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Inked

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Japanese Sumi Ink has been watered down and then carefully brushed onto tengu-jo tissue creating a skin deep drama.

 

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Nick

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Old World Techniques, New Technologies

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

I am an iphone user as well as an iphone skeptic. I never really use the camera on my phone but the light in my studio was really great, so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

I recently produced some monoprints on a great paper that I had been saving. Ingres Paper was an Italian paper that we used to sell and I really loved, but can no longer get. Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that has images or lines that can only be made once. Unlike most printmaking where multiples can be made. In the late 19th century artists like Degas and Pissarro produced a multitude of monoprints. Picasso, Chagall and Miro experimented with hundreds of prints in their careers. Contemporary artist and Turner Prize winner Tracey Emin uses monoprints in great depth in her body of works.

I used one of the most basic methods involving an inked sheet of plastic. A sheet of paper is placed face down on the ink and a drawing is made on the back of the paper. Once the paper is lifted a reverse image presents itself. I actually like the way my phone captured the mystery of this old form of printing. My next task is to experiment on Japanese Washi.

 

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Speedy Carve is do-it-yourself stamp making

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

We have recently added a very simple do-it-yourself stamp making kit to our collection of decorating tools at the store; The Speedy Carve Stamp Making Kit by Speedball.

Speedy Carve Stamp Making Kit

Speedy Carve Stamp Making Kit

It comes with a 4 x 6″ piece of rubber carving block, a carving tool with two blades, a piece of tracing paper, and a detailed instruction sheet.

It’s easy!!!

Trace image with pencil

Trace image with pencil

With a pencil, trace an image onto the tracing provided, pressing firmly.

Transfer image

Transfer image

Flip your drawing over onto the rubber block and burnish it gently – I used my thumbnail – to transfer the pencil lines.

Carved block

Carved block

Carve away the negative space around the pencil marks, leaving only the lines of the image.

Inking the block

Inking the block

Ink the carved block evenly with your choice of coloured stamp pad.

Print!

Print!

Press the inked block onto your paper…ink…and repeat!

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Creative Place Cards

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Do you need Place Cards for your wedding, party or special event? Here are some easy and effective ways to create your own using products we carry in store!

Various Place Card design ideas

Various Place Card design ideas

 To create these various place cards, depending on the design, you will need:

  • - #10 Flat Card (3 7/8 x 9 1/4″) in your desired colour (two place cards per flat card)
  • - Printable label for Guest’s name (Oval label, or address label)
  • - Craft Knife
  • - Metal cork back ruler
  • - Bone folder

Extra tools depending on place card design

  • - Place card #1: Flower embellishment
  • - Place card #2: Strip of chiyogami (717c)
  • - Place card #3: Rubber stamp, Eggplant ink pad, Diamond Stickles
Place Card #1

Place Card #1

Place Card #2

Place Card #2

Place Card #3

Place Card #3

 Steps to creating a basic place card:

  • - Take your #10 flat card and cut it in half using your craft knife and metal cork back ruler.
  • - Take each half of the #10 card and score them in half using your bone folder and ruler.
  • - Now fold the card along the score line to create a tent card.
  • - You now have two place cards to apply labels to with your guest’s name.
  • - You can now decorate your place cards whether you use stamps, paper or embellishments!

A neat idea we received from a customer, is using our Animal Paper Clips to determine the food your guest will be receiving. Below is an example of this fun idea, showing the difference between; Meat-Cow paper clip, Seafood-Whale paper clip, and Vegetarian-Bunny paper clip.

Use Animal Paper Clips to determine your guest's food choice

Use Animal Paper Clips to determine your guest's food choice

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