Monday, September 12, 2011

Watercolor Week



Friends came over for Bear Tooth pizza and growler beer on Saturday and rather than let the kids plug in the Wii or a movie after dinner I wanted them come into the studio to create some fish prints. The last time I used the “squishy fishies” was in January. I’ve been meaning to play with them this summer…where does time go?!  The fish molds are from Acorn Naturalists and a few are part of the Gyotaku kit. Here is a link to a Gyotaku or “fish printing” video. I had the kids make fish prints on paper and after getting the desired image we printed onto blank note cards. I decided to further embellish my note card prints with water colors. Our young friend P screened the fish head on the front of her cards and the tail on to the back! They looked really good when the kids used the pearlized acrylic paints.


It’s been a busy water color week in the studio. I’m still working on the children’s illustrations and am so happy with how they are turning out I may consider creating matted prints and note cards from the designs. I need to figure out the details of the production flow and scanning, printing etc. if I publish them for a wholesale market -details, details, costs, and more costs! Below is the latest illustration which is about 8” x 10” and called “Moose over the Moon.”  It was supposed to be “The Cow Jumps Over the Moon” (play on the word cow –as in a female cow moose) but after it was done I remembered that Cow Moose DO NOT have antlers! –DOH!


4 comments:

Tracey Broome said...

My favorite t shirt was one I made with one of those fish in Bible School when Wesley was little. It finally bit the dust, I wore it all the time. I should make another.... love the new home for the sign you made me! It looks great over my studio door!!

Patricia Griffin said...

Bear Tooth pizza.... Is that a Cindy Shake original recipe?... Fun with squishy fish! I bet all your friends and their kids want to come to your house. Bear Tooth pizza and squishy fish fun... I don't think it can get better than that! Serious fun!... Love the Moose over the Moon. It's dear. As in sweet and charming... Not , as in "deer," cuz I know it's a moose. With antlers to boot. :)

Linda Starr said...

Pearlized acrylics, oh no I better stay home cause I might be tempted to buy some. Smart to put the water makr on your moose, so beautiful jumping there. How are you printing you cards, on your own computer at home? I did that when I had my lavender farm and you have given me an idea to do that with some of my wall sculptures printing photos of them.

Linda Starr said...

should be mark