely pink and mint shades.
When inking the linoleum, the trick is to thin out the ink until the consistency is right.  The first few prints are always too inky for me.  The last few prints are underinked.  I'm sure master printmakers have this all sorted out, but I'm happy with I can get doing these by hand.  When I was in high school we had this amazing printing press and made huge prints.  Nowadays I am content with my little card-sized prints.

green bird friend

many bird friends

Sunday, March 6, 2011

a sneak peak

One phrase to explain it all--4th year of medical school.
This is another bridezilla moment except that it has been surprisingly long-sustained so I am probably a permanent bridezilla, or rather, just neurotic. It all started with me deciding to make all of the wedding stationery myself.  Let's just say that it was too late to turn back when I spent $50 on 750 sheets of really long 33" x 6" shiny purple paper.  The shiny purple paper and I certainly had some adventures last spring but it is too early to unveil those right now.  I will share a more recent adventure: TODAY'S ADVENTURE!!

Left: multitudes of linoleum printed birdies
Right: carved eraser stamps, trusty corner punch

Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Blue Parfait Week

This past weekend, I painted my nails in a glorious color called blue parfait.  The nail polish is at least 7 years old but somehow isn't all goopy. It is Covergirl brand.  And now, I bring you the entire week in outfits!

H&M shirt
 JCrew Minnie pants
Gap belt
Urban Outfitters shehs.
blue parfait nails

Sunday & Monday
Sunday: sweater- Benetton, Paris Blues skinny jeans, no shoes!
Monday: American Eagle cardigan, blouse tailored in Vietnam, J Crew belt, Anthropologie skirt, leopard flats

On Tuesday, I put together 3 different black/white patterns which surprisingly worked out:
H&M blouse, Old Navy skirt, Gap bow belt, leopard flats
J Crew coat on top!
::direct gaze toward rogue hair::

Wednesday & Thursday
Wednesday: H&M shirt, pants tailored in Vietnam, unknown shoes, earrings made at bead store
Thursday: Limited shirt, skirt- thrifted, Target belt, Calvin Klein shoes

Well that's all for now.  It's not really the full week, but I did start on Saturday so the outfit ideas are draining fast!  Time for a beauty rest.